Ceanothus Americanus

Ceanothus Americanus 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 Ceanothus Americanus is used…

      New Jersey Tea, or Red-root. *N. O. Rhamnaceae. Tincture of fresh leaves.


Diarrhoea. Heart, disordered. *Intermittent fever. Jaundice. *Leucorrhoea. Leucocythemia. Menses, suppressed. *Side, pain in. *Spleen, affections of.


Burnett, following Hale, is our chief authority for *Ceanothus. It has been recently proved by ***I. C. Fahnestock (*Hom. News, March, 1900), but its place had already been made clear by clinical use, and definite clinical symptoms have been observed. *Ceanothus is a spleen remedy *par excellence, deep seated pain in left hypochondrium, pain and Fulness in left side, cutting pain. Pain, inflammation, enlargement of spleen, either alone or with other affections, indicate its use, chilliness, principally down back, shivering, rigors, must sit over fire, worse in cold weather. Low spirits with splenic affection. Headache, right side, with spleen pain. Diarrhoea and dysentery (compare *Cascara and other Rhamnee) have been frequently observed in patients taking *Cean. for spleen affections. Leucorrhoea, profuse, thick, yellow, with pain in left side, (I have frequently confirmed Burnett’s experience in this last particular, as in most others, with this remedy.) ***P. C. Majumdar cured with *Cean. 3X a case which had been diagnosed as one of heart-disease (there was palpitation and dyspnoea on exertion). Majumdar found the spleen enormously large. ***R. K. Ghosh has cured with it many cases of suppression of menses and leucorrhoea in patients from malarial districts. Menses too profuse and too early with pain in left side. Cannot lie down for pain in left side. Fahne-stock’s two provers took repeated doses of the O tincture, and both had severe symptoms. One had malaria five years before, treated with Quinine allopathically. This prover suffered more acutely than the other, and in the end had to be treated. *Natrum mur. 30 soon put an end to his symptoms. The other prover had practically identical symptoms but less severe. The symptoms of the provers are marked (***F.) in the Schema.


Ceanothus is *followed well by: Berberis, Conium, Myric. cerif., Querc. *Compare: Cedr., Agaricus, China, Natrum mur., Ox-ac. (pain in left side). Casc. (diarrhoea. Syphilis). *Antidote: Natrum mur.



Low-spirited, fears he will become unfit for work. Great nervous excitement, with chilliness and loss of appetite, felt as if nerves were shaken, at dinner could scarcely hold knife and fork Don’t care feeling all the time, and cannot work (***F.).


Headache, right side, with pain in region of spleen. Head seems to move with every beat of the heart (***F.). Head feels as if the brain were too large (***F.). Dull frontal headache, better lying down (***F.).


Eyes feel too large, lids swollen, dry sensation of cornea, with a dull pain in orbital region (***F.).


Cheeks and ears feel hot, with cold fingers (***F.).


Aphthous affections of mouth and fauces. Mouth dry (***F.). Tongue, white coat down center (***F.). Food tasteless, unless highly seasoned (***F.).


Throat dry, raw sensation on swallowing (***F.).


Wanted to drink water but it made him sick (***F.).


Loss of appetite (***F.). Craving for something sour (***F.). Thirst for water, but it made him sick (***F.). Cannot eat pastry (very unusual) (***F.).


Deep-seated pain in left hypochondrium. Pain and Fulness in left side, with inability to lie on it. Severe pain in region of spleen, with low spirits. Pain in left side, for a long time, with leucorrhoea and chilliness. Pain in left side, headache right side, severe pain right side, with inability (for years) to lie on it. Swelling in left side, with cutting pain, worse in cold weather, with constant chilliness, must sit over a fire. Chronic hypertrophy of spleen. Dull pain in region of spleen (***F.). Immediately after dinner, dull pain in region of liver (***F.). Full feeling in region of liver (***F.). Pain in liver worse lying on right side (***F.). Sensitiveness in umbilical region with desire to relax abdominal muscles (***F.). Whole abdomen moves with beat of heat (***F.). Bearing-down in abdomen worse after eating (***F.).

Stool and Rectum

Diarrhoea. Dysentery. Stool light brown, with loud flatus (***F.). Continual bearing-down in rectum with constricting sensation (***F.).

Urinary Organs

Sharp pain above pubes, in region of bladder, before urination (***F.). Urine: alkaline, increased phosphates, high specific gravity, trace of sugar (***F.). After urinating feeling as if all had not passed (***F.). Urine: quite green, contains bile, strong odour, frothy (***F.). Pain in back and irritation of urethra (***F.). Constant urging to urinate (***F.).

Male Sexual Organs.

Syphilitic complaints.

Female Sexual Organs.

Leucorrhoea, profuse, thick, yellow, with pain under left ribs. Menses ten days too early, and very profuse. Metrorrhagia with spleen pain.


Congested feelings in lungs, chest sore internally, worse deep inspiration (***F.). Soreness behind sternum (***F.). Constricted feeling in chest.


Palpitation and dyspnoea, with enlarged spleen. Pulse full and very strong, heart’s pulsations visible through the clothes (***F.). Heart beat so hard it shook him all over (***F.). Chest feels too small for heart (***F.).

Neck and Back

Carotids throbbing in neck (***F.). Pain under right scapula (***F.). Chilliness down back. Weakness in small of back and legs (***F.). Dull pain in lumbar region (***F.). Constant dull pain in kidneys and up back (***F.).

Upper Limbs

Pains down forearms and fingers (***F.).

Lower Limbs

Weakness of knees, must lie down (***F.). Dull pains in anterior part of thighs (***F.).


Aversion to move, feels too weak (***F.). Great weakness, walking or standing (***F.). Lost several pounds in weight (***F.).


Awake all night (***F.). Dreamed all night (unusual), of snakes, of robbers (***F.).


Shivering, loss of appetite, and nervous excitement. Rigors at frequent intervals. Intermittents with splenic enlargements. Cheeks and ears hot, with cold fingers (***F.). At 4 p-m., six chills in succession, with constant chilliness up and down back, after chill very hot, fever, pulse 120, throbbing carotids (***F.).

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