Homeopathic Tonic Therapy
Homeopathic Journal :: Volume: 4, Issue: 11, Sep 2011 (General Theme) - from Homeorizon.com
|Article Updated: Oct 20, 2011|
Author : Dr. Charles Boericke (MD)
The thoughtfully selected homœopathic remedy is definitely the best tonic to stimulate the return to normalcy. Armed with this therapeutic weapon, the physician need not resort to iron, vitamins and minerals, let alone quinine, strychnia, and potassium iodide. Nor need he specify the use of unsaturated fats, yeast, wheat germ, sunflower seed, and black strap molasses. In this brief paper I have purposely failed to mention the standby foolproof tonics with which every homœopath is so well conversant such as NUX VOMICA for the irritable, overworked, costive dyspeptic male ; PULSATILLA for the contradictory, changeable, lachrymose female ; CHAMOMILLA for the whining, restless, irritable child ; CHINA and CHININUM ARSENICOSUM for postgrippal asthenia.
In chronic coronary artery disease, and in the recuperative stage following acute myocardial infraction, a valuable and often neglected heart tonic is IODIDE OF ARSENIC. This remedy covers the weakness, prostration, restlessness, nightly aggravation, substernal soreness and burning pains relieved by heat, paresthesias, and chronicity of complaints.
In arteriosclerotic heart disease, where the pathology is angina pectoris and right heart disease, with cold and blue extremities, intermittent claudication and endarteritis, the remedy that pops into one's thoughts is SECALE, particularly if the patient is intolerant of heat and feels better in the cold and from cold applications. SECALE may well turn out to be the homœopathic nitroglycerine.
In neuro-circulatory asthenia and hyperventilation syndrome I have found SCUTELLARIA has tonic virtue. It seems to quiet the marked apprehension due to cardiac irregularities. (MOCHUS).
An excellent rheumatic tonic is NATRUM SULPHURICUM, particularly in the hydrogenoid constitution where the patient feels change of temperature from dry to wet, always weak ankles and knees, and a tearing rending pain from hips to knees, aggravated at night.
CARBO VEGETABILIS is to be thought of as a post-influenzal tonic, where the patient has complete asthenia, easy perspiration, a stubborn persistent tracheo-bronchial cough and evening huskiness of the voice.
STAPHYSAGRIA is an excellent tonic for the residual pain and nervousness after teeth extraction. Also one of the best constitutional tonics for the early paranoid psychosis characterized by hypersensitivity, easy offence over trifles, indignation about things done by others, inward sufferings from pride, envy, or chagrin. The patient harbors imagined slights as an obsession.
PICRIC ACID is the tonic par excellence for extreme mental and physical prostration. The patient is always tired, so much so that he must lie down and sleep most of the time. There is a heaviness and numbness of the limbs and a persistent weakness of the back.
ECHINACEA is the great and well-authenticated eclectic blood tonic. Staphylococcic infections, viral herpes of the lips, canker sores, and so-called blood poisoning.
ZINCUM is the ideal tonic for the older individual who is oversensitive and prostrated. This remedy typifies slow cerebration. The mind seems weak and sluggish. He repeats questions before answering, waits a moment, looks blank, then his face lights up and he answers.
Dr. Margaret Tyler said, "When the reflexes are abolished Zincum comes in." ZINCUM might well be considered for the paralysis following cerebral thrombosis.
AMBRA GRISEA is a valuable geriatric tonic. Indicated for the prematurely old with feebleness and trembling. The patient exhibits confusion with vanishing of ideas. He jumps from one subject to another. He asks question after question, never waiting for an answer. The presence of another person seems to aggravate all symptoms. The mind runs on unpleasant fancies, diabolical faces and sights. Physically the patient has asthmatic breathing and a nervous spasmodic cough. General nervous hypersensitiveness is a keynote symptom.
PHOSPHORUS is the great tonic for the delicate and sensitive adolescent. The patient is apathetic, responds slowly and move sluggishly. He seems weary of life and has gloomy forebodings. He has weak and "all gone" sensations in all parts of the body. He craves salt and iced drinks. He elicits fears of being alone, of the dark, of thunder, that something will happen. He is indifferent to friends and loved ones. He has vivid imaginations.
PHOSPHORIC ACID is similar to PHOSPHORUS in some respects, but these patients complain of crushing weight on vertex, occiput, and nape of neck. A painless diarrhœa is common. The nervous system is in a state of debility without erethism. There are profuse night sweats. This remedy is a great tonic to young people who are over-grown. To be considered for the chronic and long lasting effects of grief.
CALCAREA PHOSPHORICA is the great tonic of pregnancy and prophylactic to toxemias and anæmias. This remedy seems to regulate calcium-phosphorus metabolism and is a catalyst for the assimilation of iron.