Homeopathic Remedies in the Veterinary Materia Medica

Veterinary Materia Medica

of Homeopathic Remedies

Belladonna

Belladonna in Veterinary Homeopathy

Belladonna is a homeopathic Remedy for Convulsions; seizures; eclampsia; encephalitis; high fever; hypomagnesaemia; hysteria; laminitis in horses; mastitis; meningitis; swine erysipelas. Heat stroke - Skin flushed and hot, strong rapid pulse, pupils fixed and dilated, Belladonna 30c, every 15 minutes, as necessary. Also, Bach Rescue Remedy - Keep this in mind for any animal that has been stranded in the sun. Sudden onset of Kidney infections, Ear infections and red sore throats, abdominal pain (left sided).

Nervous signs associated with hyperthermia (high fever) are common, and its use in heatstroke and fevers is beneficial. Signs are accompanied by an accelerated, bounding pulse and great heat. On occasion the beat of the heart can be easily seen on the thoracic wall. Conditions are of sudden onset, and it has a valuable use in cerebral hemorrhage and canine stroke syndrome.

Convulsions of all types may be helped, from true epilepsy to hypocalcaemia and hypomagnesaemia (milk fever will still need mineral replacement, as will eclampsia in the bitch). Epileptic attacks are often preceded by restlessness. There is aggression, twitching of muscles around the head, and falling. Animals in convulsions/epilepsy are often vocal, with screaming.

Hypomagnesemia is an electrolyte disturbance in which there is an abnormally low level of magnesium in the blood.

Erysipelas is an acute, sometimes recurrent disease caused by a bacterial infection. This is caused by Streptococcus pyogenes, a Gram-positive coccus.

Atropa Belladonna (Deadly Nightshade) is one of the giant polycrest remedies of the Homeopathic Materia Medica. Derived from the plant, Deadly Nightshade, the principal constituent of which is the alkaloid, atropine (hence atropa), its common name is Belladonna or simply abbreviated in the Repertory, Bell.

It is a perennial plant with dark green leaves and very poisonous shiny, black berries. The name is derived from the use of the juice of its berries by women during the Italian Renaissance in the 14th century as an eye cosmetic (to dilate the pupils), hence `bella donna', meaning beautiful lady. Belladonna was first mentioned by Hahnemann in an article entitled Cure and Prevention of Scarlet Fever (1801).

Belladonnas action is on the central nervous system.

In the past it was used to treat humans with rabies.

If the remedy picture fits, Belladonna LM 0/3, should be considered in the treatment of whooping cough in children or kennel cough in dogs, a single dose from a dilution glass, wait and watch. Cuprum 200C, given in medicinal solution the split-dose), may be another remedy to consider for whooping cough or kennel cough.

Keynotes and Guiding Symptoms:

  • Throbbing Pain
  • Hot Red Skin
  • Violent Attack
  • Sudden Onset
  • Dry Mouth With Little Thirst
  • Dilated Pupils - Wild Animal Look
  • Cold Extremities
Modalities:

Worse: aggravations (<) worse for touch, jarring, motion, draughts, bright lights, noise, at 3 p.m. and 10 pm and at midnight, lying down and being uncovered. After eating.

Better: ameliorations (>) - sitting erect, standing and in a warm room.

In most of these modalities we have the opposite of Aconite.

Antidotes: The effects of Belladonna are antidoted by Camphor, Coffea, Opium and Aconite. These may be used when, for example, a patient exhibits prolonged or severe aggravations from Belladonna.

Dose: 6c - 30c potency and higher (200c). Must be repeated frequently in acute diseases.

Abbreviations: Bell. (Deadly Nightshade)

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