Baptisia Tinctoria

Baptisia Tinctoria 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 Baptisia Tinctoria is used…

      Wild Ind. (United States of America.) * N. O. Leguminosae. Tincture of fresh root and its bark.


Abortion, threatened. Apoplexy. Appendicitis. Biliousness. Brain softening. *Cancer. *Consumption. Diphtheria. Dysentery. *Enteric fever. Eye, affections of. Gall-bladder, affections of. Gastric fever. Headache, bilious. *Hectic fever. Hysteria. *Influenza. Mumps. Esophagus, stricture of. Plague. *Relapsing fever. *Sewer gas-poisoning. Shivering. Stomatitis. Tabes mesenterica. Tinea capitis. *Tongue ulcerated. Typhus. Variola. *Worms.


Baptisia has gained its greatest reputation as a remedy in typhoid fever, to the symptoms of which its pathogenesis strikingly corresponds. But it is only when it is used strictly in accordance with its symptoms that it will give successful results. When given as a matter of routine there are sure to be failures. Another disease in which it has proved specific in a large number of cases is epidemic influenza. The besotted

countenance, bleary eyes, aching head, sore throat, pains and soreness all over the body, and profound prostration which are present in all typical cases indicate Baptisia before any other remedy. Among the chief symptoms of the remedy are the following: Stupor, falls asleep while being spoken to, confused as if drunk. Cannot keep his mind together, a wild wandering feeling. This scattered feeling is further exemplified in the illusion that the body is double, limbs separated and conversing with each other, can’t sleep because body seems scattered about and cannot collect pieces. There is a dull heavy sensation in head with drowsiness and heavy eyelids. The head feels large, with a numb feeling of head and face. Bruised headache, soreness as if in brain, bruised feeling in occiput, heavy feeling at base of brain with drawing in cervical muscles. Frontal headache with pressure at root of nose. The neck is tired, cannot hold head easy in any position. The eyes cannot bear light, burn, are weak, painful on reading. Weight on eyes, eyeballs sore, lame on moving. Blear-eyed. Lids partially paralysed. An illusion of smell “as of burnt feathers” has been caused and cured by it. Pain in left parotid gland. Flat, bitter taste. Tongue swollen, feels numb, speech difficult. Is coated whitish yellow, and feels burnt or scalded. Dry, parched, brown center, cracked and ulcerated. Canker sores in mouth. Ulcerations. The sore-mouth of sucklings. Painlessness is a feature in the sore throat, putrid, painless, dark ulcers. Esophagus feels constricted down to stomach, can only swallow liquids, cases of convulsive contraction of oesophagus and cardiac orifice, with regurgitation of food, have been cured by it. In one case, that of an old man, food could be swallowed and retained some days, but not on others. He had always liked very hot food. The oesophagus was red and granular. Baptisia 12 cured. Nausea, retching and vomiting. Sinking, gone feeling. Pain in liver, and especially in gall-bladder, in spleen, in right iliac region, in groins, glands swollen. Soreness of abdominal muscles and right iliac region. Fetid exhausting diarrhoea, dysentery in autumn or hot weather. Worms. The urine is high-coloured, scanty, alkaline, fetid. Orchitis, squeezed pain in testes. Hale considers it specific in threatened miscarriage from mental depression, shock of bad news, watching, fasting, or low fever. Patients in these conditions often complain of “dreadful sinking at the stomach,” fetid breath and other symptoms of Baptisia. Many cases of phthisis are relieved by this remedy when the symptom and type of fever correspond. Lumbar backache. Feels as if lying on a board. Pain in sacrum. Weakness of lower limbs. Left foot much prickling and numbness. Numbness and soreness are very general in Baptisia patients. It has cured hysteria with prostration, numbness and fear of paralysis, wanted to die, rubbed hands continually, restlessness. The bed feels hard. There is excessive drowsiness. Worse On waking, worse walking, worse open air, worse cold wind, worse autumn or hot weather.


*Compare: Arnica, Arsenicum, Bryonia, Gelsemium (Malaise, nervousness, flushed face, drowsiness, and muscular soreness), Echi., Hyoscyamus, Kali-m., Lachesis, Mur-ac. and nitricum acidum (Typhoid), Nux-v., Opium, Rhus-t. *Follows well: Arsenicum *Is followed well by: Terebe., nitricum acidum Hamamelis Silica has, like Baptisia, ability to swallow only liquids (like milk), but unlike Baptisia, Silica has aversion to milk. Echinacea angustifolia is perhaps its nearest analogue.


Stupor, falls asleep while being spoken to, or answering, heavy sleep till aroused, awakes only to again fall asleep in the midst of his answer, which he vainly endeavors to finish. Indisposed to think, want of power, mind seems weak, confused, as if drunk. Cannot confine his mind: a sort of wild, wandering feeling. Gloomy, unhappy state of mind. Body feels scattered about, tosses around to get the pieces together, cannot sleep because he cannot get pieces together. Mind wanders as soon as the eyes are closed. Mentally restless but too lifeless to move. Indisposed to think, inability to memorize. Worse when thinking of pains in various parts of body.


Vertigo, and weak feeling of entire system, especially lower limbs and knees. Vertigo, with paralysis of eyelids. Peculiar feeling in head, which is never felt except during fever, excitement of brain such as precedes delirium. Dull, heavy pressive headache. Frontal headache, with pressure at root of nose, with feeling of fullness and tightness of whole head. Head feels large and heavy, with numbness of head and face. Sharp darts of pain in supraorbital nerve at foramen. Frequent sharp pains by spells in right and left temple. Soreness in the brain, worse on stooping. Top of head feels as if it would fly off. Dull, bruised feeling in occiput. Skin of forehead feels tight. Scalp feels sore. Sensation as if head swelling. Neck feels so tired she cannot hold her head easy in any position.


Cannot bear light, eyes burn but do not water. Feeling as if eyes would be pressed into head, eyeballs feel sore, with great confusion of sight, cannot place anything until after looking at it a few seconds, everything appears to move. Severe pains in eyes on reading, compelling to stop. Bloated feeling of eyes, glistening, disposition to have them half closed. Eyeballs feel sore, sore and lame on moving them. Partial paralysis of lids.


Dull hearing. Delirium with almost complete deafness. Slight pain in left parotid gland.


Dull pain at root of nose, crampy sensation. Sneezing and feeling as after a severe cold, slight bleeding from right nostril of bright red blood, thick.Epistaxis of dark blood. Sensation of fullness, Oedema of affected parts, especially in choanae. Illusion of smell: as of burnt feathers.


Face flushed, dusky, hot, dark-red, with a besotted expression. Muscles of jaw rigid.


Sordes on the teeth and lips. Tongue yellow along the center, first white, with reddish papillae, followed by yellow-brown coating in center, edges dark-red and shining, dry, brown down the center, cracked, sore, ulcerated. Filthy taste with flow of saliva. Saliva rather abundant, somewhat viscid, tasting flat Numb, pricking sensation in tongue. Putrid ulcers of the buccal cavity, with salivation. Mouth and tongue very dry in fevers. Putrid, offensive, fecal breath. Flat, bitter taste in mouth.


Pain and soreness of fauces. Constrictive feeling in throat, causing frequent efforts at deglutition. Throat feels swollen or full. Fauces dark-red, dark, putrid ulcers, tonsils and parotids swollen, absence of pain, and great prostration.Difficult deglutition, can only swallow water, oesophagus feels as if constricted from above down to stomach.


Sinking, gone feeling at the stomach. Constant desire for water, with nausea and want of appetite. Great thirst. Loss of appetite, averse to nourishment and stimulants. All symptoms worse from beer. At night, frequent pain in the epigastric region, worse from turning over, which he had to do all the time. Full feeling in stomach. Heavy gnawing in stomach. Burning heat rising up to throat. Pains in stomach, feeling there as of a hard substance.


Pain in liver, from right lateral ligament to gall-bladder, can scarcely walk, it so augments pain in gall-bladder. Constant severe pain over gall-bladder. Constant pain in stomach and liver, worse walking, hot sensation, heavy aching in liver. Pain in liver region on going upstairs. Constant aching distress in stomach and umbilical region. Pain in region of spleen, with darts of pain in body, especially in carpus, metacarpus, and phalanges. Right iliac region sensitive. Fullness and distension of the abdomen. Abdominal muscles sore on pressure. Sharp, rheumatic pains in groins, lasting a short time but returning after short interval, worse from walking. Glands of left groin swollen, painful on walking.

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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