“It is rather singular that this medicine has not been thoroughly proven. It might develop symptoms of such importance that it would rank with Rumex, Bryonia and Phosphorus.”
Hale E.M., Special Therapeutics of the New Remedies
This article presents the homeopathic remedy Myrtus communis in the treatment of severe affections of the lungs, usually caused by pulmonary tuberculosis.
Latin: Myrtus communis
Common: Myrtle, small tree native to Mediterranean territories
Causation & Main Characteristics
Myrtus communis has no homeopathic proving. The indications for its prescription are from clinical experience. They were described by Constantine Hering, Hale and Wahle. Its sphere of action is limited to the chest, and in particular to the left lung. Myrtus was given for affections of the apex of left lung; it cured cases of neglected pneumonia and of phthisis. It is one of the so called ‘organ’ remedies in homeopathy.
Causative factor for the pathology of this remedy is the change of weather conditions. It is negative for the patient, causes catarrh of mucous membranes of the upper respiratory tract and cough. The cough is dry and hollow, with tickling in the upper lobe of the left lung.
The patients also develop fever, accompanied by pain in the joints of elbow and knee, and experience great weakness in the afternoon.
The cough is worse in the morning and better in the evening.
The chest pain of Myrtus is very specific. Together with the cough and the catarrh there is a stitching pain in the upper part of the left lung, bellow the clavicle bone and extending backwards to the scapulae of left shoulder. This pain is worse on deep inspiration, by motion, from coughing. There is also pressing and burning pain, and a feeling of constriction in the chest.
Myrtus is indicated in pulmonary tuberculosis and in pneumonia, where there are conversions in the left lung, and the above indications are present.
Relation with Other Pulmonary Remedies
Myrtus communis is valuable remedy for independent use in treatment of lung affections. However its symptoms are very similar to those of Bryonia (dry hollow cough and stitching pain on the left side of the chest) and of Phosphorus (which is remedy of great importance for treatment of bronchitis and pneumonia; and for affection of the apex of lungs; Phosphorus is also left sided remedy). Other remedies to compare Myrtus with are Sulphur, Theridion, and Rumex crispus. The latter has marked aggravation of the cough from inspiration of cold air.