Syphilinum 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 Syphilinum is used…

      Luesinum. Syphilitic virus. A nosode. Attenuations.


Abscess, succession of abscesses. Alcoholism, hereditary craving for alcohol. Anus, fissure of. Aphasia. Asthma. Breasts, sensitive. Bubo. Constipation. Crying of infants. Deafness. Deltoid rheumatism. Dentition. Diplopia. Dysmenorrhoea. Epilepsy. Headache, syphilitic. Hoarseness, before menses. Iritis. Leucorrhoea, infantile. Mouth, ulcerated. Myopia. Neuralgia. Night-sweats. Ophthalmia. Otorrhoea. Ovaries, affections of. *Ozaena. Pemphigus Psoas abscess. Ptosis. Rectum, stricture of. Rheumatism. Sciatica. Sleeplessness. Spine, caries of. Strabismus. Stricture. Sunstroke. Teeth, carious. Throat, ulcerated. Tibia, pains in. Tongue, cracked, ulcerated. Ulcers. Whitlow.


I learned the value of this nosode from Skinner, who has made with it some very brilliant cures. It has been proved by Swan in the potencies, and Hering’s Schema, from which mine is taken, comprises also disease symptoms marked “(n) and cured symptoms, which have generally the name and the disease appended. Cured cases of secondary syphilis I have marked “(s.s.).” The widespread distribution of syphilis, acquired and hereditary, and the virulence and persistence of the virus, give this nosode a high degree of importance in homoeopathic practice. It has been mainly, almost exclusively, employed by those who are familiar with the use of high attenuations. I have used no potency lower than 200, and rarely repeat the dose oftener than once a week. The leading features of the disease are the keynotes for the use of the remedy, and (1) first in importance is the “Night <“: “Pains from *darkness to daylight, begin with twilight and end with daylight.” “All symptoms worse at night.” “Terrible dread of night, on account of mental and physical exhaustion on awaking.” This night aggravation will be found in a large proportion of the cases needing *Syphilinum, in ophthalmia, the pains are worse at night, and during the night the lids grow together. Neuralgia, and headache, asthma, coughs worse from sunset to sunrise, whether syphilitic or not, will be benefited by *Syphilinum Sleeplessness is itself a leading indication for *Syphilinum, which vies with *Sul. as a sleep restorer. (2) Next to the Night aggravates. Is Ulceration: this may affect mouth, nose, genitals, or skin, and the ulcers have greyish bases, in the nose they produce the most offensive form of ozaena with discharge of fetid clinkers. In such cases I have found *Syphilinum of the greatest service. Fetid discharges from the ear come in the same category. (3) Abscesses with foul secretions. (All pus formations of *Syphilinum are fetid.) *Succession of abscesses is one of the grand keynotes of the materia medica. Eyes, teeth, and skin give other leading indications. In ophthalmia neonatorum the lids adhere during sleep, pains worse 2 to 5 A.M., pus profuse, better cold bathing. Iritis, syphilitic or rheumatic, has been cured with *Syphilinum Ptosis, sleepy look from drooping lids. Diplopia, one image seen below the other. Teeth decay at the edge of the gums and break off, are cupped, have serrated edges, dwarfed in size and converge at their tips. The typical eruption of *Syphilinum is copper-coloured spots, but it covers many other forms, including pemphigus. The glandular system is affected throughout and nutrition impaired, leading to extreme emaciation. Burnett has recorded in his book on *Delicate Children many instances of the power of *Syphilinum to free stunted children from this constitutional blight. Further indications for *Syphilinum are: Pains worse and better gradually, are shifting, and require frequent change of position. Leucorrhoea, profuse, soaking through napkins and running to heels. Craving for alcohol in any form. Hereditary tendency to alcoholism. (Bacchus and Venus are close allies). The orifices of the body are all affected by syphilis, and *Syphilinum has a great sphere in rectal pain and constipation. “Obstinate constipation for years, rectum seems tied up with strictures, when enema was used the agony of passage was like labour.” Bones are affected, and especially bones of head and tibia. Nodes on the head. H. C. Allen says: “Syphilitics, or patients who have had chancre treated by local means, and as a result have suffered from throat and skin troubles for years, are nearly always benefited by this remedy at commencement of treatment unless some other remedy is clearly indicated.” Thomas Wildes (H. P., xi. 267) gives his experience with *Syphilinum In chancre he gives *Syphilinum 1M (Swan) _ according to Skinner’s calculation this is much lower than 1M of the centesimal scale _ one dose every night. The chancre increases for the first two weeks and then gradually fades away, not being followed by secondaries. Where the edges of the chancre assume the appearance of proud flesh in the third or fourth week, and become everted, jagged, and angry dark red, he gives *Lac caninum cm (Swan) every night for ten to fourteen days, until the sore takes on a more natural appearance, when *Syphilinum 1M is again given to finish the case. For any remaining induration *nitricum acidum 30, four times a day, is given. Headaches in great variety he cured with it, aphasia, ptosis, paralysis of tongue, facial paralysis, hemiplegia, “persistent pains in any part of the body,” catarrhal and nerve deafness, itching of nostrils, dark purple lines between alae nasi and cheeks. Itching scabby eruptions on face or breast, singly or in clusters, looking like herpes. Pain and pressure behind sternum. Epilepsy. Wildes cured with *Syphilinum 1M a book-keeper who for many months had a piercing, pressing, excruciating headache over right eye extending deep into brain. It was so severe, he was losing continuity of thought and memory. Under *Syphilinum every night the headache disappeared entirely in ten days and the mental faculties were fully restored, but in six weeks the whole eyebrow on that side broke out into a sickly, yellow, syphilitic eczema with a red, angry, and oozing base extending under the arch to the lid from canthus to canthus up into forehead and down the side of the nose. The cure of this was tedious, because, Wildes thinks, he did not stick to *Syphilinum, but changed the remedy. This man had syphilis a few years before. In 1879 a lady, 26, extremely bright and intelligent, came to Wildes with a dreadful ozaena. She had also curvature of the spine and congestion of right ovary. Always delicate from a child. *Syphilinum cured the ozaena and improved the health, but it “drove out a saddle to which the *Sepia saddle is but a shadow” _ a furious inflammatory mass of syphilitic sores, scabs, and eczema, red and angry, with a fiery base extending from one malar prominence to the other, across nose up to eyes and forehead. This took eighteen months to cure. The ozaena never returned. A boy, 4, had an obstinate rash, a combination of prurigo and herpes, on chin, lips, cheek-bone, forehead, and hairy scalp, on arms, chest, back, bends of joints and on the joints, and on fingers and hands, nowhere profuse. In spite of authorities to the contrary, Wildes maintains that syphilitic rashes may itch, and that prurigo is infectious and is one of the initial stages of leprosy. This boy had a spot of eruption on the left thigh the size of the top-joint of a man’s thumb. This was distinctly a leper spot. *Syphilinum 1M caused the rash to come out strongly all over the body in patches, the face was one-third covered with a thick, yellow, scabby eruption. The remedy was continued and the boy got well, wonderfully improved in health, no longer nervous, growing well, sleeping well, appetite good. Girl, 16, had measles a year before which did not come out properly. A year and a half prior thereto subject to neuralgic headaches. Ailing about two years, very despondent, wants to die, headaches growing more violent. During the headaches the temple veins stand out, has pains all over the body, is very irritable, restless, *walking about much of the time, does not wish to be soothed, *violent on being opposed, has tremors and *seems on the verge of convulsions, dazed, *absent-minded, and almost *insane. *Always washing her hands. Was formerly constipated, but now subject to “a kind of diarrhoea.” Menses never have come on properly, and for the past year have been very irregular, much delayed, scanty, and *always extremely painful. Often feverish. Sleep anxious, distressed, and often *wakeful and violently *restless. The italicized symptoms indicated *Syphilinum, and under this she steadily recovered. A young lady contracted “lepra-syphilis” from vaccination. She had an immense blood-boil on her arm which would not heal. Face broken out with a lumpy fiery rash. With *Syphilinum 1M at bedtime she recovered rapidly, the arm healed quickly and her face became free from eruption. Boy, 3, had cluster of yellow blotches on fingers and roots of nails, distorting the nails. The boy’s father was epileptic. The boy was helped with *Fluor. *ac. and cured with *Syphilinum, the nails becoming straight. Many persons, says Wildes, after taking *Syphilinum for a few days, complained of heavy, crushing, cutting pains across the base of the cerebellum, others of heavy aching and stiffness from base of neck up through muscles and cords of neck and into the brain, others of a heavy, clouded, dull feeling at base of brain with physical lethargy, and sometimes with dizziness, sometimes with confusion of thoughts and often a feeling as if going insane or about to be paralysed. Sometimes a far-away feeling, with a feeling of indifference to the future. Accompanying these there may come a heavy, dragging, dull feeling in lumbar region, with stiffness and want of elasticity. *Peculiar Sensations are: A seething feeling as if hot water or hot oil running through all veins of the body, all night long. As if going insane or about to be paralysed. Tongue feels as if paralysed. A far-away feeling with apathy. As if head were pulled back by a weight. As if blood went to right inner canthus and temples and could get no further. As if sand in eyes. As if right eye were wide open and cold air were blowing in it. Fluttering as of something alive in teeth. As if a worm in tooth. As if teeth had got out of place. Distress as if in omentum. As if rectum were tied up with strictures. As if urethra had been stuffed up and clogged. As if sternum was being drawn towards dorsal vertebrae. As if she would suffocate with cough. As if skin were drawn up in center of chest on drawing back head. Coccyx as if swollen. As if toes on right foot were disjointed. Like growing-pains in limbs. As if bones were sawed. Palms and soles as if pricked by needles. As if throat tearing to pieces. As if top of head were coming off. As if teeth were loose. As of a nervous chill commencing in anus and running down legs. As if bitten by bugs. A number of *linear pains have been observed in *Syphilinum cases. G. H. Carr (M.A., xvii. 162) relates this case: An old man had been troubled two or three winters with an *intense cold pain in both legs, it came on every night on lying down, and lasted all night, the only relief being by getting up and walking. Magnetic leggings had given most relief. *Syphilinum 1M, one dose daily, was given. He lost the pain for six weeks, when it returned in milder form. *Syphilinum CM was given, and he had no more pains all the winter. This medicine, he said “made his genitals ache so that he could not sit still.” This lasted over a month. *Syphilinum cm cured (*ibid.) a lady of “asthma” that she had for twenty-five years, the attack coming on *only at night after lying down, or *during a thunder-storm. Swan (M.A., xxviii. 239) says he gave crying infants, when they developed the propensity immediately after birth and did not cease, one dose of *Syphilinum CM, and it was difficult to make them cry after that. Yingling (M.A., xxix. 135) reports this case: Rev. D., 30, dark, free from venereal taint, had a constant dull, heavy ache above inner angle of right eye, very distressing, with an occasional *thrust as of *an iron rod from the same spot through to lower part of occiput. This thrust was excruciating. He was due to preach next day, but the pain quite incapacitated him, hence his appeal for help. Haggard look. *Syphilinum cm, one dose, was given. He was free from pain before he reached home, next morning was perfectly well. The symptoms are worse by touch (tibia, os uteri). Pressure causes pain in spot middle of thigh, better throat, pressing teeth together better toothache. No position suits. Motion aggravates. Rising arms laterally aggravates. Walking better pain in hips and thighs. Worse At night. Warmth and cold worse and relieves. Warmth better headache, of stove better pain in swollen wrist and big toe. Hot or cold things worse toothache. Cold water better ophthalmia pains. Damp weather, warm, damp weather, thunderstorm, seaside aggravates. Better In mountains. Worse Winter.


*Compare: In bone diseases and syphilitic affections, Aurum, Asafoetida, Kali-i., Mercurius, nitricum acidum Worse at night, Aurum, Mercurius, Sul. (Medorrhinum and Sycotics worse early morning). Worse at night-shore, better inland (Medorrhinum opp.). Worse at seaside, averse to consolation, Natrum mur. Dysmenorrhoea, Medorrhinum Deep-in headache, Bac. Pains increase and decrease slowly, Stn. Ozena with offensive clinkers. Sepia, Pul., Pso., K. bi. Succession of abscesses (Anthrac., succession of boils). Syphilitic stomatitis, Lachesis, Lac caninum, Mercurius Nodes, K. iod., K. bi., Mang., Mercurius Emaciation, Abrotanum, Iodium Lancinating pains in heart (from base to apex), Medorrhinum (from apex to base), Spi. (from base to clavicle or shoulder). Fears suffering from exhaustion on awaking, Lachesis Ptosis, Causticum, Graphites Hereditary tendency to alcoholism, Asarum europaeum, Pso., Tuberculinum, Sul., Acid sulphuricum Constipation with labour-like pains. Lac d., Tuberculinum Fissure in anus, Thuja Shoulder rheumatism worse raising arm laterally, Rhus, Sanguinaria (r. shoulder), Ferrum (left), Urt. ur. Dentition troubles worse night (Medorrhinum worse early morning). Hereditary syphilis, dentition, Kre. Vertigo worse looking up (Sul., looking down). As if teeth out of place (Tuberculinum as if jammed together). Thunder, effect of, Phosphorus


Sun. Damp weather. Thunderstorms.


Loss of memory (n). Loses remembrances of passing occurrences, names, dates, &c., while all occurrences previous to inception of disease are remembered as distinctly as ever (n). Very nervous, weeping without cause. Cross, irritable, peevish. Irritable, excited, walking much of the time, does not want to be soothed, violent on being opposed, has tremors, seems on the verge of convulsions, dazed, absent-minded, always washing her hands. Periodical neuralgia in head (neuralgia). Very despondent, does not think will ever get better (s.s.). Terrible dread of night, always worse as night approaches, leaves her about daylight, which she prays for (spring cough). Feeling as if going insane, or about to be paralysed. A far-away feeling, with apathy and indifference to future. Crying infants, who begin immediately after birth.


Vertigo on looking up, seems to be caused by heat. Headache: linear, from or near one eye backward, lateral, frontal, from temple to temple, deep into brain from vertex, as from pressure on vertex, in either temple, extending into or from eye better by warmth, in bones of head, worse by heat of sun, after sunstroke. Sick-headache, pains intolerable, arteries of head full and pulsating violently, high fever, frequent retching on trying to vomit, menses regular, but very scanty. Lancinating pain in occiput, invariably worse at night (n). Neuralgic headache causing sleeplessness or delirium at night, always commencing about 4 p.m., worse at from 10 to 11 and ceasing at daylight. Bursting sensation in vertex as from severe cold. Pain from eyes through to occiput, with sensation of weight in occiput drawing head back, or as if it were pulled back, eyes ache and smart. Constant linear headache, commencing at both angles of forehead and extending in parallel lines backward _ a precursor of epileptic attack. Heavy, crushing, cutting pain across base of cerebellum. Heavy, clouded, dull feeling in base of brain. Headache through temples, thence vertically like an inverted letter T. Coronal headache (s.s.). Headaches accompanied by great restlessness, sleeplessness and general nervous erethism. Syphilitic headache for many months, piercing, pressing excruciating over right eye, extending deep into brain, losing continuity of thought and memory, makes repeated mistakes in figures. Suffusion and full feeling in face, throat, and head, with innumerable small enlarged cervical glands. Sore, one and a half inches in diameter, on occipital bone, covered with a thick, yellow-white scab. Dirty eruption on scalp. Great loss of hair (n).


Red papulous eruption round left inner canthus, with isolated pimples on side of nose, cheek and eyebrow, these pimples were red, with depressed center, circumscribed areola, became confluent where they were most dense, pimples bleed when scabs come off, agglutination of lids. Myopia (n). Sharp, pulsating pain, occasionally at outer end of superior border of right orbit, apparently in periosteum. Upper lids swollen. Ptosis: paralytica, eyes look sleepy from lowering of upper lid. Diplopia, one image seen lower than the other. Strabismus paralytic, eye turning inward, and pupil can only be turned outward as far as median line. Chronic recurrent phlyctenular inflammation of cornea, successive crops of phlyctenules and abrasion of epithelial layer of cornea, intense photophobia, profuse lachrymation, redness and pain well marked, delicate, scrofulous children, especially if any trace of hereditary syphilis remains. Left eyeball covered with fungus-like growth, pain intense, worse at night. Acute ophthalmia neonatorum (n). Redness and swelling of outer half of both lower tarsal edges. Syphilitic iritis, intense pain steadily increasing night after night, worse between 2 and 5 A.M. coming almost at the minute and ceasing same way (s.s.). Pain in right inner canthus as if blood went there and could go no farther, also in right temple (rheumatic iritis). Both eyes glued in morning, conjunctiva injected, photophobia, constantly wears a shade. Eyes dull. Infantile syphilis. Ophthalmic pains, worse at night, better by cold water. Right eye alone affected congestion of conjunctiva and sclerotica, with some chemosis, lids inflamed, especially at outer canthus, sensation of sand in eyes, lids agglutinated in morning, great photophobia (hereditary syphilis). Neuralgia every night, beginning about 8 or 9 p.m., gradually increasing in severity until it reached its height about 3 or 4 A.M. and after continuing thus for two or three hours gradually decreased and finally ceased about 10 A.M. (rheumatic ophthalmia).


Intense earache in right ear, incisive pains thrusting into ear, purulent watery discharge from ear with pain. Gathering in left ear which discharges a great quantity of pus (hereditary syphilis in a child). Deafness gradually increasing until she could scarcely hear at all. Complete deafness, nothing abnormal to be seen. Catarrhal or nerve deafness with marked cachexia. Calcareous deposit on tympanum. Small, acrid, watery discharge occasionally from ears, no deafness (ozaena).


Left side of nose, inside ala, itching. Nose stuffed up and burning. Attacks of fluent coryza. Offensive, thick yellow-green nasal discharge, during sleep dry scabs form in both nostrils, following an application of salve for sore eyes, left submaxillary gland, which had been swollen and indurated, softens, discharges and, after forty-five days, begins to heal slowly. Ozaena syphilitica, (*Syphilinum brought out an eruption of sores with a fiery-red base on nose and over frontal sinuses). Left side of nose inside and out very sore, likewise lips and chin, sores itching and scabbing over. Itching in nostrils.


Face drawn to one side, difficulty of speaking, masticating, blowing (n). Spasmodic twitching of many muscles, especially in face (paralysis agitans), with great melancholy and depression of spirits. Facial paralysis right side, thick speech, hemicrania, jactitation of right eye and lid. An old gentleman has had for some years cancer on right malar bone, no rest, his agony excruciating extreme (relieved). Face pale. Itching, scabby, eczematous eruptions singly or in clusters, looking like herpes. Nose and cheeks covered with eruptions and scabs in layers rising to a point. Dark purple lines between alae nasi and cheeks. Lips and teeth covered with bloody mucus. Sores on lips and chin, especially left side scabbing over.


Single small lunae cleft in upper incisors, permanent set, which incisors are dwarfed in their general dimensions, and converge at their tips, inherited syphilis (n). Children’s teeth are cupped. Teeth decaying at edge of gum and breaking off (n). Felt like a worm in tooth, could not tell which tooth. Singular feeling as if teeth had all got out of place, and on closing jaws teeth do not come well together.


Tongue red and thick, two deep cracks running lengthwise in it, one on each side of median line. Aphasia, difficulty of finding words, debility. Tongue feels as if paralysed. Fetid breath. Tongue coated, white, edges indented by teeth. Putrid taste in mouth before epileptic fit. Tongue very red and thick, covered with herpetic eruption, two deep cracks running lengthwise on each side of median line, making it difficult to swallow (s.s.). Tongue thickly coated, dirty, edges indented or serrated by teeth (n). Twenty ulcers in mouth, every part involved, top and under side of tongue, lips, buccal cavity, fauces and nose, septum of nose threatened, both alae nasi very painful, smarting with burning as if on fire, pains and burning prevented sleep, hungry but could eat nothing but fluids as mastication was impossible, tongue heavily coated white, large quantities of stringy, viscid, saliva running from mouth of a sweetish taste, a putrid, sickening odour filled whole house, all symptoms worse toward night (s.s.). Herpetic eruption in mouth, tonsils, hard palate and fauces, completely covering inside of mouth and throat, making it very difficult to swallow even liquids. Syphilitic destruction of hard and soft palates.

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