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Suppression or Retention of Urine

Urinary retention

Dr. Erastus Edgerton Marcy discusses some remedies in Suppression or Retention of Urine

Erastus Edgerton Marcy, M.D.  ( 1815-1900)

The following medicines will cover all of the symptoms which occur in suppression or retention of urine:

Cannabis,  Uva- ursi,  Solidago-virga-aurea, Acid-phosphoric,  Rhus-radicans, Aconite,  Pulsatilla,  Nux-vomica, Arnica,  Belladonna,  Oleum-terebinthina, Tussilago-pertuss, Camphora,  Agnus-castus, Arsenicum,  Sulphur, Iodine, Cantharides.

Cantharides and Cannabis, are indicated  in suppression from chronic  inflammation of the kidneys, and in retention from long continued irritation of the neck of the bladder.  They may also be employed in suppression and retention from acute inflammation of the kidneys and bladder, after the febrile symptoms have been subdued by Aconite.  Hahnemann advises them in retention from paralysis of the  neck of the bladder, and in cases of chronic retention arising from thickening and induration of the mucous membrane.

Arnica is our best remedy when the functions of the kidney and bladder have been impaired or suspended by mechanical injuries, falls, contusions, sprains, blows, and concussions, or by the irritation of calculi.

Rhus-radicans, Belladonna, and Solidago-virga-aurea are applicable when the  disorder has proceeded from metastases of gout or rheumatism. These medicines may be alternated with Aconite when the inflammatory symptoms run high.

Agnus-castus is an excellent specific in retention in consequence of paralysis of the bladder.  Nux-vomica, Tussilago, Arsenicum and  Oleum-terebinth  are  remedies which should command  attention in paralytic retention.

Spasmodic  retentions are readily cured by Camphor, Belladonna  and Aconite.

When gravel or calculi are the exciting causes of the affection, I advise the employment of Uva-ursi, Solidago-virga-aurea, and Belladonna.

Affections of the prostate gland may be met by Pulsatilla, Sulphur, Aconite, Rhus-rad., Arsenicum, and Iodine.

Retention from onanism, from excesses in venery, are treated best with Acid-phosphoric, Agnus-castus, Cantharides, Cannabis, Rhus-radicans and Arnica.

Administration.—The lower attenuations should  be employed in these affections, and the doses repeated every two, three, or four hours,  until the medicinal effect is perceptible. Auxiliary to the above medicinal  treatment, we may make  a  thorough  use of warm baths, fomentations, bland, diluent drinks and injections by the  rectum.

From: The Homoeopathic Theory And Practice Of Medicine Vol 2 -by Erastus Edgerton Marcy  1815-1900

About the author

Erastus Edgerton Marcy

Erastus Edgerton Marcy 1815-1900
Born in Greenwich, Massachusetts, 9 December, 1815, was graduated at Amherst in 1834, and at Jefferson medical college in 1837. During the ten ensuing years he practised in Hartford, but in 1847, after becoming a convert to homeopathic views, he came to New York, where he has acquired an extensive and lucrative practice. In 1852 he established the "North American Journal of Homoeopathy," which he edited until 1865. Dr. Marcy has written numerous essays on medical and chemical subjects, besides which he has published in book-form "Theory and Practice of Medicine" (New York, 1850) ; "Homoeopathy vs. Allopathy" (2); "Theory and Practice of Homoeopathy" (1867) ; and " Life Duties " (1869); and he has also edited "Hahnemann's Lesser Writings" (1856).

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