Crataegus in Angina Pectoris.
I recently treated a patient who had suffered for years from angina pectoris. The attacks were invariably brought on immediately if she should put her hands into cold water. For this patient I prescribed crataegus oxyacantha, the homeopathic tincture, in divided doses several times each day, and gave a light electric treatment of a high frequency twice a week.
The improvement was plainly perceptible from the start and the patient has had no attack since the treatment was instituted. Prior to that there was a severe attack every four or six weeks. She calls herself well today although the heart disorder cannot be fully cured.
I feel that I cannot recommend this remedy too highly in this class of cases where there is valvular insufficiency.
IDA H. BARNES, M. D.
COMMENT: I regret that the Doctor did not go a little more fully into details concerning the age and general condition of the patient, and the dosage, in order to enable us to learn to more clearly apply, in our own cases, crataegus for the treatment of valvular heart disorder. I hope all of my writers will learn to be very specific. This fact has much value, but its value would be increased if it were more exact with more of the details.
Ellingwood's Therapeutist, Vol. 2, 1908, was edited by Finley Ellingwood M.D.