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Materia Medica by Kent



HAMAMELIS VIRGINICA

(ham)

The striking features of this remedy are venous congestion and hemorrhages. Veins are distended in all parts, or only in single parts. Varicose veins of many parts, marked soreness in the varices. Bloody discharges from all mucous membranes. Purpura hemorrhagica has often been cured with this remedy. Dusky purplish appearance of the skin, with full veins. Inflammation of veins of any part, especially lower limbs and anus. Varicose veins about ulcers that bleed, a dark blood. Ulcers are dark, even black, and discharge black blood. Dark blood flows from any part. Bright red fluid blood is the exception, but has been recorded. Especially suitable in very nervous, sensitive, excitable patients. Sore, bruised feeling as in Arnica, all through the body, not only in single parts, Veins are especially sensitive to pressure. Extremely sensitive to a jar as in Belladonna, but: only in the muscles and veins that are inflamed and swollen. Much weakness with or without bleeding: out of proportion to the loss of blood. Vicarious hemorrhages are a strong indication. The patient is tired, mentally and physically; aversion to mental work; he forgets the word when talking; Irritable, depressed and stupid, with recurrent hemorrhages. Pulsating pain over the left eye. Feeling of a bolt from temple to temple. Bursting headache in the morning when waking, worse when stooping. Headaches are connected with venous congestion in other parts. The strange part of these cases and conditions is that the patient is often sensitive to cold and to cold air. Ecchymosis with extreme tenderness of head, eyes or face. Headache from straining eyes. Ecchymosis of eyeballs. Sore pain in the eyes. Congested veins of eyes with oozing blood. Inflammation and ulceration of eyeballs. Epistaxis of dark blood recurring frequently. With the menses, also when the menses fail. Epistaxis sometimes copious and clotted and very dark. Gums bleed easily and are very vascular. Throat is dark red, chronically congested and covered with varicose veins. Tonsils are covered with varices. Suffers much from soreness in the throat with oozing of dark blood. No thirst and aversion to drink. Nausea, vomiting blood, tenderness in the stomach. Pulsating in the stomach. Vomiting black clots. Over the abdomen are found varicose veins that are tender to touch. Burning in stomach and abdomen. Dysentery when the stool is much blood rather than the scanty, bloody, mucous stool that belongs to dysentery. Copious dark blood from piles. Constipation a usual condition. Ulceration of intestine, rectum, and anus; with copious dark blood. Portal congestion and hemorrhoids, with much bleeding. Hemorrhoids that protrude, pulsate, and bleed much; also after confinement. The anus contracts spasmodically with intense burning pain. Itching of the anus. Urine; much blood every day, for weeks, was cured at once. Much urging to urinate. Much sexual excitement (male). With dreams and emissions; pain down spermatic cord to testes. Varices in spermatic cord. Tenderness in ovaries and uterus. Uterine hemorrhage with copious dark clots; sometimes with bright red blood. Active or passive uterine hemorrhage. Paroxysmal pain in left ovary. Vicarious menstruation from nose, stomach or lungs. Subinvolution with much uterine tenderness, and occasional bleeding. Menstrual flow copious, dark, clotted. Acute vaginitis with contraction and bleeding. Tenderness of vagina durfng coition. Spasms of the vagina. Recurrent hemorrhages in pregnant women. Hemorrhage occurring during parturition. Varicose veins during pregnancy. Has been useful in milk leg. Most useful in the cough accompanied by expectoration of much dark blood. Cough from varicose condition of throat. Scraping blood from larynx and trachea by the mouthful. Haemoptysis in phthisis, especially recurrent. Tenderness of spine, cervical region. Breaking and tearing pain in lumbar region of spine. Bruised pain in all the limbs. Aching bruised feeling in thighs. Soreness in veins of thighs and legs. Varicose veins of legs; with or without ulcers; worse during pregnancy; can neither walk nor stand, limbs so painful during pregnancy. Pricking, stinging in the congested veins.