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Pancreas remedies in homeopathy

The signs which point to an affection of the pancreas are extremely uncertain, since they fit more less morbid conditions of the liver, the spleen and the cœliac plexus.  The diagnosis is rendered still more difficult by the fact that the pancreatic disease causes sometimes very painful sympathetic affections of the stomach, liver, spleen or chest and thus is apt to lead us astray.
 Rademacher learned in the following way to esteem Iodine highly as a pancreatic remedy: he once had to treat a robust farmer who complained of dull pains in the region of the stomach; these pains were not
increased after a meal, nor by pressure; as concomitants there was a lack of appetite, considerable emaciation and great exhaustion; the complexion was dirty, the pulse but little accelerated.  This ailment presented many variable phases, sometimes the liver seemed to be affected, sometimes the spleen, now it was the portal system, then it was the cœliac plexus.  More than once, the deep, dull pain disappeared from the epigastric region and sat in the right  or in the left hypochondrium.  Once when it sat in the left side, the urine secretion diminished and the abdomen filled with water and Rademacher, believing this surely was a disease of the spleen with a sympathetic kidney affection, gave him the spirit of acorns, upon which the urine secretion increased, the dropsy disappeared, the pain left the left side and returned to its old place, so that he finally was convinced that it was a disease of the pancreas, an organ for which he did not then know any certain remedy.

 It was only a short time before that Iodine had been introduced as a goitre remedy and Rademacher had had opportunity to use it with great success in hypertrophy of the tonsils and of the salivary glands.  The similarity of these organs with the pancreas caused him to try this remedy here, giving 10 drops of the tincture three times a day, upon which recovery followed slowly but gradually, the patient remaining well since.
 Late in the summer of 1826, a disease prevailed which was characterised by pain and a disagreeable sensation in the epigastric region; the pain was not severe, some patients did not complain when pressure was made upon the stomach, but others did; in these latter cases the stomach probably was sympathetically affected.  The other concomitants of the disease were fever, or absence of fever, discomfort and lassitude, lack of appetite, disturbed sleep and, if the disease had already lasted a couple of weeks, visible emaciation; a characteristic, constant symptom was the turbid urine (urina jumentosa).  Until then hepatic diseases, curable by Quassia, had been prevalent and it was the inefficacy of this remedy which called Rademacher's attention to the peculiar character of this disease, which, if it continued its course unchecked, presented other symptoms, such as a dry tongue, diarrhoea, slight delirium when there was fever; it then extended to the gall ducts and later abdominal pain was complained of.  The doctor arrived at the conclusion that the really affected organ must lay in the midst of the epigastric region, as hepatic and splenic remedies, which were used when the liver or the spleen seemed affected, did not cure the disease; and this organ must be the pancreas.  Hence, he mixed 30 drops of tincture of Iodine with eight ounces of water and one scruple of gum tragacanth and administered a spoonful of this mixture every hour.  The disease disappeared with a surprising swiftness.  This affection prevailed for a full year and then made way for a hepatic disease curable with Celandine.

 With the beginning of the year 1835, Rademacher met again with pancreatic affections for which Iodine was the remedy.  In this epidemic the turbid urine was the most general symptom, but some patients had a symptomatic affection of the kidneys, which was not the case in 1826.  This affection of the kidneys was recognised by the brown urine that did not clear up, although all the other symptoms disappeared.  An infusion of golden rod (Solidago) generally removed this trouble in one or two days.  This epidemic lasted four months, during which time Rademacher cured many people affected with a chronic cough, depending upon the primary disease of the pancreas.  Most patients thinking it was merely a catarrhal cough did not seek medical aid until evident emaciation, lack of appetite, a bad complexion and shortness of breath made them suspicious of a serious ailment. The patients generally complained of a sense of oppression in the region of the stomach; many had, besides, a sensation as if a morsel was sticking in their throat, others complained of difficult deglutition, while nothing abnormal could be discovered by inspection.
 Rademacher, being well aware that he has not been able to prove without cavil that Iodine is a pancreatic medicine, adds: "In order that my readers many not think that I want to force upon them Iodine as a pancreatic remedy, I will remark that it is the best remedy to stop vomiting and one of the best remedies to allay sever colicky pains, doing it just as quickly as Opium, from which it might be deducted that it acts just as well upon the cœliac plexus and that the above described affections it cured so well were merely sympathetic or reflex affections of the cœliac plexus.  Who can give us light on this dark subject?"


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