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English medicine the acrid "Crowfoot" was recommended for a
multitude of disorders. Salmon (1710) scarcely excluded any skin
ailment which the sharp and biting remedy did not relive. His list
of clinical uses included Scurvy, Morphew, Leprosy, Freckles, Spots,
Yellowness, Roughness, Scabs, Hard scab, Itch, Warts, Corns,
Ruggedness of the nails, and other like deformities of the Cutis.
When applied as a head wash it kills head worms which eat the root
of the hair causing it to fall off. Nevertheless he did add a
cautionary note Neither juice nor essence, by reason of their
violence, are ever used inwardly."
Two species of Ranunculaceae are used in
R. bulbosus (Buttercup) and R. sceleratus (Marsh
Ranunculus bulbosus is an erect
herbaceous plant, growing about a foot high. It is very common in
fields so much that when in bloom the fields present a mass of
yellow. The characteristic of the plant is the bulbous base, which
is well shown in the engraving. This differs from true bulbs in that
this is really the base of the leaves and stems, grown together and
enlarged by the accumulation of nutritious juices. This is the
storehouse of the plant, in which is stored each summer the
nutriment that the plant uses to grow and produce flowers next
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Ranunculus sceleratus differs in appearance in that the
flowers are small and inconspicuous, the fruit-heads are cylindrical
and the leaves are all three-parted, or three-lobed, with
few-toothed lobes. As its common name, Marsh Buttercup, suggests it
grows in wet boggy places and is probably the most acrid of the
species for which it gains the additional accolade of Cursed
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Although significant botanical
differences exist the Homeopathic differences are only of degree. R.
sceleratus is the most acrid of the Ranunculaceae family and
consequently all its symptoms are more acute, irritating and severe.
Head pain is more gnawing and frightful in character. Chest pain is
a burning soreness rather than the bruised weak feeling of R.
bulbosus. Skin eruptions are large sore blisters with an extending
and surrounding area of soreness caused by acrid discharges from the
eruptions as opposed to the smaller herpetic nature of R. bulbosus.
Mentals are more extreme and violent displaying the frenzied,
maniacal symptoms of delirium tremens as opposed to the anxious,
irritable, restlessness of R. bulbosus.
R. bulbosus gives off a very
poisonous acrid ethereal vapor the effects of which have been
many times mistaken for Rhus poisoning. Te remedy is not used as
often as it is indicated which is probably due to it is not being as
well known as many other remedies.
Upon waking in the morning the patient
finds that the Particulars (chest, gastrics and skin) have assuaged
somewhat as a result of rest and sleep. It is at sich time however
that the Mentals are at their zenith. The illness the patient
suffers in the morning seems to concentrate its action mainly on the
myalgic areas of the brain producing pressing pains from within
outward in the forehead, scalp and eyes accompanied with day
blindness, earache and nasal congestion. These myalgic/ rheumatic
pains are weather sensitive worsening with wet, damp conditions and
result in a hasty, abusive, confused, irritable, quarrelsome,
oversensitive and restless humour.
There is a general amelioration of the
overactive mental symptoms as the day progresses with at the same
time an aggravation of physical symptoms. By the time evening
arrives the illness has transferred its main action from the mind to
the physicals which are now at their zenith. At the same time the
mentals wane into a weary, tearful, timid, discontented disposition,
devoid of courage and resolution and griped with varied fears; of
health, of their illness, of death, of being alone, of the dark, of
the night and particularly of ghosts, etc.
In terms of Generals on the one hand
there is an overall sudden weakness even to fainting and on the
other an extreme sensitivity and excitability. This contrasting
symptomology of uncertainty, weariness and anxiety counterpointed
with restlessness, fright and fear
resembles that of a much
broken and uncoordinated state.
Ran-b is used very
successfully in rheumatic neuralgia or myalgic (muscular) headache
which is aggravated by or brought on by a change of weather from
warm to cold and damp. These headaches closely resemble neuralgia,
but will not be relieved by the purely neuralgic remedies. This is
because neuralgia affects the nerve rather than the nerve sheath
whereas rheumatic nuralgia affects the nerve sheath.
head pains are outward pressing and centred in the forehead, scalp
and eyes and are worse with changing temperature from either a cold
or warm room. Modalities for the head are the exact opposite to that
of other Particular symptoms. Head pains are worse lying, and in the
morning and better from motion, standing and in the evening. All
other Particulars are better from rest and in the morning and worse
from motion and in the evening. The head is thus the notable
and burning in the eyes.Great pains in the eye, especially the
right. Soreness and burning in right lower lid. Burning and soreness
in outer canthus of the right eye. Bluish-black herpetic vesicles
over the eye. it has cured hemiopia during pregnancy.
It has cured hay fever with
burning in eyes and itching of the soft palate (like Wyethia), worse
in the evening, pressing in the root of the nose. The skin of the
nose is red much inflamed.
Stitching pains in the ears,
especially the right, worse in the evening.
It has cureded vesicular
eruption on the face with great burning, epithelioma of the face,
prickling of the face, nose and, chin and twitching of the
and soreness and redness in the throat, smarting and itching of the
It is a rheumatic remedy of
great usefulness when the chest muscles are involved. Pain in the
spinal nerves, pleura and costal muscles always with extreme
soreness. It is as sensitive to motion as Bryonia, and to the cold,
damp weather as Dulcamara.
It is a useful remedy for pleural
effusion especially when there is extreme soreness along the ribs,
especially the lower ribs. When affecting the chest they are often
mistaken for pleurisy. It is one of our best remedies in
pleurodynia, intercostal rheumatism and myalgia. The thoracic pains
extend to the back, and take the form of lumbago.
Chronic costal rheumatism. Soreness
describing the attachments of the diaphragm. Inflammation of the
diaphragm and pleura. Hydrothorax pains in chest from adhesions of
the pleura. Sensitive as if inner parts were adhered. Pain worse
from motion, in cold air, from becoming cold, on inspiration.
Sensation of a cold wet cloth on going into cold air. Stitching
pains every change of the weather from warm to cold. Sore spots here
and there on the ribs.
Pain in the region of heart from motion
and inspiration and lying on left side. Rheumatic swelling of
pectoral muscles with extreme soreness to touch. Pleurodynia with
most violent cutting pains from inspiration, pressure, turning the
body and cold air. Pulse full, hard and rapid in the evening and
slow in the morning.
Heavy, short breathing with oppression of
chest in the evening. Sighing breathing. Pressure and constriction
of the chest. Pressing pains in the walls of the chest. Violent
stitching pains in the chest walls. Stitching pains in the region of
fifth and sixth ribs. Painful soreness on touch or pressure on the
floating ribs. Rheumatic pains in the chest.
It is an important remedy
in rheumatic affections of the muscles of the abdomen and back. The
stitching pains in the abdomen are often mistaken for
In the abdomen there is much flatulence,
colic, burning and great soreness on pressure. Stitching pain in
right side of abdomen under the ribs. The pains are much worse from
motion, breathing and walking. Many stitching pains in abdomen. It
has a watery diarrhoea and dysentery. It has herpes zoster with
Sore bruised feeling in the short ribs,
stitching pains in the liver, jaundiced. Soreness in liver on deep
pressure; symptoms worse in the evening.
There is much thirst in the afternoon. It
hag cured many times the weak and tottering condition of patients
suffering from prolonged use, of stimulants, such as whisky and
brandy. It is a great remedy for weak and tottering condition of
patients suffering from prolonged use of alcohol. Delirium tremens
when he is besotted, has hiccoughs and is more or less convulsive.
Epileptiform convulsions from alcoholic liquors. The hiccough is
violent and convulsive Frequent eructations. Burning in the stomach
and especially in the region of the cardiac orifice. Stomach is very
sensitive to touch. Paroxysms of neuralgia of the stomach.
Rheumatic pains, paroxysmal in
character in the upper limbs.
Stitching pains along the nerves in arms
and hands. Tearing pains in forearm and hand. The pains are worse
from cold, and worse from Motion. Bluish vesicles in the palms and
fingers. Seed warts on the, thumb.
Great weakness in lower limbs in
forenoon. Stitching burning from the spine along the sciatic nerve
in cold, wet weather and in stormy weather, worse from motion and in
cold air. Drawing pain in the thighs. Rheumatic pain in knees,
stinging and soreness in foot and toes. Corns very painful, sore to
touch, sting and burn. He suffers from complaints like chilblains.
Excoriating leucorrhoea and
sharp pains in the ovaries every cold change in the weather, from
motion, and in the evening.
Ran-b is called for in the
case of Vesicles (small blisters), Bullae (large blisters) and
Pemphigus (skin blisters which cover a wide area of skin and of
autoimmune origin. This occurs when the immune system mistakenly
attacks and separates skin cells by destroying their bonding agent.
This in turn allows fluid to collect between the skin layers forming
All eruptions are attended by violent
stitching pains similar to that of herpes zoster. .
upon the skin are dak blue in colour. Horny scurfs forms after the
vesicles have opened. Ulcers are burning and stinging with horn-like
excrescences. Skin affectations which Ran-b has been used for
include vesicular eruptions; burns; herpes zoster; pemphigus; and
The secondary effects of this drug on the
skin take the form of obstinate ulcers, and even cutaneous
abscesses. One finds here in both the primary and secondary skin
effects of Ran-b similar symptomology to that of Rhus-t.
Markedly worse physical
symptoms (chest, gastrics & skin) in the evening
the weather.particulary to cold & wet.
Movement (except head symptoms)
Movement (head symptoms
Lying & sleep (except head symptoms)