The patient complained of soreness and swelling and throbbing of the floor of the right side of the mouth. the temperature was 101; The mouth was exceedingly dry and the mucus surface very red, the sublingual gland had continued to swell until it was about the size of an egg .The general symptoms were those of throbbing head ache < jar and motion, even the motion of talking, the dreams were disagreeable, with starting from sleep on these symptoms I prescribed Belladonna .
Two days afterward the swelling had increased still more; the patient complained of sticking pains in the sublingual region and had broken out into a moist perspiration, the prescription this time was heparsulphur. The next day, upon examination of the gland, I discovered a white speck on the floor of the mouth which upon touching with a probe, gave out a a metallic sound, with a pair of forceps, I removed a half inch of calcareous matter, perfectly white from the lumen of the canal to the submaxillary gland, having the form of the canal. This case illustrates the use of complimentary remedies belladonna was called for in the acute manifestation, then hepar ulphur which is complimentary to belladonna later calcarea symptoms developed and calcareacarb made a complete cure .
This case I have just quoted was that of an adult. Another case, almost identical in the symptom picture and with the same prescriptions and sequence of events, even to the calcareous deposit in the gland canal, occurred in a child of eight years at the same time as the first case quoted. At the end of the acute manifestations , this case also called for the chronic constitutional remedy of calcarea carb , very recently I had two cases of idiopathic inflammation of the parotid gland , where the swelling was very extensive more so than in any case of mumps I have ever seen . The pain was intense at first and the temperature 102. in both cases the parotid gland of the right side was effected , with complete tetanus of the jaw , which could not be opened at all ; the head ache was severe throbbing< night< motion and jars ; pupils dilated , belladonna was prescribed . This condition lasted for three days, with practically no sleep because of the intense pain, on the third day when I visited these patients I found both of them with their heads done up in large shawls and they were in a drenching perspiration silica was administered and the patients made rapid and uneventful recoveries.
A curious thing about these four cases is that in both instances the two cases showed the same symptoms and practically the same time although not having any relationship to the other in the matter of location to the other in the matter of location in the city nor even being in the same social circles , I have reported these cases as illustrative of very peculiar , a typical infection of the salivary glands .The sublingual glands produce a great deal more mucin , which probably accounts for the despair of calcareous matter from the source ; where as the parotid gland secrete very little mucin and there fore the secretion is much more liquid and less liable to crystallization . These four cases illustrate very clearly the sequence of remedies and the complimentary nature of certain remedies .The constitional remedy is seldom called for in the acute manifestations; but as Hahnemann and Boenninhausen and Kent suggest, the chronic constitutional remedy may may very appropriately be administered at the close of an cure manifestation of disease to excellent advantage, where as the complementary remedy will be one to relieve the acute distress.
I have come to the opinion that if we will study our double salts and mineral remedies, these deep acting drugs especially combinations such as calcarea carb flourica, calcarea phos and calcarea sulph and the same way with the kali group and others, we will get far better and far more lasting effect than by just prescribing a single remedy, by just prescribing a single remedy. I had a case of tubercular nature which I have been treating about three years, a young married woman about twenty four or twenty five years of age . She had beautiful symptoms of phosphorous. It ameliorated her , she got along fine , but I was careful about repeating it on account of the violent action . In my early days of practicing I repeated phosphorous in a young man with tubercular symptoms and stepped it up to 10M potency , result an acute case of tuberculosis which looked bad , I went to see Dr. Thatcher and he said “ the only trouble with you is you have murdered the Marr , he is going to die “ , he was very frank and he told the truth , so I was careful in this case of repeating the phosphorous , however , I did repeat it finally figured out there were some calcarea features about it , still there were phosphorous features , I studied upon calcarea phos and finally gave powder of 30th potency , that did wonders for her .
The probabilities are calcarea phos was the true simillinum all the time and I did not see it. I think sometimes we don’t study those double remedies enough. The 12 tissue remedies and not only those but similar combinations have tremendous depth of action and do not seen, so violent.