Digitoxinum

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Digitoxinum signs and symptoms of the homeopathy medicine from the Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica by J.H. Clarke. Find out for which conditions and symptoms Digitoxinum is used

      Digitoxin. “Crystallized Digitaline” (of Nativelle). (Neither a glucoside, nor an alkaloid.) C3 H33 O7. (The most active principle of Digitalis. Trituration.

Clinical

Phlegmon. Suppuration. Vision, disordered. Vomiting.

Characteristics

*Digitoxin has been proved by Kopfe, who took a single dose of 2 milligrams at 10 a.m. It began to take effect in an hour, faintness, nausea, and slight vertigo, which increased till he was obliged to hurry home at 1 o’clock to avoid vomiting in the street. But he was too weak to walk, and had to take a carriage. He went to bed immediately and remained in bed three days and part of the fourth. The pulse had remained regular and at the usual rate, 80 to 84, but at 2 o’clock was 58 and intermitting. Excessive nausea was constant and prevented sleep at night. Vomiting of dark greenish masses of mucus gave instant relief, which, however, only lasted a short time. The pulse went down to 42, intermitting after every two beats, the heart-beats and intermission being plainly felt in the chest. The limbs refused service in spite of the greatest exertion of will power. Sight became weak, faces of friends were indistinguishable, and he only knew them by their voices. Objects ran together without outlines, so that he could only distinguish some very dark or bright, or large or small images in the field of vision. Therewith all objects, especially all bright ones, seemed in a slightly yellow light. (This yellow vision was very persistent, lasting eight days, it may prove a keynote for this preparation of *Digitalis.) The nausea continued more distressing and was aggravated by drinking champagne, aerated waters, and ordinary water. The second night was very restless with partial sleep, interrupted four times in an hour by confused, anxious dreams and frightful phantasies. In the evening of third day he was able, with effort, to eat a little, and did not vomit. On the fourth day he was up a little and felt better, was able to eat a little meat and drink as much water as he wished. On the fifth day he was able to walk out a little, leaning on the arm of another. During the three succeeding days the symptoms gradually disappeared. With sound sleep and extraordinary appetite, physical strength and normal vision returned.

In some experiments made on dogs it was noted that subcutaneous injections were invariably followed with phlegmonous inflammation proceeding to suppuration.

Relations

*Compare: Digitalis ( worse from drinking is marked in both), Digitalinum, Cina and Santonine in yellow vision.

SYMPTOMS.

Head

Slight vertigo, with nausea and faintness.

Eyes

Weak sight: features of friends seemed to swim and become indistinct. All objects in room run together without any outlines, could only distinguish some very dark or bright, or large or small images in the field of vision. Therewith all objects, especially all bright ones, seemed in a slightly yellow light. (This appeared on the first day, was in no way diminished on third and fifth days, and did not pass away till the eighth).

Face

Paleness and collapsed appearance of face.

Stomach

Aversion to every kind of food. Faintness, nausea, and discomfort. Constantly increasing discomfort and tormenting nausea, ending in vomiting a large quantity of dark greenish masses of mucus. Relief was immediate, but lasted only a quarter of an hour, giving place to the most excessive nauseous sensation. An hour later vomiting was renewed violently, bilious- colored masses of mucus, accompanied, preceded, and followed by retchings. Slow, intermittent pulse. In evening attempted to take a glass of iced champagne, but the nausea increased rapidly and in a few minutes vomited a large quantity of watery, slimy substance slightly colored with bile, much retching followed. Carbonated waters and ordinary drinking-water always aggravated the nausea. Third day able to drink a little. Sixth day extraordinary appetite.

Chest

Oppression and anxiety in chest, heart-beats and intermissions plainly felt.

Heart

Pulse at first normal and regular, became later markedly slow, intermittent, dicrotic, and then tricrotic. Pulse very easily excited by the slightest excitement or physical exertion.

Generalities

Faintness, rapid loss of power. Prostration, limbs refuse their service, cannot rise from bed without assistance. (Phlegmonous inflammation going on to suppuration.).

Sleep

Not a moment’s rest on account of distressing nausea and weakness. Second night restless, with partial sleep, which was interrupted by confused, anxious dreams and frightful fantasies. Sleep sound fourth night.

About the author

John Henry Clarke

John Henry Clarke

John Henry Clarke MD (1853 – November 24, 1931 was a prominent English classical homeopath. Dr. Clarke was a busy practitioner. As a physician he not only had his own clinic in Piccadilly, London, but he also was a consultant at the London Homeopathic Hospital and researched into new remedies — nosodes. For many years, he was the editor of The Homeopathic World. He wrote many books, his best known were Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica and Repertory of Materia Medica

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