BAPTISIA signs and symptoms from the Characteristic Materia Medica by William Burt of the homeopathic medicine BAPTISIA …


Through the cerebro-spinal nervous system it acts upon the system similar to typhoid fever, producing paralysis, both of sensation and motion.

Has a special action upon the mucous membrane of the cavity, and lower portion of the intestinal canal, producing ulceration having a fetid odor, and a sanious character.-HALE.

Glandular System.-It seems to have quite a special action upon the lymphatic glandular system. The tonsils and inguinal glands become much swollen under its action.

Vascular system.-Baptisia causes a condition of the blood similar to the typhus crisis, and a state of the fluids of the body nearly identical with that occurring in low fevers.-HALE.


Typhoid disease, with stupor, delirium, face dark red, and a besotted expression; eyes injected; tongue coated brown, dry, particularly in the centre; very offensive breath; sordes on the teeth; diarrhoea, with great fetor of the stools and urine.- A.E.SMALL, M.D.

She cannot go to sleep because the cannot get herself together; her head feels as though scattered about, and she tosses about the bed to get the pieces together.-J.B.BELL, M.D.

Wandering of the mind whenever the eyes are closed.

Stupor and delirium at night.

Dull stupefying headache.

Confusion of ideas.

While answering a question falls into a deep sleep in the middle of a sentence.

Head feels too heavy, with numbness.

Excitement of he brain, especially at night.

Face dark red, with a besotted expression.-DR. SMALL.

Confusion of sight.

Soreness of the eyeballs; they feel as if they would be pressed into the head.

Digestive Organs.- Tongue dry and red as if burned.

Tongue coated brown, and dry, particularly in the centre.- SMALL.

Pasty tongue, heavily furred.-HALE.

Putrid, offensive breath.-HALE.

Putrid ulceration of the buccal mucous membrane, with salivation.-HALE.

Diphtheria, dark red color of the fauces, which are greatly inflamed; dark, wash-leather false-membrane covering the tonsils and fauces; much swelling of fauces, and great enlargement of the parotid glands, and tonsils; breath excessively fetid; head, back and limbs fearfully, with low adynamic fever.

If you ever have a patient who can swallow nothing but liquids, give him Baptisia.:.

Great difficulty in swallowing.

Great sinking sensation at the epigastrium, with frequent fainting.-DR. BAYES. Violent colicky pain in the hypogastrium, before and during stool.

Very fetid, exhausting diarrhoea.

Dysentery; stools scanty, of blood and mucus, with severe tenesmus, and low fever.

Great tenesmus, with stools of blood and mucus, without fever.

For dysentery this remedy is of great value.

Stools, urine and sweat all extremely fetid.-DR.SMALL.

Constant pain in the region of the gall-bladder; has to move constantly but this does not remove the pain.

In whatever position1 the patient lies the parts rested upon feel sore and bruised.- DR.BAYES.

Soreness of the flesh and whole body, with chilliness.- DOUGLAS.

Limbs tremble and are very weak.-DOUGLAS.

Nights very restless, with delirium and frightful dreams.

Patient must go to the door for fresh air.

William Burt
William H. Burt, MD
Characteristic materia medica Published 1873
Physiological materia medica, containing all that is known of the physiological action of our remedies; together with their characteristic indications and pharmacology. Published 1881