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Here is a blood relative of Lachesis, if serpent poisons may be called relatives, and according to the symptoms arising from the bite of the serpent it ought to be equally valuable as a curative, but it has not yet been found so. Why not? on referring to Allen's Encyclopædia we find twenty-nine provers, poisonings and all, for Lachesis, and forty-five for Naja. Of course, Lachesis has been longest in use; but has the difference in time been sufficient to account for the very great difference in utility? Another thing is noticeable; the provings of Lachesis were made mostly with potencies as high as the 30th, while those of Naja are almost all with the lowest preparation or the crude poison from the bite of the serpent. Does this account for it?

We also notice on referring to the same authority that all the most marked verifications are of symptoms produced by the provings of the 30th of Lachesis. Does this indicate that Naja must be proven in the potencies to develop its most efficient powers? Naja has been found of very decided use in affections of the heart, especially weak heart (Nux vomica, tired feeling); diphtheria, where there is impending heart failure or paralysis. Dyspnœa and prostration from weak heart, sympathetic cough in organic diseases with weak heart action. (Dry cough, sympathetic in heart affections, Spongia.) Palpitation and bad feeling in heart, < walking. In these troubles, as well as in chronic weakness of heart, there is no doubt of the value of Naja. Constantly dwells on suicide like Aurum. But further than this I do not know of very many marked successes from its use. Nevertheless, I feel convinced that with further proving and investigation, along the same line as Lachesis, it may rival if not outshine it.

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