Materia Medica Tips – 30
Alstonia scholaris (botanical name) or commonly known as Alstonia or Dita bark was introduced in 1866 in Monthly Homoeopathic Review, Vol. X, 508 and in Allen Encyclopaedia Materia Medica, Vol. I, p. 192. In homeopathy its stem bark in used to prepare the mother tincture. From mother tincutre the next potency prepared is 2x which contains one part of the mother tincture with two parts of purified water and seven parts of strong alcohol. The 3x and higher potencies are prepared with dispensing alcohol.
Alstonia scholaris is commonly used in tincture to low potencies.
Below are some of the clinical uses of this remedy
- Low fevers with debility – especially in malarial diseases which are accompanied with diarrhoea and dysentery
- Camp diarrhoea of undigested food; bloody stool, dysentery; diarrhœa from bad water and malaria.
- Painless watery stools (Phosph ac). Diarrhœa immediately after eating.
- Violent purging and cramp in bowels. Heat and irritation in lower bowels.
- A tonic after exhausting fevers
- Feeble digestion – characteristics are the gone sensation in stomach and sinking in abdomen, with debility.
Rubrics covered by Alstonia in Synthesis repertory:
- ABDOMEN – SINKING sensation
- ABDOMEN – SINKING sensation – accompanied by – weakness
- EXTREMITIES – PAIN – rheumatic
- GENERALS – ANEMIA
- GENERALS – MALARIA
- GENERALS – MALARIA – accompanied by – anemia
- GENERALS – MALARIA – accompanied by – diarrhea
- GENERALS – MALARIA – accompanied by – dysentery
- GENERALS – MALARIA – accompanied by – indigestion
- GENERALS – WEAKNESS
- GENERALS – WEAKNESS – fever – after
- RECTUM – DIARRHEA
- RECTUM – DYSENTERY
- SKIN – ULCERS
- STOMACH – EMPTINESS
- STOMACH – EMPTINESS – accompanied by – weakness
- STOMACH – INDIGESTION
Similar in action to Alstonia constricta, the bitter bark or native quinine of Australia.
Ditain (active principle, is anti-periodic, like quinine, but without unpleasant effects)
Cinchona (similar in diarrhoea, chronic dyspepsia and debility).
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