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Materia Medica by Allen



SYPHILINUM

(syph)

SYPHILITIC VIRUS A NOSODE

Pains from darkness to daylight; begin with twilight and end with daylight (Merc, Phyt).

Pains increase and decrease gradually (Stan.) ; shifting and require frequent change of position.

All symptoms are worse at night (Merc.); from sundown to sunrise.

Eruptions: dull, red, copper-colored spots, becoming blue when getting cold.

Extreme emaciation of entire body (Abrot, Iod.).

Heart: lancinating pains from base to apex, at night (from apex to base, Med.; from base to clavicle, or shoulder, Spig.).

Loss of memory; cannot remember names of books, persons or places; arithmetical calculation difficult.

Sensation: as if going insane, as if about to be paralyzed ; of apathy and indifference.

Terrible dread of night on account of mental and physical exhaustion on awakening; it is intolerable, death is preferable.

Fears the terrific suffering from exhaustion on awakening (Lach.).

Leucorrhcea: profuse, SOAKING THROUGH THE NAPKINS and running down to the heels (Alum.).

Headache, neuralgic in character, causing sleeplessness and delirium at night; commencing at 4 P.M.; worse from 10 to 11 and ceasing at daylight (ceases at 11 or 12 P.M., Lyc.); falling of the hair.

Acute ophthalmia neonatorum; lids swollen, adhere during sleep; pain intense at night < from 2 to 5 A.M. ; pus profuse; > by cold bathing.

Ptosis: paralysis of superior oblique; sleepy look from drooping lids (Caust., Graph.).

Diplopia, one image seen below the other.

Teeth: decay at edge of gum and break off; are cupped, edges serrated; dwarfed in size, converge at their tips (Staph.).

Craving alcohol, IN ANY FORM. Hereditary tendency to alcoholism (Asar., Psor., Tuber., Sulph., Sulph. ac).

Obstinate constipation for years; rectum seems tied up with strictures; when enema was used the agony of passage was like labor (Lac c, Tub.).

Fissures in anus and rectum (Thuja) ; prolapse of rectum; obstinate cases with a syphilitic history.

Rheumatism of the shoulder joint, or at insertion of deltoid, < from raising arm laterally (Rhus—r. shoulder, Sang.; left, Fer.).

When the best selected remedy fails to relieve or permanently improve, in syphilitic affections.

Syphilitics, or patients who have had chancre treated by local means, and as a result have suffered from throat and skin troubles for years, are nearly always benefited by this remedy at commencement of treatment unless some other remedy is clearly indicated.

 

Relations
Compare: Aur., Asaf., Kali i., Merc, Phyt., in bone diseases and syphilitic affections.

 

Aggravation
AT NIGHT, from twilight to daylight.