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Malaria Officinalis - General symptoms

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Below are the main rubriks (i.e strongest indications or symptoms) of Malaria Officinalis in traditional homeopathic usage, not approved by the FDA.



Hahnemann had an extensive experience in Malarial Fevers in the valleys of the Danube and the fevers of the Pontine marshes on the Tiber are historical.

Dr. Bowen lived on the Wabash River at that time, a noted malarial region, and for many years he was called upon to treat hundreds of patients suffering from all forms of malarial affections.

At the end of each period, or stage, provings were made by inhaling the gases given off just as the patient would naturally inhale the marsh miasm. Provers were paid so much per day to inhale the gas in its different stages of decomposition, and a careful record of its effects was made. This constituted the provings of the crude gases.

For medicinal purposes a tincture was prepared by putting ten drops of No. II, in which the matter had been decomposed for two weeks, into 90 drops of alcohol; this formed the 1st dec. potency and all Bowen's reported cures were treated with this.

Boericke Tafel made a 30th from this tincture, which Yingling inhaled, and resulted in his involuntary proving. Later Boericke Tafel made a 30th potency of No. III, which was run up into the higher potencies by Gorton, and used by Yingling in his clinical experiences.

The paid provers of No. 1, which was not very offensive, obtained the following uniform results in from one to three hours after inhalation "Headache, nausea, distressed stomach, white-coated tongue." These symptoms passed off in two or three days.

Provers of No. II obtained results in from twelve to twenty-four hours, which were much more severe and long lasting. They were "Fearful headache, nausea, vomiting in some cases, aversion to food, distress in stomach, hypochondria, first in the spleen, then, the liver and stomach, and on the third day pronounced chills, which were so severe that they had to be antidoted."

No. III, which was "fetid to a fearful degree", produced little result except nausea within three or four days, but then symptoms began to appear; first, extreme lassitude, chills and fever, pains and aches, impeding locomotion.

When taken internally the results were much more severe No. I caused bilious colic, nausea, cramps, headache.

No. II, the stomach, liver, spleen and kidneys became involved, with quartan or tertian intermittent fevers.

On the day I received from Boericke Tafel Malaria off. 30 I was foolishly led to try Hahnemann's inhalation. The thought just occurred to me on the spur of the moment, and without stopping to think I took three strong inhalations, with both sorrow and a proving resulting. None of the symptoms were distressing yet marked and clear cut. The remedy commenced its work promptly and in the order following

Aching in both elbows.

A kind of slight concentration of feeling in root of nose and just above, as though I have a severe cold, similar to that complained of by hay-fever patients.

Aching in wrists.

A tired ache in hands.

A tired ache in knees, and for a distance above and below.

A feeling as though I should become dizzy.

Pain in top of left instep.

A tired feeling in wrists.

Aching in an old (cured) bunion on left foot.

Sensation on point of tongue as though a few specks of spice or pepper were there.

Itching on right cheek over malar bone; better by slight rubbing or scratching.

When leaning face on left hand, elbow on the table, perceptible feeling of the heart beats through upper body and neck.

Slight itching on various parts of the face and extremities; better by slight rubbing.

Sense of heat in abdomen.

Chilly sensation in left forearm. Soon followed by chilly feeling in hands and fingers; feet are cold with sensation as if chilliness was about to creep up the legs. A few moments later knees feel cold. A sense of coldness ascending over body from the legs.

Arms feel tired.

Belching several times, easy; no taste.

A drawing pain in right external ear.

Lumbar back feels tired as though it would ache.

Neck feels tired, with slight cracking in upper part on moving the head.

Shallow breathing which seems from languor, with a desire to take a deep inspiration occasionally.

A kind of tired feeling through abdomen and chest.

A general sense of weariness.

A feeling about head as though I would become dizzy.

Pain in upper left teeth.

A sensation as though I would have a very loose stool (passed away without stool).

Feeling rather stupid and sleepy.

A sensation in the spleen as though it would ache.

Saliva more profuse than usual; keeps me swallowing often.

Pain in abdomen to right of navel.

Dull aching through forehead.

Face feels warm, as if flushed, also head; becomes general over body, as if feverish.

Aching across upper sacral region.

Legs very weary from short walk.

Pain at upper part of right ilium.

General sense of weariness from a very short walk, especially through pelvis, sacral region and upper thighs.

I feel strongly inclined to lie down and rest.

Qualmishness of stomach, as though I should become nauseated.

General sense of malaise and weariness becoming quite marked.

Aching above inner angle of right eye.

A kind of simmering all through the body.

Felt impelled to lie down, and on falling to sleep a sense of waving dizziness passes all over me, preventing sleep.

At times I feel as though I should become cold or have a chill, then I feel as though I should become feverish or hot, though neither is very marked.

Eyes feel heavy and sleepy.

Uneasiness in lower abdomen.

Gaping, yawning and desire to stretch.

Legs are restless; feel like stretching and moving them.

I feel very much as I did one time before having the ague, twenty-five years ago.

Odor from cooking is pleasing, but I have no desire for dinner.

Yet when I sit down I eat a good dinner with relish.

Dizziness on rising from a reclining position.

Feel generally better after eating dinner.

Aching in occiput.

During the afternoon leg weary.

Unusual hearty appetite for supper (the good appetite keeps with me for some days).

A good night's rest following, and have felt much brighter and generally better ever since the first day (Healing).

"I know several localities in South America, Africa and Spain where the marsh miasma has unquestionably arrested and cured that fatal scourge of the human race, phthisis pulmonalis, without any other treatment or restriction in food or drink.

And why should not the climate of the fen lands of Lincolnshire, in the neighborhood of Spalding, prove as curative an agent for this disease as the climate of so many foreign regions where patients go and die, deprived of all the comforts of home? Penzance, among the British localities, is reported to be superior to nine-tenths of the places to which patients are sent.

Penzance, then, and Spalding should be particularly studied by medical men and recommended to consumptive individuals who wish to enjoy the benefits and advantages of a national place of relief, if not of cure."

C. F., aet. 28, a Kansas volunteer, after a week or ten days of rainy and chilling weather in camp, came home sick. Had a chill, followed by fever. Aching all over body.

nausea continuous, vomiting bile and retching. Wants cold drinks. Can't eat anything.

vomits everything, except once he could eat raw tomatoes. Craves sour. Tongue white and thickly coated. Lips parched dry. Urine highly colored, like strong tea. Retching and gagging from hawking mucus, Ipecacuanha Ipecac cm. Nausea some better. Vomited twice since yesterday. Thirsty, would like much cold water, but is fearful to drink, yet it does not sicken. Slight dizziness, especially on rising up or on raising head. No appetite.

aversion to food, thoughts of it sicken. Costive. Feels very weak and languid. Mouth very dry.

saliva pasty. Skin dry all over.

no sweat at all. Bryonia Bry., 9m.

No nausea. sight of food does not nauseate now, but the thought of his army life gags him. Mouth very dry, subjectively, but really moist. Thirsty, but desires less quantity. Very weak and tottering. Great uneasiness through abdomen, a sense of heaviness. Has eating nothing, but drinks some cherry juice. Throat dry and sense of slight drawing. Face, eyes and skin very yellow. Constipation.

vomited bile. skin very dry. Aside from nausea seems better. Malaria off., 1m.

Feeling better generally. No nausea. Has eaten twice for the first time. Bowels sluggish; no sweat; skin dry and yellow; feels weak; mouth less dry. Sac. lac.

Much better. Less thirst. Has eaten with relish. Mouth less dry. Slept all night, No sweat, but skin some better in color. Sac. lac.

Generally improving. Had a good dinner yesterday and breakfast this morning with much relish. Feels like getting up. No nausea. Less yellow.

Doing well. Weak and totters yet. Appetite improved; eats with relish. Tongue cleaner.

Bowels moved normally. Mouth dry, at times with plenty of saliva. Skin yellow and dry; no sweat. Malaria off., 1m.

Doing finely. Walked a mile to the office. Yellowness of eyes and skin fading. Rapid restoration to better than usual health. R. A., aet. 22, another soldier boy, with similar symptoms to the above, was promptly cured by Malaria off.; no other remedy given.

Mrs. S. A. H., aet. 63, sick for some days. Shooting pains all over in the muscles; bones ache.

High fever during the night. Restless tossing about. Thirsty for lemonade.

not so much for water. Diarrhea.

five or six stools this morning.

no pain. weakness in bowels.

tenderness in right iliac region.

stools watery, thin, yellowish, somewhat foul. Bitter taste.

mouth parched. tongue white. Ravenous appetite for some days past.

none now. Dizziness on rising.

Head feels badly, as though it would ache. Pulse 98. Skin hot and dry. Restlessness most marked in the arms, tossing them about. Very stretchy and gaping. Malaria off., 1m. Relieved and up and about next day.

M. H., aet. 16. "Dumb ague" a year ago. Last four days has been very tired and languid. Backache in lumbar region, shoots up the back.

worse when first lying down, then gets better.

worse after walking. better lying on the abdomen. Bowels loose yesterday, but no stool to-day. Aching through forehead and temples. Feels well on rising in the morning, worse after being about for awhile.

worse towards evening. Last fall had slight chills and fever.

no sweat. Yawning. "Malarious feeling." Poor appetite. Thirsty all the time. Malaria off., 6m. Improvement at once, and in a few days said she felt no further need of medicine.

M. H., aet. 12, sister of above. Peevish for a few days. Last night had severe frontal headache. Restless, tossing all night. Pain in chest and upper abdomen.

worse breathing. may be from indigestion. Fever during the night and also this morning. Pulse 112, soft and yielding. Tongue white, with brown streak down the middle. Malaria off., 6m. Prompt cure.

M. B., aet. 13, each evening, about dark, getting earlier each day, he will be chilly with flushes of heat, great desire for fresh air and cannot breathe on account of pain in he liver.

worse lying down, must jump up.

better from hard pressure on region of liver.

during the day has no trouble and no tenderness. Seems entirely well, except that he is getting weaker. Slight fever for a couple of hours in the evening.

raves, sings and talks all night.

restless. Appetite variable.

craves potatoes, apples and beefsteak. Tongue about clean. Malaria off., 1m. The next morning ate breakfast with the family, the first time in several weeks.

much better in every way, and had no trouble with the liver the next evening following the remedy. Cure rapid and remains.

G. C. aet. 28, ague every other day, icy cold from hips down, chilly all over.

worse about the trunk, and general sweat, but slight. Begins about noon. Used to have ague often and long at a time when living in Missouri, and had it very hard on the Pacific coast, and is now run down. Feels languid, weak and drowsy between attacks.

unable to be up. Pulse weak. Very poor appetite. Foul breath. Flashes of heat all the time. Very thirsty. Has taken much quinine. Dizzy when up, with nausea. Has taken salts for constipation. Stool hard, bleeding after stool, at times. Intense headache, as though it would burst. Malaria off., 1m.

No chill next day, except the soles of feet felt cold, almost numb. No fever, except very slight on back for a few moments. Sweat over body. Dizzy when up, with some nausea. "Feels wonderfully better.

did not think one could feel so much better so soon." Head is heavy and aches some. Thinks it is from the quinine he took. Bowels have moved twice, thin, watery, foul odor. Urine smells very strong and is very red some days. Short, hacking cough for some days.

better today. not so languid and weak. Is sitting up, which he could not do before. Missed two or three chill days, and made general improvement, so as to able to go home, hence went from under my supervision.

F. B., aet. 80, very active. Three times, one week apart, has had "dumb ague", feeling bad all over, head feels thick and mean, bones ache some, no chill but profuse sweating. Sweats very easily and profusely on least exertion. Right knee weak and painful, worse when bending down to work and raising up.

must help himself up. Dizzy when getting up in the morning and on rising up. "Thirst like a horse." Sleepy, falls asleep reading. Has had chills and fever several times. Malaria off., 6m. Prompt relief.

Three months after he came for help "Feels bilious", as though he was "going to pieces." Feels tired, uncomfortable. No pain, but very languid.

don't want to move, listless. "Feels malarious." No chill, no fever. Dizzy when getting up, must steady himself before starting to walk. Sleepy and drowsy when reading or sitting quietly. Malaria off., 6m. Prompt relief and no return in eight months.

L. H., aet. 50, for three weeks has had pain in the right side of back, about the floating ribs (posterior aspect of liver), hurting through the right side.

aching, worse sitting, lying a long time, possibly in the evening.

better from walking a little. Had something similar four years ago, and was sick for a long time. Feels weak and languid. Good appetite.

eats a good deal without inconvenience. No trouble with the urine or bladder. Constipation. Drawing or puckering feeling in the region of the liver, a kind of cramping. Tongue coated slightly yellowish-white. Had malaria and ague badly years ago.

took lots of quinine. Had "dumb ague" badly.

took ironwood tea. Has used much Merc Viv Mercury and physic. Malaria off., 6m.

Reports himself a great deal better, "The drawing feeling let go within three hours and has not returned." Pain in posterior aspect of liver much better.

Could hardly walk to office before, but now "feels as if he could walk all over town." A month later, after hard work and picking up potatoes, he felt some trouble in the liver, which was relieved by the same remedy.

Mrs. H. H., aet. 36, is feeling "malarious", feels depressed and languid. Is sleepy all the time, can go to sleep standing. Had a "dumb chill" eight days ago, and again in one week. Occasionally has a sudden cold spell at night. Back seems as though it would break.

pain goes into the hips. Limbs get numb and cold. Frequent spells of headache, forepart of head. Malaria off., 6m. Soon feeling much better and over the trouble.

Mrs. J. E. G., aet. 25, for four days, about 1130 A. M., she has great aching all over, commencing in small of back, then hot fever, short of breath.

headache all the time, day and night.

each day the trouble gets later. During the morning feels weak, head whirls sense as if the head made the stomach sick.

eyes feel heavy. When in the open air she feels cold and "shakes inside" till she "fairly cramps." Dull and stupid. Aching under right scapula.

cramping, and very sore and sensitive in the region of the liver.

worse from pressure, and at times has sharp pains.

sleepy and drowsy, but sleep does not rest her.

wakes up tired and feeling bad all over. No appetite.

no thirst. breath seems very short.

eyes burn like coals of fire. Must urinate often.

urine high colored, very strong odor, scanty.

feels like a burden, she wants to urinate, but cannot. In the morning feels as if getting over a long spell of sickness. Dizziness.

feels that she does not have any sense.

worse walking or turning around, rising up, stooping. Cannot have the house closed up, for it aggravates the head and stomach, but fresh, cool air chills her. Very bad taste, bitter, nasty. Tongue about clean.

headache in forehead and down cheek bones. Malaria off., 6m. Reported a very prompt relief.

H. F., aet. 35, a farmer.

rumbling and burning in stomach and abdomen.

burning of stomach, feels very weak and nervous.

frontal headache, going all over the head.

face feels stiff. dryness at root of tongue.

draws up like from green persimmons.

feels drowsy and sleepy.

aching all over body, in arms and legs, chilly feeling, then breaks out in a slight sweat for a while, both come and go. Sighing, takes a deep breath.

restless and nervous. Hands seem to be useless, but can use them by force of will. Malaria off., 6m. Reports every symptom markedly and promptly relieved.

G. E., aet. 15, chill every second day at 6 P. M. Thirst variable. Slight hot stage after chill. Sweats during the night, profuse.

wakes up chilly and gets cold from the sweat drying up. Feels pretty well between times. Sleepy during day of the chill. Lips dry and parched. A constant hacking cough, half minute gums, when talking and when turning over in bed. Malaria off., 6m. Reports a prompt cure.

E. W. W., aet. 56, pain in right side in region of liver.

steady, dull ache, better after urinating. Throbbing in scrobiculum, lower part of stomach, worse lying down. Very cold hands during the day, part of stomach, worse lying down. Very cold hands during the day, and both hands and feet are cold at night. Skin yellowish. Piles for many years, external bleeding some, not painful, but unpleasant. Worse using tobacco. Bowels inactive. Malaria off., 30m. Reports all symptoms greatly better, with continuous improvement.

Dr. B. reports that he has been feeling tired and weak for several days. No time of aggravation. Weakness as though he had been sick with loss of appetite. No other symptoms. Malaria off., 6m. Improvement set in less than an hour after the one dose. At the end of four days he was in usual health.

Mrs. B., wife of the above, chilliness, followed by fever. Pain in upper left chest through to scapula. Burning in left chest. Bodily aching. Malaria off., 6m. Better two months. For the past six days has burning of external chest. Darting in left chest during fever. Burning begins about 10 A. M., lasting during the heat of the day. Occipital pain begins with fever, worse at night, lying on back, lying on left side. Throbbing all over. Malaria off., 50m. All symptoms better for nearly five months, when she received a dose of the 5 cm., with amelioration.

Soon after this the patient had la grippep.

General sense of weariness. Spleen affections. Malaria and rheumatism. Functional hepatic diseases. Sixth potency and higher.

Living in a malarial region, Bowen hit upon the idea of finding remedies for the prevalent malarial complaints he had to deal with by producing experimental malaria and finding antidotes thereto. He hired persons to inhale the gases from jars containing vegetable matter in various stages of decomposition. In the first stage the odour was not very offensive. The effects were "Headache, nausea, distress in stomach, tongue coated white." These developed in from one to two hours after inhaling, and lasted two or three days. In the second stage the effects do not come on until from twelve to twenty-four hours. Then there were "Fearful headache, nausea, aversion to food, distress through hypochondriac region, first in the spleen, then liver and stomach, and on the third day the chills." Then antidotes had to be resorted to. No. III., which was "fetid to a fearful degree," produced no result except nausea within three or four days. Then came, first, extreme lassitude, continued fever, pains and aches impeding locomotion. When taken internally the results were more severe. No. I caused Bilious colic, nausea, cramps, diarrhoea, and headache. No. II. Liver, spleen, kidney and stomach involvement.

I have added later experiences from recent numbers of H. R).

George Herring has recalled an observation by Casanova that malaria antidotes phthisis, and Herring relates an experience of his own in a converse sense.

On board a Liverpool steamer he put into Aspinwall on the swampy isthmus of Panama for nine days.

On the ship's return several of the sailors were prostrated with Panama fever, whilst Herring, who had formerly suffered from tubercular disease of the lungs, remained unaffected.

From which it would seem that a consumptive habit may be antidotal to malaria.

Bowen gave to a lady, apparently in the last stage of consumption, herself the last survivor of five, all the rest having died of the same disease as well as several in the preceding generation, a dose from the watery solution of No.

II. On the fifth day she had a fairly perceptible chill, and a harder one the sixth and seventh days.

Antidotes were here called into requisition, but when cured of her malaria she was also cured of her consumption.

Bowen relates these cases ($51$) Mrs.

R., 45, weighing 245 pounds, could scarcely walk for two years from rheumatism in back and limbs.

Malar. 1x, ten pilules three or four times a day.

In one week all rheumatism and lameness gone. (2) Mr.

S., foreman in a large saw mills, his work involving frequent wettings, had rheumatism of malarial nature, agg. by Quinine and external applications.

Malar. 1x. In three days he was better, and soon got quite well of his pain and improved greatly in general health. (3) I. S., 55, veteran and pensioner.

Bronzed in colour. Unable to walk for years.

There were heart, chest, and haemorrhoidal troubles, which were remedied, but still he could not walk or get out of a chair.

He said his back had been injured when in the army. Ruta Graveolens Ruta and Rhus Tox Rhus enabled him to get up one or two steps; but Bowen finally concluded that the complaint was really rheumatism of malarial origin.

He gave Malar. 1x, ten pilules three or four times a day.

In a week he rode to Bowen's house and walked up and down the flight of steps alone.

In five more days he walked three miles in one morning.

He put on flesh and seemed ten years younger. (4) Miss R., 20.

Dull headaches, dizzy and drowsy at all times, agg. mornings.

Eyes weak, blurring, reading difficult.

Laryngeal irritation with cough and secretion of bloody mucus.

Slow pulse. Right arm gets numb and has to be rubbed.

Cold extremities; poor appetite but food does not distress her.

Urine red, scanty. Bowels sluggish but stools natural.

Menses regular, rather scanty.

Very forgetful. Malar. 1x, ten pilules every three hours.

Better in three days; in a week nearly well.

A month later there was a slight defect of vision in left eye, inclined to be drowsy, somewhat forgetful, singing causes some irritation in the throat.

Malar. was again given night and morning, and she became quite well (H. R., xv. 449.) With Malar. 2 Bowen cured a stout lady, 60, of very severe gout in both feet, preventing her standing without aid and keeping her awake at night (H. R., xv. 296).

Yingling's cases cured with the potencies of Malar.

III. are reported H. R., xiii. 442. ($51$) A Kansas volunteer, 28, after a week in camp in rainy, chilly weather had chill and fever, continuous nausea, vomiting bile, retching.

Tongue white, thick coat.

Mouth feels dry but is moist.

Thirst for large quantities.

Symptoms were moderated by Ipecacuanha Ip., and later Bryonia Bry., but not removed.

Skin, eyes, and face very yellow.

Malar. 1m. Improvement set in and in a week was in better health than usual. (2) Mrs.

S. A. H., 63, shooting pains all over muscles; bones ache.

Diarrhoea in morning; stools thin, yellow, foul.

Bitter taste; parched mouth; tongue white.

Stretching and gaping.

Malar. 1m. cured quickly.

In other cases the following symptoms were removed (each letter refers to a separate case) (a) Chilly with flushes of heat.

Great desire for fresh air.

Cannot breathe on account of pain in liver, agg. lying down, must jump up; amel. by hard pressure on liver.

During day no trouble and no tenderness; raves, sings, and talks all night. (b) Ague every other day begins about noon.

Weak and drowsy between attacks (has taken much Quinine). (c) Drawing or pricking feeling in region of liver (left after the second dose). (d) Dumb chills. (e) When in open air seems cold and shakes inside till she fairly cramps.

Aching under right scapula.

Cramping in liver. (f) Dryness at root of tongue. (g) A constant hacking cough, half-minute guns, when talking and when turning over in bed. (h) Steady dull ache in liver region amel. after urinating.

In the proving the symptoms were amel. by eating, and there was a great desire to stretch.


We are indebted to the late G. W. Bowen, Fort Wayne. Indium Metallicum Ind., for this valuable remedy.


Ague. Bilious fever. Camp fever. Constipation. Consumption. Diarrhoea. Fever. Gout. Hay-fever. Liver, affections of. Malaria. Malaria cachexia. Neuralgia. Rheumatism. Spleen, affections of.

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