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CINCHONA

(chin)

PERUVIAN BARK RUBIACECEAE

For stout, swarthy persons; for systems, once robust, which have become debilitated, "broken down" from exhausting discharges (Carbo v.).

APATHETIC, INDIFFERENT, TACITURN (Phos. ac); despondent, gloomy, has no desire to live, but lacks courage to commit suicide.

Ailments: from loss of vital fluids, especially haemorrhages, EXCESSIVE LACTATION, DIARRHOEA, SUPPURATION (Chin, s.); of malarial origin, with marked periodicity ; return every other day.

After climacteric with profuse haemorrhages; acute diseases often result in dropsy.

Pains: drawing or tearing; in every joint, all the bones. Periosteum, as if strained, sore all over; obliged TO MOVE limbs frequently, as motion gives relief; renewed by contact, and then gradually increase to a great height.

Headache: AS IF THE SKULL WOULD BURST; intense throbbing of head and carotids, face flushed; from occiput over whole head; < sitting or lying, must stand or walk; after HAEMORRHAGE OR SEXUAL EXCESSES.

Face pale, hippocratic; eyes sunken and surrounded by blue margins; pale, sickly expression as after excesses ; toothache while nursing the child.

Excessive flatulence of stomach and bowels; fermentation, borborygmus; belching gives no relief (belching relieves, Carbo v.) ; < after eating fruit (Puls.).

Colic: at a certain hour each day; periodical, from gall-stones (Card, m.) ; worse at night and after eating; better bending double (Coloc).

Great debility, trembling, aversion to exercise; sensitive to touch, TO PAIN, TO DRAFTS OF AIR; entire nervous system extremely sensitive.

Unrefreshing sleep or constant sopor; < after 3 A. M., wakens early.

Haemorrhages: of mouth, nose, bowels or uterus; LONG CONTINUED; longing for sour things.

Disposition to haemorrhage from every orifice of the body, with ringing in ears, fainting, loss of sight, general coldness, sometimes convulsions (Fer., Phos.). .

Pains are < by slightest touch, but > by hard pressure (Caps., Plumb.).

One hand icy cold, the other warm (Dig., Ipec, Puls.).

Intermittent fever; paroxysm anticipates from two to three hours each attack (Chin. s.) ; returns every seven or fourteen days; NEVER AT NIGHT; sweats profusely all over on being covered, or during sleep (Con.).

 

Relations
Complementary: Ferrum.

Follows well: Cal. p. in hydrocephaloid.

Compare: Chin. s. in intermittent fever, anticipating type.

Incompatible : after, Dig., Sel.

Is useful in bad effects from excessive tea drinking or abuse of chamomile tea, when hemorrhage results.

 

Aggravation
From SLIGHTEST TOUCH; DRAFT OF AIR; every other day; mental emotions; loss of vital fluids.

 

Amelioration
Hard pressure; bending double.