HOMOPATHIC MATERIA MEDICA
WILLIAM BOERICKE, M.D.
(ECHINACEA - RUDBECKIA)
We are indebted to the Eclectic school for this remarkable medicine as a "corrector of blood dyscrasia". Acute auto-infection. Symptoms of blood poisoning, septic conditions generally. Diarrha in typhoid. Gonorrha. Boils. Erysipelas and foul ulcers. Gangrene. Goitre with exophthalmic symptoms; full doses, also injecting 5-10 drops into thyroid gland. Tendency to malignancy in acute and subacute disorders. Last stages of cancer to ease pain. Venom infection. Cerebro-spinal meningitis. Puerperal infections. Tired feeling. Piles. Pustules. Acts on vermiform appendix thus has been used for appendicitis, but remember it promotes suppuration and a neglected appendicitis with pus formation would probably rupture sooner under its use. Lymphatic inflammation; crushing injuries. Snake bites and bites and stings generally. Foul discharges with emaciation and great debility.
Head.--Confused, depressed. Aches with a peculiar periodical flushing of the face, even to the neck; dizziness and profound prostration.
Nose.--Foul-smelling discharge, membranous formations protruding. Post-nasal catarrh with ulceration and fetor. Nose feels stuffed up. Right nostril raw, bleeding.
Mouth.--Canker; gums recede and bleed easily; corners of mouth and lips crack; tongue dry and swollen; sores; dirty brownish. Tongue, lips, and fauces tingle, with sense of fear about heart (Acon). White coating of tongue, with red edges. Promotes the flow of saliva.
Throat.--Tonsils purple or black, gray exudation extending to posterior nares and air-passages. Ulcerated sore throat.
Stomach.--Sour belching and heartburn. Nausea; better lying down.
Chest.--Pain as of a lump in chest and under sternum. Pain in pectoral muscles (Aristolochia).
Urine.--Albuminous, scanty, frequent, and involuntary.
Female.--Puerperal septicæmia; discharges suppressed; abdomen sensitive and tympanitic; offensive, excoriating leucorrha.
Extremities.--Aching in limbs and general lassitude.
Skin.--Recurring boils. Carbuncles. Irritations from insect bites and poisonous plants. Lymphatics enlarged. Old tibial ulcers. Gangrene.
Fever.--Chilliness, with nausea. Cold flashes all over back. Malarial fever.
Relationship.--Compare: Cenchris contortrix; Bothrops; Ars; Laches; Baptis; Rhus; Cistus; Hepar; Calendula.
Dose.--Tincture, one to ten drops, every two hours, and larger doses.
Locally, as a cleansing and antiseptic wash.
Similar to snake-poisons generally. Has very marked black discharges. Cold things disagree. Desire for sweetened buttermilk. Nausea and vomiting. Prostrating diarrha of consumption. Acidity of stomach, with faint feeling. Sudden pain in stomach. Spasm of sophagus; pharynx constricted; food and liquids suddenly arrested, and then fall heavily into stomach. Spasms followed by paresis. Cold feeling in stomach. Fruits and ice-water lie very cold. Right-sided paralysis. Must have oscillatory motion. Rheumatic constitutions. Ear, nose and throat symptoms important.
Mind.--Depressed; imagines he hears someone talking; dreads to be left alone. Fear of rain. Can speak, but cannot understand speech. Fears apoplexy.
Head.--Violent headache, extending from forehead to occiput; first one eye, then the other. Pain in ears. Vertigo with tendency to fall forward. Weight and pain in forehead. Fullness in head.
Eyes.--Aversion to light; letters run together when reading. Veil before eyes. Burning in lids. Bloated around the eyes in the morning. Large red fiery spot before eyes.
Ears.--Cerumen black and hard, with difficult hearing, or serous greenish discharge, offensive; buzzing, and illusion of hearing. Sudden attack of nightly deafness, with roaring and crackling in ears, cracking in ears on swallowing. Intolerable itching in ear.
Nose.--Chronic nasal catarrh, with fetid odor and greenish crusts. Ozæna; yellowish-green discharge. Mucous membrane wrinkled; nostrils plugged up with dry mucus. Pains from nose to ears on swallowing. Nostrils stopped up. Nasal bleeding. Pain at root of nose. Eruption about nose.
Throat.--Thick, very offensive, dry, greenish-yellow crusts upon the posterior pharyngeal wall and extremely foul breath. Spasmodic contraction of sophagus; passage of fluids arrested.
Chest.--Coldness in chest after drinking. Hæmorrhage from lungs black as ink and watery; stitches in apex of right lung. Fainting caused by stooping. Oppression in going upstairs. Peeling off of skin from palms and fingers. Cough, with terrible pain through lungs. Worse right and expectoration of black blood. Sensation of a sponge in sophagus.
Stomach.--Feels cold. Sensation as if food turned like a corkscrew on swallowing; desire for sweetened buttermilk. Acidity after every mouthful.
Female.--Dysmenorrha, with black blood. Discharge of black blood between menses. Itching of vulva and vagina.
Sleep.--Dreams about dead persons.
Skin.--Glands and skin of axillæ affected; itching with tetter. Tips of fingers peel off. Itching eruption in axillæ.
Extremities.--Icy cold feet. Vesicular eruptions on feet. Arms and hands swollen bluish. Knee-joints feel sprained. Pricking under the nails.
Fever.--Cold perspiration all over. Typhoid when ulcers have eaten into tissues, and black blood is discharged.
Modalities.--Worse eating fruit; cold drinks; wet weather.
Relationship.--Compare: Kino from Pterocarpus (Hæmoptysis and hæmorrhage from intestines). Eucalyptus rostrata (offensive dark discharge from right ear). Crotalus; Alumen; Carbo; Ars; Lach.
Dose.--Sixth to thirtieth potency.
(ELATERIUM - ECBALIUM)
This is an invaluable remedy in violent vomiting and purging, especially if the evacuations are copious and watery. It is a very efficient remedy in certain forms of dropsy. Much yawning and stretching. Beriberi; choleraic conditions; urticaria and mental disorders coming on as a consequence of suppressed malaria. Irresistible desire to wander from home at night. Effects of damp weather.
Stomach.--Nausea and vomiting, with great weakness. Griping pains in bowels.
Stool.--Watery, copious, forceful. Squirting diarrha; frothy, olive green, with cutting in abdomen.
Extremities.--Sharp pains in fingers and thumbs, knees, toes, and instep. Gouty pain in great toes. Pain extends down extremities; pain in hip-joints with diarrha. Arthritic nodules.
Skin.--Smarts, stings, and burns. Dropsical. Urticaria from suppressed intermittent. Skin, orange color.
Fever.--Chill comes on with much yawning and stretching, lasting all through chill. Pain in extremities, darting into fingers and toes. Chills and fever, with spurting diarrha.
Modalities.--Worse, from exposure on damp ground.
Relationship.--Compare: Bry; Croton; Gambogia.
Dose.--Third to thirtieth potency. As a hydragogue cathartic to produce free discharge in dropsies, Elaterin 1-20 of a grain. Palliative only.
A remedy for cancer, polyarthritis. Proved in potencies by Dr. B. C. Woodbury.
Summary of symptoms:
Burningunder finger nails and toe nails, on soles.
Itchingand redness of knee-caps.
Redness, burning and numbness of tongue.
Peculiar sensation of being very tall with tendency to vertigo.
Burning in various parts on skin.
Shifting location after scratching which relieves.
Dose.--Second decimal (1 % sol).
Chronic cystitis, with dysuria; tenesmus after micturition; muco-pus and uric-acid deposit, gravel, renal calculi. Fine sand in urine of a brown color. Burning in neck of bladder whilst urinating and tenesmus afterward. Pyelitis, incontinence of urine. Croaking noise and rumbling in bowels.
Relationship.--Compare: Uva, Chimaph, Lyc; Pareira. Epigea contains Arbutin, also Formic acid.
Dose.--Tincture in 5-drop doses every three hours.
(EPIPHEGUS - OROBANCHE)
A remedy for sick, neurasthenic, and nervous headaches, especially in women, brought on or made worse by exertion, shopping, etc. Tongue coated yellow; bitter taste. Drowsy after meals. Loose stools. Subinvolution, with painful menstruation and congestion.
Head.--Pressing pain in temples from without inwards, worse, left side. Viscid salivation, constant inclination to spit. Sick headache coming on when deviating from ordinary pursuits. Headaches from nerve tire caused by mental or physical exhaustion, preceded by hunger.
Modalities.--Worse, from working in open air. Better, from sleep.
Relationship.--Compare: Iris, Melilot; Sanguinar. Fagus-Beech-nuts--(headache and salivation; swelling on mouth; dread of water).
Dose.--First to thirtieth potency.
Principal action on the bladder. A remedy for enuresis and dysuria.
Urinary.--Severe, dull pain and feeling of fullness in bladder, not relieved by urinating. Frequent urging with severe pain at the close of urination. Urine flows only drop by drop. Sharp, burning, cutting pain in urethra while urinating.
Incontinence in children, with dreams or night-mares when passing urine. Incontinence in old women, also with involuntary stools. Retention and dysuria during pregnancy and after delivery. Much mucus in urine. Albuminuria. Involuntary urination.
Kidney.--Deep pain in region of right kidney, extending to lower abdomen, with urgent desire to micturate. Right lumbar region painful.
Modalities.--Worse, right side; movement, pressure, touch, sitting down; better, in afternoon from lying down.
Relationship.--Compare: Hydrangea; Ferr phos; Apis; Canth; Linaria; Chimaph. Equisitum contains silica in appreciable quantity.
Dose.--Tincture, to sixth potency. A decoction, teaspoonful doses, or the tincture in hot water, is found useful to allay irritability of urinary tract, calculus, dysuria, etc; also for pleuritic effusion and dropsy.
A hæmorrhagic remedy. Epistaxis of bright blood. Hæmorrhage from any part, especially lungs; always attended by excitement of the circulation. Flashes of heat and coldness. Scanty urine, dema of the extremities.
Skin.--Symptoms like Rhus poisoning.
Relationship.--Compare: Erig; Millef; Hamam; Rhus.
Dose.--Tincture. Locally for Poison Oak.
(ERIGERON - LEPTILON CANADENSE)
Hæmorrhages are caused and cured by this remedy. Persistent hæmorrhage from the bladder. Hæmorrhage from the uterus, with painful micturition. Profuse bright-red blood. Pain in left ovary and hip. Chronic gonorrha, with burning micturition; continual dribbling. Dysentery, with soreness and burning in bladder. Tympanites.
Female.--Metrorrhagia, with violent irritation of rectum and bladder, and prolapsus uteri. Bright-red flow. Menorrhagia; profuse leucorrha; bloody lochia returns after least motion, comes in gushes; between periods, leucorrha with urinary irritation; pregnant women with "weak uterus;" a bloody discharge on slight exertion. Bleeding hæmorrhoids; nosebleed instead of menses (Bry).
Modalities.--Worse, left side.
Dose.--Tincture, to third potency. Oil of Erigeron 1x internally for tympanites. An enema of one dram of the oil with the yolk of an egg and pint of milk will reduce the most enormous tympanites.
A remedy for asthmatic and bronchial affections. Bronchial phthisis, with night-sweats and emaciation. Asthma relieved by expectoration. Cough after influenza. Furthers absorption of effusion in plural cavity. Appetite poor and impaired digestion. Whooping cough.
Head.--Dizzy, feels intoxicated. Pressure outwards; worse, occiput. Pain in ears. Coryza. Burning in throat. Foul mouth in morning. Coryza with dizziness and sneezing.
Respiratory.--Wheezing; asthma, with coryza and mucous secretions. Dull pain in right lung. Burning in fauces. Chronic bronchitis, bronchial tuberculosis, with profuse, easily raised bronchial secretion, giving relief.
Male.--Sore, dragging in testicle, could not bear any pressure; better gentle support.
Relationship.--Compare: Grind; Aral; Eucalyp; Ipec.
Dose.--Tincture in doses of 2 to 20 drops and attenuations.
A remedy for urinary disorders. Strangury, etc, with nervous erethism. Thick, yellow mucous discharges. Influenza. Uridrosis, sweat of urinous odor in evening.
Respiratory.--Cough, with sense of constriction. Smarting in throat and larynx.
Urinary.--Tenesmus of bladder and urethra. Difficult and frequent micturition. Pain behind pubes. Spasmodic stricture. Renal colic (Pareira; Calc). Congestion of kidneys with dull pain in back, running down the ureters and limbs. Irritable bladder from enlarged prostate gland, or from pressure of uterus.
Male.--Discharge of prostatic fluid from slight causes. Seminal emissions without erections, with lassitude (Dioscor; Phos ac).
Relationship.--Compare: Conium; Cannab; Dios; Ocim; Clemat.
Dose.--Tincture, to third potency.
Experiments upon animals showed it to act more powerfully than morphine which is contained in the plant. It causes general weakness, torpor, accelerated respiration, complete paralysis of the limbs. Slowing of circulation.
A soporific remedy which is harmless. Use the tincture.
Eucalyptus is a powerful antiseptic and destructive to low forms of life, a stimulating expectorant and an efficient diaphoretic. Atonic dyspepsia, gastric and intestinal catarrh. A remedy with marked effects on catarrhal processes, malaria, and intestinal disturbance. Influenza. Fevers of a relapsing character. Produces diuresis and great increase of urea. Hæmorrhages internally and locally (Hamam). Typhoid. Symptoms of exhaustion and toxæmia. Conditions of the mucous surfaces of the air passages, genito-urinary organs and gastro-intestinal tract. A gastro-intestinal irritant with pain in stomach and upper intestines several hours after eating.
Head.--Exhilaration. Desire for exercise. Dull congestive headache. Coryza; sore throat. Eyes smart and burn.
Nose.--Stuffed-up sensation; thin, watery coryza; nose does not stop running; tightness across bridge. Chronic catarrhal, purulent and fetid discharge. Ethmoid and frontal sinus involved.
Throat.--Relaxed, aphthous condition of mouth and throat. Excessive secretion of saliva. Burns, feels full. Constant sensation of phlegm in throat. Enlarged, ulcerated tonsils and inflamed throat (Use tincture locally).
Stomach.--Slow digestion. Much fetid gas. Beating and goneness with pulsation in epigastric arteries. Spleen hard and contracted. Pain in epigastrium and upper abdomen ameliorated by food. Malignant disease of stomach with vomiting of blood and sour fluid.
Abdomen.--Acute diarrha. Aching pains in bowels with feeling of impending diarrha. Dysentery, with rectal heat; tenesmus; hæmorrhage. Diarrha; stools thin, watery, preceded by sharp pains. Typhoid diarrha.
Urinary.--Acute nephritis complicating influenza. Hæmaturia. Suppurative inflammation of kidneys. Urine contains pus and is deficient in urea. Bladder feels loss of expulsive force. Burning and tenesmus; catarrh of bladder; diuresis; urethral caruncle. Spasmodic stricture; gonorrha.
Respiratory.--Asthma, with great dyspna and palpitation. Moist asthma. Expectoration white, thick mucus. Bronchitis in the aged. Bronchorrha (Bals. Peru). Profuse expectoration of offensive muco-pus. Irritative cough. Whooping-cough in rachitic children. Fetid form of bronchitis, bronchial dilatation and emphysema.
Female.--Leucorrha, acrid, fetid. Ulcer around orifice of urethra.
Extremities.--Rheumatic pains; worse at night, walking or carrying anything. Stiff, weary sensation. Pricking sensation, followed by painful aching. Nodular swellings over metacarpal and metatarsal joints.
Skin.--Glandular enlargements and nodular swelling over joints. Foul and indolent ulcers. Herpetic eruptions.
Fever.--Elevation of temperature. Continued and typhoid fevers. Scarlet fever (protective and curative). Discharges show a tendency to foulness, high temperature, accelerated but not strong pulse. Use the tincture.
Relationship.--Compare: Oil of Eucalyptus.--(Produces remarkable bodily exhaustion, no desire for any motion, unable to do any real mental work, study, etc. The volatile oil possesses, in common with other terpenes, the property of converting water, in presence of air and sunlight, into hydrogen peroxide, or to convert oxygen into ozone, which is the explanation usually given of its deodorizing and antiseptic properties (Merrel). Locally, in catarrhal affections, especially when of a suppurating or putrid nature). Eucalyptus tereticoris (menstrual cough and prostration). Eucalyptol (depresses temperature of healthy body more than Quinine; acts on kidneys like Terebinth); Anacard; Hydrast; Kali sulph. Eucalyptus neutralizes ill effects of Strychnin. Angophora-Red Gum--(dysentery, pains, tenesmus; better lying flat on face; obstinate constipation). Eucalyptus rostrata; Kino.
Dose.--Tincture in one to 20 drop doses, and lower potencies. Also Oil of Eucalyptus in five-drop doses.
Eugenia produces a state of intoxication like alcohol. Everything appears beautiful and larger; excitement soon changing to depression. Acne, simple and indurated. The pimples are painful for some distance around. Acne rosacea. Nausea, better smoking. Comedones.
Head.--Headache as if a board were lying on right side. Talkative. Hot lachrymation.
Extremities.--Nightly cramp in soles of feet (Cupr; Zing). Skin cracks about toes. Fissures between toes. Skin recedes from the nails, forming pus.
Relationship.--Compare: Eugenia chekun-Myrtus chekan (chronic Bronchitis); Antim; Berb aquif.
Wahoo, Burning Bush
Brunettes more easily affected, producing headache, mental disturbances and much distress in hepatic and renal region; albuminuria. Migraine. Passive Congestion and torpor of liver; chronic catarrhal affections of stomach and intestines. Weak heart. Chronic rheumatism and gout.
Mind.--Mental confusion, despondent, irritable; loss of memory, unable to recall familiar names.
Head.--Heavy frontal headache. Sore, tired feeling; bruised feeling of scalp. Pain over right eye extending back through the head. Bilious headache; coated tongue, bad taste, constipation. Vertigo, obscure vision and gastric derangement, associated with albuminuria. Headache over eyebrows.
Stomach.--Mouth dry, pasty taste; thirsty, stomach full and uncomfortable.
Abdomen.--Flatus and pain. Anus very sore and burning. Constipation with hæmorrhoids and severe backache. Diarrha; stools variable and profuse, bloody. Pain about umbilical region.
Urinary.--Urine scanty, high-colored; acidity increased, poured out rapidly.
Back.--Dull pain between shoulders and about renal and splenic region; pain in lumbar region better lying down.
Extremities.--Aching in all joints, especially ankles. Feet feel swollen and tired.
Modalities.--Better cool draught, pressure. Worse evening.
Relationship.--Euonymus Europoea-Spindle-tree (Liver disorders, biliousness, lumbago, gastric derangements with albuminuria. Cutting pains in malar bones, tongue, penis up to bladder); Podophyl; Ammon pic; Chel; Euonymin 1x trit (albuminuria).
Dose.--Tincture and lower attenuations.
Nervous erethism; restlessness and morbid watchfulness. Hysteria and chorea. Low fevers, with extreme restlessness.
Aphthous disease. Sore nipples. Sore mouth in infants. Vomiting of bile, pain in stomach, headache, and fever.
Relationship.--Lapsana communis-Nipple-wort-useful in sore nipples and piles. Hyosc; Passiflor; Hydr mur.
Dose.--Tincture, locally, in sore mouth and sore nipples. Internally, tincture to third attenuation.
Known as "Bone-set", from the prompt manner in which it relieves pain in limbs and muscles that accompanies some forms of febrile disease, like malaria and influenza. Eupatorium acts principally upon the gastro-hepatic organs and bronchial mucous membrane. It is a boon in miasmatic districts, along rivers, marshes, etc, and in all conditions where there is a great deal of bone-pain. Cachexia from old chronic, bilious intermittents. Worn-out constitutions from inebriety. Sluggishness of all organs and functions. Bone-pains, general and severe. Soreness. Marked periodicity (Ars; China; Cedron).
Head.--Throbbing pain. Pressure as if a cap of lead pressed over the whole skull. Vertigo; sensation of falling to left. Vomiting of bile. Top and back of head with pain and soreness of eyeballs. Periodical headache, every third and seventh day. Occipital pain after lying down, with sense of weight.
Mouth.--Cracks in corners of mouth, yellow coated tongue, thirst.
Stomach.--Tongue yellow. Taste bitter. Hepatic region sore. Great thirst. Vomiting and purging of bile, of green liquid several quarts at a time. Vomiting preceded by thirst. Hiccough (Sulph ac; Hydrocy ac). Avoids tight clothing.
Stool.--Frequent, green watery. Cramps. Constipated, with sore liver.
Respiratory.--Coryza, with sneezing. Hoarseness and cough, with soreness in chest; must support it. Influenza, with great soreness of muscles and bones. Chronic loose cough, chest sore; worse at night. Cough relieved by getting on hands and knees.
Fever.--Perspiration relieves all symptoms except headache. Chill between 7 and 9 am, preceded by thirst with great soreness and aching of bones. Nausea, vomiting of bile at close of chill or hot stage; throbbing headache. Knows chill is coming on because he cannot drink enough.
Extremities.--Aching pain in back. Aching in bones of extremities with soreness of flesh. Aching in arms and wrists. Swelling of left great toe. Gouty soreness and inflamed nodosities of joints, associated with headache. Dropsical swelling.
Modalities.--Worse, periodically. Better, by conversation, by getting on hands and knees.
Relationship.--Compare: Bryon; Sepia; Natr mur; Chelidon. Nyctanthes arbor-tristis (bilious fever; insatiable thirst; bitter vomiting at close of chill; also constipation of children).
Dose.--Tincture, to third attenuation.
Queen of the Meadow
Albuminuria, diabetes, strangury, irritable bladder, enlarged prostate are a special field for this remedy. Excellent in renal dropsy. Chills and pains run upwards. Impotency and sterility. Homesickness.
Head.--Left-sided headache with vertigo. Pain from left shoulder to occiput. Sick headache beginning in morning, worse afternoon and evening, worse in cold air.
Urinary.--Deep, dull pain in kidneys. Burning in bladder and urethra on urinating. Insufficient flow; milky. Strangury. Hæmaturia. Constant desire; bladder feels dull. Dysuria. Vesical irritability in women. Diabetes insipidus.
Back.--Weight and heaviness in loins and back.
Female.--Pain around left ovary. Threatened abortion. External genitals feel as though wet.
Fever.--No thirst during chill, but much frontal ache. Chill commences in back. Violent shaking, with comparatively little coldness. Bone-pains.
Relationship.--Compare: Senecio; Cannab sat; Helon; Phos ac; Triticum; Epigea.
Spurge-The resinous Juice of Euphorbia Resinifera
An irritant to the skin and mucous membranes. Burning pain in bones. Pains in limbs and paralytic weakness in the joints. Important respiratory and skin symptoms. Terrible burning pains. Pains of cancer. Everything appears larger than it really is.
Head.--Acute mania. Violent, pressive headache.
Face.--Erysipelas; yellow blisters. Burning in cheek; worse, left. Eyes inflamed and agglutinated in morning; Red swelling of cheeks. Nasal pruritus with mucous secretions from naso-pharynx.
Stomach.--Great hunger. Sialorrhea (profuse salty saliva). Waterbrash. Thirst for cold drinks.
Abdomen.--Sunken; spasmodic, flatulent colic. Stools fermented, profuse, clayey. Feels hollow.
Respiratory.--Breathing oppressed, as if chest were not wide enough. Spasmodic, dry cough, day and night, with asthma. Violent, fluent coryza, with burning and cough. Constant cough, with stitches from pit of stomach to sides of chest. Croup, dry, hollow, cough. Warm feeling in chest, as if hot food had been swallowed.
Extremities.--Paralytic pains. Pain in hip-joint and coccyx.
Skin.--Erysipelatous inflammation, especially of the cheek. Biting and stinging, red, swollen. Vesicular erysipelas. Carbuncle; old, torpid, indolent ulcers with biting, lancinating pain. Old torpid ulcer, pustules; gangrene (Echinac; Secale). Ulcerating carcinoma and epithelioma of the skin.
Relationship.--Compare: Euphorbia amygdaloides-Wood Spurge (in pain in antrum, illusion of smell, odor of mice. Sense of taste blunted. Diarrha; stools difficult, with painful anal spasm).
Euphorbia corollata-Large Flowering Spurge--(a diaphoretic expectorant and cathartic of the old school in gastro-enteric disturbance, with deathly nausea. Vomiting of food, water, and mucus and copious evacuations. Attacks recur after short intermissions. Feeling of clawing in stomach; cold sweat) (Verat alb).
Euphorbia marginata-Snow on the mountain--(Honey from the flowers is poisonous, detected by the hot, acrid taste. The milky juice produces skin symptoms like Rhus).
Euphorbia pilulifera-Pillbearing Spurge--(Humid asthma, cardiac dyspna, hay-fever, and bronchitis. Urethritis, with intense pain on urinating, and much urging. Acrid leucorrha; worse least movement. Hæmorrhages from sunstroke and traumatism).
Compare, also: Psoralea-A Columbian plant--(Pain of cancer, ulcers. Leucorrha fetid. Pruritus. Uterine tumors). Croton; Jatropha; Colchic.
Antidotes: Camph; Opium.
Dose.--Third to sixth potency.
Gopher-Plant, Caper Spurge
The fresh milky juice is exceedingly acrid when applied to the skin and the fruit is highly purgative and poisonous. The juice causes redness, itching, pimples, sometimes gangrene. The symptoms point to its use in erysipelas. Poison Oak, etc. Rheumatic pains during rest. Paralytic, weakness in joints.
Mind.--Delirium and hallucinations. Stupor, coma.
Eyes.--Almost closed from dema of lids.
Nose.--End of nose very much inflamed externally. Very sensitive and dematous mucous membranes with ulceration.
Face.--At first ruddy glow on cheeks, afterwards death-like pallor. Cold perspiration in beads on forehead. Red, puffed, and in spots suppurating. Erythema, beginning on face, gradually extending into the hair parts, and then spreading over whole body, taking eight days to do so; eruption glossy, rough dematous, with burning and smarting; aggravated by touch and cold air; ameliorated by close room and sweet-oil applications. Fine bran-like desquamation. Sensation of cobwebs. Stinging, smarting, and burning of face when touched.
Mouth.--Tongue coated, slimy; acrid taste. Breath cold, musty odor.
Stomach.--Nausea and vomiting of copious clear water, intermingled with white, gelatinous lumps.
Stool.--Drastic purgation from large doses; mild laxative condition from smaller doses; followed several weeks afterwards by obstinate constipation. Stools of white, transparent, gelatinous mucus; later mingled with blood.
Urine.--Copious flow of urine.
Male.--Inflammation of scrotum resulting in deep acrid ulcers, with intense itching and burning; worse, touching the parts from washing.
Respiratory.--Labored breathing. Breath cold, musty odor. Cough; first, a hacking, as from inhalation of sulphur; later on, paroxysmal, like whooping-cough, in regular paroxysms, ending in diarrha and vomiting, with sleepiness between each paroxysm.
Heart.--Weak and fluttering heart-action. Pulse 120, full, bounding, somewhat irregular.
Sleep.--Restlessness at night. Sleep disturbed, anxious dreams.
Fever.--Temperature increased. Body bathed in profuse perspiration, standing out like beads on forehead; later, cold, clammy perspiration on forehead.
Skin.--Erythema, beginning on uncovered parts, on face, and spreading over whole body; glossy, rough, dematous, with burning and smarting. Fine bran-like desquamation following in the wake of the erythema. Eruption rough, scaly, smarting, and burning; when scratched forms deep, ragged ulcers; skin where ulcerated remains red.
Modalities.--Worse, touch and cold air; better, close room and sweet-oil application.
Relationship.--Antidoted by Rhus tox (skin symptoms); Veratr alb (vomiting, purging, cough and coma).
Dose.--Third to thirtieth potency.
An antidote to snake-poison. Its use also renders the body immune to the influence of the snake venom, and thus as a prophylactic (Indigo).
Relationship.--Compare: The Euphorbias. Euphorbia Prostata--(Used by Indians as an infallible remedy against bites of poisonous insects and snakes, especially the rattle-snake). Plumeria cellinus Tincture internally and locally every 15 minutes for snake poisoning (Dr. Correa). Cedron. Micania guacho, a Brazilian snake cure. Selaginella--(Macerate in milk, locally and internally for bites of snakes and spiders). Iodium, tincture for rattle snake bites externally and one drop doses every 10 minutes. Gymnema sylvestre (will abolish the taste of bitter things; sense of taste altered; powdered root for snake-bite); Sisyrinchium-Blue-eyed grass-Ten to fifteen drop doses of tincture (rattlesnake bites).
Manifests itself in inflaming the conjunctival membrane especially, producing profuse lachrymation. Patient is better in open air. Catarrhal affections of mucous membranes especially of eyes and nose. Profuse acrid lachrymation and bland coryza; worse, evening. Hawking up of offensive mucus.
Head.--Bursting headache with dazzling of eyes. Catarrhal headache, with profuse discharge from eyes and nose.
Nose.--Profuse, fluent coryza, with violent cough and abundant expectoration.
Eyes.--Catarrhal conjunctivitis; discharge of acrid matter. The eyes water all the time. Acrid lachrymation; bland coryza (Opposite: Cepa). Discharge thick and excoriating (Mercur thin and acrid). Burning and swelling of the lids. Frequent inclination to blink. Free discharge of acrid matter. Sticky mucus on cornea; must wink to remove it. Pressure in eyes. Little blisters on cornea. Opacities. Rheumatic iritis. Ptosis (Gels; Caust).
Face.--Redness and heat of cheeks. Stiffness of upper lip.
Stomach.--Vomiting from hawking mucus. Nausea and bitterness after smoking.
Rectum.--Dysentery. Prolapse ani. Pressure down in anus when sitting. Constipation.
Female.--Menses painful; flow lasts only an hour or day; late, scanty, short. Amenorrha, with ophthalmia.
Male.--Spasmodic retraction of genitals, with pressure above pubic bone. Condyloma and sycotic excrescences. Prostatitis. Nocturnal irritability of bladder; dribbling urine.
Respiratory.--Frequent yawning when walking in open air. Profuse, fluent coryza in morning, with much cough and expectoration. Influenza. Gags when clearing the throat in morning. Whooping-cough only in day-time, with profuse lachrymation.
Skin.--First stage of measles; eye symptoms marked. Consequence of external injuries.
Sleep.--Yawning when walking in open air. Sleepy during day.
Fever.--Chilly and cold. Sweat mostly on chest, at night during sleep.
Modalities.--Worse, in evening, indoors, warmth; south winds; from light. Better, from coffee, in dark.
Relationship.--Antidotes: Camph; Puls. Compare: Hydrophyllum-Burr -flower--(catarrhal inflammation of eyes; hot lachrymation with itching, swollen lids, dull headache; also for effects of Poison-Oak); Cepa; Ars; Gels; Kali hyd; Sabadilla.
Dose.--Third to sixth potency.
Marked female symptoms, and backache. A remedy for uterine displacements. Pain in back, followed by a bland leucorrha. Menses too early and copious; flow thin. Intense sweat from slightest exertion. Disgusting dreams. Sensation as if whole body were made of jelly.
Head.--Vertigo; everything turns round on sitting up in bed. Heat at vertex; stitches from vertex down limbs into abdomen and genitals. Sore painful spots on head. Painful pulsation in forehead.
Female.--Burning in right ovary. Gushing leucorrha. Chronic tubal disease. Uterine flexions. Menses too early and copious. During menses, irritable and disinclined to talk; burning and stitches in chest and heart. After menses, yellow leucorrha, with severe backache. When pain in back ceases, the discharge gushes out. Sore pain between labia during urination. Pruritus pudendi; labia swollen.
Extremities.--Cramps in the calves; worse at night.
Back.--Sacrum pains, as if broken. Severe backache; must lean against something for support. Pains extended into pelvis.
Relationship.--Kreosot; Graph; Lach.
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