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Homeopathic Materia Medica by Farrington



VINCA MINOR

(vinc)

This is one variety of the periwinkle. This Vinca minor contains a bitter and astringent principle making it of service as a tonic, to use old-school language, and also as a styptic to control haemorrhage. These properties it retains in potencies. For instance, it may be used for profuse menstruation or menorrhagia, when the blood flows in one continuous stream without interruption, associated of course with great debility. I find that Dr. Eichard Hughes in his MANUAL OF PHARMACODYNAMICS speaks of three cases of post-climacteric haemorrhage, all of which were improved by Vinca minor. In one a permanent cure resulted ; in the other two there was a return of the haemorrhage, and in one of these the trouble was due to carcinoma.

Vinca minor produces, like its relative, Oleander, an offensive smelling eruption on the scalp and face, and behind the ears, and breeding vermin. It develops a crust which allows the discharge to remain beneath, and decomposition furnishes pabulum for the vermin; the hair falls out and is replaced by gray hair.

 

Vinca minor is also useful in plica polonica, a condition in which the hair is matted together.

In these skin symptoms you may compare Vinca minor with several remedies, and first with VIOLA TRICOLOR. This is useful in crusta lactea, when the exudation is very copious; like Vinca, it mats the hair together, but there is this peculiarity which always enables you to distinguish between the two, that is, Viola has very strong-smelling urine, which has been aptly compared to cat's urine, so strong is its odor. You may think of it when persistent eczema is accompanied with disturbance in the urinary organs, either too copious urination or sudden cessation of the seeretion of urine.

Another remedy is ARCTIUM LAPPA, which is useful for moist offensive eruption, forming grayish-white crusts, especially when the glands are swollen; the axillary glands even suppurate.

Still another remedy is NUX JUGLANS for crusta lactea or tinea favosa with soreness on and behind the ears (GRAPHITES also has this symptom); the scalp is red and itches violently. Scabs appear on the arms and in the axilla (also ARSENICUM IOD.).

STAPHISAGRIA is a good remedy for an oozing foetid eruption; the hair falls out. The eruption is worse on the occiput. Scratching seems to change the place of itching. It is particularly indicated for sickly children with pale face and dark rings around the eyes. They are easily angered just as under CHAMOMILLA. It is especially indicated after the abuse of mercury.

USTILAGO has caused, but it has not yet been reported to have cured, a filthy eruption of the scalp, in which part of the hair came out while the rest was all matted. A watery serum oozed continually from the eruption.