MEDORRHINUM is the sterilized and potentized product of one of those deadly acute diseases which Hahnemann recognized as basic to all chronic disease and therefore a life-sentence unless combated and “annihilated” by their appropriate homoeopathic remedies. He put forward two of these, Thuja and Nitric acid, as producing symptoms “like” those of the acute gonorrheal manifestations, and therefore potently curative; given, one or other, as most indicated.
Since his mundane work was accomplished, we have advanced yet further where he pointed; proving and employing, with tremendous effect, the disease-product itself; but tamed, after the the methods if preparation and administration he laid down, and so rendered absolutely harmless even to the new-born babe. We saw that, once, when a mother brought her infant-of-days for advice, because it constantly struggled over to lie on its face (a Medorrhinum symptom). She was in terror that it would suffocate. But, after its tiny dose of Medorrhinum it became a reformed character, and slept peacefully and normally.
Homoeopathy has, for the last 100 years employed the deadliest poisons with not only perfect safety, but with a maximum of success, But Hahnemann’s “Doctrines” in regard to their use must be observed or they would have gone the way of so many wonderful new drugs” vaunted to the skies:widely experimented with-on the sick: prescribed according to the individual fancy of the prescriber, or of someone who sponsored them: discovered to be dangerous:exposed and described in medical journals; abandoned in favour of something yet newer and more promising. And all the while Homoeopathy may have been using them for a hundred years or more, a nd continue to employ them-in suitable cases with the absolute foreknowledge of where end how they may be relied upon merely to stimulate vitality to curative reaction, and do no harm.
Medorrhinum was introduced as a homoeopathic medicine 100-odd years ago, by Dr. Swan, U.S.A., the great pioneer in the use of disease-products for the prevention and cure of disease. The drug was “proved” by a number of very eminent physicians, mostly Americans. Its most notable symptoms, elicited by provings on the healthy, and confirmed by subsequent clinical experiences i.e. its” pathogenic verified symptoms”are very many and very striking:especially those of the mental sphere. We will endeavor to draw attention to them, as they are not easily got at by the student of Materia Medica, and as they reveal the genius of the drug.
But, first, let us say emphatically-no one must think that because Medorrhinum is the remedy called for by the symptoms of any case, that therefore the patient must have had the disease. True, one has seen this nosode act brilliantly in some extreme and loathsome acute cases during the Great War. But far more commonly the taint may have filtered down through several generations;and it may be impossible to obtain really satisfactorily healthward progress and without a few intercurrent doses of Medorrhinum, suggested, of course, by symptoms “like” this those of its provings. We may rest assured that, prepared after the methods of Hahnemann, and prescribed as he directed, it is impossible, as said, to do harm there with. Moreover it can only affect creatively a patient rendered abnormally sensitive to its action by a sickness of “like” symptoms: these, possibly, only in the mental sphere-for Medorrhinum is one of the great of mental drugs.
Burnett, who had great experience of the nosodes, and by them largely won his enormous practice and the almost adoration of the patients who found in him a help nowhere else to be obtained, used to insist that :the vilest filth prepared, in the homoeopathic manner, may be not only harmless, but the purest gold-homoeopathically applied.”
Among the symptoms of Medorrhinum are some peculiar to itself-so far as we know at present. Foremost among these is its” Better at the sea-side.” It is the only drug given by Kent in his Repertory: though elsewhere we find Bromium, in black type, for the “asthma of sailors as soon as they come ashore”. This we joyfully verified in the one case that presented itself for treatment. In regard to this :better at the sea-side” one of our keen young doctors is most enthusiastic, because it has helped him again and again to do very striking work This “better at the sea”, he says, “is acknowledged to be the great characteristic of the drug” and these are among his cured cases:
Man of 60, who complained of fear of death: worse when alone: worse at night; and rheumatism which cleared up completely at the sea-side. Here Medorrhinum 30 gave practically instant relief of fears and the patient has been better altogether even since some four months.
A woman of 38:duodenal ulcer with the usual symptoms: pain two hours after food: excessive flatulence; al;ready of eight years;duration. All her digestive troubles being better at the sea-side, she was given Medorrhinum cm. This was followed by rapid improvement of all symptoms, which has held for three months.
Woman of 40., emaciated, with itching scalp, and hair falling out. She was better always at the sea-side. Coldness of breasts when the rest of the body was warm. A craving for salt-all Medorrhinum symptoms. She got Medorrhinum 10m. Itching and falling of hair ceased; patient putting on weight; with marked improvement in appearance also. He finds the indication, “physical complaints vanish at the seaside”, apart from the general tonic effect of a holiday, an extremely valuable one.
We also have seen its fine action in some rheumatoid cases, as well as in a diversity of difficult conditions; prescribed on symptoms, or on history.
One remembers a fearful eye case, from gonorrheal infection in infancy, where an elderly woman gained much sight, and where the eyes became comparatively normal in appearance, under doses, at long intervals, of Medorrhinum and Syphilinum. One remembers a doctor friend, confronted with baffling mental symptoms in an elderly woman, most distressing to her people. who gave Medorrhinum with splendid results.
Medorrhinum as said: has a wealth of mental symptoms, strange clairvoyance : curious confusions of the time sense, “as though things done today occurred a week ago”. Loss of thought: difficulty in making right statements. Starts well, then does not know how to finish. Delusions of someone behind her, whispering. Faces peer at her from behind the furniture: Persons come in, look at her, whisper, and say “come!” Sees large people in the room: large rats running: feels a delicate hand smoothing her head from front to back. Sensation as if all life were unreal, like a dream. Is always anticipating: feels matters most sensitively before they occur and generally correctly. Is in a great hurry. Anticipates death. A tendency to suicide: gets up and takes his pistol, but is prevented. Everything startles her: news coming to her seems to touch her heart before she hears it. Fear of the dark. Had committed the unpardonable sin, and was going to hell, Desperate: not caring whether she went to heaven or hell. Very impatient, very selfish.
A feeling as if she stared at everything. Ptosis of lids.
Nearly total deafness of both ears. Partial or transient deafness. Sensation of being deaf from one ear to the other: as if a tube went through head. When whistling, sound is double, with vibration as if two people whistle thirds. Noises, frying and hissing, as if in mastoid cells. A worm crawls in right ear, and commences boring anterior wall of auditory canal.
Nose sore: bleeds: as if crawling of a centipede in left nostril.
Taste coppery: tongue coated. Tongue blistered: blisters on inner surface of lips and cheeks: skin peeling off in patches.
Throat as if scraped. Salivation. Stringy mucus comes out of mouth during sleep.
Ravenous hunger immediately after eating; or absolute loss of appetite. Enormously thirsty; even dreams she is drinking. Insatiate craving for liquor, which she had hated.
Craving: for salt; sweets; green fruit; ices; sour things: oranges.
The vomiting is of thick mucus, and black bile; generally without nausea.
A paper of pins in stomach seem to force themselves through the flesh, making her double up and scream. Intense pain and tightness in stomach with desire to tear something away.
Terrible pains in liver. Grasping pain in liver and spleen.
Throbbing and thumping in region of suprarenal capsule: drawing and relaxing; and if caused by icy cold insects with claws.
Agonizing pain solar plexus; He applied right hand to stomach and left to lumbar region.
Beating of pulses in abdomen and in many regions.
Can only pass stool by leaning back. Oozing of moisture from anus, fetid like fish brine.
Bubbling sensation in kidney.
Medorrhinum is in black type in the Repertory, with Sulphur, Pulsatilla and Chamomilla, for burning soles, which are thrust out of bed at night.
One symptom which would make one consider Medorrhinum as the remedy, is the history of an acrid, offensive discharge from vagina; perhaps greenish.
Medorrhinum affects the mammae: as “Breasts cold as ice to touch, especially nipples, the rest of the body warm” and again, “nipples sore, sensitive and inflamed.”: “Peculiar tenderness of breasts”: even. “large. but not painful, swelling of left breast.”
It is a remedy found useful in incipient consumption.
Hering gives cured cases : “Child of 15 months, brought on a pillow apparently dead: eyes glassy, set; could not find pulse but felt heart beat; running from anus greenish-yellow, thin, horribly offensive stool.: “A baby of seven months, great emaciation diarrhoea green, watery, slimy, yellow, curdled, smelling like rotten eggs,; stools involuntary; apparently lifeless, except that it rotates head on pillow.” “:Cholera infantum with opisthotonos,. vomiting and watery diarrhoea; profuse discharge of blood and pus.”
It has many urinary symptoms; pain in suprarenals: bubbling in kidneys: strong smelling urine; colorless urine: urine with greasy pellicle: is curative in some cases of nocturnal enuresis: even diabetes.
Among the symptoms of respiration we note, difficulty and oppression of breathing: has to fill lungs, but no power to eject air. Spasm, of glottis, air expelled with difficulty, but inhaled with ease (Chlorum,). In asthma, and for relief of cough, Medorrhinum lies on face. Burning heat in chest, is one of its lung symptoms: and it has a reputation for incipient phthisis. Pain in chest, in heart, in limbs. One has found it useful where joints are tense with fluid; that form of rheumatoid arthritis. One remembers a case where a woman, a cook, had had to give up work : all her small joints were so painful and puffed and full of fluid. A dose of “gonorrhinum” 30-and when next seen she had put on her shoes and walked Hampstead Heath, as a test: then she returned to work.
The burning of soles, we have noticed. Hering gives a case where, after suppressed gonorrhoea, the feet were so tender that the man had to walk on his knees.
In nerve diseases, judging by the provings, it were well to remember Medorrhinum:-tremblings : tongue trembling: numbness: loss of power.
The cardinal symptoms, therefore, of Medorrhinum are-
Better at the sea-side.
Better in wet weather.
Better lying on abdomen; bending backwards.
Worse daylight to sunset (rev. of Syphilinum), though some of its symptoms are worse at night.
It is a remedy of great power, of wide use-but on its very definite indications.
H.C. ALLEN, who, in his Materia Medica of the Nosodes, has made many of these drugs accessible to us, has a long article on Medorrhinum. He says there are two preparations: the acute and the chronic. He says, “Like every other nosode, it should be prescribed according to strict indications, just as we would prescribe ARsenic, Opium and Sulphur, irrespective of its origin or the diagnosis.”
He gives a case of “:obstinate acute articular rheumatism in a man of 60, from June to September”. He suffered excruciating agony from neuralgia. After a desperate battle for life in the fist week of September, he was relieved and rose from his bed a wreck. It was expected that time and out-door life and the best hygienic measures would restore him. But weeks and months passed without a change; he walked the streets leaning on a cane, bent over, muffled in wraps to his ears, and looking like an old man about to fall into the grave, Three months after my attendance I saw him pass my office, and considering this previous good health and robust frame the question arouse: Why does he remain in this condition? Is there any incurred miasm, hereditary or acquired, to explain the obstinacy of the case? Could it be a gonorrhoeal taint? For reasons unnecessary to mention I could not ask him.
Dr. Swan’s suggestion now occurred to me:
An obstinate case of rheumatism might be due to latent gonorrhoea, and Medorrhinum high will cure it: in many cases where improvement reaches a certain stage, and them stops, Medorrhinum has removed the obstruction and the case progressed to a cure: and this, too, in cases where gonorrhoea appeared to be a most unlikely cause :w teaching us, if anything, the universality of latent gonorrhoea an the curative power of the dynamic virtue.
His wife consulted me on other matters, and said:her husband was as well as could be expected considering his age: she believed he could not do anything more, as he regarded his feeble state due to his age.” However, he came next day, and I gave him three doses of Medorrhinum, to be taken every morning. Within ten days he returned feeling well, and looking well. I then gave him one dose to be taken after more time: this was the last prescription he has required. Within a month, after the Medorrhinum, he dropped his cane and muffler, walked the street with a firm step. a perfectly well man, having increased in weighty from 140 to 212 pounds.
NASH says that”gonorrhoeal virus is undoubtedly a great remedy. Anyone who has had to do with gonorrhoea well knows the severe form of rheumatism, which is often the consequence of the introduction of this disease product into the system. I have seen some remarkable results from the use of this remedy in chronic forms of rheumatism.:”
He gives telling cases.
He says he has never found any history of gonorrhoea in the cases he has been able to benefit with this remedy. “The question arises, is Swan’s nosode theory true, or are disease products homoeopathically curative only in those cases resembling them, not having a disease-product history?.
“Since writing the above I have experimented more with the so- called nosodes and have had seemingly very good results from this remedy, as well as Syphilinum in intractable cases of chronic rheumatism. The most characteristic difference is that with Medorrhinum the pains are worse in the day-time, and with Syphilinum in the night.
“There are, no doubt curative powers residing in these two disease poisons, and they should not be discarded simply because they are the products of disease.
In regard to the other nosodes, I have, within two years past, seen some remarkable effects from them.”
BLACK LETTER SYMPTOMS
Times moves too slowly.
Dullness of memory desire to procrastinate, because business seemed so lasting, or as if it could never be accomplished.
In conversation would stop, and remarks he could not think what word he wanted to used.
Fears he is going to die.
Is in a great hurry: in such a hurry that he feels fatigued.
Continuous watering of eyes : sensation of sand under lids.
Great pallor; yellowness of face, particularly around eyes, as if from a bruise. Yellow band across forehead close to hair.
Neuralgia right upper and lower jaws, extending to temple.
Hard swelling right upper jaws, as if in socket of a tooth gone years ago.
Very sore mouth; ulcers on tongue and in mouth, like blisters.
Blisters inner surface cheeks and lips: skin peeling in patches.
Violent retching and vomiting for forty-eight hours, first glairy mucus, lastly coffee grounds, with intense headache, great despondency and sensation of impending death: during paroxysm was constantly praying.
Cramps in stomach, as from wind.
Sensation in pit of stomach as of a paper of pins, that seemed to force themselves through the flesh, causing her to rise and double up and scream: pins seem to come from each side.
Intense pain in stomach and upper abdomen, with sensation of tightness.
Congestion of liver.
Burning heat round back like a coal of fire.
Throbbing and thumping in region of suprarenal capsule, as if from abscesses or sore spot just below fifth rib, right side, Creeping chills in region of right kidney, throbbing, contracting drawing and relaxing as if caused by cold insects with claws.
Ascites: abdomen greatly distended, urine scanty and high coloured.
Can only pass stool by leaning far back; very painful, as if a lump on posterior surface of sphincter; so painful as to cause tears.
Cholera infantum with opisthotonos, vomiting and watery diarrhoea; profuse discourage of blood and pus;
Painful attacks of piles, not bleeding hot swelling left anus.
GLINICUM “GLINICUM is none other than Medorrhinum; then why multiply names” Only because I obtained the matrix of this myself from a typical case, and macerated it myself in spirit of wine, so I know what it is, and how prepared, and anyone else can do the same at any time and anywhere in the whole word.
“My indications for Glinicum are: roused in the small hours of the morning by pain, acidity, coated tongue filthy taste and breath, uncleanably dirty tongue, weakness, pallor, chilliness, worse from cold wet; and moreover Glin. is largely a left-sided remedy. Glin wipes out half the cases of sciatica that pass my way. What a record!”-BURNETT.