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Belladonna as constitutional remedy

I believe my 50 year old husband needs Belladonna. Several years ago he went to a professional homeopath (who has since moved far away) who prescribed Calc Carb. I saw no change or improvement. There are no other homeopaths nearby to consult with.

About a year and a half ago he had a seizure which the medical doctor said was a stroke. I didn't see it happen but the witnesses said he was puffing like a fish. I gave him Opium but wasn't sure that was the right remedy. Later my husband described how his first symptom of the seizure was that his arm drew up involuntarily and I looked that up and saw that it was Belladonna. I gave him Belladonna but wasn't sure how much to give. I probably just gave a couple doses of 30c. (I first gave him Aconite and Arnica in the hospital immediately following the seizure.)

He never had paralysis from the stroke so it was hard to tell if the Belladonna did any good. Then a couple weeks later he mentioned in passing that it was strange that he had a discharge of old earwax and how odd it was that his toenails were growing. (His toenails never grow.)

I think he needs more Belladonna but don't know what potency and repetition. His mother has told me that as a child he had high fevers with hallucinations. They suppressed the fevers with medications of course.

I would like to give him a high enough potency of Belladonna to really have a positive change in his health but am afraid of going too high and causing a recurrence of fever. He would not tolerate that well.

Any advice on potency and repetition of Belladonna as a constitutional remedy would be very helpful and appreciated.

  ruth45 on 2008-11-03
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Patient ID: Sex: Age: Nature of work: Habits:

Please answer the following questions in a descriptive manner after careful analysis and recollection of previous experiences and happenings.

1. Describe your main suffering?

2. What other physical sufferings do you have in your body?

3. What mental sufferings / feelings do you have associated with your physical sufferings?

4. What exactly do you feel when you are at your worst? Describe the sensation in your own words.

5. When did it all start? Can you connect it to any past event or disease?

6. Which time of the day you are worst?

7. What are the things which aggravate your suffering and which are those which ameliorate the same? Example- time, temperature, pressure, rubbing, washing, eating, tight clothing etc.

8. Do your think your sufferings have relation to any external stimuli (like, change of place) or any internal biological changes in the body, like, menses (in females)?

9. When do you feel better, during hot weather or cold weather, humid or dry weather?

10. Describe your general mental set up? Are you Moody, Arrogant, Mild, Agreeable Changeable, Nervous, Suspicious, Easily offended, Quiet, Arguing, Irritating, Lazy etc.

- How do you feel before or during a thunderstorm?

- Do you like being consoled during your tough times?
- Are you sensitive to external stimuli like smell, noise, light etc?

- Do you have any typical habit or gesture like nail biting, causeless
Weeping, talking to one self etc?

- How do you feel about your friends, family, your children and especially your husband / wife?

11. What are your fears and do you dream of any situation repeatedly?

12. What do you crave for in food items and what are your aversions?

13. How is your thirst: Less, Normal or Excessive?

14. How is your hunger: Less, Normal or Excessive?

15. Is there any kind of food which your body can’t stand?

16. Is your sweat normal or less or more? Where does it sweat more: Head, Trunk or Limbs?

17. How is your bowel movement and stool type?

18. How well do you sleep? Do you have a particular posture of sleeping?

19. Do you think you are able to satisfy your sexual desires in general?

20. Do you have any strange, peculiar or unusual symptom or feelings? How are you different from others?

21. What medications have been taken earlier by you to treat the diseases and do you have any particular symptom surfacing after the medication?

22. What major diseases are running in your family?

23. Describe, how do you look like? Describe your overall appearance.
(For Females)
24. If your menstrual cycles are not normal, please describe the irregularities, like pains, moods, flow type, clots etc.

25. What major diseases have you had in your life and when. Please write them in a chronological manner.
rishimba last decade
rishimba, There is no need to post a lengthy questionnaire. He will not fill it out.

I have used homeopathy for over 22 years. My husband has been to three professional homeopaths. They never got the right constitutional. I am saying that I found it more than intriguing that he had a positive reaction to something that he took and I think it was the Belladonna. It makes since to me that he is Belladonna. He is overweight, red faced and prone to anger. Actually a huge temper fit is what preceded the stroke. The night before it happened he got very angry and fired an employee for damaging some very expensive equipment.

You may think this isn't enough information to go on, but I am telling you I have lived with him for 25 years and tried numerous remedies on him and gotten very little results. I had heard or read somewhere that Belladonna was the acute of Calc Carb so I know there is a relationship there and Calc Carb is what most homeopaths think he is. Trouble is, there is no improvement from the Calc Carb and we have wasted a lot of time and money on homeopaths.

I have used Belladonna for high fevers in acute situations but not as a constitutional. I need some guidance as far as potency and repetition to proceed cautiously so as not to provoke aggravations, especially fevers.

Thank you for your interest.

ruth45 last decade
Dear Ruth,

Bell is not a constitutional remedy.

There seems to be a dominant syphilitic or tubercular element in your husband's case.

If you can post some more info about him, we can try to suggest something.

sameervermani last decade
Hi1 Ruth,
What is the use of suggesting a potency of Belladonna when this is not his remedy as on date.can you reply to the following simple questions in his case.
1.How long the anger stays with him?
2.does he express any remorse or repentence after anger,if yes how much time after he gets angry that he is regretful?
3.Any other exaple of episodal anger apart from the one you have stated
4.His liking for music?
sarup last decade
Sameer and Sarup, Thank you for your replies. Sorry for the delay in responding; I had no internet service for a while.

I too wondered about that -- whether syphilitic or tubercular. He had an undescended testicle at birth, which I think is syphilitic, right?

But I have read that Belladonna can be a constitutional remedy -- in Catherine Coulter's book, I think.

Here are answers to sarup's questions:

1.How long the anger stays with him?
Not sure. It doesn't show outwardly that he remains angry.

2.does he express any remorse or repentence after anger,if yes how much time after he gets angry that he is regretful?

He never apologizes; never admits he is wrong, therefore it would appear he has no remorse...ever.

3.Any other example of episodal anger apart from the one you have stated?

Yes, actually. Almost one year ago he hit me during an argument -- not on the face, but he definitely struck me hard. He never apologized and actually later that day when I confronted him about it then said he would fire me and then he transfered all the money out of our bank account. It has caused serious damage to our marriage. And he was 100% wrong in the argument in the first place. Link to question I posed about hitting:


4.His liking for music?

Not strong. Doesn't listen to it much -- maybe in the car but even then he is more likely to listen to 'talk' radio programs about politics and such.

Thank you for your help,
ruth45 last decade
Dear ruth,

Tell us more about him. The more mental and physical traits you tell, the better the selection of the remedy would be.

In particular talk about his fears, anxieties, his likes-dislikes , his food cravings/aversions, temperature preferences.
sameervermani last decade
The dominant miasm is most certainly syphilis here.
sameervermani last decade
Also describe his general behaviour when he is not angry..and how often does he get angry ? Any particular time of the day when he is at his worst ? Something which improves his mood ?
sameervermani last decade
Also tell me does he resort to 'threatening' during his anger episodes ?
sameervermani last decade
Also describe his general behaviour when he is not angry..and how often does he get angry ? He is genial and seems easy going. Definitely not a Nux hard driving, fast moving type of person. Most people think he is a great guy but they don't have to live with him. He gets angry when contradicted (by me, his wife) and when imposed upon at work. Like when he doesn't feel like dealing with something but he's the boss so he has to.

Any particular time of the day when he is at his worst ?Just seems stressed at work so I would say daytime. Comes home in the evening and just sits and watches TV and falls asleep so when there are no impositions on him, he is easy to get along with.

Something which improves his mood ?
He likes to talk to people. He doesn't read cues from people very well to know that he is talking too long or boring someone.

Also tell me does he resort to 'threatening' during his anger episodes ?
No, he doesn't threaten. His anger is very sudden.

Other general/unusual things about him: The most significant thing is his snoring. It is really bad, and really loud. (We don't sleep in the same room and you can still hear him all over the house.) His other main problem is daytime sleepiness. He fall asleep very easily during the day when sitting down at his desk or at computer. Driving long distances is a problem too but I'm usually with him so he makes me drive when he's sleepy.

He is also allergic to codeine.

Thanks for your help.

ruth45 last decade
tell me more about his loquoacity ? does he change topics abruptly , when he talks too much ? is his speech very quick ?
sameervermani last decade
Loquacity: Yes, he is definitely a talker. He doesn't talk fast. To me, he comes across as a 'know it all' when he is not at all. Sometimes the person he is talking to has more knowledge about the subject than he does, but he doesn't realize it. Like I said, he is unaware that he comes across as boring or too long winded.

Changes topics abruptly? No, he will stay on one subject long after it is no longer interesting to the listener. He doesn't seem to be able to get to the point of what he is saying and make the point and then stop talking.

Speech quick? No, he hunts for words. I used to be patient with him but now I jump in and say, 'What? What? What are you trying to say?' It's like he starts talking without having a point in mind.

Thanks for the help.
ruth45 last decade
Is he a jealous person ?

Is he ambitious ?

Is he intense and passionate ?

How impulsive is he ?

So he did threaten to fire when you had a fight with him some time back ?During his anger, does he threaten violence or destruction ?

Tell me about his food cravings/aversions and temperature preferences.
sameervermani last decade
Is he a jealous person ? No, I wouldn't say that jealousy is an issue for him. He has not been jealous of my male friends or suspicious of me (to my knowledge) at all. Also, he has not been jealous of my attention and devotion to our children at all.

Is he ambitious ? No, he works in the family business so he has job security. He does a decent job but no, he is not ambitious. He has grandiose plans from time to time (like expanding the business) but doesn't implement them. All talk, no action.

Is he intense and passionate ? No, he comes across as more laid back and easy going. Like I said, people generally like him.

How impulsive is he ? Not very. He's more plodding and steady -- a safe driver, doesn't make big purchases, doesn't confront employees about their mistakes unless they are really, really bad.

So he did threaten to fire when you had a fight with him some time back ?During his anger, does he threaten violence or destruction ?

Yes, it was laughable of him to threaten to fire me since we need my income to pay the mortgage. No, he does not threaten violence or destruction. He just has issues with me in particular. He just doesn't agree with anything I say. He doesn't heed my advice at all and believe me, there have been many instances where he should have. And I'm not a nag. I could approach any subject in the calmest, most rational manner and he would still disagree with me.

Tell me about his food cravings/aversions and temperature preferences. He is obese and loves to eat so there isn't too much he doesn't like. He doesn't eat all day long but he will sometimes eat a whole bag of potato chips or half a box of cookies. (things he buys; I don't keep a lot of junk food in the house.) He does like fat though. He will eat fatty meats like ribs and pork chops and bacon. He will eat oysters if they are around. (I would vomit if I had to eat an oyster!)He dislikes squash and beets.

Temp. preferences: Nothing really noticeable. He doesn't seem either hot or cold natured to me. He uses a blanket at night; he wears a coat in the winter but doesn't have to be bundled up. He doesn't spend a lot of time outdoors.

Thanks for your help.
ruth45 last decade
Please tell me how concerned is he about apperance or the clothes he wears ?

Does he have any aversion to bathing ?

Does he collect old objects ?

Does he have red lips or red ears ?

sameervermani last decade
Please tell me how concerned is he about appearance or the clothes he wears ? Not concerned. Wears very basic clothes. Not concerned about his appearance very much at all. Looks clean and neat but that's about it.

Does he have any aversion to bathing ? No, he showers and shaves every day.

Does he collect old objects ? No. (That's more me. What remedy does that indicate -- sulphur? )

Does he have red lips or red ears ? Red ears? Yes. Red lips? No. Don't think so. His complexion is pretty red though.
ruth45 last decade
What about Hepar Sulph? I don't ever hear of it mentioned as a constitutional remedy but certain aspects of it fit him especially DISPOSITION TO CONTRADICT!

First of all, I was thinking back to what remedy that I have given him that I was sure got results. One of the few is Hepar Sulph. From 1997 to 2000, he had cellulitis of the leg 5 times. It started off with really high fever and I gave him Belladonna and we ended up going to the hospital every time. Then about the fourth time he was coming down with the same symptoms again, I was able to consult with a homeopath by phone and he suggested Hepar Sulph. It was also obvious that time that he was chilled and couldn't bear to have even one hand come out from under the covers!

I gave him Hepar Sulph and even though we went to the hospital, it was not serious enough to be admitted. Then a year later when he came down with it again, I was out of town so I couldn't get the Hepar Sulph into him right away but I gave it to him the next day after he was admitted to the hospital and he had a quicker recovery.

I never gave Hepar Sulph past the first few days of the illness and he hasn't had a recurrence of the cellulitis in 7 or 8 years but his leg does stay swollen.

Anyway, what do you think about Hepar Sulph as a constitutional -- in the absence of an infection? Does it work that way?

ruth45 last decade
I did consider Hep due to the strong syphilitic element in the case, (which by the way is a very strong anti-miasmatic for all 3 miasms, and is not just an acute remedy) but it does not quite cover the totality apart from the 'contradiction' part. It does not have 'liking for meat' , nor does it cover 'hunting for words' while talking. He is not impulsive and impatient enough to be in a Hep state.

It also does not cover 'plans making many' part of his personality.

For me, Sulphur is the remedy we should be giving him, and I would recommend just 1 dose of 200c potency to start with.

Dissolove 2 pellets in 120 ml water, and give him a spoon from there. Make sure nothing enters the mouth 1 hr before and 1 hr after the dose.

Report in 1 week after the dose.

sameervermani last decade
Hi Ruth,

How is your husband doing now ?
sameervermani last decade
Thank you for asking and I hate to say I never gave him the dose. Christmas is the busiest time of the year for him and I was afraid of him having a reaction and perhaps getting sick. It just seemed like it would be better to wait until after Christmas.

So I will be giving it to him soon, I hope, and will report back.

I think both he and my daughter have had Sulphur before with no obvious benefit that I can remember. Maybe not higher than 30c though.

Anyway, it is very kind of you to follow up. I appreciate your following this case.

ruth45 last decade

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