Natural Order: Fungi
Common Names: Larch Agaric, Larch Boletus, Purging Agaric, White Agaric
Here is one typical cases out of thirteen by Dr. W. H. Burt, which we find in the North American Journal of Homeopathy, 1866 quoted from the Medical Investigator from a volume not attainable
Intermittent fever : Type Quotidiana Duplex.
In a large lymphatic woman ; weight about 180 lbs. ; aged thirty-nine.
For the last five weeks has had the ague. At first it was a simple quotidian.
Took quinine, which broke it for four days, when it returned ; took quinine in massive doses, which checked it for one week.
It returned two weeks since, in the form of a double quotidian. The chill comes on every day at 2 A.M. and 5 P.M.
The chill lasts from one to two hours each time ; hands and feet get icy cold, chills run up and down the spine, with severe pains in the head, back and limbs ; followed by high fever for three hours, and then profuse sweat.
Tongue furred whitish-yellow, with large fissures in the tongue ; flat, bitter taste ; has had no appetite. for five weeks ; craves cold water all the time ; bowels rather costive ; has nausea during every chill, but no vomiting ; very weak, can only sit up about one hour in the morning ; great depression of spirits, cried during the whole examination ; face very much jaundiced.
Treatment : Ars >2, every two hours, for three days.
It produced constant nausea and lessened the chills, but aggravated the fever.
I then determined to try the Boletus 1st, two grs. every two hours.
Took two doses when the chills came on, she then ceased to take the medicine until 5 P. M.
Took three doses, and then fell asleep.
Says she is feeling a little better, continued treatment ; 10 A.M., commenced to have a severe diarrhea an effect of the medicine ; discontinued the powders until 5 P. M.
The fever did not come on until 3 P- M- ; had no chill ; fever lasted three hours ; perspired profusely all night ; slept well for the first time in a number of weeks.
Feeling much better. Fever came on at 4 P. M., had no chill ; fever lasted four hours ; nausea all the evening ; sweat all night.
Feeling quite well. Had no more fever, but had night sweats for a week after.
Convalescence was very slow ; notwithstanding she had no more fever it was three weeks before she felt perfectly well.
This case demonstrated the fact to us that the Boletus is superior to our greatest remedial agents in the case of intermittents.
I believe if I had not been acquainted with the therapeutic properties of the Boletus would have been compelled to treat this lady every few weeks for two or three months with our usual remedies.
From: New, Old And Forgotten Remedies, By Edward Pollock Anshutz