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NAT. ORD., Rhamnaceae.
COMMON NAMES, New Jersey Tea. Red Root. Wild Snowball.
PREPARATION.--The fresh leaves are pounded to a pulp and macerated in
two parts by weight of alcohol.
(The following by Dr. Majumdar in Indian Homoepathic
Review, 1897, illustrates the chief use of this "organ
Recently I had a wonderful case of supposed heart disease cured by
Ceanothus. I am indebted to my friend, Dr. Burnett, for the suggestion
of using Ceanothus.
A thin and haggard looking young man presented himself to my office on
the 26th of July, 1896. He told me he had some disease of the heart and
had been under the treatment of several eminent allopathic physicians of
this city; some declared it to be a case of hypertrophy of the heart and
some of valvular disease.
Without asking him further, I examined his heart thoroughly, but with no
particular results. The rhythm and sounds were all normal only there was
a degree of weakness in these sounds. Dulness on percussion was not
extended beyond its usual limit. So I could not make out any heart
disease in this man.
On further inquiry, I learned that the man remained in a most malarious
place for five years, during which he had been suffering off and on
from intermittent fever. I percussed the abdomen and found an enormously
enlarged and indurated spleen, reaching beyond the navel and pushing up
the thoracic viscera.
The patient complained of palpitation of heart, dyspnoea, especially
on ascending steps and walking fast. I thought from these symptoms his
former medical advisers concluded heart disease. In my mind they seemed
to be resulted from enlarged spleen.
On that very day I gave him six powders of Ceonothus Amer. 3x, one
dose morning and evening. I asked him to see me when his medicine
finished. He did not make his appearance, however, on the appointed day.
I thought the result of my prescription was not promising. After a week
he came and reported unusually good results.
His dyspnoea was gone, palpitation troubled him now and then, but much
less than before. He wanted me to give him the same powders. I gave him
Sac. lac., six doses, in the usual way.
Reported further improvement; the same powders of Sac. lac. twice. To
my astonishment I found the spleen much reduced in size and softened
than before; I knew nothing about this patient for some time. Only
recently I saw him, a perfect picture of sound health. He informed me
that the same powders were sufficient to set him right. He gained
health; no sign of enlarged spleen left.
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