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

Okoubaka aubrevillei

 

Okoubaka aubrevillei belongs to the family of Octonematacae.  It grows in Africa, Ghana and in Nigeria.  It was introduced in homoeopathy by Dr. Willmar Schwabe. Recent publication of a materia medica has included 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. The has been in use in lower potencies for gastric complaints. Studies have established its action on liver, gallbladder and pancreas. Literature indicates its purifying effect in different intoxications, confirms usefulness on hay fever, liver, gall-bladder and pancreas illnesses as well as in headache, hypertension, insomnia and lethargy. It is used in cases of repeated headache, vertigo, weakness of memory, difficulty to concentrate, anorexia, distension and fullness of the stomach, erutations, nausea, sometimes vomiting often accompanied by colic and or diarrhoea; flatulent dyspepsia, heaviness and tension in the gastric region, aerocolia, unstability of glycemia, cardiospasm and venous troubles of the lower limbs. It is also useful in residual symptoms of enterocolitis, infectious of influenza, and tropical diseases. A complete materia medica combining this new as well as other materia medica(s) and repertories are given below.

Mind

Weakness of memory. Anorexia. Difficulty to concentrate. Irritability improves or increases. Discouraged, and feeling of being incompetent. Calmness in stressful emotional situation. Fears of aging and poverty. Brooding thoughts that keep her awake. Desire to chew and bite his own inner cheek.

Head

Headache due to intoxication. Vertigo. Congestion in head. Pressure at vertex. Pressure over the left temple, as if in a vise.

Eye

Swelling beneath the eye. Watery and itching eyes, as if allergy season. Sharp pain through the eye. Eye discharge.

Nose

Residual symptoms of infectious of influenza. Hay fever. Epistaxis from right nostril. Nasal discharge that is clear, like with allergy. Sneezing. Aching and burning sinuses.

Face

Boils in mouth with a rotten-meat odor coming from throat. Fever blister on lower lip. Itchy skin.

Mouth

Aphthae on tongue and lower lip that are painful. Boils on the gums. An odor like rotten meat originating from the throat.

Throat

Scratching sore throat on swallowing.

Stomach

Cardiospasm. Distension and fullness of the stomach. Eructation, nausea, sometimes vomiting often accompanied by colic and or diarrhoea. Nausea after eating or on waking. Sour stomach and burning during the night. Weakness with vomiting.

Abdomen

Residual symptoms of enterocolitis. Flatulent dyspepsia, heaviness and tension in the gastric region. Eructation, nausea, sometimes vomiting often accompanied by colic and or diarrhoea. Affections on liver, gallbladder and pancreas. Intoxications. Pain in general. Cramping pain. Cramping pain better bending over and worse lying or stretching. Intermittent pounding pain on lower left side.

Rectum

Offensive flatus in evening. Stabbing pains during bowel movements. Diarrhea.

Stool

Loose and frequent stools as with a virus.

Female

Increased sexual desire after menses. Delayed menses. Short menses.

Cough

Bronchial itch with cough.

Chest

Sensation as if lungs were over-expanded.

Extremities

Venous troubles of the lower limbs. Aching ankle pain or improvement of aching foot arches. Foot pain. Right knee displacement during sleep, causing the tendons to draw up the leg. Aching of calf extending from ankle to knee, better on stretching.

Sleep

Insomnia. Sleep disrupted by waking for extended times.

Generalities

Residual symptoms of tropical diseases. Intoxications. Hypertension. Lethargy. There seemed to be a predisposition for cramping in the gastrointestinal system and the musculoskeletal system in general. Abdominal cramping was associated with flatus. The lower extremities responded with knee pain, cramping of the calves, and an amelioration of aching foot pain. Faintness after rising from a crouching position. Chilliness before bedtime.

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. Allergemeine Homoeopathische Zeitung, 6/1991
  4. 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.
  5. F. Schroyens, Synthesis Treasure Edition 2009V, RadarOpus 1.33 (Homoeopathic Software), Archibel S.A. Rue Fontaine St. Pierre 1E, Zoning Industriel de la Fagne, 5330 Assesse, Belgium.
  6. Product Leaflet, Alpha-DP, Dr. Willmar Schwabe India Pvt. Ltd. A-36, Sector 60, Noida, Uttar Pradesh.
  7. Product Leaflet, Kindigest, Dr. Willmar Schwabe India Pvt. Ltd. A-36, Sector 60, Noida, Uttar Pradesh.