by H. C. Allen
Lac Caninum suited For nervous, restless, highly sensitive organisms.
Symptoms erratic, pains constantly flying from one part to another ( Kali bichromicum, Pulsatilla ); changing from side to side every few hours or days.
Very forgetful, absent-minded; makes purchases and walks away without them ( Agnus, Anacardium, Causticum, Nat. ).
In writing, uses too many words or not the right ones; omits final letter or letters in a word; cannot concentrate the mind to read or study; very nervous ( Bovista, Graphites, Lachesis, Natrum carb., Sepia ).
Despondent, hopeless; thinks her disease incurable; has not a friend living; nothing worth living for; could weep at any moment ( Actea, Aurum, Calcarea, Lachesis ).
Cross, irritable; child cries and screams all the time, especially at night ( Jal., Nux, Psorinum ).
Fears to be alone ( Kali carb. ); of dying ( Arsenicum ); of becoming insane ( Lilium ); of falling down stairs ( Borax ).
Chronic “blue” condition; everything seems so dark that it can grow no darker ( Lycopodium, Pulsatilla ).
Attacks of rage, cursing and swearing at slightest provocation ( Lilium, Acid nitricum ); intense ugliness; hateful.
Coryza, with discharge of thick, white mucus.
One nostril stuffed up, the other free and discharging; there conditions alternate; discharge acrid, nose and lip raw ( Arum, Cepa ).
Diphtheria and tonsillitis; symptoms change repeatedly from side to side.
Sore throats and cough are apt to begin and end with menstruation; yellow or white patches; pains shoot to ear.
Throat: sensitive to touch externally ( Lachesis ); < by empty swallowing ( Ignatia ); constant inclination to swallow, painful, almost impossible ( Mercurius ); pains extend to ears ( Hepar, Kali bichromicum ); begins on left side ( Lachesis ).
Shining, glazed appearance of diphtheritic deposit, chancres and ulcers.
Very hungry, cannot eat enough to satisfy; as hungry after eating as before ( Casc., Calcarea, Cina, Lycopodium, Stront. ).
Sinking in epigastrium; faintness in stomach.
Menses; too early; too profuse; flow in gushes bright red, viscid and stringy (dark, black, stringy, Croc. ); breasts swollen, painful, sensitive before and during ( Conium ).
Discharge of flatus from vagina ( Bromium, Lycopodium, Nux moschata, Sanguinaria ).
Lac Caninum Breasts: inflamed, painful; < by least jar and towards evening; must hold them firmly when going up or down stairs ( Bryonia ). Serviceable in almost all cases when it is required to dry up milk ( Asafoetida – to bring back or increase it, Lac d. ). Sensation as if breath would leave her when lying down; must get up and walk ( Ammonium carb., [Grindelia], Lachesis ). Loss of milk while nursing, without any known cause ( Asafoetida ). Palpitation violent when lying on left side > turning on right ( Tabacum ).
Sexual organs easily excited, from touch, pressure on sitting, or friction by walking ( Cinn., Coffea, Murex, Platina ).
When walking, seems to be walking on air; when lying, does not seem to touch the bed ( Asarum europaeum ).
Lac Caninum Backache: intense, unbearable, cross super-sacral region, extending to right natis and right sciatic nerve; < by rest and on first moving ( Rhus ); spine aches from base of brain to coccyx, very sensitive to touch or pressure ([China s.], Phosphorus, Zincum met. ).
Relations. – Similar: to, Apis, Conium, Murex, Lachesis, Kali bichromicum, Pulsatilla, Sepia, Sulphur
It generally acts best in single dose.
Probably no remedy in the Materia Medica presents a more valuable pathogenesis in symptoms of the throat, or one that will better repay a careful study.
Like Lachesis, this remedy has met with the most violent opposition from prejudice and ignorance, which its wonderful therapeutic powers have slowly, yet surely overcome. It was successfully used by Dioscorides, Pliny, and Sextus in ancient times, and revived in New York by Reisig, Bayard and Swan in the treatment of diphtheria. Reisig was the first to potentize it.