Determination of blood to the chest is not an un-frequent difficulty with young people when the form is being rapidly developed, and also in persons of a phthisical habit.

Diagnosis

Palpitation of the heart with short and oppressive breathing, fullness and weight in the chest, coldness of the extremities. Slight cough is sometimes present.

Treatment.* - Nux-v. is a prominent remedy when produced by a sedentary mode of life, abuse of spirits, or continued mental exertion, and where there is palpitation of the heart, short, panting breath, oppression, anxiety, asthmatic distress, heat and burning in the chest, particularly at night, with great restlessness and agitation; also sensation around the chest, as if the clothes where too tight.

Dose

Dissolve one drop, a powder or twelve globules in a glass half full of water, and give a teaspoonful every half hour until four doses have been taken, and then every two hours until a change or another remedy is indicated.

Belladonna

Palpitation of the heart and strong pulsations in the chest affecting the head; shortness of breath, short cough, internal heat and thirst, and sometimes slight spasms in the chest.

Dose

Same as Nux.

China

Especially where there have been debilitating losses, with palpitation of the heart, dyspnoea and oppression, with great anguish.

Dose

Same as Nux.

Aconite

Great heat and thirst, shortness of breath, with violent oppression, and palpitation of the heart.

Phosphorus

Oppression with heaviness, fullness, and tightness in the chest; palpitation of the heart, and sensation of heat ascending to the throat.

Dose

Same as Nux.

Mercury

Anxious oppression, with desire to take a long breath, burning in the chest, palpitation of the heart, cough with expectoration of blood.

Dose

Same as Nux.

Spongia

Where the difficulty is produced by fatiguing exercise, is accompanied with prostration and nausea, or where it is brought on by the slightest movement or exertion.

* For general directions as to the administration of remedies, see page 12.

Pulsatilla

When it occurs before menstruation, or when that has suddenly stopped.

Dose

Same as Nux.

Bryonia

When there is constipation or piles, which have been suddenly suppressed. It may frequently be alternated with Pulsatilla.

Dose

Same as Nux.