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The Gleanings-XIII CHEST, LUNGS & BREASTS

Dr. M. A. USMANI

 

CHEST

Infra Mammary Pain in Unmarried Females: Actea Racemosa (Cimic.)

“This pain is to uterus what pain in the shoulder is to liver.” Hughes: Pharcodynamics, p.200

 

Intercostal Rheumatism: Ranunculus Bulb.

Intercostal neuralgia or rheumatism yields more quickly to this remedy than to any other. ‘Great deal of soreness to touch, and the muscles have a bruised feeling, as if they have been pounded. I know that Aconite, Arnica or Bry. is often given when Ran-b. should be the remedy.’  Farrington, (CMM 331)

 

Remedies for Pain in Left Chest

1) Myrtus Communis: Upper part of chest.

2) Sumbul: Many pains.

3) Fl.ac., Ox.ac., Cimic. : Under the nipple.

4) Lil-tig.: Through the heart, or through the mammae to the back.

5) Kali-c., and Sulph.: Through to the back.

6) Sarsaparilla: From back through to the left chest.

7) Pulsatilla Nat.: Under the arm near to the Back.

8) Guaicum.: Stitches at or about the upper three ribs; purulent sputum.

9) Myrica.: Left chest and under the scapulae, especially left.

10) Pix-liq.: Pain at a spot about the 3rd. left costal cartilage. Rales through the lungs, and muco-purulent sputum of offensive taste and odor.  

Other Remedies: Theridion, Phosphorus, Silic. (CMM 306)

 

Burnett’s version of Left Chest Pains  [cf. Diseases of the Spleen]

Myrtus Communius: pain in left chest that is high up under the clavicle. A pain that is a little lower is that of SUMBUL; still lower of ACID FLOURICUM. A little further to the left is ACID OXALICUM, more to the right of AURUM; right under the left breast of CIMICFUGA.  Pain in chest under short ribs, left side: LOBILIA SYPH.

See also  Drug Pictures, Tyler. P.232

 

Pain in the region of 3rd. Rib: Illicium Anisatum

The pain is located one or two inches from the sternum , generally right side, occasionally on left side. Frequent cough with this pain; purulent phlegm. Flatulence with much rumbling of abdomen.  (Boericke)

 

Stitches in Chest in Every change of Weather:          Ran-b.

Sore spots remaining after pneumonia. A feeling of soreness as of subcutaneous ulceration. Comp. Pulsatilla. (CMM)

 

Diaphragmitis: Ran-b.

Sharp shooting pains from the hypochondria and epigastrium through to back.

CACTUS: An excellent remedy for the sharp pains in the diaphragm, particularly if

there is a feeling as though a band were tied around the waist, marking the attachments

of the diaphragm  to the borders of the ribs. (CMM)

 

Psoriasis on Chest: Nat-ars.

It should be classed here with Ars., Ars-i., Graph., Kali-ars., Mez., Petr., Phos., Sep. The

scales are thin and whitish, and when removed leave the skin reddened.

 

Benign growth in Left Chest: Skookum Ch.

 

Sticking Pain in Left Chest.   Paeonia off.

Heat in chest. Dull, shooting pain from front to back, through heart.


LUNGS

Phthisis Pulmonalis or Bronchial Catarrh

Dracontium Foetidum: Violent tracheal and bronchial catarrh. Yellowish purulent discharge with great burning, rawness and other symptoms of violent inflammation.

 

Balsam Peru: Bronchial catarrh when there is formation of muco-pus; loud rales, all over chest. Expectoration thick creamy yellowish-white. Balsam Peru is an excellent remedy, even though night sweats and hectic fever show the disease to be progressing alarmingly. To be used in low potency.

 

Pix-liquida: Expectoration of purulent matter, offensive in odor and taste and accompanied by pain referred to the left third costal cartilage (really in the left bronchus). The pain may or may not apparently go through to back. Especially indicated in bronchial irritation after influenza.  (Boericke)

 

Eriodictyon Californicum: (also called Yarba Santa): Bronchial phthisis. Night sweats, and wasting of body. Great intolerance of foods. It is called for phthisis resulting from frequent bronchial catarrhs; also in asthma relieved by expectoration.  (CMM 215)

[Yerba Santa was used by eclectics for phthisis of catarrhal origin, and catarrhal asthma. Used in tincture form.]

 

Kali-Iod: Frothy expectoration, night sweats, and loose stools in the morning. Cough is of a violent racking and tearing character, and is worse in the morning (characteristic aggravation of potash salts, from 2-5 a.m.). These symptoms of the lungs are consecutive to Bright’s disease, in which disease Kali-iod may be the remedy.   (CMM 718)

 

THREATENED TUBERCULOSIS AT PUBERTY

Calcarea Carb. ( ~ Ostrearum): Dyspnea, palpitation and rush of blood to the chest on ascending, even hemorrhages from the lungs. Dry cough at night, which becomes loose in the morning. Evening fever with partial sweat and soreness of the chest to touch: this soreness being worse beneath the clavicles. Digestion is greatly disturbed. The patient cannot eat any fat food without becoming sick. There is a chronic tendency to diarrhea and with it prolapsus ani.


Phosphorus: We find Calcarea as a companion to Phosphorus. The former can be distinguished from the latter from these points: In Calc. the patient is scrofulous and fat, and his past history reveals that he or she had been slow in teething, have had slowly –closing fontanelles, and often there is yet remaining disproportionate swelling of the upper lip. Phosphorus patient is slender and overgrown for his years and narrow chested. He has fine grains of tissue, rather than fat and coarse, as in Calc. (CMM 672)


PHTHISIS PULMONALIS, Later Stage: or Pneumonia or Bronchitis: Carbo-animalis. When there is destruction of lung-tissue and decomposition of fluid which is expectorated. It is just here that you are most liable to make mistakes in selecting one drug from the other. Carbo-an. has the following symptom to distinguish it: Suffocating hoarse cough causing concussion in the brain, as if brain were loose in the skull.  There is also a cold feeling in the chest. The expectoration is green, purulent and horribly offensive, and comes generally from the right lung, in which you will probably find a cavity. As soon as the patient closes his eyes, he feels as if smothering.  (CMM 492)


Carbo-veg.: has burning in chest, spasmodic cough with deep rough voice or else aphonia. Dyspnea on turning in bed and on dropping off to sleep. Great deal of rattling in chest. (ibid)


Calc. Ost.: also indicated later in phthisis, when large cavities are forming. Local affinity for the right lung, about its middle third. Pain in this area of right chest with loud mucous rales, all over chest. Expectoration is yellowish-green and bloody. The patient has great repugnance of animal food, as meat, which passes undigested. Emaciation progresses, sweat increases, and, in females, menses are checked. Both Calc. Carb., and Calc.Phos. affect the middle lobe of the lungs. Sepia is similar here but does not has the sensitiveness to touch and pressure; even is better thereby.


Senega: is somewhat similar to Calc. in fat persons, but its soreness is < by moving the arm, especially the left. (CMM 674)

 

Chronic Bronchitis and Phthisis, with Night Sweats: Myosotis

Cough with profuse muco-purulent expectoration. Gagging and vomiting during cough, < while and after eating. Pain in left lower lung on coughing. (Boericke)

 

Tuberculosis: Light Complexioned People: Lachnantes

Early stages of established chest cases. Dose: M.T. drop doses, once or twice a week, or three drops every four hours. [It produces desire to talk, a flow of language and courage to make a speech.]                (Boericke)

 

Stitches Remaining after Pleurisy: Carbo-an.

 

Chest Pains as Found in Consumptives, Incipient Phthisis: Myrtis Com.

 

Bronchitis with Coldness between Scapulae: Ammon-m.

The patient also complains of heaviness in chest. (also in Am.c. when it is associated with burning). Sometimes a feeling of a lump in chest. He complains of certain spots in the chest, which burn, throb and beat with the pulse. Cough which fills the mouth with saliva.

 

Hyperemia or Oppression on Chest:    Aur.met.

Great oppression on chest, < night, especially in the first part of night; worse from prolonged exercise, or from prolonged walking. The face may be purple. In extreme cases syncope may take place.

 

Emphysematic Bronchitis of Old Age:     Amm.c.

With malfunctioning kidneys. “derivation of lungs towards kidneys”.         (Bernoville)

 

Chest Troubles after Operation of Fistula:   Calc.phos.

(CMM 453)

 

Chest Troubles with Fistula in Ano:       Berb.v. (Lilienthal)

 

Chest Troubles after Suppression of Hemorrhoids and Fistula:   Nat.s.

There is a kind of phthisis_ not true tuberculosis_  which appears in sycotic constitutions (i.e. Agg. from damp weather, or dwelling in damp houses). The cough is attended with muco-purulent expectoration, loud rales are heard through the chest; and the seat of inflammation seems to be the lower lobe of the left lung. The patient complains of pain about the 9th. or 10th. ribs on the left side. The Nat.s. patient has a marked tendency to this catarrh of chest. If it appears as a result of suppressing hemorrhoids or anal fistula, Nat.s. is even more strongly indicated. (CMM 694)

 

Pulmonary Hemorrhages in Singers from Long Performing on Wind instruments: Rhus-tox.  (CMM 229)

 

Pleurodynia, in Tuberculosis: Unfailing remedy:   Guaiacum  (CMM 329) (with high fever, after exposure to cold: Acon.)


Phthisis, Later Stage, to Relieve Fever:        Bapt.

When the fever increases in the afternoon, with slight drowsiness, thick speech and bewilderment.    (CMM 403)

 

HEPAR IN CHEST DISEASES

Pneumonia: especially during the stage of resolution. It comes in late in the disease (never in the beginning), when, during resolution, pus forms and you have present suppuration instead of normal resolution. Hepar ought also to be indicated in Croupous Pneumonia. Here, as in all other croupous inflammations, it is called for late in the disease.


Pulmonary Tuberculosis: When, with the deposits of tubercles, in one or the other apex, you have a hard croupy cough, with production of mucus. worse in the morning. It here frequently follows Spongia. It may bring about absorption of tuberculous deposits.


Capillary Bronchitis: When cold reaches the chest, Hepar does wonderfully well, if the catarrh threatens to affect the capillary tubes. Thus it is often useful in capillary bronchitis. A good distinction between Hepar and Ant-t in this connection is that the latter has loose rattling mucus, the former wheezing and purring sound. As if the exudates were more tenacious. Compare also Jaborandi which has increased production of bronchial mucus. (CMM 685f)

 

Chest Affections after Coryza:     Natrum.ars.

[For coryza symptoms with regard to Nat.ars. refer the Ch. On Nose. It is a very efficient remedy to terminate an inordinate cold. It preserves strength and appetite, as Boericke has said.] Looking at throat we find it dark red, swollen and covered with yellow gelatinous mucus, which gags the patient when he attempts to hawk it out. As the cold creeps downward, a dry cough supervenes. There is a sensation of oppression in chest and stuffiness, as if lungs were full of smoke. Besides there can be soreness in the supra-clavicular region, and pain over the 4th. and 5th. costal cartilage of the right side. The oppressed feeling in the chest has this peculiarity: it is better when the patient urinate freely, and is aggravated by inhalation of smoke or dust. With the above symptoms this remedy can be used in Bronchitis. It can be of great service in Tuberculosis, with emaciation and dry heat of the skin, chilliness at night and thirst for small quantities of water, frequently repeated.      (CMM 707)

 

Rattling in Lungs with Fever:       Kali-s.

With or without much cough, when there is no distinct indications for other remedy.

 

Pulmonary Complaints with Loose Stools:   Lycop.v.

 

Chronic Bronchitis during winter, Oxaluria:     Nit-Mur-Acid

 

Double Pneumonia with Stabbing Pains, almost Preventing Breathing: Arnica

 

Pneumonia with Icterus, Esp. Right Lung:                Ant.t.      (Allen)

 

BREASTS

[We have already talked about Breasts as Mammae, in the Chapter on Pregnancy, mainly the Lactation part of them. Here we will discuss Breasts generally.]

 

Cancer of the Breasts: Carbo-an.

The glands are indurated in little nodes or small circumscribed portions, which are as hard as stone. Later the skin around the induration become bluish or mottled, thus showing the characteristic effect of Carbo-an., in producing venous stasis. The axillary glands on the affected side become indurated, and there are burning, drawing pains through the mammae. In the CANCER of UTERUS, there are induration of cervix, metrorrhagia and burning pains extending down thighs, and thin, offensive vaginal discharges.


Bromum or Bromine: Very useful remedy for the cancer of the breasts. Like Carbo-an. It produces indurations, but with tendency to suppuration, excoriating discharge, persitent hardness of the gland around the opening and undue warmth or heat in the gland. On palpation the gland is hard, a dull subdued sort of throbbing is felt. Sometimes the drawing or cutting is so marked, that it feels as if a string were pulling from the gland into the axilla. (Comp. Crot.t., Paris Quad.)

 

Tumors of the Breasts with Swelling of Axillary Glands:      Gossyp.

Suppressed or tardy menses. (Boericke)

 

Breast Tumors, for Dissipating of:       Scrof.Nodosa

A powerful remedy whenever enlarged glands are present. Hodgkin’s Disease. Scrofulous swellings, (Cistus), Tubercular testes, Epithelioma, Nodosities in the Breasts. (Scirrhinum). (Boericke)

 

Breast Tumors: Lac-c.    (T.K.Moor)

 

Painful Swelling of the Breasts:      Ricinus Com.

Axillary glands swell, pain run down the arm; pain in back like after-pains, milky discharge from the breasts.

 

Inflammation or Tumors of the Breasts:       Phyt.

Stony hard and painful. Helps suppuration if inflammation is prolonged.

 

Scirrhus of the Left Breast: Clematis

With stitches in the shoulder. She cannot bear to be uncovered. (Kent)

 

Carcinoma of the Breasts:    Sempervivum Tect. (Boericke)

 

Unspecific Acute Pain in Left Mammary Gland:     Comoclad.Ө

Also cough with pain under left breast, going through left scapula.

 

Abscess Right Mamma:                 Crot.h.,  Phyt.

 

Abscess Left Mamma:             Lach., Sil.

 

MILK FLOWING: At Peberty: Puls.

 : In young Girls and Boys: Lyc.

 : After Weaning: Con.

 : With tumor of the Mammae:         Chim.

 

Nodules with Secretion of Milk: Chim

 

Pains in Breasts, Feeling as if Menses would Appear: Onos.

 

Pain, Mammae, Nipples feel as if drawn in:           Aster.

 

Mammae Small and Under-developed:    Corp.Lut.

Also Chim., Con.

 

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Comment by dr. michelle levan on February 14, 2012 at 2:34pm

thank you most informative i salute your research. i have been having many female patients with cysts in breast, does the info re:tumors apply to this. there is also evidence of excess estrogen in system.

any information would be appreciated.

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