“It was said that in the golden age, when men lived upon acorns, the gods lived upon Walnuts, and hence the name of juglans, Jovis glans, or Jupiter’s nuts” (Treasury of Botany).
From many points of view the walnut-tree is of very great importance, and well deserves its lofty name. Besides providing food, at any rate fit for the gods, and wood at once light and strong, a sap that yields sugar, a fruit that yields a dye and an oil, and serves for pickles, the Royal Nut has a place in medicine which deserves to be better known.
The Treasury of Botany gives a hint to homeopaths in this remark: “Its plantation should not be too near dwellings, as some persons are affected by the powerful aroma of its foliage.”
The remarkably brain-like appearance of the nut has given rise to the notion that it is a “brain-food.” I cannot say that there is any other ground for it; but in Clotar Müller, who was the first to prove Jug. r., it produced this curious symptom: “Excited, as if intoxicated, in the evening in bed, and a feeling as if the head were floating in the air”; showing a decided brain action, such as we generally associate with the “wine” rather than the “walnuts” of dessert. Peevishness and mental indolence were other mental symptoms noted. The head symptoms are as marked as those of Jug. c., but the lancinating pains were not noted in the occiput as with that remedy, but in the forehead. There are few remedies which cause flatulence and bloating of the abdomen more markedly than Jug. r. It appears to affect the spleen more than the liver (opposite of Jug. c.). There is diarrhœa, and many rectal and anal symptoms; but the diarrhœa is not so distinctly bilious as that of Jug. c. Like Carya alba and Jug. c., Jug. r. is hæmorrhagic, the blood being black and clotted (uterine). Remarkable symptoms of inflammation and ulceration appeared in the male sexual organs. This to a large extent belongs to the general integumatary action of the remedy. It was Clotar Müller who made the observation that “In the digestive organs it causes derangement and irritation, which simultaneously call forth abnormal symptoms in other organs, especially in the head. After this action, which is brief, appear various exanthematous symptoms, which appear late and run a chronic course.”
The skin symptoms of the Regia are more pronounced and varied than those of Cinerea. This has led to its more frequent use in scrofula, as skin and gland affections go much together. Farrington says Jug. r. is one of the best remedies in “tinea favosa, especially in the scalp behind the ear, itching is intense at night so that the patient has difficulty in sleeping.” Scabs appear on arms and in axillæ.
In the proving of Jug. r. the symptoms went from the right axilla to left. In a patient of mine, a nurse who had poisoned her left arm some years before from a septic and possibly syphilitic case, inflammation of the axillary glands ensued, first of left then of right, leaving an eczematous itching condition. The glands of the groin also became affected. Elaps. 200 had relieved the bulk of the conditions, but there was still a little irritation occasionally in the axillæ, and I thought I might expedite matters by giving Jug. r. 12 three times a day. This is what happened: Five days after beginning the Jug. r. an eruption of minute vesicles appeared on her back, itching much. It extended all up the centre of the back from sacrum to mid-dorsal region, spreading out below, tapering above. She had scratched holes in two places. The rash was reduced after washing. But all soreness and irritation had gone from the arms and axillæ. I antidoted with Rhus 12. Four years later she had had no more trouble with the glands. Cl. Müller, who experienced the axillary skin symptoms in his own person, had never suffered from a skin affection before.
One of the provers was cured of an itching eruption of the legs from which he had suffered in winter for four years, the itching commencing as soon as he began to undress. Many of the symptoms closely resembled syphilis, and the affection of the cheek in one of the provers was actually diagnosed as syphilitic by a medical man who saw him in Cl. Müller’s absence. The left side of head, face, and abdomen mostly affected. Axillary symptoms proceed from right to left. The symptoms generally are reduced by motion; migraine reduced by speaking; pain in abdomen reduced by laughing. There is reduction after fat food. Less in the Evening at 9 p.m., and after 9. The itching is reduced at night. Warmth of bed , toothache. It removed a winter rash by undressing. Rash caused in my case was by washing.
Relations.─Antidoted by: Rhus. Compare: jug. c., Carya alb. (botan); Rhus (skin); Graph. (tinea favosa behind ears); Rumex (rash :< undressing); Mezer., Merc.; Cean. (spleen); Lyc. (flatulence). Follows well: Elaps. (axillary affections; black hæmorrhages); Sulph. (head, hot, cold extremities); Grind. (pain over l. eye).