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  Pulvis stomachicus cum Belladonna
  

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By: Hans Werner, M.D.
pgs. 81-83.doc


Constituents
100 g of the trituration contains
Antimonite 3x 33.3 g Belladonna, planta tota 3x 16.7 g Bismuthum subnitricum 5x 33.3 g Qiamomilla, planta tota 3x 16.7 g
Uses
According to the anthroposophic view of man and nature. Including:
heartburn; functional, painful disorders of gastric and duodenal secretion and motility; also with erosive or ulcerative changes in the mucosa.

The individual components of the medicinal composition:
Antimonite
Antimonite (Sb2S3), also called stibnite or antimony glance, is the chief ore of antimony. The pure metal is obtained from it. The silvery grey, lustrous ore consists of spear-like crystals radiating from a center. Principles of form radiating from the periphery come to expression in a very special way in the forms of this mineral. Antimonite shows us how it takes the principles that come from the earth's outer environment into itself (Rudolf Steiner). The ore reveals that the metal has a tendency to combine with, and therefore relate to, sulfur. It melts, evaporates and ignites easily, properties to indicate that its form-giving principles act mainly in the sulfur domain - in the metabolic system. If the metabolic organs lack structuring power in protein synthesis, inflammatory, dissolving processes develop in these organs in which protein disintegrates. The structuring powers of antimonite help to push back the dissolving, inflammatory tendency and restore boundaries and functions to the organs.

Belladonna atropa

Belladonna is a member of the nightshade family. It grows mainly on the edges of woodlands where light and shade interact. The vegetative growth form changes enormously as soon as flowering starts. The specific character of the shoot, directions taken by the developing bud, flower and fruit, the interlinking of leaf and shoot, absence of leaf metamorphosis, and the fact that all parts of the plant are poisonous, all point to a powerful cosmic, astral irruption into the plant, and resistance to this from the earthly, vegetative principles. Light and shade, buoyancy and gravity, watery and airy principles are held in vital tension. The poisonous nature of the plant indicates that the cosmic, astral forces go beyond their sphere of action in the flowering process and penetrate the plant.

An important element in the medicinal actions of Belladonna are the alkaloids atropine, hyoscyamine and scopolamine. The plant also contains alpha-methylesculetin, magnesium, silicon and copper.

If the dissolving, inflammatory forces have the upper hand in a pathological process affecting a metabolic organ - in the present case mainly the gastroduodenal region - with the form-giving powers of the sentient organization intervening more powerfully to cause pain and spasms in the affected organ, the dual nature of the Belladonna action, that state of tension between vegetative and cosmic, astral powers, can restore the balance where life and sentient organization have fallen out of harmony.

Bismuthum nitricum
Bismuth is a heavy, very soft metal with silvery luster, usually found in association with lead, copper and zinc ores. It protects from X-rays, is used as a protective lubricant in areas of powerful friction, in low-melting alloys for various screening systems, and as a coating to protect other metal products. It also makes molten iron easier to cast.

In both appearance and reactions the metal shows a degree of relationship to antimony and silver.

The above properties, which in various technological applications serve above all to provide protection, help us to understand the medicinal action of bismuth in Pulvis stomachicus cum Belladonna. The nitrogen compound of the metal counteracts protein degradation in inflammatory processes and supports the structuring function of the antimonite constituent.

Chamomile
Chamomile needs light and warmth to thrive. It likes saline soils. Growth begins with fine radial roots developing below and succulent leaves above ground. After this relatively restrained growth phase the shoot moves up into the light and the warmth with vigor. The leaves become finely divided. The shoot branches, every branch terminating in the familiar yellow flowering head with its white marginal florets. Here lies the center of the oil-producing process, a weaker form of which is also present in all other parts. As the flowers develop, withering progresses rapidly from the base upwards. The small fruits are moist and slimy. The whole plant is subtly, pleasantly scented.

The chamazulene content is said to be responsible for the medicinal action of chamomile. It gives the oil its deep blue color. The plant also contains sesquiterpenes and the flavone glycoside apiin, which is considered to be mainly responsible for the spasmolytic effect. Minerals include a high silica and sulfur content, and also potassium and calcium.

Acute, subacute and chronic inflammation in the gastroduodenal region, combined with poor blood supply to the mucosa, pain and spasm respond to this medicinal plant which through its process of warmth substance pushes back the encroaching sentient organization. Silica, potassium, sulfur and sugars support the healing process by restoring harmony between the essential principles of the human being which are no longer working together in a healthy way.

Summary
Pulvis stomachicus cum Belladonna is a medicinal composition in which antimonite and bismuth subnitrate and chamomile act together to restore harmonious interaction of the essential principles in a healing process that progresses through time. The herbal constituents Belladonna and Chamomilla push back the pathological intervention of the sentient organization in the life organization, at the same time strengthening the anabolic functions of the life organization. The two metals mediate structuring ego activity, restoring organs to their boundaries.
Hans Werner, M.D
Forststr. 15
D-75223 Niefem-Oeschelbronn
Germany

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