NAT. ORD., Bignoniaceae.
COMMON NAME, Carroba.
PREPARATION.--The dried leaves are crushed and macerated in five parts
by weight of alcohol.
(Of this South American remedy the Dispensatory says it
is used in Brazil and other South American countries for
syphilis; sometimes under the name Carroba. Its value
was also asserted in British Medical Jou
nal, 1885. The
following letter from Dr. J. F. Convers, of Bogota, to
Messrs. Boericke & Tafel, throws some further light on
its use; the letter is dated November 24, 1888):
Dear Gentlemen: Please to accept the leaves of a tree of the
Bignoniacea family, called Jacaranda gualandai, that I send you with
this, because it is very much used by our natives to cure illness of a
syphilitic character. I have used the mother tincture (5 drops pro
dosi), and the 3d dilution of it, in the treatment of blennorrhagia and
chancroids with the greatest success. In my experience I have found that
this medicine is a complementary and antidote to Merc. v.
Mr. Jose M. Reyes, who proved the [Greek: theta] and the 2x dilution
during more than one month three times a day, found the following
HEAD.--Vertigo on rising after stooping, with momentary loss of sight,
and sensation of heaviness in the forehead. Weakness of memory and
inability to study.
EYES.--Pains and inflammation of the eyes, with redness more marked in
the left eye. Sensation of sand in both eyes. Ophthalmia, which begins
in the left eye, with lachrymation and night agglutination of the
eyelids. Weakness of sight. Syphilitic-like ophthalmia.
STOOL.--Diarrhoea with dark mulberry-colored stools without pain or
tenesmus, but with mucus.
URINARY AND SEXUAL ORGANS.--Increased secretion of the urine. Pain in
the penis. Blennorrhagia with a discharge which stains the linen a
dirty yellow color. Chancroids.
THROAT.--Pain and burning of the larynx, when laughing or reading aloud,
and small vesicles in the pharynx.
BACK.--Weakness of the lumbar region.
These are not doubtful symptoms.
N. B.--This remedy acts on the head at first, afterwards on the
intestines, and on the eyes last.
Please try it, and make it known to our colleagues. Should it prove to
be there as good as here, I assure you it will be a valued remedy.
(Dr. J. S. Whittinghill contributed the following,
Eclectic Medical Journal, concerning Jacaranda):
Let me give the results of my experience with Jacaranda. I believe it
to be a true specific for certain kinds of rheumatism. Its first trial
was given a patient suffering as follows: She had had rheumatism for
about ten years--never became serious. Sometimes she was nearly relieved
from it; again lost much rest and sleep from it. Her wrist would become
painful and very weak from ordinary labor. She always suffered very much
in the morning upon any motion, and complained of being stiff. Had to
have assistance in dressing. Upon sudden motion, sensation in the
muscles as of tearing and being bruised--even painful upon pressure.
I gave her different remedies as they seemed to be indicated, with no
results towards removing the trouble. I thought there could be nothing
lost by trying Jacaranda. It met with decided success. She was
entirely relieved of muscular pains in a few days. Had the recurrence of
some symptoms in about six weeks after; tried Jacaranda again with the
same decided success. Some eight weeks have elapsed since, with no
recurrence of muscular pains. I have tried it on three other patients
with the same peculiar morning stiffness and soreness of muscles. All
were relieved in a few days. They have no more muscular trouble. So I
put morning soreness and stiffness of muscles as the guide in