This article shows the efficacy of homeopathy for prophylactic and treatment of the infectious epidemic disease morbili, or measles.
Also called morbili, is a childhood disease. It seldom affects persons, more advanced in years; but when it does, it usually gets severe, even dangerous form, and leaves undesirable consequences.
The first stage is called febrile. It starts with slight inflammation of the eyes, sneezing, watery discharge from the nose, short dry cough and difficult breathing, frontal headache, pain in the back, and sometimes diarrhea. The fever is inconstant, increasing and decreasing, and again becomes high until the eruption appears on the skin.
This marks the beginning of the eruptive stage, which happens on the fourth day. Small red spots first appear on the face and arms; in three or four days they gradually spread over the body. Afterwards the eruption grows paler.
Then begins the peeling stage, during which the skin begins to fall on scales. The body sweats critically, possibly the diarrhea increases. During this stage the catarrh may be complicated and to take in the lungs, causing pneumonia.
After passing of the measles there might be develop chronic inflammation of the eyes, swelling of the glands, bowels disorders, pain in the ear, deafness, and tormenting chronic eruption. All these undesirable aftereffects can be evaded with proper homeopathic treatment during the disease.
Prominent Homeopathic Remedies for Morbili
Different patients can produce the symptoms in quite variable forms and modalities, which respond to few remedies. However the two great remedies for this disease are Aconitum napellus and Pulsatilla.
Aconitum is indicated during the febrile phase, when prevailing symptoms are the inflamed eyes, confusion in the head and daze feeling.
Where there are gastric symptoms and cough, which is aggravated in the evening and is worse at night, Pulsatilla is more suitable remedy. The patient easily spits out yellowish or whitish spittle, sometimes followed by vomiting. The discharge from the nose is also yellowish, or greenish, and is detached easy.
When the symptoms alternate, then the remedies should also be alternated. But when the eruption doesn’t appear on time, give Pulsatilla.
The remedies must be given in water solution; two or three granules in water should be stirred well before taking one table spoon on two-three hours; same is valid for alternations.
Occasional Use of Other Remedies
When the catarrhal symptoms are prone to get dry, especially the cough, and when there are shooting pains on coughing towards and in the chest, then Bryonia may be alternated with Aconite. It is also possible to appear rheumatic pains in the joints, and difficulty in breathing.
Belladonna should be given if the headache is pulsating, throbbing and violent, the throat is sore together with dry cough, and the patient is very restless, possibly with twitching of the limbs.
After passing of the disease, if there are gastro-intestinal, or chest and respiratory symptoms, the patient must be treated constitutionally to prevent chronicity.
Homeopathic Morbili Prevention
Sometimes, for some reasons, and in some children vaccinations given by conventional medicine against morbili just doesn’t work. And of course, there are wise parents who don’t give allopathic vaccines to their children.
When in the nursery, the kindergarten, playground, school or in another type of closed child facility there is undergoing morbili infection among the children, it is wise to undertake homeopathic prevention for the healthy children, which are still not inflicted by the disease.
This is done by the use of homeopathic remedy Morbillinum.
Homeopathic Morbillinum | The Nosode of Measles
Julian calls this remedy biotherapic. It was introduced in homeopathy by Dr Gross, contemporary of Hering.
The clinical picture includes the symptoms of measles – the nose catarrh, sneezing, eyes inflammation, ear affections, and the skin eruptions. Dr Clarke writes in his ‘Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica’ that these well known symptoms should be taken as a guide for the homeopathic use of Morbillinum.
The benefit from this remedy manifests in three directions.
First is the prophylactic against infection. The remedy should be given in 30th centimal potency, diluted in water, twice or three times daily, during ongoing epidemics. This is sufficient prevention and surely works.
If the disease is in incubation period already, there comes the second use of the remedy. Morbillinum, in alternation with Belladonna 30 C, or independently, again in the same potency dissolved in water, should be given on every two hours (Clarke, Dictionary of Practical MM). Naturally, as the homeopathic principle requires, all prescriptions should be based upon the prevailing symptoms of the disease in every case.
The third use of Morbillinum comes in ailments after measles. That one should be held by professional, because this may not be the only remedy that is needed.
*Bibliography: J.H. Clarke, Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica; O.A. Julian, Materia Medica of Biotherapics; E. Gurnsey, Homeopathic Domestic Practice.