: The fresh green plant,
gathered in August,
is pounded to a pulp and macerated with two parts by weight of alcohol.
little has been written concerning this remedy, the tincture of oats.
a bad reputation somewhere in the "eighties" by being advertised as a
remedy making wonderful cures, but analysis showed the advertised
to contain opium.
outline of the drug is by Dr. E. H. Russell,
in North American Journal of Homoeopathy)
Avena sativa is
an anti-neurotic, quieting the nervous system to a remarkable degree.
sphere of action seems to be upon the male sexual organs, regulating
functional irregularities of these parts perhaps as much as any drug
It is a most
useful remedy in all cases of nervous exhaustion, general debility,
palpitation of the heart, insomnia, inability to keep the mind fixed
any one subject, etc., more especially when, any or all of these
is apparently due to nocturnal emissions, masturbation, over sexual
and the like.
disorders it is truly specific.
It is one
of the most valuable means for overcoming the bad effects of the morphine
In most cases
in which the habitue has not used more than four grains daily the
may be abruptly discontinued, and even substituted, without any serious
If a larger
quantity than this amount has-been taken for some time, it is better to
gradually reduce the daily dose of morphine, in the usual manner,
prescribing the Avena in
should be given in the same dose, as a rule, regardless of the amount
morphine taken. In other words, it is not necessary to increase the Avena as
the opiate is withdrawn.
When the quantity
of morphine has not exceeded four grains daily it should be stopped at
once, as stated above, and Avena given
in its stead in fifteen drop doses, four times a day, in a wineglassful
of hot water.
By this method
the disagreeable after-effects will be much less than though the dose
morphine is gradually reduced, and the patient will find life quite
as a rule, at the end of a week.
Avena sativas hould
always be given in appreciable doses of the tincture.
three or four times a day, well diluted, will. usually meet the case.
It may be
given in doses of from five to sixty drops in rare instances. it
however, never be given in larger quantities than twenty minims unless
the patient is thoroughly accustomed to the remedy, and has found the
there is danger of getting the physiological effect of the drug, which
is pain at the base of the brain.
symptom makes its appearance the medicine should be discontinued for a
day or two, and then given in reduced doses.
to be no danger whatever of forming the habit of taking this drug, as
can be suddenly abandoned at any time without evil consequences, even
given in large quantities.
In one case
it was prescribed by the writer in sixty-drop doses, night and morning,
for one year,
and then abruptly stopped,
substituted therefore, without bad effects.
quick action is desired, and in all cases where Avena is
given to overcome the morphine habit, it should be prepared in hot
It is also
a good plan to prescribe it in this fashion wherever indigestion
has employed this drug in his private practice for a number of years
the most gratifying results.
He has very
rarely found it to fail when indicated, and on account of his high
of the remedy he has taken great pleasure in thus bringing it
to the attention of the medical profession.
arranged and edited by Edward Pollock Anshutz : New, Old
Remedies. Papers by many writers. Philadelphia, january 2, 1900.
Copyright © Robert Séror 1999