This article describes one important homeopathic remedy for cure of strep infection: the Streptococcinum homeopathic nosode.
Streptococcus Genus | Groups
Streptococcus is genus of no motile, Gram-positive cocci. They are micro-aerobic; in other words need low concentration of oxygen in the air – less than 20 %. The bacteria occur regularly in the mouth and intestines of humans and mammal animals, in dairy and other food products, and in fermenting plant juices.
Streptococcus genus is divided into four groups: the pyogenic, the viridans, the enterococcus group, and the lactic acid group. The most virulent for humans group is the pyogenic, Group A, ß-hemolytic Streptococcus.
The group A ‘ß-hemolytic’ Streptococci bring about complete hemolysis. Group B Streptococci occur as normal flora in the mouth, intestines and vagina. Group C are α-hemolytic. They are considered as part of the normal flora of mouth, pharynx, vagina and skin. The lactic acid group sours milk.
S. agalactiae is found in the milk and tissues from udders of cows with mastitis. It is known as causative agent of urinary infections in humans.
S. anginosus is found in the mouth, throat and sinuses; also in vagina, on the skin, and in faeces. It has the potential to cause glomerular nephritis and respiratory diseases; also common cause for dental abscesses.
S. pneumonia (Pneumococcus) from Group A is normal inhabitant of the respiratory tract. It is the most common cause of lobar pneumonia, meningitis and sinusitis.
S. pyogenes from Group A is found in the mouth, throat, and respiratory tract; also in inflammatory exudates, bloodstream, and lesions in human diseases. As it name shows, it causes the formation of pus.
Streptococcus pyogenes is the source from which homeopathic remedies Streptococcinum and Scarlatinum were prepared. The remedy Pneumococcinum was made from Streptococcus pneumonia.
Streptococcinum Homeopathic Remedy
The Streptococcinum was first used in 19th century, based on clinical indicators. The remedy was prepared by lysate of S. pyogenes.
Dr Foubister describes some cases cured by Streptococcinum in his book ‘The Significance of Past History in Homoepathic Prescribing’. Most of the clinical data collected for this remedy was his work. Also O.A. Julian gives the clinical pathogenesis of Streptococcinum in his ‘Materia Medica of Nosodes with Repertory’.
Homeopathically the remedy was proven in 1995, by D. Riley; the proving results are published in David Piley’s ‘Collected Provings’.
Today the remedy is frequently prescribed in cases of acute and chronic streptococcal infections.
The remedy is found curative in diseases of tonsils, joints, skin and mucous membranes; of kidneys and intestines, and the heart.
Causation & Indications for Prescription
Causative factors for Streptococcinum might be the intense fever and streptococcal infection.
Indication for possible prescription of Streptococcinum in chronic conditions is the history of streptococcal infection, rheumatism, tonsillitis, strep throat or scarlet fever. The patient has never been well after having those diseases.
Streptococcinum is nosode. As every nosode it may be prescribed when well chosen remedies do not work; or work to some point and then stop. The stoppage is revealed when patient is showing some amelioration and then relapse; or the amelioration is only partial, or there is none.
Besides above statement, this nosode is prescribed when the chronic state of disease is following preceding streptococcal infection; patients suffer from heavy recurring tonsillitis, or angina, or sinusitis; teeth were destroyed by early and aggressive caries.
Streptococinum is indicated in cases of acute rheumatism, nephritis followed by scarlatina, erysipelas, afterbirth septicaemia, influenza, pneumonia, scarlet fever, meningitis, peritonitis, otitis media, dysenteria.
According to Dr. Foubister best results with this remedy were achieved in treatment of rheumatism, chronic bronchitis, and gastritis and stomach ulcer.
The streptococci adhere to the mucous membranes. Initially the organism is trying to evacuate them through sneezing, coughing or forming of more secretion. The streptococci are causing over 30 % from the cases of acute pharyngitis.
It is important to notice that the strep infection is usually combined, especially in children cases. It starts with inflamed pharynx, followed by inflammation of the middle ear and later acute sinusitis – the two latter infections appear as a complication of the strep throat. And the stages are not always easily distinguished in their consecutiveness.
Another complication of strep infection is the pneumonia. It is necrotic and fast progressing, not pyogenic.
Streptococcal infection may lead to chorea (Sydenham’s chorea, St Vitus’s dance). It appears long – up to 6 months – after the strep infection and may look as an isolated case. The chorea is observed mostly amongst young patients, girls under 18 years old.
The mental-emotional pattern of Streptococcinum is drawn between the following corner-stones:
– Weeping without reason – Tormenting thoughts – Suspiciousness – Nostalgia –
– Changeable moods – Furious and revengeful – Intolerance to noise and light –
– Hopelessness about recovery from the disease.
Patients feel as if time passes too slowly. They are hurried, anxious; inclined to weep without reason and aggravating when others show sympathy or offer consolation; think that people talk about them and have many disturbing dreams of being attacked or shot.
All symptoms aggravate from consolation, damp weather, least draft. Amelioration is brought by being at open air, from continuous motion, from stretching the back.
Formation of Pus
The suppuration affects the tooth alveolus, where it makes the gums to ache when chewing food. The nose suppuration reveals as sinusitis with formation of much mucus and pus. On the forehead appears acne. The tonsils suppurate; large painful pustules form on the back.
The tonsils are swollen, inflamed and suppurating. The throat aches constantly, and when swallowing the pain irradiates towards the ears. The swallowing is painful and difficult, with tendency to choking.
The respiration is impeded when the patients try to swallow food. The food adheres to the throat and they need some liquids to make it pass; strong desire for cold milk.
The lymphatic glands on the neck are inflamed, enlarged and painful when touched.
Streptococcinum must be differentiated from Pyrogenium, Ailanthus, Belladonna, Arsenicum album, Rhus toxicodendron and Carcinosinum.