E. A. Farrington was born in Williamsburg, NY, on January 1, 1847. In 1866 he graduated from the Homeopathic Medical College of Pennsylvania. In 1867 he entered the Hahnemann Medical College, graduating in 1868. He entered practice immediately after his graduation, establishing himself on Mount Vernon Street.
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Tabacum contains several active ingredients, the most important of which is Nicotine. Ever since smoking was an “art,” attempts have been made to get rid of this Nicotine. Every one acknowledges that it. has a serious effect on the body. There are three groups of symptoms which may follow the use of tobacco. The primary symptoms are the well-known gastric symptoms, nausea and vomiting, with the most horrible sickness. The patient is deathly pale, does not care whether he lives or dies. Sometimes, cold sweat breaks out on the body. The secondary effects are more remote, coming months or even years after using the weed, and these are dyspepsia, and also some symptoms of the heart.
These symptoms of the heart, I would have you remember. If they are not caused by tobacco, Tabacum will be a very valuable remedy in their cure. I refer especially to dilated heart when these symptoms are present: There are frequent pallor with lividity of the face, diarrhoea alternating with constipation, palpitation when lying on the left side, muscae volitantes, tinnitus aurium and dry cough which is cardiac in its origin, paroxysms of suffocation with tightness across the upper part of the chest, feeble and irregular pulse, pains like those of angina pectoris shoot from the heart down the left arm, or up into the neck and involve different plexuses of nerves. The extremities are cold and covered with a clammy sweat. Another symptom that may come as a secondary symptom’ of tobacco, is neuralgia of the face. This symptom when thus caused is curable by SEPIA as is also the dyspepsia.
Impotence also follows tobacco and yields often to LYCOPODIUM.
The tertiary effects of tobacco include apoplexy.
Tobacco in its effect on the gastric organs very much resembles HYDROCYANIC ACID, VERATRUM and CAMPHOR. For instance, we find it indicated in cholera, when the nausea and cold sweat persist after Veratrum, Secale or Camphor, has stopped the diarrhoea. This nausea is accompanied by burning heat about the abdomen, the rest of the body being cold. The patient persists in uncovering the abdomen.
I would remark here that this kind of sickness suggests Tabacum in renal colic or in strangulated hernia. There are this deathly nausea and sickness, with slimy stool, from irritation of the bowels.
The resemblance to HYDROCYANIC ACID is in asphyxia. The latter drug acts upon the medulla and hence upon the heart through the pneumogastric nerves. Consequently the symptoms you would expect it to produce are those of the heart and lungs. We find it producing convulsions with drawing at the nape of the neck from irritation at the base of the brain. Along with this, respiration is irregular or gasping and there is great distress about the heart with repeated weak “spells,” and coldness and blueness of the surface of the body. It is well to remember this fact in uraemic convulsions when the medulla is affected. Hydrocyanic acid is then our only hope.
Tabacum is used as an antidote to the bad effects of CICUTA VIROSA.
The primary effects of tobacco are generally relieved by IPECAC.
NUX VOMICA is indicated for the bad taste in the mouth and the headache worse in the morning from excessive smoking.
It is said that PLANTAGO MAJOR produces a distaste for tobacco. I have seen one or two patients who supposed they had a dislike to tobacco after taking it.