Any infection or swelling of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. It is usually pus-forming and involves the fluid of the brain and spine in the space between the membranes that cover the brain.


There are certain late complications of head injury which may be of serious import. Of these the most frequent are the occurrence of late bleeding, meningitis and brain abscess.

Concussions may give rise to nothing more than the sensation of giddiness and slight headache of short duration. The patient may, when recovering from a stunning blow, feel nauseated and vomit. Persistent vomiting after a head injury is always a serious sign. ... Should meningitis or brain abscess develop the patient shows a temperature rise. In meningitis the headache is intense and the patient is often sensitive to light. [NL 2-1]


Spinal meningitis may be caused by extension from the meninges of the brain, as in cerebrospinal fever, or occur independently, when the cause may be a penetrating or other injury, or infection. [NL 2-1]

Herbal Aids:

Anal Use of Lobelia and Catnip: Add lobelia to a catnip enema. [SNH p.362]

Lobelia is helpful in meningitis, hepatitis, peritonitis, nephritis, etc. (Malstrom:94). Used in very small doses, frequently given it can raise a vigorous perspiration, being a diaphoretic, after which a long sleep of ten to twelve hours often follows. When the patient awakes, he is either cured of his illness or feels greatly improved (Thomson: 138). [NL 6-9&10]

Echinacea: It was used in cases of cerebrospinal meningitis because of its pain-relief and because this malady is caused by general sepsis. Prof. Webster, an early practitioner who used it in these cases, asserted that as a stimulant to the capillary circulation, no remedy is comparable with it, and it endows the vessels with a recuperative power or formative force, so as to enable them to successfully resist local inflammatory processes due to debility and blood depravation. [NL 6-12]

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