What is anthrax?
According to the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC)
Anthrax is an acute infectious disease caused by the spore-forming
bacterium, Bacillus anthracis. Anthrax most commonly occurs
in wild and domestic lower vertebrates such as cattle, sheep, goats,
antelopes, and other herbivores, but it can also occur in humans
when they are exposed to infected animals, tissue from infected
animals or exposure to anthrax spores. Sources of infection
are usually industrial or agricultural and the infection is
classified as one of three types:
CUTANEOUS INFECTION (most
documented cases in humans)
INHALATION ANTHRAX (rare)
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Origins of anthrax in Homeopathy:
During the 1800s, in Europe,
anthrax was known as "wool-sorter's" or "rag picker's" disease
because these workers contracted the disease from bacterial spores
present on hides and in wool or fabric fibers. Spores are small,
thick-walled dormant stage of some bacteria that enable them to
survive for long periods of time under adverse conditions. The first
anthrax vaccine was perfected in 1881 by Louis Pasteur.
Anthracinum is a nosode
(made from the disease material Anthrax) whose strain has varied
Guillaume Lux used blood
from the spleen of anthratic animals.
Others (G. A. Weber,
Dufresne) used the spleen of anthratic sheep or the secretions of
in 1947, Henry Duprat
mentions use of the secretions of malignant pustules.
The current strain of
anthrax is prepared from the liver of anthratic rabbits.
In 1831, Guillaume Lux, the
first veterinary homeopath, was asked for homeopathic medicine for
anthrax by a livestock breeder; he recommended dynamizing to 30C one
drop of blood of an animal infected by anthrax.
Lux, inspired by the example
of Constantin Hering, who had prepared the first nosode from the
serous fluid of a scabies vesicle in 1831, put this method into use
and called it "isopathy".
Although there is no proving,
in the strictest sense of experimentation on healthy humans,
Bacillus Anthracis, provokes specific symptoms of anthrax
High fever, septic
condition with anxiety, delirium, adynamia with intense thirst,
Localized indurations of
the subcutaneous connective tissue where a purple-blue, almost a
black vesicle is formed, accompanied by intense burning pain.
The vesicle erodes and exudes fetid irritant pus (malignant
pustule). It progresses towards gangrene.
Hemorrhage of thick black
The individual clinical
picture is scanty and the modalities are absent, which explains the
difficulty encountered in practice. Principally because of the
very few instances encountered in humans.
It's indications are
essentially to be found in patterns of:
Severe toxi-infection or
By clinical analogy, this
medicine may be useful, in association with antibiotics or after
treatment with antibiotics have failed for the following conditions:
Severe adynamic septic
Gangrene, the after effects
of dissection wounds.
Generally prescribed as:
One dose of
Anthracinum, twice a day at 9C or 15C
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