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LECTURES ON HOMOPATHIC MATERIA


MEDICA
by JAMES TYLER KENT, A.M., M.D.
Late Professor of Materia Medica in Hering College,
Chicago.
Presented by Dr Robert Sror

Bufo
The little lands along the back of the toad's neck,
when squeezed with forceps, ooze a secretion which
is soluble in alcohol and has been proved, this is the
subject we will now consider.

Bufo satyhienis is the one I use in practice. Bufo is a


wonderful medicine, it profoundly affected the mind
and especially the intellectual faculties, including
confusion of mind and loss of memory until the patient
gradually goes towards a state of imbecility.

The greatest use of this medicine will be found in


nervous conditions, throbbings, jerking and spasmodic
condition of muscles, ulceration of the skin and
mucous membranes, and all this in such patients as
are tending towards a state of imbecility, a state of
confusion or weakness of mind.

The imbecility is more frequent in Bufo than the active


states of insanity or mania, yet these appear
occasionally through the remedy.

The first symptom in the text reads,

"Desire for solitude in order to practice masturbation."

This alone throws a flood of light upon the nature of


the remedy; the lack of government, the lack of
control over the sexual longing, and the low-
mindedness whereby he is willing to abandon himself
to the lower things that are in the human race, to

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perverted practices and vices. It tells a great story.

"Whimpered, then cried, until he fell into a state of


coma."

These states, as brought out clinically, are manifested


in adult people who act as if they were children. An
aspect of child-like simplicity is present and the mind
returns to a state of child-like innocence.

An adult takes on the ways of a child, as a state of


imbecility. This mental state is especially found under
Baryta carb. in adults who have never developed beyond
childhood, who have always remained children.

A person reasons like a child, talks like a child,


whimpers like a child, cries like a child, wants to be
petted like a child; so it is in Baryta carb. We find this
state of mind in children who have developed
epilepsy, but we do not prescribe this remedy on
account of the epilepsy; the child has not developed
properly, and the epilepsy is only one of the
manifestations.

The cause is far back, and is really the psoric


condition. Thereby the mental state has not
developed, the child has not grown into a man or
woman in intellectual attainments or wisdom, and
remains as a whimpering, screaming child.

This lack of development is found in Bufo and in Baryta


carb.; they are related to each other in that the child-
like state remains while the body grows.

We see in these medicines the fear and simplicity that


belongs to the child; always sickly, deficient, never
reaching adult fullness or growth, always a child.

"How much like a child that woman appears," or

"How much like a child that man is."

We say that of some old people, they are so childish.


The old routinists have said of those people who are

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prematurely old or have taken on senility, that they


need Baryta carb.

This medicine also stands out in bold type for those


prematurely senile; the man at fifty acts like an old
broken-down man of eighty; he has lost all he had five
or six years ago, and has taken on a child-like
simplicity and innocence, an appearance of imbecility.

Then it is that we think of this medicine. Baryta carb.


has hitherto been the leading one, but Bufo is also
very important.

"Left his bed after apathy and ran like mad through
the house."

There it branches off from the condition of imbecility


to that of excitement of mind. Most of the Bufo
patients will be passive, placid, not in a state of
excitement or mania, but passive in everything.
Feeble-minded, simple, child-like.

"Weak memory and idiotic."

"Longs for solitude, yet dreads being alone."

"Angry, bites at surrounding objects."

"Easily laughs or cries."

It has been used in delirium tremens, during the


stages of excitement and mental prostration, biting
and grasping things.

"Titters," now that is more expressive than to say she


laughs, she titters at every little thing that is said.
Titters and says foolish things; titters over things that
are not laughable; everything said seems to be funny
to this simple, child-like woman.

You know a child laughs and is merry, but we do not


expect such things in adults except when what is said
is particularly ludicrous. These symptoms are
sometimes met in epileptics.

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"Easily laughs or cries;" easily affected, and extremely


sensitive, nervous nature. Again, the most extreme
anxiety, night and day, wringing the hands and talking
about something awful that is going to happen when
there is nothing to happen; some awful event, some
terrible thing in the future, it is all darkness and
despair, walks the floor and wrings the hands and
says over and over the same awful things that are
going to take place, when in reality the future is safe
and there is nothing to be anxious about.

This occurs in cases of insanity. Such as are


approaching imbecility are passive, they have a lack
of comprehension of things around; but those that are
going into. insanity have an increased imagination of
the things that surround them. Where these symptoms
have been induced by secret vice.

"Become angry if misunderstood."

This is approaching insanity. It is well known to


medical men and to the courts that these conditions
of insanity intermingle in the human race with
epilepsy, and that an epileptic is not always held
responsible for murder, because it is so well known
that the epileptic state of the body is not confined
merely to the spasms of the muscles, the sudden
falling, foaming at the mouth, clonic spasms, biting of
the tongue, etc. These alone do not constitute all of
epilepsy.

The epileptic suffers from an underlying psoric state,


which in one is a state of imbecility and in another a
state of epileptic manifestation, and in another a state
of insanity. Those who inherit this peculiar
constitution, even in one family, exhibit it in different
ways; one will be insane, another an imbecile, another
will die of cancer and another will be an epileptic.

Bufo, underlies such a constitution; it is an antipsoric,


it is a deep-seated, vital remedy; it goes to the very
heart and interior of man's physical nature, and from
this mental state it may manifest itself in his
ultimates, the fingers and toes, eyes, ears, etc., so
that even the touch is disordered.

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There are patches upon the skin that have loss of


sensation and others with increased sensations.
Spasms of various muscles, sometimes local spasm
and sometimes complete epileptic spasms with
bleeding at the mouth, unconsciousness, falling down.
Besides such grave state, it has milder states that
may be called dizziness or vertigo.

The milder conditions of dizziness have gone on to


sudden falling and collapse, a sudden state of
unconsciousness with spasms and biting of the
tongue. In the proving we find attacks of apathy and
partial coma; numbness of the brain. So we see in the
text that we have conditions ranging from mere
dizziness to a complete and profound epilepsy.

The study of this remedy may reveal to you something


of the, nature of epilepsy. From the allopathic
treatises on epilepsy you will only get the appearance
of the fit, and the fit is treated as epilepsy. They hunt
for remedies to subdue and control the fit, thinking
when they have done that they have cured the patient.

They feed these patients Bromides in large doses and


now and then they branch off into some side issue,
but go back to the Bromides and stupefy and make
imbeciles of their patients. Prescribing for the fit has
never cured the patient,

"Congestive headaches."

Eyes: Again, its action on the circular fibres of the


abdominal aorta furnishes a key-note in epilepsy. An
awful sensation of anxiety is felt in the abdomen and
then there is a sudden loss of consciousness; the aura
or warning is first felt in the abdomen. Some writers
have described it as in the solar plexus. The awful
sensation occurs as an anxiety and then he falls.

"Cannot bear the sight of brilliant objects."

"Amaurosis," etc.

"Pupils largely dilated and unaffected by light before

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attack."

"More acute vision."

It has spasmodic conditions of the eye, but increased


vision and diminished sensation, and lastly a tendency
to profound trophic disturbance.

Little blisters form upon the eye. These little blisters


also form upon the skin, and the integument is thrown
off and there is. no healing. Ulcers will form upon the
cornea.

"Eyes become highly injected."

Paralytic conditions of the lids and muscles of the


eye. There is disturbance of all the senses.

"Music is unbearable."

Ears: One who is in a natural state is expected to


enjoy beautiful music, whereas in this remedy music
brings about a state of anxiety. The sense of hearing
is so violently exaggerated that every little noise is
distressing.

"Purulent otorrhoea."

"Swelling of the ears; of the parotids."

"Phlegmonous erysipelas about the face."

"Falling out of the teeth" in the peculiar disease


known as Rigg's disease.

"Stuttering and stammering; gets angry when


incoherent speech is not understood."

"Biting the tongue."

"Tongue cracked, bluish black."

"Mouth wide open before an attack," showing that the

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spasm is coming on; and this condition increases so


that when the attack is not on, he drops the jaw and
looks stupid as if be bad forgotten everything.

Bufo often corresponds to lesser attacks resembling


vertigo. In this state people do not fall, and for a few
seconds everything is blank, or sometimes they do
things automatically in these moments.

A person, in this mild form of epileptic vertigo, will


hardly show anything, but he will sometimes come to
a perfect standstill and then go on as if nothing had
happened. What occurred during that attack he knows
nothing of.

Sometimes be will continue right on doing what he


was doing, and nobody will know of the spell.
Sometimes when driving he will turn his horses
around, and when he comes to himself he will know by
this that he Ins had one of his attacks.

Stomach and abdomen: Quite a number of medicines


have produced that condition of the mind, a state in
which he goes on doing things automatically.

"Vomiting after drinking."

"Yellow fluid in vomit. "

'Vomiting of bile or blood."

"Spasms end by convulsive movements in abdomen."

It says in the text,

"The attack originates in abdomen;" that is, he has a


feeling of anxiety in the abdomen previous to the
attack.

"Hemorrhoidal tumors."

"Urine passes involuntarily."

The urine passes involuntarily in such as arc

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becoming imbeciles from the epileptic attacks, in


approaching softening of the brain, which is really
what is taking place, a form of softening, a lowered
form of integrity.

Genitals: As you might suppose, there is great


disturbance of the sexual organs, this is usually the
case in insane people. Sometimes the sexual organs
are in a state of excitement and sometimes in a state
of impotency, but the patient is low-minded,
inclination to carry the band constantly to the genital
organs.

"Semen is discharged too quickly without pleasurable


sensation."

Spasms or epilepsy comes on during coition. It has


also inflammation of glands, especially about the
groins, such as are found in syphilis.

In the female sexual organs burning is the most


striking feature burning in the ovaries and uterus. It is
one of the most troublesome, symptoms you will have
to contend with, when a case of dysmenorrhoea has
burning in the ovaries and in the pelvis, at the coming
on of or during menses.

Burning in the genital organs, in the ovaries, and


rending, tearing pains that extend down the thighs.
This forms a troublesome kind of dysmenorrhoea,
especially when there are cysts and hydatids about
the ovaries. Some will tell you that these cannot be
cured.

All these conditions are curable!

"Burning beat and stitches in ovaries."

"Distending, burning pains or cramps in uterus."

This remedy has been a great palliative for these


awful burning pains that occur in carcinoma of the
uterus; stitching, rending, tearing pains in carcinoma
of the uterus, when the pains run outwards into the
legs, with ulceration of the uterus and cervix; tearing,

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stinging pains and bloody, offensive leucorrhea.

Bufo is full of offensive discharges; bloody, offensive


leucorrhea. You would think you had the odor of
gangrene or gangrenous erysipelas in the room from
smelling these discharges.

"Enormous blisters upon tumefied uterus, discharging


a thin, serous, yellow fluid."

This occurs in epileptic states.

"Menstruation suppressed,"

"too early with headache,"

"burning in uterus and vagina."

"Spasms occur just before menses."

That is, girls who are subject to epilepsy have


increase of spasm at the time of menses, sometimes
before, sometimes during.

"Attacks worse at time of menses."

"During menses contractive pain in liver."

"Yellow fluid leucorrhoea."

When the girl lies in an unconscious condition during


the menstrual period and has several epileptic spasms
which she has no realization of until told and then she
is too much dazed to understand it she needs Bufo.

Bufo has been a great palliative in cancer of the


mammae, for the burning pains and for the blisters
that form roundabout; large, yellow blisters; blisters
that fill with yellow, serous discharge; it has been
especially useful when the milk is mixed with blood.

Larynx and chest: It corresponds to the low form of


inflammation of the blood- vessels, like milk leg, when

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the veins feet like whipcords in the thighs.

"Burning, excoriation in larynx."

You see how burning runs all through the remedy; it


occurs wherever there are inflammatory conditions or
where nerves are sensitive and painful, and the nerve
sheath becomes painful and sensitive to touch along
its course hence its use in sciatica and other
inflammatory conditions of large nerves.

"Violent cough with vomiting."

Cough with gagging and retching. Expectoration is


bloody or formed of pure blood. Sensation of coldness
in chest.

"Burning like fire in lungs."

Burning extending up into the larynx; gangrene of the


lungs.

"Laryngitis, haemoptysis."

Burning in the chest with all these affections, such as


have been described. It has the phtisical constitution
when the epilepsy has been turned aside by strong
drugs. It has the phtisical constitution when
discharges have been suppressed by closing fistulous
openings, or by stimulating ointments.

It has those low forms of disease which must develop


when outward manifestations have been suppressed.
The constitution that belongs to the very nature of the
individual will come out in epilepsy, in insanity, in
imbecility, in cancer, in some one of the low forms of
disease. This medicine corresponds to a low type and
constitution.

The nature of the Bufo constitution is such that it is


capable of giving out symptoms similar to those
produced by low forms of disease.

He is not likely to live to be old, he A likely to break

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down at forty. She comes to her end by cancer of


uterus or breast, or by imbecility. He comes to his end
with low forms of disease, malignant manifestations.
This medicine, therefore goes into the very life.

Children develop an unusual tendency to low forms of


chronic disease; they do not possess a good healthy
nature, a good sound brain; but they are feeble, they
break out with eruptions, they go into consumption.
Persons of twenty-five have a tendency to break
down, and when the symptoms look like those of Bufo
this medicine will, in a wonderful way, make that
constitution all over.

Such cases as these only get well by a violent turmoil


and by tremendous aggravations. When we approach
these diseases by easy stages the patient does not got
so much disorder or excitement, but is not cured so
radically. Old diseases would reappear, old gonorrheal
would be brought back, and old syphilitic states come
up, ulcers attack the mucous membranes, etc.

Such turmoil is likely to occur when you get a deep


acting remedy, such as brings all the disease out that
was lurking within.

"Attacks ushered in by a jerk in the nape of neck."

"Swelling of bone she of Ea."

"Arms became stiffened before an attack."

"Numbness of left arm."

"Blister in hand, which recurred annually."

"Panaritium."

A great many troubles occur in the extremities,


paralytic affections, etc.

A warm room is unbearable; headaches and flushes of


the face are made worse in a warm room or when near
the stove, better from bathing or in cold air.

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Complaints better from putting the feet in hot water.

Trembling. Some of the epileptic attacks occur with


regular periodicity, others occur irregularly. We have
no remedy for epilepsy.

Does that mean we must leave the human race to go


on and suffer with epilepsy?

We do have plenty of remedies for people who have


epilepsy. A large percentage of the cases are curable.

After what has been said concerning the nature of this


remedy I am sure you will read the symptoms with
great interest.

When you read the symptoms, they will cling around


the constitution and nature of such individuals and
such states as have been described.

This is one of the remedies that you will need to use


for the development of feeble-minded children
whether there are spasms or not.

Copyright Robert Sror 2000


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