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

      Poke root. ALLENTOWN COLLEGE. Phytolaccaceae.



Indisposition to mental exertion.

Disgust for business of day, on waking early in morning.

Melancholy, gloom.

Great fear, is sure will die.

Indifference to life.

Complete shamelessness and indifference to exposure of her person.



Oversensitiveness to pain.


      Vertigo : with danger of falling; with dim vision; when rising from bed, feels faint; staggering.

Inner Head

      Pain in back of head and neck.

One-sided headache.

Pain extending back from the frontal region.

Shooting pain from left eye to top of head.

Heavy aching feeling in the head, at 1-3 P.M.

Sensation of soreness deep in brain.

Painful pressure on forehead and upper part of both eyes.

Pain in top of head, and a feeling as if the brain were bruised, when stepping from a high step to the ground.

Sick headache, worse in forehead; with backache and bearing down; comes every week.

Outer Head

      Tinea capitis; worse washing it when he is warm.



Pupils contracted; tetanus.

Dimness of vision.

Burning, smarting, tingling pain in eyes; itching aggravated by gaslight; abundant flow of tears.

Catarrhal ophthalmia.

Feeling of sand in eyes, with soreness and burning.

Sharp pain goes through ball of eye on reading or writing.

Reddish-blue swelling of eyelids, worse on left side, and in morning; hard, unyielding cellulitis.

Motions of one eye independent of the other.

Circumorbital pains in syphilitic ophthalmia.


      Shooting pains through both ears when swallowing; right side worse.

Eustachian tube feel obstructed.


      Thin, watery discharge from nostrils increasing till the nose become stuffed.

Flow of mucus from one nostril, while the other is stopped; both stopped up while riding.

Acrid discharge, excoriating. Scarlatina.


      Very pale; hippocratic; looking blue and suffering; yellowish.

Cold sweat on forehead.

Blotches in face; worse in P.M., after washing and eating.

Swelling around left ear and side of face like erysipelas; thence over scalp; every painful.

Lower Face

      Chin drawn closely to sternum, by convulsive action of muscles of face and neck. Tetanus.

Lips everted and firm. Tetanus.

Upper lip excoriated.

Ulcers on lips.

Parotid and submaxillary glands swollen.


      Disposition to bite the teeth together.

Difficult dentition.

Tongue etc.

      Metallic taste.

Burnt feeling on back part of tongue.

Tongue : fiery red at tip; coated yellow and dry; thickly coated at back part.

Tongue : hot, rough, tender and smarting at tip; also small ulcers, like those caused by mercury; thick; protruding.


      Profuse saliva, sometimes yellowish, often thick, ropy, tenacious; mercurial ptyalism, with inflamed gums and teeth.

Small ulcers on inside of right cheek, very painful; he cannot chew on that side.

Sensation of dryness in the mouth, with cough.


      Sore, worse right side; fauces dark, bluish-red; worse swallowing saliva; feels as if a red-hot ball was lodged in fauces; cannot bear touch of clothing about neck.

Uvula large transparent.

Tonsils large, bluish, ulcerated; throat feels as after eating chokepears; dry, rough, burning, smarting fauces.

Like a plug in throat, worse left side.

Dirty, wash-leather pseudo-membrane; mucus hawked with difficulty, from posterior nares; hangs down in strings; severe pains in head, neck and back; great prostration; faint on rising. Diphtheria.

Cannot drink hot fluids; choking; ulcers on tonsils.


Pharynx dry, rough, feels like a cavern.

Desires Aversions

      Great thirst.

Hunger soon after eating.

Loss of appetite.

Eating and Drinking

      After eating : Hot drinks :. After lemonade :.

Nausea and Vomiting :

      Nausea, eructations of flatus and sour fluid.

Violent vomiting every few minutes.

Violent vomiting of clotted blood and slime, with retching, intense pain, and desire for death to relieve; purging and vomiting.

Vomiting in diphtheria.


      Bruised and sore feeling at pit of stomach.

Heat in stomach.

Pain in pit of stomach, as from a heavy blow or concussion there, followed by cramps in abdomen, and coolness.

Pain in region of pylorus.


      In right hypochondrium a sore spot, not large than a dollar, extremely sensitive to touch.


      Griping and cramps in abdomen.

Burning, griping pains in umbilical region.

Rheumatism extending to abdominal muscles.

Bearing down pains.

Stool etc.

      Stools : thin, dark brown; or mucus and blood, like intestinal scrapings; tenesmus; of bile. Diarrhoea early in morning; after lemonade.

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.