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The Gleanings-VII Abdomen

Dr. M. A. USMANI

 

[Among the viscera of the abdomen liver stands out conspicuously. It is the ruling organ of the abdominal cavity. The quality of life depends on the quality of health and functionality of the liver. I’ve given the largest space to the liver in this chapter. The Organ Remedies of the liver are discussed first. Every choleric person, pathologically speaking, should use organ remedies, in material doses, i.e. the nutritional doses, for one month, in a year. By selecting a remedy, from among the organ remedies of the liver, on the basis of his own symptom- complex;  he should take it in drop doses. For example a person with liverish symptoms and weaknesses and, at the same time, having malfunctioning of kidneys, or weakness of the urinary system, should take drop doses of Berberis Vulgaris, for few weeks to a month, at the end of winter, or the beginning of summer. Such periodic ‘fine tuning’ of the individual organs is the secret of preservation of good health. (More of this we will discuss separately in future.)

 

I want to remind the reader that this book is based on the gleanings from the homeopathic literature. All the selected symptoms and statements have invariably been culled from this vast literature. If there is an entry for which no reference is given, it would only mean that I have missed that reference. If ever there is any entry from my experience, it would always be followed by my name, as ‘MAU’.]

 

LIVER


ORGAN REMEDIES:


Chionanthus: A prominent liver remedy. PATHOLOGY: jaundice, hypertrophy, gall-colic, gallstones. Jaundice with arrest of menses.

 

Chelone Glabra: Burnett’s organ remedy for liver. PATHOLOGY: Soreness of the left lobe of the liver, extending downward. (Burnett).  Debility from loss of tone of digestive organs, or liver, or from exhausting disease.  (Hale).  Soreness of external parts as if the skin were off, especially about the elbow.  (Clarke)

 

Taraxacum:A decided liver remedy. “If given long enough, it will produce a free flow of bile.” The symptoms guiding the selection are:

  • Mapped tongue and bitter taste;
  • Chilliness after eating or drinking;
  • Pain and soreness in the region of liver;
  • Bilious diarrhea. (CMM p.244)

 

Carduus Marianus; A prime liver remedy, which also influences the spleen, as discovered by Burnett. The seat of its action is the left lobe of the liver.Constipation alternating with diarrhea. Swelling of gall-bladder with tenderness. Jaundice, and cirrhosis of liver with dropsy.

 

There are many other liver remedies as: Chel., Chenop., Lept., Myrica., etc. Ref. Burnett’s The Diseases of Liver and Skin; and Diseases of Liver, Pancreas and Ductless Glands.

 

JAUNDICE:

Jaundice with Black Tarry, Bilious Stools: Leptendra

Enfeebled circulation and malarial constitution. (Boericke)

 

Infantile Jaundice: Lupulus

Giddiness and stupefaction; slow pulse.

 

Jaundice with Persistent Sleeplessness: Myrica Cerif.

Dull, heavy aching in temples and forehead on waking in morning.

 

Jaundice with Itching: Bloated abdomen, rumbling. Dolichos Prur.

Right-sided remedy. Swelling of the liver. Hemorrhoids.  (Boericke)

 

Jaundice after Anger: Cham.

Also Nux.v. and Nat.s.

 

Jaundice after Fright: Acon.

 

Chronic Jaundice: Jaundice of years’ standing. Chionanthus

 

Jaundice with Arrest of Menses: Chionanthus

 

Jaundice with Vertigo: Con.

 

Jaundice of the Tropics: Crotalus Hor.

 

Obstinate cases of Jaundice: Alternately white and bloody stools. Aur.m.n.

 

HYPERTROPHY:

 

Enlargement of the Liver:  Nux.v.

“If liver is enlarged, you should give Nux. in repeated doses; and you will often be gratified to find the liver resume its natural proportion. If it does not, then you must fall back on Sulph., Sep., or  Mag.m. (CMM  p. 186)

 

Enlarged Liver and Spleen, without FeverFerr.Iod.

    .... with Fever,  Ferr.Ars.

 

Liver Enlarged, Swollen: Stell. Med.

With stitching pain and sensitiveness to touch.

Enlarged Liver with Violent Pains: extending to shoulder and hips; Vipera.

usually with fever.

 

Enlarged Liver with Congestion, with Constipation: Aesc.Hip.

 

OTHER  PATHOLOGIES OF THE LIVER & G.B.

 

Abscess of Liver: Peumus Bodu

Atonic state of the stomach, and intestines. Liver state following malaria. Burning, weight in the region of liver and stomach. Bitter taste; languor; asthma and bronchial catarrh; edema of the lungs.

 

Early Cirrhosis of the Liver: Senec.

 

Dropsy from the Cirrhosis of the liver: Mur.Acid

The dropsy progresses as it does in ordinary cirrhosed  liver. The patient finally develops typhoid condition and becomes drowsy. Emaciation takes place. The mouth is dry or aphthous. The stools are often watery and involuntary. The stomach is so weak and irritable, no food can be retained. “Mur.Acidwill not cure, it will only relieve. (CMM p. 525)

AURUM- MET: Congestion and swelling of liver, consecutive to cardiac disease. There is hyperemia associated with burning and cutting in the right hypochondrium. As the hyperemia continues, the liver becomes cirrhosed or, else, undergoes fatty degeneration. Ascites appears. The stools are of a greenish or ashy-white colored from the defective secretion of bile. There is usual Aurum melancholyfeeling. (CMM p. 605)

 

Cancer of the Liver:  Hydrastis

 

Gall Stones with Bilious Attacks: Tarax.

Enlargement of liver with mapped tongue.Coldness of finger-tips.

 

Biliary Calculi:  Cinchona

Farrington says: “Berberis sometimes has biliary calculi, associated with renal disease. BELL. is also useful in chole-lithiasis, but the remedy to cure the condition permanently is China. Unless some symptom or symptoms call specifically for another drug, put your patient on a course Cinchona, and have him continue it for a number of months…” CMM

 

Biliary Calculi: Sul. Acid

Rademacher says: “Sul.Ac.has the power of stirring up biliary calculi to activity.”

 

Liver Complaints with Constipation:  Card. M.

 

A Good Cholagogue: Chel.

 

SPLEEN

 

Splenomegaly of Children: Calc,c., Ars.alb., Chin. (Bernoville)

 

Acute Splenitis :  Polymnia Uvedalia

Tenderness over left hypochondria, spleen enlarged, vascular atony. Enlarged glands; influences all ductless glands

 

Chronic Cases of Fever with Enlarged Spleen: Tinospora Cord.

A Hindoo remedy for chronic cases of fevers with enlarged spleen. (Boercke, p. 184)

 

ABDOMEN IN GENERAL

 

HERNIA:

 

Umbilical or Inguinal Hernia of the New-Born: Nux. and Sulphur

Often these two remedies suffice. Dose: “Three globules, alternately every week…If no better in six weeks, give Cocculus, or Aurum or Veratrum, Lach., or Sulhuric acid.” (Jahr’s  Diseases of Females; p.307)

 

 

Hernia, Umbilical or Inguinal:  Amphisboena

Suppuration of inguinal hernia, with pain, and a feeling of gurgling air in it.

 

Strangulated Hernia: Pituitary 30

“Try this remedy before giving the patient over to surgeon.”  (Dr. Ghose)

 

Strangulated Hernia: Intestinal obstruction, renal colic. Tabacum

 

Umbilical hernia, strangulated: Nux.v.

 

Accumulation of Flatus in the Splenic Flexure of Colon:  Mom. Bals.

Comp. Lyco.

 

Colic with most Obstinate Constipation:  Zincum.

Griping pain about the navel, accompanied by a great deal of backward pressure, as though the abdomen were being drawn back towards the spine. In almost all cases in which Zincum is useful the predominant pain and pressure are on the sides of the abdomen. So they must affect principally the ascending and descending colon.(CMM p.637)

 

Colic, after failure of Colocynthis: Causticum

The pains are of griping, cutting character, and are relieved by bending double as, for example, in menstrual colic, or premenstrual syndrome. With these colicky pains there are tearing pains in the back and limbs. The menses cease almost entirely at night; or continue for days after the normal time. All the sufferings cease entirely at night.(CMM, p.735)

 

Colic after Operation:  Staphisagria

Also efficacious when an incised wound_ whether inflicted by the surgeon of by accident, is unduly sensitive.  (CMM p. 341)   

 

Pain after Laparotomy, or Dental Extraction: Hypericum

 

Post-operative Gas Pain: Raphanus

An effective colic remedy. (Boericke)

 

Great Tympanitis with Gas as in Typhoid: Tereb.

Puerperal and entero-colitis, with hemorrhage and ulceration of the bowels. Abdomen very sensitive to touch.

 

Ascites and Anasarca, with Kidney Lesion: Terb.

 

Hysterical Flatulency: Valeriana Off.

 

Bloatedness, Eating Followed by Flatulence: Uran. Nit.

“Second only to Lyc.” (Boericke)

 

Appendicitis: Belladona

“In nine cases out of ten, when appendicitis comes on with a rush, I’ve found it calls for Bell.” (T.K. Moore, Homeopathic Mag.May 1978)

 

Insensibility of the Surface of the Abdomen and the Back:  Pop.Cand.

Rubbing and pounding borne without pain; and is grateful on account of warmth thus produced. Fingers’ ends thickened, horny, insensible to pricking and pinching. (Boericke)

 

Excessive Fatty Deposits around Abdomen:  Am. m

Legs thinner for heavier upper body. Menses too soon and copious, dark and clotted. Subject to liver congestion. Itching hemorrhoids and crumbling stool. Comp. Chel. and Calc. 

 

Neuralgia of Abdominal Viscera: Cupr.Ars.

Non-descript neuralgia of the abdominal viscera, when no remedy seems to be indicated. “I’ve got excellent success with it.” Farrington (He used 3rd. potency).            (CMM 630)

 

Syphilitic or Gonorrheal BUBOES:        Carbo-An.

“Buboes are hard like stones, especially when these have been opened too soon and when there is a gaping wound which has partially healed, leaving the surrounding tissues in an almost stony hardness. Badiagerivals Carbo-An. in just these cases, particularly in indurated buboes that have been maltreated.          (CMM, 491)

 

Gonorrheal Bubo: Alumina

When there exists with it a yellowish gonorrheal discharge, with burning and itching along the urethra, particularly at the meatus.  (CMM, 620)

 

Natrum Sulph., Gastric and Abdominal Action:

It produces a great deal of flatulence and belching after eating, eructation being sour or tasteless. There is a great deal of rumbling of wind in the bowels, particularly in the right side of the abdomen, probably in the ascending colon. Also there can be a sub-acute pain in the ileo-caecal  region, it has a local affinity thereto. Associated with this is diarrhea, which comes on regularly in the morning after rising, and returns quite regularly each day. Much wind is passed with the stool, and is worse in damp weather. D.D.


SULPHUR:  with Natrum Sulph. the diarrhea comes on more in the forenoon, after getting up; with Sulphurit hurries the patient out of bed early in the morning. D.D.


BRYONIA: It is distinguished from Bry., which has diarrhea on first rising in the morning, or on just standing on his feet, but the latter has less flatus, and is aggravated by hot weather. (CMM p.695)

 

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