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

      Celandine. Papaveraceae.


      Great absence of mind, forgets what she wants to do or has done.

Weeping. Sadness.

Fears of becoming crazy.

Anxiety : allowing no rest at any employment; as if she had committed a crime.

Desponding mood.

Irritability. Ill-humor.


      Vertigo; with bilious vomiting and pain in the liver; with confusion of the head; with stumbling, as if to fall forwards.

Inner Head

      Pressure in forehead, extending to orbits, which, on moving the eyes, pain as if sore.

Tensive pain in forehead, as from a band above the eyes.

Pressive pain in right side of head.

Violent pain in left side of head and face.

Heaviness in the occiput, with pressure in left ear.

Coldness in the occiput, rising from the nape; worse when moving; better during rest.

Outer Head

      Pain in the temporal bone behind the ear.

Trembling of head and limbs.


      Dazzling spot before the eyes, lachrymation when looking at it.

Misty appearance before the eyes.

Objects appear double.

Contractility of pupils diminished.

Opacity of the cornea.

Aching in the eyeballs; worse moving the eyes.

Tearing pain in left eye, extending to zygoma, teeth, forehead and temple; first relieved by pressure, but soon cannot endure the slightest touch; periodic, evening in bed.

Conjunctiva swollen, dark red, as far as the cornea.

Whites of the eyes dirty yellow.

Lids swollen, red, could open them but little.

Agglutination of lids in the morning.

Neuralgia of eyebrows and temples.

Pressing pain over left eye, which seems to press down upper lid.


      Loud, distant roaring in the ears.

Sensation of wind rushing out of the ears.

Ears feel stopped.

Long-continued stitch in right external ear, passing off gradually.

Nose :

      Coryza: dry, nose stopped; fluent, with sneezing.


      Expression : anxious, disturbed; sickly.

Face: greyish-yellow; sallow; sunken; yellow, especially of forehead, nose and cheeks.

Right cheek-bone feels as if swollen.

Violent tearing in maxillary antrum.

Flushes of heat in the face.

Lower Face

      Dryness of the lips.


      Tearing pains from right ear to right teeth, afternoons.

Tongue etc.

      Taste : bitter; insipid; pappy.

Tongue : slimy, coated white or grey; coated thickly yellow, with red margin, showing imprints of the teeth.


      Bitter water collects in the mouth.

Dryness of mouth.

Bad odor from the mouth.


      Choking, as from hasty swallowing.

Larynx as if pressed upon, impeding swallowing.

Dryness in the throat; hawking up lumps of phlegm.

Tonsils ache.

Desires Aversions

      Desire for milk, which agrees. Fond of vinegar, or sour wine; dislike: to cheese; to meat.

Loss of appetite, with disgust and nausea.

Eating and Drinking

      All complaints lessen after dinner.

Nausea and Vomiting


Bilious eructations.

Short breath and anxiety, relieved by belching.

Nausea : with heat in stomach, causes great bodily heat.



      Pressure, with distention of stomach.

Constriction, tension and sensitiveness in pit of stomach and right hypochondrium.

Feeling of anguish, in pit of stomach.

Gnawing grinding pain; better while eating.


      Pains from region of liver, shooting toward the back.

Stitches in region of liver; pressive pain in region of liver.

Left hypochondrium sensitive to pressure,.


      Colic, with nausea and retraction of the navel.

Pain across the umbilicus, as if the abdomen were constricted by a string.

Abdomen distended, feels full and uncomfortable.

Rumbling, gurgling, pinching and cutting in the bowels.

Spasmodic drawing pains in both inguinal regions.

Stool etc.

      Crawling and itching in the rectum.

Frequent discharge of flatus.

Stools: thin, pasty, bright yellow; pasty, light grey; pale, slimy; mucous diarrhoea, at night; constipated, like sheep’s dung.

Diarrhoea and constipation alternately.


      Spasmodic pain in right kidney and liver; worse from 4 to 9 P.M.

Violent pains in direction of ureters, preceding passing of turbid urine.

Urging to urinate.

Urine : profuse, whitish, foaming; red and turbid; dark-yellow, clear; lemon-yellow, turbid; dark, brownish-red.

Male Sexual Organs

      Frequent erections, even during day.

Pain in the glans.

Drawing pain: in the spermatic cords; in the testicle.

Redness, heat and swelling of scrotum, with small, flat vesicles, painful to touch, become moist, next day form dry scales.

Itching and creeping on scrotum and glans.

Female Sexual Organs

      Menses too late; too profuse; pain under the right scapula.

Burning in the vagina, recurring each day at precisely the same hour.


      Longing for unusual articles of food.

Milk diminished.


      Feels swollen; feels as if pressed upon.



      Short and quick breathing, with oppression, which is relieved by a few deep inspirations; with anxiety, as if he must choke.


      Violent, somewhat spasmodic; dry, in paroxysms; racking, as in consumption, with much expectoration from the lungs, also with pain behind the sternum, especially at night; mornings, with copious mucous expectoration.


      Stitches in left chest on inspiring.

Pains in the chest and back.

Oppression of the chest; the clothing seemed too tight: Spasmodic pressure behind middle of sternum, awoke him at night; extended into the bronchi, with sensation of constriction in them.

Stitches in chest, worse right side.

Soreness in lower ribs, right side.

Deep-seated pain in whole right side of chest.

Heart Pulse

      Very irregular palpitation of the heart.

Violent palpitation, with tightness of the chest.

Pulse: slow; small and quick; full and hard, though but slightly accelerated towards evening.

Neck Back

      Stiffness : of the neck; of the muscles of right side of neck.

Pain in right cervical muscles, and in region of right clavicle.

Pain in right side of back, with heaviness of occiput pressure toward the left ear.

Constant pain under the inferior angle of right scapula; may extend into chest or stomach, causing nausea or vomiting.

Pain in the vertebra, worse from motion and pressure, trembling, spasms of limbs; spasmodic myelitis.

Stitches beneath the right scapula.

Pain as though the lower lumbar vertebrae would separate, when bending forwards.

Upper Limbs

      Pain in the right shoulder.

Stiffness in the wrist.

Tearing in tips of fingers.

Lower Limbs

      Drawing pain in hips, thighs, legs and feet, more right side.

Pain in right knee, with burning and stiffness; worse when moving.

Stiffness of the ankles.

Limbs in General

      Limbs: feel heavy, stiff and lame; feel paralyzed: cold.

Rheumatism, the least touch anywhere is exceedingly painful; sweat without relief.

Rheumatism worse in the lower limbs, especially in the right tarso tibial articulation; worse from walking.

Position etc.

      Rest : Motion : Moving eyes, Walking:, Bending forwards Desire to lie down : In bed : After lying down : Deep inspiration :.


      Great debility and lassitude after eating.

Trembling and twitching of the limbs.

Weariness, indolence, indisposed to work.

Tonic spasms in flexors of fingers and toes.


      Drowsiness during the day.

Sleepiness, desire to lie, without being able to sleep.

Restless sleep before midnight.

Sleepless, with headache.

Awakes terrified, by the usual sufferings.

Dreams : of corpses and funerals.


      Morning: Afternoon:, 4-9 P.M. : Evening : Night : Before midnight After midnight : Day :,.

Temperature and Weather

      Renewal of ailments on change of weather.

Open air : Room :.

Chill Fever Sweat

      Internal chill; with severe shaking, evening in bed; when walking in open air; passes off in the room.

Chill and coldness of whole body; worse on hands and feet, with distention of the veins.

Right foot icy-cold.

Shivering: without external coldness; running down back.

Internal heat without thirst, evening after lying down.

Burning heat of hands, spreading thence over the body.

Heat : of the head and face; on scapulae; in hip-joints.

Sweat during sleep, after midnight and toward morning; better after awaking.


      Periodic : Better while eating : and after dinner : debility afterwards :.


      Right :,,,, Left :, Front to back :. Back to front : Above downwards : Fall forwards:.

Contact Injuries etc.

      Touch :,. Pressure :, Clothing seems too tight:.


      Yellow, yellowish-grey.

Red and painful pimples and pustules on various parts.

Itching of the skin.

Old putrid spreading ulcers.

Stages and States

      Spare subjects disposed to abdominal plethora, cutaneous diseases, catarrhs or neuralgia.



      Chelid. follows well after Ledum.

After Chelid., Arsen. will often be useful.

Acids, wine or coffee restrict its action.

Antidotes to Chelid.: Aconite removes the aggravation, with excited circulation.

Chelid, antidotes : Bryon.

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.