Cactus in Raynaud's Disease

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This disease is one that has been found difficult to influence with remedies. Dr. Felter writing in the Gleaner for September, '07, says: "It has produced, in our hands, a remarkable restraining, if not actually curative result in a case of Raynaud's disease, which had lasted from early womanhood to a considerable period beyond the menopause.

The case has been seen and treated by many physicians, and was progressively growing worse when we prescribed six-drop doses of specific cactus once a day. The good effect began shortly after the beginning of the use of the medicine. After taking it for a few months it was dropped and the disturbance gradually returned.

The good effect had been so marked while taking the cactus that it was resumed, and again with gradual amelioration, until now, considerably more than a year since the patient began the use of the medicine, she considers herself practically cured. However, as a precaution, lest the spasms return, she continues the daily dose. This is, so far as we are aware, the first case of the kind treated with cactus. Electricity gives partial and temporary relief, but did not begin to compare with the effect of cactus in this case."

Ellingwood's Therapeutist, Vol. 2, 1908, was edited by Finley Ellingwood M.D.