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Remedy: Ant-c / Bry / Puls / Merc / Nat-m / Rhus-t / Verat-v
Every physician confronts his defenceless patient, with the command SHOW ME YOUR TONGUE. Not merely of his stomach, the tongue is the mirror of the man himself.
Located in the centre of the cavity of our mouth, behind the semilunar rows of teeth, joining the pharynx at the back but absolutely free on other three sides, this tiny flap of muscle is the most mobile organ of our body.
Swinging up and down, left and right, and shamelessly darting in and out, this freelancer of human body gives off its multiple signals, most vociferously.
Under the auspices of CNS as well as the vocal cords of larynx the human tongue, on account of its faculty of speech, becomes the most versatile medium of communication between men and man. Otherwise, the throat alone could emit nothing more than a few guttural sounds like an animal. An intelligent, sensitive, and aspiring creature that man is, he transformed this facility to speak and talk,
into song and music, literature and poetry.
That marked an important milestone in the history of human progress, made, possible by our tongue.
Moreover, the tastebuds scattered along its length and breadth invited all culinary skill of the world, to convert cooking into an art. Consequently food that nourished the body became the gourmets delight. Being a social animal, man shared his food as well as thoughts with his fellows. Thus the tiny tongue became an important media of two-fold communication.
But man with a perverse twist of mind pursued his advantages too far. His wagging tongue, with its vicious words, scattered ill- will and hatred amongst menfolk, and the excess of spices in food, to tickle the tongue, burned the stomach and invited ill- health. In the realm of disease and medicine, the latter counts more, though the former may influence it adversely. Hence the tongue assumes a specific significance in state of health as well as disease. Its size and shape, colour and coating, moistness and dryness, stains, wounds, movement or loss of it can give valuable information to a discerning eye.
Some of the homoeopathic remedies, with their characteristic tongue, may readily point to the Similimum. Hence the perusal of a few of them will not be out of place.
Thick, milky white coating on the tongue tells the tale of "piglike" gluttony. The greed of excessive eating and drinking distends the stomach and bowels, with belching up and down, constipation chasing diarrhoea or the other way round. Once you recognise the culprit of that "whitewashed" tongue, you need not wait for the name of the disease.
Whether the tongue be coated white or yellow, the hallmark of that "dry-and-cut" remedy is its "desert like" dryness. Not only the tongue, but the whole GIT from mouth to anus, even the entire muscles of the body, dry and parched, “As if burnt”, and the patient drinks tumblerfuls of water. Whether cough or constipation, headache or heartache, the tongue and thirst are the faithful concomitants. In a case of epistaxis, Bry. stopped the bleeding where Phos. failed. The dryness of tongue and lips guided the choice.
With its changing moods and maladies, this volatile windflower prefers yellowish colour for its tongue and catarrhs. As dry as Bry. but unlike its raging thirst, the Puls. princess may lick her lips but refuse to drink water.
Add fair complexion and tearful eyes this delightful remedy may make a valuable gift for every child in a birthday party where repeated rounds of cakes and pastry are followed by bowls of ice-cream. Measles or migraine, rheumatism or cyricism, otorrhoea or leucorrhoea the yellowish, thirstless tongue names the remedy.
Moist tongue with mouthful of saliva, yet intense thirst in perfect contrast to Puls. its precious characteristic lies in the indentation around the edges. Moreover, red and white ulcers studding the mucosa of mouth, tongue and lips tell conspiracy the treacherous in reads of this malignant miasm, in the entire human frame.
Geographical tongue with red insular patches, like ringworm on sides, vesicles and burning as if a hair sticking on it, dryness of tongue, lips and corners of mouth, with immoderate thirst the classic description of any unrequired love and grief. To sum up:
Sun salt sentiment
A smitten heart
A hammered head
And a mapped tongue for a bonus.
Red triangular tip with apex inwards, of a tongue, dry and cracked proved a million dollar tip in a case of typhoid where the classical symptoms of restlessness and relief from movement were conspicuously absent.
Red streak down the middle of the tongue is perhaps the single characteristic in this otherwise pathological remedy.
[Dr Constantine Hering/presented by Sylvain Cazalet]
Bad taste in the mouth.
If the taste in the mouth is altered and the other symptoms are not sufficient for the selection of the proper remedy, consult the following list :
Bitter taste in the morning: Sulph. Merc. Bry. Calc. Sil.
When solid food tastes bitter: Sulph. Bry. Rheum. Rhus-t. Hep. Coloc. Ferr-met.
food and drink both bitter: Puls. Chin.
bitter taste after eating or drinking: Puls. Bry. Ars.
in the morning or evening: Puls. Arn.
at different times, or continually, besides the above medicines: Acon. Bell. Verat. Nux-v. Cham. Ant-c. Carb-v.
For sweet taste: Merc-v. Sulph. Cupr-met. Bell. Puls. Bry. Chin. Ferr-met. Spong.
in the morning: Sulph.
when bread tastes sweet: Merc-v.
blood-like, sweetish taste: Ferr-met. Sulph.
when like nuts: Coff.
For salt taste: Carb-v. Rheum. Ph-ac. Nux-v. Sulph. Ars. Nat-m. Cupr-met.
when food tastes salty: Carb-v. Sulph.
salty taste when coughing: Carb-v. Cocc.
For sour taste: Rheum. Ph-ac. Nux-v. Chin. Sulph. Caps. Calc. Nat-m. Cocc. Cupr-met.
food tastes sour: Chin. Calc.
after meals: Puls. Nux-v. Carb-v. Nat-m. Cocc. Sil.
after drinking water: Nux-v. Sulph.
after drinking milk: Carb-v. Sulph.
in the morning: Nux-v. Sulph.
Acrid, biting taste: Verat. Rhus-t.
Brunt, smoky taste: Puls. Nux-v. Sulph.
taste like herbs: Verat. Nux-v.
taste like peppermint: Verat.
Earthy taste: Puls. Hep. Chin.
insipid taste: Puls. Rheum. Staph. Bry. Chin. Sulph. Dulc. Rhus-t. Ip. Caps.
slimy taste: Bell. Rheum. Arn. Rhus-t. Plat.
greasy. oily taste: Sil. Caust.
greasy taste: Caust.
sticky taste: Ph-ac.
watery taste: Staph. Chin. Caust.
Putrid taste: Arn. Merc-v. Bell. Bry. Cham. Puls. Acon. Verat. Ph-ac. Sulph. Rhus-t. Nat-m. Cupr-met. Caust.
in the morning: Sulph. Rhus-t.
after meals: Rhus-t.
taste like pus: Puls.
When tobacco has a sharp taste: Staph.
when bitter: Cocc.
disagreeable: Ign. Puls. Nux-v. Arn. Calc. Cocc.
When food has no flavor: Merc. Puls. Staph. Bry. Nux-v. Ars.
absence of taste: Verat. Bell. Puls. Rheum. Bry. Hep. Hyos.
in chronic cases: Sil. Nat-m.