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Dr Peter Darashah
medicinal uses of Cina are largely due to its active poisonous
principle SANTONINE the central point of action of which is on the
abdominal ganglia. As a result of this primary action on the
abdominal ganglia there are reflex symptoms, convulsive twitchings
and jerkings of the limbs and even violent spasms.
general the Cina patient has a pale face which continues to be so
even if there be fever.(Ipec, Bry).With the pale face of Cina, there
are usually associated dark rings about the eyes. The pupils are
dilated. The child grinds its teeth during sleep. It also picks or
bores at the nose with the finger. The sleep is restless and
attended by crying out.
concomitant of all these conditions we find children who are
irritable, nervous, peevish and obstinate and who permit no one to
approach or touch them.
1. Intestinal Worms
most powerful for the elimination of thread-worms which are usually
evidence by the presence of white flecks in the stools. There may be
a terrible pinching pain in the belly and it may even become bloated
as a result. There is a loss of appetite and the nose and the rectum
alike will often feel itchy. The aforementioned symptoms together
with a sickly pale facial appearance, the blue rings about the eyes,
the grinding of the teeth associated with canine hunger give a
perfect Cina picture.
Cina the abdominal condition is cleared up and the ganglia are toned
so that the mucous membrane of the alimentary tract is normalized
the resultant effect of which is to no longer provide a pabulum on
which the worm can subsist thereby causing their death or expulsion
of little value in the case of oxyuris worms which appear about the
anus and get into the rectum and vagina because the symptoms caused
by them are not the symptoms of Cina. . In this case Calad is called
2. Irritiable Bowel Syndrome
Cina has become well known as a childrens
remedy. However there is another dimension to this remedy - that of
the adult. Keynotes for its use in this sphere are the presence of
diarrhoea and/or constipation combined with irritability or anxiety
of the nervous system. Restless legs, bruxism, rectal and nasal
itch, sinusitis, disturbed sleep, crawly skin sensations and
ebullitions of heat may also be additional presenting symptoms.
Reference has been made in Dr Peters
Tabular Materia Medica to the capriciousness of children who have
many desires and yet when these are provided for the desired objects
are immediately discarded. Such symptomolgy can manifest itself in
the adult in the form of a capricious appetite. The subject knows
not what they want to eat but simply eats impulsively everything
that comes their way which in turn leads to obesity and IBS.
4. Eyes and Asthenopia
also of use in affections of the eyes, especially in asthenopia.
When the patient attempts to read their begin to ache, the letters
become blurred and a cloud comes over the eye-sight. Ther may also
be nonspecific symptoms such as fatigue, pain in or around the eyes,
blurred vision, headache and occasional double vision. Symptoms
often occur after reading, computer work, or other close activities
that involve tedious visual tasks. When concentrating on a visually
intense task such as continuously focusing on a book or computer
monitor the ciliary muscle tightens. This can cause the eyes to get
irritated and uncomfortable. Finally a very peculiar effect on the
eye produced by Santonine is that objects look yellow. Relief is
obtained by rubbing the eyes.
5. Temper Tantrums
who exhibit irritability often tend to have terrible temper tantrums
as well. The tantrum may happen after they are told no or simply as
a part of their erratic and challenging behavior.
6. Coughs and Colds
works well as a homeopathic remedy for those who suffer from a
severe whooping cough. It may even feel as though the cough is
gagging the person at times as the chest often feels constricted.
The body may become stiff and there may be violent sneezing
associated with these coughing fits.
7. Sleep Problems
people turn to Cina if they have difficulty falling asleep or if
they suffer from restless sleep overall.
8. Twitching MusclesCina works well as a homeopathic remedy if the
muscles tend to jerk or go through spasms. It is particularly
helpful if the jerking or convulsions is brought on by touch or from
Hereunder I am presenting a case of acute orthopnoea
completely cured for the past seventeen years.
(Dr Peters note:- Orthopnoea refers to breathing
difficulty experienced while lying flat or a shortness of breath on
lying flat. This is a common symptom in patients suffering from
congestive heart failure which can be relieved by sitting up. Orthopnoea may be described
as two or three pillow orthopnoea meaning that the patient needs to
sleep propped up by two or three pillows in order to breathe)
On 29th April 1992 a gentleman came to me at 9:30 p. m. He
asked me to accompany him to see his wife who was unable to breathe
since 5:30 p. m. I suggested that he consult the in-charge of a
Nursing Home nearby where there were proper facilities. In such an
emergent case I, as a general practitioner, may not be of any help.
But he insisted on me seeing her as she wanted homoeopathic
So very reluctantly I accompanied him. The condition of the
lady was as follows:
She was sitting motionless on the sofa
straight like a statue, one leg on the sofa and the other hanging
Her face was ash white and
She was so motionless that it was not
appearing she was breathing.
She was drenched in perspiration below the
A fan was intolerable.
Tongue milky white.
Could only speak in whispers.
She had been suffering from such episodes for
the past three years.
She was in such a state I felt helpless yet I administered a
dose of Carb-veg 200 and began to watch its
effect. Meanwhile her
mother said that she often got attacks of eosinophia.
(Dr Peters note:- Eosinophilia is an abnormal increase
in the number of a specific type of white blood cells called
eosinophils with accompanying vascular inflammation. Eosinophilia is
characteristic of an allergic reaction to pulmonary aspergillosis,
asthma as well as to all types of parasitic round worm
Her information was a clue for me. In the past I had seen
Cina work like magic in cases where the eosinophil count was high. I
immediately put a dose of Cina 200 (4 globules of size No. 10) on
her tongue and asked her mother to bring half cup of warm water. I
put another dose of Cina 200 in the water and stirred it well. I
started giving her half teaspoons of this solution every 5 minutes.
After two doses of this solution she drew a deep breath like a sigh
and moved her leg down from the sofa and reclined against the back
of sofa. By this development I felt relieved. Within the next half
an hour she felt much as ease.
I then instructed her husband to make a pile of pillows and
quilt so that she may rest her head on the pile and could take rest
as it was not expected that she would be able to lie down. After
instructing them to give the solution of Cina frequently and to
report in the morning, I left for my home.
In the morning her husband reported that she became able to
lie down in the bed at about 1 a. m. At 4 a. m. she went to the
bathroom herself with little support. And she was feeling much
better in the morning.
A few more doses of Cina 200 were given and by 7th May 1992
she was quite well.
She had slight relapses on17thJuly 1993
and 4th April 1994 when every time Cina 200 promptly set her right.
After that she never had a relapse to this day December 2009.
(Author's Note:- After administering Cina I searched
the Materia Medica of various writers eg. Allen, Clarke, Hering and
Kent etc. but did not find the above related condition in any of
these Materia Medicas. But Cina certainly cured this condition;
therefore the inference is Cina has this condition in its
pathogenesis. Sometimes we find a new thing by