Homarus - General symptomsDigestive Fluid Of Live Lobster, Homarus Gammarus, Homarus Gam, Homar, Homeria, Hom.
Below are the main rubriks (i.e strongest indications or symptoms) of Homarus in traditional homeopathic usage, not approved by the FDA.
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Natural order, Iridaceae.
Common name, Cape tulip.
Authority. L. Pappe, M.D., quotes Dr. Laing, Florae Capensis Medicae Prodromus (Pharm. Journ., vol. xi, 1851-52, p. 40).
A Malay woman, somewhat advanced in years, with her three grand-children, respectively of the ages twelve, eight, and six, ate with their supper, between 7 and 8, a small basinful of the bulbs. About 1 A.M. the woman awoke with severe nausea, followed by vomiting, and found the children similarly affected. She endeavored to call for assistance, but found herself too weak to leave her bed.
and when, at 5 o'clock, assistance arrived, the eldest girl was found moribund and expired almost immediately. The little boy of eight years died an hour afterwards, and the youngest child was found in a stage of collapse, almost insensible, with cold extremities, pulse scarcely 50 and irregular, pupils much dilated. The symptoms of the grandmother were nearly similar, but in a lesser degree, accompanied by constant efforts at vomiting. By using diffusible stimulants she and this child eventually recovered. Obstinate constipation prevailed.
Dyspepsia, sore throat, and headache seems to be a combination that may be controlled by Homarus. Frontal and temporal pain chiefly, with soreness in eyes. Throat sore, raw, burns, with tough mucus. Pain in stomach and abdomen, better after eating. Belching. Chilliness and pain all over. Itching of skin.
Lobster. N. O. Crustaceae. Triturations of sugar of milk saturated with the digesting fluid of the lobster, a thick, reddish, offensive liquid contained in a sac situated at the back of the mouth.
The effects of lobster on some persons and under some conditions are well known. In order to thoroughly study the effect A. M. Cushing adopted the happy idea of proving the specific lobster poison, and the result has been a very valuable addition to our armamentarium (H. R., iii. 98). Homarus is an agent of great activity, as the subjoined symptom list will show. Persons have been known to die after eating lobster and thereafter drinking milk. Cushing put a little of the poison into warm milk, and in ten minutes it was a hard mass. Papoid soon dissolved it, but pepsin took much longer. Cushing found that milk aggravated his symptoms during the proving. "agg. From milk" should be a strong indication for its use. The more prominent symptoms of the proving were Sore throat, which was quite severe, felt dry, looked much inflamed with large blood-vessels, and appeared granulated headaches.
deranged digestion. pains in back.
sexual excitement disturbed sleep. Here is a peculiar symptom not unfrequently met with in dyspeptics "At 3 p.m., ate a plain dinner, and at 7 drank a little milk.
at 12 (midnight), after a few minutes' sleep awoke with hurried desire for stool, and was relieved by passing a large amount of wind. After much effort passed a large, long, tenacious stool." For patients who are awakened in the night by the necessity to pass wind, Hom. should be the remedy. Pains were sharp and sudden, compelling him to sit down. A curious sensation was "Felt as though could not move.
on moving no pain. felt better by moving." On this indication, with others, Cushing cured a case with Hom. 4x. The patient had headache, sore throat, loss of appetite, and when she awoke in the morning felt as if she could not move at all. On receiving Hom. there was a speedy restoration of keen appetite, both for food and work, and loss of headache and sore throat. Another cured case had the following symptoms "No appetite.
distress in stomach. restless sleep.
very tired in morning." A case of frequent "bilious spells" was also cured in a man who had had Nux Vomica Nux and Dioscorea Villosa Dioscorea with only temporary relief. The symptoms generally are agg. after sleep.
in the morning on waking.
at night. on drawing a long breath.
from drinking milk. amel. From motion.
from passing wind. after eating.
from inhaling cold air. L. H. Hallock relates (Med. Adv., xxii. 311) a personal experience. An hour after eating a small amount of lobster salad, general pruritus commenced, worse in lower extremities, especially the calves. The itching was of a biting, burning character, not amel. by rubbing or scratching, almost unendurable. It lasted two hours in spite of bathing with hot and cold water, fresh and salt. No sooner had the itching abated than lips, nose, eyes began to swell, till the eyes were closed and lips almost completely inverted. Throat swollen and oedematous so that it was almost impossible to breathe.
profuse salivation. Eight hours after the meal he had the appearance of a severe and protracted debauch. In twenty-four hours was as well as ever. Once subsequently he had a like experience after eating lobster.
Woke two hours earlier than usual, with dull headache, burning all ever chest, seeming to be in the pleura, aching pain through lungs to scapula, aching in back part of shoulder, outside of upper portion of scapula, pain in hypochondria, extending down back, burning pain in legs and feet, mostly below knees, so that I could not go to sleep, feet so hot that I had to put them out of bed, then the pain extended to the thighs, the pain was so severe that I felt as if I trembled all over, but think I did not.
I felt as if I could not move, but on moving there was no pain and I felt better by moving, could not sleep again.
Back, pains in. Bones, pains in. Coryza. Diaphragm, pain in. Dyspepsia. Eye, affections of. Flatulence. Granular throat. Headache. Liver, pains in. OEdema. Paralysis, nervous. Pruritus. Sleep, disordered. Spleen, pains in. Throat, sore. Wrist, pain in.