Daxa V. Vaishnav
Dr. (Mrs.) Daxa
V. Vaishnav is an Asst. Professor and Physician at Smt. CMP Homeopathic
Medical College, Mumbai, India. She is serving as Head of the Department
in Gynaecology and Obstetrics Therapeutics, She had presented many
scientific papers in India and abroad. She had conducted workshops
in London, Portland and Oregon.Her lecture on “The Homoeopathic
Management of Emergencies” is very popular
is a plant that belongs to the Compositae family. It therefore shares
a botanical relationship with other drugs of the same family like
Arnica. The whole plant is used to prepare the tincture. Matricaria
chamomilla (Chamomile- chamois, earth; melon, apple, so called from
the apple-like smell of the flower.)
We have found
this drug very useful in complaints of newborn children and during
dentition. It is also a very important drug for the ailments of
women (especially with light or brown hair) during menses and pregnancy.
Coffee and narcotic addicts have also benefited by the use of this
An excellent name for Chamomilla is “Cannot bear it”.
“Can’t bear other people.”
“Can’t bear pain” (Coffea, Acon.).
“Can’t bear things: wants them, and hurls them away.Everything
is simply intolerable.
This is because of its action on the mind and emotions and on the
nerves- both sensory and abdominal. The nerves are in a state of
irritation and this causes hypersensitivity and hyperaesthesia.
This makes the pains unbearable he is driven to frenzy and is mad
from the pains and hence the mental symptoms of the drug. (Children
are extremely crossed, irritable and whining. Older patients requiring
Chamomilla are peevish and impatient and extremely sensitive to
pain, so that they speak of the slightest twinge as unbearable.)
says Dunham, “that Chamomile exalts the general susceptibility,
causing pains to be felt very keenly, so that a pain which might
be supposed to be only moderately severe is, to the patient, intolerable,”
furnishes us with the most characteristic symptom and the keynote
for the use of the remedy.) Pains are associated with numbness,
fainting or profuse sweating.
therefore known as the homoeopathic Morphine.
There is an acuteness
of the senses esp. to NOISE, which they cannot tolerate.
acts on the motor nerves and on the nerves of the abdomen (Belladonna
acts on the cranial nerves). There is a colicky pain in the abdomen
rising upwards- cutting, griping wind colic, and the abdomen is
distended like a drum. Colic with irritability- screams the place
Its effect on
the motor nerves causes spasms, jerks, twitches and convulsions.
During convulsions, they become stiff, roll the eyes, distort the
face, clench the thumbs and bend the body backwards.
Its action on
the mucous membranes of the digestive tract causes gastralgia of
coffee drinkers. They may also suffer from colic with green diarrhoea.
The stools are grassy green, sour, corroding and hot. They look
like chopped eggs or chopped spinach and are very offensive- smell
like sulphuretted hydrogen (rotten eggs).
sphere of action of Chamomilla is the liver, which is inflamed and
the patient may get jaundice.
The most important
causation in Chamomilla is undoubtedly an emotional cause. The symptoms
appear as a result of ANGER, MORTIFICATION or CHAGRIN. Anger causes
colic, diarrhoea, jaundice, twitches and convulsions and we have
often seen Chamomilla useful for convulsions in infants after anger
in the mother. At this point I want to ask- what is the difference
between mortification, vexation and chagrin? We as homoeopaths often
read certain words in our Materia Medica and because our mother
tongue is not English we do not understand their correct meaning
and hence apply them incorrectly in our practice as well as the
understanding of the drug. The dictionary meanings of these words
are as follows:
: Humiliation, wounded feelings
Vexation : Anger by slight or
Chagrin : Acute disappointment
The other causative
factors of Chamomilla are DENTITION and abuse of coffee, narcotics,
and tobacco. (Hering says: “As long ago as 1830, I gave Chamomilla
in cases spoiled by the use of opium or morphine, at least as an
intercurrent before giving other remedies, and mostly with brilliant
Most of the complaints
are < ANGER, NIGHT (upto midnight), 9 am / 9 pm. (It is useful
to know the time modalities of our drugs so let us see what are
the drugs for < at various times of the day:
alb; 1-2 am: Ars alb; 2-4 am: Kali c; 3 am: Kali c, Thuja, Ammon
carb, Ant. Tart; Daybreak: Nux vom; 9am: Chamomilla; 10 am: Nat
mur; 11 am: Sulph, Midday (11am- 1 pm): Ars alb; 3 pm: Bell, Apis;
4-8 pm: Lyco; Twilight: Puls;
9 pm: Bry, Cham;
Sunset- sunrise: Aur met, Syph)
also < DENTITION, COFFEE, Narcotics, Taking cold, Cold damp and
cold air, Heat (to teeth)
There is an >
of the complaints from BEING CARRIED, Sweating, Heat, and Passive
The mental symptoms
of this remedy point to its use in practice. The mental symptoms
appear due to ANGER, PAIN and in infants- TEETHING. They are known
to be UGLY, CROSS and IRRITABLE. They are QUARRELSOME and are vexed
at every trifle. They are snappish and cannot return a civil answer.
They have an
aversion to being spoken to or touched. They are extremely OVERSENSITIVE
to people and especially to PAIN with great irritability and crossness.
They go mad with the pain and there is a frenzy of rage. This is
often seen as a bad temper (Nux vom has a malicious temper) <
before and during menses (Nux vom- but Nux is conscious of it).
Dr. Tyrell once
said, “When the husband complains of the wife’s cross
and irritable nature, and he can’t get along with her, give
him a dose of Chamomilla.”
one of the “out-of-proportions” drugs. Ars has prostration
out of proportion with the illness, and Chamomilla has pain out
of proportion (such as pains of labour- toothache-rheumatism, etc.).
There is no consideration for the feelings of others. If you go
to visit the patient at his home or in the wards, you should not
be surprised or feel offended if the Chamomilla patient says, “Doctor,
I don’t want you, GET OUT”. Or if you ask him what ails
him, he is most likely to snap at you, “How the hell am I
to know that? That’s for you to find out.”
This state of
anger and irritability will persist and he becomes excitable as
the day goes on with the peak at 9 pm. Then at the stroke of the
midnight hour, he suddenly calms down and there is no trace of the
mental storm that had been brewing throughout the day.
In infants and young children we find that in addition to the above
mental state, the child whines and sputters about everything. He
is RESTLESS- goes from one person to another; the mother, the nurse,
the father and so on, but each time dissatisfied with that person
and is liable to strike as it leaves him. The key to handling a
Chamomilla child is to jog it about. As soon as you lift him and
carry him about, he feels happy; stop doing that and he will pull
your hair or punch you in the eye or kick you in the abdomen!
The child asks for many things but immediately refuses it when it
The child does
not seem to know what it wants but the doctor knows- it wants Chamomilla!
Chamomilla is one of Clarke’s “Nursery A.B.C. drugs”-Acon,
Bell, Cham. Aconite is turmoil in circulation. Belladonna is turmoil
in brain. Chamomilla is turmoil in temper. The child is capricious-
wants something new every minute but when offered refuses it and
throws it away in irritation (Bry, Staph, Kreos, Cina).
It is always
important to keep in mind the fact that MENTAL CALMNESS CONTRAINDICATES
I want to share
with you the physical symptoms of Chamomilla where I have seen good
results. When treating the earaches in children, three drugs will
stand out- Allium cepa, Pulsatilla and Chamomilla. In Allium cepa,
it will be an accompanying symptom of the acute coryza and the characteristic
nasal discharge will guide you to it. The Pulsatilla child with
an earache will be very mild, yielding and tearful. She wants her
mother to hold her and comfort her and she is relieved from sympathy
and consolation. The Chamomilla child is always hot and thirsty,
has a red flushed face with one cheek red and hot and the other
pale. He is restless and irritable due to the pain and becomes extremely
ugly and cross. You generally end up petting and comforting the
Pulsatilla child but you feel like thrashing the Chamomilla child!
ear troubles are due to exposure to cold air. There is a sensation
of heat and fullness with a sense of obstruction. The child must
cover the ears and often there is the tell tale red and hot cheek
that points to this remedy. It has been of great value to me in
the treatment of disease of women. The menses are of clotted dark
blood. There are copious black clots and violent irregular pains
tearing down the thighs. Sometimes there is a constant oozing of
dark blood, with occasional gushes of bright blood. (Here one should
remember Mag carb which has similar menstrual symptoms and is the
mineral analogue of Chamomilla. Platina is also similar in the menses
and like Chamomilla has hypersensitivity to touch. She is so sensitive
that even the touch of the napkin may bring on a convulsion.)
also a remedy for membranous dysmenorrhoea. The menstrual colic
is < from anger. During labour, you can always recognize the
Chamomilla patient. The pains are unbearable and she magnifies them.
They are spasmodic, press upwards or go down the inner side of the
thighs. Sometimes the pains are felt in wrong places, clutching
here and there (due to irregular uterine contractions). The labour
cannot progress due to a rigid os.
I have often
prescribed Chamomilla to my patient in labour when she curses the
nurses and the ayah. Or, with every pain, she screams and uses abusive
language for her mother-in-law or her husband. One patient was so
angry due to the pains that she kicked out at the nurse during labour.
If the patient is intolerant of the pain and quarrels with the doctor
and insists on a Caesarean section, I would be tempted to give her
The after pains
are also quite distressing to the patient. The lochia is too profuse
or suppressed. There are violent cramps in the uterus every time
the child is put to the breast. The nipples are inflamed and tender
There are some other peculiar symptoms of Chamomilla that need our
warm drinks (Bry, Coffea, Puls)
Cough in children
at night during sleep. Irritating cough at night but does not wake
up the child (Verbascum, Tub, Lachesis).
Burning of feet
at night, must keep them out of bed.
Feels that she
is walking on the ends of her legs, as if she had no feet.
Ankles turn in
easily, especially in the afternoon.
I have found
Chamomilla not just a drug for children and infants during teething,
but also for adults and especially women in my practice.
Asst. Professor and Head
Dept. of Gyn. & Obst.
Smt. CMP Homoeopathic Medical College