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Schwabe News Volume 5 | Issue 3-6 | March - June 2014

Galphima glauca - a recent proving update

 

Galphimia glauca is covered by O. A. Julian, R. Murphy, F. Schroyens, and P. N. Varma et al.  The plant was used in clinical experimentation by a group of German doctors from 1964 to 1966, using the 3x, 4x, 6x and 12x for nasal allergic infections. It is used in allergic rhinitis, grippal states with rhinopharyngial congestion, etc. There was no Hahnemannian proving for long time after the drug was introduced. Recently there was a publication of a materia medica including the Hahnemannian proving of this drug. The proving was conducted by Dr. David Riley in association with Dr. Willmar Schwabe Group, Germany. The drug was proved in 12CH with 16 female and 6 male provers. It was a placebo controlled pathogenetic trial to establish its curative efficacy in homoeopathic doses. There were many key nasal allergic symptoms like dryness and itching of the mucous membranes, burning discharges from eyes and nose, sneezing, swelling of the eyelids, eruptions and ulcerations of the tongue and cheeks, abdominal distension or sensation of fullness with epigastric discomfort, sensation of being too warm and in general symptoms increased with the sensation of being warm, have been observered. A complete materia medica combining this new as well as other materia medica(s) and repertories are given below.

Mind

Irritability. No anxiety when speaking in front of people. Dreams that are vivid, anxious, or of dead relatives. Feeling lonely and feeling unfortunate. Irritable toward family. Calm and relaxed. Weeping without cause.

Vertigo

Seasickness. Vertigo on rising or sitting.

Head

Heaviness of head. Pain in the forehead or temples. Ache at the back of head or the base of the neck. Pains extend to the neck or from the occiput to the ears. Dull or pressing pain in the forehead. Throbbing pain in the temples.

Eye

Swelling and oedema of the eyelids. Hypersecretion from the nasal and ocular mucous membranes. Burning discharges. Dryness of the eyelids or improvement of eye dryness. Heaviness of the lids. Itching in the morning or about the eyes. Sore pain in and around eyes. Redness of lids or conjunctiva. Scratching sensation.

Nose

Dryness and itching of the mucous membranes, burning discharges from nose, sneezing. Hay fever. Allergic vaso-motor afflictions of the nose. Hypersensitivity to weather changes. Hypersecretion from the nasal and ocular mucous membranes. Coryza with excoriating discharge that was worse when moving. Obstruction that is right sided or that improves during sleep. Sneezing that is constant or in the morning. Internal dryness. Discharges that are excoriating, clear, blood streaked, or aggravated by motion. Dryness of lips and nose.

Face

Itching, numbness, and tingling, especially over the cheek.

Mouth

Dryness of lips and nose. Eruptions and ulcerations of the tongue and cheeks. Eruptions or itching on the tongue. Sore tongue pain. Ulcers on the right cheek, tip of the tongue, or that are painful. Toothache as if cavities are all over.

Throat

Hoarseness of voice from mucus in the larynx. Dry throat and sore pain on coughing. Swelling. Pain on swallowing or desire to swallow. Mucus in throat.

Stomach

Sensation of fullness with epigastric discomfort. Gastritis or gastric complaints. Shooting pains in the stomach. Vertigo with diarrhoea or nausea. Eructations after eating or in daytime. Nausea with eructations or in the evening. Hiccoughs.

Abdomen

Abdominal distension. Distention after eating, from gas, on waking or improvement of normal distention. Painful gas. Full sensation. Pain in the lower abdomen or radiating to the back and chest or associated with gas or distention.

Rectum

Diarrhoea or nausea associated with vertigo. Constipation with straining, difficulty in passing stool, no movement, or hard stool. Diarrhea in the morning with weakness and trembling in the extremities. Flatus that is offensive or occurs during stool. Rumbling and sensation of bubbles escaping without evacuation. Urging that is constant or before stool.

Stool

Diarrhoea or nausea associated with vertigo. Like balls, frequent and hard. Large, formed instead of small, hard pieces. Loose.

Bladder

Urination; frequent and copious.

Female

Menses too short. Eruptions at the external meatus that are raw.

Respiratory

Allergic bronchial asthma.

Back

Itching on back, or rash between the scapula. Stitching pain in the neck and down the back or in the left hip. Perspiration on neck and back. Aching in the neck.

Extremities

Itching rash on legs, shins, and calves. Heaviness and fatigue of the leg and thighs. Trembling and weakness with diarrhoea. Sore knee. Stitching pain in the foot or hip.

Sleep

Waking from the sensation of coldness, waking from warmth, waking from itching, or waking with the desire to urinate.

Skin

Sensation of thick skin. Skin allergies: urticaria, herpetic dermatitis, allergic eczema, mycotic eczema. Dryness. Itching on becoming warm. Recurring herpes of the lips or genitalia. Sudamina. Neurodermatosis: Hebra's prurigo, strophulus.

Generalities

Sensation of being too warm. In general, symptoms increased with the sensation of being warm. Sensation or flushes of heat especially at night. Heaviness of the body. Excessive physical energy. Worse before menses. Desires fruit and salty food. Aching pain.

Bibliography
  1. S. David Riley, Materia Medica of New and Old Homoeopathic Medicines, Springer-Verlag GmbH, 2012.
  2. P. N. Varma, Indu Vaid, Encyclopaedia of Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia, Updated edition 2007, B. Jain Publishers, New Delhi.
  3. R. Murphy, Homeopathic Remedy Guide, RadarOpus 1.33 (Homoeopathic Software), Archibel S.A. Rue Fontaine St. Pierre 1E, Zoning Industriel de la Fagne, 5330 Assesse, Belgium.
  4. V. Fabrocini, Galphimia glauca and the allergic respiratory diseases, Liga Medicorum Homoeopathica Internationalis – 1988. In: RadarOpus 1.33 (Homoeopathic Software), Archibel S.A. Rue Fontaine St. Pierre 1E, Zoning Industriel de la Fagne, 5330 Assesse, Belgium.