Typhoid fever is an illness caused by the bacterium
Salmonella Typhi. You can get typhoid fever if you eat food or drink
beverages that have been handled by a person who is shedding S.
Typhi or if sewage contaminated with S. Typhi bacteria gets into
the water you use for drinking or washing food.
Symptoms of Typhoid Fever
Persons with typhoid fever usually have a sustained fever as high
as 103° to 104° F (39° to 40° C). They may also
feel weak, or have stomach pains, headache, or loss of appetite.
In some cases, patients have a rash of flat, rose-colored spots.
The only way to know for sure if an illness is typhoid fever is
to have samples of stool or blood tested for the presence of S.
Homeopathic Remedies & Homeopathy Treatment for Typhoid
Perhaps no remedy presents a clearer picture of a typical case of
typhoid fever than Baptisia, yet it is far from being indicated
in every case. Its indication are pretty clearly marked, but it
often needs careful distinguishing from other remedies; thus it
has a drowsy, stupid state, like Arnica, and it has a black or brownish
coated tongue, which is also found under Rhus. Like Arnica, too
the patient falls asleep while answering question, and the bed feels
too hard. It has to be especially distinguished from these two remedies.
It suits poisoned blood conditions, and is applicable to any stage
of the disease, unquestionably aborting the disease at times, and
the typical symptoms are these: a dull, dark besotted countenance,
as if intoxicated; this is very characteristic. The patient feels
tired and bruised all over; again like Arnica, he is restless, and
tosses about the bed to find a soft spot, but his restlessness is
rather due to the mental than the physical condition. The eyes are
heavy and stupid. Delirium is often present, and here we find a
peculiar and very characteristic symptom, which is that the patient
thinks he is scattered about and this makes him toss about the bed
to collect the pieces; there is apt to be, also profound prostration;
the tongue may have a brown streak down the center, the teeth are
covered with sordes and the breath is foetid, and all exhalations
and discharges from the patient are exceedingly offensive. The temperature
is high, and so is the pulse, and there is tenderness in the ileo-caecal
region. If the characteristic expression of countenance, the characteristic
mental condition and the characteristic offensiveness of all discharges
are taken into consideration, no mistakes can be made in the indications
for Baptisia. A certainty of death and despair of cure is mentioned
by Jahr as a prominent symptoms. It seems to have a tranquilizing
action on the brain. Mellon has shown conclusively its value by
its action on the blood.
Remember the trio:
1. Unusual foetidity.
2. Besotted expression.
3. Mental depression.
It is well to remember also that the best effects are not in variably
had from the tincture but from the 6th upwards.
#Rhus toxicodendron. [Rhus-t]
Rhus in another remedy thoroughly suitable for the typhoid state.
It comes in when a putrid decomposition of fluids takes place. It
corresponds to any early stage as well. It has restlessness, brown
tongue and muscular soreness, all of which are found under Baptisia,
but the restlessness of Rhus is to relieve the muscular soreness.
The characteristic triangular red tip to the tongue found under
this remedy is not found under Baptisia, and if there be a degree
to the offensiveness of the discharges it is less under Rhus than
The mental symptoms of Rhus is this disease are a muttering delirium,
and, perhaps, refusal to take the medicine for fear of being poisoned.
The imagination is active, and the patients are disturbed its varied
phases. There is often headache and nosebleed, which relieves the
headache. There is diarrhea of yellowish-brown stools of offensive
odor, and like Hyoscyamus, may be involuntary. The abdomen is tympanitic
and sensitive over the ileo-caecal region. There are pains in the
back and limbs. It is especially indicated for backache that is
severe., The spleen is also sensitive. There is apt to be, when
Rhus is indicated, some pulmonary congestion. The characteristic
are the restlessness, the red-tipped tongue, the offensive discharges
the trembling of the chin and involuntary stools.
Croton tiglium is one of our best remedies for the complication
of diarrhea, with colic preceding stool, with discharge gushing
and with much gas. We use the 6x.
This is one of the great typhoid fever remedies, and is sooner or
later, indicated in a majority of cases of the disease. The characteristic
symptoms are these : great soreness over the body. Tired feeling.
Every exertion fatigues. He has a dread of all motion. A splitting
,agonizing frontal headache,worse from motion. The face gets red
towards evening. There is a fullness of the head in the morning,
which followed by nose bleed. The sleep is troubled, and the patient
dreams of business. There may also be a delirium in which patient
dreams of business. There may also be a delirium in which the patient
imagines he is away from home, and consequently wants to go home.
The patient drinks large quantities at long intervals. This thirst
of Bryonia, when present is characteristic. The bowels are generally
constipated; indeed some writers claim that Bryonia ceases to be
of value when diarrhea sets in; but soft, mushy stools may be present
and yet not contra-indicate the remedy. The best place for the remedy
is early, before the vitality is greatly lowered either by constipation
or diarrhea. Given here,it will soothe the gastric irritation, shown
by the sensitiveness of the epigastric region, moisten the tongue
and bringing the whole condition to a favorable turn. Jahr gave
it as soon as heaviness of limbs was felt, headache, white coated
tongue, loss of appetite, etc. Bryonia may be confounded in the
stages of the disease with Belladonna, but the evidences of cerebral
erethism are much violent under Belladonna. Rhus and Bryonia are
so different that no comparison can be made. One point, however,
should be remembered, Rhus has usually diarrhea and Bryonia usually
Arnica frequently fits in this disease most usefully. As above stated,
it has many symptoms common to Baptisia and Rhus, yet its individual
symptoms are marked. It is a remedy that is not so likely to be
indicated early as Baptisia. There is a stupor, and indifference
to everything, patients do not know that they are sick, and care
less; they go to sleep while answering questions; the head is hot
the body cool, and all over there is a bruised feeling; the patient
tosses about the bed to find a soft spot; the stools and urine are
in involuntary; there are ecchymoses and bed sores, petechiae appear
all over the body; finally a condition of stupor arrives characterized
by dropping of lower jaw. The three-legged stool of Arnica in this
1. The bruised, sore feeling all over the body.
2. The ecchymoses.
3. The involuntary stools and urine.
No other drug has this trio of characteristic.
Baehr places the remedy between Bryonia and Rhus.
This is one of the remedies for typhoid fever when the case begins
to looks "bad"; but it is hardly ever indicated in the
beginning of the disease, though Dr. J. S. Mitchell advocates it
even here, and many authors recommend it from start to finish, but
such routine practice is not Homoeopathy or even sense. The terrible
prostration so characteristic of the drug is accompanied by an irritability
and anxiety. The patient is faint and weak, exhausted, perhaps with
cold sweat and delirium; the mouth and teeth are covered with sordes;
the mouth is sore; there is a diarrhea of dark, offensive stools,
intense fever and the characteristic Arsenicum thirst. Like Rhus,
there is restlessness, but it is rather a "prostrated restlessness"
than a "rheumatic restlessness." All the symptoms of Arsenicum
are worse after midnight. An extremely red tongue has always been
a guiding and characteristic symptoms of this remedy. When the thirst,
the prostration, the red tongue, the picture of complete exhaustion,
the diarrhea and the prostrated restlessness are present in any
given case Arsenicum is the only remedy to be thought of.
Has some similarity to Arsenicum in its debility, and it has also
a tympanitic condition of the abdomen; and Colchicum should not
be overlooked, as it sometimes stand midway between Arsenicum and
Cinchona, having the great debility and restlessness of the former
remedy and the tympany of the latter. Preponderance of abdominal
symptoms should suggest Cinchona. It is also the remedy during convalescence.
#Carbo vegetabilis. [Carb-v]
This is another low down remedy; suitable when there is a giving
out of vital forces and the patient seems on the brink of dissolution
and lies pulseless and cold; feet and legs, especially below the
knees, are cold. The discharges are horribly offensive and colliquative.
The characteristics are the great prostration, the desire for air
patient wants to be fanned all the time -and the cold extremities,
which are frequently covered with cold perspiration; the sunken
hippocratic face, cyanosis, ecchymoses and bed sores.
This is a remedy also indicated in the later stages of typhoid,
where the patient is in a stuporous condition; lower haw dropped,
perhaps a low muttering or loquacious delirium; all showing a tendency
to cerebral paralysis; diarrhea is present, and, like the preceding
remedy, is offensive. The tongue is dry and catches on the teeth
when it protrudes, also it trembles, here being similar to Apis;
and in the dropping of the lower jaw and symptoms of paralysis of
brain it should be distinguished from Opium, which has in addition
a dark red face and stertorous breathing, and from Hyoscyamus, which
is especially characterized by muscular twitchings. Nash places
Nux moschata alongside of Opium in the nervous and stupid varieties
of typhoid fever, giving as well known characteristics excessively
dry mouth, no thirst and a stupid, silent, immovable condition.
Another indication for Lachesis is haemorrhages; the blood from
the bowels is dark; indeed, haemorrhages may occur from any orifice
of the body. The general hypersensitiveness of the drug, if present,
renders the choice certain.
#Muriatic acid. [Mur-ac]
Great weakness characterizes this remedy, great foetor of the breath,
and ulceration of the mucous membrane. Salivary glands tender and
swollen, mouth very sore. It corresponds th later stages, where
putridity is prominent and the weakness is expressed as being so
marked that he slips down to the foot of the bed. The tongue is
so dry that it rattles in the moth. The diarrhea is watery and often
escapes while urinating; the heart is feeble, irregular and intermits
every third beat. Bed sores are prone to form; petechiae and oedema
Muriatic acid has many symptoms similar to Rhus; but decomposition
is much more evident than under Rhus, and the acid rather follows
than precedes Rhus.
Nitric acid and Millefolium occupy the first place in haemorrhages
from the bowels.
Hamamelis is also a valuable remedy in the haemorrhage.
Terebinth and China also.
Trinks praises Muriatic acid in erethistic
conditions too severe for Bryonia, too asthenic for Rhus, and not
cerebral enough for belladonna.
#Kali phosphoricum. [Kali-p]
Clinically, at least, this remedy deserves a place among the great
typhoid fever remedies. Provings of this drug thus far have been,
to say the least, uncertain, having been made mostly with fluxion
potencies of uncertain strength. A vast array of cases cured by
this remedy. aside from the Schuesslerian idea, would indicate the
following as being good Kali phosphoricum symptoms: a dry, brown
tongue, foul and putrid diarrhea, great debility, low pulse, offensive
breath, sordes on teeth, with great mental depression; delirium.
Tine blood seems extremely vitiated and full of the typhoid poison.
All discharges are extremely offensive.
This is a remedy often indicated in the first stage, and especially
in comparatively mild cases. The patient feels sore and bruised
all over, as if pounded, there being also a dread of motion, headache,
drowsiness, red face; the nervous symptoms are predominant. Patient
is characteristically dull and apathetic, and looks and feels as
if he were going to have a fit of sickness; but he does not care
much, he never worries over his condition. Drooping eyelids in characteristic,
it shows general languor and malaise. Trembling is scarcely less
prominent. There is chilliness, full and flowing pulse, not resisting
as in Aconite. Gelsemium usually precedes Baptisia, its symptoms
being similar but milder. Nash says Baptisia leads when soreness
is most prominent, and Gelsemium when prostration is most marked.
The mind is clouded with Baptisia, not so much so with Gelsemium.
Dr. G. J. Jones preferred Gelsemium to Baptisia, and he used the
#Phosphoric acid. [Ph-ac]
Under this remedy we have characteristically sensorial depression,
indifference and perfect apathy, but out of this condition he is
easily aroused and is perfectly rational. There is apt to be nose
bleed, and abdominal symptoms are plentiful. The abdomen is distended
and bloated; there is much rumbling and gurgling and painless diarrhea,
stools often containing undigested matter. There may also be present
intestinal haemorrhage. Like Arsenic, Baptisia and Colchicum, the
tongue is dry and the teeth covered with sordes. With this remedy
there is a characteristic aversion to conversation and patient is
apt to lie with a stupid, fixed, glassy stare. Stramonium has the
opposite of this-desire to talk and wild look.
Phosphorous has more sensorial excitement and more dryness of the
tongue than Phosphoric acid. It is to Phosphoric acid that Arsenic
is to Rhus. It is also the main remedy when pneumonia complicates.
This remedy is quite likely to be required sooner or later in typhoid
fever, for some symptoms at least; that is, there are times when
it will accord with totality. In the early stage of the disease
the delirium and the later the symptoms of cerebral paralysis may
call for Hyoscyamus. It the delirium be furious or low and muttering,
with picking at the bed clothes, and especially if subsultus tendinum
be present, then Hyoscyamus is the remedy. Still later there may
be dropping of the lower jaw, the patient being exceedingly weak
and tremulous, with muscular twitchings as a prominent symptoms.
With Hyoscyamus,too, we have involuntary stools. In the delirium
there is much similarity between evidences of blood poisoning than
Belladonna. This fact should be borne in mind in the treatment of
typhoid fever, and drugs selected according to the totality of the
symptoms; but the pathological condition should be taken into consideration
in making up that totality.
Typhoid vaccine, whose use has been made officially obligatory in
certain quarters and which produces extreme malaise and fatigue,
has been employed with success by Waters in the Massachusetts Homoeopathic
Hospital in the higher potencies, as the lower provoke aggravations
in incipient cases. It has been declared convincing in its utility,
both as preventive and a remedy for the actual disease. There seems
to be no characteristic indicating feature, than that it is "good
in Typhoid conditions".