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Materia Medica by Allen




Is best adapted to thin, emaciated persons of a highly nervous organization; dark complexion.

Affections of RIGHT SIDE OF BODY; head, ear, face; chest, ovary, sciatic nerve (Bell., Bry., Chel., Kali c, Lyc, Pod.).

Pains: sharp, cutting, stabbing; shooting, stitching; LIGHTNING-LIKE IN COMING AND GOING (Bell.); intermittent paroxysm becoming almost unbearable, driving patient to frenzy; rapidly changing place ( Lac c, Puls.), with a constricting sensation (Cac, Iod., Sulph.), cramping, in neuralgic affections of stomach, abdomen and pelvis (Caul., Col.).

Great dread: of cold air; of uncovering; of touching affected part; of cold bathing or washing; of moving.

Languid, tired, exhausted; unable to sit up.

Complaints from standing in cold water or working in cold clay (Cal.).

Ailments of teething children; SPASMS DURING DENTITION, NO FEVER (with fever, hot head and skin, Bell.).

Headache: begins in occiput and extends over head (Sang., Sil.); of school girls; face red, flushed; from mental emotion, exertion or hard study; < 10 to 11 A.M. or 4 to 5 P.M. ; > by pressure and external heat.

Neuralgia: of face, supra- or infra-orbital; r. side; intermittent, darting, cutting; < by touch, cold air, pressure; > by external heat.

Toothache: at night; rapidly shifting; < eating, drinking, especially cold things; > by heat (> by cold, Bry., Coff., Fer. p.).

Spasms or cramp of stomach, with clean tongue, as if a band was drawn tightly around the body.

Colic: flatulent, forcing patient to bend double; > by heat, rubbing and hard pressure (Col., Plumb.); of horses and cows when Colocynth fails to >.

Menses: early; flow dark, stringy; pains < before, > when flow begins (Lach., Zinc.) ; pains darting, like lightning, shooting, < r. side, > by heat and bending double; vaginismus.

Enuresis: nocturnal; from nervous irritation; urine, pale, copious; AFTER CATHETERIZATION.

Cramps: of extremities; during pregnancy; of WRITERS, piano or violin players.


Compare: Bell., Caul., Col., Lyc, Lac c, Puls.; Cham, its vegetable analogue.

Sometimes acts best when given in hot water.


Cold air; a draft of cold air or cold wind; cold bathing or washing; motion; touch.


Bending double; heat; warmth; pressure (burning pain > by heat, Ars.).