Homœopathic domestic physician: containing the treatment of diseases; with popular explanations of anatomy, physiology, hygiene, and hydropathy: also an abridged materia medica. By J. H. Pulte. / Title Contents
Homœopathic domestic physician: containing the treatment of diseases; with popular explanations of anatomy, physiology, hygiene, and hydropathy: also an abridged materia medica. By J. H. Pulte.
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ANATOMY, PHYSIOLOGY, HYGIENE AND HYDROPATHY:
AN ABRIDGED MATERIA MEDIOA...BYY. '-.ULTEL D.,;
SECOND EDITION, REVISED AND ENLARGED.
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PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION.
THE rapid sale of the first edition (upward of twelve hundred copies within four months) has convinced the author,
that his labors.have been received with unusual favor by the
public, whose decision is the best test of the usefulness of
such a work.
In addition to this public testimony, the author has received
letters of many of his professional brethren from all parts of
the country, approving of the plan and execution of the work.
Such undoubted proofs of its
iv PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION.
The author, thankful for the reception with which his work
has been received by the public, would also express his grateful acknowledgments to those of his professional brethren,,"who favored him with suggestions for improving this second
edition; they will find that their wishes have been fulfilled.
Similar favors from the profession, for the future, will be thankfully received by the author, for by such co-operation alone
will it be possible to arri
PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION.
OF late years a great deal of attention has been bestowed upon the
preparation of popular works on the treatment of diseases, by the medical profession, as well by members of the Homoeopathic as of other medical schools. This shows, evidently, that the hitherto backward world
of medical science has been caught at last, with the proper spirit of
modern progress, whose distinguishing feature in scientific matters
consists, undoubtedly, in the tendency to pop
PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION.
profession in general seems now to regard them as necessary allies in
the great work of reforming the medical state of the world, and bestows
a great deal of care on their constantly increasing perfection, by making
them more practical and definite, progressing in their improvement as
the science itself progresses.
In this spirit the present volume is written and given to the public
by the author, who has attempted to embody in it the results of a practice o
TABLE OF CONTENTS.
LIST OF MEDICINES....................................X..... xiii
DIETETIC RULES............................................. i
DESCRIPTION AND TREATMENT OF DISEASES,
Rheumatism-Acute---Chronic. Rheumatic pains or cold. Gout.
Pains in the small of the Back, Loins and Neck. Pain in the Hip.
Hip-disease. Inflammation of the Knee-joint. Inflammation of the
TABLE OF CONTENTS.
Margins of the Lids. 2. Inflammation of Eyeball-Ophthalmia. 3.
Chronic Inflammation of the Eyes. a. From Gout and Rheumatism.
b. From Scrofula, Scrofulous Sore Eyes. c. From Syphilis or Venereal
Disease. d. From Abuse of Mercury. 4. Stye on the Eyelid. 5. Weeping or Watery Eyes. 6. Cataract-Glaucoma. 7. Weakness of SightAmblyopia-Blindness-Sudden and Incipient-Amaurosis. 8. Short
Sightedness-Myopia. 9. Far Sightedness. 10. Squinting-Strabismus. 11. Falling of the Eyeli
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Swelling of the Tongue-Glossitis. 6. Canker of the Mouth-Stomacace. 7. Inflammation of the Palate. 8. Abscess in the Gums-Gumboils-Swelling of the Jaw bone. 9. Scurvy-Scorbutus. 10. Salivation - Ptyalism. 11. Paralysis of the Tongue. 12. Difficulty of
Speech-Stammering. 13. Ranula or Swelling under the Tongue. 197
Affections of the Throat.
Sore Throat-Quinsy-Angina Faucium. a. Common Sore Throat.
b. Ulcerated and Putrid Sore Throat-Malignant Quinsy--Angin
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Costiveness. Diarrhea-Looseness of the Bowels. Dysentery-Bloody
Flux. Cholera Morbus. Asiatic Cholera-Cholera Asiatica. PilesHemorrhoids. Itching of the Anus. Prolapsus Ani. Rupture-Hernia. Dropsy of the Abdomen-Ascites. External Injuries of the Abdomen................................................. 256
Affections of the Urinary and Genital Organs.
Inflammation of the Kidneys-Nephritis. Inflammation of the Bladder - Cystitis. Strangury. Dysury. Ischur
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Snuffles-Obstruction of the Nose-Coryza. Swelling of the Breasts in
Infants. Restlessness - Sleeplessness. Inflammation of the Eyes.
Thrush, or Sore Mouth of Infants-Aphthle. Heat-Red Gum-Heat
Spots. Excoriations-Rawness of the Skin. Jaundice. Erysipelas.
Convulsions or Spasms. Teething-Dentition. Constipation. Diarrhea. Fevers. Dropsy of the Brain -Hydrocephalus. Asthma--
Choking Fits-Asthma Millari. Remittent Fever of Infants. Vaccination. Cholera Infa
To aid in the search for the proper place in the work,
where a disease may be found, its different popular names
have always been given, and carefully recorded in the index.
Should, however, the identification of a disease be difficult
or doubtful, it is only necessary to refer, in the book, to the
divisions made as to the parts of the system which are affected, such as " Affections of the Head, Chest," etc., where
all the ailments of these parts are generally put together.
parations of iMfercury, only one kind has been used, atti
whenever this is mentioned, under the name of.M-ercury, the
Xfercurius vieus is understood by it. This was done for the
sake of not unnecessarily confusing the reader with two
different names for' mercurial preparations, which are essentially the same in their effects and use. On that account the
_Afercurius sublimcat. has been left out entirely. Its use is, at
any rate, confined to one disease only (t
us in applying the various attenuations with real benefit,
which is not so difficult as many practitioners might believe.
There are principles according to which the different potencies of a remedy must be applied in different cases. But to
enlarge upon this subject here, would carry us too far; we
content ourselves by remarking that, for a domestic familychest, we would propose, as a general rule, the third potency
for all vegetable medicines, and the sixth potency for al
attend to this scrupulously themselves, before presenting them
for refilling; because much depends on it, as regards the
genuineness of the medicines.
The medicines should be kept in a dry place, where no
odors can reach them. A renewal of their strength, if well
kept, is not necessary for years; but if the slightest doubt in
this respect should arise, it is better to have it renewed.
THu, observance of a strict diet is essential to the success of
a homoeopathic treatment, not so much on account of the injury done to the system by the use of improper articles, as
because these might be antidotal in their effects to the medicine. On this account, homceopathists so generally forbid
coffee, it being an antidote to most of their remedies. For
the same reason, the use of all other things of a medicinal
nature is strictly forbidden,'such as spices, perfumeries, per
as potatoes, turnips, rice, barley, etc. If the disease appears
mostly in the digestive organs, as a chronic diarrhea, all articles of a relaxing nature are in themselves injurious, such as
fruits and other green vegetables, soups of meat, eggs, etc.
In -cases where constipation is present, the opposite course
must be pursued.
Another consideration is, that articles of food, which disagree with the patient, although allowed or wholesome for
others under similar circumst
Raspberries, Gooseberries, and other sweet berries, and Grapes
(except in Colic and Diarrhea)r
Water, pure, or sweetened with Sugar, Currant Jelly, Raspberry, or Strawberry Syrup, Toast water.
Milk, in its different preparations, boiled Milk, fresh Whey,
Decoctions of Barley, Malt, Oat-meal, Farina, Rice, dried
Fruit. Cocoa boiled with Milk or Water, pure plain, Chocolate, weak black Tea.
Salt moderately used, Sugar.
Ice-creams flavored with Strawberry an
XXiV 0 DIETETIC RULES.
should be taken by the patient to avoid allopathic medicine of
every description and form, pills, herb-teas, etc., internally
and externally; particularly all salves, aromatic waters, hartshorn, smelling bottles, etc.; also, all perfumery, musk, cologne
water, or other aromatip substance, tooth-powders containing
such ingredients, etc.; especially be careful in using matches,
not to inhale the vapor of the burning sulphur; matches must
be lit only where the
DIAGNOSIS.-Pains in the muscles and membranes, together
with " swelling, of the surrounding cellular tissue, light redness, 4an heat; caused by having taken cold.
This is the general appearance of all rheumatic affections;
yet their degreqs and complications are so numerous, that it
would almost require a separate treatise to do justice to such
an extensive subject. We confine ourselves, here, to the more
practical subdivision of acute and chironic rh
2 GENERAL DISEASES.
such cases, we refer the reader to the respective chapters,
where the diseases of these organs are specially treated.
There exists an intrinsic difference between rheumatism and
gout. (See this article.)
To prevent attacks of rheumatism and annihilate within us
the predisposition to it, we must avoid all sudden changes of
temperature and all excesses, which can create local and general debility. We ought to strengthen the system against injurious external
ACUTE OR INFLAMMATORY RHEUMATISM.
Bryonia, in the same manner, when the pains are worse by
motion or at night, when there is headache, fever, swelling of
the joints, and gastric derangement, with constipation. Alternates well with Aconite or Rhus. (See this remedy.)
Belladonna, when Bryonia does not relieve, or when the
parts are much swollen, very red, shining, and the patient is
sleepless at night, complaining of dryness in the mouth and
throat, and congestion to the head. Both remedies
Rhus-principal indication for its use is: pains worse
during rest, or as if the flesh was torn from the bones; worse
in cold, damp weather. This remedy, when the latter symptoms are present, alternates well with Bryonia. (See Bilious
Rheumatic Affection.) It is, also, of great use, when there is
paralytic weakness or trembling of the extremities, on moving them.
N. B. See also the remedies, stated under " Chronic Rheumatism."
If the pains in the limbs should cease sudden
ACUTE AND INFLAMMATORY RHEUMATISM.
him relief, if it is at all in the power of medicine to do so.
But, frequently, the reactive force of nature is already so
much weakened, that it first requires to be strengthened,
which can only be done by a systematic hydropathic treatment. However, in cases of rheumatism, where the system
is yet strong, the medicines, as detailed below, may be
used, and will be found efficacious in a majority of them.
Beside the remedies recorded under "Acute Rheumati
Sulphur: In almost all cases of chronic, and after a spell
of inflammatory rheumatism, when the pains yet linger about.
Often after Aconite, Belladonna, Bryonia, Mercury, or Pulsatilla.
Sepia: For rheumatic affections in tall, slender persons,
ADMINISTRATION. --In chronic rheumatism, the remedies
ought not to be repeated often; every three or four days, one
dose (four to six glob.) is enough. After a remedy has been
tried for ten or fourteen days, ano
impedes their movements and causes them to make a cracking noise. There is always connected with an attack of gout,
flatulency, acid stomach, and other derangements of the digestive organs. The principal differences between rheumatism
and gout are: rheumatism attacks more the muscles and
membranes-gout, more the joints; rheumatism is hardly
ever complicated with derangement of the digestive organs;
gout is never without that-has, beside, permanent swelling
of the joints, by calcareo
For gout in persons addicted to spiritous liquors: Nux
vomica, Aconite, Sulphur, Calcarea.
For gout in persons called high livers: Pulsatilla, China,
Antimon. crud., Sulphur, Calcarea.
For those who sometimes work in the water: Pulsatilla,
Sulphur, Calcarea, Dulcamara, Rhus, Sarsaparilla.
For gout confined to the big toe (Podagra): Pulsatilla,
For the stiffness of the limbs, which remains after an attack
of gout or rheumatism, give Colocynth.
LUMBAGO -- NOTALGIA.
a real inflammation of the spine, the spinal marrow (myelitis), or
go over, if not cured, into a chronic spinal affection.
TREATMENT.-ACOnilC is the principal remedy in the commencement, and does more to relieve the patient at once,
than the lancet can accomplish, which the old school always
applies in such cases.
Arnica, alternately with Rhus, if this disease is really the
result of falling, overlifting, or any other mechanical injury.
Bryonia, if the pains in the ba
mattress, or something similar, and not attempt to brave it out,
as the phrase is; because the medicine will not be able to
cure as quickly, and chronic weakness of the back remains,
together with a liability to a return of the disease.
PAIN IN THE HIP. HIP DISEASE.
Sciatica. Coxalgia. Coxagra.
DIAGNoSIS.-Pain in the region of the hip joint, extending
to the knee, even to the foot, accurately following the course
of the sciatic nerve. Its continual severity may impede
PAIN IN THE HIP --HIP DISEASE.
In spontaneous limping, Mercury and Belladonna in alternation; every few days, a dose: Rhus, %Jolocynth, Pulsalilla,
SYMPTOMATIC DETAIL.-Aconite, in alternation with Belladonna or Bryonia, where the attack is accompanied with a
great deal of fever.
Belladonna, in the inflammatory stage (see Aconite), when
the pain is increased on the slightest movement, with limping,
and on the parts affected the skin is red and shining; dryness
of the th
Colocynth. This is the first and principal medicine in hip
diseases, acute or chkonic, particularly when there is the sensation of a tight band around the hips and back, and the pains
run down from the region of the kidneys into the leg; spontaneous limping; pains are worse lying on the back, or after a
fit of anger or indignation.
Hepar after.Mercury, when this has not relieved.
Silicea, when the disease assumes the chronic form, after
Hepar; or, where emaciation has t
INFLAMMATION OF THE PSOAS MUSCLE.
DIET AND REGIMEN.-Also the same, but without any outward application, save cold-water bandages, when the patient
feels relieved by them, at any stage of the disease.
INFLAMMATION OF THE PSOAS MUSCLE. (Psoitis.)
DIAGNOSIS.-Pain in the region of the kidneys, hip, and
downward to the leg, which cannot be stretched, or drawn
near to the abdomen, without pain; increased, also, by turning, when lying and lifting, with a feeling of numbness of the
cramp, either with the hands or a rough towel, which, in a
short time, will destroy the spasm. Another expedient is, to
jump on the cold floor of the room, if the cramp occurs in the
calves of the legs, and while in bed; but, if it should occur
frequently in the night, take
Veratrum, every night a dose (four glob.), for a few nights;
or, if it occurs in pregnant females,
Secale, in the same manner.
If the cramps occur more in the day time, take Rhus, in
the morning, in
GOITRE - SLEEPLESSNESS.
manner. In this way, alternate with these two remedies
until better, or apply to a homoeopathic physician, who has
more remedies at his command, which, however, can be
chosen, only according to the individual constitutionality of
each one's case.
GOITRE. ( Struma.)
This disease consists in a swelling of the thyroid gland,
in front of the throat. It is, in the majority of cases, of a
scrofulous origin; depends, sometimes, however, on an endemical cause it, occuri
Nux vomica, when from study and meditation in hypochondriacs.
Opium, after fright and fear, or in old people, or where
frightful visions appear when closing the eyes.
Pulsatilla, when having indulged too freely in eating.
Aconite, when caused by agitating events and anxiety.
If caused by drinking tea or coffee, see their antidotes in
the articles respecting these substances.
In children, beside Coffea and Bellad., are recommended
Cham., Jalap, and ]Rheum., when it is ca
Beside these remedies, daily exercise in the open air, the
use of cold water internally, and externally in shower or
sponge baths are recommended.
This affection of the nerves of voluntary motion, is one of
those diseases, to remove which, it requires the greatest skill
of a physician; and, by bringing it under our notice here,
we intend merely to warn our readers not to waste time,
health, and money, in using a variety of nostrums which
might be recommended fo
DELIRIUM.TREMENS. (Mfiania a potu.)
This terrible disease is almost exclusively confined to
drunkards and opium-eaters, who are taken, especially when
exhausted otherwise, with a delirium and frenzy, in which
appearances of horrible monsters, animals, figures of all
kinds, frighten their imagination, combined with ravings,
convulsion fits, and complete inability to sleep. In the long
and sleepless hours, they converse incessantly with these
supposed realities, by which
EPILEPSY-ST. VITUS' SDANCE.
sciousness is the most essential symptom, not the violence of
the convulsions. The weakest convulsion, with unconsciousness, is epilepsy, while the most violent convulsion, but with
consciousness, is not epileptic.
Most of the epileptic patients can be cured, but it requires
the attendance of a skillful homceopathic practitioner. We
refrain, therefore, from mentioning here any more of the treatment of this disease, but that which relates to the attack itself.
20 GENERAL DISEASES.
Igualia, every evening a dose (six glob.) for eight days;
Sulphur, every other evening a dose (six glob.) for eight
days, and ~then discontinue for three or four weeks, to await
DIET AND REGIMEN.-NO greasy substances, no coffee or tea,
but good plain food. Try to divert the attention of the patient from his disease; never speak of it in his presence.
TETANUS. TRISMUS. (Lockjaw.)
DIAGNOSIS.-Constant spasmodic contraction of one muscle,
TREATMENTr.-Enlarge the wound, if possible, and poultice
it with bread and milk. Beside, give the following remedies:
Arnica. In the beginning, externally, in a wash or fomentation; internally, in globules or drops, every two hours a
dose (four glob. or one drop).
Belladonna and Lachesis, in alternation, in the same dose
and time, if the spasms increase. If no improvement after
twelve hours takes place, give Opium and Hyoscyamus, in the
Secale, if the
FATIGUE, OVERHEATING, AND MENTAL EXHAUSTION.
Arnica, for a feeling as if the body were bruised, after overexertion of the body, and too long and fast traveling on foot;
wash the fatigued limbs in water, with which a few drops of
the Arnica tincture has been mixed.
Rhus: Pains in the joints. After Arnica, if this was not
sufficient. In alternations with Bryonia, if there are shooting
pains in the small of the back on moving.
China: Weakness after loss of fluids, or heavy