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Debility and other complaints
after excessive loss of fluids, blood-letting, etc.
Haemorrhages profuse, with
faintness, loss of sight and ringing in the ears.
Great flatulence, with sensation as
if the abdomen were packed full; not > by eructation or
Painless diarrhoea (yellow, watery,
brownish, undigested) .
Periodical affections, especially
every other day.
Excessive sensitiveness, especially
to light touch, draft of air; hard pressure relieves.
Modalities: < from slight touch,
least draft of air, every other day. > by hard pressure on
Dropsy following excessive loss of
fluids; great debility, trembling, aversion to exercise;
nervous; sensitive to touch, to pain, to drafts of air;
unrefreshing sleep after 3 A. M.
Face pale, hippocratic; eyes sunken
and surrounded by blue margins; pale, sickly expression, as
Haemorrhages; from all outlets
(CROTALUS, SULPHURIC ACID, FERRUM). Blood dark, or dark and
clotted, with ringing in the ears, loss of sight, general
coldness and sometimes convulsions (FER. PHOS.).
General shaking chill over whole
Sweat, with great thirst; sweating
during sleep, on being covered.
This remedy is used by both schools
of medicine for conditions of great weakness and debility. The
old school, as they always do, prescribe it for all cases of
debility, on general principles, under the name of tonic. It
remained for Homeopathy to indicate its exact place here.
Hahnemann expresses it: "DEBILITY AND OTHER COMPLAINTS AFTER LOSS OF BLOOD OR OTHER FLUIDS, PARTICULARLY BY NURSING OR SALIVATION, BLEEDING, CUPPING, ETC., OR WHITES, SEMINAL EMISSIONS, ETC." I would add profuse
suppuration and long continued diarrhoea. If the depletion has
been sudden, as from a haemorrhage from the womb, lungs,
bowels or nose, there will be FAINTNESS, LOSS OFSIGHT, RINGING IN THE EARS, etc.
state of things we have a "friend indeed" in CHINA, and it should be given in
frequently repeated doses, not too low, until reaction is
established; then at longer intervals, as occasion demands. If
the debility is the effect of a slow and long-continued drain
the symptoms that might indicate it must be sought in the
Materia Medica; our space forbids trying to note them here,
but prominent among them are PALE, SALLOW FACE, SUNKEN EYES WITH DARK RINGS AROUND, THROBBING HEADACHES, NIGHT SWEATS, AND SWEATS EASILY ON LEAST MOTION OR LABOR.
It is always well
when a patient comes to us in a very debilitated condition to
think of CHINA, and to
make careful inquiry for some debilitating waste that would
account for it; for if it is a woman she may be suffering from
a very profuse leucorrhoea, which from delicacy she will not
mention, or if a young or even married man, he may be
suffering from seminal losses, of which he would not speak if
not encouraged to do so.
Again this remedy has its sphere of
usefulness in disorders of the alimentary canal. It has loss
of appetite, but CANINE HUNGER is more characteristic.
It is a great flatulent remedy, the choice often remaining
between it, CARBO VEG. and LYCOPODIUM. H. N. Guernsey
expresses it about right in these words"UNCOMFORTABLE DISTENTION OF THE ABDOMEN, WITH A WISH TO BELCH UP, OR A SENSATION AS IF THE ABDOMEN WERE PACKED FULL, NOT IN THE LEAST RELIEVED BY ERUCTATION." Such patients are
troubled with slow digestion, and as they express it:
sometimes it seems as if the food all turned to gas. They feel
so full and oppressed they can hardly breathe and still will
feel hungry at meal-time.
That the process of digestion is
seriously impaired is shown by a tendency to diarrhoea,
especially from eating fruit. The stools are watery, yellow,
brownish, or light colored and UNDIGESTED, and what is not
generally found under other remedies they are PAINLESS. The stools are also
accompanied with large discharge of FLATULENCE. (CALCAREA PHOS.) This is in accord with
the windy condition of the bowels generally. This condition of
abdomen with attending diarrhoea is often found in children,
and the child is weak, pale, with dark rings around the eyes.
Here CHINA is the remedy,
not CINA on the theory of
"worrums," and it is astonishing what improvement follows in a
Now as to this remedy as an
anti-periodic. The popular use of it by the old school, and
the laity under their instruction in this sense, or as a
panacea for all so-called malarious diseases, is a curse to
the race. That it is a great remedy, when indicated by the
symptoms, for periodical affections, whether of malarial
origin or not, is true, and so it is true of EUPATORIUM
PERFOLIATUM, IPECACUANHA, NATRUM MURIATICUM, ARSENICUM ALBUM, and a host of other
remedies. Affections that do not come strictly under the head
of malarial, if they are WORSE EVERY OTHER DAY, should call attention to
I remember a bad case of
inflammatory rheumatism, which had been treated by an eclectic
physician with local applications until the disease had been
driven to the heart, which I quickly relieved by CHINA, being
led to its choice by this every-other-day aggravation of the
symptoms. Of course, there were other indications for the
remedy, but this was the key that helped to unlock the case.
Those who depend on CHINA or its
alkaloid as a general cure-all for intermittents will meet
with disappointments all along the way, for while it may have
the power to suppress the paroxysms in many cases it has the
power to CURE in
comparatively few. I have seen a case suppressed time and
again with it, return as often, for over a year and a half
that I cured with a single prescription of EUPATORIUM PERFOLIATUM. And so with NATRUM MURIATICUM and ARSENICUM ALBUM. With all its vaunted
power over malarial affections, especially intermittent fever,
the indications for its use are not so clear cut as for many
I once had three cases of
intermittent fever in one family, living in the same house and
exposed to the same influences. Quinine failed to cure any one
of them, and a different remedy, as indicated by the symptoms
according to the homeopathic law of cure, was required for
each case and promptly cured it. The respective remedies were
EUPATORIUM PERFOLIATUM, IGNATIA and CAPSICUM. Now any good homeopath
can tell you the leading symptoms for all three remedies.
THAT IS SCIENCE.
I once knew a druggist who told me
that he had at last discovered one thing that mothers-in-law
were good for. Of course I asked him what it was. I wanted to
He answered, to try patent medicines on. She died (the
mother-in-law) shortly after. Well, there is one thing that
quinine in the hands of the average old school physician is
good for, and that is to make patients for homeopaths, for we
find more patients to treat coming from its abuse than we find
calling for its use as a curative, and from a purely business
standpoint we are greatly indebted to them (the allopaths) for
a good bit of practice. But how in the name of gratitude we
can ever pay them out of the poisonous results of our little
pill practice I don't know.
Now what are the best remedies for
what is called the QUININE cachexia? Here, as ever,
we must answer, the INDICATED one. IPECAC, ARSENICUM, NATRUM MUR., PULSATILLA and FERRUM are often indicated, but
they do not cover all cases any more than do HEPAR SULPH., NITRIC ACID or KALI HYDROIODICUM, all cases of
chronic mercurial poisoning. It is nonsenseworse than
nonsenseit is old-schoolism to say I gave NUX VOMICA because the patient had
taken pepper tea, or PULSATILLA for QUININE, or KALI HYDROIOD. for MERCURY. We do not prescribe
ACONITE because the
patient has fever (the old school does), but because the
patient has with the fever other symptoms which enable us to
choose between ACONITE and
many other remedies that have fever also, and this to the
exclusion of all the rest. THIS IS SCIENCE AGAIN.
CHINA is one of the best
remedies in chronic liver troubles. There is pain in the right
hypochondria, and often the liver may be felt below the ribs,
enlarged, hard and sensitive to touch. The skin and sclerotica
are yellow, the urine dark colored and stools light, lacking
the color due to a proper secretion of bile. Now if in
addition to all this we have in part or whole the abdominal
symptoms so characteristic of this remedy CHINA will do excellent service.
It is equally good in splenic diseases which closely resemble
the splenic troubles resulting from the abuse of QUININE. I have found the 200th
do better than lower potencies in these troubles.
I wish to say in addition to what
has already been said of CHINA for haemorrhages, that the
bleeding may come from any or every outlet or orifice of the
body. CARBO VEG., FERRUM, CROTALUS HORRIDUS, PHOSPHORUS and SULPHURIC ACID also claim attention here.
CHINA has excessive
sensitiveness of the nervous system. The special senses seem
too acute; the mind is unpleasantly affected, and nothing is
more characteristic of this remedy than its extreme SENSITIVENESS TO TOUCH. (ASAFCETIDA, HEPAR and LACHESIS.) It affects the skin
all over the body, even the hair feels sore (so says the
patient), because moving the hair hurts the sensitive scalp,
and in addition to this, one peculiar thing is that while the
LIGHTEST TOUCH WILL INCREASE TO AN EXTREME DEGREE THE PAINS OF THE DISEASED PART, HARD PRESSURE RELIEVES. That seems impossible,
but is true nevertheless. The sensitiveness is so extreme that
a current of air blowing on the part will cause great pain and
PLUMBUM also has this excessive
hyperesthesia, and I once cured a very obstinate case of
post-diphtheritic paralysis, being led to its administration
by this symptom. CAPSICUM
also has it. The patient can hardly bear to be shaved on
account of it.
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provides a perfect example of the
of a natural product from folklore and
into world trade and the
international drug market.
it's also a perfect example of how indigenous peoples and
natural resources are too often pirated and left out of the
by industrialized nations and rich,
multinational, profit-driven organizations.
fact that quinine and quinidine drugs were patented and sold,
Peru and Bolivia - from whence the discovery was made and
the resources extracted -
did not share in the patents or
resulting profits. Their natural resources
out and profitable world markets were created from them.
They were poor, developing nations without multinational
backing or investment capital - and ended up at the bottom of
the heap while competing in a global market
indigenous to their countries.
The cinchona tree provides a
perfect example of how a natural product can go from folklore
and indigenous use into world trade-and then into the drug
market. It's also a perfect example of how indigenous peoples
and countries with important natural resources are too often
pirated and left out of the profit loop by industrialized
nations and rich, multinational, profit-driven organizations.
Despite the fact that quinine and quinidine drugs were
patented and sold, Peru and Bolivia - from whence the
discovery was made and the resources extracted - did not share
in the patents or resulting profits. Their natural resources
were smuggled out and profitable world markets were created
from them. They were poor, developing nations without
multinational backing or investment capital - and ended up at
the bottom of the heap while competing in a global market for
resources indigenous to their countries.
While governments are making
inroads and new laws concerning biodiversity and intellectual
property rights to correct this situation, business still has
a long way to go to "do the right thing." Ideally, if natural
quinine bark makes a comeback in the growing natural products
industry or new drugs are developed for these drug-resistant
strains of malaria, these new laws will protect the natural
resources of these developing nations.