VERATRUM ALBUM [Verat]
Haughtiness, self-righteousness, delusions of being Christ.
Restlessness. Despair of salvation.
Coldness, collapse, weakness.
Simultaneous vomiting and diarrhoea.
COMMON NAME : White Hellebore.
A/F : -Fright -Disappointment in love -Injured pride or honour -Suppressed. exanthema -Opium, tobacco, alcohol.
MODALITIES : < Exertion 3 < Drinking 3 > Warmth 3 < Change of weather < Cold drinks 3 > Covering < Before and during menses < Fright 3 > Walking < Before, during after stools < Touch > Hot drinks < Pressure < During pain > Lying < Wet cold weather < Opium eating > Eating meat < Tobacco chewing < Injured pride > Milk
MIND : -Hyperactive, restless, disobedient, haughty, rude, critical.
-Cannot bear to be left alone, yet persistently refuses to talk.
-Thinks she is pregnant, soon will be relieved.
-Delusions of impending misfortunes.
-Delusions of religion and identity. Believes he is Christ, or a saviour, or a prophet, or that h is on a divine mission.
-Religious affections. Excessive praying.
-Precocity. Asks may questions.
-Mania with desire to cut and tear everything, especially clothes.
-Mania with livid, lascivious talk, amorous, or religion.
-Deceitful, never speaks truth.
-Nymphomania, kisses everybody before menses.
-Embraces everyone, even objects.
-Imagines that world is on fire.
-Swallows his own excrement (cophrophagia).
-Wants to commit suicide by jumping from window.
GUIDING INDICATIONS : -For children and old people; extremes of life, persons who are habitually cold and deficient in vital reaction. Young people of nervous, sanguine temperament.
-Adapted to patients with rapid sinking of vital forces, complete prostration and collapse.
-Sudden and violent onset.
-Profuseness of discharges.
-Cold perspiration on forehead with nearly all complaints.
-Attacks of fainting with least exertion, excessive weakness.
-Icy coldness of face, tip of nose, feet, legs, hands, arms and many other parts. Cold feeling in abdomen.
-Thirst - intense unquenchable, wants everything cold.
-Sinking feeling during haemorrhages.
-Head-Sensation-of a lump of ice on vertex with chilliness, -as if heat and cold at same time on sleep, -as if brain were torn to pieces.
-Headache begins in occiput, settles over one of eyes -Chronic long standing nervous < overexertion < riding < working in hot days.
-When Spigelia and Silicea failed.
-Face-Cold, blue, pale features, sunken, hippocratic.
-Red while lying, becomes pale on rising up.
-Nose-Epistaxis comes on during sleep, at night only, from right nostril.
-Dryness of nose, mouth, throat, sensation of burning in brain.
-G.I.T.-Tongue-Cold pale, cool sensation as from peppermint.
-Craving for acids, sour, sour fruit, lemon, salt, ice, fruit, sardines, juicy refreshing things.
-Inspite of nausea and vomit, gnawing hunger, voracious appetite.
-Violent vomiting with profuse diarrhea, followed by tremendous weakness, `collapse. Surgical shock.
-Vomiting excessive with nausea and great prostration
-Dyspepsia from chewing tobacco.
-Diarrhea, frequent, greenish, watery, gushing, mixed with flakes, with cutting colic in abdomen with cramps commencing in hands and feet spreading all over, in calves.
-Prostrating diarrhoea, after fright, eating fruits, impure water, with cold sweat on forehead.
-For Asiatic cholera with rice-water stools. Retention of urine in Cholera.
-Constipation-no desire, stool large hard in round black balls, from inactive rectum, frequent desire felt in epigastrium, in babies produced by very cold weather.
-Female genitalia-Dysmenorrhoea with vomiting and purging, cholera-like symptoms at commencement of menses.
-So weak, that scarcely stand for 2 days at each menstrual nises.
-Night blindness preceding menses.
-Respiratory system-Bronchitis of old people, with inability to expectorate, though large amount of mucus in chest.
-Tickling deep in chest, as if it would produce cough.
-Extremities-Rheumatic pains in limbs < wet weather < warmth of bed > continued motion.
-Fever-In congestive or pernicious intermittent fever, with extreme coldness, thirst, great prostration, deathly pallor.
-Cold stage predominates and overshadows heat stage.
KEYNOTES : -Profuseness-of all discharges, leading to prostration and collapse, violent vomiting with profuse diarrhoea.
-Cold perspiration on forehead with all complaints.
-Thirst for large quantity of cold water.
-Craving for acrid, cold drinks, juices and refreshing things.
NUCLEUS OF REMEDY : -A picture of collapse, coldness, weakness, blueness, is seen in the remedy.
-COLDNESS runs throughout the remedy.
-Violence and suddenness.
CONFIRMATORY SYMPTOMS : 1) Profuse diarrhoea and vomiting with great prostration.
2) Cold sweat on forehead concomitant to all symptoms.
3) Icy coldness of various parts.
CLINICAL : -Behavioural disorders, Cholera, Dysmenorrhoea, Gastroenteritis, Hyperactivity, Mania, Neuralgia, Pneumonia, Raynauds disease, Schizophrenia, Seizures.
-When Nux-v and Lyc fail for constipation in babies.
-For epistaxis during sleep when Bry, Merc, Nit-ac, Nux-v fails.
-When Spigelia and Silica fail in headache- Clarke.
-When after fright, there is coldness of body.
REMEDY RELATONSHIPS: -Compare-Ars, Camph, Hyos, Med, Plat, Stram, Tarent, Tub.
-Antidoted-Camph, Coffee, Acon.