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From Vermeulen's Synoptic 2--a very good book--
Silybum Marianum. Marian Thistle. Milk Thistle. N.O. Compositae.
In agriculture the Thistle is the recognised sign of untidiness and neglect, being found not so much in barren ground, as in good ground not properly cared for. It has always been a plant of ill repute among us; Shakespeare classes 'rough Thistles' with 'hateful Docks,' and further back in history we read of the Thistle representing part of the primeval curse on the earth in general, and on man in particular, for – 'Thorns also and Thistles shall it bring forth to thee.'
Thistles will monopolise a large extent of country to the extinction of other plants.
The Marian Thistle, with leaves of a deep, glossy green, with milk-white veins, is found in hedgebanks and on waste ground, esp. by buildings.
The stalks, like those of most of the larger Thistles, may be eaten, and are palatable and nutritious. The leaves also may be eaten as a salad when young. The heads of this Thistle formerly were eaten, boiled, treated like those of the Artichoke.
There is a tradition that the milk-white veins of the leaves originated in the milk of the Virgin which once fell upon a plant of Thistle, hence it was called Our Lady's Thistle, and the Latin name of the species has the same derivation.
The plant is indigenous to the area round the Mediterranean Sea, where it grows in dry, sunny places.
"In one of the first extensive double-blind clinical trials investigating silymarin's therapeutic effects in liver disorders, silymarin demonstrated immpressive results in 129 patients with toxic metabolic liver damage, fatty degeneration of the liver of various origins, or chronic hepatitis, as compared with a control-group of 65 patients. … On completion of silymarin therapy, the liver showed restitution of normal cell structure, even in severely damaged livers. These effects on the tissue level correpsonded well with improvements in blood chemistry. … A more recent study highlights the benefit of silymarin in individuals exposed to toxic chemicals. … Silymarin is also quite effective in treating alcohol-related liver disease. … Silymarin may help to prevent or treat gallstones via its ability to increase the solubility of the bile. … Silymarin has been reported to be of value in the treatment of psoriasis, and this may be due to its ability to inhibit the synthesis of leukotrienes, and improve liver function." [Murray]
Introduced by Rademacher. Proved by Reil, Lembke and Buchmann. Also by Assmann on 6 provers [including himself].
Lycopodium. Chelidonium. Natrum sulphuricum. Mercurius. Bryonia. Nux vomica. Podophyllum. Aesculus. Leptandra. Ptelea.
LIVER. VENA PORTA. Spleen. Veins. * Right side.
M Easily angered.
& Fullness and heaviness in head.
M Listless, joyless and forgetful.
G Lassitude after eating.
"Chilliness is prominent, on awaking; at night; worse uncovering."
Coldness of knees. Head very sensitive to cold.
G Warm sweat on waking up at night.
G Intolerance of fats.
Worse Eggs; meat, milk. [Dorcsi]
G Great thirst but must drink small quantities or will suffer from vomiting and diarrhoea. [Dorcsi]
G Worse Warm damp weather.
Better Dry weather.
Better Open air. [Dorcsi]
Better Sudden, profuse epistaxis.
& Tendency to fall forward.
P Frontal headache, < above right eye.
Worse Motion, coughing. [Mezger]
P Nausea upon awakening, retching until green phlegm and a great amount of acid liquid are vomited.
P Constipation [hard, difficult, knotty stools] # diarrhoea;
but the constipation predominates!
P Urine golden yellow.
P Liver affections from abuse of alcohol.
Influenza when liver is affected.
P Enlargement of liver.
"The liver enlargement of Card-m. is in the transverse direction [that of Chel. being more vertical]." [Clarke]
P Right HYPOCHONDRIUM VERY TENDER, even when the liver is not congested or enlarged.
"The feeling of inflation in the abdomen was so strong, especially in the right side, that I expected to discover a great enlargement of the liver by percussion, but it was not so; but pressure was painful over the whole hepatic region." [proving symptom of Reil] [Allen]
P Dragging pain in right hypochondrium WHEN LYING ON LEFT SIDE.
P Tenderness of left hepatic lobe; pressure causes oppressed breathing and cough.
P Hepatocardiac syndrome.
[circulatory disturbances as a result of liver and gall-bladder affections]
P Portal and pelvic congestion.
& Haemorrhoids and varicose veins.
P Sensation of fullness in hepatic region.
Better After stool.
P LIVER AFFECTIONS.
& CONSTIPATION, dull frontal headache [directly over eyes], bitter taste in mouth, and white tongue [esp. in the middle with red tip and edges].
P Pain in right deltoid, in patients with liver affections. [Voisin]
MIND: Dreams, nightmare when lying on the back [1; Sulph.]. Memory, weakness of memory for what he was about to do .
HEAD: Constriction in forehead, over the eyes . Perspiration on forehead after eating [1/1].
MOUTH: Coated tongue during headache [1; Puls.]. Food does not taste salt enough [1; Calc., Thuj.].
STOMACH: Vomiting, green, fluid ; sour .
ABDOMEN: Hardness of left lobe of liver [2/1]. Chronic inflammation of liver [2; Lyc., Nat-s.]. Pain better breathing deep ; right hypochondrium sensitive to touch and pressure ; liver, colic, gall-stones ; pain in liver when lying on left side ; pressing pain in sides while riding [2; Hep.]; stitching pain better pressure [2/1]; stitching pain in liver when lying on left side [2/1]; stitching pain in spleen on breathing deeply .
STOOL: Clay-coloured . Light-coloured . Pasty, papescent . White like milk or chyle .
URETHRA: Pain on waking ; burning pain while sitting [2; Par.].
URINE: Colour, brown ; yellow, bright, golden ; yellow, light .
LARYNX: Pain in larynx on pressure [1; Phos.]; pain in larynx on swallowing [1; Spong.].
RESPIRATION: Desire to breathe deep .
BACK: Pain in dorsal region, at edge of right scapula, near spine [2; Chel.]; pain in lumbar region on waking ; drawing pain in dorsal region, at inner margin of right scapula [2/1]. Perspiration after eating .
EXTREMITIES: Heaviness of lower limbs in morning . Drawing pain in forearm, radial side [3; Thuj.]. Varicose ulcers .
SLEEP: Unrefreshing sleep, indisposed to rise .
CHILL: Chilliness at night .
GENERALITIES: Vaults, cellars < [1; Ars., Nat-s., Puls.].
Aversion: Meat ; meat, salted ; salt ; sweets .
Desire: Tobacco .
Worse: Alcohol ; beer ; bread [1; worse stomach pain]; eggs ; fat ; meat ; milk [1; worse stomach pain].
"Against criticism a man can neither protest nor defend himself; he must act in spite of it, and then it will gradually yield to him."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
HI Opium, I posted some info form Clarke's dictionary on the HHBB.
HEre is something from Chowdhury
Cardus marianus is the holy thistle sometimes called St. Mary's thistle. It is a native of Southern Europe and it grows plentifully in waste places. It was originally proved by Dr. Reil of Germany. The tincture is prepared from the ripe seeds in the following manner. The seeds are covered with twice their weight of dilute alcohol and left in an well - stoppered bottle for a few days, the contents being regularly shaken. This is filtered and strained and we have the mother tincture of Cardus marianus. Cardus mar. is pre - eminently a liver remedy. The whole range of its symptomatology proves its action over that organ. Tenderness is felt in the left hepatic lobe where pressure causes oppression and cough. The other symptoms to follow are depression of mind, vertigo, dull heavy pain in forehead, eyes and temples, bitter taste, nausea and sour green vomiting. These symptoms remind us of Nix vom, and they clearly show the great similarity that exists between these two sister remedies. At times the resemblance is so great that it needs the exercise of the greatest discretion to prevent confusion and mistake. Nux vom. as we all know, is a great remedy for affections arising out of alcoholic excesses, and so is Cardus-mar. It remedies to a great extent the evil effects of alcoholic drinks, especially beer. I have used this remedy with great satisfaction in cirrhosis of the liver arising out of the same cause. Proell relates two cases of cirrhosis of liver from over - indulgence in intoxicating liquors, in which Cardus helped. One was a cook and the other a brewery man, and they were so bad threat they both developed dropsy. The indicated symptoms were flatulence, diarrhoea with clay - colored stools, fatigue and yawning after eating, chilliness, cramps, radiating stitching pains, and a peculiar sensation of band around the region of the liver. I have used Cardus in jaundice in a lady aged about 55, who developed symptoms of icterus after an attack of gall - stone colic. Cardus mar. Q relieved the jaundice but not the irritation of the skin. Her symptoms were a dull headache, nausea, sour vomiting, heaviness in the region of the liver and a bitter taste in the mouth. This remedy has been used with some success in gall - stone, and there were two cases on record by Dr. Liedbeck, who with half an ounce of the tincture in a pint of water, a table spoonful every two hours, cured two such cases in an admirably short time. I am also of opinion that Cardus not only expels the stones already formed, but if continued sufficiently long, also stops the formation of new ones. Dr. Nash reports of a case of gallstone colic that he helped with the same remedy. He has not given us much of a symptom and his indications for this remedy are mainly negative. He says - "When other remedies fail for pain in he region of the liver, with dizziness, bad - tasting mouth, jaundiced skin and the usual symptoms called 'billions, ' if I have no especial indications for other remedies, I have given Cardus, and several times with very good results." This remedy has also been used for ailments of the climateric period such as megrim, metrorrhagia, leucorrhoea, asthma etc., with consequential disorder of the liver. In this way it is greatly similar to Lachesis and Sulphur, but in none of these two latter remedies do we find liver so afflicted as in Cardus-mar.
SOmething from Murphys' HOme Remedy Guide for Variety!
HOMEOPATHIC -- The action of this remedy is centered in the liver and portal system, causing soreness, pain, jaundice. It has specific relation to the vascular system. Abuse of alcoholic beverages, especially beer. Liver disorders associated with lung disorders. CARDUUS MARIANUS Influenza when liver is affected. The liver enlargement of Carduus m. is in the transverse direction, that of Chel. being more vertical. Dropsical conditions depending on liver disease and when due to pelvic congestion. Hemorrhages, especially connected with hepatic disease. Carduus helps the sugar metabolism. Low blood sugar. Diseases of miners associated with difficult breathing, asthma, (Sil.) Debility, fatigue, worse eating and riding with frequent yawning. Stitching, drawing, burning pains. Varicose veins and ulcers. CLINICAL - Bronchitis. Diaphragm high. Dropsy. Fever. Gallstones. hemoptysis. Hemorrhages. Hemorrhoids. Influenza. Intermittents Jaundice. Liver disorders. Metrorrhagia. Neuralgias. Nosebleeds. Pleurisy. Rheumatism. Sciatica. Spleen disorders. Tuberculosis. Typhlitis. Varicose veins. Constitutions - Choleric constitutions. Modalities - Better from bleeding. Worse from lying on left side. Worse beer, eating touch, cellars. Motion aggravates most complaints. MIND - Melancholy with liver disorders. Despondency. Hypochondriacal. Forgets what he has just intended to do. Joyless, apathetic. Disposition to become angry. Abdomen - Distention with rumbling, cutting. Pain in region of liver. Diaphragm high. Stitches in spleen, worse on inspiration, on stooping. Sensation of motion in intestines on expiration, around navel. Back - Sensitiveness in dorsal and cervical vertebrae. Drawing pains in back, drawing, tearing, burning in left shoulder-blade. Chest - Pain in chest going to shoulders, back, loins and abdomen with urging to urinate. Stitching pains in lower right ribs and front, worse moving, walking. Pain during breathing. Stitches in chest, from left nipple to right downward. Eyes - Pressure as if eyeballs were pressed against side of orbits. Burning and pressure in eyeballs and lids. Face - Earthy, yellowish-gray, dirty or florid complexion. Weak upper lip. Heat in face. Female - Menses too profuse or suppressed. Chronic uterine hemorrhage with portal derangement. Food - Poor appetite. Aversion to salt meat. Abuse of beer. Low blood sugar. Head - Dull frontal headache with foul tongue. Contractive feeling above eyebrows. Burning and pressure in head. Constriction around skull, over eyebrows. Pain in left parietal bone. Heart - Pain pressure and stitches in region of heart, oppression on deep breathing. Kidneys - Urging to urinate. Pressure on bladder, producing dribbling of urine after unavailing urging to stool. Burning at meatus, in urethra. Urine, cloudy, golden-colored, turbid, golden yellow. Strangury, kidney stones. Limbs - Violent rheumatic pains in right deltoid, in right arm. Pain in hip joint spreading through buttocks down the thighs, worse stooping with difficult rising. Weakness felt in feet, especially after sitting. Drawing pain in muscles. Cramp-like pain in muscles of arms, hands, calves, and feet. Liver - Liver, engorged, swollen laterally painful to pressure. Cirrhosis of liver with general edema. Left lobe is very sensitive. Gall-stones. Gallstone diseases with an enlarged liver. Jaundice. Swelling of gallbladder with painful tenderness. Stitches in liver worse lying on left side. Liver disorders cause lung diseases, causing hemoptysis. Lungs - Asthmatic respiration. Cough with stitches in sides of chest with bloody sputum. Expectoration of pure blood, mucus mixed with blood. Splenic or hepatic cough. Mouth - Bitter taste. Collection of water in mouth. Smooth sensation of mucous membrane of palate as though covered with fat. Taste bitter. CARDUUS MARIANUS Nose - Burning in right nostril. Nosebleed, habitual. Tickling first in right then left nostril with watery discharge. Sudden profuse nosebleed, relieving vertigo. Rectum - Burning pain in the rectum and anus which interferes with sitting. Constipation. Paste-like, clayey stool. Stools hard, difficult, knotty, alternates with diarrhea. Stools bright yellow. Itching. Bleeding hemorrhoids. Prolapse of rectum. Profuse diarrhea due to rectal cancer. Melaena. Skin - Varicose ulcers. Broken or hard thrombosed veins. Itching on lying down at night. Eruption on lower part of sternum. Sleep - Restless sleep with frequent awakening and many dreams. Nightmare from lying on back. Fatigue with yawning. Uncontrollable yawning. Stomach - Burning as of acidity. Contents of stomach and intestines sour. Nausea, retching and vomiting of green acid fluid or blood. Taste bitter. Stitches in left side of stomach, near spleen. (Cean.) Repeated belchings of air with burning in esophagus. Pressure in the stomach. Sensation of emptiness. Temperature - Chill and fever with jaundice. Chilliness on awakening with strong urging to urinate. Chilliness at night worse uncovering. Sweat on forehead and back after meals. Throat - Irritation in posterior part of larynx causing cough. Tongue - Tongue furred. Tongue white, white center, red tip and edges, white-coated on side. Tongue weak. Vertigo - Vertigo with tendency to fall forward, better by nosebleed. COMMENTS - G. F. Laidlaw gives a condensed translation of Rademacher's remarks about Card-m.: He regards hematemesis as most frequently due to chronic disease of the spleen, less frequently to disease of the liver. People who have long suffered from pains in the left hypochondrium are apt to vomit blood after which they are relieved. Rademacher regards the bleeding as often beneficial and says it should not be checked too soon. In the treatment of hematemesis he says it is best to use a remedy that acts on the epigastric region without irritating the stomach and interfering with the healing of the lesion. Such a remedy he found in a decoction of the seeds of Card-m. He used to give Opium before, but this, he says in some people "produces an array of symptoms similar to those seen in severe hemorrhage and might aggravate and condition." He adds: "It is probable that many small hemorrhages of the stomach escape notice because there is no vomiting and that it is in this manner that obscure abdominal complaints are sometimes suddenly relieved or cured." Dudgeon has given an account of Windelband's and Kunze's experience with the remedy. Windelband in treating a woman for chronic swelling of the liver with Card-m. incidentally cured at the same time some "colossal" varicose ulcers. This experience led Dudgeon to cure a large number of like cases with the same remedy. He also cured cases of gastro-intestinal catarrh, nosebleeds, metrorrhagia, hemorrhoidal flux, dependent on portal congestion. Tenderness of the liver, bilious fever, symptoms resembling peritonitis and stitch-in-the-side have been cured by it. Kunze commends the remedy in addition in cases of spasm of the stomach, pains contractive, vomiting occurring at the climax, cold rising from precordium to throat, feeling of spasmodic constriction, pressive, shooting pain right side of abdomen spreading to back or shoulder. Kunze has cured with it pains in hepatic and splenic regions accompanied with hemoptysis or expectoration of viscid, lumpy mucus and evening fever. Even tuberculosis pituitosa has been cured by it. Local muscular rheumatisms dependent on liver disease. E. A. Cook gave Card-m. 1c to a patient suffering from liver congestion, swollen veins of legs, Hemorrhoids and headache with great benefit to all the symptoms. On the second day the patient developed these new symptoms, which she had never had before and which alarmed her greatly: "Great giddiness with inclination to fall forward and a sudden and profuse nosebleed followed by great relief." A striking cure by Card-m. in "Miner's Disease" is recorded by Proell.: An old miner in the gold mines of Bockstein suffered from the so-called "Bergsucht" (miner's disease). His chief symptoms were: earthy complexion, eyes dim, hardness of hearing, mucous coating on tongue, loss of appetite even for his favorite food and tobacco. Great dyspnea and palpitations on going up-hill, spleen and stomach distended, with much gas eructated, constant borborygmus, constipation alternating with diarrhea, but the latter more frequent, evacuations gray, urine scanty and pale, skin dry as if withered, great weakness, pulse slow and weak. Especially remarkable was the disposition of this man. Formerly cheerful, he is now joyless and apathetic, the most important events he took no notice. He was given the tincture of Card-m., a few drops four times a day. Unable to effect any alteration in his food, drink or regimen. A month after this he returned looking much better. On asking him how he was, he replied: 'You have made a new man of me.' Almost all the former symptoms had disappeared and given place to the opposite. His complexion was fresh, his eyes sparkled, he was cheerful, wished to live and work, had good appetite, motions brown, more urine passed, pulse normal. The said he now for the first time know what it was to be well and he remained so for many years. Proell adds that Card-m. is indicated where there is a relaxed state of the mucous membrane of the stomach. Evidenced by flatulence and diarrhea, especially when the stools are clay-colored. Much fatigue is experienced, worse after eating, when riding, on awaking, frequently accompanied by yawning. Chilliness is prominent, on awaking, at night, worse uncovering. Coldness of knees. Head very sensitive to cold. Sweating of forehead and back after meals. Stitches, drawing pressure are prominent, also radiating pains, constriction, band-sensation and cramps. COMPARE - (1) Lyc., Chel. Chion., Nux-v., Podo. (2) Card. benedictus - strong action on eyes and sensation of contraction in many parts, stomach symptoms similar. (3) Merc., Bry., Aloe. (4) Bry. - nosebleed, SOURCES - Boericke. Clarke. Phatak.
Carole I do not understand where I must receive his information?
David. Thank you very much for the information. I know Vermeulen, have the "Prisma", but the one that you mention I do not have it. On Carduus it had the information that comes in the encyclopedia RADAR but I need something more, they I am grateful to you, also Doctorleela, always where one needs her.
Since your e-mail is private I tried to send the info to your section above your posts. I tried this two times but, the board did not tell me that they went through. I sent several references from EH. Would you like me to post them here.
Hi, The following are in the attach I e-mailed. Whoops I had lost my copies and EH makes it very difficult to copy to protect the program I guess. Hope this helps. I do have more and will try to send tomorrow. Regards, Carole
T.F. Allen - Encyclopaedia of Pure Materia Medica
T.F.Allen - Handbook of Materia Medica and Homeopathic Therapitics
T.F. Allen - A Primer of Materia Medica
E.P. Anshutz Sexual Ills and Diseases
A. L. Blackwood - A Manual of Materia Medica Therapeudics and Pharmacology
A. L. Blackwood - Diseases of the Liver, Pancreas and Ductless Glands
C. M. Boger - A Synoptic Key of the Materia Medica
Bonnerot et. al. - Ulcer of the Stomach and Duodenum
J.C. Burnett - The Diseases of the Liver
Chatterjee T.P. - My Random Notes on Some Homeo Remedies
Chouldhurin M - A Study in Maternia Medica
J.H. Clarke - Dictionary of Pratical Materia Medica
W. A. Dewey -Pratical Homeopthic Theraputics
E. A. Farrington - Comparative Materia Medica
L. Gupta - Directory of Diseases and Cures in Homeopathy
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