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Physiological actions Of a few Homeopathic medicines

I had been contemplating writing on some aspect of the working of homeopathic remedies, for the reason that we can appreciate our medicines better if we know how they work on our anatomy.

 

While browsing through a book in my mini library by Dr A.N. C Ghosh HOMOEOPATHIC PRACTITIONERS GUIDE, I found some data on this subject, which I would like to share with the readers and members of HWC.

 

Knowing the working of a medicine helps us to improve our knowledge of our materia medica. It also helps us during selection of a medicine,so that we may be guided by the action of the medicine on our anatomy and the pathological condition at the time of prescribing.

 

Below are few medicines which are being regularly used on daily basis by homeopathic fraternity.

 

PHYSIOLOGICAL ACTION

ACONITUM NAPELLUS:

It is a short acting remedy, affects predominantly the Cerebrospinal  nervous system.It produces its activity,on the arterial circulation, paralyzing the arterial capillaries which results in the congestion or inflammation of various parts of the brain.spinal chord, serous and mucous membranes, muscles and joints.

 

According to Boericke, " Aconite causes only functional disturbance. There is no evidence that it can produce tissue changes. Its action is brief and shows no periodicity. Its sphere is in the beginning of an acute disease. It should not be continued after pathological changes set in.

 

ARNICA MONTANA:

It chiefly affects the blood and blood vessels. Its real mode of action is unknown. The walls of the blood vessels particularly the capillaries are affected, thereby making dilatation of blood vessels and entravasation of blood impossible.

 

It thus produces anemia, tendency to hemorrhage, capillary stasis, ecchymosis and defective nutrition. By acting on the motor nerves, it affects the cerebrospinal axis and thereby causes spinal irritation and allied difficulties.

 

BELLADONNA:

Cerebrum is the chief center of its action. From the cerebrum, its influence radiates throughout the organism. It involves the brain and its membranes into active congestion and inflammation. Due to its effect on the sensorium, delirium, illusions, hallucinations, stupor and insomnia are produced.

 

It acts as an irritant to the entire nervous system and causes congestion of the medulla and spinal cord. All this results in general hyperaesthesia of sensory and motor nerves. It causes perverted function of the special senses and makes it acute. All the disturbances caused by it are essentially inflammatory.

 

BRYONIA ALBA:

It acts upon the serous membranes and viscera they contain, particularly the pleurae and the lungs and thereafter the brain and ultimately the liver.

 

After this, it affects the synovial membranes and the muscular fibers. Lastly,it acts on the mucous membranes of the respiratory and alimentary tracts.

 

Bryonia is a pure irritant. Its chief physiological actions are: inflammation, dryness and lack of secretion.

 

CHAMOMILLA:

Acts mainly on the nervous system and causes morbid impression. Its action on motor, spheres causes  exhaustion and prostration It acts on the liver and upon the digestive system as also respiratory mucous membranes.

 

This causes irritation leading to congestion, catarrh and other abnormal conditions. Rheumatoid or neuralgic pains are noteworthy affects of Chamomilla. It has also some affect on the gums and pulp of the teeth.

 

EUPATORIUM PERFOLIATUM:

It chiefly acts upon the gastrohepatic system, fibrous tissues as also the bronchial mucous membranes. It causes bilious derangement of malarial type producing soreness and aching of the muscles and bones accompanied with vomiting of bile and tenderness of the hepatic area.

 

GELSEMIUM:

It chiefly acts on the motor nervous system and produces passive congestion and general paralysis.

 

It causes muscular paralysis, spasm, and cramps. It produces respiratory paralysis. Lowers the force of blood circulation and rate of heart beat.

 

Mental powers become sluggish. It causes irritation and catarrhal inflammation; paralysis of the third and sixth nerves; ptosis, diplopia and drooping of eyelids, squint and vertigo. There is passive congestion of vasomotor nerves.

 

LEDUM:

Affects especially the rheumatic diathesis, going through all the changes, from functional pain to altered secretions and deposit of solids, earthy matters in the tissues.

The Ledum rheumatism begins In feet, and travels upwards. It affects also the skin, producing an eruption like Poison- Oak, and is antidotal thereto, as well as to stings of insects;

 

NUX VOMICA:

It produces disturbances of a nervous character of the digestive tracts, the uterus and ovaries. It does not cause any organic changes except slight congestion.

 

RUTA GRAVELONS:

Chiefly acts upon bones, peritoneum, joints and eye where it produces symptoms of a rheumatic nature.

 

SPIGELIA:

Chiefly acts on the series of animal life and of special senses. Also acts on fibrous and muscular tissues of the eyes and the heart.

 

VERATRUM ALBUM:

It acts through the cerebrospinal nervous system upon the system of nutrition and profoundly affects the vegetative sphere. It causes disorganization of the blood and its separation in its constituent elements.

 

Embarrassment of circulation leads to general torpor of the vegetative system resulting in choleric condition, general coldness, prostration, collapse, copious watery vomiting and purging, spasmodic colic, cramps, rigid contraction of the muscles and profuse clammy sweat.

 

It also affects slightly the sensorium causing excitement of the cerebral nerves which produce delirium and mania. Further, it causes exhaustion of nerve power and sometimes complete exhaustion. Through the splanchemic nerves, it also acts profoundly on the abdominal organs.

 

I would like to close this blog with the hope that further additions, and discussion could add to our knowledge as to how our medicine act on our anatomy, bringing physiological changes in our organs, and various systems which makes us what we call human beings; And we understand that when used sensibly homeopathy delivers.      



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Comment by Dr Muhammed Rafeeque on February 28, 2011 at 12:33am
Thanks for the post. The sphere of action is very useful in practice. Our remedies acts on the whole person, but the medicine has got certain organ affinities. Similarly, the disease affetcs the whole individual, but the result of disease has got certain organ affinities or disease outlets. This is the similarity between the nature of disease and mode of treatment!

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