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PHYTOLACCA

(phyt)

POKE ROOT PHYTOLACCACEAE

Patients of a rheumatic diathesis; rheumatism of fibrous and periosteal tissue; mercurial or syphilitic.

Emaciation, chlorosis; loss of fat.

Great exhaustion and profound prostration.

Occupies a position between Bryonia and Rhus; cures when these fail though apparently well indicated.

In rheumatism and neuralgia after diphtheria, gonorrhoea, mercury or syphilis.

Pain flying like electric shocks; shooting, lancinating; rapidly shifting (Lac c, Puls.) ; worse from motion and at night.

Entire indifference to life; sure she will die.

Vertigo: when rising from bed feels faint (Bry.).

Intense headache and backache; lame, sore, bruised feeling all over; constant desire to move but motion < pains (Lac c, Mer. — motion >, Rhus).

Irresistible desire to bite the teeth or gums together (Pod.) ; during dentition.

Sore throat; of a dark red color; uvula large, dropsical, almost translucent (Kali bi., Rhus).

Diphtheria: pains shoot from throat into ears on swallowing; great pain at root of tongue when swallowing; BURNING, AS FROM A COAL OF FIRE OR A RED-HOT IRON; DRYNESS; difficult to swallow with trembling of the hands; sensation of a lump in the throat with continuous desire to swallow; tonsils, uvula and back part of throat covered with ash-colored membrane; CANNOT DRINK HOT FLUIDS (Lach.).

Carotid and submaxillary glands indurated after diphtheria, scarlet fever.

Mammae full of hard, painful nodosities.

Breast, shows an early tendency TO CAKE; is full, stony, hard and painful, especially when suppuration is inevitable; when child nurses pain goes FROM NIPPLE ALL OVER BODY (goes to back, Crot. t.; to uterus, Puls., Sil.).

Mammary abscess; FISTULA, GAPING, ANGRY ULCERS; pus sanious, ichorous, fcetid; unhealthy.

Tumefied breast neither heals nor suppurates, is of a purple hue and "hard as old cheese" (Bry., Lac c, Phel.).

Nipples, SENSITIVE, SORE FISSURED (Graph.); < intensely by nursing, pain radiates over whole body.

Hastens suppuration (Hep., Lach., Mer., Sil.).

 

Aggravation
When it rains; exposure to damp, cold weather. Compare: Kali i. its analogue.