LATRODECTUS MACTANS: Materia Medica

Spider – The bite produces tetanic effects that last several days. A picture of Angina pectoris is presented by the action of the drug.

The praecordial region seems to be the center of attack. Constriction of chest muscles, with radiation to shoulders and back. Lowered coagulability.

Head.–Anxiety. Screams with pain. Pain in neck to back of head. Occipital pain.

Respiratory.–Extreme apnoea. Gasping respiration. Fears losing breath.

Chest.–Violent, praecordial pain extending to the axilla and down the arm and forearm to fingers, with numbness of the extremity. Pulse feeble and rapid. Sinking sensation at the Cramping pain from chest to abdomen.

Extremities.–Pain in left arm, feels paralyzed. Weakness of legs followed by cramps in the abdominal muscles. Paraesthesia of lower limbs.

Skin.–Coldness of whole surface. Skin cold as marble.

Relationship.–Compare: Latrodectus Hasselti-New South Wales Black Spider–(Long lasting effects seem to indicate it as a “chronic” blood poisoning. Arrests intense pain in pyaemia. Great oedema in neighborhood of wound; paralysis of limbs, with great wasting of muscles. Violent, darting, burning pains preceding paralysis; vertigo, tendency to fall forward; septicaemic conditions; constant delusion of flying. Loss of memory. Roaring noises). Araena; Mygale; Theridion; Latrodectus Kalipo -New Zealand spider–(lymphangitis and nervous twitchings, scarlet burning eruption). Triatema-Kissing bug –(Swelling with violent itching of fingers and toes. Smothering sensation and difficult breathing succeeded by fainting and rapid pulse).

Dose.–Sixth potency.

Written by William Boericke (1849 - 1929) and published first in his book "Materia Medica" (1901)

William Boericke was an Austrian-born American physician who became a influential exponent of homeopathy. He is also known as an academic writer, publisher, medical school professor and owner of several pharmacies.

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