Veratrum Album

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i) Firstly, Baryta Carb

ii) Secondly, Lycopodium,

iii) Thirdly, Veratrum Album.

i) Gelsemium

  • Desire to be quiet, to be let alone, does not wish either to speak or have anyone near her, even if the person be silent.

 ii)Ignatia

  • Desire to be alone; additionally broods in solitude over imaginary troubles.

iii) Veratrum Album

  • Persistently refuses to talk: in detail broods in silence.

i) Carbo.Veg, Sulphur, Veratrum Album.

  • Attacks of fainting especially from least exertion.

ii) Ignatia

  • Faints easily, in intense women.

iii) Nux Vomica

  • Tendency to faint from odours, in morning, after eating; additionally after every labour pain.

iv) Phosphorus

  • Odours of flowers causes fainting.

i) Calcarea Carb., ii) Kali Bichromicum., iii) Veratrum Album.

i) Calcarea Carb., ii) Kali Bichromicum., iii) Veratrum Album.

i) Camphor., ii) Cuprum Met., iii) Veratrum Album.

i) Firstly, Pain in the limbs during wet weather.

ii) Secondly, Pains get worse from warmth of bed.

iii) Thirdly, Pains are better by continued walking, but due to continued walking: perspiration occurs, that perspiration aggravates the pain.

 i) Clinical i.e.

  • In either congestive or pernicious intermittent fever.

ii) Chill stage i.e.

  • Extreme coldness: face cold and collapsed, Skin cold also clammy.

iii) Heat stage i.e.

  • Thirst, unquenchable, for large quantities of very cold water.

iv) Sweat stage i.e.

  • Cold sweat on forehead.

v)Modalities i.e.

  • at night, wet cold weather, Agg from perspiration. Amelioration from warmth.

vi) Concomitant i.e.

  • Great prostration. Deathly pallor of face.

i) Firstly, Bad effects of opium eating.

ii) Secondly, Bad effects of tobacco chewing.

iii) Thirdly, Bad effects of excessive use of alcohol.

vi) Fourthly, Bad effects of excessive use of tobacco.

1) Manias

i) It has got all the three types of mania, i.e., the violent mania of Belladonna, the religious mania of Stramonium also the lascivious mania of Hyoscyamus, and these three alternates and each one of them tries to supersede, the another.

a) Violent mania

i) Desire to cut also tear things, especially clothes.

ii) Tries to escape.

iii) Wants to bite etc.

b) Religious mania

i) Firstly, Constantly talks about religious matters.

ii) Secondly, Always prays.

iii) Thirdly, Thinks without God all are vein in the world etc.

c) Lascivious mania

i) Firstly, Wants to expose the private parts.

ii) Secondly, Sings obscene songs.

iii) Thirdly, Lewd, lascivious thoughts.

2) Keeps silent

  • Cannot bear to be left alone, yet persistently refuses to talk.

3) Hallucination

  • Thinks she is pregnant or will soon be delivered.

4) Sensation

i) Firstly, Sensation of a lump of ice on vertex with chilliness.

ii) Secondly, Sensation as of heat and cold at same time on scalp.

iii) Thirdly, Sensation as if brain were torn to pieces.

iv) Fourthly, Sensation of some living animal in abdomen.

5) Liar

i) Great liar, never speaks the truth.

a) Character of stool

  • Stool large, hard, round, like black balls.

b) Desire for stool:

i) Firstly, No desire is felt, inactive rectum.

ii) Secondly, Frequent desire felt in the epigastrium.

iii) Thirdly, Followed by pain in rectum and anus in infants and children, when Lycopodium and Nux Vomica has failed.

c) Sensation

  • No desire is felt in the rectum.
  • Desire is felt epigastrium.

d) Concomitants

i) Firstly, Cold perspiration often found on the forehead.

ii) Secondly, Cutting pain in abdomen as from knives.

iii) Thirdly, Stool followed by pain in rectum and anus of infants and children.

a) Causations

i) Firstly, After fright,

ii) Secondly, From taking fruits.

iii) Thirdly, After eating also drinking.

b) Character of stool

i) Stool is profuse, watery also greenish.

ii) Frequently gushes out also mixed with flakes.

iii) Stool forcibly expelled.

iv) Besides this, Stool large, with much straining, until exhausted, with cold sweat.

v) Lastly, Extremely exhausting discharge.

c) Before stool

  • Violent cutting pain in abdomen, as from knives.

d) During stool:

i) Firstly, Violent colicky pain in abdomen.

ii) Secondly, Cold sweat on forehead.

iii) Thirdly, Cramps commencing in hands and feet, spreading all over.

e) Modality

Agg. i) After eating also drinking, ii) Specifically From least movement.

f) Concomitants

i) Firstly, Cold sweat on the forehead.

ii) Secondly, Diarrhoea before and during menses.

iii) Thirdly, Unquenchable thirst for large quantities of sour, cold, water.

Introduction

  • It is one of the members of Hahnemann’s trio of Asiatic cholera (Camphor, Cuprum Met.).

a) Causation i.e.

i) Firstly, From fright.

ii) Secondly, From taking impure water.

iii) Thirdly, From dietic errors etc,

iv) Fourthly, From fruits.

v) Thirdly, From bad-effects of opium also tobacco chewing.

b) Character of stool i.e.

i) Profuse, rice-watery stool.

ii) greenish stool, gushes out forcibly.

iii) Stool is followed especially by great prostration.

c) Features i.e.

i) Discharges

  • Profuseness of all the discharges: profuse diarrhoea, vomiting, sweat etc.

ii) Sweat

  • Cold, clammy sweat all over the body especially on the forehead.

iii) Face

i) Firstly, Hippocratic, blue, pale face.

ii) Secondly, Features are of sunken eyes, sunken cheeks: malar bones are prominent.

iii) Thirdly, blue ring around the eyes.

iv) Cramps

  • Cramps commences in hands and feet, then spreads all over the body.

v) Collapse

  • Due to rapid sinking of vital force, complete prostration, collapse with blueness; extremities are cold, as if dead. 

vi) Sensation

  • Sensation as if a lump of ice on vertex.

vi) Vomiting

i) Firstly, After every drinking.

ii) Secondly, Excessive vomiting with nausea.

iii) Thirdly, Followed by great prostration.

viii) Coldness

i) Icy coldness of the whole body, of face, of tip of the nose, feet, legs, hands, arms etc.

ii) Persons who are habitually cold also deficient in vital reaction.

ix) Craving

  • Craving for either acids or refreshing things.

x) Pain

  • Cutting pain in abdomen as from knives.

xi) Thirst

  • Unquenchable thirst specifically for large quantities of very cold water.

d) Modalities i.e.

Agg. i) After eating also drinking. ii) From least motion.

e) Concomitants i.e.

  • Cholera like symptoms before menses also during.

a) Causation

i) Firstly, From fear, fright, shock etc.

ii) Secondly, From taking opium, tobacco, alcohol, fruits etc.

iii) Thirdly, From loss of vital fluids, during diarrhoea.

iv) Fourthly, From menstruation etc.

b) Character of pain

i) Firstly, Cutting pain in abdomen as from knives.

ii) Secondly, Cutting colic during diarrhoea.

c) Modalities

Agg. i) During stool.

ii) Before and during menses. iii) From taking icy cold water.

Amel. i) By bending double.

d) Concomitants

i) Firstly, Cold sweat on forehead.

ii) Secondly, Cold feeling in abdomen.

iii) Thirdly, Unquenchable thirst for large quantities, of very cold water.

a) Time i.e.

  • Too early.

b) Quantity i.e.

  • Too profuse.

c) Character of blood i.e.

  • Dark also profuse.

d) Before menstruation i.e.

i) Firstly, Cholera like symptoms; vomiting and purging.

ii) Secondly, Lascivious mania, wants to kiss everybody: sexual mania. (Ref. Boericke)

iii) Thirdly, Cutting pain in abdomen, as from knives.

e) During menstruation i.e.

i) Cholera like symptoms. vomiting also purging

ii) She is so weak, can scarcely stand especially for two days at each menstrual nisus.

iii) Cutting pain in abdomen, as from knives (dysmenorrhea).

iv) Fainting specifically from least exertion.

v) Violent thirst especially for ice-cold water.

vi) Exhausting diarrhoea with cold sweat.

f) After menstruation i.e.

i) Firstly, Unbearable backache. ii) Secondly, Colic with diarrhoea.

g) Concomitants i.e.

i) Firstly, Cold sweat on the forehead, with coldness all over.

ii) Secondly, Rapid sinking of the vital forces: complete prostration; collapse.

1) Clinical

  • Collapsed state is characterized by extreme prostration; prostration as if from cholera; additionally a state of profound physical depression. In detail, It is one of the members of Master’s trio of Asiatic cholera (Camph., Cup. Met.).

2) Look-up of the face

  • The face becomes blue, features sunken, cheeks are sunken, malar bones are prominent, blue ring around the eyes with Hippocratic face and cold sweat on forehead, amply singles out Veratrum Alb. in collapsed state. 

3) Physical condition

i) Due to profuse dehydration, there is collapsed condition.

ii) The body is cold to touch with corresponding, blueness, fairly purple lips, blue also cold.

iii) Extremities are too cold, as if dead, face, mouth also tongue cold. (Ref. Dr. Farrington)

iv) Patient looks as if dying with rapid sinking of the vital force (+++).

v) Icy coldness of face, tip of the nose, feet, leg, hand with cold feeling in the abdomen, (Tabac.)

vi) Besides this, Breathing oppressed.

vii) Lastly, Heat has no palliative effect. (Ref. Farrington’s Clinical Materia Medica)

4) Sweat

i) Firstly, Sweat of Veratrum Alb. is very characteristic.

ii) Secondly, Cold and clammy sweat all over the body especially on the forehead.

5) Pulse

  • Farrington in Clinical Materia Medica narrates that cardiac debility follows after acute disease, so heart muscles become weak, also the pulse is thread like.

6) After effect: 

i) Complete prostration; additionally remarkable weakness (+++).

ii) After the collapse, patient may desire for large quantity of very cold water, refreshing things also acids etc.

iii) Dr. Farrington reports that cramps in the calves of the legs, also thighs, may be associated during and after collapsed condition also there might be profuse diarrheic condition during and after collapsed state.

i) Profuseness

  • Profuseness of all the discharges i.e.: Vomiting. diarrhoea, menses, sweat etc. all are profuse which characterizes Veratrum Album.

ii) Collapse

i) Firstly, Rapid sinking of the vital forces.

ii) Secondly, Complete prostration. Additionally, Collapsed condition.

iii) Perspiration

i) Cold perspiration on the forehead, with nearly all complaints.

iv) Manias

It has:

i) Firstly, Violent mania of Belladonna,

ii) Secondly, Religious mania of Stramonium, and

iii) Thirdly, Lascivious mania of Hyoscyamus.

iv) Fourthly, These three manias alternate and one tries to supersede the other.

v) Thirst

i) Firstly, Intense, unquenchable for large quantities of very cold water and acid drinks

ii) Secondly, Wants everything cold.

iii) Thirdly, Craving for acids or refreshing things.

vi) Sensations

i) Firstly, Sinking feeling during haemorrhages.

ii) Secondly, Sensation of a lump of ice on vertex, with chilliness.

iii) Thirdly, Sensation as of heat and cold at the same time on scalp.

iv) Fourthly, Sensation as if brain were torn to pieces. (7)

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