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CROTALUS HORRIDUS

(crot-h)

(Rattlesnake) Snake poisons are supposed to be chemically CYAN, HYDRATES of Soda and other salts. Alcohol is the natural solvent of these salts and is an antidote. Has a profound trophic action. Old age nutritional troubles. low septic states. General disorganization of the blood, haemorrhages and jaundice. A crotalin injection decreases the rate of coagulation of the blood. In epilepsy the average rate is far greater than in normal conditions. Blood decomposition, HAEMORRHAGES (dark fluid that forms no clots), tendency to carbuncles, malignant scarlatina, YELLOW FEVER, the plague, cholera, give opportunity to use this remedy. HEMORRHAGIC DIATHESIS. Acts as a sedative. Sleeps into his symptoms. More right-sided in its action.

Mind
Weeping mood; clouded perception and memory; impatient. Loquacious, with desire to escape. Sadness. Delusions of cerebral decay.

Head
Vertigo, with weakness and trembling. Dull heavy occipital pain, on right side and right eye. Headache with pain in heart on lying on left side. Headache; must walk on tip-toe to avoid jarring.

Eyes
Very sensitive to light, especially LAMP LIGHT. Yellow color of eyes. Illusions; blue colors. CILIARY NEURALGIA; tearing, boring pain, as if a cut had been made around eye. FOR ABSORPTION OF INTRA-OCULAR HEMORRHAGES, into the vitreous, but particularly for non-inflammatory retinal haemorrhages. Diplopia.

Ears
Auditory vertigo. Blood oozes from ears. Feeling of stoppage in right ear.

Nose
Epistaxis, BLOOD BLACK AND STRINGY, ozaena, after exanthemata or syphilis.

Face
Acne. Lips swollen and numb. Leaden-colored and yellow face. Lockjaw.

Mouth
Tongue red and small, but feels swollen. Tongue fiery red, dry in center, smooth and polished. Mouldy smell of breath. Fills up with saliva. Tongue when protruding, goes to right. Spasmodic grinding of teeth at night. Cancer of tongue with haemorrhage. Throat. Dry, swollen, dark red. Spasm of oesophagus; cannot swallow any solid substance. Tight constriction. Gangrenous, with much swelling.

Stomach
Intolerance of clothing around stomach. Unable to retain anything; violent vomiting of food; bilious vomiting, vomiting of blood. Constant nausea and vomiting every month, after menstruation. Cannot lie on right side, without vomiting dark-green matter. Black or coffee-grounds vomiting. Cancer of stomach with vomiting of bloody, slimy mucus. Trembling, fluttering feeling below the epigastrium. Intolerance of clothing about epigastrium. Faintness and sinking at stomach. Ulceration of the stomach. Atonic dyspepsia. Gastritis in chronic alcoholism. Hungry, craves stimulants, sugar; averse to meat.

Abdomen
Distended, hot, and tender. Pain in region of liver.

Stool
Black, thin, offensive, like coffee-grounds. Intestinal haemorrhage; blood dark, fluid, non-coagulable. Blood oozes from rectum when standing or walking.

Female
Prolonged menses. Dysmenorrhea; pain extends down thighs, with aching in region of heart. Uterine haemorrhage, with faintness at stomach. Puerperal fever; offensive lochia. Phlegmasia alba dolens. Sensation as though uterus would drop out. Painful drawing in uterine ligaments. Cannot keep legs still.

Urinary
Dark, bloody urine. Casts. Inflamed kidney. Albuminous, dark, scanty. (MERC. COR.)

Heart
Action feeble, pulse tremulous. Palpitation, especially at menstrual period. Trembling feeling of heart.

Respiratory
Cough, with bloody expectoration. Tickling from a dry spot in larynx.

Extremities
Hands tremble, swollen. Lower extremities go to sleep easily. RIGHT-SIDED PARALYSIS.

Fever
Malignant fevers of a HEMORRHAGIC OR PUTRESCENT CHARACTER. Low bilious remittents. Yellow fever. Bloody sweat. Cerebro-spinal meningitis. (CICUTA; CUP. ACET.) Cold sweats.

Skin
Swelling and discoloration, skin tense and shows every tint of color, with excruciating pain. Vesication. SALLOW. Yellow color of the whole body. Great sensitiveness of skin of RIGHT HALF of body. PURPURA HAEMORRHAGICA. Haemorrhage from every part of body. Bloody sweat. Chilblains, felons. Dissecting wounds. Pustular eruptions. Insect stings. Post-vaccination eruptions. Bad effects of vaccination. Lymphangitis and septicaemia. Boils, carbuncles, and eruptions are surrounded by purplish, mottled skin and oedema. Anthrax. Sore sensation relieved by pressure.

Sleep
Dreams of the dead. Starting in sleep. Yawning. Smothering sensation when awaking.

Modalities
WORSE, right side; open air; evening and morning; in spring, coming on of warm weather; yearly; on awaking; damp and wet; JAR.

Relationship
Compare: BOTHROPS; NAJA (more nervous phenomena); LACHESIS (more markedly worse on left side); ELAPS (preferable in otorrhoea and affections of right lung); CROTALUS CASCAVELLA (thoughts and dreams of death. Paralysis of articulation, embarrassed stertorous breathing and semi-consciousness. A magnetic state is produced; cutting sensation all around eyeball.) BUNGARUS-KRAIT-(poliomyelitis). Antidote: LACH.; ALCOHOL. Radiant heat; camphor.

Dose
Third to sixth potency.