back Baryta Carbonica

Carbonate of Barium.

Preparation. - Triturations.

 

Affects profoundly the sphere of nutrition, producing symptoms of malnutrition, and consequent degenerative changes in tissue, its most characteristic effect being upon the glandular system, especially the glands of the throat and neck.  It also irritates and depresses the cerebral and ganglionic nervous systems, producing a condition as from mental and physical decay.

Mind. - Great forgetfulness, does not know what he has just spoken (Anac, Arn.).  oGreat mental and bodily weakness; childishness; old people.  oDeficient memory; child cannot remember or be taught (Calc. phos.).  oWant of self-confidence (reverse, Plat.).  Dread of strangers;  imagines she is being criticised and laughed at. Child does not want to play.  Fear and cowardice.

Head.- o Apoplexy, vertigo; in old people who are childish.  Headache in the evening, worse from noise, especially the human voice.  Confusion and vertigo, especially in the morning.

Pressure in brain under vertex, towards occiput, on waking, with stiffness of neck.  Pressing sticking in the vertex, which extends through the whole head whenever he stands in the sun. oBaldness, especially on the crown (Zinc).  oScalp sensitive on the side on which he lies;  worse from scratching.  oCrusta lactea; dry or humid scurf (Calc. c, Graph., Hep. s., Lyc.).  oEncysted tumor of the scalp.

Eyes. - Weakness of sight; gauze before the eyes (Caust., Phos.) in the morning and after a meal. Inflammation, with sensation of dryness in the eyes.  Light dazzles and hurts the eyes; fiery sparks before eyes in the dark.

Ears.- Gland below right ear swollen and painful to touch.  Drawing, twinging pain in ears. Tearing pain, with boring and drawing in bones of right ear.  Itching in the ears (Sulph.).  Buzzing and jingling in the ears in evening like a violent wind and ringing of bells. Hardness of hearing.  Cracking in the ear as if breaking when sneezing, swallowing or walking fast (Graph.).  Reverberation in ears on blowing the nose violently.

Nose. - Obstinate dryness of the nose; secretion of thick yellow mucus (Ailanth.).  oCoryza, nose and upper lip swollen;  children with large abdomen (Calc. c).  Frequent nose-bleed.

Face. - Face pale and puffy (Ars.).  Tension, as from a cobweb over the face (Alum., Brom., Graph.).  Pain in articulation when closing the jaws.

Mouth.- Smarting, burning pain in tip of tongue; cracked and sore.  oParalysis of the tongue in old people; loss of speech (Caust., Gels.).   Mouth filled with vesicles, especially palate and inside of cheeks.  Much tough phlegm in the mouth.  Mouth very dry, with thirst (Acon., Ars., Bry.).  Taste foul every morning, with coated tongue; sour taste.  Frequent and profuse bleeding from the teeth.

Throat. - Smarting in the throat when swallowing; though most on empty swallowing.  Tonsils : inflammation after every cold; tend to suppurate (Hep. s.); chronic induration (Calc. a).  Constriction in throat;  sensation of a plug in throat when swallowing (Bell., Kali bi., Hep. s.).  Choking in attacks after dinner, when sitting and writing, with sensation as if the thyroid gland were pressed inward, impeding respiration.  Sensation as if a fine leaf lay before posterior nares in morning after waking. Painful indurated swelling of the submaxillary glands (Arum, Calc. c, Iodi., Natr. carb., Rhus tox.).

Stomach.- Sensation of hunger in stomach, but no appetite. Eructations, hiccough, nausea. Vomiting.  Weak feeling in stomach, better after eating.  Pressure, as from a stone (Ars., Bry., Merc., Puls.); relieved by eructations.  Sensitiveness of the stomach; every step painful to it.

Abdomen. - Abdomen distended, hard (Ars., Merc, Lach.) and painful.  Intestines fall from side to side on turning in bed. 

Male Organs.- Diminished sexual ability (Agn.); increased desire (Agar.).

Respiratory Organs.- Feeling in larynx as if inspiring smoke (Natr. ars., Brom.) or pitch. Suffocative catarrh in old people; impending paralysis of the lungs.  Soreness in chest when coughing (Arn).

Neck and Back. - Swelling of the glands of the neck and occiput (Calc.c, Carb. v., Iodi.).  Stiffness in nape of neck.  Tensive pain in the small of back.

Upper Limbs.- Pain in the arms, with hard, swollen axillary glands (Sil.).

Lower Limbs. - Drawing pain down the entire left leg.  Stitching pain in knee joints.  oFoetid foot-sweat (Nitr. ac, Sep., Sil.).

Generalities. - Weariness and heaviness of the body.  Great weakness of mind and body in old people.  Very sensitive to cold air (Coccul., Sep., Sil.).  oOffensive sweat of one (mostly left) side. oDwarfish; defective mental and physical growth.  Heat all night, with anxiety.

Sleep. - Anxious dreams nearly every night.  Awakens often at night; feels too hot; soles of feet feel bruised.

Skin. - Fatty tumors about the neck.  Burning prickings here and there.  Swelling and induration of the glands (Calc. c, Iodi., Hep. s., Graph.).  Humid and sore. oWarts (Thuja).

Aggravation. - In morning; while sitting; when thinking of symptoms.

Amelioration. - When walking in open air; when standing; on motion.

Conditions.- Especially suitable for old people; dwarfs; scrofulous children, especially those who have inflammation and swelling of tonsils from least cold.  Left side most affected.

Compare. - Alum., Bell., Calc. c, Calc. iod., Caust., Gels., Iodi., Merc., Merc. biniod., Lyc., Phos., Sep., Sil., Sulph.

Antidotes.- Ant. tart., Bell., Camph., Dulc, Zinc. To large doses: Sulphate of soda or magnesia.

 

THERAPEUTICS. The therapeutic range of Baryta carb. has been outlined in the clinical symptoms already given.  It is especially useful in the treatment of glandular troubles of the throat, particularly tonsilitis in those who are very sensitive to cold air, and always when expos ed have tonsilitis with a tendency to suppuration. It removes this predisposition. It also cures enlarged and indurated tonsils, and submaxillary glands.  It will sometimes cure fatty tumors, especially about the back, neck and scalp (wens).  Crusta lactea in scofulous children.  Suppurative inflammation of the middle ear, post-nasal catarrh, chronic cough, etc., occurring in scrofulous children with swollen glands and enlarged tonsils.  Also enlarged mesenteric glands. tabes inesenterica, the abdomen being swollen and hard, and feels heavy.  Malnutrition in children; they are hungry, but refuse food, and are subject to colic. According to Allen (Op. cit.) Baryta carb. "is an extremely valuable remedy in degenerative changes in coats of arteries, aneurism, arterial fibrosis, in apoplexy as the result of senility, etc." The drug is valuable in many diseases of old people, but especially in paralysis and other affections arising from impaired brain function, which may or may not result from organic changes.  In such cases the patient is usually very childish, has weakness of memory, and other symptoms indicating a half imbecile condition. Senile dementia; often the tongue is paralyzed, which, in itself, indicates Baryta. Sometimes we will find the same class of symptoms in scrofulous ill-nourished children, who are mentally weak, almost approaching idiocy.  They do not want to play, have no memory, and are very slow in learning to talk, read or understand.  This may result from masturbation, the patient giving all the appearances of premature senility, but more often it is a semi-imbecile condition, perhaps non-development of the brain resulting from defective nutrition and a strumous inheritance.  Whichever it may be, Bartya will often induce such tissue changes as will effect a cure.  It has been used in the suffocative catarrh of old people.  Allen mentions it as a remedy for cataract.  It is the remedy when in old men there is great sexual desire, but no ability, also for enlargement of the prostate gland.  Other conditions agreeing, it may cure impotence in young and middle aged men.  Like Silicea it will cure foot-sweat, especially when associated with other conditions indicating the drug.


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