The most prominent action of Chelidonium is upon the liver. Symptoms of inflammation, of jaundice, of disturbed function of the bowels and kidneys, and sympathetic affections of the right lung are numerous and well marked. See also the symptoms in joints, skin, etc.
A general feeling of indolence, prostration and sleepiness, (>) in the open air. General discomfort; without knowing really what is the matter, wants to lie down and sleep. A feeling of numbness in the muscles of the hepatic region, and in the right side of neck, face and head.
Depression; despondent mood. Apathy. Mind is generally heavy, lethargic; one is disinclined to make any mental effort.
Confused, dull heaviness, sometimes with vertigo, but the vertigo is usually associated with disordered stomach. Neuralgic pains in the forehead over the eye, chiefly in the right side, (>) walking in the open air; sometimes extending to the orbits, making the eyes painful on moving them. Pain as from a band across forehead, (>) closing the eyes. Drawing pains in the temples, especially of the right side. Pressing-asunder headache. A feeling of soreness in the occiput; heaviness in the occiput, with drawing pains, extending downward to the nape of the neck, as if it could not be raised from the pillow.
The whites of the eyes a dusky yellow. Eyeballs painful on moving eyes. Eyeballs feel sore on looking up. A feeling of pressing downward on the upper lid. Obscuration of vision; blinding spots before the eyes.
A feeling as if wind were blowing out of the ears. Hearing seems to vanish when coughing.
Face red, without heat. General color of the face is yellow, rather dark, especially about the forehead, nose and cheeks. Tearing pains extend from the right cheek bone to and around ears, to upper part of occiput. The right cheek bones seem swollen. Itching of the whole face and forehead. The neuralgic pains in the face are mostly upon the right side, usually associated with similar pains in the forehead and side, of the head, frequently with lachrymation.
Drawing or tearing pains, mostly in the right teeth, sometimes in the left, (>) warmth; worse at night in bed. Gums pale and bleed easily. Tongue yellow with red margins, showing imprint of the teeth. Tongue dry. Salivation, collection of bitter water, obliging constant spitting.
Choking, as from trying to swallow too large a morsel. A feeling of constriction, with difficult swallowing.
Thirst, especially for milk. Appetite diminished or lost. Eructations, tasting like juniper berries. Nausea and vomiting, with a feeling of warmth in the stomach, spreading over the whole body. Sticking pains in the pit of the stomach, extending through to the back. A feeling of oppression and anxiety in the stomach. (Gastric symptoms are generally (>) for a time by eating, sometimes by hot drinks or food.).
General distention and hardness. Cutting pains in the intestines immediately after eating. Cramp-like colic, with drawing inward of the navel, and nausea. Sticking pains in the region of the liver, extending through to the back and lower angle of the scapula. Pain in the region of the liver, extending downward into the intestines. The hepatic pains sometimes (>) eating. The region of the liver painful on pressure. The left hypochondrium sometimes sensitive to pressure. Spasmodic retraction in the umbilical region, with nausea. Constriction transversely across below the navel, as by a string. Cramplike pain above the pubis in the afternoon, with frequent urging to urinate.
Clinical. Enlargement of the liver, pain under angle of right shoulder blade, or with jaundice, yellow tongue, bitter taste, etc. In jaundice, sometimes with clear urine, tongue white, stools dark urine offensive. Distention of abdomen, enlarged liver. In all the hepatic and intestinal affections the pains are worse on the right side, and generally are seated under the angle of right scapula.
Rectum and Stool
Burning and cutting in the rectum, with constriction of anus, alternating with itching. Constrictive feeling in the anus during stool. Stool thin, bright yellow, copious, sometimes white. Pasty; sometimes alternations of diarrhoea and constipation; generally associated with jaundice, pain in the region of the liver or in the right scapula, or with general soreness of the intestines.
Pains in the right kidney and liver, spasmodic. Pains from the kidneys towards the bladder, followed by evacuation of turbid urine. The urine dark yellow, turbid when passed, or dark brownish-red, like brown beer; causes reddish-brown stains or is lemon-yellow and turbid, or is whitish and frothy; generally copious.
Menstruation delayed, but lasting too long. Acrid leucorrhoea.
A feeling as if the larynx were pressed backwards against the oesophagus, impeding swallowing. Hoarseness. Cough; after waking and on rising, with sensation of dust under sternum. A racking cough, worse in the morning, with much expectoration from deep in the lungs, which is difficult to loosen. Rattling in the chest, (<) changing position after waking. Breath short and difficult, with oppression and anxiety in the chest. Cough, with painful contraction of the abdomen. Stitches here and there in the chest, especially beneath the right ribs; or in the lower part of the right side on inspiration, (<) motion and coughing; or on the anterior part of the chest, extending into the intestines below umbilicus. Pain in the lower right ribs, (<) bending towards the left side. Pain behind the sternum, (<) inspiration; deep-seated in the right chest and right shoulder, especially at axilla and beneath the scapula, at times with throbbing in the chest. Pain in lower part of right wall, extending into the side, (<) inspiration. Oppression of the chest as if the clothes were too tight. Oppression on inspiration after dinner; spasmodic, in a spot behind sternum, waking at night, extending into bronchi, with constriction.
Clinical. Cough loose and rattling, the expectoration raised with difficulty. Frequently useful in the bronchitis of children, with dusky red face, oppressed breathing, etc. Cough, with pain in right side of thorax, either with severe bronchitis or with pneumonia. Numerous cases of pneumonia in right lung have been cured when associated with symptoms of hepatic derangement, distressing pain under right scapula.
Neck and Back
Drawing tearing pains in the neck and back on bending backward and forward, as if the lumbar vertebrae were broken. Stiffness between the shoulders. Sticking pain beneath the right shoulder blade. Pain beneath the right scapula, (<) inspiration and motion of the right arm, extending around right side of chest and causing oppression. Spasmodic pain in right kidney and liver.
General rheumatic, drawing pains.
Clinical. Rheumatic symptoms in upper limbs; pain in shoulders, arms, tips of fingers, the whole flesh is sore to touch; sweat without relief; all symptoms associated with hepatic derangements. Rheumatic pains in hips, thighs, etc., aggravated on right side and right knee, and edema of ankles, with stiffness, feeling as if right leg were paralyzed. Rheumatic and neuralgic pain in lower extremities. (Compare Caulophyllum).
Skin yellow. Tip of the fingers yellow and cold, or with nails blue. Veins swollen. Itching as in jaundice.
Much yawning and sleepiness, even when walking in the open air. Sleepy, without being able to fall asleep.
General lack of vital heat, coldness of the extremities. Shaking chill, even when walking in the open air. Heat in the evening after lying down, without thirst. Sweat during the morning sleep.