N.O. Helodermidae of the Lacertilia.
The virus is obtained by irritating the animal and allowing it to bite the glass, from which triturations are made.
The first notice of the remedy is from Dr. Charles D. Belden, who supplied Boericke and Tafel with a living specimen and also poison obtained by himself. The Gila monster is a native of Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. It is smaller than the Mexican variety and is called, by Cope, Heloderma suspectum. It is the only lizard whose character is not above reproach. Heloderma from its skin being studded with nail or tubercle-like heads.
“An ugly, disagreeable-looking creature, the head long and blunt, eyes black and bead-like, tail half the length of the body, thick-set and club-like. The entire body cased in a thinly coated armor, marked curiously with yellow and black.”
Heloderma is sluggish and slow of movement when kept in the dark, but may develop great activity when brought into the sunlight. It is most tenacious of life, the only vulnerable part seems to be at the junction of the head with the spine, a blow on which will kill it.
The bite of a Gila Monster produces a benumbing paralysis, but there is an entire absence of tetanic conditions, thus directly differing in its effects from Strychnia or Hydroc. acid. It has been used in paralysis agitans, locomotor ataxia and many other nervous disease characterized by great coldness -“arctic” coldness.
The information we possess of the action of Heloderma is contained in vols. V. to xi. of Hom. Recorder, including some remarkable and important provings by Dr. Boocock
Experiments on animals seemed to show that death occurred rather from heart failure than from respiratory failure. This much was known when Dr. Robert Boocock, of Flatbush, made his proving which had given the remedy a definite place in the homoeopathic materia medica.
The first experience was with a solution of the 6x trituration, one drachm in four ounces of alcohol. Of this he took three or four drops. He was seized with an internal coldness from the heart as if being frozen to death internally and had no way of warming himself. “Coldness from within outward.”
The coldness of this remedy is more intense than that of any other. “Arctic coldness,” the prover called it. The coldness was at times followed by sensations of heat and burning.
Many of the symptoms came on in the night waking the prover from sleep (like the “< from sleep” of Lachesis.). The tremors, spongy feeling of feet on walking, pains in back and limbs, bear out Belden’s commendation of Helod. In locomotor ataxia and paralysis agitans.
The most unusual action of the venom is noted upon the eyes of the mouse. The eyeball becomes more prominent and the cornea shows opacities. The exophthalmus is due to the pressure of the blood behind the eyeball (Boyd).
Better from stretching, warmth. Worse when thinking of her ailments, cheered by company. Worse from exposure to cold air. Worse in stormy weather. Worse when lying in bed at night. Worse from cold with desire for warmth. Worse after sleep, at night.
Brain, affected. Cerebrospinal meningitis. Coldness. Headache. Heart failure. Locomotor ataxia. Neuralgia. Numbness. Paralysis. Paralysis agitans.
Forgetfulness. Melancholy with weeping. Depressed, feels blue. No inclination for exertion in any way. Difficulty in remembering the spelling of simple words.
Very depressed. Sensation as if would fall to right side. Cold band around head, cold pressure within the skull. Eyelids heavy. Pain beginning in right ear, extending round back of head to left ear.
Cold crawling feeling, as if facial muscles were tight. Sensation of heat. Flushes of heat. Cold, crawling feeling from temple down right cheek. As if pricked with points of ice. As if facial muscles were drawn tight over bones. Stiffness of jaw.
Breath cold. Tongue dry and cracked in the morning. Tongue cold, tender and dry. Very thirsty. Swallowing difficult. Dryness of lips. Soreness.
Empty belchings, especially before breakfast. Empty, gone sensation in the stomach. Acid burning in stomach. Dislikes sweet things and worse from taking them.
Sensation of constriction about the whole abdomen. Sharp shooting pain in bowels, more on left side. Pain across pubic bones, extending down into left testicle. Stitching pains in bowels. Throbbing in bowels. Rumbling in bowels.
Constipation from torpor of the rectum. Hemorrhoids and itching of the anus. Loose, copious stool, lumpy, preceded by stitches in abdomen. Stool loose, mushy with considerable flatus. Stool soft, dark, difficult to expel. Hemorrhoids swollen itch and bleed.
Coldness across scapulae. Burning along spine. Stiff neck, aching in bones of neck. Painfulness of upper neck. Chill in back from base of brain downwards. Pain in back, pain in lumbar muscles awakening him.
Tingling, creeping sensation on the legs as if from insects. Leg is insensible to an electric battery. Leg is wasting away, skin very dry and inelastic. Ankle turn easily when trying to walk. Numbness of the arms from the hands to the elbows. Stretching relives pains in muscles and limbs. Numbness and trembling. Cyanosis of hands. Coldness. Sensation as if walking on sponge and as if feet were swollen. Staggering gait. Cock’s gait. When walking, lifts feet higher than usual and puts down heel hard. Feet cold as ice or burn.
Slight, hacking cough with pain in the left scapulae. Fullness in chest, requiring an effort to inflate the lungs. Oppressed for breath from least exertion.
Palpitations and dyspnea from slight exertion. Cold feeling in heart. Slow labored thumping of heart. Pressure at heart. Tingling around heart. Trembling and coldness around heart. Oppression around heart. Sticking pains, shooting from left to right. Stitches in heart. Soreness in heat, more under left nipple.
Internal coldness, as if frozen to death. Temperature subnormal. (Camph.) Cold spots. Cold rings around body. Cold waves. (Abies-c., Acon.). Arctic coldness. Internal coldness. Severe chill ran down back. Cold rings around body. Cold waves ascend from feet or downward from base of brain.
Compare; Lach., Crotal, etc.; Camph. (coldness); Arg.n., Alumina (locomotor ataxia); Ant.t. and Merc. (paralysis agitans); Gels., Con., Hdrophb.
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