Asarum Europaeum


Symptoms of the homeopathic remedy Asarum Europaeum from the Guiding Symptoms of our Materia Medica by Constantine Hering, a ten volumes comprehensive record of confirmed symptoms, published in 1879….


     Haselwurtz. Aristolochiacea.

     Introduced and proved in 1817 by Hahnemann (14) and his pupils (254). The second edition appeared in 1825 (16 and 254). It was physiologically arranged by A. G. Schneider in 1853. The root alone is better than the whole plant.

MIND.


Gradual vanishing of thought, as when falling asleep.
Stupid feeling in head, has no desire to do anything.
Imagines he is hovering in air like a spirit, when walking in open air.
Great merriment, alternating with occasional momentary quiet or gloominess.
Tearful sadness and anxiety.
Melancholic irritability.
Nervous irritability and exaltation.
Cold “shivers” from any emotion.
  

SENSORIUM.


Confusion of head less perceptible when walking than when sitting, with pressure in eyes as with a dull point from within outward, especially below right eyelid.
During retching all symptoms increase, only stupid feeling in head decreases.
Sensation of lightness in limbs ; when she walks she thinks she is gliding through air.
Vertigo, with anxiety. θ Cholerine.
Early in morning, when rising, dizziness and drowsiness of head, with headache in left side of forehead.
Stupid feeling in head, has no desire to do anything.
  

INNER HEAD.


Aching pain in forehead, with muddled state of mind.
Aching in temples, especially left.
Violent pressure in forehead, downward upon eyes.
Frontal headache, with nausea.
Tearing, pressive pain in left temple.
Pain, as from contraction in forehead, temples, and behind ears, with watering and burning of eyes, < in afternoon (5 P. M.), > when sitting, and by washing, but not by wiping.
Dull headache in left temple, afterwards below parietal bones, lastly in occiput.
Pressive headache : above root of nose ; in temples, particularly left.
Pressure over greater part of brain, from without inward.
Drawing headache, as if temple would be drawn in (at noon) ; ameliorated in open air and when lying down.
Intense, compressive headache in left temple, and behind ears ; more violent when walking or shaking head ; > when sitting.
Tearing, pulsating pain in forehead, excited by stooping.
Throbbing headache in morning, early, when rising.
Headache, with pain in both eyes, and nausea.
  

OUTER HEAD.


Pain externally on sides of head. θ Headache.
Itching, beginning with fine stitches, below left temple.
Sensation of coldness at a small spot on left side of head, above ear.
Tension of whole scalp, making hair feel painful.
Hair does not bear combing.
  

SIGHT AND EYES.


Obscuration of sight.
When reading, sensation in eyes as if they would be pressed asunder.
Cannot read with left eye, aggravated by bright light.
Asthenopia, accompanied by congestive headaches ; eyes < morning and evening, when out-doors in heat and sunlight ; > in middle of day and by bathing them in cold water.
The cold air is pleasant to eyes ; sunshine, light and wind are intolerable.
Jerking pains in eyes, with vomiting and hysteria. θ After operation on eye.
Pressure in left eye.
Staring eyes.
Painful feeling of dryness in eye.
** Thickening of cornea.
Sharp pain over left eye, with running of tears and sensitiveness of sight.
Injected conjunctiva, with stinging in canthi.
Left upper eyelid is somewhat swollen ; eye cannot endure much reading.
Inflamed eyes, bleareyedness.
Watering and burning of eyes.
  

HEARING AND EARS.


Oversensitiveness of nerves, scratching of linen or silk is insupportable.
Dull roaring in left ear like a distant tornado ; in right distinct singing.
Diminished hearing of left ear.
Sensation as if a skin was stretched over right external ear, with tensive pressure within ; < in cold.
Sensation as if ears were closed or plugged up with some foreign substance.
Deafness in one or both ears.
θ Catarrh.
Pressure and tension in region of orifice of meatus externus with many symptoms.
Right auricle hard to touch.
  

SMELL AND NOSE.


Sharp aching above roots of nose.
Some coryza and sneezing, with sensation as if ears were closed or plugged up with some foreign substance, with deafness.
Discharge of bloody mucus from nose ; streak of pure blood.
Dry coryza ; left nostril stopped up.
Tickling in nose, causing, after unsuccessful efforts, a sneeze, and discharge of clear fluid.
Violent sneezing.
  

FACE.


Warmth of cheeks.
Fine stinging on right cheek ; burning stinging pain in left.
  

LOWER FACE.


Dryness of inner side of lower lip.
Cutting pain, with cramp at articulation of lower jaw.
  

TEETH AND GUMS.


Teeth of left side feel as if hollow.
Cold feeling in upper incisors as from a cold breath.
Smarting sensation in gums.
  

TASTE, SPEECH, TONGUE.


Most disgusting taste in mouth, at first sour, later bitter. θ Cholerine.
Bread tastes bitter.
Tobacco tastes bitter when smoking.
Burning sensation across tongue.
Biting on tongue.
Tongue clean, with choleralike symptoms.
Tongue somewhat whitish and thickly furred. θ Cholerine.
  

INNER MOUTH.


Mucus in mouth, of a sweetish, insipid taste.
Accumulation of much water in mouth, with nausea.
Cold, watery saliva accumulates in mouth.
Stomacace.
  

PALATE AND THROAT.


Dryness in throat, with stitches.
Scraping in throat.
Tough mucus in throat ; is unable to raise it, or hawk it loose.
Swallowing difficult, as from swelling of glands of throat.
Accumulation of tough phlegm in throat.
  

APPETITE, THIRST, DESIRES, AVERSIONS.


Early morning hunger.
Want of appetite, even nauseated by food. θ Cholerine.
Loathing of food without any gastric derangement.
Unconquerable longing for alcohol.
  

EATING AND DRINKING.


After dinner : great lassitude.
When drinking : chilliness.
  

HICCOUGH, BELCHING, NAUSEA AND VOMITING.


Hiccough.
Imperfect eructations reaching only to upper part of chest.
Frequent empty eructations. θ Cholerine.
Putrid eructations.
Heartburn, with sour belching, setting teeth on edge.
Nausea with shuddering.
Nausea, with disinclination to attend to business ; laziness and sensation as if without a head.
Attacks of nausea ; < after eating ; tongue clean. θ Cholerine.
Nausea and vomituritio.
θ Cholerine.
Violent, empty, retching, which increases all symptoms, only relieving head.
Vomiting : of only a small quantity of greenish, somewhat sour fluid ; with great straining, and sensation about ears as if head would split ; of bile and mucus streaked with blood ; with diarrhoea and violent colic.
Vomiting of whitish or greenish phlegm. θ Cholerine.
Vomiting, with great anguish, under violent exertion, with chilliness.
After vomiting, relief of head symptoms.
  

SCROBICULUM AND STOMACH.


Pressing, digging and feeling of discomfort in pit of stomach. θ Cholerine.
Pressure in stomach, scrobiculum and abdomen.
Sensation of constriction in region of diaphragm.
Horrible sensation at epigastrium when getting awake in morning. θ With drunkards.
  

HYPOCHONDRIA.


Aching in spleen.
  

ABDOMEN AND LOINS.


Oppression around navel, three or four hours after each meal, lasting one hour.
Cutting bellyache, with vomiting.
Pinching pain in left side of abdomen extending to back.
Pain in region of descending colon with discharges of stringy mucus.
Cutting pain in upper abdomen, > by passing flatus.
Violent colic and vomiting.
Rumbling and gurgling in abdomen.
Worms.
  

STOOLS AND RECTUM.


Stools whitish-grey, or ash-colored, on the top like bloody mucus.
A long yellow twisted string of inodorous mucus in three or four stools, with pain in abdomen.
Diarrhoea, passes shaggy masses of mucus, inodorous and full of ascarides.
Diarrhoea of tenacious mucus.
An hour and a half after stool he has another pressing desire, with cutting in abdomen and rectum before and during stool, which is softer than the former.
Yellowish brownish diarrhoea. θ Cholerine.
Lientery ; watery stools after a meal, very weakening.
Scanty, yellow, mucous stool.
Diarrhoea : in chilly, nervous persons ; from debility ; during hectic or slow fever.
Before stool, cutting in abdomen and sharp stitches in rectum, from above downward.
During stool : discharge of thick, black blood ; prolapsus ani.
After stool : pressing and straining, and discharge of white, viscid, bloody mucus.
Costiveness.
θ Headache.
Passes thick, black blood, with stool.
  

URINARY ORGANS.


Constant desire to urinate.
Pressure on bladder during and after emission of urine.
  

MALE SEXUAL ORGANS.


Impotence.
Violent pain in left groin, darting through urethra to glans, in which a violent smarting, contracted pain remains for a long time.
  

FEMALE SEXUAL ORGANS.


Menstrual colic.
Catamenia too early and long lasting, blood black.
Headache often appears before and after catamenia.
At appearance of menses violent pain in small of back, which scarcely permits her to breathe.
Tenacious yellow leucorrhoea.
Vaginal fistula.
  

PREGNANCY, PARTURITION, LACTATION.


Excessive sickness during first months of pregnancy, stomach rejecting everything.
Nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.
Threatened abortion from excessive sensibility of nerves ; even imagining something unpleasant causes thrills to pass through her, momentarily arresting thought.
Long yellow twisted string of inodorous mucus (See 20), with pain in belly occurring from two to four months after confinement.
  

VOICE AND LARYNX, TRACHEA AND BRONCHIA.


Stitches and constriction in larynx.
  

RESPIRATION.


Breath very short (night).
Whistling breathing at beginning of coughing.
Short, jerking breathing on account of stitches and constriction of larynx.
Dull stitches in both lungs during inspiration.
  

COUGH.


Frequent cough on account of mucus in chest ; mucus rises into throat, causing difficult breathing, and finally cough, with expectoration.
Inhalation causes irritation to cough, in throat.
Constant short, hacking cough of consumptives.
Cough relieves constriction of larynx.
  

INNER CHEST AND LUNGS.


Stitches in right or both lungs during inhalation.
Sharp pressure in region of last ribs, as with back of a knife.
Pain around both lungs, as if they were constricted by a thin wire.
Pain in sides.
  

HEART, PULSE AND CIRCULATION.


Pulse : quick and strong ; full and accelerated.
The arterial beat is felt through whole body.
  

OUTER CHEST.


Burning sensation, right chest, more external than internal.
  

NECK AND BACK.


Stiff neck, with thirst, early in morning.
Dull stitches under scapula.
Laming pain as if bruised in one of cervical muscles, when moving head.
Sensation in muscles of neck as from a tight cravat, or as if pressed upon by a dull edge.
Sore pain along inner border of right scapula.
Burning pain, with stitches in small of back, while sitting.
Tearing pain from crest of one ilium to the other.
Bruised pain in back.
Violent pain in small of back, she can hardly breathe ; beginning of menses.
  

UPPER LIMBS.


Sweat in axilla smelling sour.
Violent stitch in both shoulders during motion or rest.
Contractive tensive pain in deltoid muscle, when laying hand on table, and while it lies there.
Drawing laming pain in left wrist.
Sudden drawing burning pain from wrist through thumb and index finger.
  

LOWER LIMBS.


** Chronic sciatica.
Dull pressure in right hip.
Drawing tensive pain in head of left femur.
Severe pain in hip joint and middle of thigh when stepping ; the foot feels as if paralyzed, he cannot step properly thereon.
Severe rheumatic tearing stitches in knees, during motion and at rest.
Lassitude in knees.
Drawing in hamstrings when lying in bed ; in knee.
Gurgling sensation in patella.
Bruised feeling in left tibia.
Stitches in ankles and soles.
The little toes pain as if frozen.
  

LIMBS IN GENERAL.


Lightness of all limbs ; he does not perceive that he has a body.
Occasional darting and tearing pains in upper and lower limbs.
Rheumatism < in dry, cold weather.
  

REST, POSITION, MOTION.


Sitting : confusion of head <; pain in head >; pain in small of back ; headache ; nausea and weakness <.
Lying : headache >; drawing in knees and hamstrings ; weakness and nausea >; heat of face and palms.
Rest : stitch in shoulders ; stitches in knees.
Motion : stitch in shoulders ; stitches in knees.
Walking : confusion of head >; headache <.
Shaking head ; headache <.
Moving head : pain in cervical muscles.
Stooping : pain in forehead.
  

NERVES.


Excessive sensibility of all nerves.
Great nervous irritation.
Hysteria.
Excessive sensibility of all the nerves when merely thinking (and this he must continually) that some one might with the finger tip or nail scratch even lightly on linen or similar material ; a most disagreeable sensation thrills through him, arresting momentarily all his thoughts and actions.
Great lassitude.
Great faintness and constant yawning.
General weary feeling.
So weak and nauseated towards evening, that when he rises to sitting posture he feels as if he would instantly sink down and die ; he must lie in bed.
So weak he staggers, unless his mind is on his walking.
  

SLEEP.


Evening in bed, agitation in blood, prevents sleep for two hours.
After lying down in evening, sweat.
Condition of mind as if just falling asleep ; gradual vanishing of ideas.
Frequent yawning.
Great drowsiness by day.
Restless sleep.
Short breath at night.
Nightly vexatious dreams about humiliations.
  

TIME.


Morning : dizziness and drowsiness ; headache on rising ; eyes <; hunger ; horrible sensation in epigastrium on awaking ; stiff neck.
Forenoon : chilly, cold feeling <.
Midday : eyes >.
During day : drowsiness.
At 5 P. M. : pain in head <.
Towards evening : weakness and nausea <.
Evening : eyes <; heat of face and palms ; cutaneous diseases <; sweat.
Night : shortness of breathing.
  

TEMPERATURE AND WEATHER.


Dry, cold weather : rheumatism <.
Open air : headache >; chilly, cold feeling worse.
In heat, sunlight and wind : eyes worse.
Cold water : eyes better.
Cold air : eyes >; ears worse.
Hottest weather : cold hands, feet, abdomen or knees, not better.
Covering, or warm room : cold feeling no better.
Washing : pain in head better.
Damp weather : symptoms improve.
  

FEVER.


Chills during day, without thirst.
Nervous chilliness, single parts icy cold. θ Chorea season.
Cold hands, feet, knees or abdomen ; even hottest weather does not relieve ; timid, nervous persons.
Chill and cold feeling in forenoon, after eating or drinking, and in open air, generally with heat of head.
Great want of vital heat ; feels cold continually.
Cold feeling, not relieved by covering, or warmth of room.
Heat in evening, after lying down, particularly in face and palms of hands.
Alternate flushes of burning heat and coldness.
Sweat increased at night, of sour smell ; most profuse in axilla.
Sweats easily, particularly on upper part of body.
Slow fevers, no reaction from spinal enervation.
Typhus.
  

LOCALITY AND DIRECTION.


Right : pressure below eyelid ; singing in ear ; sensation of skin stretched over external ear ; pressure within ear ; stinging in cheek ; stitches in lungs ; burning in chest ; pain border of scapula ; pressure in hip.
Left : side of forehead and temple ache ; coldness side of head ; pressure in eye ; upper eyelid swollen ; roaring in ear ; ear deaf : nostril stopped ; stinging pain in cheek ; teeth feel hollow ; pain side of abdomen ; pain in groin ; pain head of femur ; bruised feeling in tibia.
Above downward : pressure in forehead ; cutting in abdomen.
Within outward : pressure in eyes.
Without inward : pressure over brain.
Before backward : pain in abdomen.
  

SENSATIONS.


As if temple would be drawn in ; teeth as if loose ; as if without a head ; foot feels as if paralyzed ; as if he would sink down and die ; lightness in limbs, as if gliding through air ; as if a skin was stretched over right ear ; as if ears were plugged ; as if pressed asunder in eyes ; as if constricted by a thin wire both lungs ; as from a tight cravat in muscles of neck ; as if frozen in little toe ; horrible sensation at epigastrium.
Cutting : articulation of lower jaw ; bellyache ; in upper abdomen ; in rectum.
Violent pain : in left groin darting through urethra to glans ; in small of back.
Tearing pulsating pain in forehead.
Tearing : in left temple ; from crest of one ilium to the other ; in knees ; through limbs.
Darting : through urethra ; through limbs.
Dull stitches : in lungs ; under scapula.
Fine stitches : below left temple.
Stitches : in throat ; in rectum ; in larynx ; in small of back ; in shoulders ; in knees ; in ankles ; in soles.
Stinging : in canthi ; or right cheek ; and burning in left cheek.
Burning : of eyes ; across tongue ; in right chest ; in small of back.
Biting : on tongue.
Smarting : in gums ; in glans penis.
Pinching : in left side of abdomen to back.
Compressive pain : in left temple ; behind ears.
Drawing : in temple ; in left wrist ; through thumb to index finger ; in head of left femur ; in hamstrings.
Sore pain : along inner border of right scapula.
Scraping : in throat.
Aching : in forehead ; in temples ; above root of nose ; in spleen.
Rheumatic pain : in knees.
Bruised pain : in cervical muscles ; in back ; in left tibia.
Sharp pain : over left eye.
Laming pain : in cervical muscles.
Pressure : in left eye ; in eyes as with a dull point from within outward ; in forehead upon the eyes ; above root of nose ; over brain ; in pit of stomach and abdomen ; in rectum ; on bladder ; in region of last ribs ; in right hip.
Throbbing : headache.
Jerking : in eyes.
Cramp : at articulation of lower jaw.
Contractive pain : in forehead, temples, and behind ears ; in glans penis ; in deltoid muscle.
Constriction : in region of diaphragm ; in larynx.
Tension : of scalp ; in orifice of meatus.
Tensive pressure : in ear.
Undefined pain : in eyes ; on sides of head ; in region of descending colon ; in small of back ; in sides ; in abdomen.
Gurgling : in patella.
Paralyzed feeling : in foot.
Oppression : around navel.
Coldness : above left ear ; in upper incisors.
Itching : below left temple.
Tickling : in nose.
Dryness : in eye ; in throat ; inner side of lower lip.
  

TISSUES.


Irritability of the nerves.
  

TOUCH, PASSIVE MOTION, INJURIES.


Touch : auricle hot.
After operation on the eye : jerking pain.
  

SKIN.


Skin
Discharge of bloody and slimy matter from ulcers.
Jaundice.
  

STAGE OF LIFE, CONSTITUTION.


Plethoric young woman suffered for years from headaches.
Nervous temperament, excitable or melancholic mood.
Nervous, anxious people. θ During cholera season.
Drunkards ; popular in Russia.
  

RELATIONS.


Antidotes to Asarum europaeum : Camphor, vinegar, vegetable acids.
Followed by : Bismuth.
Compare : Aconite, Aloes (stringy stools) ; Camphor (cholerine) ; Cuprum, Hepar, Ipec. (cholerine) ; Mercur. (stringy stools) ; Nux vomica, Phosphor., Podoph. (stringy stools) ; Pulsat. (stringy stools) ; Sepia, Stramon., Sulphur ac. (stringy stools) ; Tabac. (cholerine) ; Veratr. (cholerine).

NOTE:
PLAIN TEXT : LOWEST & DESIGNATES AN OCCASIONALLY CONFIRMED SYMPTOMS;
Plain blue: MORE FREQUENTLY CONFIRMED;
BOLD BLUE : SYMPTOMS VERIFIED BY CURES;
BOLD RED : REPEATEDLY VERIFIED;
$BOLD ITALIC RED$ : AN APPROVED CHARACTERISTIC;
θ : STANDS BETWEEN CURED SYMPTOM & PATHOLOGICAL CONDITION;
** : OBSERVED FROM OLD SCHOOL OR NEW SCHOOL;
toxic : Toxicology;
r : Right;
l : Left;
< : Increased or aggravation;
> : Decrease or amelioration;
^^ : Symptoms observed only on the sick

C. Hering
Hering got the degree of M. D. from the University of Wuezburg with highest honours. The theme of his thesis was "De'Medicina Futura" (The medicine of future). Hering left Germany for West Indies and finally arrived at Philadelphia in Jan, 1833. He established a homeopathic school at Allentown, Pennsylvania, commonly known as "Allentown Academy". Soon he became very popular as a physician. He is known as the 'Father of Homeopathy' in America.