Agnus Castus


Agnus Castus signs and symptoms of the homeopathy medicine from the Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica by J.H. Clarke. Find out for which conditions and symptoms Agnus Castus is used…


      Verbena verticillata. Vitex agnus castus (Linn.) The Chaste Tree. (Shores of Mediterranean, Provence, and Greece.) *N. O. Verbenaceae. Tincture of ripe berries.

Clinical

Agalactea. Anus, excoriation and chaps of. Ascites. Dislocations. Gonorrhoea, secondary. Gouty joints. Gums, ulcerated. Impotence. Knees, coldness of. Leucorrhoea. Mouth, ulcers in. Rheumatic nodes. Spleen, swelling of, induration of. Sprains. Sterility. Testicles, swelling of, induration of. Toothache.

Characteristics

As its name implies, *Agnus *castus produces its chief effects in the sexual sphere, causing depression of function. General debility and depression of vital power are marked. There are very characteristic symptoms in the mental sphere. Great sadness with a fixed idea of approaching death. This fear is not of *immediate death as with *Aconite, but the patient thinks it is sure to come after a while, and there is no use in doing anything. When this mental state is found after confinement and the milk fails to appear, *Agn. *c. is the remedy. Absentmindedness. Drowsiness. It corresponds to lymphatic constitutions. Premature old age, with apathy and melancholy, self-contempt from sexual abuse. Nervous debility in unmarried persons. Impotence and gleet in old offender. Among other peculiar symptoms are: Illusion of smell as of herrings, or musk, ulcers in mouth and on gums. Tearing pain in lower jaw. Toothache from hot food or drink. Swelling and induration of spleen. Rumbling of flatus during sleep. Discharge of prostatic fluid while straining at Stool and Anus.. Suppressed menses with abdominal pain. Leucorrhoea staining yellow. Sterility. Deficiency of milk, with despair of recovery. Pain as if dislocated in joints. Joints easily twisted. Rheumatic and gouty nodosities on joints.

Relations

Agnus is the only proved member of the Verbena family, though the Labiatae or Mint family are closely allied. *It is antidoted by: Camphor, Natrum mur. (headache), strong solutions of table-salt. *It is followed well by: Arsenicum, Bryonia, Ignatia, Lycopodium, Pulsatilla, Sulphur, Selenium *Compare: (Leucorrhoea staining yellow), Nux-v., Chelidonium, Carb-an., Kreosotum Teste groups it with Mur-ac. and Hyoscyamus

Causation

Sexual excesses. Repeated attacks of gonorrhoea or gleet. Sprains or over-lifting.

Mind

Extreme absence of mind, unable to recollect things, finds it difficult to read or keep up the train of thought. Despairing sadness, low-spirited, fears of approaching death, keeps repeating that she will soon die.

Head

Tearing pain, with pressure in the temples and forehead (in the brain), worse during motion. Pain in the temple, as from a blow. Heaviness in the head, and pressure, as if the head would fall forward. Pain in the vertex, as from staying in a room filled with a thick and smoky atmosphere. Tension and chilliness in the scalp, which is warm to the touch.

Eyes

Corrosive itching or gnawing itching over and on the eye-brows, on the eyelids and under the eyes, better by scratching, but it soon returns. Dilated pupils (and photophobia).

Ears

Roaring in the ears. Hardness of hearing.

Nose

Odour before the nose, like herrings or musk. Hard, aching pressure on the dorsum of the nose, better by pressure.

Face

Corrosive itching of the cheeks, under the eyes, and on the chin. Formication in the cheeks. Rending, tearing pain under the alveoli of the right lower jaw.

Mouth

Ulcers in the mouth and on the gums. The teeth are painful when touched by warm food or drink.

Appetite and Taste

Thirstlessness and aversion to drink. Metallic, coppery taste.

Stomach

Nausea in pit of stomach when standing, later in the abdomen, with a sensation as if the intestines were pressing downwards, constant inclination to support bowels with the hands.

John Henry Clarke
John Henry Clarke MD (1853 – November 24, 1931 was a prominent English classical homeopath. Dr. Clarke was a busy practitioner. As a physician he not only had his own clinic in Piccadilly, London, but he also was a consultant at the London Homeopathic Hospital and researched into new remedies — nosodes. For many years, he was the editor of The Homeopathic World. He wrote many books, his best known were Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica and Repertory of Materia Medica