Natrums (The sodas)

BORAX



Where there is dread of downward motion.
Nursing sore mouth of children.
Copious, clear and albuminous leucorrhœa.

Aphthæ form on the inside of the cheeks, on the tongue and in the fauces ; the mouth is hot ; the membrane around these aphthæ bleeds easily, and the child lets go of the nipple and cries with vexation or refuses to nurse.

Mercurius
When there is salivation, the water dribbles from the child's mouth, diarrhœa with tenesmus.

Bryonia
The child refuses to nurse until the mouth has been moistened, the mouth is so dry.


NATRUM CARBONICUM

It acts principally on the stomach and bowels, and corresponds to the symptoms referable to those organs, hypochondriasis.

Depressed and irritable, especially after a meal ; this hypochondriasis decreases as the food gets out of the stomach into the bowels.

Headache
When caused by walking in the sun. Dullness of the head. Patient is greatly fatigued by a short walk.

Gastric symptoms
There are sour eructations and fetid flatulence ; a weak, hungry feeling about 11 A. M. ; the patient is worse from vegetable and starchy foods ; it is especially useful for dyspepsia from eating soda biscuits ; palpitation after eating.

Eeffects of summer weather
Debility and headache from the sun ; chronic effects of sunstroke ; the Natrum carb. patient gets very nervous during thunder storms and hides in the cellar ; this nervousness is said to be due to the electrical condition of the atmosphere acting on such patients.



NATRUM MURIATICUM

It corresponds to malnutrition and emaciation, and to anæmia.
It also has an important action upon the blood ; is useful in intermittent fever, skin eruptions, etc.

Malnutrition, emaciation and anæmia.
Hammering in frontal region of head.
Eruptions on margin of hairy scalp.
Backache, better from lying on something hard.
Violent thirst.
Aversion to bread.

Mental symptoms
The patient is hypochondriacal, sad and hopeless about the future. It is a useful remedy in brain fag.

Headache
It is a hammering headache, worse in morning, and is accompanied by constipation.

Eye
It is a remedy especially characteristic in muscular asthenopia and in ciliary neuralgia, which comes and goes with the sun. Also in blepharitis. There is lachrymation and scalding, and letters run together when reading.

Catarrhal conditions
Clear, watery discharge from coryza accompanied with loss of smell and taste. Sneezing worse in evening while undressing and in morning on rising.

Colds
Where there are cold sores or herpes on the lips, or on the wings of the nose - fever blisters so-called.

Tongue
It is a clean tongue covered with bubbles of frothy saliva.

Throat
A relaxed uvula with a feeling of a plug, or great dryness in the throat.

Stomach
There is a violent thirst ; aversion to bread ; water brash and feeling of weakness and sinking in the stomach.

Constipation
The stools are dry, crumbly, hard and difficult to expel. There is great weakness of the intestines. The stools are so dry that they produce fissure in the rectum. Obstinate cases accompanied by hypochondriasis.

Diarrhœa
It is a diarrhœa which is watery, and accompanied with great weakness of the abdominal muscles, and is sometimes involuntary.

Bladder
Catarrh of the bladder, with burning on urinating.

Female symptoms
There is a watery leucorrhœa, and especially is it useful in uterine troubles, accompanied by backache, which is relieved by lying on the back or on something hard.

Chest
In chronic bronchial catarrhs, winter coughs and asthma, where there is a profuse secretion of mucus.

Fever
It is useful in intermittent fever from living in damp regions, especially after the abuse of Quinine ; the chill comes on in the morning at 10 o'clock, begins in back and feet, preceded by headache, thirst, backache, and accompanied by fever blisters on the lips ; there is also vomiting with the chill. The stages are unequal, the chill is usually continuous, heat moderate, with violent headache, perspiration either wholly wanting or excessive and relieving the headache.
Complexion is yellowish gray. During apyrexia dejected and apprehensive.

Skin
It is a dry, scaly eruption, or a herpetic eruption of little, watery blisters ; especially for herpes in the bends of the knees ; also it is a remedy for affections of the scalp accompanied by falling of the hair from the head and eyebrows. Eruptions on flexor surfaces.

Kreosote has eruptions on the extensor surfaces.



NATRUM PHOSPHORICUM

It corresponds to an acid condition of the system as shown by the dyspepsia and diarrhœa, and is useful in many digestive ailments, marasmus, etc.


Great acidity, sour risings, vomiting of sour fluids with pain in the stomach and great flatulence. The sourness is the characteristic of the drug.

Tongue has a thick, yellow coating on the back part.

Diarrhœa
It is a diarrhœa from excess of acidity. The stools are sour smelling, greenish, full of mucus, and excoriating as they pass.

Intestines
In intestinal worms, either long or thread worms, with symptoms of acidity, picking at the nose, squinting and twitching of the facial muscles.



NATRUM SULPHURICUM

It corresponds somewhat to the uric acid diathesis and gastro-bilious conditions ; malarial troubles and complaints worse in wet weather. Corresponding to the hydrogenoid constitution and sycotic dyscrasia.

Head
It is a useful remedy for ill effects of falls and injuries to the head, and especially so if mental troubles arise therefrom.

Tongue
There is a bitter taste in the mouth and a dirty, brownish coating on the tongue.

Liver
There is aching and cutting in the region of the liver. The liver is engorged, and the symptoms are worse lying on the left side. There is jaundice, bilious colic, vomiting of bile and bitter mucus.

Diarrhœa
The diarrhœa is of dark, bilious or greenish stools, accompanied with an irritable liver and flatulent colic, coming on in the morning after the patient gets up and moves about.

Sexual symptoms
It is one of the principal remedies in sycosis, especially where there are condylomata.

Respiratory
In asthma. In asthma which is worse upon change to damp weather. Moist asthma, with a great deal of rattling on the chest. The shortness of breath is especially worse in damp weather.

Fever
It is a useful remedy in bilious intermittent fevers, accompanied by liver affections, jaundice and bilious diarrhœa.

Intestines
Useful in lead colic.

Sycotic symptoms
Panaritium, inflammation and suppuration around roots of the nails, warts, etc.

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