Clarke says: For though by no means a specific in all cases of cancer, it is in cancer cases that Hydrastis has won its chief fame; and I think it may fairly be said that more cases of cancer have been cured with it than with any other single remedy.
Thanks to the excellent provings that have been made by homeopaths and the careful observations of able practitioners, we are in a position to use the remedy with much greater precision than formerly. In very many cancer cases there is what has been termed a “pre-cancerous stage,” a period of undefined ill-health without any discernible new growth. This stage is generally marked by symptoms of dyspepsia, and this frequently takes the Hydrastis type, which has been well described by A. C. Clifton.
The facial expression is dull, heavy, sodden-looking; yellowish-white in colour. The tongue is large, flabby and slimy-looking; bluish-white under the fur (which is yellow, slimy, and sticky), and indented by the teeth. Eructations generally sour, at times putrid. Appetite bad, the power of digesting bread and vegetables especially weak and causing eructations. Weight at stomach, with fulness, empty aching “gone” feeling (this is a grand characteristic of Hydrast., and it is constant, not occurring at special times like that of Sul., &c.).