The marking nut, Semecarpus Anacardium, a native of the East Indies, is a small tree belonging to the Anacardiaceae. A tincture is prepared from the crushed seeds.
Essentially similar to Rhus tox. The mental symptoms are very pronounced and characteristic: the characteristic sensation is that of a “plug.”
Allies Anacardium occidentale (the cashew nut), Rhus, Ailanthus, Comocladia, Nit-acid, Mercurius
Emaciation. Startings when awake in evening in bed. Trembling from weakness at every motion. Motions more energetic and persevering, muscles contract more vigorously, but on motion the fibres seem stretched too much or as if there were not sufficient fluid in the joints. Indolence; after siesta, so that he can scarcely move his limbs, and loathes speaking.
Stitches externally at several places, pectoral muscles, forehead, wrist, etc. Aching internally in whole body; in all tendons, so that he cannot walk and sinks down; like a boil in affected parts, so that he dare not touch them; burning in affected parts. Bruised sensation in all bones, morning in bed, with stiffness of nape of neck and small of back, and headache in forehead and temples, all (>) rising (Rhus t.). Drawing and pressive pain in almost all parts. Drawing in abdomen and thighs, with subsequent burning, then pain in bones on touch, so that she cannot fall asleep.
Uneasiness every other night, so that he could scarcely sleep; feverish, in afternoon, as during a cold, with faintness and tremor of limbs. Weakness after eating; W. during a short walk; after a short walk; so that he wants to sit or lie all the time. Faintness on ascending stairs; when walking, (>) continued walking, with heaviness of feet. Dullness of senses, with confusion of head and prostration. Heaviness in morning, with disinclination to rise; H. and fulness of body from playing on piano. (Any part which he does not move immediately goes to sleep). Paralysis of some parts. Painting, languishing condition, like paralysis, in afternoon after a short walk. Disappearance of most symptoms during dinner, but reappearance of them two hours afterwards. Periodicity in appearance of symptoms, the attacks ceasing for one or two days and then continuing again for a couple of days. Open air is unpleasant to him and feels too rough.
Clinical Alcoholism, restlessness, sleeplessness, twitching of muscles, he hears voices saying that he is going to die. It has been found useful in injuries of tendons and in chronic rheumatic troubles.
Labor is difficult, like absentmindedness. Stupidity; after waking. Vanishing of thought. Deficiency of ideas and loss of his subject without knowing it. Weakness of understanding. Loss of comprehension in morning, with confusion and emptiness of head. Confusion of the present with the future; C. as if a cold were coming on. Dreamy state day and night, without sleeping, with anxiety about his business. Memory weak (Mercurius, Acid nitricum, Rhus t.); in morning, especially as regards single names; (<) forenoon; in afternoon, with diminution of imagination; confused; lost, with impaired speech; vivid. Animation and liking for acute analysis, but every effort of this kind causes tearing pressive headache in forehead, temples and occiput.
He constantly thinks of some new object to which the mind forcibly clings. Excitement of fancy from 9 to 10 P.M., with many projects, but without ability to control his attention, and the mind gradually becomes dull, so that he is without ideas. Illusions of fancy, with apprehension; melancholy I. that he or his friend is lying on a bier in the side room.
He is separated from the whole world and despairs of being able to do what is required of him. Dread of labor. Disinclination to read in the morning. Despondency, Anxiety (Rhus t.); in evening; about every trifle; with Dullness of senses; as if pursued, with suspicion of everything around him (Mercurius), when standing and walking; A. driving him out of bed. Anxious actions and imagination that he is surrounded by enemies, then warmth and boiling of blood. Apprehension; in evening; A. when meditating upon his destiny, with thoughtfulness. Lack of confidence in his own strength. Sadness; after eating; S. in forenoon, with awkwardness and indolence.
Excessive anger at a slight offense, breaking out in personal violence. Irritability; with desire to go into the open air; irritable and contradicting. Takes everything in bad part and becomes violent. Great susceptibility to insults. Impatience and activity; I. with the play of his children, which usually pleased him. Indifference. Listlessness in morning. Irresolution, awkwardness and querulousness. Laughing when he should be serious. Great cheerfulness; and more disposed to work in after- noon, as soon as the sleepiness after dinner is past.
Clinical Loss of memory, with melancholia, great difficulty in collecting the thoughts; the weakness of memory and mental depression have been relieved in syphilitic patients, but without marked relief of the general syphilitic symptoms. Melancholia, with fixed ideas of demons. At times inclination to swear; or the idea that he is possessed of two persons or wills. Fears that he is pursued or suspected. In general it cures a great variety of troubles associated with profound melancholy and hypochondriasis, associated with complete loss of memory, or with tendency to use violent language. Extremely valuable for brain fag.
Swelling. Twitchings from behind forward, reaching across l. side of vertex and forehead. Tearing during hard labor; T., returning every third day, with chills in whole body, low spirits and restlessness. Aching; (<) motion; with stitches in l. temple; occasionally; grinding in evening; stupefying, especially in forehead, exciting vertigo, so that he threatened to fall to the left when sitting; throbbing. Pressure inward in small places. Bruised feeling on waking from vivid dreams; in brain from mental effort. Confusion; in morning after rising, with heaviness; painful, when he lies in an uncomfortable position. Heaviness. Vertigo; afternoon after a walk; with blackness before eyes; as if turning in a circle, on stooping; as if all objects were too distant, when walking; as after spirituous drinks.
Forehead – Stitches when coughing, or in side of head; tearing S. over r. eye. Pinching in fore part of head, with tearings towards fore-head. Grinding in r. half of fore part of head, especially along the border of the orbit, (>) strong pressure and when eating, with pain as if a heavy load were forced in, the pain being (>) in evening when lying with the painful spot on the arm. Compression and dull pressure below l. eminence. Aching in morning; A. in angle between frontal and nasal bones; in centre of forehead, gradually extending deeper and over whole front of head, in evening; drawing, and in occiput and l. vertex; constrictive, from 5 P.M. till morning, with peevishness and a grinding pain, which is (>) by strong pressure, afterwards extending to whole head, with painful feeling of a band reaching from nape to ears; constrictive A. in r. side, especially at external border of orbit. Pressure from without over l. brow; outward at r. side; coming out at r. eminence; as if brain were shaken, every morning on waking, (<) walking. Painful confusion, extending to root of nose. Soreness.
Temples – Twitchings in head in from of l. ear. Stitches in l., with jerking tearings; S., drawing from temple into forehead, when breathing. Tearing in l.; in brain, just above r.; piercing and biting, extending into brain. Neuralgia in r. Pressure in r.; inward in l.; inward, (>) towards evening, with squeezing in temples and constriction in vertex; tearing, in l. Compression in both.
Vertex – Pressure as from a plug on l. side. Aching when coughing or inspiring deeply.
Sides – Stitches through l., extending deep into brain; incipient tremulous S. in upper part of l. Tearing in r. side of head, face and neck, then humming before l. ear. Pressure in r., changing to stitches; P. in r., interrupted by stitches. Drawing pain in l. Confusion in l., then r.
Occiput – Twitching shoots and tearing, (<) bending head backward, and in temples. Tearing in successive attacks, reaching to temple; T. in lower part of r., extending to forehead. Aching in r.; during cough.
Scalp – Boils, feeling sore when touched or scratched. Soreness at 4 P.M., or of dura mater. Itching.
Clinical The headaches are digging, throbbing in character, (>) by eating, but (<) by any attempt to use the mind or by overwork.
Rheumatic tearing in l. (more in lids), extending to temples. Pain. Pressure upon, (<) l., and in l. external canthus when looking long at one object. Tearing in balls and orbits, mornings when walking. Pressure in balls from before backward or from above downward. Sensation as of something between ball and upper lid, which caused rubbing, something seems to rub between ball and lower lid. Pupils dilated. Pupil contracted; r. contracted.
Lids – Twitching. Swelling; l.; swollen feeling. Pressure below l. external canthus; as from a stye in r. inner canthus and neighboring tarsal cartilages. Pressure as with a plug on upper border of r. orbit, extending into brain, with stupefaction of whole side of head. Sensation as if a plug pressed in under upper border of orbits and touched the balls. Vision dim in evening, as if eyes were full of water, obliging winking. Flickering; of a flame, (>) looking steadily. Halo around light in evening. Sensitiveness to light. Short-sighted. Every object appeared a long way off on waking from a nap.
Twitches in external. Stitches in l.; tearing S. in tip of l. antitragus. Tearing in l., extending down cheek; T. along upper border of r. cartilage; sticking T. in l. external; suppurative tearing and beating in cartilage and inner ear, (<) boring in with finger, and there arises a stopped feeling in meatus. Twinging in r. meatus. Painful twitchings in l. meatus as if a nerve were put on the stretch, or like electric shocks. Painful drawing in l. meatus internus. Cramplike pain in meatus externus. Cramplike contraction in l. meatus, with pressure against tympanum; cramp- like contraction in l. concha.
Ulcerative pain when biting teeth together; when swallowing. Obstructed feeling, as from cotton, in l., with impaired hearing (verified clinically, (<) during storms). Itching in, with discharge of brownish matter. Tingling in r. Pressure upon external. Drawing pain behind l. Sensation behind ears as if the part would become sore, obliging rubbing. Roaring before. Humming. Hearing sometimes acute, sometimes feeble.
Clinical Deafness, with loss of memory.
Red sore pustules in r. nostril, on septum. Pain as from too great cold, causing lachrymation, also in fore part. Bruised feeling in l. bone. Obstruction of posterior nares. Sneezing. Coryza; in evening; with inability to get warm, heat in head, coldness of hands and feet, afterwards dry heat, tension in tendons of legs, cramp of calves and uneasiness about heart; dry; fluent, with frequent sneezing and lachrymation. Bleeding after violent blowing. Illusory smell, as from burning tinder, morning on rising; like pigeon or chicken dung, (<) smelling his clothes or his own body; almost lost.
Pale. Swelling, beginning at the eyes. Look sickly, hollow-eyed, with blue rings around eyes. Squeezing in middle of cheeks. Pressure upon l. cheek-bone; P. extending upward upon l. side of chin, with external burning of chin. Drawing pain in r. cheek- bone. Twitching of mouth and fingers in sleep. Dryness of lips and their corners; burning dryness of external borders of lips. Drawing pain in lower jaw, (<) evening. Tearing in joints of jaws; T. in r. joint.
Teeth. Tearing in l.; intermittent T. Aching in a lower incisor as from stirring a tooth-pick in it, (<) contact of tongue and open air; jerking. A., more pressive than drawing, on taking something warm into mouth; drawing, in roots and gums of l. lower molars; cramplike drawing, in r. lower, reaching to ear; tensive and drawing, in a hollow molar, extending to ear, several days at 10 P.M. Elongated feeling at night in bed, with aching. Gums bleed on slight rubbing. Gums swell.
Tongue – White and rough; heavy and swollen feeling. Difficulty in speaking certain words, as if tongue were too heavy. Speech firmer and surer in afternoon than in forenoon. Painful vesicles in mouth. Liquid comes into mouth and throat, causing nausea in chest. Bitter dryness. Taste bitter to bread; B. after smoking. Tobacco does not relish, it only causes biting. Everything tastes like herring-brine. Insipid taste; to beer; insipid, foul taste to food.
Firm and tough mucus, at same time obstructing posterior nares. Stitches here and there externally. Slow thrusts coming from both sides of the ears and in their cavities, as if two blunt plugs were penetrating to meet in centre. Scraping. Roughness; after eating, with a deep tone to the voice. Rawness and soreness. Pressure in pit; on both sides of larynx, sometimes interfering with deglutition; sudden, in l. side. Dryness in forenoon, (>) eating; bitter D. Itching.
Appetite great, pressure at stomach and nausea unto vomiting, after eating; lost; lost for dinner, yet he relishes it; violent at times, none at all at other times. Thirst; after eating; constant T. Eructations in morning; after drinks and liquid food; after stool; with spasmodic pain at stomach; burning the throat, after eating; of fluid, choking him. Hiccough.
Nausea in morning; in morning, with a fasting sensation; towards evening, with salivation, then vomiting followed by great acidity in mouth; from food of which he is generally very fond; with retching, returning after drinking cold water, then vomiting of this water, with a sensation as if the oesophagus were pressed as under by a large ball. Qualmishness at pit between meals, with anxiety as from a sprain, but without real nausea, and with good taste and good appetite.
Rumbling and fermenting in pit. Compressive stitches in pit, on inspiration and expiration. Contractive pain, (>) stooping, (<) lifting arm and turning body. Drawing and pressive pain below pit, when walking. Pressure after eating; from mental effort; in pit when walking in open air, (>) after eating, with drawing; after eating, with weakness and thirst; on pit after every meal, with tension; intermittent, over and near pit, when eating; slowly coming and going in pit; in region towards abdomen after a slight breakfast, as if he had eaten too much. Fasting sensation in pit, then pressure in stomach and feeling as of obstructed emission of flatus both above and below, with want of appetite. Burning rising into throat. Heartburn after soup, like sour air in oesophagus, with a constricted sensation. Shaking in pit at every step after eating. Tickling beneath pit, obliging laughing when occupied with serious things, but when occupied with ludicrous things he can refrain from laughing.
Clinical Morning sickness of pregnancy, relieved while eating; but the symptoms soon return.
Inflation after dinner. Rumbling, with pinching. Flatus moving about, as from a purgative, after eating. Wavelike shooting, like lightning. Cutting and pinching, as from flatulence or cold, with tenesmus. Pinching. Griping; in morning. Pain more cutting than pinching, when flatus is incarcerated; P. as if intestines were spasmodically shortened, in forenoon on bending backward; as if something would twist together, then pressure; P. twisting and turning transversely across, with the tenesmus.
Hypochondriac dejection after a meal, there is pressure upward in abdomen, with weakness of body and mind. Stitches in region of spleen, seeming to be partly in chest and partly in abdominal cavity; S. in l. hypochondrium; S. sometimes in r., sometimes in l. hypochondrium, when inspiring; pulsating burning S. externally below r. short ribs; short stitches in muscles below l. short ribs. Pressure in liver region after eating.
Cutting suddenly once in r. side. Intermittent pressure outward over ring.
Umbilical region – Rumbling. Stitches in cavity; S. on r. side over umbilicus; S. l. side; intermittent S. at umbilicus. Thrusts as from a blunt tool in r. Pressure in a small spot above and below U., and in l. side of abdomen; below U. after eating, (<) pressure and breathing; in muscles below umbilicus during stool, and especially after it, (<) inspiration; as if something hard had formed, with a sensation when breathing, speaking, and especially when coughing, as if the abdomen would burst, and when touched pain like a pressure and tension; around umbilicus as if a blunt plug were squeezed into intestines. Pinching contraction in l. when breathing.
Hypogastrium – Stitches; deeply penetrating, at spinous processes of l. iliac bones. Pinching during stool. Griping.
Rectum and Anus
Tenesmus, but he cannot expel anything, and the rectum seems plugged up; frequent T. during the day, without ability to expel anything. Urging to stool after eating, more in upper part of intestines; frequent urging, with scanty, first soft, then hard stools. Straining at stool, even when soft. Itching at anus; after an embrace.
Diarrhoea at night, then constipation; frequent D., watery, but difficult. Pale. Frequent but difficult S. Constipation.
Clinical Stools very sluggish, the rectum seems plugged up; the attempt to have a stool causes distress in abdomen.
Discharge of prostatic fluid after micturition; D. during stool. Constant desire to urinate; frequent desire, but little passes. Irritability of bladder. Micturition at night. Itching in urethra. Frequent, clear, watery urine, before breakfast; frequent, clear, watery urine, in small quantities. Dark green urine. Urine turbid when emitted, depositing a dirty sediment.
Tearing in mons veneris. Cutting along penis. Desire; morning after waking; D. from voluptuous itching on scrotum; lack of D. Emission at night without amorous dreams.
Cough in morning; evening in bed, causing blood to rush to head; nightly, with rawness of throat; after dinner, with vomiting of food; (<) night; with vain desire to sneeze; resembling whooping- cough, whenever he talks; shaking, at night, preventing sleep; in severe attacks, with shivering; beginning with tickling in larynx and suffocation; periodical, only by day, with arrest of breathing; hacking, after eating, affecting throat as if it were raw; short, with purulent expectoration; short, (<) afternoon, with tenacious, gray-yellow expectoration. Expectoration of blood when coughing. Asthma. Short respiration, (<) after eating and when sitting; S., with oppression in region of sternum. Interrupted respiration when drinking.
Twitching of pectoral muscle, when raising arm. Stitches; a hand’s breadth below l. axilla; in upper part of l. mamma, preventing rising from her seat, afterwards a weight at that place; pulsating above heart; intermittent pulsating, close to l. side of throat; constrictive, externally at l. false ribs; corrosively itching, at last false rib. Tearing in l., reaching to heart, with pressure as if the whole were being crushed, (<) sitting bent.
Pressure upon part of r. border of sternum; P. on chest, (<) sitting, with fulness and desire to get rid of this symptom by vomiting; dull P., as from a plug, in r.; sudden P. close to r. axilla, and at the same time on opposite side of back; P. upon sternum, as from a blow, when falling asleep during the day; inward P. over r. nipple. Oppression; during expiration, with pressure upon sternum; with internal anxiety and heat; with weeping, which relieves it; extending towards axillae, with difficulty of breathing. Oppressive anxiety in region of sternum, as if he must go into the open air and be busy. Drawing pain in muscles. Wavelike drawing in l. chest. Soreness in a spot behind sternum; S. in chest, (<) inspiration, with rawness.
Heart and Pulse
Stitches in praecordial region when breathing; at night when breathing; in l. praecordial region, (<) breathing and walking; in praecordial region, extending to small of back; short, through and through heart, succeeding each other two by two. Cutting in praecordial region. Uneasiness apparently about heart; (<) forenoon. Weak feeling, as if working too slowly. Pulse weak and accelerated. Slow P.
Clinical Palpitation, especially in old people, when complicated with such slight difficulties as an ordinary coryza, rheumatic affections of the pericardium. Rheumatic pericarditis, with double stitches through the cardiac region, one stitch is quickly followed by another, then there is a long interval.
Cracking in cervical vertebrae when stooping. Intermittent pressure at angle formed by neck and top of l. shoulder; intermittent, as from a heavy burden, on r. side of neck and on top of l. shoulder, apparently in bone. Rheumatic drawing down- ward along nape.
Stiffness of nape; painful, in r. side of neck, mornings on waking after lying on that side, (<) turning head toward painful side; with tensive pain, (<) turning head quickly after keeping it still, less during constant motion; in nape, occiput and between scapulae on waking, with pressive tension; painful contractive, on l. side close to occiput, when at rest, not affected by motion.
Painful stiffness when raising oneself while sitting, (>) sitting bent.
Scapulae – Cracking on raising arm. Stitches in external side of l.; in l., returning slowly and causing a tearing to extend to all sides; tearing, near r., extending outward. Tearing between scapulae. Intermittent thrusts externally in r. half of external surface of l. Pain in r., near spine, as from continually sitting bent. Neuralgic pain over r. Cramplike pressure inward, under and near scapulae; lancinating P. close under l. Bruised pain in r. scapula and upper arm, (<) lifting arm. Formication, or sensation as if asleep.
Small of Back – Stitches.
Clinical Diseases of the spinal cord, sensation of a band around the body, feeling of a plug in the spine so that any motion of the body causes a pain as if the plug were sticking still further into the body, paralyzed feeling in knees, the patient is scarcely able to walk, feeling as if the knees were bandaged.