M. J. Luys reports the case of a physician who had been accustomed to take about seven grains of morphine daily. Small doses of Natrum phosphoricum were given subcutaneously (with glycerin and water), and as they were gradually increased, the morphine was progressively diminished. In two months the morphine was discontinued entirely, and then the doses were progressively diminished, and finally stopped altogether in two weeks more. There remained no desire for the morphine.
Young lady, aged 20, intelligent, handsome, moving in the tipper circles of society, nevertheless a confirmed morphine fiend. Two general practitioners of prominence and a specialist had attempted to cure her but failed utterly, due, as I afterwards learned, to the extreme prostration of the nervous system, amounting to almost total collapse.
I began the treatment with fear and trembling. I followed the mode adopted by our most noted and successful practitioners. But my patient was, apparently, destined to die. I had used one after another all the nerve tonics I could find in any school of medicine. I was defeated and felt thoroughly discouraged.
On my way to the patient's home, after I had resolved to relinquish the treatment, I happened to think of Kali phos. I returned to my office, got a supply of it, and started her taking a dose every fifteen minutes. At the same time I stopped all other heart and nerve "tonics." The change was wonderful. I could push the anti-morphine treatment and could sustain the nerve force. The sharp, intense headache, sleeplessness, wild, staring eyes, brown, dry tongue, and that horrible sinking, "all gone" sensation rapidly yielded to the cell-salt, and she made a good recovery. She is now, four years later, a remarkably vigorous, healthy and happy woman, without the least desire for the opiate, and has, as she expressed it, "a perfect terror of morphine".
I ascribe all the credit of the cure to Kali phos. (I used the 3x potency), for the other treatment could not have been completed had it not been for the cell-salt. (B. A. Sonders, M. D., Winterset, Ohio).