Under this well-known name are comprehended two forms of disease, differing greatly from each other—so greatly, indeed, as to be distinguished even by the unprofessional. The acute form of rheumatism, frequently called "rheumatic fever" by medical men, is popularly named "the rheumatics," while the chronic form, the " chronic rheumatism " of the physician, is known to the public as simply " rheumatism," or, in vulgar parlance, as " the rheumatiz." "Muscular rheumatism" is also included under the term rheumatism.


Aconite, fever, dry, hot skin, stitching pains in chest. Belladonna, tearing cutting pains deep in bones, high fever, dry skin, thirst, worse at night, flesh so sore don't dare let one come near the bed. Bryonia, swelling of any muscles, great pain on the slightest motion, thirst for large quantities of cold water. Ammonium phos., for enlargement of joints. Artemisia abrotanum, for severe pain before there is any swelling. Caulophyllum, for rheumatism of fingers or wrist joints. Cimicifuga, severe pain in chest. Hamamelis, internal and external for great soreness of flesh. Ledum, pain in limbs, hip joint and knees, worse in warm bed. Mercurius, tearing pains, worse at night and damp weather, profuse perspiration which gives no relief. Rhus tox., caused by exposure to wet or damp weather, worse during rest and beginning to move, but better by continued motion. Spigelia, affecting the heart.