Introduction Although the plant is most commonly known in Europe it is
also native to India, China, Russia. Asia, South Africa, North and
South America. So ubiquitous is it that it would be easier to list
the places where it does not grow wild.
Ground hugging in marshes and bogs
(Drosera hardly exceedes six inches in height) this little perennial
is an aquatic herbaceous plant that supplements its nutrition by
catching insects. The little round leaves are covered in longish
hairs that have a small drop of liquid at the top end which gives
rise to its common name of dew plant. The exudate increases with the
sun a characteristic by which it receives the alternative name of
sundew. It is this intricate combination of liquid and hair that is
used to trap and digest insects.
The plant was used by Asian physicians
for skin eruptions and during the Middle Ages it was used to treat
the plague. Sundew was taken in the 16th and 17th centuries for
melancholia. In 1735 the Irish Herbal advised that it could be used
to "eat away rotten sores." When eaten by sheep it caused a severe
spasmodic cough similar to that of whooping cough which symptom led
to its homeopathic use as a cough remedy.
The Homeopathic tincture is manufactured
from the whole fresh flowering plant macerated in
Patients are suspicious, silent, reserved and
unduly irritable over trifles. They are restless, uneasy, often with
delusions of persecution, a fear of solitude, ghosts, darkness and
death with an inclination for suicide by drowning.
Useful for treating behavioral problems
where it is best suited to children who are restless, anxious,
peevish, and distrustful. Their emotions seem unbalanced and they
often have difficulty concentrating. Their symptoms may be further
described as obstinate, with poor concentration, having a sense of
persecution and suspicious that they will be the recipient of bad
Generals Cold with concomitant
shivers and shudders. In spite of the cold there is profuse
Patients complain of a feeling of bruised
soreness. Bed feels too hard.
Head: Heavy, pressing headache
from cheekbones extending downward.
Vertigo When walking in cold
Face: Left side cold, right side
Throat: Persistent tickling in
larynx, as if from bread crumb. Difficulty swallowing solid
food Low and weakened voice from tenacious mucus. Difficulty
Respiratory In tincture form it can break down the natural resistance to
tuberculosis and leave the host extremely susceptible. Consequently
in Homeopathic potency form it will build up the level of natural
immunity against tuberculosis/ respiratory
Spasmodic, dry irritative
cough, like whooping-cough with PAROXYSMS FOLLOWING EACH OTHER VERY
RAPIDLY; can scarcely breathe; chokes. Cough very deep and hoarse;
worse, after midnight; yellow expectoration, WITH BLEEDING FROM NOSE
and mouth; RETCHING. DEEP, HOARSE VOICE; HOARSENESS; laryngitis.
Rough, scraping sensation deep in the
fauces and soft palate. Sensation as if crumbs were in the throat or
of a feather tickling the larynx.
Laryngeal phthisis, with rapid
Harassing and titillating cough in
children - not at all through the day - but commencing as soon as
the head touches the pillow at night.
Clergyman's sore throat, with rough,
scraping, dry sensation deep in the fauces; voice hoarse, deep,
toneless, cracked, requires exertion to speak.
ASTHMA WHEN TALKING, with contraction of
the throat at every word uttered.
Extremities Paralytic pains in
thighs and legs. Stiffness in the joints of the feet. Reluctance to
Inflammation and caries of the
Modalities Aggravation After midnight Lying
down Warmth Eating Singing/ talking
Author Dr Peter
Darashah Drosera & the Doctrine of
Introduction It may be interesting to note that all insectivorous plants I
know grow in or near the water. Certainly in the case of Drosera the
capture of an insect by the plant is in some way analogous to the
dangers a swamp poses to an unsuspecting wanderer. The pertinacious
and stubborn clinging to the intruder, which makes escape
impossible, is present in both cases. The engulfing nature of the
surroundings is reflected in the behavior of the plant.
Starting from the observation that the homeopathic
remedy Drosera is patterned by both the prey as well as the
predator, let's look for both expressions in its symptomology. In
perceiving this picture I found the article by Peter
Andersch-Hartner, Documenta Homeopathica, Vol. 13, p65, helpful. In
the following section I took rubrics from the repertory (Synthesis)
and original provers' language from Allen's Encyclopedia.
It is the morning of a bright and beautiful day.
The little insect is already thirsty (Stomach, thirst, morning;
"He dreams of thirst and drinking, wakes very thirsty and is
obliged to drink.").
The night before it slept very restlessly and had
many anxious dreams (Dreams, anxious; Sleep, unrefreshing; Sleep,
waking frequent; "Frequent starting at night from sleep, as
if from fright or fear, but without anxiety on waking.").
It is almost as if the night had been a
foreboding of danger (Fear of hearing bad news; Fear of
misfortune; Suspicious, mistrustful).
On the search for something to drink, the little
insect is drawn from one flower to the next (Capriciousness;
Inconstancy; Irresolution, indecision),
It notices a plant whose leaves appear to be
covered with nourishing nectar. An irresistible attraction
(Delusion, someone calls; Illusions of hearing)
This sight is so gorgeous and mouth watering
that its fears are dispelled (Cheerful, gay,
Proceeding to this plant it decides to land
directly on one of the leaves covered with drops of nectar. The
little insect gets stuck in the resinous fluid and quickly
realizes that this was not such a good idea. What deceit (Delusion
of being deceived!)
Kicking and screaming it tries to free itself
(Courageous; Restlessness, anxious; Violent, vehement; Rage,
Its all to no avail. The more it struggles the
deeper it becomes entrapped, and the leaf seems to turn inward on
the poor little insect (Delusion, tall, things grow taller;
Delusion, persecuted; Delusion pursued by enemies).
Movement becomes increasingly more difficult
("All the limbs feel paralyzed.").
The little insect realizes that it is alone;
nobody is coming to help (Anxiety, when alone; Desire for company;
Discouraged about future; Sadness, despondency, dejection;
How much it wishes that it had stayed at home
Finally, as the digesting enzymes eat away, we
are reminded of the consumptive disease, tuberculosis, for which
Drosera is an important remedy.
It is the morning of a bright and beautiful day.
The sundew plant (Drosera) enjoys the quiet and calmness which the
early rays of sun bring (Tranquility, serenity, calmness).
Each of its hair-like tentacles is crowned by an
enticing droplet, ready to deal with breakfast (Deceitful,
There as if out of nowhere comes a little insect
and lands squarely on one of the sundew's leaves. The plant has
never really gotten used to the impertinence with which insects
approach its seeming bountiful source of food. Anger over this
intrusion starts to well up (Mood, alternating, changeable;
Morose, cross, fretful; Offended easily, takes everything in
As the insect continues to fight and struggle,
the sundew curves its leaf inward to engulf the intruder
(Extremities, stiffness, upper, fingers; "The fingers are inclined
to be spasmodically contracted, and, on closing them, the joints
of the middle finger to be stiff, as if the tendons would not
yield, now in the right, now in the left hand.").
The fighting of the insect tickles and stimulates
more fluid to be exuded (Sensitive, oversensitive).
Now what is needed is perseverance and patience.
Very few insects have ever managed to free themselves, most
eventually tire and give up (Perseverance; Pertinacity; Plans,
carrying out, insists on; Obstinate, headstrong).
Tail Piece Of course, everyone knows that Drosera is a leading whooping
cough remedy with the typical barking sound and retching afterwards,
leading to vomiting in some cases. The obstinate laryngeal tickling
which provokes the cough is very characteristic of Drosera and fits
in nicely with the totality as described above. When one focuses on
the physical aspects of the cough, there are of course many remedies
that come close to Drosera (Corallium, Cuprum, Hyoscyamus,
Kali-c, and many others).
Margaret Tyler (in Homeopathic Drug Pictures) has
described it as belonging closely to the tubercular miasm and
therefore being similar to Tuberculinum. In this respect one has to
think also of Calc-p and Rhus-t as belonging to this group (also
Many Drosera cases have in common this feeling of
wanting to shake off something terribly annoying and harassing,
which clings to them obstinately. Sankaran mentions a very
descriptive case in The Substance of Homeopathy, page 89. It is of a
school teacher who feels constantly harassed by her principal yet
feels trapped in her job and does not want to give it up.
I hope that with this
account I have shown that the remedy Drosera is more than just the
plant Drosera. We can clearly perceive the situation of the
struggling insect as well as the tenacious plant. Many symptoms
which I didn't mention here will fit either one or the other
element. The totality appears to comprise the interwoven fates of
the plant and the insect.
Author Dr Peter Darashah from the original
by: M.L.Tyler (click name for the original
Introduction: A few
years ago, I came to the startling conclusion that the only two
people who really knew anything about Drosera were Samuel Hahnemann
and myself; and I have had it in my mind ever since that I would
like to communicate such knowledge as I possess to my colleagues the
world over. I can only hope that I may be enabled to add something
very real to our powers of fighting one formidable disease -
TUBERCULOSIS. Of course, everybody knows all about Drosera! Has it
not a place in every "Manual of Domestic Homoeopathic" - and a
groove in every box of a dozen homoeopathic remedies? For Drosera is
classical, and that for a hundred years, as a laryngeal remedy, and
as our greatest remedy in whooping-cough.
But when, through a happy
accident, I began to realize what Drosera can do in tuberculous
disease of BONE, of JOINT and of GLAND, I was amazed, and I started
hunting homoeopathic literature for my warrant in so using it. Kent
knew it not. Clarke knew it not. But so far as bone and joints were
concerned, I found my justification in black type in the provings of
Hahnemann. I wonder whey we are content to take most things at
second or third hand? - why do we so seldom go to the fountain head?
How many homoeopaths of our day read Hahnemann's e"Materia Medica
Pura"? But I may tell you that Hahnemann gives big black type not
only to the laryngeal symptoms that have made Drosera famous among
homoeopaths, but he gives the same black type to joints, to
shoulder, to hip, and again and again to ankle; besides to the
shafts of long bones; and pains in limbs, and in diverse muscles.
Hahnemann also, in a
foot-note, especially designates the use of Drosera in laryngeal
phthisis. But it was only after I had shown some of my gland and
bone Drosera cases to the Society in 1920 that the whole picture of
Drosera began to dawn upon me. I was rather apologetic about my use
of Drosera in gland cases; in fact, I think my "indications" were
demanded of me. But after the meeting I was referred to the
"Cyclopaedia of Drug Pathogenesy" where the key to the whole
position lay, in the experiments of Dr. Curie.
Dr. Curie proved the
homoeopathicity of Drosera to tuberculosis in its widest and most
important aspect - that is, he showed that Drosera breaks down
resistance to tubercle every time in animals supposed to be
absolutely immune to that disease; and he also proved to his own
satisfaction that Drosera was also able to raise resistance to
tubercle, by curing early phthisis. And I saw with joy that, in
Curie's experiments, GLANDS, especially abdominal and cervical
glands, were tremendously affected.
medical literature, as Hahnemann points out, suggests the same fact
- viz. the opposite, or homoeopathic, action of Drosera. It
was what Hahnemann had written, together with his further researches
in literature, that suggested Curie to determine "the exact
physiological action of the plant" and to see "how far it was
connected with the Law of Similars". For among the ancients Drosera
had been alternately extolled as a remedy for consumption, and
abandoned - as accelerating the disease.
Hahnemann explains this. He
says, several of the older physicians found this plant useful in
some kinds of malignant cough, and in phthisical persons, thus
confirming its (homoeopathic) medicinal power; but the moderns,
having no knowledge of any other than large doses, knew not how to
employ this uncommonly heroic plant without endangering the life of
their patients; hence they rejected it altogether.
Plant And now a word about Drosera rotundifolia
(Sundew) which Hahnemann describes as "one of the most powerful
medicinal herbs in our zone". Drosera is, I believe, our only
insectivorous plant. It sits on the ground in boggy places, with its
circle of round leaves studded with glandular hairs, which exude
drops of viscid, acrid juice, and which close down on, and digest,
any hapless insects that dare to settle on the plant. Drosera has an
evil reputation in regard to sheep fed on pastures where it abounds.
They are said to acquire a very violent cough, and to waste away.
Hahnemann, in footnote to this black type laryngeal symptoms of
Drosera, points out "their likeness to some kinds of laryngeal
phthisis, where Sundew is so peculiarly useful, provided there be no
In the sixteenth century,
the Sundew had a reputation as an excellent remedy "to restore vital
moisture in persons labouring under consumption"; but Gerarde states
that "they have sooner perished who used the distilled water
thereof, than those that abstained from it".
Sundew had also a
reputation for the cure of madness; and in the homoeopathic provings
we find, restlessness (in black type), suspicion, delusions of
persecution (in black type), and inclination to suicide by drowning.
It was used also in coughs
and diseases of the lungs, and here again it is purely homoeopathic.
Also in chronic asthma--purely homoeopathic--and palpitation of the
Experiments It was Dr. Curie, father of the
Radiums Curie, who brought Homoeopathy to this country. Curie chose
cats for his experiments, the cat being, of all animals, least
liable to tuberculosis. He says, "it is not certain that tubercles
have ever been found in cats." His experiments were only three,
"because of the difficulty of obtaining enough of this small plant
for the long time these experiments require". "Because," as he says,
"it is not a question of exciting functional symptoms, depending on
the nervous system." "Tuberculization," he says, "is a work of time;
and a drug capable of producing in its action on the organism the
formation of tubercles, will require time in which to do so." The
results of his three experiments were so conclusive that he felt
bound to publish them where he stated that the prolonged use of
Drosera induced tuberculization in animals and that its power to
cure tuberculization never failed him.
In Curie's first cat,
killed after six weeks of Drosera, besides T.B. lesions of pleura,
he says "I found a very considerable enlargement of the mesenteric
glands". In his second cat, killed after a year there were also T.B.
abdominal lesions - spleen - Peyer's patches - and of the "shut
vesicles of the large intestine".. ALL THREE CATS HAD DIARRHOEA. And
Curie says, of his cats - Drosera causes the production of
tubercular elements in the lungs, and acts at the same time on the
lymphatic system in general. And in his second cat, killed after a
year of Drosera, there were ENORMOUS SUBMAXILLARY GLANDS.
Tyler's Conclusions While provings
on animals are useless from Hahnemann's point of view in regard to
any mental or delicate subjective symptoms so essential to their
scientific employment, yet experiments, or accidental effects of
drugs, long-continued, on animals may yield valuable suggestive
information as to the organs and tissues especially affected by such
drugs. It would not be legitimate to press the proving on a human
being to the extent of provoking gross lesions; but it has been
elsewhere also recorded that Drosera excites a very violent cough in
sheep (fed on pastures where this plant abounds) and Curie's cats
prove that it not only breaks down resistance to tubercle in
different parts of the body, but leads to enormous swelling of
cervical and other glands.
It was the relief of
atrocious nightly pain in a diseases tibia, where a number of
remedies had failed, that made me realize that Hahnemann was right
when, in his Materia Medica Pura, under Drosera, he put "pain in the
long bones" in big black type; and that those who followed him in
compiling materia medicas, and transcribed these symptoms of his
relating to bones and joints, were wrong. They have robbed us of
many brilliant results, by reducing the type of what he stressed as
since Hahnemann's day, who writes about, or attempts to practice
homoeopathy, is always prepared (without the colossal studies,
experiments, experience and knowledge of Hahnemann) to go one
better. I suggest that we all, forthwith, open our materia medicas,
whether Clarke's Allen's or Boericke's at Drosera, and underline in
red all the black type symptoms Hahnemann gives us, of what he
calls, "one of the most powerful medicinal herbs in our zone".
Experience Hughes talks of Drosera IN SPASMODIC COUGH, AND IN
WHOOPING-COUGH. and also its SPASMODIC COUGH. He enumerates that
"Hahnemann's wonted sagacity led him to perceive this, and to
recommend the medicine in pertussis".
But we all try to improve
on Hahnemann - with consequent loss of power. Hahnemann stated that
a single dose of the 30th (the decillionth) potency was quite
sufficient for the cure of epidemic whooping-cough (according to the
indications given by certain symptoms which he enumerates). "The
cure takes place," he says," with certainty in from seven to nine
days, under a non- medicinal diet. Care should be taken not to give
a second dose (or any other medicine) immediately after the first
dose, for that would not only prevent the good result, but do
serious injury, as I know from experience." Hughes, who loves to go
one better than Hahnemann, suggests "repeated doses of the 1st, or
1st decimal" (instead of Hahnemann's decillionth, or 30th) "to bring
uncomplicated cases of whooping-cough to an end in two, three, or
four weeks" (instead of Hahnemann's seven to nine days) "with
mitigation of the severity of the attack meantime". But Hughes got
called over the coals for this, and had to print a footnote to the
effect that homoeopaths truer to Hahnemann in their practice "had
recently confirmed the correctness of Hahnemann's observation"
(British Journal, Vol. xxxvi, p. 268).
I may say that I have been
in the habit of curing whooping-cough with single doses of Drosera
30 or 200; and I saw a god deal of whooping-cough during the 1914-18
war in our Children's Out- patient Department. On a few occasions,
one would repeat, after a fortnight, if any cough remained. I can
only remember one failure, where I had to give another medicine. It
was in a child of four, brought back a week later, no better - worse
- and reeking of camphor and wearing in a bag containing it round
her neck. This was not quite Hahnemann's "no other medicine"; in
fact, Hahnemann says of Drosera," Camphor alleviates and antidotes
its effects." The camphor was discarded and with the then indicated
remedy (Carb-v) the child was practically well in a week.
Case1 Here is a typical case.
David S., an infant whose father and mother were among our
missionary students. November 1st.- Ill. Temperature 102 F.
Coughing and vomiting. Bry. 1m. November 2nd - Better night.
Less vomiting. November 3rd.- Less well, fits of coughing, with
(?) a whoop. Dros. 1m, one dose. It was whooping-cough, and the
baby was well within fourteen days.
Hughes quotes Jousset as
saying that the power of Drosera in spasmodic coughs is one of the
best illustrations we have of the efficacy of infinitesimal doses.
The definition of its sphere of action being, "Cough from tickling
in larynx, with vomiting of food." Jousset quoted 107 cases, of
which 101 were cured or relieved. Hahnemann's whooping-cough
symptoms includes - Cough, coming from quite deep down in the chest.
Cough, the impulses of which follow one another so violently that he
can hardly get his breath. Crawling in the larynx which provokes,
coughing. Cough ending in vomiting, etc.
But Hughes, who questions
Hahnemann's single dose of the 30th potency, quarrels also with
Curie's crude dosage. When Hughes tried to follow Curie with drop
doses of the strong tincture of Drosera four times a day, he only
succeeded "in setting up a most violent spasmodic cough in a
phthisical patient, which subsided into the ordinary cough of
phthisis when the medicine was discontinued." "Others have had
similar experience", he says. No! Hahnemann's way of using "this
uncommonly heroic drug" is undoubtedly the safest and most
efficacious. But remember that Homoeopathy knows no specifics, and
treats no named diseases per se. And if you think that Drosera will
cure every case of whooping-cough that comes along, you will
discover sooner or later that it is not so. In one epidemic it is
recorded that Kali carb. was the remedy, and, once found, cured
2 The case that opened my eyes, accidentally, to
the value of Drosera in SPINAL CARIES was one that was sent in to me
by one of the Surgeons, when I was running our Children's Department
during the War.
It was a small boy of four.
He had started a T. B. finger at twelve months, and spinal caries
six months later. He had been treated by our Children's Physician
and by one of our Surgeons, and was lying on a board with double
Thomas splint and headpiece. He had improved, on the whole, under
treatment, with fluctuations. He got very thin at one time, and
there was threatening of lung trouble, and night sweats; but Tub.,
Phos., Calc-c., etc., had helped. The Surgeon now sent him in for
whooping-cough: not a desirable situation for one who was supposed
to maintain a restful recumbent position!
He got a dose of Dros. 200.
When next seen, two months later, the mother was so enthusiastic as
to the good effects of the last medicine on the child's health that
I began to "sit up and take notice". Another two months and he was
found to be "eating well; putting on flesh. Fat and flourishing".
The change in the child was really amazing. The remedy was repeated
at long intervals.
When last seen some three
years later, the note is, "Boy's spine is very good. He has not worn
apparatus for two years. Goes to school for the last six months."
3 One remembers another case of spinal caries
(cervical) in a boy of seven years. He started at four years old
with a knee, then a finger, then his neck. He had been treated at
other hospitals. He had also had fits, and ear discharge, and was
brought in a spinal carriage; never allowed to sit up. He was a
happy little fellow, with an extraordinary deformed neck, which he
would move from side to side with alarming jerks. He got Dros 200,
and began to improve at once; and was soon able to turn his head
easily, all ways. In two or three months, with the approval of one
of our Surgeons, he was allowed to sit up, and he made steady
progress, with very intermittent treatment.
A couple of years later it
was reported to me that his parents (in spite of warning) "took him
flying about the country in the side car of a motor cycle - long
journeys, sitting up, his neck being joggled all the time". He
rapidly put on flesh, and one of my notes four years after treatment
began reads, "Looking very well. Active. Good colour. Father takes
him out all day in his van. Does not mind the jolts." And later, I
was told that "nothing new in the way of his disease had occurred
since first he came here four and a half years ago". Till then there
had been a succession of T. B. manifestation.
4 One more spinal case - scoliosis in a young
woman, with extreme deformity: and - a T. B. history. She was
suffering and sickly. She had had a recent fall, and a very gentle
manipulation, done in fear and trembling, ended the pain in her back
which together with. Drosera, prescribed on the basis of her family
history, made something hardly recognizable of her. She comes for
occasional help, and remains robust and healthy-looking.
5 I am allowed to quote a case, showing the value
of Drosera in TUBERCULOUS SINUSES on a boy of 13 1/2. For eight
months there had been a swelling, constantly recurring in the right
forearm, followed by several areas on the left arm. When opened, pus
oozed out, but the discharges would not cease. There was a bad T.B.
history on both sides of family. The boy had three considerable
areas of typical tuberculous looking tissue, which alternately
scabbed and broke down.
Tub. and Silica helped.
Then Dros. 200 was given and a month later the scars were found to
be freely movable (this is a typical Dros. result - the three drugs
one has seen dealing successfully with scar tissue were Graph., Sil.
and Drosera but where tuberculous scars are concerned the greatest
of these is Drosera). Treatment was continued till, six months after
the first dose, it was so extraordinarily cured that the note is,
"Discoloration faint. In certain lights the skin looks almost
normal." And - "the boy was well, fat and flourishing." Wherever
Drosera helps, results are very soon seen, and invariably in renewed
health and spirits, and in utterly changed appearance. I have seen
this so often. The patient who needs Drosera and gets it, simply
blooms. There is no other word for it.
6 A girl of 19: "Got attacks of diarrhoea, and
cannot go to business." She had "fourteen attacks" in twenty-four
hours at Christmas. By May she gots about five stools a day - loose;
at times, mucous. At Christmas she passed blood but not now. Any
pain is in left abdomen. Abdomen was boggy, and a nodule was felt on
left side - a typical "T.B. abdomen". Some improvement followed with
Sul, Lil- t and Tub In August she got a dose of Drosera in
high potency. The September note was: "Getting on splendidly. takes
food better. Goes to business now!" Was seen at intervals for
another year, when an interesting note is, "She never complained of
diarrhoea or of indigestion after Drosera was first
One has had a number of
cases of cervical glands doing well under Drosera, some of them
after long treatment here or elsewhere, and with a great deal of
ugly scarring. What one invariably notices is that the cases that
react to this drug, react rapidly, with astonishing improvement in
general health and well-being. Where they do not rapidly react, I
know that I have not got my remedy. But over and over again I find
recorded in Drosera cases, and often on the very next visit "patient
looks blooming". I do not think this expression occurs-- it
certainly does not occur constantly, in my records in regard to any
In Drosera GLAND cases one
notices, as I said, not only the diminution in the size of the
gland, but that the old scars fade away, get free, and come to the
surface; that discoloration goes, and that when a gland does break
down under Drosera, it behaves in a very restrained manner, with a
small opening, little discharge, and that it leaves practically
nothing to mark what has taken place.
7 Cases of GOITRE, also, and even EXOPHTHALMIC
GOITRE have greatly benefited, or been cured with Drosera - cases
with a T.B. family history. The most extraordinary case where this
was so, was a boy of 14, sent on, as inoperable, by one of our
surgeons. He had marked exophthalmia. Drosera is in the Repertory
for the protrusion of eyes with a pulse of 150, chains of
lymphadenomatous glands in the neck: bluish indurated patches on
both calves, studded with small ulcerations (typical "Bazin"). He
improved under Tub. over five months. Legs were nearly well, neck
better, right eye prominent. Then Drosera 200. The effect was
dramatic, a month later he had started work - engineering. Glands
were well; sores well; exophthalmos gone; pulse 80. After that there
were fluctuations in pulse, but when last seen thirteen months after
treatment began (he was then going abroad to live), he was feeling
very well. "No glands," but still some prominence of right eye, and
as pulse was again higher, he got his last dose of Drosera.
8 As to Drosera in JOINTS occasional cases of
rheumatoid arthritis clear up to an astonishing extent on Drosera.
One remembers on old body of 76. She had been coming up some years
before - unable to close her hands, wrists and knuckles especially
affected, and ankles and feet, with swelling and deformity. She had
an extremely bad T.B. family history. As she had previously improved
under Tub and Causticum but she came again to see if more could be
done for her. Caust. helped again; and then, for severe pain in
right tibia; foot and leg unbearable, she got Drosera. In a month,
"Very much better". Pain gone. Says that now her left hand "goes out
flat"!, and shows it. Then a succession of visits to boast and
rejoice. "Getting back her left wrist, hasn't had it for years!"
(i.e. it is no longer rigid). Later, "can bend her feet, and bend
her toes now; so she knows she is getting better. Feels so
well now; does her room, and her washing!" Later again, Only comes
to show her hands! Watches herself improving! Has movement in both
wrists now. No pain at all, except in one finger. She says "used
only to be able to lift a cup between her two clenched hands Now
stands on tip-toe. Hands look all gnarled and twisted, with the
typical ulnar deflection but they are pliable, and she is able to
extend them flat. (Some Old School doctors who saw her at a clinical
demonstration, were very interested in this case.)
A curious fact one has
noted is the number of patients who, after months of steady
treatment with other remedies and with varying periods of
amelioration and relapse, on getting Drosera, come back no more, or
only after periods of months to years of good health. Drosera goes
Now please do not imagine
that I want to suggest that Drosera will cure all cases of SINUS,
GLAND, or BONE disease of tuberculous nature, or in persons of
tubercular family history. It will not. But it will revolutionize
quite a number of such cases; and where it acts, as I said, it acts
with extraordinary rapidity, and the change in appearance, in
general health, and in spirits, of the patient is remarkable.
Again, please do not think
that I imagine that we have got to the end of the possibilities of
Drosera. For instance, all Curie's cats had diarrhoea, and the
second cat was found to have hypertrophy of Peyer's patches. What
about a difficult enteric, with a T. B. history? Drosera has an
ancient reputation for asthma, and there again the provings are
suggestive. One should certainly think of Drosera for asthma with
T.B. history. Remember also the effect of Drosera on the spleen. In
both the dissected cats the pleurae were especially attacked by
tubercle. And I suggest that we should bear in mind, in regard to
Drosera, its mental symptoms, especially in cases of paranoia.
Drosera, as Hahnemann says, needs re-proving. It will never
repertorize out on general symptoms. It is one of the drugs for
which you have to go to materia medica, to see that it fits. In many
cases I am afraid I had little in the way of indications, save the
general one, that a drug that is capable of breaking down resistance
to tubercle SHOULD, according to the Law of Similars, be also
capable of raising resistance to tubercle - which happens.
Crawling in larynx,
which provokes coughing, with sensation as if a soft body was
located there, with fine shooting therein to right side of gullet.
Deep down in fauces (and on soft palate) a rough, scraping
sensation with dryness exciting short cough.
Cough, the paroxysms
follow each other so violently that he is scarcely able to get his
breath.With an effort that he can speak in a deep base
Oppression of the
chest, as if something there kept back the air when he coughed and
spoke, so that the breath could not be expelled.
Quivering in right
shoulder, only when at rest.
Paralytic pain in right
hip-joint and thigh, and in ankle joint, but in the latter rather
as if dislocated, when walking, when he must, limp on account of
A single cutting stitch
in the middle of the anterior aspect of left thigh, recurring from
time to time.
A fine cutting
stitch in right calf, which comes when sitting and goes off on
Tearing pain in right
ankle joint, as if it were dislocated, a only when walking.
ankle-joints - they are very stiff.
A pain compounded of
gnawing and shooting in the shafts of the bones of the arms,
thighs and legs, particularly severe in the joints, with severe
stitches in the joints, less felt when moving than when at rest.
pressure in the muscles of the upper and lower extremities at the
same time in every position.
All the limbs are as if
bruised and are also painful externally. Pain in all the limbs. He
feels as if all were paralyzed.
General weakness and
febrile rigour, restlessness especially when reading. He
could not stick long to one subject - he must always go to
Icy cold hands without
thirst but with heat in the face.
Mentally dejected about
the malice of others and at the same time disheartened and
Cough, the paroxysms
follow each other so violently that he is scarcely able to get his
breath. Rough scraping, dry sensation deep on fauces, etc., etc.
Soreness of all
the limbs on which he lies, as if the bed were too hard. (Arn.,
When at rest,
shivering. When moving, no shivering. (Rev. of Nux.)
Full of mistrust,
as if he had to do with none but false people. Extremely uneasy,
He imagined he
was being deceived by spiteful, envious people. Silent and
reserved, with anxiety.
He always feared
he was about to learn something disagreeable.
Anxiety, as if
his enemies would not leave him quite, envied and persecuted him.
especially about 7 to 8 p.m., as if he were impelled to jump into
the water to take his own life by drowning - he was not impelled
to any other mode of death.
solitude - he wished to have someone always near him.
Very peevish ; a
trifle puts him out of humour. An unimportant circumstance excited
him so much that he was beside himself with rage.