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Materia Medica by Allen



BELLADONNA

(bell)

DEADLY NIGHTSHADE SOLANACEAE

Adapted to bilious, lymphatic, plethoric constitutions; persons who are lively and entertaining when well, but violent and often delirious when sick.

Women and children with light hair and blue eyes, fine complexion, delicate skin; sensitive, nervous, threatened with convulsions; tuberculous patients.

Great liability to take cold; sensitive to drafts of air, especially when uncovering the head; from having the hair cut; tonsils become inflamed after riding in a cold wind (Acon., Hep., Rhus—takes cold from exposure of feet, Con., Cup., Sil.).

QUICK SENSATION AND MOTION; eyes snap and move quickly; pains come suddenly, last indefinitely and cease suddenly (Mag. p.).

Pains usually in SHORT ATTACKS; cause redness of face and eyes; fulness of head and throbbing of carotids.

Imagines he sees ghosts, hideous faces, and various insects (Stram.) ; black animals, dogs, wolves.

Fear of imaginary things, wants to run away from them; hallucinations.

Violent delirium; disposition to bite, spit, strike and tear things; breaks into fits of laughter and gnashes the teeth; wants to bite and strike the, attendants (Stram.) ; tries to escape (Hell.).

Head hot and painful; face flushed; eyes wild, staring, pupils dilated; pulse full and bounding, globular, like buckshot striking the finger; mucous membrane of mouth dry; stool tardy and urine suppressed; sleepy, but cannot sleep (Cham., Op.).

Convulsions during teething, with fever (without fever, Mag. p.) ; come on suddenly, head hot, feet cold.

Rush of blood to head and face (Amyl., Glon., Mel.).

Headache, CONGESTIVE, with red face, throbbing of brain and carotids (Mel.); < from slight noise, jar, motion, light, lying down, least exertion; > pressure, tight bandaging, wrapping up, during menses.

Boring the head into the pillow (Apis., Hell., Pod.).

Vertigo when stooping, or when rising after stooping (Bry.) ; on every change of position.

Abdomen tender, distended < by least jar, even of the bed; obliged to walk with great care for fear of a jar.

Pain in right ileo-caecal region, < by slightest touch, even of the bed-cover.

The transverse colon protrudes like a pad.

SKIN: OF A UNIFORM, SMOOTH, SHINING SCARLET REDNESS; dry, hot, burning; imparts a burning sensation to examining hand; the true Sydenham scarlet fever, where eruption is perfectly smooth and truly scarlet.

Pressing downwards as if the contents of abdomen would issue from the vulva; > standing and sitting erect; worse mornings (Lil., Mur., Sep.).

 

Relations
Complementary: Calcarea.

Belladonna is the acute of Calcarea, which is often required to complete a cure.

Similar: to, Acon., Bry., Cic, Gels., Glon., Hyos., Mel., Op., Stram.

 

Aggravation
From touch, motion, noise, draft of air, looking at bright shining objects (Lys., Stram.); after 3 P.M.; night, after midnight; while drinking; uncovering the head; summer sun; lying down.

 

Amelioration
Rest; standing or sitting erect; warm room.