It is stated on the authority of Dr. Hering that an intimate friend and patient of Hahnemann, an artist, was in the habit of wetting his
brush, containing India ink, with his saliva. Failing to cure him of his chronic ailments, Hahnemann suggested the ink as the probable
cause of his persistent symptoms. The artist doubted this, but nevertheless modified his custom by covering the lips with a thin layer of
sponge moistened with water, the mouth being protected by an impervious though pliable shield, and his obscure illness shortly passed
Hahnemann then instituted provings with the Sepia succus. All the symptoms observed by him have since been confirmed. In 1874 the American Institute of Homoeopathy, acting under the notion that our old remedies should be reproved, performed this task for Sepia. There were made some twenty-five provings of the drug in the third to the two-hundredth potencies. These were reported at the meeting of the Association in 1875. They testify to the fact that the provings left us by Hahnemann cannot be improved upon.
Sepia, if indicated by the symptoms, is principally suitable to young people of both sexes, or, rather, to persons between the age of pubescence and the critical period of life ; of delicate constitutions, with fine, white skins, or skins having a rosy tinge ; blond or red hair ; nervous or lymphatico-nervous temperaments; exceedingly excitable, and anxious for emotions; and lastly, and particularly such as are disposed to sexual excitement, or have been exhausted by sexual excesses.
Sepia acts well in men or, more often, in women who are puffed and flabby, less frequently emaciated; who have a yellow, or dirty yellow-brown blotched skin; who are inclined to sweat, especially about the genitals, armpits and back, suffer with hot flashes, headaches in the morning, awaken stiff and tired, and are the subjects of diseases of the sexual organs.
It is to be further remembered that the Sepia symptoms are notably worse in the forenoon and evening, the afternoon bringing a time of general mitigation.
Ulcers may form about the joints, particularly about the joints of the fingers. Under Sepia these are generally painless. There are only two other remedies with this symptom, namely, Borax and Mezereum. Sepia has been many times confirmed as a remedy in herpes circinatus.
Sepia also causes yellowish-brown spots, itching, redness, vesicles, humidity and rawness, scaling pustules. The warm room makes the urticaria patient feel comfortable; but the warmth of the bed aggravates the pricking of the skin. Sepia stands well in the treatment of psoriasis, though inferior to Arsenicum and Arsenicum iodatum.
These yellowish-brown spots have also been removed by Lycopodium, Nux vomica and Sulphur. Curare is used by Dr. Baruch, of New York.
In scabies Sepia is indicated after Sulphur, when pustules intersperse the itch-vesicles.
There is weakness of the joints, which give out readily when walking; weakness about the pit of the stomach, not relieved by eating and evidently the result of a sagging down of the viscera. This effect of Septa may be utilized in cases in which the joints are readily dislocated.
The patient, is low-spirited, sad, and cries readily. This sadness is usually associated with irritability. It will not do to find fault with the Sepia woman. At other times she manifests a condition of perfect indifference. She does not care for her household affairs or even for her own family.
Sepia is one of our main remedies for Migraine. The symptoms which indicate it here are the following: pains over one eye (usually the left), of a throbbing character; deep, stitching pains which seem to be in the membranes of the brain; the pains almost always shoot upward or from within outward; they are so severe as to extort cries, and frequently culminate in vomiting.
It is indicated in the form of dyspepsia mentioned above, and also in the dyspepsia incident to uterine diseases, when it is associated with a gone, empty feeling in the epigastrium or the abdomen, with sour or bitter taste in the mouth, and with a longing for acids or pickles, which seem to relieve these symptoms. The tongue is coated white, the bowels are usually constipated, the stools are hard, dry and insufficient, or, even if not indurated, they are expelled with difficulty. The abdomen is swollen and distended with flatus, and there is almost always soreness in the hepatic region. On making a physical exploration you find the liver enlarged, not from fatty or amyloid degeneration, but from congestion.
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