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Homeopathic Materia Medica by Farrington



CHELIDONIUM MAJUS

(chel)

I will be brief in my remarks on Chelidonium as we have not the time to exhaustively treat of the drug. It is a unique remedy, possessing points of similarity with its congeners, SANGUINARIA and OPIUM, and also to NUX, MERCURIUS, PHOSPHORUS, and KALI CARB. The plant yields an acrid, yellow bitter juice, which when applied locally produces inflammation and even vesication. The principal value of Chelidonium lies in its action on the liver, lungs and kidneys. It may be indicated in many affections of the first-named organ from a simple congestion to "a positive inflammation. It produces pains in the right hypochondrium all the way from a simple soreness to the most aggravating variety of sharp stitching pains, which shoot from the liver down into the stomach, or down into the back from the posterior aspect of the liver. There is marked pain under the angle of the right shoulder-blade. That is the keynote for the drag in hepatic disease. In addition to this, you have the usual hepatic symptoms, swelling of the liver, chills, fever, jaundice, yellow-coated tongue, bitter taste in the mouth, tongue taking the imprint of the teeth, as you find under Mercury, and desire or craving for milk which exceptionally agrees. There is usually also a craving for acids and for sour things, as pickles and vinegar. The stools are characteristically profuse bright yellow and diarrhoeic, or they may be clayey. These are the symptoms of Chelidonium and they are very definite. Let me tell you how to apply them. You may use the drug in simple biliousness, in hepatic congestion or inflammation, and also in pneumonia with bilious symptoms, in what has been termed bilious pneumonia. The symptoms indicating it in the latter affection I will give you presently.

This pain under the angle of the right scapula of Chelidonium, brings to mind pains of a similar character found under other remedies. CHENOPODIUM has dull pain lower than the angle of the right scapula and nearer the spinal column.

RANUNCULUS BULBOSUS has pain along the whole inner edge of the left scapula at times extending below its inferior angle and through the left chest.

 

LOBELIA SYPHILITICA has pain under, not below, the inner border of the left scapula, worse after weeping.

ANGUSTURA has sharp cutting pain from just beneath the right scapula to the breast, near the nipple. BRYONIA is very similar to Chelidonium in hepatic affections. Both remedies have sharp stitching pains, both have pain under the right . shoulder blade, both have bitter taste in the mouth and yellow-coated tongue and both have swelling of the liver. But Bryonia differs in its stool which is either hard, dry and brown or, if loose, it is papescent and profuse and associated with a colic very much like that of Colocynth. Sometimes the stools have an odor of old cheese.

LYCOPODIUM, which bears some resemblance to Chelidonium, is easily differentiated, especially in the rumbling of flatus in the left hypochondrium, in the sour rather than the bitter taste, in the sour vomiting, in the fulsomeness after partaking of small quantities of food, and in the character of the pains, which are dull and aching under Lycopodium, and sharp and lancinating under Chelidonium.

You may use Chelidonium in neuralgia of the face. The pains go from the right cheek bone into the teeth or into the eye, or the pain may be located in the supra-orbital nerves. This neuralgia will not yield to Chelidonium, however, unless you have some of the hepatic symptoms of the drug present. It is a neuralgia dependent on disorder of the liver, and not an idiopathic prosopalgia.

Chelidonium is useful, as I have already intimated, in bilious pneumonia. It is also indicated in the capillary bronchitis of children when these hepatic symptoms are present. The face in these cases, is apt to be deep red. There is great oppression of the chest as shown by the efforts to breathe and the fan-like expansion of the alae nasi (a Lycopodium symptom by the way) one hot and one cold foot (another Lycopodium symptom). The cough is usually loose and rattling. The expectoration is not easily raised.

MERCURIUS is sometimes indicated in bilious pneumonia. It differs from Chelidonium in the character of the stool more than in anything else. The Mercury stool is slimy and is attended with great tenesmus both before, during and after the stool, while in Chelidonium it is quite free. The Mercurius expectoration is apt to be blood-streaked, and there are sharp pains shooting through the lower portion of the right lung to the back. That last symptom may be in Chelidonium too.

KALI CARB. is a remedy often forgotten in pneumonia. It is not indicated in the beginning, but later, when there is copious exudation into the lungs, with great rattling of mucus during the cough. The symptoms are worse towards two or three o'clock in the morning. The expectoration contains little globules of pus. There may even be cyanotic symptoms with puffiness over either eyelid.