Dulcamara | Wet Damp Environment
Dulcamara’s leading peculiarity is the aggravation from cold and damp – like from weather cold and humid or sudden weather changes from dry to wet and cold; wetting the feet, living in damp places, etc. The remedy is more frequently indicated with phlegmatic, slow, shy and taciturn children who are not fond with public appearance. However, as Dr. H. Clarke writes, any condition which has this modality, namely the aggravation from cold and damp, may find its remedy in Dulcamara.
Dulcamara must be compared to Belladonna, for both remedies come from the same plant family Solanaceae, and share many symptoms. But when it comes to urinary retention, the leading question should be, whether the child had wet its feet, or lain on a wet ground, or played outside during weather change with rain or snow involved.
The urinary troubles may appear also from sudden cooling of the child during perspiration, like when unexpectedly cold wind comes up while children are playing outside. Dulcamara is indicated when the child complains from pain in the region of kidneys, with constant desire to urinate and sensation of bearing down towards the lower abdomen where the bladder is. The bladder is felt heavy and pressed; the urine comes in drops, burning and fetid. It is possible parents to observe turbid urine, containing mucus or blood.
The retention of urine is result of bladder catarrh, from cold, or cold drinks. It is possible strangury to alternate with involuntary urination. It is also not rare that after such condition, treated allopathically, it may be followed by incontinence.
The potencies may not that high as it is with Aconitum. When the remedy is rightly chosen, lower potencies will do fine. Several repetitions might be needed and possibly the remedy should be followed by constitutional treatment afterwards.
Gelsemium sempervirens | Anxious Foreboding
Although slow acting, this remedy is of great value in cases of nervous, hysterical, excitable, irritable, fearful children. Very anxious, sensitive to bad news, easily frightened, they are always affected by the anticipation of an upcoming events of any kind – visit from friends, preparing for school performances, or going to theatre or circus.
These children often suffer from diarrhea from the foreboding; they have stage fright and dread from public appearances. They cannot stand heat; the strong sunlight and heavy warm damp weather bring morbid affections.
The toddlers are afraid from falling and grasp the one who carries them. In this feature Gelsemium should be compared to Borax; for the latter remedy has also strong influence on the urinary system of children (see this article).
The urinary retention might be caused by passage of calculi, spasm or paralysis of the bladder, or acute catarrhal conditions of the bladder and the urinary passages. The objective manifestations of the disorder present themselves with either total stoppage of urination or involuntary urination. The bladder is very distended, the urine is constantly dripping, without efforts, with no pain during the passage. The bladder however might be painful, with tenesmus. The affection might be followed by enuresis from the paralytic condition of the bladder. When observing the child’s genitals, parents notice great redness of the urethra.
Gelsemium like Dulcamara acts beneficial in lower potencies. Repetitions are necessary.
*Bibliography: C. Hering, Guiding Symptoms of Our Materia Medica; H.C. Allen, Keynotes and Characteristics with Comparisons