BELLADONNA


Homeopathic remedy Belladonna drug symptoms and indications from Condensed Materia Medica by Constantine Hering, published in 1877….


      Deadly Nightshade. Hahnemann. Solanaceae.

Mind

      Memory lively; remembers things long gone by.

Memory impaired; forgets in a moment what he was about to do.

Absent minded and forgetful.

Confusion of head aggravated by movements.

Imagines he sees ghosts, hideous faces, black dogs and various insects.

Delirium; is afraid of imaginary things; sees monsters.

Desire to escape or hide herself.

Weary of life, with desire to drown herself.

Talkative; then mute.

Picking at bedclothes as if looking for something lost, with confused muttering.

Instead of eating, bit the wooden spoon in two, gnawed the plate, and growled and barked like a dog.

Mania, at one time merry, again; would spit and bite at those around; thinks himself suddenly rich.

Quarrelsome, during exuberant mirth.

Violent delirium; broke into fits of laughter, then gnashed the teeth; disposed to bite and strike those around.

Starts in affright at the approach of others.

Very excitable mood, easily brought to tears.

Morose and serious.

Anxious and timorous.

Anxious and confused, fears she is about to die.

Fretfulness; nothing seemed right to him; was vexed with himself.

Sensorium

      All the senses more acute.

Cloudiness, as if intoxicated.

Blood mounts to the head, which becomes heavy as if giddy.

Weariness of the head.

Inner Head

      Feeling in brain like the swashing of water.

Cold sensation in the brain at the middle of the forehead.

Headache as if a stone were pressing the forehead.

Fulness and pressure at temples and forehead, with pain making him restless and uneasy.

Pain in head and eyeballs, eyes felt as if starting from their sockets.

Pressive frontal headache so severe, when walking, that the eyes were drawn shut; better when sitting, ceases when lying down, worse rising again or going into open air.

Pressure in head, now here now there, which occupies each time large areas.

Frequently obliged to stand still in walking, from the violence of the pain in forehead; at every step it seemed as if the brain rose and fell in forehead; pain ameliorated by strong pressure on forehead.

Strong pulsation of blood-vessels of forehead, and pain as if the bones were lifted up.

Violent throbbing in brain from behind forward and towards both sides; the throbbing ends on the surface in painful shootings.

Dull shooting in left temple, from in out.

Severe shooting in right frontal eminence, worse from bending forward, ameliorated by pressure.

Stabbing as if with a knife, from temple to temple.

Jerking headache, extremely violent on walking quickly or ascending stairs rapidly; at every step a jolt as if a weight were in the occiput.

Boring, tearing, cutting, shooting pains in various parts of head, generally worse on right side and in forehead, less in occiput.

Pains come on suddenly, last indefinitely, but cease suddenly.

Headache from the heat of the sun.

Outer Head

      Head externally so sensitive that the least contact, even the pressure of the hair, gives pain.

Crampy pain in frontal eminence, extending to zygoma and lower jaw.

Eyes

      Photophobia; worse from artificial light.

Far-sightedness.

Objects appear; double, and seem to revolve and run backwards; inverted.

Bright sparks before the eyes.

Flashes of light before the eyes.

Halo around the light partly-colored, red predominating; at times light seems broken into rays.

Vision obscured as from a white vapor; pupils dilated.

Deep-seated dull pain in the back of the eyes.

Eyes dry; feel stiff; feeling of sand in eyes.

Heat and burning in eyes.

Shooting in the eyes, from within outwards.

Lachrymation.

Spasmodic motion of eyes.

Eyeballs red and prominent.

Conjunctiva covered with red vessels, shooting pains; eyes water.

Yellowness of sclerotica, Swelling and suppurative inflammation of left caruncula lachrymalis.

Ophthalmia: suddenly appearing, worse right eye; intense photophobia.

Pain in orbits: often feels as if the eyes had been torn out, sometimes as if pressed into the head.

Trembling and quivering of right upper eyelid.

Heaviness of lids.

Lids feel sore, congested and swollen.

Ears

      Extreme sensibility of hearing.

Deafness, as if a skin were drawn over the ears.

Fancied noise awakens; slight delirium on waking.

Tearing in internal and external ear, in a downward direction.

Shooting in internal ear, with hardness of hearing, Pinching in the ears, first right, then left.

Tearing in right external ear and whole right side of face downwards.

Swelling of the right parotid gland, with erysipelatous redness and violent shooting pains,.

Nose

      Extreme sensibility of smell; odor of tobacco and soot are intolerable.

Frequent sneezing.

Dryness of nose with dull frontal headache.

Fluent coryza from one nostril only.

Coryza with offensive smell; smell in nose as of herring pickle, especially when blowing the nose.

Discharge of mucus, mixed with blood, from the nose.

Suppressed catarrh, maddening headache.

Nostrils and corners of lips ulcerated, without pain or itching.

Sudden redness of tip of nose, with burning sensation.

Nosebleed : with congestion to head; in children at night.

Face

      Red and hot, or pale and cold; mottled, red; swollen and hot.

Sensation of burning heat in whole face, without redness of cheeks; or with marked thirst, body warm, feet cold.

Scraping, itching of forehead.

Neuralgic, pains commencing under left orbit and running back to the ear.

Violent shooting in right maxillary joint, extending to the ear; when chewing.

Cutting, tearing pain, mostly right side, shooting from side of the face up to temple, into the ear and down to nape of neck, worse from touch and motion; hard pressure sometimes relieves.

Lower Face

      Raw feeling at corners of mouth.

Pustules at borders of lips, with smarting pains.

Severe swelling of the upper lip.

Lips: especially the upper one, crack in the middle; dry and parched.

Sensation as if lower jaw was drawn backwards.

Teeth

      Dull drawing in upper row, right side, all night.

Toothache some minutes after eating, not during; increases gradually to high degree and as gradually diminishes.

Teeth feel “on edge”.

Extremely painful swelling of gums on right side.

Bleeding of gums.

Tongue etc.

      Taste; salty; sour; bitter; pappy; offensive; putrid when eating or drinking.

Bread tastes sour.

Stammering speech.

Paralytic weakness of organs of speech.

Tongue; inflamed and much swollen papillae of deep red color; tip and edges light red.

Feeling in tip of tongue as if a vesicle was on it, with burning pain when touched.

Feeling of coldness and dryness of forepart of tongue.

Tongue : white centre with red edges; or two white stripes; covered with white clammy fur, which can be pulled off in strings; dry and furred; covered with much tenacious, yellowish- white mucus.

Mouth

      Saliva thickened, tenacious, white, clings to the tongue like glue.

Dryness of mouth with thirst.

Mouth of mouth with thirst.

Mouth feels hot.

Salivation succeeding the dryness of mouth.

Slimy mouth in morning, when awaking, with pressing headache.

Throat

      Dryness of roof of mouth, fauces and throat.

Constant urging and desire to swallow; seemed as if he would choke if he did not swallow.

During deglutition, feeling in the throat as if it were too narrow, or drawn together, as if nothing would pass properly.

Throat : feels raw and sore; looks very red and shining.

Fine tearing on inner surface of angle of left lower jaw, in and behind the left tonsil, unaffected by contact; worse when swallowing.

Tonsillitis, worse right side; parts bright red; worse swallowing liquids.

Rapidly forming aphthous ulcers on tonsils; intense congestion; throbbing of the carotids.

Pharynx as if excoriated; scraping sensation of enlargement with dryness and burning; bright redness or bright and yellowish- redness of fauces.

Cervical glands inflame suddenly.

Desires Aversions

      Thirst; drinks water, wants lemonade.

Great thirst in evening with watery taste; all drinks are loathsome. Violent thirst at noon.

Desire for lemons (which prove beneficial).

Repugnance to beer, acids, coffee, camphor.

Eating and Drinking

      Wine aggravates dyspnoea.

After eating: putrid taste in mouth.

After drinking beer, internal heat.

Nausea and Vomiting

      Violent hiccough.

Hiccoughing eructations; spasm composed partly of eructation, partly of hiccough.

Half suppressed, incomplete eructation.

Nausea in the stomach.

Ineffectual efforts to vomit about midnight, with cold sweat.

Vomiting of mucus; of bile and mucus; of undigested food; watery; can keep nothing down, is pale and weak.

Stomach

      Painless throbbing and beating at pit of stomach.

Feeling of emptiness in stomach.

Cutting pain in the stomach, worse from motion or pressure.

Hard pressure in stomach after eating.

Distention of epigastrium, with tensive pain n stomach.

Gnawing, pressing, crampy, drawing and wrenching pain in stomach, compels patient to bend backwards, worse after drinking.

Spasms in the stomach like cramp.

Shooting pains in stomach.

Burning in stomach.

Painful pressure in pit of stomach only when walking; compels him to walk slowly.

Haematemesis; ringing in ears; red cheeks; feeling of fulness and warmth in stomach.

Hypochondria

      Region of liver painful and sore to touch.

Acute pain in region of liver; worse lying on right side; pains go to shoulder and neck; can tolerate no pressure or jar; pit of stomach bloated.

Colic from gall-stones: indurated liver; Jaundice.

Abdomen

      Distention of abdomen.

During the pain, the transverse colon protrudes like a pad all the way across the abdomen.

Clawing around the navel; better from pressure.

Abdomen distended, hot.

Loud rumbling and pinching in the belly.

Colic, as if a spot in the abdomen were seized with the nails, a griping, clutching, clawing.

Violent cutting pressure in hypogastrium, now here, now there.

Great pain in right ileo-coecal region, cannot bear the slightest touch, not even the bed-cover.

Feeling as if a hard body pressed from within outwards, at right inguinal ring; the part not feeling hard to the touch; while sitting with body bent forwards.

Fine shooting in left groin.

Tenderness even to slight pressure, especially over ovarian region.

Stool etc.

      Pressing in rectum towards the anus.

Voluptuous tickling in lower part of rectum and anus.

Stools : thin, green mucus; frequent, thin; bloody mucus with tenesmus, containing lumps like chalk; clay-colored; chalky white, with granular, slimy mucus; smell sour.

Urging to stool, which is more fluid than usual, but passed in proper quantity.

Involuntary evacuation, paralysis of the sphincter ani.

Bleeding piles; back pains as if breaking.

Spasmodic constriction of sphincter ani.

Mucous membrane of anus seems swollen and pressed out.

Violent itching, at same time constrictive sensation in anus.

Urine

      Spasmodic crampy straining along the ureter, during passage of calculus.

Urine: bright yellow and clear, frequent, copious, pale and watery; first clear, becomes turbid on standing; blood red.

When the urine is heated, almost invariably deposits a cloud of phosphates.

Frequent desire with small quantity.

Involuntary micturition, with paralysis of sphincter and retention with paralysis of bladder.

Vesical region very sensitive to pressure or jar.

Sensation of turning and twisting in the bladder, as if from a large worm, without desire to micturate.

Wets the bed; restless, starts in sleep.

Male Sexual Organs

      Sexual desire decreased.

Weakness and relaxation of genitals.

Nocturnal emission of semens, during relaxation of penis.

Violent stitches in the testicles which are drawn upwards.

Tearing upwards, in left spermatic cord, evening in bed.

Soft painless tumor on the glans.

Sweating of genital organs.

Female Sexual Organs

      Pressure downwards, as if all the contents of abdomen would issue through the vulva; worse morning.

Violent pressing and urging towards the genitals, as if everything would fall out there; worse sitting bent, and in walking; better standing, and sitting erect.

Right ovary much enlarged; stitching, throbbing pains; pains come suddenly and go suddenly.

Clutching or clawing pains, or transient stitches in the uterine region, parts sensitive, cannot bear least jar.

Profuse discharge of hot, bright red blood, sometimes dark, clotted, and of a bad smell; flow of blood between the periods.

Painful menstruation.

Amenorrhoea.

Leucorrhoea, of white mucus; with colic.

Great heat and dryness of vagina.

Climaxis: congestion; axillary glands hard; sudden hot flushes.

Pregnancy

      Lochia offensive, feel hot to the parts.

Labor-pains; deficient; cease, have only periodical slight pressure on sacrum; amniotic fluid gone; yet os still spasmodically contracted.

Phlegmasia alba dolens.

Appears as if stunned: semi-conscious and loss of speech; convulsive movements in limbs and muscles of face: paralysis of right side of tongue, foam at mouth; renewal of fits at every pain.

Retained placenta, profuse flow of hot blood, which speedily coagulates.

Larynx

      Hoarseness; rough voice.

Voice weakened even to complete aphonia.

Speaking is very difficult to him; speaks in a piping tone.

Dryness of larynx.

Breathing

      Short, hurried, anxious breathing.

Breathing heavy and stertorous.

Difficult respiration.

Asthmatic paroxysm in afternoon and evening, with sensation of dust in lungs.

Asthma in hot, damp weather; worse after sleep.

Quick short, irregular breathing, alternates with slow, gentle, at times almost imperceptible breathing: in a child.

Cough

      Dry cough; from dryness of larynx; from tickling itching in back part of the top of larynx, evening, after lying down in bed; from sensation of a foreign body in larynx.

Attack of coughing, as if one had inhaled dust; wakens at night; mucous expectoration.

Sensation as if something were in the pit of stomach, which excites cough.

Violent cough about noon, with expectoration of much tenacious mucus.

Cough, with bloody mucous expectoration in the morning; bloody taste in mouth.

Night cough; wakes from sleep.

Attacks of cough ending with sneezing.

Pressing pain in nape of neck when coughing.

Child begins to cry immediately before cough comes on.

Barking cough, waking suddenly, 11 P.M.,; face fiery red; crying with cough.

Lungs

      Noise and rattling in the bronchial tubes.

Pressive pain in chest, with shortness of breath, and at same time between shoulders, when walking or sitting.

Pressure in right chest, causes anxiety.

Constriction across chest, as if pressed inwards from both sides.

Burning in right chest.

Stitches in apex of right lung.

Heart Pulse

      Pressure in the cardiac region, which arrests the breathing and causes a sense of anxiety.

Gurgling at the heat, a kind of palpitation, when going up stairs.

Pulse : accelerated, frequently full, hard and tense; large, full and slow; at times small and soft.

Throbbing in the carotid and temporal arteries.

Outer Chest

      Corroding, gnawing pain beneath the cartilages of last ribs, right side.

Neck Back

      Pressive pain externally in neck, when bending head backwards, and when touching the part.

Swelling of glands in nape of neck, with cloudiness of head.

Pressive pain under left scapula, more towards outer side.

Drawing pressure between right scapula and spinal column.

Shooting and gnawing pain in the spinal column.

Stabbing as if with a knife, from without inwards, in the vertebrae.

Drawing, burning and throbbing pain in the spine.

Soreness of last dorsal and first lumber vertebrae.

Back aches, as if broken.

Cramp-like sensation in left lumbar region.

Curvature of the lumber vertebrae.

Bearing down on to sacrum.

Upper Limbs

      Stitching pressure on top of left shoulder.

Heaviness and paralytic feeling in upper limbs.

Violent stabbing, as with a blunt knife, below the head of the humerus, from within out.

Drawing pain on inner side of left upper arm.

Tearing pain in humerus.

Bruised pain in upper arm.

Cutting pain in interior of left elbow-joint when walking.

Sharp shooting externally in elbow-joint.

Cutting, tearing in lower muscles of both forearms.

Not able to turn the hand easily and freely on its axis (as when dropping from a glass), turns only by jerks; as from want of synovial fluid in wrist-joint; painless.

Painful drawing in the metacarpo-phalangeal articulation of the left middle finger, as if in the periosteum.

Paralytic tearing in the middle joint of right index finger.

Numbness and prickling in the hands,.

Lower Limbs

      Pain in thighs and legs, as if beaten and as if carious; fine shooting and gnawing along the bones, with violent tearing in the joints; the pain rises gradually from the ankle to hips, necessitates, while sitting, constant motion and shifting of the feet; is milder when walking.

Crampy pain in the gluteal muscles, with tension on bending the body forward.

Cutting stitches in the outer muscles of right thigh, just above knee, only when sitting.

Cramp-like pain in right knee near the patella, towards the outer side when sitting.

Sensation in joints of lower limbs, particularly knees, as if they would give way, especially when walking, and more marked when going down hill. Burning stinging in knee-joint, worse at night.

synovitis of knee-joint; intense inflammation; sense of bubbling as from drops of water.

Dull tearing in the legs.

Tremulous heaviness of legs.

Tearing pressure in middle of the inside of the leg, uninfluenced by motion or contact.

Tension in right tarsal-joint while walking in open air.

Pain in metatarsal bones, as if dislocated.

Boring, digging or shooting pains in soles.

Pain as if bruised in the heel when treading thereon.

Limbs in General

      Loss of co-ordination of the muscles of both upper and lower limbs, very like the heaviness and helplessness of movement observed in first stage of progressive paralysis of the insane.

Position etc.

      Disinclination and aversion to walk or motion.

Restlessness; he was obliged constantly to move the body to and fro, especially the hands and feet.

Cannot stay long in any position, at one time lies, at another sits, again stands, in all of which he constantly changes his position.

Motion: Walking:,, Every step: Ascending: Descending: Standing:. Sitting: erect; bent: Stooping: Bend backwards:. Bent forwards: Forwards and backwards: Rising; Lying down:,.

Nerves

      Trembling in all the limbs.

Weakness and tottering gait.

Paralytic weakness of all the muscles, especially of feet.

Great restlessness with sudden startings.

Muscles of face, jaw and limbs, agitated by convulsive twitchings.

Spasm of one and paralysis of other side.

Spasmodic motions of body, generally backwards.

Throws body forwards and backwards, while lying, like constant change from emprosthotonos to opisthotonos.

Convulsions commence in arm. Epilepsy.

Clenched the teeth together with such force that they could not be opened.

Stiffness of whole body.

Tetanus, while working in hot sun he become unconscious, jaws fixed, head hot, feet cold.

Sleep

      Frequent yawning.

Towards evening drowsiness, with yawning; in the morning feels as if he had not slept enough.

Sleeps much, yet not refreshed.

Sleeps prevented by anxiety.

Sleepy, yet cannot sleep.

Starts as if affright, during sleep and on awaking During sleep; singing and talking loud; moaning.

Vivid dreams: about murder; street robbers; of danger from fire.

Time

      Remission forenoon and after 12 P.M.

Morning:, Noon:, Afternoon: Evening:,, Night: 11 P.M. : Midnight:. Day or night:.

Temperature and Weather

      Takes cold from having the hair cut.

Open air: Worse in sudden changes, from warm to cold.

Better wrapped up warmly in the room.

Spring: boils, etc.

Hot weather: worse from sun; from heat: Averse to uncovering:.

Chill Fever Sweat

      Chill in the evening, mostly on arms, with heat of head.

Internal chill, with external burning heat.

Chill and heat alternating.

Coldness of the limbs, with heat of the head.

Shivering running down the back.

Continuous dry, burning heat, with sweat only on the head.

Internal heat with anxiety and restlessness.

Heat of forehead, with cold cheeks; of head, with redness of face and delirium.

Heat predominating; averse to uncovering.

Sweat on the covered parts; with or immediately after the heat, mostly in face; staining the clothing and of empyreumatic smell; during sleep, day or night; ascending from feet to head.

Entire want of sweat.

General sweat suddenly occurring and disappears quickly.

Attacks

      Pains come on suddenly, and after a shorter or longer duration, cease suddenly.

Sudden attacks of violent cramp-like pain in one side of chest, or of abdomen, or loin, or one elbow especially during sleep, causing one to bend the painful part.

With every labor-pain;.

Sides

      Right; Left: In out: Out in : Above downwards: Below upwards:, Behind forwards: Front backwards:.

Tissues

      Acts on circular fibres of blood-vessels. On sphincters, as in spasm of os uteri, etc.

Inflammations of serous and mucous membranes.

Pains along the periosteum. Ostitis, traumatic, erysipelatous redness of the part.

Red shining swelling of the joints.

Housemaid’s knee, acute symptoms.

Phlegmonous inflammation.

Engorgement of glands; acute swelling.

Contact Injuries etc.

      Touch: Contact: Pressure: Jar:.

Skin

      Painful sensitiveness of skin to contact.

Eruptions resembling measles.

Heat over whole body, with bluish redness of whole surface.

Skin imparts a burning sensation to the examining hands.

Intense erysipelatous fever, accompanied with inflamed swellings, passing even into gangrene.

Pustules on nape of neck, arms and back.

Red scaly eruption on lower part of body, as far as the abdomen.

Skin scarlet and smooth.

Urticaria during profuse menstruation.

Jaundice after abuse of peruvian bark or mercury; in complication with stones in gall-bladder,.

Stages and States

      Suits plethoric, lymphatic constitutions, who are jovial and entertaining when well, but violent when sick.

Women, children, blue eyes, light hair, fine complexion. delicate skin.

Tuberculous patients; pleurisy.

Young, full-blooded: with fevers and inflammations, when pulse and heat run high, congestions; nervous, delirious, threatened convulsions.

Relationship

      Antidotes to Bellad.: of large doses; Coffea. Hyosc; of small doses: Camphor., Coffea, Hepar, Hyosc., Opium, Pulsat., Vinum.

Bellad. antidotes Aconite, Cuprum. Ferrum, Hyosc., Mercur., Plumbum.

Bellad. is said to be an antidote to Jaborandi, Vinegar increases headache of Bellad.

Bellad. is frequently indicated after Chamom., Hepar, Laches., Mercur., Phosphor., Nitr. ac.

After Bellad. : Cinchon, Conium, Dulcam., Hepar, Laches., Rhus, Seneg., Stramon., Valer., are frequently indicated. Complementary to Calcarea ostr.

C. Hering
Hering got the degree of M. D. from the University of Wuezburg with highest honours. The theme of his thesis was "De'Medicina Futura" (The medicine of future). Hering left Germany for West Indies and finally arrived at Philadelphia in Jan, 1833. He established a homeopathic school at Allentown, Pennsylvania, commonly known as "Allentown Academy". Soon he became very popular as a physician. He is known as the 'Father of Homeopathy' in America.