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Materia Medica by Allen



STRAMONIUM

(stram)

THORN APPLE SOLANACEAE

Adapted to: ailments of young plethoric persons (Acon., Bell.); especially children in chorea; .mania and fever delirium.

Delirium: loquacious, talks all the time, sings, makes verses, raves; simulates Bell, and Hyos., yet differs in degree.

The delirium is more furious, the mania more acute, while the congestion, though greater than Hyos., is much less than Bell., never approaching a true inflammation.

Disposed to talk continually (Cic, Lach.); incessant and incoherent talking and laughing; praying, beseeching, entreating; with suppressed menses.

Desires light and company; cannot BEAR TO BE ALONE (Bis.); WORSE IN THE DARK AND SOLITUDE; cannot walk in a dark room.

Awakens with a shrinking look, as if afraid of the first object seen.

Hallucinations which terrify the patient.

Desire to escape, in delirium (Bell., Bry., Op., Rhus).

Imagines all sorts of things; that she is double, lying crosswise, etc. (Petr.).

Head feels as if scattered about (Bap.).

EYES WIDE OPEN, PROMINENT, BRILLIANT; PUPILS WIDELY DILATED, insensible; contortion of eyes and eyelids.

Pupils dilate when child is reprimanded.

Face hot and red with cold hands and feet; circumscribed redness of cheeks, blood rushes to face; risui sardonicus.

STAMMERING: has to exert himself a long time before he can utter a word; makes great effort to speak; distorts the face (Bov., Ign., Spig.).

Vomiting: as soon as HE RAISES HEAD FROM PILLOW; from a bright light.

Convulsions: with consciousness (Nux—without, Bell., Cic, Hyos., Op.) ; renewed by sight of bright light, of mirror or water (Bell., Lys.).

Twitching of single muscles or groups of muscles, especially upper part of body; chorea.

Hydrophobia: fear of water, with excessive aversion to liquids (Bell., Lys.) ; spasmodic construction of throat.

No pain with most complaints; painlessness is characteristic (Op.).

Sleepy, but cannot sleep (Bell., Cham., Op.).

 

Relations
Stramonium often follows: Bell., Cup., Hyos., Lys.

In metrorrhagia from retained placenta with characteristic delirium, Sec. often acts promptly when Stram. has failed (with fever and septic tendency, Pyr.).

After overaction, from repeated doses of Bell, in whooping-cough.

 

Aggravation
IN THE DARK; WHEN ALONE; looking at bright or shining objects; after sleep (Apis, Lach., Op., Spong.); when attempting to swallow.

 

Amelioration
FROM BRIGHT LIGHT; from company; warmth.