The chief guiding symptoms belong to the mental and emotion group, which lead to this remedy in many forms of disease. Especially of frequent employment in diseases of children, where peevishness, restlessness, and colic give the needful indications. A disposition that is mild, calm and gentle; sluggish and constipated bowels contra-indicate chamomilla.
Chamomilla is SENSITIVE, IRRITABLE, THIRSTY, HOT, AND NUMB. Oversensitiveness from abuse of coffee and narcotics. PAINS UNENDURABLE, associated with numbness. Night-sweats.
WHINING RESTLESSNESS. Child wants many things which he refuses again. Piteous moaning because he cannot have what he wants. Child can only be quieted when carried about and petted constantly. IMPATIENT, intolerant of being spoken to or interrupted; extremely sensitive to every pain; always complaining. Spiteful, SNAPPISH. Complaints from ANGER and vexation. MENTAL CALMNESS CONTRAINDICATES CHAMOM.
Throbbing headache in one-half of the brain. Inclined to bend head backward. Hot, clammy sweat on forehead and scalp.
Ringing in ears. EARACHE, with soreness; SWELLING AND HEAT DRIVING PATIENT FRANTIC. Stitching pain. Ears feel stopped.
Lids smart. Yellow sclerotic. Spasmodic closing of lids.
Sensitive to all smells. Coryza, with inability to sleep.
ONE CHEEK RED and hot; the other pale and cold. Stitches in jaw extending to inner ear and teeth. TEETH ACHE WORSE AFTER WARM DRINK; worse, coffee, at night. Drives to distraction. Jerking of tongue and facial muscles. Distress of teething children (CALC. PHOS.; TEREBINTH.)
Parotid and submaxillary glands swollen. Constriction and pain as from a plug.
Toothache, if anything warm is taken, from coffee, during pregnancy. Nightly salivation.
Eructations, foul. Nausea after coffee. Sweats after eating or drinking. Aversion to warm drinks. Tongue yellow; taste bitter. Bilious vomiting. Acid rising; regurgitation of food. Bitter, bilious vomiting. Pressive gastralgia, as from a stone. (BRY.; ABIES N.)
Distended. Griping in region of navel, and pain in small of back. Flatulent colic, after anger, WITH RED CHEEKS AND HOT PERSPIRATION. Hepatic colic. Acute duodenitis. (KALI BICH. (chronic).)
Hot, GREEN, watery, fetid, SLIMY, with colic. Chopped white and yellow mucus like chopped eggs and spinach. Soreness of anus. Diarrhoea during dentition. Haemorrhoids, with painful fissures.
Uterine haemorrhages. Profuse discharge of clotted, DARK BLOOD, WITH LABOR-LIKE PAINS. Labor pains spasmodic; press upward. (GELS.) Patient intolerant of pain. (CAUL.; CAUST.; GELS.; HYOS.; PULS.) Nipples inflamed; tender to touch. Infants' breasts tender. Yellow, acrid leucorrhoea. (ARS.; SEP.; SULPH.)
Hoarseness, hawking, rawness of LARYNX. IRRITABLE, DRY, TICKLING COUGH; suffocative tightness of chest, with bitter expectoration in daytime. Rattling of mucus in child's chest.
Insupportable pain in loins and hips. LUMBAGO. Stiffness of neck muscles.
Violent rheumatic pains drive him out of bed at night; compelled to walk about. Burning of soles at night.
(SULPH.) ANKLES GIVE WAY IN THE AFTERNOON. Nightly paralytic loss of power in the feet, unable to step on them.
Drowsiness with moaning, weeping and wailing during sleep; anxious, frightened dreams, with half-open eyes.
WORSE, by HEAT, anger, open air, wind, NIGHT. BETTER, from being carried, warm wet weather.
Compare: CYPRIPED; ANTHEMIS; ACONITE; PULS.; COFFEA; BELLAD.; STAPHIS.; IGNAT. Follows Belladonna in diseases of children and abuse of opium. RUBUS VILLOSUS- Blackberry-(diarrhoea of infancy; stools watery and clay colored).
Antidotes: CAMPH.; NUX; PULS.
Complementary: BELL.; MAG. C.
Third to thirtieth attenuation.
The general constitutional state of Chamomilla is GREAT SENSITIVENESS; sensitive to every impression; sensitive to surroundings; sensitive to persons; and, above all, SENSITIVE TO PAIN. The constitutional irritability is so great that a little pain brings forth manifestations as if the patient were in very great suffering. It naturally belongs to the woman's nervous system, when she is wrought up and extremely sensitive and in pain.
The mental state goes along with this. Sensitiveness of the mind. Great irritability. These two run through Chamomilla so closely that they are inseparable. SENSITIVENESS TO PAIN. EASILY affected by mortification, by chagrin, so that the nerves become extremely sensitive from these causes, and pains, convulsions, colic, headaches and other kinds of nervous symptoms set in. The nervous child when punished will go into convulsions. The oversensitive nervous woman will suffer from chagrin. Jerking and twitching of muscles from mortification and excitement. Excessive sensibility of the nerves, so excessive that only a few remedies equal it, such as COFFEA, NUX VOM. and OPIUM. Of course, without hearing a lecture on OPIUM you naturally think of OPIUM as capable of producing stupor. Those of you who have seen the awful state of mind and distress that follow the administration of the crude OPIUM will understand what I mean by the Chamomilla sensitivity. Convulsions of children. It is not an uncommon thing, even now-a-days, and especially when practicing in the country, for the young mothers and the nurses to give the baby Camomile tea for colic, and the baby goes into convulsions. No one attributes it to Camomile tea, but the doctor will see at once, if he knows Chamomilla, that these convulsions are due to Camomile. Then you see the jerkings, the convulsions, the hot head, the great sensitivity; sensitiveness to noise, and to persons, and the great irritability between the convulsions. Convulsions of children; they become stiff; roll the eyes; distort the face; twitchings of muscles; throw the limbs about; clinch the thumbs; bend the body backwards. Such is the natural appearance of the Chamomilla convulsions; those convulsions that come on in oversensitive children, when they have suffered a good deal of pain from teething. Teething ought to be a perfectly healthy process, but it is really looked upon as a disease, and many doctors carry medicines for "teething children," and administer them; first one and then another. Chamomilla has fallen into that bad use of being given "for teething." It is true that many children suffer from irritability of the brainy convulsions, stomach disorders and vomiting about the time of dentition, but I say dentition should not be a diseased state, it should be normal. If they were in health they would cut teeth without sufferings. But slow teething we have to contend with, and that irritable State, that oversensitiveness, so that the child does not sleep. Wakes up as if it had awful dreams. Wakes up in excitement, vomits, has diarrhoea — green, slimy diarrhoea, like chopped grass. Offensive diarrhoea with teething. These symptoms come at this time when the child has not been properly looked after. Or perhaps the mother has not been properly qualified for parturition. "Tetanic convulsions. Twitching in the eyelids. Pain in the limbs. General prostration, faintness." Neuralgic pains all over the body with numbness. Twitching, darting, tingling pains. The pains are mostly ameliorated by heat, with the exception of the teeth and jaws. Toothache, pain in the teeth ameliorated by cold, and made worse by heat. But the earaches and pains in the extremities are made better by heat.
You will see in the text under "Temperature and Weather" the symptom "Pains are worse from heat," with two black bars as if it were the most important symptom in it, and then below, without any bar, "Sensitive to cold. Chilly," and "Better from heat;" but the fact is the pains that are worse from heat are about the teeth and jaws, and it is decidedly a particular symptom relating only to a part; whereas it is true that the patient in the general state, entirely contrary to what this says, is better by heat. The pains in general are better by heat. The patient himself is better by heat. Consequently, this being a particular, it should state that the pains that are so commonly worse by heat are of the teeth.
The most important part of Chamomilla is the mental state. It pervades the whole economy and you will see that every region that is taken up, every part that is studied, brings into it the mental state of the patient. This remedy has more mental symptoms than symptoms in any other part. Crying. "Piteous moaning. Irritable." The irritability is so great that it manifests itself sometimes in a very singular way. The patient seems to be driven to frenzy by the pains, and she forgets all about her prudence and her diplomacy. Loss of generosity; she has no consideration for the feelings of others. She will simply enter into a quarrel or dispute regardless of the feelings of anybody. So, when you go into practice, do not be surprised when you go to the bedside of a patient in labor, who is full of pains and sufferings, if she says: "Doctor, I don't want you, get out." Just such an one will pass under other circumstances as a lady. The awful pains that she is having drive her to frenzy, and this frenzy, this oversensitiveness to pain, is coupled with the mental state. Inability to control her temper, and the temper is aroused to white heat. Now, in the child the child whines and cries and sputters about everything. It wants something new every minute. It refuses everything that it has asked for If it is for something to eat, for something to play with, for its toys, when these are handed to the child it throws them away; slings them clear across the room. Strikes the nurse in the face for presuming to get something or other that the little one did not want, yet had asked for. CAPRICIOUSNESS. It seems that the pains and sufferings are sometimes ameliorated by passive motion, this very particularly in children. The pains seem to be better when the child is carried, so the child wants to be carried all the time. This is true in the colic and in the bowel troubles. It is true with earache; it is true with the evening fevers, and the general sufferings from cold and conditions while teething. CHILDREN MUST BE CARRIED. The nurse is compelled to carry the child all the time. And then there is the restlessness and capriciousness about the members of the family. The child goes two or three times up and down the room with the nurse, and then reaches out for its mother; goes two or three times up and down the room with her and then wants to go to its father. And so it is changing about. Never satisfied. It seems to have no peace. When it has earache the sharp shooting pains cause the child to screech out. Carries the hand to the ear. The pains often cause that sharp, piercing tone of the voice. Adults in pain cannot keep still the pains are so severe; it is not always that they are decidedly ameliorated by moving, but they seem to be. But they move because they cannot keep still. So the Chamomilla patient is tossing in bed, if in bed; not an instant quiet. And along with all of these the same irritability; becomes violently excited at the pain; angry at the pain; irritable about the pain; will scold about the pain; the pain is so torturesome. Aversion to talk, and snappish. The patient is constantly sitting and looking within herself when pains are absent.
Chamomilla has melancholy, and has suffering of the mind, without pain. Then the Chamomilla patient sits and thinks within herself — a sort of introspection. Cannot be induced to say a word. Sadness. The Chamomilla child cannot be touched. Wants to do as he pleases. Wants to change; wants to do something new. The answer from both the adult and the child are snappish. Complaints come on from contradiction; from anger. Convulsions come on from anger. If the child is suffering from whooping cough it will have a coughing spell, a spasmodic cough from being irritated. Goes into a spunky state, gets red in the face, and then gets to coughing. Peevishness. "Quarrelsome. Easily chagrined or excited to anger. Bad effects of having the feelings wounded". Such is the mental state, and, as I have remarked, that mental state will be found wherever there is an inflammatory condition that Chamomilla fits. In pneumonia, in bronchitis, laryngitis, inflammations of the ear, erysipelas, headaches, fevers, Chamomilla is capable of curing when the mental state is present, and the symptoms. in particular, are present.
The headaches of Chamomilla are found in sensitive people, sensitive women. Nervous; overstrained; overtired. Fidgety. Excitable women that suffer from pain. A little headache seems an enormous thing. Throbbing, tearing, bursting pains. Congestive headaches. Worse when thinking of the pain, or when thinking about the sufferings. The headaches are worse evenings. A particular time in the evening for many complaints to be worse is 9 o'clock. Sometimes 9 o'clock in the morning, and sometimes 9 in the evening. Fever conditions worse 9 o'clock in the morning. Pains worse in the evening, and especially worse about 9 o'clock. Stitching, tearing pains in the temples and head. Wandering pains in the temples. Pressing pain in the head as soon as attention was directed to it, better by busying the mind at something else, or by occupation; forcing one's self to do something, and to think of something else. Congestion to the head. Violent neuralgia of the face, teeth, ear, sides of the head. Pains inside of the mouth are ameliorated by cold. Pains of the ear and sides of the head are ameliorated by heat; earache ameliorated by heat.
There are pains in the eyes. Inflammation of the eyes with bleeding. Oozing of a bloody water from the eyes of the new born infant. Chamomilla will cure if there is irritability of the temper. Profuse acrid discharges; yellow discharges; discharges of purulent matter from the eyes. Violent pressure in the orbit. Lachrymation accompanying coryza with sneezing. Stuffing up of the nose. Headaches, irritability. Associated with the above is a symptom: "Face red and hot on one side, the other side pale." Like the whole constitution of the remedy there is a great sensitiveness of hearing. Roaring, ringing and singing in the ears. Stitching pains in the ears, ameliorated by heat. Pressing earache. You will see the little one when the pain comes on put its hands up to its ears, and spitefully moaning, yelling and screaming. Violent pains in the ear. When old enough to talk about it will complain of heat in the ear, and a feeling of fulness as if the ear were obstructed or stuffed up. In adults, nervous, sensitive women who cannot ride in the wind without covering up their ears. The ears are so sensitive to air when other parts of the face and head are not sensitive to air. You will find some patients that can not have air touch the neck. Others have extra covering between the shoulders. Chamomilla singles out the ears. The whole body is sensitive to air and to cold, and he wants to dress with plenty of covering.
Sneezing, watery coryza. Hot face on one side, and often with pains in the head and jaws. Fluent coryza, viscid, acrid, with loss of smell. Loss of smell lasting while the cold lasts.
Rending pains in the face, sometimes involving the teeth and the outer face at the same time. It is not an uncommon thing to have a very sensitive woman if she is disturbed by chagrin, if she has been vexed by her servant, to go to her room and suffer tortures from pain in the face from that excitement, from anger. If it is the outer nerves in the face the pains will be ameliorated by heat; but when it affects the teeth the pains will be ameliorated by cold. Heat of the face, while the rest of the body is cold. "The face sweats after eating or drinking." It is a common feature of this remedy to sweat only about the head, the hairy scalp. Sometimes during measles or scarlet fever we will have Chamomilla manifestations. Sweating about the head, face red on one side. "One-sided swelling of the check;" that is, an inflammatory attack, gets redder and redder, and finally purple, going into erysipelas, with the mental symptoms. Hot face, redness of one side. Burning in the face. Neuralgia of the face. If anything warm is taken into the mouth it will bring on aching in the teeth, and sometimes burning and throbbing in the roots of the teeth; tearing, stitching, stinging pains, aggravated by talking; aggravated in the open air; aggravated in a warm room, or getting warm in bed, anything that heats up the body will aggravate this toothache; ameliorated by holding cold drinks in the mouth. Toothache that is entirely absent in the daytime ; as soon as it comes night, and the patient gets into the warm bed, then these shooting, tearing pains begin; with the irritability, over-sensitiveness to pain, the mental state, hot head, you have the Chamomilla toothache. "Swelling and inflammation of the gums. Threatened abscess of the gums. Toothache when coming into a warm room," when it has been better in the cold air. This toothache is one that may be brought on by taking cold, by exposing one's self to cold air when sweating; and yet the toothache itself when present is ameliorated by cold. "Toothache from a draft of air." "Ameliorated from eating cold things. Worse before midnight." The most of the troubles of Chamomilla that come on in the evening and night subside about or sometimes before midnight. From midnight to morning almost all of the complaints of Chamomilla are absent. Many of them are absent during the day. It has aggravation in the FOREPART OF THE NIGHT. "Teeth feel too long. Swollen gums." The Chamomilla infant will often hold a glass of cold water against the gums. The little one has inflamed gums, painful gums, the coming forth of the teeth is painful, and it seems to want to prolong the cold in the mouth; when it is so young you would not think it would realize the good of making use of the cold edge of the glass. Offensive foetid smell from the mouth.
The spasms that affect the child all over are likely to affect the larynx, and sometimes affect the larynx without affecting the child anywhere else. "Spasms of the larynx during cough, or without cough. Spasmodic constriction of the larynx. Choking. Spasms of the throat. Sore and inflamed." Chamomilla cures sore throat when the throat is of a uniform redness, spreading pretty evenly over the whole throat, with considerable swelling. Inflammation of tonsils. Much redness; when the mental state is present. It will never cure a sore throat except in these irritable constitutions, such as suffer from pain, such as are easily angered, in a constant fret. The Chamomilla mental state determines when you are to give Chamomilla in sore throat.
"Want of appetite. Great thirst for cold water and desire for acid drinks. Unquenchable thirst." Aversion to coffee, warm drinks, to soups and liquid foods. The aversion to coffee is a strange thing. Chamomilla and coffee are very much alike in the general sensitivity of the economy. They antidote each other. When persons have been overdrinking coffee, nurses drinking coffee to keep up at night to take care of the patient; persons overdrinking coffee when tired and overworked, Chamomilla is its antidote. "Thirsty, and hot with the pains." When the pains come, no matter where, she heats up, and sometimes becomes really feverish. Face red, especially on one side. Head hot; extreme irritability.
Chamomilla has much vomiting. Eructations of gas which smells like sulphuretted hydrogen. The Chamomilla patient has violent retching. Making violent efforts to vomit. Seems that it will tear the stomach. Covered with cold sweat. Exhausted. That is just what MORPHINE does. If you have ever seen a patient who has been overdosed by a doctor — I hope that you will never see one that has been overdosed by yourself. Do not make a case, you will have one soon enough—but if you get into a town where there is an allopathic physician, and he happens to give MORPHINE to one of these oversensitive patients; it may relieve her pain for a little while, but on will come the awful eructations, and she will retch and vomit, and continue to retch when there is nothing to vomit. Chamomilla will stop that, the first dose, in a few minutes, and it is the only remedy you will need. It will always stop the vomiting from MORPHINE after the crude effect of MORPHINE has passed away and the vomiting comes.
Colic, especially in the little ones, in the infants. Pain in the stomach and abdomen. The child doubles up, and screams, and kicks; wants to be carried; is extremely irritable; attack comes on in the evening; one side of the face red, the other side pale; wants things, and when they are given does not want them; and you have a Chamomilla colic. It is a wind colic. It lasts a fraction of a minute, and then it straightens out again. It shows that it is a cramp, a wind cramp. In adults, who have felt these symptoms, they are said to be cutting, burning, griping. Griping pains. Of course, such are the pains that are called colicky. Cramps in the bowels. Griping pains. Sometimes griping as if must go to stool. The abdomen distended like a drum. Sometimes ameliorated by warm applications. "Colic while urinating;" that is an uncommon symptom. "Colic in the morning. Tympanitic abdomen."
The most striking Chamomilla stool is GRASS GREEN, or like chopped eggs, or like these two chopped up; yellow and white, intermingled with mucus that is grass green, like chopped grass; chopped spinach. Greenish, slimy discharges, greenish water. Those old enough to express themselves in the proving said that the stool felt hot while it passed. It smells like sulphuretted hydrogen. Copious stool; scanty stool, with dysenteric straining. Watery diarrhoea, six or eight passages daily. Mucous diarrhoea. Green, watery stool, faeces and mucus. "Yellowish brown stool." Also constipation, with no ability to strain. A paralytic weakness of the rectum; inactivity of the rectum. Much itching and rawness about the parts, especially in the evening. Anus is "pouting," with swollen appearance and redness.
The woman, such as I have described, oversensitive to pain, snappish, suffering intensely from a little pain, takes on many symptoms at the menstrual period. The menstrual flow is black, clotted, offensive. Cramping pains in the uterus, clutching and griping, ameliorated by heat. "Oversensitive to pain," with all the pains and complaints, and the mental state, the irritability, the snappish mental state at a menstrual period. Whether it be a menorrhagia, or a metrorrhagia, there are copious black clots. "Menstrual colic following anger," which means violent cramping pains in the uterus during menstruation if she has had any great excitement to anger her. Sexual irritability, emotions, disturbance of mind, will bring on cramps at the menstrual period in a woman who is not subject to cramps, affecting her as if she had taken cold. It is a very useful remedy in membranous dysmenorrhoea. It, perhaps, has existed from the first menstrual period. Every month the woman throws off a little membranous formation. This is thrown off with violent labor-like pains, and often with clots. Chamomilla may be a palliative. It is not the constitutional remedy that clears away, and prevents the future formation of this membrane, like the deeper antipsorics, but it is often palliative in the more severe attacks, with the irritable condition of the mind; feverish condition ameliorated by heat; cramping, and clutching like labor pains. "Yellow, smarting leucorrhoea. Excessive menstruation; blood dark, nearly black, clotted, with pain through from back to front, attacks of syncope, coldness of limbs, much thirst."
In pregnancy the woman has also Chamomilla conditions. Irregular contractions; false labor pains. Labor pains that are felt in wrong places. Labor pains that are felt too much in the back. Contractions that are most painful, cutting, tearing, bringing out screams. So irritable; she scolds the pains; she scolds the doctor; she scolds everybody; drives the doctor out of the room; drives the nurse off, and then calls for her again; refuses things that are offered. Labor pains that are clutching here, and clutching there, and cramping, showing that certain fibres of the uterus are contracting in one direction, and certain other fibres in another. There is not that uniform, regular contraction that should take place in the expulsion of the contents of the uterus; expulsion of a mole or expulsion of a child. If the physician can have the pregnant woman under his care during the period of gestation he ought to be able to select remedies to remove these irregular contractions of the uterus, or to prevent them when it comes time for labor. The pains are then not so violent. She feels the contractions, but in many instances they are painless. You will not always be able to prepare women, they will not always permit it. Women are more inclined to be notional and whimsical and to have their own way a short time before confinement than at any other time. A woman ought to be under treatment all through gestation, and sometimes it takes longer. Gestation is a fortuitous time for the woman to take treatment. Symptoms representative of her disordered state come out then that do not appear at any other time. If she has a psoric condition it may remain dormant until pregnancy comes on, which may act as an exciting cause to bring out the conditions that are in the constitution. It furnishes, therefore, a good time for the homeopathic physician to study the case and give that woman a constitutional remedy based upon those symptoms that will not only remove those symptoms and prepare her for confinement, but will remove very much of the disorder in her economy, and she will go on through life liberated from much distress, cured from many conditions that perhaps would not have come out until some other occasion brought them out. A woman that knows much about Homeopathy would submit herself regularly to constitutional treatment during gestation, that is, would be particular to give the physician everything, all the details, all the sufferings, all the trouble, that he may study that case, The things that are to be observed during gestation are to be added to the constitutional symptoms found when gestation is not present, because they are all evidence of a disturbance in that one patient. And it is the PATIENT that is to be treated, not a disease. It is simply another form of disturbance, of disorder of the economy. The things that Chamomilla reaches during confinement, and during its course, and at the close of it, are irregular contractions, like hourglass contractions. "Rigidity of the os." After confinement, after-pains. With all these the same mental condition, the same oversensitiveness to pain. "Postpartum haemorrhage." Every time the child is put to the breast, cramping of the uterus; cramp in the back. Either of these, or both, Chamomilla cures. The two principal remedies you will have to rely on for these conditions, cramping in the back and cramping in the abdomen every time the child is put to the breast, are Chamomilla and PULSATILLA. They are two decidedly different remedies in the mental sphere. One is mild and gentle, though whimsical; and the other is snappish and irritable. Both are sensitive to pain, but Chamomilla is far more sensitive to pain than PULSATILLA.
Chamomilla has inflammation of the mammary glands. You cannot prescribe for that unless you have something along with it, and I am sure you will recognize a Chamomilla PATIENT. The woman goes into convulsions. At the beginning of the confinement the husband comes into the room in some snappish way, "to make his wife behave herself;" it makes her mad, and she goes into convulsions. The doctor, perhaps, has just turned his back upon it, but now he says, "Well, why did I not think to give this woman a dose of Chamomilla? If I had done that I would have prevented these convulsions." She becomes very philosophical after a dose of Chamomilla, and often goes to sleep.
There are many suffocative attacks and difficulties of breathing, inflammation of the larynx, etc., that you can read up easily. The cough of Chamomilla has some striking things in it. It is a hard cough, a dry, hacking cough. The child goes to sleep at night and coughs and does not wake up. Coughs in its sleep. It is a little feverish, has taken cold, and one side of the face is flushed. It is crabbed when it it is awake. The child becomes angry when it has a cold and a little cough, and a little disturbance of the larynx and bronchial tubes has been noticed coming on, and all at once it becomes more excitable, wants to be carried, and if not pleased, or is angered, it will go into a hard coughing spell, and cough and vomit. "Coughing spells from anger." That is, he coughs when there is already a cold or a cough, and if the patient becomes angry he has a fit of coughing. The coughing complaints, and chest complaints, and laryngeal complaints are generally worse at night. The feverish condition comes on at night with the Chamomilla colds, with the Chamomilla whooping cough, with the Chamomilla chest complaints. Most of the complaints of Chamomilla are better after midnight. From 9 o'clock to midnight they are worse. "Dry cough worse at night and during sleep." Dry cough from catching cold. Rough, scraping cough of children in winter, with tickling in suprasternal fossa, worse at night. Dry cough, continuing during sleep. Amelioration of cough when getting warm in bed. Chamomilla is a very common remedy in whooping cough, where the child wants to be carried; keeps the nurse busy all the time. Coughs and gags and vomits, and it is very irritable and capricious in all of its wants and coughs during sleep.
You can now easily detect the chest symptoms. They go with the mental symptoms and the irritability and cough. The cough in the chest is scarcely different from the cough in the larynx and the cough from cold. It is the same Chamomilla cough. COUGH DURING SLEEP. During most of the complaints, fevers, colds, acute complaints and little attacks, burning of the extremities. Stitching pains in the limbs. Cramping in the muscles. Limbs go to sleep. With the pains in the limbs, and sometimes in other parts, but particularly in the limbs, A BENUMBED FEELING, or pains with the feeling of deadness, pains accompanied by a benumbed feeling, sometimes almost complete loss of sensation of the skin, yet the pains in the long nerves, in the extremities are very violent, and the patient seems just as sensitive to pain as at other times. Extremely sensitive to pain, but the pains themselves cause a BENUMBING FEELING TO FOLLOW THEM. It has been called in older books a paralyzing pain. Convulsions of the extremities. Convulsions of the whole body. "Cramps in the legs and calves. Tearing pains in the feet following a severe chill. Burning of the soles at night; puts the feet out of bed." All the routine prescribers whenever the patient is known to put the feet out of bed give SULPHUR, yet there is a large list of remedies with hot feet, burning soles, and all of them will put the feet out of bed, of course, to cool them off. There is no reason why they should all get SULPHUR.
Another feature of the pains that come on at night, sometimes before midnight is, they are so violent that he cannot keep still. When the child has pains he wants to be carried, that seems to do him good. When the adult has pains at night in bed he gets up and walks the floor. Benumbing pains, pains ameliorated by heat, pains that drive him out of bed at night, with twitchings of the limbs. Oversensitiveness to pain. Great irritability. The Chamomilla patient can not go to sleep at night. He is sleepy, like BELL., BUT he cannot sleep. If he quiets down during the day he wants to go to sleep. But as soon as the time comes to go to bed he is wide awake, he is sleepless and restless at night, especially the fore part. At times the Chamomilla patient becomes so full of visions and so much excited during the fore part of the night in his efforts to go to sleep that when he does go to sleep he jerks and twitches and has horrid dreams, and is full of sufferings. "Anxious dreams. Sees horrible apparitions and starts: dreams about fatal accidents." Worn out mentally from trying to go to sleep, and he is tired out.
The Chamomilla of the homeopathic materia medica is the German variety, the Chamomilla matricaria. The drug acts best apparently upon patients with a morbidly sensitive nervous system. It is like COFFEA, IGNATIA and BELLADONNA then, in so far as it lessens nervous excitability.
Slight impressions produce distress and anguish of mind; pains often result in fainting. Here it is similar to VALERIAN, HEPAR and VERATRUM ALBUM. It is especially applicable to these symptoms when they appear after long-continued use of narcotics.
In every disease in which Chamomilla is indicated, we notice this peculiar excitability. The patient, whether it be child or adult, a woman in labor or with toothache, is cross and excitable. Unless this mental state is present, Chamomilla will most likely fail you.
When violent emotions, as anger, affect the viscera, as, for example, the liver with jaundice, you may think of the drug under consideration. In this condition it stands related to a few drugs.
STAPHISAGRIA is indicated in children when colic follows a fit of anger.
BRYONIA has gastro-enteric symptoms after anger. Under this remedy, however, the. symptoms are associated with chilliness, under Chamomilla with heat; under Bryonia the face is dark red, under Chamomilla it is hot. The Bryonia tongue is coated white, that of Chamomilla yellow.
Continuing the nervous symptoms of Chamomilla, we find the drug useful for insomnia of children, when they start during sleep and the muscles of the face and hands twitch. With these symptoms there is apt to be colic; the face is red, especially one cheek, and the head and scalp are bathed in a hot sweat. A word of explanation is here necessary : Sometimes, during an attack of fever in a child, the cheek on which it lies becomes red; now that is not a Chamomilla symptom. These nervous symptoms of Chamomilla are generally reflex from the abdomen. There is very little evidence of delirium in these cases. When brain complications are present Chamomilla ceases to be the remedy, and Belladonna comes in.
When, during dentition, Chamomilla fails, BELLADONNA is the remedy, because it is suited to a farther advanced state.
This same nervous state of Chamomilla may be applied to the use of the drug in rheumatism. Rheumatic pains drive the patient out of bed and compel him to walk about. He is thirsty, hot, and almost beside himself with anguish.
The analogous remedies here are RHUS, which lacks the excitement of Chamomilla; FERRUM METALLICUM, which has rheumatism better from moving about slowly ; VERATRUM ALBUM, which has maddening pains, compelling the patient to walk about. With the latter remedy there is not the feverishness and excitement which characterize Chamomilla.
Chamomilla also acts on mucous membranes, causing symptoms of catarrh. It is indicated in the catarrhs of children, when the nose is "stopped up," and yet there is a dropping of hot, watery mucus from the nostrils; there are sneezing, and inability to sleep, and with these a dry teasing cough, which keeps the child awake, or may even occur during sleep; or there is rattling cough, as though the bronchi were full of mucus. Especially is Chamomilla useful in colds brought on by cold windy days.
NUX VOMICA is also indicated in catarrhs, when there is a "stopped-up" feeling in the nose, but there is no secretion whatever.
SAMBUCUS is indicated in catarrh, when the child starts up suddenly as if suffocating.
STICTA suits a hard, dry, barking cough ; the nose is "stuffed up" and dry; the real condition is this, the nasal secretion dries so rapidly that it cannot be discharged.
Chamomilla has a number of gastric symptoms. It is useful in biliousness produced by anger. We find it also indicated in gastralgia, especially when the food eaten seems to lie like a load in the stomach. There is distension of the hypochondria; the tongue is coated yellowish-white and there is a bitter taste in the mouth ; there are colicky pains in the abdomen, which are relieved by drinking a cup of coffee.
Chamomilla produces a diarrhoea with hot, yellowish-green stool looking like chopped eggs, and often mixed with bile, causing soreness at the anus, and having an odor of sulphuretted-hydrogen; it is especially worse towards evening; it is apt to occur during dentition.
Chamomilla is here frequently followed by SULPHUR', because both remedies produce the same stools with soreness of the stomach. If there is much tenesmus with these symptoms MERCURIUS the remedy.
If the stool is worse in the morning, and comes with a gush, we should think of PODOPHYLLUM.
Chamomilla is an invaluable remedy in the lying-in room; it is indicated when labor pains begin in the back and pass off down the inner side of the thighs. There is great nervous excitement; the labor seems to be exceedingly painful; after the labor is over, the lochial flow seems to be dark and too profuse, and the after-pains are violent and intolerable.
Chamomilla may be used in threatening abortion caused by anger, when the pains are of the character just described, and there is a flow of dark blood.
VIBURNUM is useful in threatening miscarriage when these pains come down the lower part of the abdomen and go into the thighs. It will stop the pains, even if it cannot prevent the miscarriage.
From the MELANTHACEAE we obtain the following medicines : VERATRUM ALBUM, VERATRUM VIRIDE, SABADILLA, and COLCHICUM. Of these drugs, I may say that I am pretty well persuaded that the Veratrum album and Veratrum viride are pretty well understood, and are, therefore, not easily misapplied. I am also well persuaded that Colchicum has not the place in practice it deserves. True, it comes to us from the allopathic school as a remedy highly recommended for gout. We ought not, however, from the exorbitant use of the drug by that school to go to the opposite extreme, and neglect it as a remedy altogether.
MATRICARIA CHAMOMILLA COMPOSITAE
Persons, especially children, with light-brown hair, nervous, excitable temperament; oversensitive from use or abuse of coffee or narcotics.
Children, NEW-BORN AND during period of dentition.
PEEVISH, irritable, oversensitive TO pain, driven to despair (Coff.); snappish, cannot return a civil answer.
Child exceedingly IRRITABLE, FRETFUL; quiet only when carried; impatient, wants this or that and becomes angry when refused, or when offered, petulantly rejects it (Bry., Cina, Kreos.) ; "too ugly to live"; cross, spiteful.
Piteous moaning of child because he cannot have what he wants; whining restlessness.
Patient cannot endure any one near him; is cross, cannot bear to be spoken to (Sil.); averse to talking, answers peevishly.
Complaint from anger, especially chill and fever.
Pain: seems unendurable, drives to despair; < by heat; < evening before midnight; with heat, thirst and fainting WITH NUMBNESS OF AFFECTED PART; eructations <.
One cheek red and hot, the other pale and cold.
Oversensitive to open air; great aversion to wind, especially about ears.
Toothache if anything warm is taken into the mouth (Bis., Bry., Coff.) ; on entering warm room; in bed; from coffee; during menses or pregnancy.
Labor pains: spasmodic, distressing, wants to get away from them; tearing down the legs; press upward.
Diarrhoea: from cold, ANGER OR CHAGRIN; during dentition; after tobacco; IN CHILD-BED; from downward motion (Bor., Sanic).
Stool green, watery, corroding, like chopped eggs and spinach; HOT, VERY OFFENSIVE, LIKE ROTTEN EGGS.
Nipples inflamed, tender to touch (Helon., Phyt); infant's breasts tender to touch.
Milk runs out in nursing women (runs out after weaning, Con.).
Convulsions of children from nursing, AFTER A FIT OF ANGER IN MOTHER (Nux—after fright in mother, Op.).
Violent rheumatic pains drive him out of bed at night, compel him to walk about (Rhus).
Sleepy but cannot sleep (Bell., Caust., Op.).
Burning of soles at night, puts feet out of bed (Puls., Med., Sulph.).
Complementary: Bell, in diseases of children, cranial nerves; Cham., abdominal nerves.
In cases spoiled by the use of opium or morphine in complaints of children.
Compare: Bell., Bor., Bry., Coff., Puls., Sulph.
Mental calmness contra-indicates Chamomilla.
By heat; ANGER; evening before midnight; open air; in the wind; eructations.
FROM BEING CARRIED; fasting; warm, wet weather.
The name of this medicinal plant is derived from MATRIX, because of the specific action supposed by the ancients to be exerted by it on the uterus.
It was used by the ancients, by whom likewise and for similar reason the name Parthenion was given to it.
Culpeper says of it: " Venus commands this herb, and has commended it to succour her sisters; and to be a general strengthener of wombs ; and to remedy such infirmities as a careless midwife has there caused."
It is found in most parts of Europe, in cornfields, waste grounds and by road-sides.
In medicine the whole plant is used; it is gathered when in flower, and the tincture is formed by expressing the juice of the whole plant, gathered fresh, and mixing it with twenty parts of alcohol.
By allopathic physicians the Anthemis nobilis has been substituted for the Matricaria chamomilla, their properties being assumed to be identical.
It is classed among the stimulant tonics. It contains an essential oil and a bitter principle. Its action is described as both stimulant and tonic.
In substance, or in a strong infusion, it produces a sense of warmth in the stomach, and, it is said, some acceleration of the pulse. It expels flatus, improves the digestion, does not confine the bowels, and is alleged even to possess emmenagogue virtues. In large doses it occasionally produces vomiting, looseness of the bowels, pain, with fullness of the head ; and in certain idiosyncrasies it is even said to produce a sort of somnolent intoxication, with general depression and exhaustion.—Stille, i., 557.
Our knowledge of the positive properties of Chamomilla is derived from Hahnemann's proving (Materia Medica Pura, iii., 1). This has been singularly corroborated within a few years by a proving conducted by Prof. Hoppe, of Basle.
Before proceeding to an analysis of the action of Chamomilla, it may not be amiss to quote at some length from Hahnemann's introduction to the proving. It is full of practical wisdom.
This has been extensively used as a family medicine in complaints of all kinds, chiefly those that develop themselves rapidly. But physicians have held it too much in contempt, not considering it as a medicine, but only as a popular remedy; and allowing their patients to use it, in conjunction with their prescriptions, in large handfuls, for infusions, teas, etc., and for external applications, while, at the same time, they were giving internal medicines; as if it were always a safe and salutary thing, never injurious, or at least quite unimportant.
Thus we may see how far physicians have been blinded with regard to a plant belonging to a class of, powerful medicines, when it was their duty to acquaint themselves thoroughly with its properties; not only that they might themselves make a wise and proper use of it, but put a stop to the general abuse, pointing out when good effects might be expected from it, and, on the other hand, when it should be avoided.
But physicians have hitherto not fulfilled this duty ; they have rather rivaled the public in prescribing or permitting the use of this powerful remedy in all cases, without distinction, and in doses of all degrees.
Yet it requires a very little ray of sense to perceive that no medicine in the world can be proper for all diseases ; that each one has its circle of benefit strictly defined, beyond which every powerful medicine like Chamomilla must, of course, exercise injurious action in proportion to its energy ; and therefore to avoid quackery the physician ought to know previously when Chamomilla may be useful and when prejudicial; as also how to proportion the doses, that they may be neither too powerful nor too weak.
In fact no medicine, however polychrest it may be, can be useful and salutary in a tenth part of the existing diseases ; neither can this prerogative belong to Chamomilla. But, admitting what is impossible, let us suppose it can cure a tenth part of the diseases of which mankind is susceptible, is it not clear that if it is employed universally it must be injurious to the other nine-tenths ? Is it right to purchase success in one case to the injury of the other nine ? What do you mean by injurious effects ? says the common practitioner; I see none that depend on Chamomilla. Certainly, I reply, so long as you are ignorant of the effects so powerful a medicine is capable of producing in a healthy person, you cannot perceive it to be the source of the mischiefs that are caused by the manner in which you employ it. These evils you consider to belong to the disease itself, and you attribute them to the malignity of that disease, and thus you deceive yourself, while you are doing harm to your poor patients.
But cast your eye upon the mirror which I hold up to you ; read the catalogue of the symptoms produced by Chamomilla, and then, if you fall back into your daily sin, if you put no limit to your habitual use of this plant, see how many among the apparent symptoms will be attributable to those belonging to Chamomilla, and judge of the distress and pain that will be caused to the sick by the abuse of this substance in those cases in which it is not suitable, and when given in large doses.
It may be remarked that the use of Chamomilla is not so universal now as it was when Hahnemann wrote; but his observations apply with equal force to whatever drugs it may be the fashion to use in the same indiscriminate and reckless way.
1. On the VITAL FORCE, the action of Chamomilla is shown:
In the fact that it exalts the general susceptibility, causing pains to be felt very keenly, so that a pain which might be supposed to be only moderately severe is, to the patient, intolerable. The disposition is impatient, intolerant, restless and very anxious.
In the prostration of general muscular power and in the lassitude, exhaustion and disposition to syncope which Chamomilla produces; in the peculiar modification of circulation which constitutes the fever of Chamomilla. This fever presents a compound of the features above described. Though marked by excitement and increased sensibility, it is, nevertheless, not a well-developed inflammatory fever. The prostration is likewise represented. The heat is partial, confined, for example, to one cheek, and is conjoined with profuse sweat of the head. The fever does not last long, but often recurs.
In the jerkings of isolated muscles, and in spasms.
In the special perversions of functions excited in the nerves of sensation of various parts of the body, and in the digestive and the urino-genital organs.
2. On the ORGANIC SUBSTANCE, Chamomilla does not act so vigorously nor so deeply as one might suppose from the nervous excitement which it produces. It acts:
On the digestive canal, increasing and changing the secretions, and provoking accumulations of flatus.
On the female genital organs, producing leucorrhoea, increased menstruation, and uterine haemorrhage.
On the respiratory mucous membrane, increasing the secretion.
On the skin, producing a miliary eruption on the cheeks, isolated papules and pustules, and an unhealthy disposition of the skin, so that wounds do not readily heal, but become very painful.
PERIODICITY is in so far a property of Chamomilla action, that the pains recur in the evening, and are much worse at night before midnight, becoming then intolerable.
PECULIARITY. It is a peculiarity of Chamomilla that the pains are aggravated by heat: it is thus among a minority of medicines.
Hahnemann remarks that " a very small dose of Chamomilla seems to lessen very much excessive sensitiveness to pain, and the effects which pain produces on the mind. For this reason it relieves many of the morbid symptoms produced by excessive use of coffee and of narcotic substances ; and it is also less beneficial to those who remain patient and composed under their sufferings."
SENSORIUM. Vertigo, even to falling, especially after eating and when talking; or early in the morning on rising from the bed. Sometimes the vertigo is conjoined with a kind of syncope.
The intelligence is benumbed, or blunted, and distracted; not observant. In writing or talking the prover lets entire words and phrases drop.
Headache is felt even during sleep. The head is heavy. But the most frequent pains are tearing and drawing, generally anterior, and almost always semi-lateral. The same is true of all the pains, they are semi-lateral.
EYES. The pupils contract.
The margins of the lids feel dry, yet there is morning agglutination.
Pressure, heaviness and burning in the eyes. The conjunctiva is often deeply injected, without pain.
The special sense is somewhat affected. The sight is obscured,—there is a fluttering before the eyes.
EARS. The tearing, which is a characteristic symptom of Chamomilla, is felt in the ears; sometimes also single stitches, especially on stooping, or a dull pressure. The ear seems stopped, and there is a buzzing or ringing in it.
TEETH. The affection of the teeth is a very prominent and characteristic action of Chamomilla, and has been turned to great practical account. The toothache rages chiefly at night, is accompanied by swelling of the cheek, and generally comes on or is aggravated after eating and drinking, and particularly after warm drinks. The pain is paroxysmal, is a drawing or tearing pain, with stitches toward or into the ear. The toothache, like the headache, is semi-lateral.
The taste is slimy, sour or bitter.
Appetite is extinguished. Food is repulsive.
Frequently there are sour eructations; and it is noteworthy that thereby whatever pains may be present are aggravated.
After eating, a sensation of fullness, nausea, and distention of the abdomen.
Nausea frequently occurs; frequently early in the morning.
Vomiting occurs sometimes, of food and bile.
Painful pressure is felt in the stomach, epigastrium and hypochondria, which sometimes embarrasses respiration ; the pressure extends to the region of the heart. (Not only applicable in gastralgia but also in certain forms of hepatitis.)
Flatus is generated in abundance. It moves about with rumbling and griping and a pressure downward, especially toward the inguinal canal.
There are likewise intolerable pains in the abdomen, cutting, pinching or tearing; and particularly with a sensation as if the intestines were rolled up in a ball in the side of the abdomen.
The stool is diarrhoeic, semi-fluid, sometimes yellow, sometimes green and watery, sometimes only white and slimy. It occurs most frequently at night, and is' attended with cutting pains, which cause one to crouch together. It produces, likewise, blind and sometimes bleeding haemorrhoids.
Chamomilla produces a yellow, acrid leucorrhoea. It causes also a uterine haemorrhage, the blood being generally coagulated and passed with severe labor-like pains.
Before the menses there is produced a cutting colic and drawing in the iliac region, with frequent pressure to pass water.
The respiratory organs are affected chiefly in their mucous membrane.
The coryza is at first dry and obstructed ; then the discharge is scanty and moderately acrid. There is hoarseness, produced by a tenacious mucus in the larnyx and trachea, with an almost uninterrupted tickling irritation, provoking a cough.
Along with this there is a kind of dyspnoea from pressure on the thorax and pressure on the sternum.
The mammary gland is affected. Indurations and nodosities occur in it, which are painful to the touch, and have, besides, a tearing and burning pain.
In the symptoms of the trunk we find again the tearing and drawing pains of Chamomilla, worse at night.
From the lumbo-sacral region such pains extend into the thighs, like a kind of labor-pains (hence its use for after-pains).
Similar pains in the extremities, drawing and tearing, most violent at night, and seeming to have their seat in the ligaments and periosteum. They often extend from shoulder to finger, or from elbow to hand (and similarly in the lower extremity), and are conjoined with a paralyzed or numb sensation. The arms often go to sleep; there is a great disposition to cramps in the calves and in the toes.
The hands and feet become cold and stiff; and also at night the feet lose power, so that when attempting to stand the limbs give way.
SLEEP. During the day there is great sleepiness with yawning, but at night sleeplessness with anxiety, inability to remain in bed, with prattling delirium.
Starting in sleep, weeping and complaints. Pain seems to be felt during the sleep.
FEVER. The fever is partial in all its stages. The heat predominates. The chill is not always marked by external (objective) coldness ; is attended by nausea, restlessness and tossing; often by burning heat of the head, or generally with internal dry heat. The heat is attended by thirst and dry tongue.
Sweat is partial, chiefly at night, generally on the upper part of the body.
The disposition is anxious, restless, impatient, intolerant of pain. There is easy starting, as if affrighted ; easy vexing ; irritability ; disposition to anger; great sensibility to smells ; and intolerance of music.
The symptoms of Chamomilla, while their profound action on the nervous system and the excitement they show to be produced in the circulation, would lead us to expect benefit from Chamomilla in febrile affections, yet, nevertheless, show so little action upon the organic substance as to preclude the idea of relying on Chamomilla in parenchymatous inflammations, or in any purely and strictly inflammatory affection.
The fever is eminently one of irritation, and an attentive comparison of its phenomena with those which we observe at the bedside, will show its similarity to fevers arising from a more or less permanent physical source of irritation, such as is supplied by dentition, or by the irritation of indigestible foreign bodies in the intestines.
The fever is partial; the nervous system is highly excited, and yet the sensorium is not perverted ; pains are unreasonably intolerable ; the patient cannot long retain one position; heat aggravates the entire condition, and yet, withal, the muscular strength is prostrated ; twitching and jerkings of isolated muscles occur, and finally general clonic spasms come on. This action of Chamomilla has led to its extensive and successful use in the diseases of dentition in infants. The diarrhoea which it produces is similar to that which so frequently accompanies dentition.
But dentition does not always so affect children that Chamomilla is indicated.
If the child be restless, irritable, wanting always to be carried about in the nurse's arms (muscular weakness), never content in one place, nor with anything that is done or said, one cheek red and hot, the other pale, with sweating head, hot mouthy tickling cough, green or yellow diarrhoea, with colic; with these, or most of these symptoms, but especially the disposition above mentioned, then indeed Chamomilla is indicated. But, if the disposition be mild and sluggish, the child disposed to be quiet,, the bowels flatulent, to be sure, but costive, with frequent tenesmus, no matter if Chamomilla be recommended in forty books for dentition, give that child Nux vomica and cure it!
On the other hand, the fever may be really inflammatory, the pulse hard and full, and the sensorium excited with wild delirium, or dull and oppressed. In such cases we may expect to find, on searching, that organic disease of some vital organ has set in, which must be sought and treated.
Chamomilla shows its adaptation to catarrhal affections of the eyes, ears, gastro-intestinal and urino-genital mucous membranes, and to similar affections of the respiratory mucous membrane. The secretions are moderately increased and are somewhat acrid.
For semi-lateral headaches, especially when they accompany otalgia, odontalgia or metrorrhagia, and when the disposition corresponds, Chamomilla is useful.
There must always be intolerance of pain, aggravation at night, and aggravation by warmth. This applies to the toothache, earache, facial and cervical neuralgia, and to the abdominal colic, and distinguishes it from the symptoms of Colocynth, which are diminished by warmth.
Chamomilla has been useful in bilious vomitings and in sub-acute hepatitis.
In mucous diarrhoeas, frequent in summer, with abundant griping, yellow or yellow-green mucous stools, often produced by check of perspiration or crude food, it is a most valuable remedy. There is no great flatulence as in Colocynth, nor tenesmus.
Its action in controlling metrorrhagia is attested by both allopathists and homeopathicians.
The discharge is paroxysmal, the blood dark and coagulated.
In nasal and laryngeal catarrh its indications have already been pointed out.
As a remedy for after-pains Chamomilla enjoys considerable repute; likewise for certain forms of dysmenorrhoea, where pain precedes the period, which nevertheless is abundant when it does occur (which distinguishes it from Sepia).
Indurations in the mammary gland, with tearing, drawing pains, are often relieved by Chamomilla when other symptoms correspond.
In some forms of rheumatism it has done good, the pains being drawing and tearing, worse at night and from warmth, and felt in the ligaments and in the periosteum.