Homeopathic Remedies | Group I
Aconitum napellus symptoms are shown in the initial stage of nephritis. It is a remedy for ailments from fear, anxiety and vexation. Usually the disease is developed after exposure to chill, from being on cold wind, from wetting the feet in cold water.
The attack is violent, sudden, with high fever and shooting, stinging and pressing pains in the renal region. The urging to urinate is painful and frequent; the urine is dark, hot and red; or bloody; contains albumen. Often there is retention of urine.
Apis mellifica is remedy for nephritis developed after acute disease. In Apis cases there is albumen in the urine, as is in scarlet fever and in diphtheria, and the acute kidney inflammation often follows. There is pain in both kidneys, pressing renal pains that are felt strongly on stooping. The area of kidneys is felt sore. The affected kidney is the left one. There is suppression of urine. The patient is thirstless, and cannot stand heat and warm room.
Arnica montana is used in inflammation of kidneys when there is clear mental picture of Arnica, together with the sore bruised feeling all over the body. Typical for Arnica is to feel bed hard, and to be intolerable to touch. Chill is followed by renal pains, nausea and vomiting. The pains are piercing pains, as if knives were stabbed into kidneys. The patient is chilly. The urine is scanty and dark, with thick brown sediment; or entirely suppressed. The nephritis is developed after overwork, physical exhaustion, trauma or chill.
Benzoicum acidum is specific remedy, which most distinguishing characteristic is the very strong odor of the urine, very unpleasant; the urine is dark brown and hot. The pains in kidneys extend to the chest on taking a deep breath. There is a drawing back pain on stooping. Kidneys are aching dully. Benz-ac is also a remedy for incontinence of urine in elder patients.
Cantharis vesicatoria is remedy for great burning with bloody urine. Inflammation spreads all over the urinary organs and the genitalia. The infection is intense and occurs rapidly. Pains are dull and pressing; or there are paroxysms of cutting and burning pains in both kidneys. Patients are sensitive to the slightest touch. They have constant urging to urinate. Urination is painful, scanty; urine flows on drops; it contains blood; or pure blood is evacuated through the urethra.
Lycopodium clavatum is remedy for suppression of urine. The patient manifests the typical symptoms of Lycopodium on mental level. The inflamed kidney is at the right side. Symptoms aggravate between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., and usually the discomfort starts in the same period. Craving for sweets and desire for hot drinks are typical for Lyc. The urine is reddish and contains red sand, which is visible because the urine is clear. The urine is eruptive and excoriating skin. There is increased secretion of urine at night.
Sulphur has violent aching in back after long stooping. It is a remedy for chronic nephritis. All orifices are red and look inflamed; all secretions are burning and excoriating.
Sarsaparilla officinalis is like Sulphur a remedy for chronic nephritis. The pains are neuralgic and extend from the right kidney downwards (like Berberis). Again like Berberis there is formation of stones but smaller, like sand; the sand is passed with the urine, accompanied by renal colic. At the closure of urination patients experience burning pain, which is hard to bear. Unlike Lyc., Sarsaparilla has white sand in the urine, which is scanty (in Lycopodium is profuse clear urine with red sand) and may contain flakes.