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1. Generalities and
Belladonna is a
remedy that takes hold of the system with great violence. It
is especially suitable to plethoric, vigorous individual, and
intellectual people brainy people have complaints coming on
suddenly, providing they are in a substantial state of health,
and are reasonably plethoric and vascular.
complaints of Belladonna come on suddenly, run a regular
course, and subside suddenly. The pains and suffering come on
suddenly and with great violence, and subside
Colds ultimate rapidly, run a sharp course, a
course of great violence, and subside sudden. Belladonna
especially affects the whole vascular system, the heart,
lungs, brain and nervous system.
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Among the earliest
conditions to examine is the heat. It has inflammations of all
the organs, especially the brain, lungs, and liver.
The intestines are also involved as well as
the other organs. These inflammations are always attended by
violent heat; the heat is some thing unusual.
It is more marked in Belladonna than in almost
any other remedy. When you put your hand upon a Belladonna
subject you will suddenly withdraw it, the heat is so
The memory of the heat is carried in the hand
and fingers for some time.
Pains, inflammations, and sufferings, nightly
attacks of delirium, violent attacks inflammatory in character
are attended with that kind of heat.
No matter where the inflammation is, there is
that same intense heat, There are times, though, when that
kind of heat is present, and it is not Bell., and that is when
the fever is of the continued type.
Bell. has no
continued fever in it. It is true the older books tell you
about Bell. for this violent heat in typhoid and some other
continued fevers, but if you examine Bell. from beginning to
end you will find nothing continued in its fever.
Its fever is remittent. It never comes on in
its complaints gradually like typhoid. It has not the gradual
rise and the gradual fall like a continued fever.
I only mention that so that you will not be
Our lamented Hering, one of the ablest
teachers the world ever had, classes Bell. for typhoid fever
when the delirium and the heat are somewhat like Bell., but
let me tell you just what will take place.
When you give Bell. for the delirium in
typhoid fever - for such a delirium as looks like Bell. - you
may subdue the delirium, but other manifestations will rise in
You will not subdue the fever, but you will
subdue the patient. The patient will be sick longer, will go
into a greater state of prostration than if you had let that
But Stramonium fits perfectly Herings
description of a case in which he says Bell. should be
The idea of that heat must be well fixed in
Heat, intense heat, violent heat.
another phase of Bell. that runs all through these
inflammatory complaints and its fevers.
The inflamed parts, and very commonly the
skin, are very red, and, as the inflammation advances, grow
dusky; as the fever advances the face becomes mottled; but the
first representation of Bell. is bright red, and the skin is
An inflamed part than can be seen will be red.
In inflammation of glands the skin over the glands will be
bright red in spots.
Hence red spots in the neck over inflamed
glands. Inflammation of the parotid glands, inflammation of
the sub-maxillary glands, inflammation of the glands of the
neck, there will be a spot as red as fire over
The throat is as red as scarlet. The mucus
membrane is inflamed, and red as scarlet. After a little it
grows dusky, finally mottled; showing the character and
direction of the Bell. constitution.
It travels gradually towards a zymotic state,
such as we see in scarlet fever, in low inflammatory
conditions; at first intense congestion, but vaso-motor
Intense congestion and blueness, or purple and
feature of Bell. is present in its inflamed parts, and in its
painful parts, whenever Bell. brings out anything like a
decided action, it has burning; intense burning.
The burning in the throat with a Bell. sore
throat is like a coal of fire. Inflammation of the tonsils,
burning like fire.
The skin burns, and it is burning hot to the
sensation of the patient, and intensely hot to the doctor. The
skin burns in scarlet fever. He says,
It burns so, doctor, it burns so;
in bilious or remittent fever. In inflammation
of an organ, the skin burns, there is a burning fever, and the
part itself burns.
Inflammation of the bladder, with burning.
Congestion of the brain, and the head burns. Congestion of the
throat, and the throat burns.
It is hot locally, and it also burns
subjectively. In gastritis there is burning.
In inflammation of the liver, the liver burns.
Congestion of the liver with jaundice, and the liver burns.
Now, we have three leading features; do not call them key
notes, for that is not what I mean; heat, redness and
We will see how they modify the whole feature
of the sickness, how they permeate and ramify, and how they
is not all. We have much swelling in Bell. The inflamed parts
swell rapidly; are extremely sensitive to touch; are very
painful, with the sensation as if they would burst, with
pressive pains, stinging and burning.
There is heat, redness and burning in these
inflamed parts, as well as swelling. Swelling, stinging,
burning, throbbing. All over he throbs with all congestions
and inflammations he throbs.
The part itself throbs, and his carotids
throb. When children are sick in bed with congestion of the
brain, they have an intensely hot head. If old enough to talk
about it, they will say it burns.
But then we will notice the throbbing. The
temporal arteries and the carotids pulsate, with great
violence. A turmoil is going on. An earthquake is taking
place. Everything is being shaken when the patient needs
It is one of the most painful of remedies. It
is so sensitive to pain. So sensitive that be suffers more
than ordinary people do from the pain.
And, remember, the pains
comes suddenly, they remain longer or shorter, and they go
suddenly. They do this in neuralgia; they do this in
inflammatory conditions, they do it in inflamed organs; they
do it wherever they come.
Pains, tear, shoot, burn, and sting, and
press, and smart, all at once. All of these characteristics
are bundled up into one bundle, so that he suffers.
All of his pains are worse from motion, worse
from light, worse from a jar, worse from cold. He wants to be
wrapped up warmly, and is worse from any exposure or a
The headaches are like many of die other
pains; it feels as if the brain was going up and down, tearing
and burning at every step he takes, and from every motion of
the eyes, or turning the eyeballs, or going up stairs, rising
from, his seat, or sitting down; all motion creates violent
pains; feels as if the head would burst, as if the eyes would
be pressed out. If he moves he starts the heart to pulsate on
his sore parts and he calls them hammering pains.
Wherever that pain is he cannot have it
touched. If it is touched it will throb. If uncovered it will
become worse. If some one walks across the floor, the jar
makes him worse.
The jar of the bed, if he is in bed, is a
common aggravation of Bell. If he is so sick that he is in
bed, the jar of the bed makes all of his complaints
You go to the bedside of a patient suffering
from, an inflamed liver, and he will not let you put your hand
on the bed, for the jar makes him worse. If the pain is in the
abdomen; if it is an inflamed uterus; if it is in confinement,
it is the same.
This aggravation from the jar is such a marked
feature that it is not always confined to inflammations. It is
often a modified in a state of nervous
A woman in confinement, when there is no
inflammation, and none threatening, is in such a state of
hyperesthesia that she wants the windows closed to keep the
air out; she does not want to be touched; she does not want
the bed moved, any little jar aggravates; she is so sensitive
to a jar, even when there is no sensitive part.
You go to such a case, and you will realize in
time that you are going to have a difficult and painful labor,
But with a dose of Bell. all of these
complaints pass away quickly, so quick is the action of this
medicine. The jar of the bed will often reveal to you the
nature of the remedy. If you walk to the bedside of a patient
suffering from gallstone colic, with violent pains, he cannot
have the bed touched.
His face is red, his skin burns, he cannot be
touched, he is in excruciating, agony, and he tells that
before you have crossed the room, You see it all. He
Dont touch the bed, doctor.
That is a special feature; the aggravation
from a jar is marked.
Spasms: general spasms and local spasms.
Spasms of little canals, of the circular fibers, of tubular
organs, like that I have spoken of in the gallstone
In the ductus communis choledochus there is a
clutching - or it may be in the cystic duct that the circular
fibers, clutch that little bit of stone and will not let it
The passage is large enough to admit it and it
has started to go through - but the irritation of the part
causes a spasm and it clutches, that little stone; you put a
dose of Bell. on his tongue, the spasm lets up, stone passes
on, and there is no more trouble; in fifteen minutes the
gallstone colic is gone.
There is never a failure in homoeopathic
prescribing in gallstone- colic. The symptoms are not always
Bell., but in this instance, where that horrible sensitiveness
is present, it is Bell.
8. Convulsions in
They are violent and are usually
associated with cerebral congestion. The skin is always in a
state of fever. They are brought on from light, from a draft
of cold air, from the infant becoming cold.
Nervous, brainy children, those with a good
sized head, and plump, large-headed boys; boys especially, but
also girls that have boys heads, when exposed to the cold have
convulsions. Light, motion and cold will bring on these
The Bell. subject as an individual, like Bry.,
is worse in all his complaints from motion.
Motion brings on convulsions, motion brings on
pain; motion increases the action of the heart and brings on
throbbing; motion brings on many complaints and increases the
These symptoms often occur with cerebral
congestion, the violent cerebral congestion of the infant. If
they are old enough to talk they will talk about the hammering
in the head.
Convulsions come on, with great
They come on entirely unexpected. In most
instances of convulsions in the long acting remedies and
medicines of the zymotic type, the patient has not been
prospering in the last days of her gestation; but with Bell.
she goes on part way through the labor, or finishes it, and
little is expected.
Perhaps her face is a little too red, but she
goes into a convulsion unexpectedly, a violent one from head
Congestion of the brain, with excitement.
Intense heat; everything is intense, violent, sudden and
The pains sometimes leave in confinement
suddenly, and a convulsion comes on. But look and see that all
the sensitiveness that I have described runs through the
The pains cease suddenly. The blood seems to
mount to the head. The face becomes red. Congestions come on
suddenly. Convulsions epileptiform in character.
In Bell. the infant also commonly remains in a
profound stupor, the profound stupor that goes with congestion
of the brain pupils dilated; skin hot and dry; face red,
Finally the child becomes pale as the stupor
increases and the neck is drawn back, because as it progresses
the base of the brain and spine become involved, and the
muscles of the neck contract; drawing the head -backwards; and
he rolls the head; eyes staring, pupils dilated.
This mental state is associated with scarlet
fever and with cerebro-spinal meningitis.
Now think of these generals whenever you come
to Bell. This idea of Bell. must prevail. No matter how many
little symptoms you accumulate, get at these first.
symptoms of Bell. are delightful to study, but dreadful to
look upon. The mental symptoms are such as come on in intense
fevers, such as are observed in maniacal excitement, in
Excitement runs all through. Violence runs all
through the mental symptoms. The mental symptoms are all
active, never passive. There is no passive delirium in Bell.
It is a wild state.
He is wild; striking, biting, tearing things;
doing unusual things; doing strange things; doing unexpected
things. He is in a state of excitability. These mental
symptoms that come on during fevers, the delirium and
excitement, are very commonly ameliorated by eating a little
That is not generally known in Bell., but it
is quite a strong feature. But remember the violence, and with
it, if you go to the bedside where there is this violent
delirium, keep in mind the heat, redness and
Full of imaginations. Sees ghosts, and
spirits, and officers, and wild things. In the early part of
the fever the delirium is very violent and excitable; but as
it passes on he goes into a sleep, a sort of half-slumber a
Apparently in a dream, and he screams out.
Dreams horrible things. Sees in his dreams the things that he
talks about. When he has real sleep, or resting, as near as it
is for him to rest, he has violent dreams;
Sees things on fire. He is in a delirium, and
in torment. He becomes stupid at times, appears to lose
consciousness. Loses the memory of all things and then becomes
wild. His delirium goes ort when he appears to be
Again, these mental states take the form of
acute mania, when the patient will bite the spoon; will bark
like a dog; will do all sorts of violent things; even jump out
of the window. He has to be restrained, put in a
The face is red, and the skin is hot, and the
patient at times says that he burns all over, or that the head
burns, and the head is very hot.
During all this time the feet are cold. Head
hot, feet cold, or feet and hands cold as ice. It seems all
the blood is being hurried to the head. All sorts of delusions
and hallucinations are mingled with the acute mania; ghosts;
horrid monsters; strange things, and deformed
Fear of imaginary things, and wants to run
away. In the delirium of Bell. he wants to jump out of the
window, wants to run, wants to get away from his attendants.
He thinks they are doing him injury.
Throughout the acute mania, and throughout the
delirious state, all the manifestations partake of violence.
The Bell. patient in the most acute state must
be watched, controlled, handled, and sometimes tied. In the
text it describes these states as rage, fury.
He wants to do violence.
Moaning. Instead of eating, bit wooden spoon
in two, gnawed plate, and growled and barked like a dog. A boy
violently sick ran around the room laughing
It has an insane laughter. A loud, boisterous
A piece of bread, which he took to be a stone,
he threw far from him. He turns and rolls in bed in a perfect
rage. Aversion to noise and company.
Aversion to light; is better in the dark. At
times a more passive state intervenes between these attacks of
The active time is always that of violence;
but there is sometimes a more passive state when the patient
will sit or lie in bed and tear the bed clothing, or break
anything that she can get her hands on. If it is a stick, she
will break it up.
Running all through the complaints, whether
delirium, fever, or pains, there is starting.
Starting in sleep like an electric shock. just
as soon as he falls asleep a sensation like an electric shock
throughout the body. Starts in fright at approach of others.
Fear of imaginary things, wants to run away from them. Great
anxiety runs through the remedy. As a patient comes out of
these attacks of delirium, as he comes out of convulsions,
fear is depicted upon the face. The patient is in great
excitement; the circulation is in a state of great excitement;
the heart is in great excitement; motion and emotion increase
the beating of the heart.
It may have been gleaned that Bell. is a
remedy that is over sensitive; a state of hyperesthesia
extreme irritability of tissues. This is said to be an
increased irritability of the nerve centres. This develops a
state of increased ability to taste, and to smell and to feel;
excibility of the sensorium.
to impressions. Sensitive to light, to noise, to touch, to
jar. The sensorium is violently excited.
Excessive nervous irritability stands out,
perhaps, as one of the most prominent features of Bell. in
contrast with medicines like Opium that deprive the patient of
The more congestion there is in Bell. the more
excitability. The more congestion there is in Opium the less
And yet they are very similar in many
respects; very similar in aspect; in the appearance of the
eyes and face; similar in pathological states. If I were to
prescribe on the pathological state, the congestion of the
brain, the appearance, without taking in the intensity of the
one or other, I would not be able to distinguish between Opium
They often antidote each other. But we do not
prescribe on pathology, but upon symptoms, after careful
Vertigo, with this intense excitability.
Turning in bed, or moving the head makes him dizzy.
Things go round.
Vertigo with pulsations.
Moving the head increases the pulsation, and
the vertigo. The patient lies in bed; cannot hold the head
This increase sensitiveness especially applies
to the scalp. We notice it particularly in the woman. She
cannot have the hair bound up. It is often the case that Bell.
patients will not have the hair combed or brushed.
Lets the hair hang down the back; so sensitive
is the scalp.
Hair feels as if pulled. Does not want the
There are some remedies that correspond to
extreme irritation in very sensitive natures; like Hepar,
where she faints with the pain; like Nitric acid, when cannot
bear the noise of vehicles going along the street, because it
creates such violent sufferings; like Coffea, where footsteps
aggravate all the complaints; he was so sensitive to pain that
the noise of one entering the door when he was on the third
floor aggravated his sufferings intensely, though no one else
could hear it.
In Nux vomica, even the sound of footsteps
increases the pain all over the body. Bell. has in its nature
all this sensitiveness to pain. It is a part of the general
sensorium; the who bodily state is intensified.
The Chamomilla patient is oversensitive to
pain, but we do not need to sympathize with the Chamomilla
patient, he will fight it out himself. But you will pity the
Belladonna patient, you will pity the Pulsatilla patient, and
the Nitric acid patient.
A strange part of it also is the reactive
excitability. The reaction to medicine is so quick and so
sudden that I have many times heard a patient say, before I
had turned my back away from the bed,
That medicine has relieved me, so quick is the
In many medicines reaction is slowed down, but
in Bell. it is intensified. So it is in Nux vomica and in
Zincum. When the case is very acute, but sometimes also when
the case is somewhat chronic, this sensibility is
Cuprum is so sensitive all over. It has
sensitive warts; it has sensitive skin, sensitive polypi,
everything sensitive; and it is so sensitive in its reaction
that, when it is needed, partially indicated remedies will not
work, because the patient is so oversensitive to everything
that everything overacts.
The smallest dose, the mildest dose, the
simplest dose overacts and everything aggravates. Odors
aggravate; well selected remedies disturb instead of
Cuprum tones down, relieves that sensitivity,
and well-selected remedies will then act curatively and long.
Cuprum lacks it in that high state of congestion - it is not
like Bell. in that; Cuprum does not have that sensibility
along with the active fever and congestion, the throbbing and
disturbance of the circulation; but it has it in a chronic
Women and children are so sensitive that they
get no sympathy and it is not suitable for hysterical ones
either, but those that are not able to control themselves
perfectly. Such is Cuprum.
We have medicines that are suitable to
sensitive people, and especially sensitive women. Sensitive to
odors, sensitive to every conceivable influence.
The doctor who will go out and take care of
these poor sick little mortals, who understands their nature,
perceives their quality, and relieves them of their suffering
will command the whole community, in spite of the reputation
of all the doctors that are there before him.
He must not be one who measures everybody by
his own sensorium he may be a pachyderm, but he will find
patients that are sensitive.
is present in most of the Bell. headaches. There are stabbing
pains, throbbing pains, shooting pains, all in connection with
They are all sensitive to motion, to every
jar, to light, even to the winking of the eyes; sensitive to
draft. Bell. will be indicated when the head is rolling - the
patient rolling the head because the pain is so severe he
cannot keep still, although the motion increases the
A child lies and turns and tosses its head
with congestion of the brain, screaming out with the brain
cry, a sudden shriek. After awhile it wakes up and commences
to toss the head, and every few minutes it shrieks with that
brain cry; it is going into a stupor, the neck is drawn back,
the face is flushed, it is now becoming pale.
There are times of stupor, and in that stupor
the child cries out. In all brain troubles we must be careful
about feeding much, or overloading the stomach, because the
stomach is very feeble. It will not digest much, but the food
should be well selected and light.
Great heaviness of the head. The head feels
like a weight, and is drawn back. Sometimes we see the head
drawn back from contraction of the muscles of the neck when
the membranes of the upper portion of the spine are
Again, we see the Bell. patient drawing the
head back himself, because drawing the head back often
ameliorates the violent headaches.
This amelioration is kept up so long as he
holds the head back. Aggravated from bending the head forward
when sitting, from bending the head forward when standing, or
stooping. It feels as if the brain would fall out or push
This in creases the headache so much that it
sometimes turns into knife-like, or hammering pains. These are
the expressions used.
Sensation of nails and hammers, jagging and
tearing; but with all, pressure and throbbing. When rising
from a seat these sensations are all intensified. Throbbing
pulsation, like hammers hitting the inside of the sore skull,
described by patients as if the inside of the skull was one
continuous sore and was being pecked by hammers with every
Some times it will settle down while sitting
still, or while lying; but rising up from a chair will set
that hammer going.
Expansive is an expression that is often used
by the patient, and it was used by the provers. Expansive
sensation, as if the head was enlarged; pressure from within
All these headaches are relieved by pressure
upon the outside. Sudden touch or pressure will aggravate; but
pressure that is gradually increased and brought to bear
carefully upon the head will ameliorate, like the pressure of
a bandage, or a tight-fitting cap.
Again, all of these headaches are brought on
by exposure to the cold air; from standing in the cold air
with the head uncovered. Sometimes a severe headache will come
on from merely having the hair cut. Congestion of the head
lasts for days, with throbbing and pulsating; from having the
Ear troubles, chest complaints, rheumatic
complaints come on from having the hair cut, or from standing
in the cool air with the hat off; so sensitive is the head to
It may be said of this remedy that
complaints of various parts of the body come through the head
and go downwards, Complaints in the lower extremities,
rheumatic complaints of the joints, with great redness and
swelling, come on from uncovering the head, from exposure of
the head, or from getting the head wet, or from being caught
in a shower.
There is one complaint which will puzzle you
if you ever meet it and you do not know just what I am going
to tell you.
The complaints of Bell. in a general way are
ameliorated from rest, and aggravated from motion; but there
is a kind of restlessness with tearing pain from the hips
down, most troublesome to observe, that keeps the patient
walking all of the time.
The instant there is rest the pains come on.
They sometimes shoot downwards, they sometimes tear up and
down the nerves; and this comes on from exposure of the head,
and not from getting the feet wet.
Complaints of Aconit and Pulsatilla come on
from getting the feet wet, and these complaints rise upwards,
come on through the feet and go upwards and affect the
Bell. complaints come on from exposure of the
head and go downwards; sometimes affect the head sometimes the
chest sometimes the stomach, sometimes centre in the abdomen,
sometimes centre in the uterus and ovaries.
Rhus has complaints from getting wet, but the
complaints are in the parts that are wet. If he gets the legs
wet he will have rheumatism in the legs.
There is a vast distinction, and this
distinction has to be made in almost every prescription you
will make. Homoeopathy is a matter of individualization as to
how complaints spread. Some complaints begin on the right side
of the body and spread to the left.
Some complaints begin in the top of the body
and go downwards. That is the way this remedy acts. In some
remedies the exposure of the feet to an ice cold draft mill
bring on headache (Silic.); but in Bell, the exposure will
bring on a headache, or neuralgia of the lower
Now that pain that comes on from rest is an
exception in Bell. That illustrates again the importance of
distinguishing very decidedly between generals and
Without knowing Generals and Particulars you
will never do accurate prescribing. The lower extremities here
are the particulars. The patient and the general condition of
the patient are ameliorated by rest; the symptoms of the
patient are ameliorated by rest.
All of those symptoms that can be predicted of
the patient himself are ameliorated by rest, but the pains of
the lower limbs, as described, those neuralgic pains are
ameliorated by motion, and come on in rest.
That does not mean that all the pains in the
lower extremities are ameliorated by motion, because the pains
in rheumatism are invariably ameliorated by rest, and
aggravated by motion.
Those tearing pains, from the hips downwards,
with no swelling, come on during rest. All remedies are full
of freaks, and it is the figuring out of these peculiarities
that enables us to do good prescribing.
With all the complaints of Bell. do not lose
sight of the congestion upwards.
Rush of blood to the head. Cold
Cold feet, cold hands; hot head.
conditions of the eyes. Glistening eyes. Dilated pupils.
Flushed face. Intense redness of the inflamed part.
Inflammation of all the tissues of the eyes,
the lids, and all the parts of the eyeball, with most violent
pain. Heat, redness, and burning.
These three strong features that run through
the remedy will be found in the eye sufferings. Pulsation,
tumefaction, lachrymation; intense pains; sufferings all worse
from motion, and worse from light.
Most intense photophobia.
Flashes of light and flickerings before the
When reading, lines appear crooked.
Dimness of vision, or actual
Intense congestion and fullness of all the
Apoplexy of the retina. Half-opened,
protruding, staring eyes.
You will see that in the infant when the child
lies in a stupor; eyes half open; congestion of the brain;
face flushed and intensely hot; rolling the head from side to
side; if it has been going on for several days the face will -
later become pallid, and the neck drawn back.
In these congestive troubles, lying with the
eyes half open; almost no winking.
Orbital neuralgias. Protruding eyes, with
dilated pupils. Inflammation of the optic nerve and retina.
Eyes congested and red.
Another feature belonging to the eye is
strabismus. Not those cases coming on gradually, such as will,
need the surgeon, but those that come on with congestion of
the brain, with this state of congestion and dilated pupils
and rolling the head from side to side, flushed face,
throbbing carotids and intense heat.
After a day or two the eye begins to turn in,
and the little one is cross-eyed. That is an additional
indication for Bell. Sometimes, coming out of a severe
congestion, the strabismus remains and Bell. is sometimes the
All of these cases coming on from the
circulatory, conditions should be cured with remedies. They
should never be sent to the surgeon. Though they remain some
time, even months, they will be cured by well-selected
remedies, while those that come on gradually, and those that
are born so, will not be relieved by remedies.
Only those spasmodic ones mat are associated
with, and come on from, congestion of the brain. In connection
with congestion of the liver and duodenal catarrh there is
yellowisness in the eyes.
inflammations of the ear which go on to suppuration Bell. is
rarely useful. We have to look to deep acting remedies. We may
have the pain, tenderness, over sensitiveness, all
inflammatory conditions; but cases requiring Bell. rarely go
on to suppuration.
15. Mucous Membranes:
we come to the mucous membranes, the nose, mouth, throat,
larynx, chest, the mucous membrane extending into the car
through the Eustachian tube, and we have another strong
feature of Bell. which characterizes most of its
Great dryness; a sensation of
Dryness in the nose; mouth; of the tongue; in
the throat; in the chest, and such evidences as dry cough and
These are so general. that with the nose
symptoms, the coryza, the throat symptoms, the cough, this is
intensified; dryness of mucous membranes will generally be
found. It is that way with Phos.
When Phos. has a sore throat it will have
dryness of the mouth, tongue and air passages.
This is general as to the respiratory tract.
Then there is coryza with much sneezing,
Pricking, burning in the nose.
Hot sensation in the nose. The general states
present Much redness of the face, much heat with the coryza;
hot head, cold extremities; marked headache, because there is
The very dryness itself is sometimes causative
of pain, because the natural flow from the mucous membranes is
Whenever we have checked secretions we have
fever, and in Bell. this is marked. Checking of the discharge
with fever, with heat, redness and burning; red face, burning
face; heat in the face and head, and cold extremities. It says
in the text,
maddening headache, with suppressed
Now, in such a climate as this most people
during winter and cold weather and the changes have more or
less mucous flow from the nose, and eyes, and air
They are better when this takes place. All at
once it stops, and all the parts become dry; then look
An awful, maddening, throbbing headache comes
on. It is not so suitable for those old catarrhs where there
is a copious flow of thick, yellow mucus.
The catarrhal state wherein Bell. is useful is
simply the exaggeration of the whitish mucous flow. Where it
has been thick and yellow, and then stops suddenly from a
cold, and a coryza comes on, Bell. is worthless.
Always bear in mind that you select for
suppressed catarrh a medicine that is within the sphere of the
symptoms that have been suppressed. Hence, the medicine for
thick, yellowish-green discharges might be Merc., Sulphur, or
Pulsatilla; then you are within the range of medicines capable
of re-establishing the flow, and at the same time beginning a
curative effect on the state of the tissue, leaving the
patient in a much better state.
faceaches. Rending, tearing pains in the face; throbbing pains
in the face. Pains in the face worse on the right side; worse
from a jar; with much heat; throbbing carotids; hot head;
brought on from exposure to cold wind, and riding in the cold
Bell. has cured paralytic conditions, but
Causticum is generally the remedy for paralysis of the face
from riding in a cold wind. Spasms of the muscles of the
Extraordinary twitchings of the face.
Erysipelas in the face; a bright red gradually becoming purple
if there is a fever accompanying it. In the neuralgic pains
there is always more or less congestion of the face with
violent pains, and the face will be bright red.
With the zymotic state, as the febrile
condition becomes more profound, and as the blood becomes more
zymotic, the face grows from duskiness into a mottled state,
as you will see in Baptisia, more marked in Baptisia than in
Red face, with burning heat.
The teeth are full of pains, congestions, and
aches of a similar character. Very sensitive teeth.
The tongue should be a dry tongue, as that is
general with its mucous membranes. Dry mouth; dry tongue;
swollen tongue; protruding tongue, dry and hard, feels like
Loss of sensation, loss of taste, loss of
power of the tongue and loss of speech are all Bell.
Paralytic weakness of the tongue; trembling of
the tongue when it is protruded.
It comes out weak, In a very few days the
Bell. fever patient is greatly reduced, is greatly exhausted,
has almost a paralytic weakness.
When he raises the hand and holds it a moment
it trembles in the same way.
That which is found in the tongue is only a
part of the general state. Trembling from congestion of the
nerve centers. The papillae of the tongue are erect, and the
tongue is bright red. Bright red tongue in scarlet fever.
Bright red tongue in congestion of the brain, with the erect
When going over Arum triphyllum I told you it
had been pronounced strawberry tongue.
It is the same with Bell. The tongue looks as
red as a strawberry, and the papillae stick up like
Red streak in the middle of the tongue, wide
and broader towards the point. Tongue, white centre with red
White tongue with brain affections is not
uncommon. It has thick, milk-white, delicate fur all over the
tongue in brain troubles.
Dryness of the mouth, with thirst.
Dryness of the mouth, with no
Bell. is full of thirst, we will find when we
come to study the stomach symptoms.
Sometimes Bell. wants large quantitiesof
water, but at others they want water constantly to wet
the mouth, like Ars. It is a common feature in Bell., like
Ars., to want water little and often, just enough to wet his
parched tongue, mouth and throat.
Dryness in posterior nares, and the mucus that
he drags down from the posterior nares is tough and stringy,
and very scanty, and it is white, or, if changed at all from
white, it is bloody.
Yet I have not said anything about this remedy
for bloody discharges and for bleeding. We will find before we
finish that it is a haemorrhagic remedy, that parts bleed
There is bleeding from the eyes, bleeding from
the nose, bleeding from the throat, bleeding from the larynx,
bleeding from the chest, bleeding from the bladder, bleeding
from the uterus.
Ulcers bleed. Little fine ulcers in the throat
no bigger than a pinhead. Little aphthous patches bleed. An
aphthous inflammation of the throat; but the most of the
complaints of the throat are dry and red.
tumefaction. Extremely sensitive; much swelling; inability to
swallow. Great pain on swallowing, with all the sensitivity of
the surrounding parts, with the sore throat, and with the
Inflammation and swelling of the tonsils, with
red face, intense heat, throbbing carotids, high fever, coming
on from cold. Fauces and pharynx deep red. Soft palate and
Swallowing painful, particularly of fluids.
Feels like a lump in the throat that is from
the swollen tonsils.
Constant scraping and hawking in the throat.
The pharynx and larynx are very commonly in a state of spasm;
partly from dryness, partly from extreme sensitiveness of the
nerves of the part. Clutching of the throat on going to sleep,
clutching of throat on coughing. Spasms of the
Spasmodic constriction of the throat.
Constrictions that are spasmodic.
Constrictions of the larynx, of the pharynx,
of the throat. Bell. has constructive pains in parts that feel
like the clutch of fingers. That sensation of clutching is
felt in the uterus; it is a spasm. It is felt, in the liver;
it is felt in the brain; it is felt in the throat. Jerking and
twitching of muscles, with violent pain, in painful
That is a strong Bell. feature. Patients
sometimes in their inability to describe their feelings will
Doctor, I feel a clutching in
This constriction that comes in the sore
throat occurs just in the act of swallowing fluids or solids,
and that action will force the food and fluids up into the
nose, and sometimes out of the nose.
Some remedies have it as a paralytic
condition, because the muscles of deglutition are paralyzed
and they do not favor the natural contracting actions to force
the food down the oesophagus, and in that way the food is
forced up into the nose and causes strangling.
In Bell., in its acute states, its
inflammatory conditions and its spasms would distinguish it
from Lachesis, where it occurs as a paralytic condition after
diphtheria, and from Alumina, which has a spasm of the
These are slow in coming on Bell. is early.
The early part of the fever is the time of its irritation. The
latter part of the fever is the time of its relaxation.
Rapidly forming aphthous patches upon the tonsils.
With the sore throat such as we have described
you will nearly always find an enlargement and inflammation,
or soreness of the glands, under the jaws about the neck.
Tenderness along with a Belladonna sore throat is a natural
feature running through the Bell. fevers of all sorts is an
unconquerable craving for lemons, and lemon-juice. Lemonade
seems to agree sometimes. In acute diseases when they crave
lemon it is good for them.
They often crave things to eat. You must not
be so violently temperate and in favor of prohibition that if
a patient longs for beer in acute sufferings you will not give
Thirst for water changed into thirst for
Thirst for things that could not be endorsed
in health, even.
Excessive thirst for cold water.
In the stomach and bowels we have inflammatory
conditions which can all be grouped as one. Pain, burning,
distress, distension; sensitive to a jar, and to the slightest
motion, and to the slightest pressure.
Sensitive to a jar, and sensitive to
Pain in the
stomach extending through to the spine.
Inflammation of the stomach from becoming
chilled, with intense heat; with much burning. It has violent
colic, intense cramping pain in children. Face red and hot;
pain relieved only by bending forward.
There are exceptional in stances where it has
been relieved by bending backward, when it is similar to
Dioscorea. The mother finds that by holding the child on her
hand it will relieve the colic.
That is like Colocynth; but Colocynth is
without much fever, without much thirst, a pain in one spot,
an intense colic in the abdomen ameliorated by doubling up,
ameliorated by bending across something hard, is
In that instance Colocynth can be prescribed
on that one group of symptoms.
Great pain in the ileo-coecal region; cannot
bear the slightest touch, even the bed clothes.
There are instances where Bell. is the remedy
has dysenteric troubles. Diarrhoea, with scanty fluid stool;
marked straining, but with it the face is flushed.
Heat, redness and burning in the face and
head. Cold extremities, with hot head. Much straining, but
passes scanty stool.
Spasmodic constriction of sphincter ani; with
Hemorrhoids that are violently painful, that
are intensely red, that are greatly swollen and inflamed, a
high grade of inflammation; cannot be touched; must lie with
limbs wide apart, the hemorrhoids are painful and there is
has a greater irritation in the bladder and along the urinary
tract than Bell. The urging to urinate is constant.
The urine dribbles, and it burns intensely
along the whole length of the urethra. The whole urinary tract
is in a state of irritation.
Bell. has cured inflammation of the bladder.
With the irritation and the congestion there is all the
sensitiveness to pressure we find in any other part where
Bell. is indicated; sensitive to a jar. irritable state of the
mind, irritable state of the whole nervous system.
Tenesmus of the bladder. After passing urine
sits and strains, in torment.
The urine is diminished, bloody, sometimes
pure blood, or little blood clots. A considerable quantity of
blood in the bladder comes away in little clots.
The urine looks as if mixed with brick dust,
or streaks. Strongly acid.
There is a spasmodic retention of urine and.
there is involuntary passing of urine. Dribbling of urine in
brain troubles. During sleep, dribbling of urine.
Dreams that he is passing urine, and
involuntarily passed it. Retention of urine after shock, or
from congestion of the brain, or after confinement. Bladder
full; great pain; great sensitiveness.
Involuntary dribbling while standing and
walking; or sometimes from mere motion the urine spurts. The
urging is violent and sudden. When a little urine has
collected in the bladder he has a sudden, painful
Much of the trouble is at the neck of the
bladder, and it is spasmodic. He feels the spasmodic
clutching. At the time of the urging, and at other times, he
has spasm of the neck of the bladder, from shock, from cold,
from anxiety, from mental disturbances.
When becoming old, or chilled, or in very cold
air, women lose their urine, like Dulcamara and Causticum.
Starts in sleep, and wets bed.
Dreams of a fright, which causes a starting,
and she wets the bed. On going to sleep, a sudden electric
shock goes through the whole body, and she wets the
Bell. is rich with such strange little
peculiarities; but it only shows the general spasmodic
condition and the general irritability of the whole Belladonna
We see those strange conditions and states,
the irritability in all parts of the body, especially where
there are sphincters, where there are circular fibres
clutching in thy neck of the bladder; clutching at the mouth
of the vagina; constriction of tubes. Constriction of the
Here we see a special marked feature of it, in
the neck of the bladder. It has more troubles in the woman
than in the man; that is in the symptoms and conditions in
relation to the female sexual organs, and to parturition, and
to the breasts, and during the period of gestation there are
many conditions where Belladonna will be needed. It is really
an important remedy for the nervous sensitive woman, the woman
of irritable fiber.
22. Female Genitals:
the male genitals we have scarcely any important symptoms; but
with the female there are many, and some very distressing
They have symptoms of great suffering, of
great excitability, The parts are sensitive; the uterus and
ovaries are congested, sore to touch, sensitive to jar.
Irritable uterus, until it has become enlarged and painful,
and sore to the touch.
Sometimes it remains in this state after
parturition. Or, after every menstrual period it is a little
larger, and remains. It does not return to its normal state,
but remains congested, and the woman feels all through the
interim as if she was menstruating.
Bruised feeling; sensitive to a jar. The flow
is copious and clotted. But the most striking feature here is
the uterine haemorrhage. Uterine haemorrhage from congestion,
with spasms, with great sensitiveness.
The uterus contracts with violence, hence, a
spasmodic contraction. Great soreness, with a copious flow of
bright red fluid mixed with clots, is the characteristic of
the Belladonna flow.
It is like Sabina in that respect. Those two
medicines have that in a high grade. The uterus fills with a
clot, and then comes a contraction like a labor pain and
expels it; for a while a copious flow of fluid; and then
contractions like labor pains come on again, expelling the
clots, and then comes the flow.
The blood clots soon, and the haemorrhage is
attended with great exhaustion. Now this occurs almost without
any provocation. This haemorrhage occurs also in connection
with abortion, Belladonna is a great remedy to check the
haemorrhage in connection with abortion or from any cause
whatever where the symptoms of sensitiveness are
Sensitive to touch, sensitive to a jar; the
patient herself is in that state of irritable sensitiveness,
great nervous excitement manifested both when awake and in
sleep, often with fever. Haemorrhage, with febrile conditions,
but usually the haemorrhage takes the place of the fever, and
commonly if there is haemorrhage it will relieve the
It is also a great remedy for haemorrhage
after confinement. The blood feels hot. Haemorrhage, with
hour-glass contraction. It is not an uncommon thing for the
placenta to be grasped in its middle by a, contraction like an
hour-glass tearing it loose here and there, and from below
comes the bleeding; a copious flow of blood. Bell. relieves
this hour-glass contraction.
It has also the most violent dysmenorrhoea.
Pains like labor-pains. Spasmodic labor-pains. Circular
contractions are the commonest forms in Bell.
All of the fibers should take part uniformly
and do their work uniformly, and thereby gradually bring to
bear a tightening upon the contents. In Bell. it is just like
a cord going around the body of the uterus, tightening it and
it interferes with labor.
That is the way it is in its dysmenorrhoea.
Violent contraction of the circular fibers, and hence, a woman
will often describe it as feeling as if the uterus was
clutched with a string. As if it were tightened. Bell. is rich
in spasmodic conditions, in haemorrhagic conditions, in states
of irritation, and in soreness, and the parts are sensitive to
pain, and the woman herself is dreadfully wrought up and
shocked by pain.
In addition to that, pains in the ovary.
Belladonna acts in many instances on the right side. It is
common for the right ovary to be more painful than the left,
or the right to be entirely affected and the left not at all,
in Belladonna. So it is with the right side of the throat. So
it is sometimes in the right side of the body.
Pains in the ovaries with the appearance of
the menses. Pains in the pelvic region, which come on
suddenly, and cease as suddenly.
The characteristic Belladonna pains come on
suddenly, sometimes stay a few seconds, sometimes a few
minutes, and leave suddenly. Pains from uterine congestion.
Acute inflammation of the uterus.
Enlargement of the uterus, and periodically
spasmodic bearing down,
It has a relaxation in the parts as well. The
uterus has been congested and is enlarged, and heavy, and the
little suspensory attachments have become relaxed, and tired,
and weak, and have stretched and elongated, and the already
distended and over weighted uterus keeps pulling on them, and
this creates the sensation that women so often describe, a
bearing down sensation as if the uterus would
It is sometimes described as a funneling
sensation. These are the expressions of women when they suffer
from prolapsus. That relaxation is common in a great number
that have been poisoned with Ergot.
The uterus comes down and is partly exposed
between the labiae. Prolapsus as if the whole inner parts were
coming out is a common feature, and with this she is worse
from a jar.
There is a great sensitiveness in the parts.
There is a great soreness in the uterus, and a sensation of
heaviness. I have seen women sit with their limbs wide apart
so sensitive is the neck of the uterus that is protruding from
Must sit; cannot lie down.
Many of the Bell. cases cannot lie down,
because of the stretching of the abdominal muscles. When they
lie down they must draw up the limbs to relax those
Must sit, or take a flexed posture. Great
sensitiveness in the parts. Pressing and urging towards the
There are all sorts of positions, and
aggravations, and ameliorations in Belladonna, in accordance
with what particular muscles are involved.
Some patients can lie better than they can
sit. Almost all are worse standing. Some are made better by
sitting with the limbs, wide apart. Most are aggravated by
bending forward too much. Sitting in a chair she cannot bend
forward too much, neither can she bend backwards without
increasing the suffering.
So sensitive, and so much swelling in these
parts. She is worse from motion, worse from jar, worse from
excitement, worse from the slamming of the door, because that
makes the muscles twitch.
All this illustrates how sensitive the
irritated parts are. Then in the external and internal
genitals and ovaries there is burning, and twitching, and much
heat. Often tearing pains; the tearing pains are generally an
exaggeration of those clutchings and constrictions, and such
are known as spasms especially of the circular
Belladonna is well suited to pregnant women
who are extremely sensitive, who are plethoric, who have
congestion from taking cold, who have soreness, where there is
threatened abortion, or during or after abortion when there
Then again Bell. is useful in red-faced
plethoric, vigorous women who have married late in life and
become pregnant, and when the day of delivery comes the
muscular fibres are in a state of tension.
The uterus will not relax. She is flushed and
has heat, and is in a state of excitement, sensitive to touch,
sensitive to jar.
Relaxation will soon follow. It is not to be
expected that she will have an easy labor, because women who
marry at 28 or 30, or later, suffer from prolonged
There is one strong feature of the hemorrhages
and, of the discharges; the flow of blood feels hot. During
confinement gushes of blood that feel hot. After abortion,
gushes of blood that feel hot.
A lochial discharge that feels hot, along with
the sensitiveness and soreness of the parts. Tenderness to
There are inflammatory conditions of the
breasts accompanying confinement. Milk fever. When the breasts
become red, extremely sensitive to touch.
She cannot turn over in bed; she cannot have
the bed jarred, the face is flushed and the carotids are
throbbing; there is fever; the sensitivity is aroused
throughout the economy.
Great induration; hard as a stone. Bell. will
stop the pain in the breast in a few hours. It will stop that
congestion, and, will relieve all suffering.
When the mammary glands are inflamed without
any general symptoms but merely an inflammation of the glands
of the larynx. There is that clutching again and choking. It
begins with a- rawness in the throat a smarting, and scraping,
and the formation of a little mucus. After much scraping and
hawking, it extends up the throat a little but before, he
begins to cough it is quite dry.
There is smarting, and loss of voice. As soon
as he attempts to go into a sleep, that clutch comes on and
wakes him up. Hoarseness and rawness and clutching in the
Laryngitis with sensitiveness.
Sudden attacks of hoarseness;
every motion, or the slightest attempt to
talk, the slightest effort to move the larynx or to touch it
Moving the head backward, or moving the head
from side to side, causes pain and cough. Swallowing
aggravates. As the bolus goes down behind the larynx he feels
a great big sore place, it is the larynx. The voice
One minute it is one key, and in another it
changes. Sometimes it is hoarse and sometimes it is squeaky.
And then, there is complete loss of voice, unable to utter a
Croup-like spasms in the larynx. Spasms of the
glottis. All the symptoms of croup, but no
It is simply a dry, denuded larynx, with
rawness and scraping; an inflamed condition. And this is the
form of the acute laryngitis; it comes ort very suddenly. His
respiration is short, rapid and painful. Often
condition, with spasmodic breathing. And again, these symptoms
seem to involve the whole chest. Oppression of the chest.
Asthma in hot damp weather.
The Belladonna cough comes on from clutching
in the larynx. As it a little speck of something had crept
into the larynx; a little dust, or a little food, or a drop of
water had gotten into the larynx, and he coughs.
Dry, spasmodic cough.
An intense cough. Cough at night. Cough when
lying down, more at night than in the daytime. The cough is
spasmodic, barking, short. It is a remedy for whooping cough,
with spasms of the larynx which cause the whoop and difficulty
Finally after long coughing, the expectoration
of a little blood, or a little thin white mucus, is the result
of the violent turmoil going on in the air passages from
coughing. The Belladonna cough is peculiar.
As soon as its great violence, and the great
effort have raised a little mucus he gets peace for a little
while, and stops coughing. But during the restful period the
larynx and the trachea, and the air passages grow dryer and
dryer, and finally they commence to tickle, and then comes on
the spasm, as if all the air passages were taking part in it,
and the whoop and the gagging, and sometimes
Then he gets up a little mucus and the cough
subsides. Another little interval and he has another spell.
That is the way its goes on, like whooping cough, but during,
all of the interim there is constant dryness. Hence the cough
is called paroxysmal.
Tightness in the chest, Painfulness in the
chest. Soreness in the chest. In Bell. the child will cry the
instant it feels that urging to cough, because it knows what a
great suffering is going to take place. The chest is so
painful, the child dreads the cough and screams. By the childs
cry we know that it is going to have a coughing spell
Just like, Bry.., Hepar and Phos., which have
that feature more, than other remedies. There is burning in
the chest; violent congestion in the chest; With all of these
chest complaints there is that dry, harassing spasmodic cough;
worse at night.
This remedy cures pneumonia and pleurisy. I am
sure every one here could picture a Belladonna pneumonia, or a
Belladonna pleurisy. I am sure you know the patient so well
that I need not describe the patient, the head, the
congestion, the red face, or the burning; but in pleurisy I
will tell you its secret. Bell. prefers the right
Great pain; extreme soreness of the part;
cannot lie on it; worse from the jar of the bed and you have
the Bell. pleurisy.
Bry. also prefers the right side, but the Bry.
patient must lie on that side; must have pressure, and is not
so sensitive to a jar; he has not the intense heat, he has
riot the great throbbing, and the burning.
Every kind of sickness that you go to you have
to individualize in that way. There is no other way to
Remember, with all the inflammatory conditions
there will be throbbing heat redness, burning, soreness to
touch, and sensitiveness to a jar.
With Bell. it means he cannot lie on the
inflamed part; while with Bry. he is ameliorated from lying on
the inflamed part.
Throbbing in all the arteries. Great
congestion. Vascular excitement. These are present with all
the congestions, and inflammations.
cures inflammatory rheumatism, when all the joints are
swollen, or a great number of them, and they are hot, red, and
We have in the rheumatism the heat, redness
and burning running through; with the same sensitiveness of
the whole patient, and a sensitiveness of the joints to the
jar of the bed.
He wants to lie perfectly still is very much
worse from motion and has considerable fever. Sometimes when
the fever in inflammatory rheumatism runs pretty high there is
delirium. But the striking features are the swelling of the
joints with the redness, and great sensitiveness to motion and
to a jar.
It is especially suitable to those that are
very sensitive to cold, who cannot bear the least uncovering,
cannot bear a draft, very sensitive to the motion, of the
covers, and ameliorated by heat.
The very stamp and character of Bell. is in
its rheumatic state, like it is in all of its other
complaints. It is the patient that has given Bell. that
character in provings; it is the patient that gives disease
that character when he had it, and it is only the fulfillment
of the Law of Similars when these come, together, and the
remedy annihilates the sickness.
Inflammation of the joints, coming on from
sudden exposure of that particular joint. Or from a severe
attack of cold one joint becomes inflamed. A trouble that is
localizing itself. It may be any joint- of the body, for Bell,
affects all the joints.
The sudden exposure to cold in plethoric
individuals, is one of the most prominent. causes of the Bell.
sickness. In chronic cases the taking of cold generally,
locates, or creates, a disturbance, and increases disorder,
that manifests itself in the weakest place.
Vigorous people take cold in the nose, where
they throw it off easily. You can often say to sickly patients
that your cold now affects you in the weakest place. If you
have liver trouble,
your cold will settle in the liver, and so on;
but when you get well you will take cold like other people, in
Absolutely healthy people seldom take cold,
but we do not have many such, they are so rare that we do not
often see them; and the snuffles, and sneezing, and the
running at the nose are simply throwing off of the cold of
ordinarily healthy people.
In the limbs,
again, we have convulsions, which is a part of the generals.
In all the muscles in the limbs, and throughout the body,
Children go into convulsions with head
troubles, with congestion of the brain, with irritation of the
brain. Convulsions from taking cold, in plethoric children,
and the limbs are most, likely to show forth these convulsive
efforts of the muscles.
Violent cramping. All the limbs are in a state
of convulsive movements. Sometimes the spasms are clonic, and
sometimes tonic. The convulsions in the limbs are sometimes
such as draw them up, suddenly, throw them out suddenly;
sometimes convulsions that throw the body backward, called
opisthotonos, and sometimes throwing the body forward, called
The most of the complaints in Bell. are
ameliorated by keeping still. The drawing pains, the
pulsations, the inflammatory conditions drive the patient into
a desire for perfect rest, are aggravated from
The disinclination and aversion to the
slightest motion is common in Bell., and as strong in Bell. as
in Bry. Bell. is so sensitive in parts that the motions of
talking are painful; so sensitive that the conclusion of the
voice is painful in the sore spots.
A person with a strong voice, a bass voice,
hardly thinks of the concussion that takes place; and much
less is that of the female voice, and yet I have seen that
aggravation from motion, and that aggravation from jar so
marked in the female that her voice was like the pounding of
hammers. In inflammation of the uterus, and ovaries, and the
bowels, she refrains from talking, because her voice creates a
concussion in the sore parts.
That only illustrates the extremes of this
great sensitiveness to motion and to jar. Jar is only an
exaggerated form of motion, bringing out that
If you will study the nerves you will find the
greatest array of peculiar nervous manifestations, such as
sensitiveness of the nerves, aggravated from shock; spasms;
various disturbances of the whole nervous, system; twitching;
jerking; trembling; subsultus tendinum, etc. Cramps, and
spasms, and convulsions in children.
Bell. is not suitable for those
numerous recurrent complaints, even though the single attack
should be mitigated with Bell. Take any of these attacks;
whether they are convulsions or headaches, or congestion of
the brain, they are running down and become excitable, take on
congestive attacks of the head, go right to bed, and roll the
You treat those with Bell.; the attack is
relieved. Take notice, I start out by saying this is only one
of a series. You may not know it. This may be the first
You reduce that one, and when that same
exposure comes again, that same attack comes back; but Bell.
does less this time than it did before. After two or three
attacks Bell. will do no more and you are worse off this time
than you were before.
When it has broken the first one the physician
should see that this is one of a series, and that Bell. is not
suitable. Often it is a case that needs Calc., I say often,
All the symptoms should be examined between
the attacks, so that the child may be elevated above these
attacks because the acute remedy will do no more than suit the
first, or second, or third at most. It has not the depth of
action, it has not the length of action. It does not affect
the economy profoundly enough. It passes away after a few
days; has to be frequently repeated.
The patient should be followed up and watched
in all these recurrent spasmodic and periodical complaints.
Bell. is not a good remedy for recurrent complaints for it
lacks periodicity, just as it lacks continuance of
Even if the first attack looked like Bell..
the next attack would come back just the same. Belladonna is
suitable in those complaints that if conquered have no
tendency to recur; those complaints that end in death or
recovery. It will only mitigate those complaints that are
Its sleep is a
congestive sleep, a stupor; full of dreams full of violence.
Wakes with fright from a horrible dream, a nightmare. Jerks
and twitches in sleep.
Moaning and groaning in sleep. Doing all sorts
of violence. Delirium in sleep.
Starts in sleep as if frightened.
In sleep sometimes the patient will commence
to talk, will talk faster and louder, the head becomes hot,
and the feet cold, and he ends with a shriek.
Restless tossing in sleep. Feet becoming icy
cold in sleep. Head getting hot, in sleep. Wakes up in a
fever, and excitement.
29. Scarlet Fever
symptoms so much like a typical old-fashioned Sydenham scarlet
fever that it has been useful in scarlet fever.
Perhaps it is one of the most frequently
indicated medicines in that disease. In some seasons, at least
it will run all through, and the majority of cases will be
Bell. cases, with the bright red face and glossy appearance of
Bright red, intense heat, great congestion;
after a short time if Bell. is not administered it will grow
But running through all this are those three
words, heat, redness and burning. Burning everywhere. The
temperature I described among the generals as being so marked,
so intense that you will carry it with you on the ends of your
fingers for hours after you have touched a Bell. scarlet
It differs wholly from the Apis case, which
has a rough rash. Bell. is smooth and shining. Apis wants to
be cool, wants to be uncovered; Bell. wants to be warm, wants
a warm room; Apis has no thirst, to speak of; in Bell. it is
the exception to have no thirst, generally very thirsty for
water, little and often.
The intense dryness of the mucous membranes
and skin. Coldness of the extremities with hot head. In Arum
triphyllum there is a constant picking of the mouth, with
suppressed or scanty urine; pale surface, only here and there
a little rash; the itching of the fingers, toes, nose and lips
will lead you to prescribe Arum.
You remember the Baptisia case, with that
mental state where he is feeling all over the bed to get the
On the other hand, where there is no rash to
speak of, now and then a patch enough to make a diagnosis, or
the diagnosis is made from the fact of some one else having
the disease in the family, the child is swallowing ice water,
but vomiting it up when it gets warm in the stomach, who would
not give Phosphorus?
So it is at the bedside we pick out the
distinguishing, things and see that these remedies are not at
Bell. stands out with its heat, its redness,
its turmoil. Remember it has, not continued fever; it is not
suitable in typhoid. Bell. in a night will bring down the
fever, will allay the delirium; but how is it the next
On comes the fever, and the patient is worse
than he was before. Simply because Bell. cannot hold what it
starts with. It is not suitable.
It has not that continued feature in it. We
are led to a medicine that corresponds to continuous fevers,
and such must be selected when we go into the typhoid
Our earlier practitioners often only thought
of what they saw at the time. It was only after our school had
considerable experience that it was found that periodicity
constitutes a symptom.
Every remedy has its pace, its times of
aggravation and its, times of amelioration.
So it is with Bell. . Its time is 3 oclock in
the afternoon, commonly. Its complaints, are generally worse
in the night. Its complaints commonly start about three oclock
in the afternoon, and run till three in the morning, or until
So that during the night its fever is highest.
The fever comes on, and rises rapidly, to a very high
temperature, sometimes 104 or 105 , and runs down again to
almost normal; but not with a complete apyrexia.
It is not suitable in complaints with complete
apyrexia, for that marks complete periodicity which Bell. has
The heat, the
redness and the burning characterize most of the skin
It has a fine rash; not the coarse rash, but
the fine, scarlet red, smooth rash. It has inflammation of the
skin, phlegmonous, a deep inflammation.
First bright red, gradually grows bluish or
purple, or mottled; and in this there is the heat, redness and
It is not suitable generally for the
erysipelatous inflammation of the skin and deeper tissues,
covered with vesicles, like Rhus.
Vesiculation is sometimes present, but it is
the exception, while in Rhus it is the general character. Rhus
begins with inflammation; it has heat, redness and burning;
but whenever Rhus begins an inflammation, just that instant it
throws out a great blister and it fills with serum.
Almost any Bell. surface that is inflamed is
likely to throw out a red rash. In intense fevers, where there
are not scarlet fever or any of the common rashes, a red,
fine, glossy eruption is likely to come out.
It is not an uncommon thing in congestion of
the brain, and in bilious fevers, for this rash to appear, and
it sometimes deceives the physician into making a diagnosis of
one of the eruptive diseases, whereas it is a mere
The Bell. skin, while it turns red, has such a
passive redness that you can write your name, almost, on the
skin. As you take your finger and make a line on it, it leaves
a white line behind your finger.
That was an old diagnostic phase of scarlet
fever, and it shows that Bell. produces upon the surface that
peculiar passive congestion very much like the scarlatina. So
we have in the Bell. provings a symptom that is even a
pathognomonic symptom of scarlatina.
But we do not prescribe on a symptom. Of late
years no homoeopathic physician ever thinks of giving a
medicine simply for the purpose of bringing the pulse down, or
bringing the fever down.
He prescribes for the patient. It is true that
the temperature does come down, if we get the right remedy;
but to prescribe a remedy to bring the pulse down is going at
it wrong end to.
One who thinks homoeopathically never
prescribes to remove a symptom; but guided by the symptoms he
selects the remedy, no matter what follows.
It is true the symptoms subside. Others might
say he prescribed to remove the symptoms, because they
Learn to keep the ideal of Homeopathy in mind,
and think rationally; in order to do that you will have to rid
yourselves of a tremendous amount of inheritance.
We have inherited the way to think wrong end
Yellowness of the skin from congestion of the
liver, and catarrh of the duodenum.
When persons have been over-medicated with
quinine until they take cold on every occasion, and a sudden
attack of congestion of the liver comes on, with the great
soreness, and the skin becomes yellow with all the
sensitiveness of this remedy, Bell. will cure such
There are conditions that follow Bell. that
relate to its chronic state. Where Bell. has been suitable for
the acute conditions, the congestions, but there is that
periodicity that I have mentioned, it has its natural
followers, and Calcarea is one of them.
In boys that are big-headed, plump, plethoric,
precocious, that take cold easily, and come down, with
headaches and congestion; school children that get headaches
At first helped; very commonly if you look
carefully into the case it will turn out to be a Calc.
It is so common for Calc. to relate in this
way to Bell.
Now-a-days we frequently find the dry, backing
cough in the hands of doctors who have given too much
Lachesis is commonly given to over-sensitive
women, and it produces many of those conditions; it sometimes
cures great troubles, but it leaves behind for weeks a dry,
hacking cough that keeps her from sleeping.
Sometimes it comes on after the first sleep,
which is commonly about ii oclock; a dry, hacking cough from
Bell. will cure this old effect of Lach., the
nervous state and excitability and the cough. Bell. will be
suitable as an antidote for Lach., that is, for the acute
Calc. is an antidote for the more chronic
effects of Lach.