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This remedy seems to be an excellent remedy in the so-called cholerine, for which Camphor, Merc, sol., Phosphorus, and Acidum phosphor, are likewise recommended. The last of those remedies is said to be indicated when the tongue is thickly covered with mucus. The Russian physicians have made frequent and successful use of Merc. sol. in the treatment of cholera.
Every homoeopathic physician will easily distinguish the symptoms for which Aconite is indicated; they do not require any further notice.
If cholera patients have been treated allopathically before the homoeopathic treatment commences, it is indispensable to give them, in the first place, repeated doses of Camphor, partly to excite the reactive power of the organism, and partly to neutralize the large doses of allopathic drugs.
§ 63. The following remedies have been used for the secondary affections of cholera: Aconite, Belladonna, Bryonia, Rhus, Nux v., Tinct. sulph., Cantharides, Acid, phosp., Phosph., China, Hyosciam., Stramonium, Carbo, Opium, etc. The secondary affections of cholera generally take the form of malignant typhoid fevers, of which we shall treat hereafter.
If there be a predominance of congestive or inflammatory symptoms, one or two doses of Aconite ought to be given first. If there be a good deal of cerebral congestion, if it be characterized by sopor, with the eyes half open and turned upward, by inability to wake, and to recollect things, to such an extent that the patients sometimes forget to draw in the tongue which they protruded a moment ago; by grating of the teeth, distortion of the mouth, excessive restlessness, painful stitches in the side or abdomen; very quick, and more or less full, but not hard pulse; burning heat and redness, with great desire for cold drinks, Belladonna is particularly serviceable. Next to Belladonna Cantharides is the best remedy, especially if the following symptoms prevail; rumbling in the abdomen, sometimes bloody stools preceded by tenesmus, heat in the bowels, and sensation of violent burning in the hypo-gastrium, great restlessness; the bladder is frequently affected.
In congestion of the chest and lungs, Aconite, Bryon., Bellad., Phosph., Sulph., Carbo anim., and Rhus, are the principal remedies; these, together with Mercurius and Nux, are likewise the principal remedies when the stomach and bowels are chiefly affected.
For typhoid fevers consequent upon cholera, the following remedies have been employed with success, if exhibited in accordance with the symptoms: Acid phosp., Rhus., Bryo., Bellad., Hyosciam., Stram., Carbo anim., Opium. General debility remaining after the cholera has been generally relieved by China. Weakness of the intestinal canal, which is characterized by continual liquid stools, is most certainly removed by the tincture of Sulphur, and Phosphorus.
During the period of convalescence in gastric fevers, 9* which is always characterized by a want of appetite, the following remedies deserve careful consideration: Rhus, Cyclamen, Veratrum, Arsenic, Acid, nitricum; if an immoderate appetite, a kind of bulimy, be present, Rhus, Calc. carb., Lycop., Natrum mur. are indicated.
The best beverage during an attack of Asiatic cholera is ice-water; this is the only beverage which will stay with the patient. Warm drinks do not agree with cholera patients. Injections of ice-water are likewise useful; in some cases injections of starch are said to have done good.
If the cholera should invade a district, the mode of life should not be changed suddenly; on the contrary, it is advisable that every body should continue his ordinary mode of life, and should simply avoid irregularities. Acids, stimulating drinks, indigestions, colds, debilitating exertions, and depressing emotions, are prejudicial, and should be carefully avoided.