Curare

Natural History.
      Curara.
      Woorara.
      Woorali.
      Hoorali.
      Oorari. (An arrow poison used by South American Indians. Accounts differ as to its actual composition, into which the juice of different species of Strychnos are said to enter, or of Cocculus toxiferous with serpent poison.
      Others have said it is prepared from the venom of toads.
      In appearance it is something like the extract of liquorice.
      That used in C. Wesselheft’s provings was obtained from Merck of Darmstadt.) N. O. Loganiacae (?).
      Tincture.

Clinical.
      Cancer.
      Catalepsy.
      Corns.
      Cough.
      Debility.
      Diabetes.
      Dysmenia.
      Dyspnea.
      Ears, affections of.
      Eczema.
      Emphysema.
      Epilepsy.
      Face, paralysis of.
      Fainting.
      Headache.
      Hydrophobia.
      Liver spots.
      Locomotor ataxia.
      Nervous debility.
      Neuralgia.
      Otitis.
      Ozena.
      Paralysis.
      Phthisis.
      Pseudo-hypertrophic paralysis.
      Ptosis.
      Scrofula.
      Tetanus.
      Ulceration.
      Uterus, affection of.
      Vaginitis.
      Whooping-cough.

Characteristics.
      Curare produces muscular paralysis, probably through its action on the nerve endings in the muscles, without affecting either the muscle substance or the nerve substance, and without impairing sensation and consciousness.
      It is thus in many ways the opposite, in its action, of Nux-v. vomica, though it is said to have the juice of a Strychnos in its composition.
      It causes death by paralysis of the respiratory muscles.
      Reflex action is diminished or abolished (opp. Nux-v.), and this is one great indication for its employment in homeopathic practice.
      A cure or pseudo-hypertrophic paralysis by the 200th has been recorded.
      A condition resembling catalepsy has been induced by it, immobility with fixed gaze on waking.
      Fetidity characterizes many of the secretions and discharges.
      Two cases of diabetes in middle-aged men have been cured by Burkhardt with Cur. 4.
      It is suited to scrofulous children, producing scrofulous eruptions on skin, eczema, especially of face and behind ears, also liver-spots, yellow-brown.
      It favors the formation of corns.
      Debility short of paralysis indicates it, debility of the aged, and nervous debility from loss of fluids.
      Its relation to hydrophobia and tetanus is probably antipathic.
      It causes a sensation as if the brain were full of fluid.
      Piercing, lancinating pains.
      Throbbing pains.
      Weakness, heaviness, numbness, numbness with tingling.
      worse By movement, walking, ascending.
      Worse Dampness, cold air, cold weather, cold wind, change of weather.
      Worse two AM and 2-3 PM
      Many symptoms appear on right side.

Relations.
      In cases of poisoning artificial respiration must be resorted to.
      Bromine and Chlorine antidote its effects.
      If the poisoning is due to a punctured wound, rubbing in tobacco or salt will neutralize it.
      It is an antidote to: Strychnia and to the poison of rabies.
      Compatible: After Arn. (paralysis from injury) after Bell. (paralysis after epistaxis).
      Follows well in debility of the aged: Bar. c.
      Compare: Nux-v. v., Aran. d. (fever worse in damp weather, Ferr. (hammering pains in head). Crotal. (blows in region of cerebellum). In yellow-brown spots on skin (Sep., Lyc., Nux-v., Sulph.).

Mind.
      Inability to think or study, forgetful, stupid, sleepy, indolent.
      Indecision.
      Excited, hurried feeling.
      Depressed, desire to be alone.

Head.
      Instant giddiness, falling in swoon while standing or walking.
      Dizzy when looking at near objects or at water.
      Head confused, great weight in vertex.
      Nervous headache, lancinating, piercing pains all over head compelling to lie down and stretch, head drawn backward with stiffness of neck, painful oscillation of brain, as if it were full of fluid, neuralgic pain starting in front and radiating to neck and face, violent blows in region of cerebellum.
      Darting through temples, worse right-Headache from base of brain up, worse from mastication.
      Headache: despairing of power of thought, worse vigorous movement, or stooping.
      Shattered, torn feeling on coughing, side of head must be held.
      Sharp sticking over right eye extending backwards over right side of head.
      Head beats like a hammer, with vomiting of bile.
      Rush of blood to head.

Eyes.
      Heavy eyes, lids can hardly be kept open, ptosis (right).
      Eyes haggard, sunken.
      Red, hot, sensitive to light.
      Feel as if full of sticks.
      Black spots before vision, especially worse from reading.

Ears.
      Different noises as of whistling, or crying of animals, ringing in right ear.
      Lancinating pains starting from ears and reaching down legs, compelling to lie down.
      Otitis interna, driving crazy, purulent discharge.

Nose.
      Nasal catarrh.
      Ozena, fetid lumps of pus.

Face.
      Paralysis of muscles of expression.
      Red face, head beats like a hammer, after fever, with cough.
      Aching right side of face.
      Facial and buccal paralysis, in some cases with difficulty of swallowing.

Mouth.
      Tongue and mouth drawn to right
      Tongue coated.
      On waking tongue yellowish at base, papillae raised, light pink anteriorly, bitter or bloody taste, yellow-white.
      Mouth dry.

Stomach.
      Thirst and great hunger with fever.
      Sudden hunger almost to faintness.
      Great thirst especially evening and night.
      Craves acids.
      Aversion to bread.
      Better after first mouthful of food.
      Chill after eating.
      Hiccough frequent and annoying.
      Nausea in morning, after eating.
      Vomits green bile all night, so weak can hardly stand.
      Empty, gone feeling in stomach.
      Sharp rheumatic pain in pit of stomach, followed by nausea.
      Shooting in stomach.
      Pyrosis, pain and distension after eating ever so little.

Abdomen.
      Weary ache from throat to left hip.
      Bowels feel sore and bruised.
      Pain in groin low down with heaviness in limbs while walking.
      Neuralgic pain in hypogastrium with pressure in vagina.

Stool and Anus.
      Diarrhea with constant urging, fetid, thin mush-like feces, excessive pain in piles.
      Extreme watery diarrhea.

Urinary Organs.
      Clear and frequent urine, with digging, crampy pain in kidneys, shooting in stomach, dry mouth, great thirst, especially evenings and night, sugar in urine, great emaciation, (acute diabetes).
      Urine copious, urgent, bladder feels distended.

Female Sexual Organs.
      Menses seven days too early, griping in right ovary, bearing-down, dragging, tired, in all pelvic organs, severe (causing faintness) in lumbo-sacral spine, running down thighs, flow scanty, very dark, lasting three days instead of five.
      Ulcerations of os uteri (scirrhus), ichorous, corroding discharge, bearing down pains in womb, shocks, sharp shooting stitches, quivering.
      Ulcerations, smarting in vulva and thighs, shooting and digging pains in womb.
      Indolence, night sweats, repugnance to sexual intercourse (vaginitis).
      During menses: colic, headache, pains in kidneys, malaise, hypochondriasis.
      Leucorrhea, thick, purulent, offensive, in clots.

Respiratory Organs.
      Dyspnea, stitching pains right side.
      Dyspnea from weakness of motor nerves as in phthisis or emphysema.
      Paralysis of respiration.
      Dyspnea worse ascending.
      Short, hacking cough, always dry, with soreness of chest walls, worse damp weather, or laughing, spasmodic, shakes whole body, causes vomiting, is often followed by vomiting, causes headache, red face.
      Cough always troublesome in morning.
      Cough worse breathing cold air, laughing, moving, eating.
      Burning heat in throat with sensation of distension.
      Severe pains in lungs, especially left, sharp, piercing pain through chest, always much worse in damp weather, dyspnea, chronic cough.

Chest.
      Chest sore, can hardly bear pressure of stethoscope.

Heart.
      Precordial anguish, with palpitation and stinging pains in heart.

Neck and Back.
      Stiffness in neck, head drawn back.
      Stiffness of muscles or right neck and shoulder.
      Dull. tired ache in shoulders and across back, numb, tired pains up and down spine and in head.
      Chills running up back and all over body.

Limbs.
      Paralysis of extremities burning with heat and chills.
      Aching in all the limbs and body.
      Numbness and tingling.

Upper Limbs.
      Complete paralysis of right deltoid.
      Pain and numbness left side of chest and left arm.
      Leaden heaviness in arm increasing difficulty in playing piano.
      In evening, arms and hands swollen, more painful and heavy.
      Great weakness, especially of wrists and hands.

Lower Limbs.
      Legs tremble and give way in walking.
      Sciatica with great stiffness.
      Corns.

Skin.
      Body blue, and yet fever.
      Itching with hunger.
      Eczema.
      Liver-sports.

Sleep.
      Drowsy, cannot keep awake.
      Nights restless, always desiring to put feet out of bed, especially towards morning.
      Cannot sleep late enough to obtain a good night’s rest, dreams of fire and the business of day, worse from lying long in bed, must get up as her feet and back ache.

Fever.
      Chill, creeping up back, from stomach, on abdomen, and spreading all over, without thirst.
      Heat worse at night and in open air.
      Sweat with every exertion.
      Sweat, cold and bloody, especially at nights.