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

      Rock.oil. HAHNEMANN. Anthracite.


      Did not know where she was in the street.

Delirium; thinks another person lies alongside of him, or that one limb is double.

Sadness and despondency, inclination to weep.

Excited irritable, with inclination to be angry and to scold; anxious and irresolute.

Ailments from vexation, with fright.


      Vertigo on rising; often with bilious vomiting.

Inner Head

      Headache in forehead; every mental exertion causes him to become stupid.

Headache from anger.

Frontal headache, at times quite severe, but worse while the nausea remained.

Occipital headache, with general spasms and screaming; loss of appetite, constipation.

Pain from the occiput over the head to the forehead and eyes, with transitory blindness; he gets stiff; loses consciousness.

Pressing-stinging in the cerebellum.

Dull, pulsating pain in occiput.

Sensation as if everything in the head were alive Head feels numb, as it made of wood or as if bruised.

Outer Head

      Sensation as of a cold breeze blowing on head.

Scalp very sore to the touch, followed by numbness worse morning; and on becoming heated.

Moist eczema, acute and chronic, worse on the occiput.

Falling off of the hair.


      Cannot open the eyes mornings; sight misty.

Aching in the eyes, worse in the evening and from light.

Ciliary blepharitis from conjunctivitis granulosa or from small-pox, with sticking and smarting in inner canthus.

Pannus in scrofulous patients; discharge from the eye white; cheeks rough.

Pains at the root of the Nose, lids swollen, purulent discharge from eyes and nose.

Iritis, with dull pulsating in the occiput. Syphilis.

Fistula lachrymalis (of recent origin).


      Sounds as of bells ringing.

Hardness of hearing; in old people.

Dryness and disagreeable sensation of dryness in the ear.

Eustachian tubes affected, causing whizzing, roaring, cracking, with hardness of hearing.

Polypus; wax increased, thick or thin.

Discharge of blood and pus from the ear.

Humid soreness behind the ear.


      Slight epistaxis, relieving the headache.

Dry feeling in nose, frequent sneezing; adherent phlegm, blown out in small lumps; thick phlegm in posterior nares, worse mornings.

Swelling of the nose, with pain at its root; purulent discharge.

Fluent coryza, with hoarseness.


      Yellow complexion.

Lower Face

      Easily dislocated jaw, in morning in bed, with much pain.

External swelling on left lower jaw, painful to touch and on stooping.

Swelling of submaxillary glands.

Scurfs around mouth.


      Sensation of coldness in teeth.

Toothache from contact with fresh, open air, at night, and with swelling of cheek.

Numbness of teeth, they pain when biting on them.

Swelling of the gums, with stinging, burning pain when touching them.

Fistula dentalis.

Tongue etc.

      Taste: slimy, pappy, bitter: putrid; sour.

The tongue coated white in centre, with dark streak along edges.


      Fetid smell from mouth.

Saliva, offensive smelling.

Great dryness of mouth and throat in morning, with much thirst.

Ulcers on the inner cheek, painful when closing the teeth.


      When swallowing, food enters into posterior nares.

Throat feels swollen and raw.

Stinging from throat into ear, when swallowing.

Throat dry, sore; pain in nape of neck when swallowing.

Hawking of a tough, disagreeably tasting phlegm, in mornings.

Desires Aversions

      Hunger immediately after stool.

Ravenous hunger.

Aversion to meat and fat, as well as all warm, cooked food.

Loss of appetite.

Drinking all the time; passed water often.

Violent thirst (for beer).

Eating and Drinking

      After eating; giddiness; heat in the face; cutting in the abdomen; gastralgia better.

Nausea and Vomiting

      Sour, or bitter eructations.

Nausea and vomiting of bitter, green substances; worse from riding in a carriage, during pregnancy, and in the morning.


      Pain in pit of stomach, as if something were tearing off.

Sensation of fulness or swelling of pit of stomach, with soreness when touched.

Violent pain in stomach, extending up into chest, with sweat and nausea.

Gastralgia, with pressing, drawing pains, better from eating.

Sensation of emptiness and weakness in stomach.

Weakness of digestion.


      Awake toward morning, with pinching colic, better from bending double.

Cold feeling in the abdomen.

Stool etc.

      Awakened early morning by urgent desire for stool, which is gushing, watery; sharp, cutting, colicky pains below the navel; rumbling.

Stools: slimy, preceded by colic; chronic diarrhoea; worse during the day; of bloody mucus; often profuse; yellowish, watery; weak feeling in bowels and rectum.

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.