This section is from the book "Hartmann's Theory Acute Diseases And Their Homoeopathic Treatment", by Charles J. Hempel. Also available from Amazon: Theory of acute diseases, and their homoeopathic treatment.
Veratrum is useful in fevers consisting simply of external coldness, or mere internal heat, with dark urine; or when a warm sweat is present all over the body, or only on the forehead, which soon becomes cold, and is accompanied with vertigo, nausea, excessive pain in the small of the back and back.
Cina, tincture, is the best remedy for fevers, commencing with vomiting of food, and subsequent canine hunger; or where the chilliness is accompanied with thirst.
Fevers, where vomiting of mucus is present during the cold stage, with moderate thirst both in the hot and sweaty stage, mucous stools in the apyrexia, with constant nausea and loss of appetite, are cured by Pulsatilla. Antimonium cr. is closely related to Puls.; it is particularly distinguished when the sweat sets in with the heat and disappears speedily, dry heat remaining, with constant thirst and various gastric symptoms, such as: want of appetite, eructations, nausea, aversion to food, vomiting, coated tongue, bitter taste, tightness and pressure in the stomach, pain in the chest.
Cocculus removes fevers with the following symptoms in the apyrexia: obstinate constipation, spasms of various kinds, especially of the stomach, paralytic weakness of the small of the back.
Arsenic is a great remedy in intermittent fevers, when neither the chilliness nor the heat are well marked, or they appear alternately or simultaneously; or when the heat is burning and unpleasant even to the hand, accompanied with anguish, great restlessness, and an unquenchable thirst; or when the chilliness sets in principally in the afternoon or evening, followed by dry heat at night or towards morning, then sweat. Arsenic is the best remedy when at the time of the paroxysms unimportant existing symptoms become much more violent, or when those symptoms set in previous to the paroxysm, or when symptoms appear during the paroxysm which do not seem to belong to it, such as: violent anguish, buzzing in the ears, tearing in the bones and limbs, tremor in the limbs, paralysis, syncope, etc. The chilly stage is preceded by ill feeling through the whole body, with stretching of the limbs and drawing in the same; yawning, debility, inclination to lie down, headache, vertigo with stupefaction, confused feelings in the head, with inability to collect one's senses. Between the chilly and the hot stage, the following symptoms make their appearance: debility and sleep; vertigo, thirst, hickup, anxiety, nausea, vomiting of bile, diminution of the pains. During the apyrexia: hickup, pressure in the forehead and temples, with frightful dreams; bruised feeling in the limbs.
Arsenic is moreover suitable in fevers with the following symptoms: inclination to vomit, or bitter taste during the chills; no taste, or the taste is not constantly bitter and spurious, the bitterness existing only for a short while during or immediately after a meal; excessive vertigo, nausea, tremor, sudden prostration of strength; frequent drinking, but little at a time; the sweat sets in a little while after the heat, or not at all; intolerable pains and anguish about the heart.
Bryonia corresponds to quotidian and tertian fevers, whose paroxysms set in early in the morning, preceded by vertigo, oppression and pressing pain in the forehead, coldness and chilliness being more prominent than heat; thirst during the chilly and hot stage, dry cough, with stinging in the chest, asthma, nausea, and gagging, pale countenance.
Ipecacuanha will be found useful when the chilly stage is moderate and short, the heat is very great, and thirst is present only during the cold stage; the heat is frequently perceived only about the head, in which case the cheeks are red, accompanied with dilatation of the pupils, feeling of mental and bodily prostration, and constrictive tightness of the chest.
Opium is useful in soporous intermittent fevers, characterized by snoring, convulsive movements of the limbs, constipation, warm sweat.
Sabadilla corresponds to fevers of any type which set in at the same hour, without either anticipating or postponing; the chilly stage is short, followed by thirst, then heat, or the fever consists of mere coldness; during the apyrexia a slight chilliness is constantly present, a troublesome, oppressive distention of the stomach, with want of appetite; nightly, dry cough, pains in the chest, violent oppression of breathing.
Ignatia is suitable to any type, and corresponds to the following symptoms: the coldness yields to external warmth, or some parts, are hot, others cold, chilly and shivering, or the heat is merely on the skin, without thirst; thirst during the chilly, but not the hot stage; or the paroxysm is accompanied by dulness and confusion of the head; pains as if bruised in the right side of the occiput, pressure in the pit of the stomach, great debility, pale countenance; dry, chapped lips, white tongue, deep sleep, with snoring, nettle-rash, appearance of the thirst after the fever.
If the continuance of the fever depend upon a roused psora, Carbo veg. will prove useful when the following symptoms are present: previous to the paroxysm -throbbing in the temples, tearing in the teeth and bones, stretching of the limbs, cold feet; during the chills thirst, blue nails, great debility; during the heat-sweat, absence of thirst, headache, vertigo, red face, obscuration of sight, nausea, pain in the stomach, abdomen or chest; oppression of the chest, pain in the lower limbs; the headache continues a long while after the fever. Carbo veg. is most suitable to tertian fevers, but it has likewise been employed with advantage in quotidian and quartan fevers, and in fevers which reappear after having been suppressed by large doses of China.
Caps. is related to Carb. v., and may be administered in quotidian and tertian fevers, and in fevers recurring after an abuse of China, the following symptoms being present: prevalence of the chilly stage, during which the patient is tormented by great thirst, there is no thirst, or only very little, during the hot stage, heat and sweat appear together. During the chilliness the patient complains of anxiety, restlessness, inability to collect the senses, intolerance of noise, headache, pty-alism, vomiting of mucus, painful swelling of the spleen, pain in the back, tearing in the limbs, and contraction of the same; stinging in the head during the hot stage, accompanied with bad taste in the mouth, cutting colic, with ineffectual urging, pain in the chest and back, tearing in the limbs.
Natrum mur. is suitable to the same class of fevers as Carbo and Capsicum. They are characterized by pains in the bones, pain in the back, headache, great debility, yellow, livid complexion, bitterness in the mouth, ulceration of the corners of the mouth, loss of appetite, pressure in the pit of the stomach, with painful sensitiveness to contact. The chilly stage is moreover characterized by shortness of breath, yawning, drowsiness, thirst; thirst during the heat, with a good deal of violent headache.
Rhus is a remedy for fevers which arise from the skin having got wet in a shower. The paroxysm itself is not characterized by any remarkable symptoms; the accompanying symptoms, however, are of importance, such as: convulsions, tingling in the ears, hardness of hearing, dry coryza, sleeplessness with restlessness and tossing about, thirst at night, nettle-rash, gastric symptoms. The chilliness is sometimes characterized by pains in the limbs, headache, vertigo, inclination to vomit.
Chamomilla, Mezereum, Sulphur, Sepia, Tartar emet., etc., are likewise suitable to the cure of intermittent fevers, the latter remedy particularly when sopor is present during the paroxysm.
We will conclude this chapter with the description of a few cerebral symptoms, recurring at regular intervals. There is a peculiar kind of headache which is felt in the morning after waking; upon rising it becomes centred in the right frontal protuberance, increases to a pressing burning, as of an incandescent coal; it extends down to the eye, and about noon it has become so violent that the patient has to lie down. The pain diminishes after 11 o'clock, and the patient feels entirely well again at 1. This headache yields to one or two doses of Carbo veg.
A headache on one side of the head, which recurs every three days, with excessive sensitiveness of the scalp in the morning, commencing with a feeling of coldness in the limbs, and preceded by sleeplessness and general sweat, yields to pretty large doses of Quinine, one every three or four hours.
Repeated doses of Bellad. 2, 3, will remove a headache which seems to be seated in the glabella, and feels like on oppressive weight: it is aggravated by meditating and fixing one's attention, the vessels in that region become distended, the place itself becomes red, an inability to collect one's senses, languor of the mind, and complete aversion to life supervene; these symptoms disappear by keeping perfectly quiet, and in the afternoon the patient feels well, and the mind is easy.*
Tartaricum emet. is a good remedy in intermittent fevers when the paroxysm is accompanied with sopor; also Chamomilla, Spongia, and Plumbum. If a psoric miasm should have been roused by the fever, complicating the fever, and rendering it very obstinate, the antipsorics have to be employed against it: Tinct. sulp., Lycop., Amm. mur., Calc. carb., Sepia, Calc. sulph. (Hep. sulph.), and others.
* Spigelia is a specific for an aching over the eye, with soreness of the eyeball. I have cured such headaches, even when of years' standing, with a few doses of the first attenuation. - Hempel.