CHAMOMILLA MARTICARIA

Chamomilla

“It appears to diminish” [i.e., curatively] “in a great degree, the excessive sensitiveness to pain and the violent derangements which pain occasions in the moral condition of the patient. This is the reason why it appeases a multitude of sufferings to which coffee-drinkers, and persons who have been treated with narcotic palliatives are subject. And this is likewise the reason why it ought not to be given to those who bear pain patiently and with resignation. I mention this rule here, for it is of very great importance.” Hahnemann

The pains are unbearable and drive to despair; the patient insists that the doctor shall cure them at once. Prostrating debility as soon as the pains begin. The senses are too acute. Bad temper. Peevishness; ill-humour; anger, with rage, violence and heat. Cannot bear to be looked at. Cannot be civil to doctor. Impatience.

Slight impressions produce distress and anguish of mind ; pains often result in fainting. It is especially applicable to these symptoms when they appear after long-continued use of narcotics.

Chamomilla is indicated when there is marked excitability. When any condition, whether it be for a child or an adult, a woman in labor or anyone with a toothache, there is mental excitability then Chamomilla is indicated.

Chamomilla is useful useful for insomnia in children, when they start during sleep and the muscles of the face and hands twitch. With these symptoms there is apt to be colic ; the face is red, especially one cheek, and the head and scalp are bathed in a hot sweat. These nervous symptoms of Chamomilla are generally reflex from the abdomen. There is very little evidence of delirium in these cases.

Rheumatic pains drive the patient out of bed and compel him to walk about. He is thirsty, hot, with red cheeks and almost beside himself with anguish. Stitching pains jump from place to place, these pains are better after sweat.

Chamomilla also acts on mucous membranes, causing symptoms of catarrh. It is indicated in the catarrhs of children, when the nose is ” stopped up,” and yet there is a dropping of hot, watery mucus from the nostrils ; there are sneezing and inability to sleep; and with these a dry, teasing cough, which keeps the child awake, or may even occur during sleep; or there is rattling cough, as though the bronchi were
full of mucus. Chamomilla useful in colds brought on by cold windy days.

Chamomilla has a number of gastric symptoms. It is useful in biliousness produced by anger. We find it also indicated in gastralgia, especially when the food eaten seems to lie like a load in the stomach. There is distension of the hypochondria, the tongue is coated yellowish-white, and there is a bitter taste in the mouth ; there are colicky pains in the abdomen, which are relieved by drinking a cup of coffee.

Chamomilla in indicated in diarrhea that comes when there is dentition.

Chamomilla is an invaluable remedy in the labor room ; it is indicated when labor pains begin in the back and pass off down the inner side of the thighs. There is great nervous excitement ; the labor seems exceedingly painful. After the labor is over, the lochial flow is dark and too profuse, and the after-pains are violent and intolerable.

Used in threatened abortion caused by anger.