Tanacetum 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 Tanacetum is used…

      Tanacetum vulgare. Tansy. *N.O. Compositae. Tincture of the fresh plant in flower. Attenuations of the oil.


Abortion. Amenorrhoea. Chorea. Dysmenorrhoea. Epilepsy. Eyes, sclerotica inflamed. Hydrophobia. Labia, abscess of. Paralysis. Strabismus (right inward). Worms.


The common Tansy (the word is derived from a Greek word meaning immortality), with its deep-yellow button-like flowers, a close companion of the Rag-wort (*Senecio Jacobea) on our commons and in our hedge rows, takes a not unimportant part in giving colour to the landscape. In olden times puddings were made containing Tansy leaves, and these puddings were called “tansies” also. “In the springtime are made with the leaves hereof newly sprung up, and with eggs, cakes *or tansies, which be pleasant in taste and good for the stomach. For if any bad humours cleave there unto, it does perfectly concoct them and scour them downwards” (Gerarde). Gerarde also says that the seeds kill and expel worms of every sort, the root is good in gout, and being drunk with wine *Tan. relieves pain in the bladder, and dysuria when a man is only able to urinate by drops. Like *Senec., *Tan. has an action on the female generative organs, and a large proportion of the observations with it have been on women who have taken it to procure abortion. Other effects are from its use as a vermifuge, and in addition to these are provings by Burt and others. In Russia *Tan. has a reputation as a remedy for hydrophobia. M. Peyraud (*C. D. P.) has even used *Tan. as a substitute for Pasteurian “vaccinations,” and reports success. Experiments on animals show that *Tan. induces all the cardinal features of rabies: convulsions, frothy, bloody mucus in the air passages, hallucinations, convulsions without loss of consciousness, opisthotonos, spasms of pharynx, larynx, and thorax, abundant salivation, sensual excitability, tendency to bite, hoarse cry, diminished sensibility and mobility, momentary paralysis, sub- pleural ecchymoses, infarctions of the liver-*rabies *tanacetica, *simili-rabies being the name suggested by Peyraud for this drug- disease. Whether the convulsions of *Tan. be rabic or epileptic, they are sufficiently similar to render the drug useful in either condition. ***W. H. Pierson (*H. W., xxx. 488, quoting *N. A. J. H. ) observed a woman who took two drachms of the oil to procure abortion. The attempt failed, but throughout her pregnancy she suffered from mixed tonic and clonic convulsions, frothing at the mouth, clenched hands, thumbs turned in, followed by exhaustion and a short coma. Since then Pierson treated every case of epilepsy which came to him with drop doses of the fluid extract of *Tan. four times a day, and with marked success. Hale mentions as having been cured with *Tan.: Amenorrhoea, dysmenorrhoea, menorrhagia, uterine cramps, and metritis. In one instance it caused a large abscess of the labium majus. Hale says a crystallisable acid identical with *Santonin has been isolated from it. *Suddenness is a characteristic of a number of the symptoms. *Peculiar Sensations are: As if something closed the ears very *suddenly. His own voice sounds strange in his ears. As though arms and legs *suddenly swollen. Sensation like a thrill all through body. The symptoms were worse at night, and at 4 A.M.


*Compare: In uterine symptoms, Sabi., Terebintha, Hedeo., Ruta. In convulsions, Stramonium, Cicuta., Cuprum Worm symptoms, convulsions, paralysis, Sant., Cin., Chenop. Abscess on labium majus (Strych., abscess of scrotum).



Exhilaration. Nervousness. Confusion. Mind fatigued after least mental exertion. Indifference and incoherence. Unable to fix attention on anything, it seemed next instant my reason would leave me. Uttered a shriek and fell senseless to the floor, continued in comatose state over an hour, when she vomited again and recovered consciousness.


Dizziness. Weariness in head. Strange fulness and pressure in head amounting to pain. Dull, frontal headache with cutting in temples. Occipitofrontal headache, backache, and pains in limbs.


Sclerotic congested, dark purple glassy-looking, swollen so that cornea appeared sunk. Eyes open, very brilliant, pupils equal, widely dilated, immovable, sclerotics injected. Pupils contracted. Slight inward squint, right eye. Occasionally slow, lateral, rolling motion of eyeballs. Lids agglutinated in morning. Dull aching in eyeballs.


Stitches in internal ear. Sensation as if something closed ears very suddenly. Her own voice sounds strange in her ears. Roaring, ringing in ears.

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