Cholera is an infection of the small intestine. Symptoms may range from none, to mild, to severe.The characteristic symptom is large amounts of watery diarrhea that lasts a few days.Vomiting and muscle cramps may also occur. Diarrhea can be so severe that it leads within hours to severe dehydration. This may result in sunken eyes, cold skin, decreased skin elasticity, and wrinkling of the hands and feet.
Along with rehydration, homeopathic remedies help. Here we discuss some of the remedies that your homeopath will consider.
Arsenicum album: May be indicated in the first stage when with the diarrhea there is a persistent thirst for cold water which is satisfied by one mouthful. The patient is exceedingly restless, tossing about, cannot stay in bed, full of fear, fear of death and of being left alone or even a moment. Burning, cramps and pain in stomach and bowels, much relieved by hot applications. Great exhaustion from the very first.
Veratrum album: With the nausea, vomiting and profuse, watery stool there is cold sweat on the forehead, face pale, cold, pinched expression, lips and face bluish. Fainting and weakness after stool. Cramps in abdomen and legs. Thirst for large quantity of cold water. The cold perspiration, cold surface, the “rice-water” stool, cramps in calves of legs, point strongly to Verat. which is similar to Camphor.
Camphor: Icy coldness of the face and surface of the body, exhaustion, pulse weak with all symptoms of collapse. Stool watery or dark and often involuntary. A vacant, staring look, lips drawn and livid; presenting a deathly appearance. Camphor produces in health such a picture. In Cholera it has proven curative in the most fatal forms of the disease.
Carbo vegetabilis: The stools of Carbo Veg. may be dark, watery, putrid and involuntary. The face is pale and livid, the breath cold, the mouth filled with stringy saliva. Much gas about stomach and bowels. Hiccough, must be fanned; must have air, yet surface of face and body cold. Stupor, with less vomiting, stool and cramps than Verat. or Arsen. The patient seems gradually worse and exhausted by the continuance of the disease.
China: Conditions similar to Carbo Veg.; though on the surface less alarming. The loss of fluids leaves the patient very weak, it may be from hemorrhage, frequent stool, or profuse, long-continued perspiration. Distention and fermentation in the abdomen. The stool may be painless, profuse, watery and involutary. There may be ringing in the ears and dimness of sight.
Croton Tiglium: The yellowish water, painless stool, pouring away suddenly with force, aggravated after eating or drinking are sure indications for Croton Tig. Many of the more violent symptoms of other remedies are absent.