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Monday, January 30, 2012

Allium sativum - Tincture of fresh bulb

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-GEORGE VITHOULKAS
Garlic.
N.O. Liliaceae.
Tincture of fresh bulb
The essential features
Allium sativum is another remedy to be classed among the neglected remedies in our Materia Medica. I consider it to be an important and valuable remedy in certain cases for which Bryonia, Kali bichromicum, Sulphur, Lachesis, belladonna etc. are given today.
It corresponds to fleshy people with voracious appetites, with chronic spastic colitis where there is a lot of gas that cannot come out and that causes pain. There is a pressing pain - from within outwards - in the upper abdomen and along the transverse colon which is aggravated from stepping. Walking causes excruciating pains (Bell). They have to lie down to get relief or sit in a bent forward position and press with both hands.
Allium sativum people are obliged to keep to a particular diet, for fear of immediate aggravation in their digestive problems from any deviation in their eating habits. They may develop heartburns, gas in the abdomen, eructations with much saliva, and strong pressing pains, pressure from within outward. They have a feeling as if everything inside the abdomen is dragging down (Sep).
In comparing this remedy to others, we see that it has a unique symptomatology, inspite of certain similarities to other remedies. For instance, inspite of aggravation of abdominal pain on stepping, we do not see in Allium sativum the general sensitivity of belladonna from jarring. In Allium sativum only walking or stepping causes such severe pains. Then he feels that everything inside the abdomen will be torn apart.
In this remedy we shall find a characteristic of Lach. which is a general amelioration when the flow of menses has been established. But in Allium sativum we shall see also that the symptoms return as soon as the flow diminishes, while in Lachesis they remain ameliorated until the beginning of the next flow. In Allium sativum this kind of amelioration is very prominent in conjunction with headaches and vertigoes while in Lachesis we see it also in almost all symptoms, especially mental and abdominal.
Another interesting symptom is aggravation while reading. The moment he tries to fix his eyes to read a book symptoms start appearing, especially in the eyes and mouth.
This remedy is also indicated in chronic bronchial cattarh with dyspnea where there is constant coughing associated with a very fetid breath during the cough (Caps) and with expectoration of stringy, ropy mucus (Kali-bi.) with dry lips. In some cases, you may see another type of patient: thin and emaciated with low blood pressure, empty feeling in stomach that forces him to eat, but without appetite, a kind of a tubercular patient.
The Allium sativum patient is restless and anxious, his restlessness is aggravated when he is alone. The inner restlessness is such that sometimes he may develop an impulse to run. Dromomania (Tarentulla). This tendency appears also as a psychological need to escape from unpleasant situations. Many patients are sensitive, irritable, and impatient, difficult to please and seemingly do not know what they want.
The most characteristic feature is their suspiciousness in matters concerning their own health. They occupy themselves so much with this theme that they eventually become a very special kind of hypochondriac. They go from one doctor to another, receiving all sorts of advice, but if you offer them a medicine, even when you explain to them that the remedy is harmless, they look at you with suspicion and are very cautious in taking the prescribed medicine. At home they may take the tablets or drops for some days but it seems as if that only increases their hypochondriacal anxiety and despair.
These pills don't help me at all. They are not good for my body.....Is it possible that this medicine may be poisoning me? I canot bear any kind of medicine. Nothing can help me, I am incurable, etc., are typical remarks of Allium sativa.
These patients are sometimes really very ill, not only in their imagination, but they cannot tolerate any kind of medicine and therefore the fear or conviction finally arises that nothing can help them and that they will never get well again.
It is mainly in this situation that they are restless, sad and low spirited especially when alone and not distracted by others from their anxious wandering thoughts. And then the above mentioned impulse to run away takes over in order to escape from all that.
Even sleep is frequently very restless and disturbed. Sometimes it may be impossible for the patient to sleep on account of darting pains in the chest, or because of a sensation of a weight in the stomach or simply just because he is thirsty. On falling asleep his muscles begin to twitch and he has shocks in the feet. The Allium sativa case may not only weep in his sleep, but may also have a feeling of oppression in the chest or may wake up frequently due to a sensation of coldness.
The general restlessness occurs in dreams as well. He has frightful, anxious dreams or he may dream for example of rapid transits from place to place or of water and storms, and the dreams may continue even after waking.
Allium sativum may also be of service in special kinds of neurological symptoms which manifest themselves mostly as lassitude and weakness of the lower limbs. This peculiar muscular weakness of the legs is sometimes so great that the patient feels that it would take too much effort even to climb a few steps.
A kind of general lassitude and torpor have also been observed. This can particularly be the case in children, who are usually very pale, topically emaciated, the bowels working only sluggishly. The back may be so weak that they do not learn to walk. These children are sometimes so drowsy that they appear lifeless.
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