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Homeopathic Materia Medica by Farrington



PHELLANDRIUM AQUATICUM

(phel)

PHELLANDRIUM AQUATICUM we find to be indicated in headache which involves the nerves going to the eye. There is a crushing feeling on the top of the head, with burning of the eyes and lachrymation.

Phellandrium also causes sharp pains in the course of the lactiferous tubes.

PETROSELINUM comes into use in urethral disease, especially in gonorrhoea when the inflammation has travelled back, and the patient complains of pain at the root of the penis. There is a sudden irresistible desire to urinate.

Conium causes chronic cystitis, with intermittent urination. The urine flows and stops. That symptom of the drug I have utilized in the treatment of enlargement of the prostate in old people.

AETHUSA CYNAPIUM is a frightful poison, having narcotic properties as well as paralyzing effects. The principal use we make of the drug arises from its action on the stomach. It produces a deathly nausea and sickness, with vomiting. In the case of a child the vomit consists of curdled milk, which is often green. After vomiting, the child falls back exhausted and goes to sleep. It awakens hungry, it eats and then vomits. The face is pale, and there are dark rings about the eyes. The analogue here is ANTIMONIUM CRUDUM, which differs from Aethusa in having a white-coated tongue. Another remedy is CALCAREA OSTREARUM or CALCAREA ACETICA, which has vomiting of curdled milk, and the child is apt to have diarrhoea with sour-smelling stools.

CICUTA VIROSA, another member of the order, when taken in any quantity produces congestion at the base of the brain and in the medulla oblongata. At first, the patient is rigid, with fixed staring eyes, bluish face and frothing at the mouth. Next, there passes a shock, or series of shocks, from the head through the body. The patient is often unconscious, the jaws are locked, the patient bites the tongue. These spasmodic symptoms are followed by profound exhaustion. These symptoms indicate Cicuta in epilepsy, spasms from worms, and also in some forms of puerperal spasms.

We notice, too, that Cicuta, in addition to these symptoms, develops phenomena which resemble the remote effects of concussion of the brain. The pupils are dilated; there are also vertigo and headache.

Cicuta also attacks the skin, producing a pustular eruption with yellowish honey-colored scabs, particularly about the mouth, and matting the whiskers. It has even cured two cases of epithelioma when the cancerous growth was covered by these honey-colored scabs.

Next, we will study the BERBERIDACEAE.