Diagnosis

There is a partial or total loss of voluntary motion and sometimes of sensation. Certain portions of the body may be in a state of paralysis and other parts as active and vigorous as ever. Thus the arm may be paralyzed, and also certain muscles of the face. Where it follows apoplexy there is generally paralysis of the whole of one side of the body from the head to the feet. This is called Hemiplegia.

When there is a loss of voluntary motion only, the affected parts become soft from want of action and wither away.

Treatment

Consult a physician without delay, for if taken in time a cure may often be affected, while, if the disease is allowed to run on, it may soon be out of the reach of aid.

Rhus

An important remedy where there is great sensitiveness to cold air, general debility and languor, tingling or itching in the paralyzed parts. Lameness in the extremities and joints, with stiffness, worse on rising, after having been seated for some time. Paralysis of one side or of the lower extremities, with dragging, slow, difficult walking. Particularly useful when caused by nervous fevers.

Nux-V

Paralysis, particularly of the lower extremities; trembling of the limbs; cramps and spasmodic twitching of the parts; heaviness and stiffness of the limbs, sensitiveness to cold air. Especially when brought on by the use of stimulants, narcotics, or from a too sedentary life.

Among the other important remedies, we may enumerate: Belladonna, Bryonia, Cuprum, Secale, Plumbum, Gocculus, Stannum, Kali-carb., Natrum-mur., and Sulph.

Cuprum is a prominent remedy where the attack sets in after Asiatic cholera, nervous or typhoid fever, or apoplexy. Secale where the paroxysms are of frequent recurrence. Natrum-mur. is a valuable remedy where the paralysis is caused by sexual debauchery, onanism, violent passion, anger or chagrin. The electro-magnetic bat tery will often establish a cure when all other means fail

Dose

The remedy maybe given once or twice a day.