Crotalus Horridus

Last modified on January 17th, 2019

Dr. S.R. Phatak describes the clinically confirmed symptoms of the homeopathic remedy Crotalus Horridus in his Concise Materia Medica, published in 1977.

Generalities

      Rattle snake poison affects BLOOD; heart; liver. It produces profound nervous shock; with deathly sickness, trembling and prostration. Easily tired by slight exertion. Paralysis; post- diphtheritic, of the insane. It causes disorganisation of blood and tissues. HAEMORRHAGES are slow, oozing, of dark thin blood not clots; from all the orifices; and surfaces esp. from pharynx. Bloody pus, sweat. Tissues rapidly decompose producing putrid and MALIGNANT CONDITIONS. Dark or bluish parts. Septic conditions, tonsils; goitre, ulcers, abscesses, blood boils. Petechiae. Gangrene. Neuralgia as a sequel to sepsis. Chronic biliousness, climacteric conditions. Faintings. Convulsions; epilepsy, with trembling of the limbs, foaming at the mouth, violent cries, delirium. Plague. Yellow fever. Jaundice. General burning. Mouldy odours; of secretions. Sclerosis; multiple, lateral. Progressive muscular atrophy. Suitable in broken down constitutions, and for old age nutritional troubles. Ill effects of fright; sun; lightning; foul water; noxious effluvia. Affects the right side. Oedema general or of affected part.

Worse

      Lying on right side. Falling to sleep. Warm weather. Spring Alcohol. Damp and wet. Yearly. Jar. On awakening.

Better

      Light. Motion.

Mind

      Weeping mood. Weak memory; cannot express himself correctly. Plaintive speech. Timid. Fears evil. Mistakes in writing. Delirium; muttering; mumbles, jumbles and stumbles over his words; tremens. Melancholy. Sad. Thoughts dwell on death. Senile dementia; incipient, forgets figures, names and places, or suspicious about his friends or feels as if surrounded by foes or hideous animals. Antipathy to his family. Irritable, cross.

Head

      Vertigo; with faintness; weakness; trembling. Pain in occiput; as of a blow; in waves from spine. Severe pain at the centre of forehead. Headache, with pain in the heart on lying on left side. Headache worse jarring, must walk on tip toe.

Eyes

      Burning, red; with lachrymation. Yellow colour of eye. Neuralgia, as if a cut had been made around the eye. Absorbs the intra-ocular haemorrhage esp. non inflammatory; retinal. Amblyopia, from grief or from over use of vision.

Ears

      Auditory vertigo. Blood oozes from the ear.

Nose

      Epistaxis esp. during diphtheria; or other septic diseases. Ozaena; syphilitic; from exanthemata. Tip of nose, blue and red.

Face

      Distorted on waking. Lips; swollen, stiff and numb. Dark, besotted face. Face yellow; death like pallor. Lock jaw. Acne; of masturbators, of drunkards; with delayed menses.

Mouth

      Mouldy breath. Grinds the teeth; at night. Tongue; yellow, swollen, protruded; to the right. Fills up with saliva. Saliva bloody, frothy. Cancer of the tongue with haemorrhage. Stiff palate. Cannot speak on account of sensation of constriction around tongue and throat.

Throat

      Dry with thirst. Tight constriction. Difficulty in swallowing anything solid. Throat gangrenous, swollen.

Stomach

      Craves; pork, stimulants, sugar. Vomiting; bilious; grass green; cannot retain anything. Cannot bear clothes round the stomach. Vomiting, purging and urination simultaneously. Cancer, ulcer, of the stomach; vomits on lying right side. Vomiting of blood; black. Monthly nausea and vomiting; after menses.

Abdomen

      Swollen, hot, tender. Peritonitis. Inguinal glands enlarged. Bleeding from anus when standing and walking. Stools; black, thin, offensive. Perineal abscess. Jaundice; haematic, malignant. Coldness in the stomach or abdomen as from a piece of ice. Pain in the liver and top of shoulders. Intestinal haemorrhage.

Urinary Organs

      Dark, bloody urine; albuminous, scanty, green-yellow. Haematuria, with cancer of bladder or prostate.

Female

      Dysmenorrhoea, with pain in hypogastrium, down the thighs, with aching in the region of the heart. Sensation as if the uterus would drop out. Puerperal fever. Offensive lochia. Phlegmasia alba dolens worse touch.

Respiratory organs

      Anxious, laboured breathing. Cough, with bloody sputum of mouldy odour. Oppression in old people.

Heart

      Weak, trembles; loose, turns over. Palpitation during menses. Heart tender when lying on left side.

Extremities

      Arms and legs become numb; first one and then the other. Pain in top of shoulders. Right sided paralysis. Paralysis of left hand and leg. When sewing the hands feel dead. Cannot keep legs still.

Sleep

      Drowsy but cannot sleep. Sleepless from nervous agitation. Horrible dreams, of dead. Suffocation awaking after.

Fever

      Malignant fevers, high fever; yellow fever; cerebrospinal meningitis. Black water fever. Sweat cold; bloody.

Skin

      Yellow; jaundice, septicaemia. Purpura haemorrhagica. Blood boils, carbuncles; felons. Old cicatrices break open again. Oedema about the affected part. Skin; cold and dry. Skin shows every tint of colour.

Related

      Lach; Sul-ac.

Complementary

      Lycops.

 

About the author

S.R. Phatak

S.R. Phatak

A pioneer of Homoeopathy in Maharashtra, Dr Shankar Raghunath Phatak was born on 6th September, 1896. He did his MBBS from Grant Medical College, in 1924. Started his practice but somehow not satisfied with Allopathic Treatment.

He was convinced about Homoeopathy while going through Sir William Osler's writings on 'History of Medicine' so switched over to an entirely Homoeopathic Practice in 1932. He also started working on Homoeopathic literature along with his Practice.

He has contributed immensely to homoeopathic literature. He was an ardent follower of Dr Boger. His Repertory is based on Boger's ''A Synoptic key to Materia Medica'.

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