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


Through the ganglionic system it especially affects the glandular system, and upper portion of the alimentary canal, but affects all parts of the digestive apparatus. It causes increased secretion of the salivary glands, pancreas, liver, and epithelial cells of the alimentary canal; accompanied with vomiting, and profuse watery diarrhoea, little inclined to run into inflammation. No remedy has a more specific action upon the pancreas than Iris, and its action upon this gland is more powerful than on any other organ in the system. No remedy produces such burning agony in this gland as does Iris. All the animals I poisoned with it had genuine inflammation of this gland. It also has a profound action upon the lymphatics and skin.


The pains caused by Iris are of a sharp, cutting character, of short duration and change often.

Headache in the forehead and eyes, more on the right side; with distressing vomiting of sweetish mucus, or bilious matter; aggravated by rest.

For gastric or bilious sick-headache it has no equal.

Headache accompanied with violent pains over the eye, in the super-orbital region, occurring on either side, but only on one side a time.–D.C.S. MIDELTON.

A tried aching form of headache, accompanied with or produced by, mental exhaustion.–Dr. B. W. JAMES.

Neuralgia of the head, eyes and temples, pains cutting in nature, of short duration, with vomiting of sweetish water or bilious matter.

Digestive Organs.–Salivation, with profuse flow of saliva.

Gums and tongue feel as though covered with a greasy substance.-.

Great burning distress in the epigastrium; at the same time the mucous membrane of the mouth burns like fire.

Burning distress in the stomach, with vomiting, watery diarrhoea and great prostration.

Violent pains in the bowels before vomiting or diarrhoea.

Watery diarrhoea; worse at night, with great debility.

Severe burning in the anus with watery diarrhoea.

In colic, or as Dr. Kitchen has it, Grumbling bellyache, it is very useful.

Cholera morbus, with vomiting; grumbling pains in the bowels, and watery diarrhoea.

Urine very high colored.

Skin.–In pustular skin diseases, especially if on the scalp, it has been found of great value.

The internal and local use has cured many cases of crusta lactea, and tinea capitis.

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