Causticum is an indispensable polychrest remedy in homeopathic medicines. Dr. Hahnemann himself proved this remedy and has given one of the greatest gifts to all homeopaths.
It is commonly known as Potassium Hydrate and has been helpful in several conditions. It has actions on almost every system and part of the body.
The Causticum person will come across as a fragile and sensitive individual. The Causticum lady is a tiny and petite person who is weak and falls sick quickly.
She has an unsteady gait and a soft, gentle voice. Her face will have a dirty white and sallow complexion.
She looks emaciated due to long-standing sufferings and chronic illnesses. The causticum person’s face is filled with warts and condylomata.
The Causticum people are good singers and orators, and public speakers.
They’re always anxious and agitated, in a mood that something terrible is going to happen. They are always in a sad, gloomy, and melancholy mood. When agitated, they shout and scold the people around them.
They are natural sympathizers. They have a lot of sympathy for the suffering of people.
The causticum person will tell you that he has never been well since suffering from a burn or a scald in the past. Long-standing mental and physical sufferings affect him mentally.
Causticum is known for its paralytic actions. This slowness is seen at the mind level as slowness in comprehending and processing information.
The paralysis of the tongue makes sit difficult for them to speak coherently. All this makes them come across as stupid and unintelligent, while in reality, they are not so.
They’re susceptible and gullible. A typical Causticum person always feels that he is being used as a pawn in someone else’s game and unfairly blamed or made to do the dirty work.
Initially, they express their displeasure by shouting and scolding. But they are fully satisfied only by taking up a cause that fights against injustice.
In extreme cases, these people become a rebel of sorts who stand up and fight for justice and equality and fair treatment for all.
A complete disregard for authority, with a strong belief, that what they are doing is right is a characteristic Causticum feature seen at this stage.
Freedom fighters, social activists, lawyers, journalists, environmentalists can all be thought of as Causticum personalities.
Such personalities, when faced with failure, end up with disastrous consequences. Thye shows up with physical symptoms like aphonia skin eruptions, arthritis, neurological issues, etc.
Critical Notes for Causticum
Keynote symptoms are those symptoms that define the remedy. They are very typical and characteristic. Many times, the presence of these symptoms alone can help in choosing the treatment instantly. If you come across these symptoms, you can safely go ahead with Causticum.
1.Paralysis of single parts. Causticum has paralytic actions. The right side of the body is generally affected. There is paralysis with gradually worsening weakness and a decrease in muscular power.
2.During dentition, there are a lot of skin complaints. Warts intertrigo is seen while the teeth erupt.
Children are late in learning to walk due to the weakness of the legs. The gait is unsteady. They lose their balance and fall often.
3. The Causticum person has great sympathy for the suffering of others.
4. The complaints are worse in clear, fine weather and better in damp, wet weather.
5.Suppression of skin leads to insanity
6. The person can pass stools better while standing.
7.Causticum is a beautiful remedy for epilepsy where fits occur during sleep.
Causticum Mind Symptoms
The people who require causticum are very gentle. They are very kind-hearted and have a lot of sympathy for the sufferings of others.
The person is always dull, despondent. He is in a constant state of melancholy. There is a slowness at the mind level. Comprehending things is difficult for him. Healing from mental trauma is slow.
Long forgotten griefs hound him, and he feels sad over them. He is anxious and apprehensive of some impending misfortune. He gets restless and agitated quickly when he is nervous and ends up shouting at and scolding the people around him.
Suppressing the skin complaints is a trigger for him. All his mental complaints start or are triggered by stopping the skin issues.
Uses of Causticum
I will take you through all the body parts from toe to head.
You can match the symptoms and when you feel these symptoms are matched then you can take Causticum–
Headache comes on after exposure to cold air, after staying awake at night for a long time. Fear, sudden fright, and sudden emotions also cause headaches.
The headache is located at the vertex. There is a throbbing type of pain with rawness and soreness.
The person says that he feels that the space between the forehead and brain is empty.
Headache is accompanied by intense photophobia and drooping of eyelids. He also experiences vertigo along with headaches where he feels as if he is falling sideways.
There is right-sided paralysis. The face is filled with warts.
The jaw area is painful, and he is unable to open the mouth. The pain is more to the right side.
The eyelids are heavy and drooping. This drooping of eyelids is seen almost with every other complaint.
Vision is impaired, mainly due to cataracts. There is a feeling as if there is a film before his eyes.
Exposure to cold air causes paralysis of the ocular muscles.
There is a lot of roaring and ringing sound heard in the ears. The person suffers from chronic catarrhal infection of the middle ear. Due to this, there is a lot of accumulation of wax.
Each step he takes and each word he speaks seem to reverberate in his ears, and he can hear their echoes.
The person complains of coryza along with hoarseness of voice.
The nostrils are ulcerated due to the acridity of the coryza. Pimples and warts can be seen around and inside the nose.
The bones of the lower jaw are affected by rheumatism. It is very painful for him to close his mouth fully.
The tongue feels paralyzed and heavy. Due to this, there is difficulty in speaking coherently.
The person bites the inside of his cheeks while chewing.
The causticum person suffers from stomach upsets very frequently.
He feels starving, but as soon as he starts to eat, his appetite disappears.
He gets sour, hot, acidic eructations frequently. This condition is worse from eating sweets.
He cannot tolerate meat. The colicky pain makes the person bend double.
The rectum is partially paralyzed. The person can pass stools well, only on standing.
The stools, though soft, are given only after a lot of straining.
The stools are small and round like the goose quills. They are shiny, greasy, and covered with mucus.
Causticum is a beautiful remedy for urinary complaints.
When there is an inability to pass urine and is retained after a significant surgery, causticum is the remedy of choice.
There is involuntary urination while coughing. The sensation that urine is being passed is lost.
During epilepsy, there is involuntary urination, especially when the fits appear during sleep.
Causticum is a remedy for the loss of voice in singers. Exposure to draughts of cold air causes soreness of the throat.
The throat is raw, and the voice is hoarse, especially in the mornings. There is a cracking sound heard from the throat, especially while swallowing.
The cough is very severe. The sputum raised is significantly less.
He coughs and coughs, and only a tiny amount of sputa is gathered. But the chest muscles are so paralyzed that he cannot cough deep enough to expectorate the sputum.
Hence, he swallows it back. While coughing, there is a pain in the left hip and involuntary passage of urine. He cannot speak loudly after a bout of coughing.
The cough is brought on mainly during expiration. Drinking ice-cold water relieves the cough.
11-Nervous System Complaints
Causticum is one of the significant remedies in homeopathy having affection on the nervous system.
Paralysis of single parts and paralysis of the right side are the highlights of Causticum. The paralysis is mainly brought on after exposure to cold air and after typhoid and diphtheria.
Causticum produces a state of paralysis and affects almost every system and organ of the body.
The drooping eyelids due to paralysis is a keynote symptom of Causticum that is seen with almost all other signs.
The paralysis of the bladder muscles leading to involuntary urination while coughing and during fits is another causticum characteristic.
The weakness and paralytic condition of the lower limbs leads to an unsteady gait. Babies learn to walk very late, and they fall quickly due to the loss of strength in their legs.
Though the significant affection in Causticum is towards the right, in sciatica, it is the left side that is affected.
There is rheumatism of joints. The flexor tendons are contracted, and the muscles are shortened.
There are rhematic affections of the limbs. The flexor tendons are affected, leading to contraction and shortening of the muscles.
The paralysis of the lower limbs leads to an unsteady gait. Babies are late in learning to walk, and they fall easily as they don’t have strength in their legs. Right-sided paralysis is seen in Causticum.
Restless legs at night are a characteristic symptom of Causticum. The muscles of the hand and forearm are weak and unsteady. They tremble when outstretched.
13-Female Genital System Complaints
The first menses is delayed in Causticum. There is delayed puberty.
The menses appears early and is irregular. The bleeding is slow and of bright red blood. The blood is non-coagulable.
The characteristic of Causticum is that the bleeding ceases at night and happens only during the night. The entire lower abdomen feels sore during menses.
The keynote of Causticum is- harmful effects of burns and scalds.
The person says-I have never been well since that burn.
The skin is filled with warts and condylomata, especially on the face and nose. The warts are large and pedunculated. They bleed easily on touch.
There are lots of eruptions and chronic infections like eczema on the skin, especially behind the ears, behind the knees, in the elbow folds, and in the thigh folds. The affected area is raw and sore.
Causticum is a remedy for old burns and scalds that do not heal well. Cicatrices open up, and old wounds reopen. Skin complaints are accompanying the dentition period, especially intertrigo.
Suppression of skin complaints leads to insanity.
Mental complaints that develop after a skin issue has been ill-treated are cured well with Causticum.
Modalities are the factors which, increase or decrease the complaints in a patient.
They are categorized as aggravating factors and amelioration factors.
Aggravating factors make the condition of the illness worst, while the amelioration factor makes the condition of the disease better.
It can be time, any part of the day, season, position, or any applications, etc.
Clear fine weather is the primary reason for the development and worsening of several complaints in causticum. Exposure to cold air also brings on a host of symptoms.
The complaints are all the better in damp cold weather.
Warmth and heat of bed also provide relief.
Causticum Relationship with Other Medicines
Inimical to– Phosphorus. Phosphorus should not be used before or after using Causticum.
It Antidotes– Paralysis from lead poisoning is antidoted well by Causticum.
Complementary Remedies– Carbo Veg, Petroleum
Intercurrent Remedy– Like Sulphur and Psorinum, Causticum too is an excellent intercurrent remedy and can be used when a case comes to a standstill.
Causticum Dosage & Potency
Homeopathic medicines are prescribed based on symptoms similarity. The symptoms presented by the patient are matched with the symptoms of the remedy.
Depending on the extent of symptom similarity, the potency and repetition are decided. The more significant number of symptoms that match, the higher is the potency used.
Similarly, if fewer symptoms fit with the remedy, then a lower potency is used.
Causticum is a powerful and profound acting remedy. It has to be prescribed with utmost care and judiciousness.
Causticum 30 Usage:
This potency is reserved for cases where the medicine is required in a purely therapeutic dose. The symptoms presented by the patient help the doctor to make a diagnosis of the disease, but they show less matching with the symptoms of Causticum as such.
This dose needs to be repeated frequently, like 3 to 4 times a day.
One may dissolve the pills or the dilution in water and consume as per the doctor’s advice.
Causticum 200 Usage:
This potency should be used when the symptoms of the remedy match well with the person’s symptoms. This potency calls for a lot of symptoms peculiar to Causticum to be present.
200C is repeated infrequently. After administering the first dose, it is advisable to wait for the symptoms to subside. Repeating has to be done only till the symptoms disappear.
Causticum 1M Usage:
This is a very high potency and should be used cautiously. It has to be used only when the entire picture of causticum fits perfectly with the patient’s symptoms.
Clinical Indications of Causticum
4. Abdominal Colic
7. Eye Affections
10. Menstrual Disorders
14. Whooping cough
16. Scalds and burns
18. Paralytic affection of single parts
19. Involuntary urination
Side-Effects of Causticum
The process of potentization prepares homeopathic medications. In this method, the raw form of the medicine is taken and worked upon, and diluted to such an extent that all the harmful effects of the raw material are gone. All that remains is the medicinal or curative powers.
Homeopathic medicines are gentle and safe. They can be taken in the correct dose and potency by people of all age groups without fear.
Side-effects to homeopathic medicines are an infrequent phenomenon.
It may so happen that the symptoms may subside temporarily and then come back with a renewed strength and severity. This occurs when the medicine has been repeated more than what was required.
It may also happen that the person may come back saying that he has developed an entirely new set of symptoms while all his old symptoms are still present. This means that the remedy prescribed was the wrong one.
In both cases, it is advisable to give a suitable antidote to Causticum.
You may have to re-work the case as a new totality has emerged. Based upon this new totality, you may have to prescribe Causticum in a different potency or a new remedy altogether that matches the newly formed total.
Keep a lookout for these symptoms; they are the red flags on your path to recovery-
5.Rash appearing all over the body
7.Worsening of any symptom that you had before taking the dose.
8. Appearance or worsening of mental complaints like melancholy, despair, depression, and emotional sensitivity.
9. Sudden urge to indulge in rash activities like gambling.