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JANOSIA ASHOKA


JANOSIA ASHOKA

JONOSIA ASOCA/ JANOSIA ASHOKA

(Bark of an Indian Tree, introduced by Dr. N. D. Ray, Calcutta)

Preparation:
Mother Tincture

  • Drug Strength 1/10
  • Janosia Ashoka in moderatelycoarse powder 100 g
  • Purified Water 125 ml
  • Strong Alcohol 900 ml

In Sanskrit Ashoka or Raktapallava; Bengali, Hindi, Oriya and Telegu Ashok; Gujrati Ashupani; Tamil and Malayalam Ashogam; Latin Sacara Ind. or Jenosia Ashoka.

This drug has been accepted by the therapies of Allopathy, Homoeopathy, Hekimi etc. with the names of Ashoka cordiel; Tin Ashoka; vibro Ashoka; Ashoka compound.

  • It is used in disorder related to menstural cycle and axis.
  • According to Ayurveda, intake of bark of Ashoka with boiled milk is a remedy for menstrual disorders. It is also helpful in dysmenorrhoea.
  • It is also known as a nourishing tonic for uterus.

Various clinical conditions in which Ashoka is used:-

  • Leucorrhoea
  • Amenorrhoea
  • Metorrhagia
  • Menorrhagia
  • Uterine colic
  • UTIs
  • Haemorrhoides
  • Relflex headaches arising due to uterine pathology

Dosage: Tincture to low potencies

References:

  • Varma P. N., Indu V., Encyclopedia of Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia
  • P. Banerjee, Materia Medica of Indian Drugs
  • Boericke W., Pocket manual of Materia Medica

Insulinum


Insulinum

(An active principle from the pancreas which affects sugar metabolism)

Excerpts from Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia by P. N. Verma / Indu Vaid

Synonyms: Insulin

Insiulin is polypeptide hormone produced in the B-cells of the islets of Langerhans.-situated in the pancreas of all vertebrates.

History and authority: The drug has been clinically evalued at central Research Institute for Homoeopathy. Short proving of Insulin 30 was reported at International Homoeopathic Congress, in Oct. 1977.

Description: A colour, crystalline powder, hexagonal system, usually obtained as flat rhomohidra.

Solubility: Readily soluble in dilute acid and in alkalies. Practically insoluble at pH between 4.58 – 7.0

Uses:

  • Restores the lost ability to oxidize carbohydrates and again storing glycogen in the liver
  • Some use of it homoeopathically has been made by Dr. Wm. F. Baker, showing its applicability in acne, carbuncles, erythemas with itching ecaema. (William Boericke)
  • Given a persistent case of skin irritation, boils or varicose ulceration with polyuria, it is indicated. (William Boericke)

Prescribed dose: 3x to 30 x. (Dr. Ghosh recommends 30 to 200c potencies)

Affinities: liver, tissues, mucous membranes, skin, ear.

Comments by authorities:
W. A. Dewey
“Long before the discovery of Insulin Dr. Pierre Jousset of Paris prepared a pancreatic juice on a glycerine basis which he administered to diabetic patients in doses of 10 or 20 drops a day in water and had results sufficiently good to consider pancreatic juice, orally administered, as a remedy of great value in diabetes. Dr. Cartier, his practical successor, praised it but insisted on smaller doses given by mouth as larger doses and hypodermic injections of it had no effect in ordinary diabetes. Baker advises the homoeopathic strengths of Insulin 3d to 30th and reports happy results therefrom. Great care must be taken not to overdose. Boericke says that it maintains the blood sugar at a normal level and the urine remains free of sugar. Epileptic convulsions and mental derangements have been produced by hypodermic use of this hormone.”

K. N. Mathur
Indications

  • It is a SPECIFIC remedy in the following conditions
  • Enlarged liver with suppurative conditions e.g. , chronic suppurative tubercular glands with enlarged liver.
  • Enlarged liver with chronic diarrhoea.
  • Enlarged liver with chronic eczema.
  • Ailments with emaciation, debility, enlarged liver, when well selected remedies fall.

Duration of action: Not definite.

Synthesis:

Rubrics
Abdomen

  • ABDOMEN – LIVER and region of liver; complaints of – chronic

Extremities

  • EXTREMITIES – PAIN – Joints – gouty

Face

  • FACE – ERUPTIONS – acne

Generals

  • GENERALS – BLOOD VESSELS – complaints of
  • GENERALS – DIABETES MELLITUS
  • GENERALS – DIABETES MELLITUS – accompanied by – boils
  • GENERALS – DIABETES MELLITUS – accompanied by – carbuncles
  • GENERALS – DIABETES MELLITUS – accompanied by – eczema
  • GENERALS – DIABETES MELLITUS – insulin dependent
  • GENERALS – VARICOSE veins – ulceration

Skin

  • SKIN – DISCOLORATION – yellow
  • SKIN – ERUPTIONS – boils
  • SKIN – ERUPTIONS – carbuncle
  • SKIN – ERUPTIONS – eczema
  • SKIN – ERUPTIONS – eczema – itching
  • SKIN – ERUPTIONS – erythema

Urine

  • URINE – ACETONURIA
  • URINE – COPIOUS
  • URINE – SUGAR

Hamamelis virginiana


Hamamelis virginiana

Hamamelis virginiana
(Witch-hazel)

Botanical name: Hamamelis virginiana Linn.

Family: Hamamelideaceae

Known: Eng: Witch hazel; French: Hamamelis; Ger: Hamamelis, Zamberhasel.

Description:

A deciduous shrub upto 5 metre high with numerous long flaxuous, forking branches, smooth, brown bark, becoming greyish and fissured with age.

Leaves 7-15 cm long, obovate or oval, straight veined, wavy dentate, somewhat downy when young, becoming smooth with age.

Flowers yellow, in small axillary heads, usually surrounded by a scale-like, three leaved involucre.

Distribution: Indigenous to U.S. A. and Canada.

History and authority:

Introduced in Homoeopathic practice in 1851 by Preston

Allen’s Encyclop. Mat. Med., Vol. IV, 528.

Part used: Stem and root bark

Characteristics: The Mother Tincture is a reddish brown liquid with astringent taste

Potencies: 2x to contain one part Mother Tincture; three parts Purified Water and six parts Strong Alcohol.

3x and higher with dispensing alcohol.

Prescribed Dose: Tincture, to sixth attenuation

Clinical Use:

Traditional Uses: A mixture of 1 part fresh of bark from the branches and 2 parts of the tips of shoots of Hamamelis virginiana Linn. It is antibacterial, astringent, haemostatic, skin tonic and tumours and ulcer.

  • Venous congestion
  • Hæmorrhages
  • Varicose veins
  • Hæmorrhoids, with bruised soreness of affected parts, seem to be the special sphere of this remedy.
  • Acts upon the coats of the veins causing relaxation with consequent engorgement.
  • Passive venous hæmorrhages from any part.
  • Great value in open, painful wounds, with weakness from loss of blood.
  • After operations, supercedes the use of morphia (Helmuth).

Gunpowder


Synonyms: English: Black powder, Brown powder, Carbon-sulfur-kali-nitricum; French: Poudre a canon.

Description: Gunpowder is a black or brown explosive substance consisting of an intimate mechanical mixture of potassium nitrate (saltpeter; nitre), charcoal, and sulfur. The proportions (by weight) are approximately 70-80% potassium nitrate, and 10-15% each of charcoal and sulfur. Gunpowder was the first and only explosive used in gunnery and blasting, until it was eventually replaced by more powerful organic nitrogen compounds. It is now used primarily to detonate other explosives.

History and authority: Boericke: Materia Medica and Repertory

Potencies: 2x and higher to be triturated, 6x may be converted to liquid 8x.

Prescribed dose: 3x and higher.

Clinical Uses:

  • An excellent blood purifier in low potency. Helps healing after extraction of abscessed tooth
  • It is antipsoric, anti-syphilitic and anti-sycotic.
  • Abscesses
  • Acne
  • Bites
  • Blood-poisoning
  • Boils
  • Carbuncles
  • Cuts, poisoned
  • Ivy (Hedera) poisoning
  • Osteo-myelitis
  • Tonsillitis, septic
  • Vaccinosis
  • Wounds that refuse to heal
  • Worms

Synthesis Repertory Rubrics
Generals

  • GENERALS – ABSCESSES
  • GENERALS – CONVALESCENCE; ailments during – septic fever; after
  • GENERALS – FOOD POISONING
  • GENERALS – INFLAMMATION – operation; after
  • GENERALS – INFLAMMATION – Bones; of – Bone marrow; of
  • GENERALS – INFLAMMATION – Externally
  • GENERALS – INFLAMMATION – Lymphatic vessels
  • GENERALS – SEPTICEMIA, blood poisoning
  • GENERALS – SEPTICEMIA, blood poisoning – ailments from

Rectum

  • RECTUM – FISTULA

Relations:

  • Canon Upcher finds that occasional doses of Hepar highly increase its effects.
  • Calendula externally is also complementary.
  • Thuja, Silica, Baryta carb. (septic tonsils) agree very well.

Eugenia Jambos


Eugenia

Eugenia Jambos

Eugenia Jambos

(Rose-apple)

  • Eugenia produces a state of intoxication like alcohol.
  • Everything appears beautiful and larger; excitement soon changing to depression.

Head: Headache as if a board were lying on right side.

Extremities: Nightly cramp in soles of feet. [Cupr.; Zing.] Skin cracks about toes.

Clinical usage by Boericke and J. H. Clarke

  • Acne rosacea
  • Acne, simple and indurated
  • Catarrhal fever
  • Comedones
  • Constipation
  • Coryza
  • Cough
  • Diarrhoea
  • Diplopia
  • Fissures between toes
  • Hernia
  • Hiccough
  • Impotence
  • Influenza
  • Nausea, better smoking
  • Otitis
  • Pimples
  • Skin recedes from the nails, forming pus
  • Throat, sore

Characteristics by J. H. Clarke

  • Like Eucalyptus, Eugenia causes a condition of drunkenness.
  • It makes the prover very talkative but indolent.
  • The most characteristic symptom of the proving is : “>> after urination.”
  • Sudden great change in him after micturition.
  • Everything seems more beautiful and bright, sky and trees more joyous and clear; but after a quarter of an hour everything became gloomy again.
  • There are many symptoms relating to the eyes and vision: whirling in head while sitting; houses at a distance seem to turn bottom upwards.
  • Darkness and double vision; on looking intently double vision disappears.
  • Whirling before right eye as if it would become dark; eye becomes inflamed.
  • It seems as though fire came out of eyes, and tears ran out in streams in evening and night.
  • Agg. By sun; causes eyes to fill with water.
  • Agg. By closing eyes; it makes the burning worse, prevents sleeping at night.
  • Nausea >> by smoking
  • Pain in small of back and calves
  • Aching in sacrum and knees
  • Sticking pain in back as if something were sticking in spine, >> by bending back
  • Among the peculiar sensations are: Headache as if a heavy board were lying on right side.
  • Sensation as of cramp in orifice of stomach; as if a ten-pound weight were hanging on rectum, and as if everything below would fall out.
  • An old wound from a thrust became painful again
  • Rheumatic pain wanders from place to place with catarrh
  • Open air: much exhaustion, yawning whilst walking in morning
  • Cold water does not >> burning in eyes
  • Skin disease is agg. during catamenia

Relationship from Boericke and C. B. Knerr

Antidote: coffea; smoking tobacco antidotes nausea.

Similar: laur. and drugs contraining hydrocyanic acid; puls.

Aggravation: Right side; night.

Amelioration: Smoking (nausea).

Compare
Eugenia chekun – Myrtus chekan (chronic Bronchitis); Antim.; Berb. aquif.

Colchicinum


(Colchicine) C22H25NO6

Synonyms: English: (S)-N-(5,6,7,9-Tetrahydro-1,2,3,10-tetramethoxy-9-oxobenzo[a] heptalen-7-yl) acetamide; French: Colchicine.

Description: A major alkaloid of Colchicum autumnale L (Meadow saffron), the dried corm of which contains 0.3-0.5% of colchicine. The isolated compound is in the form of pale yellow, amorphous scales or powder. It is odorless, or nearly so, and darkens on exposure to light. It is extremely poisonous.

History and authority: Boericke: Materia Medica and Repertory.

Potencies: 3x and higher with Dispensing Alcohol.

Prescribed dose: 3x trituration

Caution: Continued use to relieve rheumatic pain may lead to other side effects. Not to be used as daily dependance drug.

Clinical Use:

  • Intestinal catarrh with shreddy membranes;
  • Convulsive jerkings of right hand;
  • Rheumatic fever, gout, ends and pericarditis,
  • Pleurisy, arthritis deformans in early stages, intense pain of rheumatism

Rubrics in Synthesis

Chest

  • CHEST – INFLAMMATION – Heart – Pericardium – rheumatic

Extremities

  • EXTREMITIES – CLENCHING – Fingers
  • EXTREMITIES – INFLAMMATION – Joints – chronic
  • EXTREMITIES – JERKING – Hands – convulsive – right hand
  • EXTREMITIES – PAIN – Joints – gouty
  • EXTREMITIES – PAIN – Joints – rheumatic
  • EXTREMITIES – TWITCHING – Hands – convulsive

Fever

  • FEVER – FEVER, heat in general

Generals

  • GENERALS – COLLAPSE
  • GENERALS – CONVULSIONS
  • GENERALS – INFLAMMATION – Joints; of – deformans; arthritis
  • GENERALS – WEAKNESS

Rectum

  • RECTUM – DIARRHEA
  • RECTUM – PAIN – stool – during – agg.
  • RECTUM – PAIN – stool – during – agg. – tenesmus

Sleep

  • SLEEP – SLEEPINESS
  • SLEEP – SLEEPLESSNESS

Stomach

  • STOMACH – ERUCTATIONS

Urine

  • URINE – CLOUDY

Information from DICTIONARY OF PRACTICAL MATERIA MEDICA, J. H. CLARKE
Clinical

  • Diarrhoea
  • Fever
  • Intestinal catarrh
  • Prostration
  • Sleeplessness
  • Spasms

Characteristics

This alkaloid has been proved and the symptoms are sufficiently distinctive, though I am not aware of any clinical experience with it.

The symptoms point strongly to its use in that form of intestinal catarrh characterised by the appearance of shreddy membranes; and the symptom, “convulsive jerkings of right hand,” should prove a valuable indication, if not a keynote.

Relations
Compare: Ars., Caust., Colch.

ENCLYCLOPEDIA OF PURE MATERIA MEDICA, T F ALLEN
Authorities

Schroff’s provings, Oest. Zeit. f. Pract. Heilk., 1856, 22-24, Heinrich took 01 of a gramme, and after a week took 02 gramme;

The only case of poisoning known, bear. Rudolph-Stift, 227, 1867, a woman, aged twenty, took a solution of 45 milligrammes (Husemann’s Pflanzenstoffe, 498).

Eye

  • Pupils widely dilated

Face

  • Tearing pains in the face

Mouth

  • Increased secretion of saliva

Stomach

  • Eructation
  • Eructations, nausea, and great desire to vomit
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Slight nausea, and an uncomfortable sensation, which distracted the attention of the prover from the lecture to which he was listening
  • On rising from bed, at night, nausea suddenly increased, and was followed by vomiting of undigested food, and afterwards of a bitter greenish fluid; the vomiting was repeated early in the morning
  • Vomiting of greenish substances, frequently repeated
  • Vomiting of blood for nine or ten days
  • Pains in epigastric region (after four hours)
  • Excessive sensitiveness of epigastric region

Abdomen

  • Distension and sensitiveness in the abdomen
  • Frequent rumbling in the bowels

Rectum and anus

  • Urging to stool, causing him to leave his bed, followed by copious pasty evacuation, with excessive tenesmus; this was repeated three times within a short period

Stool

  • Two stools on the second day, one on the third day, three on the fourth day, all accompanied by tenesmus, and consisting of a thin fluid with numerous flakes, looking like the cooked white or an egg, in pieces from two to four lines long
  • Stools thin, yellowish-green, and slimy, accompanied by pain (second day)
  • Liquid stools

Urinary organs

  • Urine turbid, depositing a copious white sediment

General symptoms

  • Very great exhaustion on the second day after taking Colchicin, increased to a feverish excitement, lasting for two days, so that he was obliged to keep his bed on the second day

Sleep and dreams

  • Slight somnolency and collapse
  • Awakened from sleep soon after midnight by uneasy dreams

Fever

  • The fever appeared as a chill about noon on the first day, followed by violent heat, lasting several hours, with increased thirst, very rapid pulse, confusion of the head, uneasiness, and sleeplessness

Coleus aromaticus


Coleus aromaticus

Coleus aromaticus

(Pashanbhedi)
Botanical name: coleus aromaticus benth.
Synonyms: Coleus amboinicus Lour; Coleus crasifolious Benth; Coleus sunanda Blance.
Known: Hindi Patharchur; English: Indian borage.
Family: labiatae
Part used: Leaf
Distribution: Cultivated in gardens of India and Sri Lanka.
History and authority: Ghose; Drugs of Hindoosthan, VIII ed., and 14.
Preparation:
Mother Tincture ø:                                                           Drug strength 1\10
Coleus Aromaticus moist magma containing solids        100 g
Plant moisture 540 ml                                                      640 ml
Strong Alcohol                                                                500 ml
To make one litre of the Mother Tincture

Chemical composition
Sodium Percentage, Alkaloid, Essential oil containing carvacrol present in the herb in small quantities.

Potencies: 2x to contain one part Mother Tincture, four parts Purified water, and five parts Strong Alcohol; 3x and higher with Dispensing Alcohol.
Prescribed dose: Mother tincture, 2x.

Clinical Utility:

  • Gonorrhoea
  • Urinary trouble:
  • Strangury or painful micturition, colic pain,
  • Frequent tendency to urination with strain at stool
  • Sometimes concentrated, viscous urinal discharge with blood (Blumia Odo): hot and trickling urinal discharge; uremia of choleric patient.
  • This drug may be administered in the treatment of strangury and burning sensation of the urethra or ureter due to existence of uric calculus in the urine. This is also useful in excessive discharge of urine or diabetes and strangury of women who have just delivered baby.
  • Uremia
  • Respiratory troubles: Asthma, chronic catarrh
  • Epilepsy

References:

  • Banerjea S. K., Fifty Homeopathic Indian Drugs
  • Banerjee P., Materia Medica of Indian Drugs
  • Varma P. N., Indu V., Encyclopedia of Homoepathic Pharmacopoeia
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