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Boletus Laricis

NAT. ORD., Fungi.

COMMON NAMES, Larch Agaric, Larch Boletus, Purging Agaric, White Agaric.

PREPARATION.--The dried fungus is macerated in five parts by weight of


(Here are two typical cases out of thirteen by Dr. W. H.

Burt, which we find in the North American Journal of

Homoeopathy, 1866, quoted from the Medical Investigator

from a vol
me not attainable.)

CASE 1. Intermittent fever: Type Quotidiana Duplex. In a large lymphatic

woman; weight about 180 lbs.; aged thirty-nine. November 4th. For the

last five weeks has had the ague. At first it was a simple quotidian.

Took Quinine, which broke it for four days, when it returned; took

Quinine in massive doses, which checked it for one week. It returned two

weeks since, in the form of a double quotidian. The chill comes on every

day at 10 A.M. and 5 P.M.

The chill lasts from one to two hours each time; hands and feet get icy

cold, chills run up and down the spine, with severe pains in the head,

back and limbs; followed by high fever for three hours, and then profuse

sweat. Tongue furred whitish-yellow, with large fissures in the tongue;

flat, bitter taste; has had no appetite for five weeks; craves cold

water all the time; bowels rather costive; has nausea during every

chill, but no vomiting; very weak, can only sit up about one hour in the

morning; great depression of spirits, cries during the whole

examination; face very much jaundiced. Treatment: Ars. 2, every two

hours, for three days. It produced constant nausea and lessened the

chills, but aggravated the fever. I then determined to try the Boletus

1st, two grs. every two hours. Took two doses when the chills came on,

she then ceased to take the medicine until 5 P.M. Took three doses, and

then fell asleep. 8th. Says she is feeling a little better, continued

treatment; 10 A.M., commenced to have a severe diarrhoea, an effect of

the medicine; discontinued the powders until 5 P.M. The fever did not

come on until 3 P.M.; had no chill; fever lasted three hours; perspired

profusely all night; slept well for the first time in a number of weeks.

9th. Feeling much better. Fever came on at 4 P.M., had no chill; fever

lasted four hours; nausea all the evening; sweat all night. 10th.

Feeling quite well. Had no more fever, but had night sweats for a week

after. Convalescence was very slow; notwithstanding she had no more

fever it was three weeks before she felt perfectly well.

This case demonstrates the fact to us that the Boletus is superior to

our greatest remedial agents in the case of intermittents. I believe

if I had not been acquainted with the therapeutic properties of the

Boletus I would have been compelled to treat this lady every few weeks

for two or three months with our usual remedies.

CASE 2. Intermittent fever: Type quotidian. November 1st, Mrs. B., aged

fifty-six. Temperament, nervous. Three weeks since had an abscess in

left ear, which made her quite sick for a week. Since then has had a

fever every afternoon and night; feels chilly whenever she moves;

walking produces nausea; does not perspire any; tongue coated white;

loss of appetite; bowels loose; very restless at night, cannot sleep

any; getting very weak, keeps her bed most of the time. Gave Boletus

laricis. Had the fever but one day after.