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Of the Bariums there is an infantile type, and one of old age. The infantile is characterized by a torpid scrofula, the ‘old’ affections by changes in the vascular system.

For both types there are symptoms of chilliness and sensitivity to cold. There is aggravation from thinking about symptoms, and from lying on the painful side.

 

 

Barium carbonicum: Acts on the heart, vessels and glands. Aneurism & Atheroma. Indicated for scrofulous glandular affections, arteriosclerosis, tonsillitis & hypertrophy of the heart. Senile heart. Multiple sclerosis.

Involves less the mucous membranes, but the glandular parenchyma.

Indicated for physically and mentally poorly developed children. Dwarfed, learn to speak and walk very late, dull, disinclination to play, learn poorly. There is a general tendency to angina (also with suppuration) Swollen tonsils after exposure to cold.

Childish old people. The aged that are weak and tired. Disturbed cerebral circulation. Weakness of memory. Marked action on the heart and its vascular system, also on the vessels of the central nervous system. Arteriosclerosis of the CNS. Chief remedy for end-results of cerebral sclerosis, for the manifestations of a typical apoplexy; aneurysm.

Sarcoma of neck with burning. Fatty tumors, especially neck and occiput, swelling and induration of glands.

Paralysis of mind and body. Palpitation with soreness of heart. Acute sense of smell. Outstandingly offensive foot sweat.

A slow acting remedy, needs to be given over a longer period of time. Requires 2 to 3 weeks to produce an effect. To be given in lower attenuation.

 

 

Barium muriaticum: Acts on affections of the heart and arteries, the peripheral circulatory system, indicated for the senile heart, coronary sclerosis, arteriosclerosis. Abdominal / aortic aneurism (!). For recurrent affections of the nose, throat, larynx, ear, tonsils. There is a tendency to catch a cold. Disposition to tonsillitis.

Palpitation, Hypertension, but also Hypotension. In hypertension Bar.mur . should be given in the higher potencies, in hypotension in the lower potencies. Weakness and heaviness in the lower extremities. Weakness and the sensation of emptiness in the epigastrium.

Convulsions, periodic attacks with excessive twitching and tossing about of limbs. Swelling of salivary glands. Parotid glands, hard and swollen (esp. right side). Acts also on pancreas.

 

 

Barium iodatum: Arteriosclerotic hypertension (!), exudative diathesis. Glandular enlargements and new growth. Bar. Iod. is very similar to Bar. Carb., but has a more marked impact on glandular affections.  Treatment with Bar. Iod. requires a long term therapy, 2 to 3 months.

 

 

 

 

References:

[1] Boericke, W. (2004) Pocket manual of homeopathic materia medica and repertory New Delhi: B.Jain publishers Ltd.

[2] Clarke, J. (1994) A Dictionary of practical materia medica New Delhi: B.Jain publishers Ltd.

[3] Lesser. O. (1983) Textbook of homeopathic materia medica New Delhi: B.Jain publishers Ltd.

 

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