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

      Poison Sumac. HAHNEMANN. Anacardiaceae.


      Stupefaction, with tingling in head and pains in limbs, better in motion.

Absence of mind; forgetful; difficult comprehension; cannot remember the most recent events.

Incoherent talking; answers hastily or reluctantly, thought seems difficult; answers correctly but slowly; cannot hold mind on one subject long enough to answer.

Low, mild delirium, he is roaming over fields, or hard at work Low spirited, with prostration; inclination to weep, especially in the evening with desire for solitude.

Fears he will be poisoned.

Anxiety, timidity; worse at twilight;; restless change of place; wants to go from bed to bed.

Satiety of life, with feat of death.

Thoughts of suicide; wants to drown himself.


      Giddy, as if intoxicated, when rising from bed; with chilliness and pressure behind eyes.

Vertigo in the aged, worse when rising from lying, and from turning or stooping.

Inner Head

      Burning in forehead when walking.

Feeling as of a strapped board across the forehead.

Stupefying headache, with buzzing; worse when sitting or lying; in the cold, in the morning, from beer; better from warmth and motion.

Headache: must lie down; returns from the least chagrin.

Rush of blood to head, with humming, formication and throbbing; face glistening and red;’ restless, moving about.

Brain feels loose, when stepping or shaking the head.

Stitches extending two ears, root of nose and malar bones, with toothache.

Aching in occipital protuberance. (See end of ) Meningitis in exanthematous fevers, or after getting wet; tingling limbs; high fever; restlessness.

Outer Head

      Erysipelas of scalp,. left to right, forming vesicles. Eruption suppurating, moist, forming thick crusts, offensive, itching; worse at night; hair is eaten off; extends to shoulders. Scalp sensitive, worse on side not lain on, when growing warm in bed, from touch and combing the hair back.


      Great photophobia, profuse acrid lachrymation in morning and in open air; the cheek under the eye is dotted with red pimples; lids spasmodically closed.

Iritis: in rheumatic or gouty subjects; suppurative or where the ciliary body and choroid are involved, especially if of traumatic origin.

Pustules and superficial ulcers on cornea, with great photophobia conjunctiva quite red, even to chemosis.

Sac-like swelling of conjunctiva, with yellow, purulent discharge.

Eyes red and agglutinated in morning.

Lids much swollen and inflamed.

Eyelids oedematous or erysipelatous, with scattered watery vesicles; meibomian glands enlarged. cilia fall out.

Ptosis, also, paralysis of any of the muscles of eyeball,. from getting wet in rheumatic patients.


      Hardness of hearing, especially of the human voice.

Otalgia, with pulsation in ear at night.

Bloody pus from the ears.

Parotitis, left side; especially suppurating, during scarlatina.


      Loss of smell.

Epistaxis of coagulated blood, worse at night and when stooping, at stool, or from exertion; also in typhus, with some relief.

Spasmodic sneezing.

Discharge from the nose; of thick, yellow mucus; of green, offensive pus; of yellow ichor, with swollen cervical glands.

Fever-blisters and crusts under nose.

Top of nose red and sensitive; nose sore internally.

Puffiness of nose.


      Fiery red; pale, sunken, nose pointed, blue around the eyes.

Erysipelas from left to right; face dark red, covered with yellow vesicles; burning, itching and tingling with the stinging.

Burning, drawing, tearing in face; teeth feel too long; restlessness.

Milk crust.

Acne rosacea.

Impetigo on face and forehead.

Lower Face

      Stiffness of jaws, cracking in articulation of jaw when moving it; jaw easily dislocated.

Corners of mouth ulcerated, fever-blisters around mouth; exanthema on chin:.


      Painful, with stinging at root of nose, extending to malar bones.

Teeth feel too long and too lose, feel as if sleep.

Jumping shooting, as if teeth were being torn out; or slow pricking, throbbing or tearing, extending into jaws and temples; face sore; worse at night, from cold, from vexation, better from external heat; crusty caries.

Tongue etc.

      Taste: putrid mornings and after eating; metallic; food, especially bread, tastes bitter.

Tongue: dry, red, cracked; has a triangular red tip; white, often on one side; yellowish; covered with brown mucus; takes imprint of teeth.


      Mouth dry, with much thirst.

Saliva bloody; runs out of mouth during sleep.

Putrid breath.

Much tough mucus in mouth and throat.


      Sore, feels stiff, after straining the throat.

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.