‘The strength of a chain is equal to that of its weakest link, and similarly the value of a person’s life may be equal to that of his weakest vital organ: here the particular organ is equal in importance to that of the entire organism.’
Dr. James C. Burnett, Diseases of the Spleen
Affinity: Affection of the spleen, especially dropsy spleen
Causation: Alcohol abuse
Full name: Quercus robur glandium spiritus
Quercus robur glandium spiritus, shortly Querc, is a little homeopathic remedy with specific action on the spleen. One of the main homeopathic remedies for bad effects from alcohol abuse, it is therefore applied in cases of alcoholism.
For the fist time Querc was used by Dr. Rademacher in the form of distilled tincture from English oak acorns kernel. Tincture was applied as a cure for chronic spleen affection – long standing one – developed after abuse of alcohol.
Today homeopaths use Querc as one of the natural remedies for ill effects from alcohol abuse.
Quercus is reckoned to be an organ remedy for the spleen. Organopathy is a therapy originated by Philip von Hohenheim, immortalized as Paracelsus, in the 16th century. This therapy was elaborated, extended and systematized by Dr. Johann Gottfried Rademacher, considered as the modern father of organopathy. Rademacher was German physician, contemporary of Samuel Hahnemann. His book ‘Universal and Organ Remedies’ was published in 1841.
According to Dr. J.C.Burnett, Organopathy is the specific local action of drugs on particular parts or organs. In his book ‘Diseases of the Spleen’ Burnett points out that certain drugs affect certain organs curatively, preferentially, or specifically, as, for instance, Digitalis the heart. Being homeopathic remedy however, Digitalis not only affects the heart specifically (therapeutic organopathy), but in its expression Digitalis is similar to the natural disease of the organ (nosological organopathy).
Lowering the Desire for Alcohol
Querc was prepared from macerated acorn kernels from the Quercus robur in strong alcohol. The distilled spirit from the tincture is called Quercus spiritus glandium. Milder in its action is the water extract from the acorns with added strong alcohol.
Clinical evidences for the action of Querc give the homeopaths Burnett and Clarke. Remedy antidotes bad effects from alcoholism to the liver and spleen especially, when there is offensive, foul breath from the mouth, retention of fluids in the spleen (dropsy spleen) and legs, and hypertrophy of spleen. Patients feel their head as if they were drunk. In cases of chronic spleen engorgements there is a diarrhea, which eliminates the remaining poison from the liquor and generally ameliorates the patient.
The patients can’t walk without support because they feel strong giddiness. Their breath is extremely difficult to endure at a closer contact.
The remedy diminishes the desire for alcohol in alcoholics. According to Burnett Querc doesn’t cure the habit for liquor but diminishes the craving for alcohol and antidotes the state of alcohol poisoning.
Burnett found another curative action of Querc. in cases of gout, where the gout is related to the alcoholism. He also used Querc to completely cure gouty eczema on scalp, poll, and backs of hands. Besides, Querc has a good effect on the bowels, restoring their balance after long periods of constipation and, occasionally, a diarrhea.
On mental level people who need Querc are nervous, depressed, glum, taciturn, easily moved to tears.
Being homeopathic remedy, Querc is useful in cases of vertigo with spleen complaints not necessarily related to alcohol abuse; also in cases of enlarged spleen caused by intermittent fevers.
Clarke reports that powdered bark from oak is an excellent dry dressing for ulcers and is discharging wounds from the pus and swelling.
The remedy increased the flow of urine. The general state of patients is exceedingly nervous, with flushed face.
It is useful in old malarial cases, accompanied by flatulence.
Querc is used by homeopaths in different potencies. Here I shall give the doses for treatment of alcoholism.
1. For spleen affections
10 drops from Querc. 3X are diluted in one full spoon of water and taken three times a day. It is also possible to use homeopathic mother tincture directly, in same quantities.
The drops are gradually increased to 40 drops per one dose, then gradually decreases back to 10 drops.
The treatment lasts about 3 months.
2. For homeopathic treatment of alcoholics
Querc. 30 C is given three times a day for 1 week. If there is relapse, the scheme should be repeated.
In acute cases of drinking during the treatment it is necessary to apply Nux-v in high potency for purifying the system.
Sulph. in high potency is also applied in the restoration periods. The remedy should be repeated after its action is exhausted, till the patient is completely stabilized.
Note: The above described schemes cannot replace the competent homeopathic treatment. Even diminished, the desire for alcohol will come back if the reasons for it are not addressed.