Von Grauvog showed that Natrum sulphuricum patients are severely affected by dampness and that the sensitiveness thereto is often a result of sycosis; thus originated the theory of hydro-genoid constitution, for which he proposed Thuja and Natrum sulphuricum as remedies; I would impress upon you that no one or two remedies can by the very nature of things be a specific for any given disease, they can only be such when thee symptoms agree and not otherwise.
“oppression of breathing, then diarrhoea.” “Symptoms in other parts cause oppression of breathing” (like Arsenicum) and “short respiration with a sharp stitch in the left chest when standing, are symptoms that should attract your attention, and when combined with aggravation from dampness, they have led to the cure of many cases of humid asthma.
This salt has a fine record to its credit in brain and mental affections caused by injuries to the head. Traumatic meningitis with piercing pains from the neck to the occiput so severe they extort screams. Sudden jerks throwing the head to one side. Brain feels loose. Headache better by a cold foot bath. Scalp sensitive to combing the hair. Irritable, dreams of fighting. Loss of memory. Buzzing in the head. All these point to violent irritation, and, when the other symptoms agree, are cured by it. Cutting pain in the heels due to traumatic irritation of the cord has been cured by it.
It has a considerable record in diseases of the liver; the organ is usually sensitive and the patient feels worse from lying on thee left side, like Ptelea trifoliata and Carduus marianus. As it is not uncommon in troubles of this organ, we also find the system trying to rid itself of the products of deficient oxidation by the elimination of brick-red, acid, urinary deposits, one phase of the so-called lithaemis, which is only another way of saying that too much soot has accumulated in the flues and that the bodily fires are choked either from deficient oxidation or too much fuel in proportion to the oxygen consumed. Natrum sulphuricum will do much for these cases if indicated, but your good judgment will add plenty of fresh air and out-of-door exercise to the prescription; this will hasten the cure.
The photo-phobia of this remedy is remarkable for its intensity and the fact that it is worse by lamplight; the eyes are so intensely inflamed that they feel as though they gave out heat.
It is a prime remedy for the tendency to run-rounds, as they are popularly termed, and when the patient subject to them also has sore looking eyes your remedy is evident and will cure.
Pains are piercing, compressive or boring in almost any part; the patient is always better on a dry day and when out of doors. Many symptoms are worse during the menses, notably, the headaches, etc.; nose-bleed is apt to occur then and the patient is apt to be chilly. On the contrary, the Natrum muriaticum patient feels hot during the menses.
All the Natrums have vesicular eruptions at one place or another; in the Sulphate and Muriate they occur about the lips; a beady streak of slime along the edge of the tongue is also a very reliable indication for the latter; the Hyposulphite has been used as a topical application in vesicular erysipelas for some time by the allopaths, evidently homoeopathically.
There is a cough curable by this remedy; it is so violent that it hurts the head and sides and the patient is compelled to hold them for relief, here it compares with Drosera and Eupatorium perfoliatum.
C.M. Boger, M.D.