a perennial herb (Dr Peters
Note: No the German chamomile is annual. The Roman variety is
perennial). with a strong fibrous root. In a wild state the stems
are prostrate, but in gardens more upright, about a span long,
round, hollow, furrowed and downy; the leaves pale green, pinnate,
sessile, with thread shaped leaflets. The flower heads terminal,
rather smaller than the daisy and of yellow or whitish
Chamomile is indigenous to Southern Europe, we have also a
common or wild Chamomile (Anthemis Cotula) growing in the United
States, but it is not considered as
good as the German Chamomile for medicinal purposes. The white
flowers are the best; they have an aromatic, agreeably bitter taste
and peculiar odor. They
yield their properties to alcohol and water.
herbalists used this herb for flatulency, colic, cramps in the
stomach and in mild sedative conditions. Homeopathically it is a
well proved and widely used drug.
Cham is a constitutional remedy is often not known but it
corresponds to sycosis and is suited to the arthritic
diathesis. Swelling of
prepuce (sycosis). excoriation at the edge of prepuce (sycosis)
provides the the sycotic taint.
general constitutional state of Chamomilla is great sensitiveness;
sensitive to every impression, sensitive to surroundings; sensitive
to persons and, above all, sensitive to pain. The constitutional
irritability is so great that a little pain brings forth
manifestations as if the patient were in very great suffering. It naturally belongs to the
woman's nervous system when she is wrought up and extremely
sensitive and in pain.
mental state goes along with this. Sensitiveness of the mind. Great irritability.
These two run through Chamomilla so closely that they are
affected by mortification (humiliation or indignation), by chagrin
(a feeling of embarrassment or humiliation caused by failure or
disappointment), so that the nerves become extremely sensitive from
these causes so much so that pains, convulsions, colic, headaches
and other kinds of nervous symptoms set in. The nervous child when
punished will go into convulsion. The oversensitive nervous women
will suffer from chagrin. Jerking and twitching of muscles from
mortification and excitement.
The excessive sensibility of the nerves is so excessive that
only a few remedies equal it, such as Coffea, Nux Vom, and
Chamomilla is particularly suited to light or brown haired
persons. It is suitable
to new-born children, and in particular to children during the
period of dentition. It is adapted to diseases of women during
labor. The mother screams during delivery "Oh; I cannot bear the
pain," whereupon a single dose of Cham 200 does the job. It is suited to children who
are mischievously disposed. Persons who are compulsively inclined to
lie .A Chamomilla patient is so sensitive to his ailments that he
would rather die than to suffer from them.
J. Hempel called this "the catnip of Homeopathy" because it was
particularly adapted to nervous affections especially of
children. This is one
of the remedies that finds its leading characteristic symptoms in
the mind of the patient.
To boil down all the different ways in which the Chamomilla
mind is expressed: one may say that the patient is cross, ugly,
spiteful, snappish. They knows it, admits it, and so does everyone
else. They will return
mean, uncivil, spiteful answers to their best friends, and then
confess their fault only to repeat it again and again. The next time
they may stoutly affirm that they cannot help it. This state of mind
is always present in the marked Chamomilla case whether it is adult
peevish disposition in which nothing pleases, takes possession of
the child, mother, father or any and all grades and classes of
subjects when Cham, is the remedy. It is also especially adapted to
ailments brought on by fits of anger. In short, it is the leading
anger remedy of the Materia Medica. The other leading anger
remedies for ailments brought on by anger, are Aconite, Bryonia,
Colocynth, Ignatia, Lycopoidium, Nux Vomica,
Of course the young child cannot give vent
to its feelings by talking so it comes as near to it as it can by
whining and crying, sometimes it seems without cause, and also when
it shows by fever, diarrhoea, teething and many other complaints
that it is actually sick and suffering. It wants this or that thing,
puts out its little hand for it, and when it is offered pushes it
away and points to something else only to reject it in turn. Now the child does not know
what it wants, but the homeopathic physician does. It wants a dose of
Kent says that "it is not
an uncommon thing, even now-a-days, and especially when practicing
in the country, for the young mothers and nurses to give Chamomile
tea for colic, after which the baby goes into convulsions. No one
attributes it to Chamomile tea, but the doctor will see at once; if
he knows Chamomilla, that these convulsions are due to Chamomile."
relates to pain and to the patient's mind. Their pains seems
intolerable and drives them frantic.
Numbness in the painful
Soreness of skin in
(raw, chapped) about anus(in children). Corrosive leucorrhoea in
women (watery, acrid).
Excoriation at the edge of prepuce
In a nutshell Chamomilla is sensitive, irritable, thirsty,
hot, numb and oversensitive from from abuse of coffee and
contradistinction Boerricke says A disposition that is mild, calm
and gentle; sluggish and with constipated bowels contra-indicates
Spiteful, sullen, or uncivil
irritability. So irritable that the patient can hardly return a
civil answer. Children are exceedingly fretful. They want to be
carried all the time in order to be quieted. Oversensitive to pain
(thinks that the pain is too severe to be borne) associated with
great irritability. There is a disposition to weep, and be angry,
with great sensitiveness to offence. There is a whining,
restlessness, impatience, intolerant of being spoken to or
interrupted all of which are typical symptoms. Mental calmness
skin color Cracked lips, excoriated and ulcerated. One cheek is red
and hot, the other pale and cold. There may be red miliary
eruptions on cheeks, wrinkles on the forehead and wrinkled nose.
Throbbing headache in one-half of the
brain. There is an inclination to bend the head backwards with warm
sweat about head.
specific in infantile earache; the pains are violent, worse
from warmth, the cheeks
are red, the patient is restless, fretful and there is great
hyperaesthesia with much suffering. The patient is worse at night
and from slightest cold.
are pains in the eyes with inflammation and bleeding with pressure
in the orbit. The discharge is profuse and acrid. with pressure in the
orbit. In the case of
the newborn the eyes may ooze bloody water. All these conditions
Chaam will cure if there is irritability and temper.
patient is sensitive to all smells with sneezing, watery coryza,
inability to sleep and loss of smell which lasts as long as the cold
Toothache which is ameliorated
from taking warm things and aggravated from cold, coffee and during
pregnancy. The gums are swollen, inflamed, painful and the teeth
feel too long resulting in nightly salivation.
Sore and inflamed
displaying a uniform redness spreading pretty evenly over the whole
throat, with considerable swelling and inflammation of tonsils. Cham will cure a sore throat
if associated with irritability, anger and in constitutions which
demonstrate much pain. The mental state determinates when to are to
give Cham in the case of a sore throat.
of appetite with an unquenchable thirst for cold water and a desire
for acid drinks.
Ther is aversion to coffee, warm drinks, soups and liquid
foods. The aversion to coffee is a strange thing especially as Cham.
and Coffee are very much alike in the general sensitivity of the
economy. Cham is the antidote to Coffee which is typified by persons
overdrinking it as a stimulant when tired and overworked or by
nurses drinking coffee to keep up at night in order to take care of
their patients etc. Cham antidotes the Coffee symptoms of yellow
tongue, bitter taste, pressive gastralgia as from a stone, bitter
bilious vomiting. eructations (which smell like sulphuretted
hydrogen) and regurgitation.
Patients exhibit painful
colic of the stomach and abdomen with evening aggravation Infants
are particularly susceptible. The typical Cham child doubles up,
screams, kicks; wants to be carried, is extremely irritable, has one
cheek red whilst the other is pale all accompanied with a peevish
mind which desires things but does not want them when they are
green, (like grass green or spinach) watery, corroding, hot, very
offensive (like rotten eggs). Diarrhoea is particularly noticeable
adopt many of the symptoms at menstrual time when they become
oversensitive to pain, snappish and suffer intensely even when the
pain is slight. The menstrual flow is black, clotted and offensive.
Cramping pains in the uterus, clutching and griping, worse by heat. Dysmenorrhoea and menstrual
colic following anger.
pregnancy also there is a Cham. condition in which there are
irregular contractions; false labor pains, labor pains that are felt
in wrong places such as the back, contractions that are most
painful, cutting , tearing, bringing out screams. So irritable is
she that she scolds the pains, she scolds the doctor, she scolds
every body; drives the doctor out the room, drives the nurse off,
and then calls for her again and refuses things that are offered.
With such symptoms Cham is the cure.
after pains, during post partum haemorrhage and during post
confinement when every breast feeding period is accompanied by
cramping in the uterus and back are still more occasions when Cham
symptoms may be exhibited. The two principal remedies to rely on for
back and abdominal cramp when the child breast feeds are Cham and
Puls. Their use should be decided upon by mental symptoms. Puls is
mild and gentle, though whimsical whilst Cham is snappish and
irritable. Both are sensitive to pain but Cham is far more so.
There is an irritable,
dry tickling cough, one cheek red whilst the other is pale and cold,
worse at night between 9pm and midnight after which time symptoms
improve. It is a common remedy for whooping cough when the mental
match and the child wants to be continuously carried.
is an insupportable pain in loins and hips with backache, stiffness
of neck muscles.
Violent rheumatic pains
in the limbs which drive him out of bed at night and compel the
patient to walk about. Although there may be numbness in certain
parts the pains in the long nerves of the extremities are very
violent and the patient seems just as sensitive to pain as at other
times. It appears that the pain itself causes the following
benumbing feeling a condition which in some texts is referred to as
"a paralyzing pain". There may be burning in the soles at night from
which the patient seeks relief by extending the legs out of the bed.
All the routine prescribers whenever the patient is known to put the
feet out of bed give
Sul, yet there is a large list of remedies with hot feet, burning
soles and all of them will put the feet out of bed, of course, to
cool them off. There is
no reason why they should all get Sul. The cramps in the legs and
calves are of a tearing nature and result in an inability to walk
due to pain and weakness and a sensation the the ankles will give
Drowsiness with moaning due to
lack of sleep on account of pain causing weeping and wailing during
the night sleep together with restlessness giving rise to anxious,
frightened dreams with half-open eyes.
Cham patient in general is chilly and better for heat as are the
pains in general except for of the teeth and jaws which are worse.
Excessive thirst for cold
Want of appetite and dislike of food.
Worse from damp, cold
weather and wind.
Warm, wet weather, open
air but oversensitive to draught.
When carried in the arms or
has one cheek red and hot whilst the other is cold and pale a
symptom it shares along with Acon., Mosch. and Nu-v.
has one hand hot, the other cold.
Lyc has one foot hot whilst
the other is cold.