Tetanus is a disease caused by a poison produced by a bacterium known as Clostridium tetani. It is characterized by severe painful muscle spasms which is often noticed initially as difficulty in chewing, discomfort in the jaws and aching in the neck and back. These symptoms led to its common name ‘lockjaw’. If untreated, the problem may lead to difficulty in breathing and swallowing. Clostridium tetani forms spores, which are found in soil and particularly in the faeces of animals. This bacterium is very resistant to climatic changes and will survive drought or flood.

The bacterium will enter the body through an injury, which may be no more than a scrape, and multiply locally. The toxin from Clostridium enters the bloodstream and travels to a specific part of the nervous system that normally blocks muscular activity. With this inhibition diminished, muscles tense up.

The symptoms develop any time from two days to several weeks later, and if left untreated may last up to ten weeks. Complications can arise because of a loss of respiratory muscles and the effect the toxin may have on the heart muscle and the muscles within the arteries.

Treatment of tetanus is difficult because the antibiotic (usually penicillin) may kill the bacteria but does not remove the toxin. Tetanus immunoglobulins are available in serious cases. These are antibodies taken from other humans that are specific against tetanus. The prognosis in cases of tetanus is dependent upon the well-being of the individual and the medical care available. Most cases of tetanus are mild but some may be fatal.

Vaccination against tetanus — see Vaccinations

Tetanus vaccine is usually given in combination with diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough) and is known as DPT. There are reports of convulsions, collapse, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and even encephalitis and anaphylaxis, and it is very much up to an individual or the parents of a child to decide whether or not to vaccinate against tetanus. The holistic consensus of opinion would be that an individual with a good immune system would not have a problem in fighting tetanus and the chances of contracting tetanus must be put into the equation. Picking up Clostridium in cities, for example, is rare. One must balance what is called the risk-benefit ratio, considering that adverse reactions do occur with the vaccine.

A cut or graze at risk of Clostridium infection should be thoroughly cleansed and debrided (dead tissue removed). A hospital may be necessary for this to be done completely. Any dirt in a wound needs to be removed.

Immediately apply a solution of Hypericum at a dilution that just tingles but does not sting. This should be repeated every 15min for lhr.

Give the homeopathic remedy Hypericum 30 every hour for 3hr and then every 4hr for three days. Following this, take one dose of Hypericum 200.

Antitetanus serum should be given by a doctor.

Consider systemic penicillin if the wound was inflicted in an area where animal faeces may have spread.

A tetanus vaccine will be offered by any orthodox physician but will have no benefit to the possibility of an infection for at least two or three weeks. with an increase in autism. The complementary medical world had been aware of this association for quite some time. RECOMMENDATIONS