Guaiacum

Last modified on January 17th, 2019

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

Generalities

      It chiefly acts on fibrous tissue of joints, a useful remedy for arthritic diathesis. Muscles and tendons are contracted resulting in painful, rigidity and swelling of the joints. FREE FOUL, SECRETIONS; expectoration, sweat, etc. Hastens suppuration in abscesses. Tonsillitis with rheumatism. Burning heat; in affected part. Gnawing or sticking pains; in chest. Muscles seem too short_eyelids, back, thigh etc. or feel sore. Contractions between scapulae; palms etc.; causing distortions; and immobility. Growing pains. Short tendons. Nodes. Unclean odour of the body. Clothes feel damp. Pains often end in stitch esp. head. Bones become spongy or suppurate. Progressive emaciation. Feeling that he must yawn, stretch, with uneasy feeling in the whole body. Exostosis.

Worse

      HEAT. Touch. Motion. Exertion. Rapid growth. Mercury. 6 p.m. to 4 a.m. Puberty. Cold damp weather.

Better

      Cold (locally). Apples. Yawning and stretching.

Mind

      Forgetful esp. for names. Strong desire to criticise and despise everything. Thoughtless staring. Indolent, obstinate, fretful.

Head

      Pains extend to neck; often ending in stitch. Brain feels loose. Headache better walking, pressure; worse sitting, standing.

Eyes

      Eyeballs seem too big to be covered by the eyelids. Hard pimples around the eyes. Exophthalmos.

Face

      Neuralgia of the left side of the face daily from 6 p.m. to 4 a.m. Face like an old person.

Throat

      Dry, burning, painful to touch; acute tonsillitis. Sharp stitches towards the ear on swallowing; cannot swallow without a drink; recurrent tonsillitis; then rheumatism.

Stomach

      Thick white fur on tongue. Aversion to milk; to all food; could not eat anything. Desire for apples, which relieves the gastric symptoms. Burning in stomach. Vomits a mass of watery mucus, then exhaustion. Stomach affections return every summer.

Abdomen

      Sensation of constriction or stoppage in epigastrium; causing cough, dyspnoea etc. Cholera infantum, face like an old person, emaciation. Distension, flatulent.

Urinary

      Continuous urging even after urination. Sharp stitches while or after urination.

Male

      Seminal emissions without dreams. Discharge from urethra.

Female

      Ovaritis in rheumatic persons, with irregular menses, and dysmenorrhoea with irritable bladder. Cold crawling over mammae. Shuddering in the mammae with gooseflesh.

Respiratory

      Feels suffocated from stoppage at epigastrium, causes dry cough, frequently repeated, until expectoration appears. Foetid breath after coughing. Pleuritic stitches worse deep breathing. Recurrent pleurisy. Stitching in apex of (left) lung. Phthisis. Pain in the chest while riding in the open air, better pressure and walking, worse sitting and standing.

Neck and Back

      Stiff neck and sore shoulders. One sided stiffness of back from neck to sacrum. Constrictive pain between the scapulae.

Extremities

      Tense, short thigh muscles better sitting. Pricking in buttocks, as if sitting on needles. Pain from ankles upwards. Arthritis deformans. Burning in affected limb. Hamstrings short.

Sleep

      Yawns and stretches for relief of general ill feeling. Frequent waking from sleep, as if from falling.

Fever

      Sweat profuse on single parts, face etc. Night sweats. Fever with chill in the evening. Burning of body. Hot palms. Burning fever with hot face and dry cough.

Related

      Ferr; Kali-b; Kreos; Ph-ac; Phytolacca

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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