Homeopathic Remedies & Homeopathy Treatment for Liver Enlargement,
Hypertrophy, Jaundice, Hepatitis, Gall Stones
When there are stitching pains in the right hypochondriac region,
Bryonia is the first remedy to be thought of, though for these pains
we have other remedies, such as Chelidonium and Kali carbonicum.
Under Bryonia the liver is swollen, congested and inflamed; the
pains in the hypochondriac region are worse from any motion, and
better from lying on the right side, which lessens the motion of
the parts when breathing . It is one of the chief remedies for jaundice
brought on by a fit of anger. Chamomilla has this symptom, but the
Chamomilla patient gets hot and sweats, while the Bryonia patient
is apt to be chilly, though he appears hot. There is a bitter in
the mouth and the stools are hard and dry, or , if loose, papescent
and profuse and associated with a colic. Berberis has stitching
pains from the liver to the umbilicus. Chelidonium is distinguished
by the character of the stools. Bryonia is pre-eminently a gastro-hepatic
remedy, and has pain in right shoulder,giddiness, skin and eyes
slightly yellow. Hughes says it hardly reaches true hepatitis.
This remedy has much sensitiveness and dull pain in the region of
the liver; the patient cannot lie on the right side. The liver is
enlarged. The skin and conjunctiva are jaundiced. The stools are
either clay-colored from absence of bile, or yellowish-green bilious
stools passed with a great deal of tenesmus. There is a yellowish
white coated tongue which takes the imprint of the teeth and there
is a foetid breath, loss of appetite and depression of spirits.
Leptandra has aching and soreness in the region of the liver and
is especially indicated in the lazy livers of city men; but is distinguished
from Mercurius in the stools, which are pitchlike and black, accompanied
with no tenesmus, but rather a griping and the pains of Leptandra
are dull, aching and burning in the posterior part of the liver.
The character of the diarrhea will also distinguish Mercurius from
Magnesia muriatica, which is useful in the enlarged livers of puny
and rachitic children. Mercurius is the remedy for jaundice arising
from abuse of quinine when fever is present. It is a splendid remedy
for "torpid liver." It suits well simple jaundice in children.
Cowperthwaite believes that, as a rule, Mercurius dulcis 2X is the
most effective preparation of mercury in catarrhal jaundice.
The principal use of Podophyllum is in liver affections. Primarily,
it induces a large flow of bile, and, secondarily, great torpidity,
followed by jaundice. It is indicated in torpid or chronically congested
liver, when diarrhea is present. The liver is swollen and sensitive,
the face and eyes are yellow and there is a bad taste in the mouth.
The tongue is coated white or yellow and the bile may form gall
stones. There is a loose watery diarrhea, or if constipation be
present the stools are clay-called. It somewhat resembles Mercurius;
it is sometimes called "vegetable mercury." There are
a number of drugs having the symptom that the tongue takes the imprint
of the teeth, namely; Mercurius, Podophyllum, Yucca, Stramonium,
Rhus and Arsenic. Another symptom of Podophyllum is that the patient
constantly rubs the region of the liver with the hand. Functional
torpor of the portal system and the organs connected there with
indicates Podophyllum. There is constipation, clay-colored stool,
jaundice and langour.
The liver symptoms of Chelidonium are very prominent. There is soreness
and stitching pains in the region of the liver, but the keynote
for this drug in hepatic diseases is a pain under the angle of the
right shoulder blade, which may extend to the chest, stomach, or
hypochondrium; there is swelling of the liver, chilliness, fever,
jaundice, yellow coated tongue, bitter taste and a craving for acids
and sour things, such as pickles and vinegar. The stools are profuse,
bright yellow and diarrhea; they may be clayey in color. It is remedy
to be used in simple biliousness and jaundice, and in hepatic congestion
or inflammation the character of the stools will distinguish Bryonia.
Taken altogether, Chelidonium is perhaps our greatest liver remedy;
it causes the liver to secrete thinner and more profuse bile than
any remedy; it is a useful remedy to promote the expulsion of gall
stones, and to prevent their formation. It was Rademacher's great
remedy for gall stones, and Cowperthwaite finds it his best remedy.
In simple catarrhal jaundice it is often all sufficient. It affects
the left lobe of the liver much less than does Carduus marianus.
When jaundice arises from cardiac diseases, Digitalis may be the
remedy. There is no retention of bile, nor obstruction of the ducts,
but the jaundice is due to the fact that the liver does not take
from the blood the elements which go to form bile. There is present
drowsiness, bitter taste, soreness , enlargement and bruised feeling
in the region of the liver. Sepia has the yellow sallow face with
the yellow saddle across the nose, with stools of bright yellow
or ashy color. Digitalis is useful in the worst forms of jaundice
if the pulse be irregular and intermittent, and if there be rapid
prostration of the strength.
#Myrica cerifera. [Myric]
Myrica is an important liver remedy. There is first despondency
and also jaundice due to imperfect formation of bile in the liver,
and not to any obstruction, comparing here with Digitalis. There
is dull headache, worse in the morning, the eyes have a dingy, dirty,
yellowish hue, the tongue is coated yellow. The headache is worse
in the morning. The patient is weak and complains of muscular soreness
and aching in the limbs; there is slow pulse and dark urine. It
is more superficial in action than Digitalis. The jaundice calling
for its use is catarrhal and this is the form produced by the drug.
The throat and nasal organs are filled with an offensive, tenacious
mucus. Dull pain in right side below the ribs no appetite, and desire
for acids; unrefreshing sleep.
#Nux vomica. [Nux-m]
In liver affections occurring in those who have indulged to excess
in alcoholic liquors, highly seasoned food, quinine, or in those
who have abused themselves with purgatives, Nux is the first remedy
to be thought of. The liver is swollen hard and sensitive to the
touch and pressure of clothing is uncomfortable. The first remedy
in cirrhosis of the liver. Colic may be present. Jaundice induced
by anger also calls for Nux, also jaundice from abuse of quinine,
in the former cases reminding of Chamomilla , which is an excellent
remedy for biliousness of nervous, irritable women. In the enlarged
liver of drunkards, Sulphur, Lachesis, Fluoric acid, Arsenic and
Ammonium muriaticum must also be borne in mind, together with Nux.
Juglans cinerea causes a jaundice like Nux vomica, with stitching
pains about the liver and under the right scapula, bilious stools
and occipital headache. Nux must be compared with China, Pulsatilla
in liver affections from over-eating. Iris seems to have a solvent
action upon the bile, it is especially useful in torpid liver and
when gastric disorders result from perversion of hepatic and intestinal
functions. Jaundice and constipation. Aloes has biliousness from
torpor of the portal system, distension of the liver, bitter taste
Lycopodium acts powerfully on the liver. The region of the liver
is sensitive to the touch, and there is a feeling of tension in
it, a feeling as if a cord were tied about the waist. Cirrhosis.
The pains are dull and aching instead of sharp and lancinating,
as under Chelidonium. Fulness in the stomach after eating a small
quantity. There are no real icteric symptoms, but there is a peculiar
sallow complexion. Natrum sulphuricum is useful when the patient
has a bad, slimy taste in the mouth and "thinks he is bilious."
There is apt to be weight and aching in the liver; he can lie on
that side, but on turning to the left side the liver seems to pull
and draw. Natrum sulphuricum is the greatest Schuessler specific
for liver affections, and clinically it has often worked well. Dr.
Alfred Pope claims that Lycopodium is more useful than any other
remedy in old hepatic congestions. Pain in back and right side from
congestion will often yield to the remedy.
#Carduus marianus. [Card-m]
This remedy is indicated in jaundice with dull headache, bitter
taste, white tongue with red edges, nausea and vomiting of a greenish
fluid. There is an uncomfortable fullness in the region of the liver,
the stools are bilious and the urine golden yellow; there is sensitiveness
in the epigastrium and right hypochondrium. Burnett regards a dark
brownish patch over the lower part of the sternum as a useful hint
for Carduus, and in such cases he observes that both the liver and
heart are at fault. The presence of "liver spots seems to be
a special indication for the remedy. Biliousness following la grippe
has been cured with Carduus. Hydrastis has a bitter taste and chronic
torpor of the bowels, lack of appetite, coated tongue and yellow
urine. Carduus resembles Aloes. Hale says that it stands between
Aloes and Hamamelis in its action on the veins. It has been used
in gall stone colic successfully in the tincture, and it deserves
a trial before resorting to opiates.
Sulphur is suitable to chronic affections of the liver; it increases
the flow of bile and there is much pain and soreness in the liver.
Sulphur often completes the cure commenced by Nux. Liver complaints
from abuse of mercury will oftentimes call for Sulphur. If the stools
are colorless and if much jaundice or ascites be present Sulphur
is contra-indicated. Lachesis, however, has jaundice, as do all
snake poisons, and is useful in the enlarged livers of drunkards,
with tenderness on pressure and throbbing in the right side. Jaundice
from sexual excesses call for Cinchona. Dr. Thayer, of Boston, recommended
Cinchona in biliary calculi,and Dr. Williams,of Augusta, Me., has
had success with Ipecac in this connection. Burnett claims that
Hydrastis is the best remedy in gall-stone colic. Berberis vulgaris
is also an important remedy in gall-stone affections.
Phosphorus is homoeopathic to fatty degeneration of the liver, with
well marked soreness and jaundice. The stools are grayish white.
Cirrhosis and atrophy may also call for Phosphorus. The jaundice
is indicative of organic diseases, and the remedy is a useful one
in malignant diseases of the liver. Digitalis has also been recommended
in acute yellow atrophy. Jaundice accompanying pneumonia may also
call for Phosphorus.
This is a decided liver remedy, and the indications are a mapped
tongue and a bitter taste in the mouth, chilliness after eating,
pain and soreness in the region of the liver and bilious diarrhea.
Kali bichromicum also has a mapped tongue. Yucca filamentosa has
a pain going from the upper region of the liver to the back and
a bad taste in the mouth. The stools are loose and bilious, accompanied
with much flatus. The face is yellow and sallow and the tongue takes
the imprint of the teeth. Another remedy used in bilious troubles
is Euonymus; it has intense heavy, wearing, occipital headache,
the stools are deficient in bile, and it is useful in cardiac disturbance
from inaction of the liver. Euonymus 2X is an admirable remedy in
hepatic congestion. Dr. Wm. E. Leonard says: " In the case
of torpid livers with tendency to attacks of biliary colic, it anticipates
and prevents the colic." Chionanthus has biliousness, sick
headache, coated tongue, nausea and complete anorexia. It is remedy
highly recommended for biliary calculi. Jaundice and hepatic pain
are its indications. It overcomes catarrh, liquifies the bile, prevents
the formation of calculi and promotes the discharge of those already
formed. Sluggish circulation in the liver with the long train of
symptoms resulting therefrom are indications. Ptelea has sharp pains
in right hypochondria, distress in liver and constipation.