EUPATORIUM PERFOLIATUM A plant for the 'flu season
At this time of year this plant comes into its own as an important influenza remedy. Indeed it appears to be one of the main ones for this season of "Aussie" 'flu.
I have had many cases this winter especially with the onset of the cold weather. The onset is with chills and tremendous bone and muscle aches , all over the body. Then high fever ensues. There is a curious desire for VERY COLD WATER during the chill stage. This is a characteristic symptom in prescribing this remedy. Sore skin and even soreness of the eyeballs on moving them. There can be a gastric element often with coated tongue, bitter taste and can be vomiting.
Accompanying symptoms of heavy catarrh, sneezing, hoarseness and cough. Cough is painful and they need to support or hold the chest when coughing. Cough is worse at night and causes spot of soreness of the chest. This along with the great thirst is similar to Bryonia - another great 'flu remedy. However Bryonia is often thirsty for warm drinks.
There is a periodicity to the picture of this remedy and indeed it was used a lot in malarial areas for this purpose. Malaria being a disease with not dissimilar symptoms to some kinds of 'flu. With intermittent chills and fever, cramps and pains etc
So 'flu that behaves in a periodic fashion i.e. the child or fever return at roughly the sam time each day and then subside. The chill tends to come at around 7 - 9am preceded by thirst and great aching of bones. In the proving it was noted that the provers knew the chill was coming because they could not drink enough cold water!
Once the sweats come then the patient is relieved.
In other conditions this can be another useful remedy in Gout ( see Feb post) with swelling of LEFT big toe and gouty soreness with inflamed nodosities of the joints.
To compare with Rhus-tox and Bryonia and Nux-vom:
Rhus-tox is generally much more restless than Eupatorium and much more intolerant of the cold. However Eupatorium can be restless with the bone pains. Bryan will want to remain still as motion aggravates. The pains in Eupatorium are much stronger and deeper but not as relieved by motion. We can say that Eupatorium is somewhere between Rhus-tox and Bryonia. It is worse for motion and thirsty. Rhus-tox is often thirstless. Bryonia is not so painful in the skeletal or muscular system as Eupatorium. Mentally we see a state of "sadness and despair" as if they will not recover. Bryonia tends to irritability as does Nux-vom, another great 'flu remedy with sensitivity to cold , desire for covers and warm, and severe bone pains.
I would like to share a recent successful treatment of acute gout with a specific homeopathic remedy.
This 53yr old male contacted me 2 weeks ago with a recurrence of acute gout in his right big toe. This had previously been successfully treated some years ago (2015) with the remedy Colchicum. This is the autumn crocus plant that medicine uses as its base to extract the alkaloid Colchicine, which is used to treat gout.
However he had tried taking the same remedy again with no effect. This case shows well the difference between homeopathy and allopathic medicine. In allopathy the same drug is repeated whenever an attack occurs in larger and larger doses, which risk side-effects such as allergies, hair loss, bone marrow suppression, peripheral neuritis etc However in homeopathy each time an attack occurs it may be a different remedy needed as symptoms vary and causations vary. Gout is only the medical name. It gives us no real information.
This time I was consulted on the 25th January with symptoms of swollen, red, hot right toe with pain which was worse for any movement and touch. A lot of swelling which was extending to the whole foot. I asked about the urine - i.e. colour and smell. The answer was clear - urine was darker and very strong-smelling. His wife said like "horses urine" i.e. very strong! There is only one remedy that has produced this kind of urine in the provings as well as pain and swelling in the big right toe and it a remedy known for treating arthritis and gout: Benzoic-acid
This was given in a 200c potency. One dose. By the next day (26th) he reported almost immediate relief on the pain and toe flexibility. Swelling reduced and pain only intermittent. Able to put a shoe on his foot at last! Foot slightly "puffy" still. Prescription: Wait. By the 31st toe and foot almost back to normal. No swelling or pain. Just some discolouration darker red.
This shows the successful treatment of a very painful acute without the use of heavy, potentially dangerous drugs. Using a KEYNOTES of the remedy - urine smelling like that of a horse and the right sided gout I was able to pinpoint the exact remedy.
Please see below the before and after pictures:
First and second pictures are initial presentation, third picture is on the fifth day after treatment.