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


This is a special irritant to the cerebro-spinal nervous system affecting especially the pneumogastric nerves, and anterior portion of the spinal cord.

The vagi are affected in a special manner as shown by the nausea and vomiting, in every case of poisoning.

Through the spinal nerves it produces gastric irritation and inflammation of almost every part of the abdominal viscera: the stools are more like dysentery than like those of cholera; but in cholera, accompanied with cramps in the extremities, it is one of the most reliable remedies we have.

Dr. Clapton says: Copper produces distinctly marked green stains in the gums, bluish green perspiration, hair of a greenish hue in old workmen, and green discharges from old ulcers.

Workmen in copper factories have always escaped cholera, and even choleraic diarrhoea, while the neighborhood suffered severely.:-Dr. Clapton. This is a practical hint well worth remembering in times of cholera.


Adapted to neurotic gastric diseases, and to light-haired people.

Digestive Organs.- Spasms, with nausea and violent vomiting of frothy mucus.

When drinking, the fluid descends with a gurgling noise.- Drinking cold water relieves the vomiting.

Sensation as if something bitter was in the stomach.

Roof of mouth always red.-RAUE.

Nausea and violent vomiting, with cramps in the stomach and extremities, with violent diarrhoea.

Deathly feeling, with pain behind the ensiform cartilage.

Stools black; copious and painful, or bloody, with tenesmus and weakness.-HALE.

Violent colic with great anxiety.

Dark red urine, or complete suppression.

Head.-Shrieks from fear; anxiety.

Cold face, blue lips; coldness all over.

Face earthy, dirty bluish color.

Convulsions, with fearful cries: the head is moved from one side to the other, aggravated by contact.

Paralysis of the brain, when caused by a process of metaschematismus, an irritation of that cerebral substance having been superinduced by the sudden retrocession of some acute eruption, or some other disorder that required Copper at first.- HEMPEL.

Metastasis of the eruption (of scarlatina) to the brain, with vomiting and spasms. [Cuprum aceticum.-F.] Chest.-Sudden attacks of dyspnoea unto suffocation.

Long continued paroxysms of convulsive coughing, with vomiting of mucus; blue face and lips.

Cataleptic when coughing.

Hooping cough in long continuing attacks, causing suffocating fits; one swallow of cold water relieves.

Contact renews and aggravates many complaints.

Grauvogl says it is a great remedy in torpid cases of chlorosis.

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