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Materia Medica by Kent


ABROTANUM

(abrot)

This very valuable remedy should be more frequently used. It is indicated in such conditions as are cured by BRYONIA and RHUS TOX., but its symptoms mark out its own individual cases. Rheumatic conditions with heart irritation; epistaxis; bloody urine; anxiety and trembling, when there has been a history of diarrhoea. A suddenly checked diarrhoea will be followed by the above symptoms in a case requiring Abrot. A suddenly suppressed rheumatism of any joint followed by violent cardiac symptoms; it is much like LEDUM, AURUM and KALMIA.

 

In marasmus of children it is a very useful remedy and not unfrequently indicated. The emaciation begins IN THE LOWER LIMBS AND GRADUALLY SPREADS UPWARD, so that the face is the last affected; that is the opposite of LYCOPODIUM, NATRUM MUR. and PSORINUM.

 

It has cured pleurisy after BRYONIA, which seemed indicated, had failed. A woman lying in bed with dyspnoea, anxiety, cold sweat and pain in the heart was surrounded by friends to see her die. It was learned that she had suffered for many months with a rheumatism in one knee, that she had used crutches to get about the house, and that she had recently been speedily cured (?) by a strong liniment only a few days before this attack. Abrot. restored her to health promptly.

 

It has caused and cured burning ulcerative pains in the stomach with suspicious vomiting.

 

Metastasis is a marked feature in Abrot. The changing of one so-called disease into another always calls attention to Abrotanum. Inflammation of the parotid (mumps) changing to testes or mammae is generally cured by CARBO V. or PULSATILLA, but Abrot. has cured when these remedies have failed.

 

A suddenly checked diarrhoea followed by piles and acute rheumatism, with bleedings, as mentioned above, is further argument in favor of this idea.

 

The Abrot. patient is sensitive to cold air and cold damp weather. He suffers much from backaches, and his symptoms are worse during the night.

 

In boys it cures hydrocele. In infants it cures feeding from the navel.

 

There is either diarrhoea or constipation; with the latter he is rheumatic, with the former he is at his best, as when the diarrhoea slacks up he is full of suffering. The diarrhoea is his great relief, like NATRUM SULPH. and ZINCUM.

 

Sharp pains here and there, but especially in ovaries and joints.