Tuberculosis is also called TB, consumption (TB seemed to consume
people from within with its symptoms of bloody cough, fever, pallor,
and long relentless wasting), wasting disease, White Plague (TB
sufferers appeared markedly pale), phthisis (Greek for consumption),
and phthisis pulmonalis. Other names are scrofula (swollen neck
glands) or King's Evil (so called because it was believed that a
king's touch would heal scrofula), Pott's disease of the spine,
and miliary TB (x-ray lesions look like millet seeds).
TB is caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis. TB is
spread through air droplets which are expelled when persons with
infectious TB disease cough, sneeze, speak, or sing. Close contacts
(persons with prolonged, frequent, or intense contact) are at highest
risk of becoming infected.
Homeopathy Treatment & Homeopathic
Remedies for Tuberculosis
Phosphorus was considered by the older writers of our school as
the nearest specific for pulmonary tuberculosis, it has been styled
the "King of phthisical remedies." Yet it is not wise
to ask too much of Phosphorus. The choice of this remedy must be
most carefully made, and it is also the universal testimony that
its dose should not be too often repeated. Baehr says that no other
remedy causes haemoptysis so easily as Phosphorus. Study the remedy
for every case; in fact, it seems to be an accepted dictum that
Arsenicum, Sulphur and Phosphorus should never be used in tuberculosis
unless most carefully indicated.
Phosphorus corresponds especially to phthisis in the rapidly growing
young, who are brilliant in mind, but who have a hereditary tendency
to lung troubles, who are chicken thoraxed, tall and phthisical,
and to those who take cold easily owing to a general relaxation
of the system.
The chief symptoms are the following: Great hoarseness with evening
aggravation, weak chest, cough, copious sputum and hectic fever.
Especially has it blood-streaked expectoration and tightness across
the chest.The hoarseness is continual and accompanied with soreness
in the larynx and trachea; it is aggravated by talking, and sometimes
it amounts to complete loss of voice, There are pains in the apex
of the left lung, and the patient cannot lie on the left side. The
oppression of the chest is worse at night, forcing the patient to
sit up. The cough may be short and dry, worse from change from warm
to cold air or from lying on the left side or back. The expectoration
is mostly in the morning, and is white and tough, and perhaps blood
-streaked. Cavities form rapidly, there is constantly increasing
hectic fever and flushing of the face towards evening, and another
useful symptom is a burning between the shoulder blades.
#Ammonium muriaticum [Am-m]
Has a coldness between the shoulder blades, and this symptoms may
call attention to it in phthisis.
Also has a diarrhea, which may still further indicate it in the
later stages of tuberculosis; it shown by the intolerance of the
rectum to the presence of the faces; as soon as anything enters
the rectum is expelled. Increased sexual desire in phthisis is also
a good Phosphorus symptom.
Calcarea may be distinguished from Phosphorus as follows :
Scrofulous and fat. Slender and overgrown, narrow
Swelling of upper lip.
Worse in open air. Better in open air.
Not over-sensitive to pain. Over- sensitive to pain.
The treatment of tuberculosis by neucleins is an indirect way of
giving Phosphorus, as all neucleins contain a large. amount of phosphorus.
#Calcarea carbonica. [Calc]
In the treatment of tuberculosis it is of paramount importance to
administer the proper constitutional or basic remedy; it is a constitutional
disease and requires a constitutional remedy rather than one directed
to the isolated symptoms. Calcarea suits pale, sallow, non-resistant
patients of a leuco-phlegmatic temperament, and those whose constitutions
have been broken down by frequent and profuse menstruation, or by
frequent miscarriages. Patient takes cold easily, and it corresponds
especially to the third stage of the disease, when large cavities
are forming . Its special seat of action seems to be the middle
third of the right lung; loud rales are heard all over the chest,
more over the middle of the right lung. The cough is loose and rattling,
or short and dry in the evening; there is much soreness of the chest
and great fatigue and shortness of breath on going upstairs or on
making any ascent whatever. The chest feels as if beaten, and there
is persistent painless hoarseness. The expectoration is of purulent
yellowish green and bloody matter. There is great repugnance to
animal food; a diarrhea which is worse in the evening, in which
meat will pass undigested; there is a great emaciation, sweat, suppression
of the menses in females, and these symptoms would indicate the
remedy in incipient phthisis in young girls of an anaemic type.
It possesses the following symptoms of the tuberculous dyscrasia
which, on constitutional grounds, lead to its selection:
2. Throat symptoms, irritation and rawness.
3. Eruptive skin conditions, freckles, spots itching, pimples.
4. Sweat from least exertion profuse and exhaustive.
5. Predisposition to take cold easily. Most of its symptoms are
worse from cold (do not and send Calcarea patients to cold climates).
6. Mental state of hope.
7. Eye and ear symptoms.
8. Falling of hair.
9. Fullness across the chest with spitting of blood.
Calcarea phosphorica will suit better when the emaciation is more
rapid, and more marked, where there is greenish purulent expectoration,
headache and languor; in short, some meningeal complications.
#Calcarea iodata. [Calc-i]
This remedy is preferable, when glandular complications are present,
in young subjects who grow rapidly with tickling, teasing cough,
rapid pulse, high fever, and rapid hepatization; it corresponds
more exactly to the miliary form of tuberculosis.
Hirschel claims that this remedy stands next to Calcarea in dry,
fatiguing, tickling coughs. It has many symptoms of the tuberculous
#Tuberculinum or Bacillinum. [Tub]
These remedies have been used by homoeopaths for some fifty years
and many favorable results have been observed. Dr. Burnett, of London
a very careful observer, has reported many cases cured and benefited
by Bacillinum; the indications, however are not clear. Dr. R. F.
Rabe thinks the indications are somewhat similar to those of Pulsatilla.
A feature seems to be the desire of the patient to be in the open
air. Others have been specially successful with the different preparations.
Nitric acid, being a powerful anti-tubercular
remedy before cavities are formed, is most useful in phthisis; it
has sudden rush of blood to the chest, hectic fever, soreness of
the chest, frequent haemorrhages profuse and of bright red blood,
dyspnoea, hoarseness which is much worse in the morning, diarrhea
which is also worse in the morning and sharp stitching through the
right chest to the scapula. There is a weak heart and much palpitation.
The sweat is worse at night and towards in the mourning, particularly
exhausts the patient, thus showing the acid debility so characteristic
of the drug. The skin is cold towards morning, there is a tickling
cough which annoys the patient all night; sometimes the cough is
dry and sometimes loose and rattling; the rales are loud; the expectoration
is offensive, dirty green, bloody and decidedly purulent. Nitric
acid gives a greater predominance of throat symptoms than almost
any another remedy. As all Nitric acid symptoms are aggravated by
warmth, do not send such patients to warm climates.
Lycopodium and Pulsatilla have smooth
and yellowish green expectoration.
The Nitric acid patient is thin, with dark hair and eyes, and may
be easily distinguished from Calcarea as follows:
Calcarea Nitric acid.
Patients fat, light, hair, blue, eyes. Patient thin, dark, hair
Diarrhea worse mornings. Diarrhea worse evenings.
Cough generally loose. Cough generally dry.
Worse in cold weather. Worse in warm weather.
Better in warm air. Worse in warm air.
In suppurative stage of tuberculosis, Silicea is one of our principal
remedies; it is especially indicated by a low grade of vitality
where the patient finds it impossible to keep warm. It is an excellent
constitutional remedy and corresponds well to the slow phthisis
mucosa of old people. The cough at first is dry, racking, but afterwards
loosens; there is copious rattling in the chest and expectoration
of offensive muco-pus. The purulent character of the expectoration
indicating abscess formation in the lungs is characteristic, and
it is more profuse after exertion. There are large cavities in the
lungs, profuse night sweats and hectic or suppurative fever. There
is no better remedy in the treatment of exhausting night sweats.
Some seventy cases were treated with satisfactory results by the
later Dr. E. R. Snader.
Is a remedy which has a horribly offensive expectoration, and it
is useful in the last stages of phthisis, but the expectoration
of Silicea is more purulent.
Iodine sits only after the expectoration has become purulent, and
it is especially useful if tuberculosis is the result of scrofulosis.
If diarrhea be present, Iodine does not generally act favorably.
Is a remedy for what is termed "stone cutter's consumptions,"
where there are profuse night sweats and a pale, waxy skin. Offensive
perspiration is also an indication for Silicea. Convulsive cough,
like that of Drosera, but the tickling is lower in the larynx and
suprasternal fossa, while that of Drosera is in the upper part of
the larynx and throat Jousset recommends the 30th dilution.