Viewed through proving: Veratrum and the Porcelain Throne

so pretty... so poisonous...

so pretty… so poisonous…

There once was an advert here for a medicine (conventional) for constipation.  The advert was accompanied by scary music and the wording went something like:  “Have you had enough of nightmares in the bathroom?”  More scary music, then announcement of the magic medicine together with music to relax to…

Fearful in the bathroom?  Veratrum has it:

331.        During the evacuation of the bowels an anxiety with dread of apoplexy.

Since there are forms of stroke and heart attack that can be brought on through excessive straining in the bathroom, the fear in the Veratrum state is not totally uncalled for, especially if the patient is given to reading studies about it (in or out of the bathroom…).  However, a cursory examination of materia medica shows Veratrum to be unmatched in anxiety during stool.  Many remedies will produce anxiety with urging to stool or in pains in the abdomen, but these anxieties usually are more general, or relate to fear of not getting to the porcelain throne on time…

A note on the meaning of the word apoplexy in the proving – it’s important to see that it can be applied more broadly than today’s mainly brain-related understanding of the word.  The following definition is taken from the dictionary in the Synopsis software:

Ap”o*plex`y (#), n. [OE. poplexye, LL. poplexia, apoplexia, fr. Gr. apoplexie. See Plague.] (Med.) Sudden diminution or loss of consciousness, sensation, and voluntary motion, usually caused by pressure on the brain.

The term is now usually limited to cerebral apoplexy, or loss of consciousness due to effusion of blood or other lesion within the substance of the brain; but it is sometimes extended to denote an effusion of blood into the substance of any organ; as, apoplexy of the lung.


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