The wild Ind. of America, Baptisia tinctoria, r. Br., is a perennial herb belonging to the Leguminosae. A tincture is prepared from the fresh root.
It produces profound depression with a tendency to disorganization of the blood; low type of fever and conditions simulating malarial poisoning (dysentery and typhoid fever).
Compare Rhus, Arnica, Gelsem., (Apis, Bry, Phyto, etc). Paralytic symptoms, lathyrus, Oxytropis, Physostigma.
Intolerance of pressure on all parts, could not rest back against chair without pain obliged to change sitting posture often, even the feet were painful from resting on floor (Arn, Bry). Pain in all parts on which he lay each time after waking from nightmare, especially in sacral region and hips, inducing the conviction that the position would soon cause bed-sores, obliged to lie on his face to relieve the back and hips (Arn). Rheumatic pains in r. side. Erratic pains in various parts.
Indescribable sick feeling over whole body. Feeling as if he had taken cold, soreness of throat and sneezing. General feeling of having slept to long and too hard, with bloated feeling in eyes. Restlessness (Rhus); does not sleep quietly, wants to get up, yet does not want to; r. in evening. Faintness; with trembling of legs and aching in them. Weakness; after a light dinner at 3 P.M., with sleepiness; especially in lower limbs, with weak knees and vertigo (Gelsem); in all parts, with bruised and sick feeling, yet does not feel very badly; with tremulous feeling, as if recovering from a fit of sickness and as yet incapable of vigorous mental or physical exertion; (>) walking in open air, which causes lachrymation; with flashes of heat from small of back in all directions. Indisposition to move (Bry). Feeling of inability to make physical or mental exertion, on going to bed. Weariness of whole I. side of body,; in back and lower limbs, especially r., after walking, and in r. shoulder and arm. Stiffness and soreness over whole body with dread of motion; stiffness of all joints as if stained. Paralysis of whole I. side, I. arm and hand numb and powerless. Aggravation for all symptoms after a glass of beer (Rhus).
Clinical Weary bruised feeling over the whole body, especially in the limbs. Hysteria, with great physical prostration, with numbness and fear of paralysis, wanted to die, rubbed her hands all the time, restless. It is indicated in low types of diseases, tendency to disorganization of the blood, with restlessness and generally with delirium or stupor. It may be useful in low typhoid states of a great variety of disease, all the eruptive and malarial disease. All the secretions are offensive, even the sweat and urine, with frequent attacks of faintness and exhaustion.
Excitement; of brain like the beginning of delirium. Disposition to talk. Low spirits. Mind cannot be confined, a wild, wandering feeling. Indisposition to think and inability to think. Memory weak. Stupid feeling after breakfast. Weakness rather than confusion. Very distinct recollection of what he had been reading.
Clinical Delirium, with low fever, ideas confused, wandering, muttering, seems to be endeavoring to get pieces of the body together; incoherent muttering. Brain fag, the head feels very heavy; in averse to any mental effort and lacks the power to think.
Aching, (<) noise; (<) motion (Bry); with bruised feeling in forehead; with pain in loins; causing a sensations of wildness. Heaviness; in morning after rising, with pain; with pain in occiput; as if he could not sit up. Feeling as if large; and heavy. Soreness of brain, (<) stooping. Confusion; especially in occiput, where there were pain and fulness. Stupid feeling, with pain at occiput. Numbness of brain, with stitches or shocks in various parts of head Vertigo; with weak feeling of whole body, especially of lower limbs, with weak knees. Swimming sensation, as before operation of an emetic.
Forehead-Aching; in morning in evening, with smarting of eyes and drawing pain down nose; with pressure at root of nose; with fulness of whole head; with pain in abdomen all the evening; then passing to occiput; in anterior lobes of brain in afternoon, and in r. frontal sinus in sinuses, r.; in r. sinus; over r. eye sharp over r.; then I. eye. Feeling as if it would pressed in. Tightness across, with pain over r. eye. Soreness in front part of head in evening on moving eyes or turning them upward.
Pain in temples; in r.; sharp pains in T. by spells. Pain at base of brain, with lameness and drawing pain in cervical muscles; heavy P. at base of brain (Petrol.) Pressure in occiput in morning; P. in occiput from ear to ear and from vertex to nape. Fulness of external vessels of head and face. Soreness of scalp.
Clinical Feeling of great tightness of skin of forehead it seemed to be drawn to the back of the head, the head felt too large, heavy and numb (in fever).
Shining. Congestion of vessels, with redness and inflammation. Smarting and aching. Feeling as if pressed into head, with confusion of sight, cannot place anything until he looks at it a few seconds, every thing appears to move. Swollen feeling, with burning and lachrymation. Lachrymation on going into open air. Soreness of balls (Eup-perf); with lame feeling on moving them (Agar_. Partial paralysis of lids, it is difficult to keep them open (Gelsem., Rhus.).
Ears, Nose and Face
Dullness of hearing. Pain at root of nose. Soreness extends to posterior nares. Sneezing and feeling as after taking a severe cold. Catarrh. Thick mucous discharge from nose. Face sallow.
Teeth and gums sore, and much blood oozes from gum when pressed with the finger (Merc). Tongue coated yellow; along centre; coated yellow, with flat bitter taste; coated first white, with reddish papillae here and there, then a yellowish-brown coated in centre, the edges being red and shining, and tongue feeling thick; coated white in morning and congested; feels scraped; dry on waking (Rhus-t), and feeling burnt; numb pricking sensation. Ulcers. Salivation; in burning; then pain in r lung; viscid and flat-tasting; sweetish bitter, then a dryish or glutinous substance and the lips stick together. Taste flat, bitter; filthy, with salivation; of food not quite natural.
Clinical The gums, mouth and throat, are sore, ulcerated breath fetid, salivation, ulcerations, with red areola. Useful in the sore mouths of nursing infants and of nursing women. Stomatitis of phthisis.
Redness of tonsils and soft palate. Congestion; of tonsils and soft palate; of tonsils, with frequent inclination to swallow, which causes pain at root of tongue (Phyto). Angina, throat feels swollen or full, with oppressed respiration and sharp pains in chest when taking a long breath. pricking in upper part. scraped sensation extending through it. Soreness, with a contracted feeling : S, extending to posterior nares. Rawness with much viscid mucus. Constriction, causing frequent efforts to swallow (Apis., Lyc). Dryness, extending to nares, with roughness and stringent sensation, then increase secretion, especially from pharynx. Tickling, provoking cough.
Clinical Diphtheria, the patient semi-comatose or delirious, could swallow only liquids; the face is dark red, and there is a horrible odor from the mouth. Contraction of oesophagus, with great difficulty in getting food into stomach, could swallow only liquids.
Appetite lost. thirst. Constant desire for water. Eructations of air. Feeling as if it would be a relief to vomit. Nausea; in evening; with heat. Feel as if he would vomit, but no nausea, with shooting in I., kidney and I. side of umbilicus.
Stitches in cardiac extremity. Cramp in evening. Pain; in epigastric regions; in epigastric region all night; in S. and in r. hypochondriac and umbilical regions; in S. and in r. hypochondriac region, the pain in r. side very severe when walking; in epigastric region at night, (<) turning over, which he had to do constantly; with belching of much wind; with feeling as if a hard substance were in it; in pit, with constriction of diaphragm. Intermittent pain extending to spine, (<) motion; in S., abdomen and r. hypochondrium, passing down to r. iliac region; in S. and liver, sharp at times. Drawing pain in epigastric and r. hypochondriac regions, (<) walking. Heavy pain in S. and liver, with heat in those parts. Distress all the forenoon, and in abdomen, with desire to vomit; D. in epigastric and umbilical regions, with rumbling; in S. and umbilical region, with pain in region of gall-bladder; burning, in epigastrium, with colic in umbilical and especially hypogastric region, rumbling in abdomen and desire to vomit, but no nausea. Empty feeling.
Distention. Rumbling; with desire for stool; with mushy stool. Shooting pain all through. Pain in pressure. Distress. Pain in. hypochondriac region (Bry); in region of gall-bladder, also walking (Diosc); in liver, stomach and umbilical region; in live and stomach, which caused a numb feeling to pass all over the body. Soreness in region of liver Pain in umbilical region (Diosc); (<) full inspiration; with rumbling in abdomen; in umbilical by hypogastric regions, very sharp in hypogastrium by spells. Swelling of glands in I. groin, very painful when walking. Cutting in hypogastric region at 1 A.M. waking him, with rumbling then restlessness Drawing pain in r. groin; and in r. testicle and r. foot.
Clinical It has been found useful when there is great soreness over the region of the gall-bladder, especially in diarrhoea.
Rectum and Stool
Rectum felt as if the drawings were upward instead of downward. Inactivity of lower bowels and rectum, stool natural but slow. Diarrhoea; in morning. Papescent stool., with much mucus, but no real pain. Constipation; with haemorrhoids in afternoon; with fulness of abdomen, flatulence, pain in hypogastrium, and soreness of abdominal muscles as from cold or coughing severely.
Clinical Diarrhoea in low types of malarial fever evacuations horribly offensive, thin, fecal, usually dark. Dysentery, discharges bloody, some tenesmus, but not painful.
Urinary and Sexual Organs
Burning when urinating, urine not very copious but dark red. Urine high colored. Urine whitish, has no effect on blue high colored. Urine whitish, has no effect on blue litmus nor on red paper. Shriveling and relaxation of genitals, with drawing pain in r. testicle and spermatic cord, the same next day, with absence of sexual desire and with seminal losses from relaxation and inertia of sexual organs, afterwards the aching in spermatic cord was very annoying at night.
Epiglottis swollen in morning. Hoarseness. Breathing difficult (on waking from a dram of hard labor in snow, which caused great heat, and finally of being smothered in the snow), the lungs felt compressed, obliged to open the window heat of surface, dryness of tongue, increased pulsations of heart, rapid pulse and excitement of brain (as in beginning of delirium, then chilly horripilations over lower limbs and back. Breathing difficult on lying down, from a feeling of weakness of respiratory apparatus, such as he had only felt during fever, obliging him to rise, with fear of going to sleep lest he should have nightmare and suffocate (Lach). Breathing oppressed at 6 P.M., with cough, soreness of r. lung, sneezing, increased secretion from bronchial tubes and fauces and expectoration of mucus. Constant want to take a full breath.
Chest, Heart and Pulse
Pain through I. chest.; in sternum; in r. lung, less in I., with soreness. Constriction of chest, with oppression. Tightness of chest, with desire to inspire deeply. Oppression in praecordial region in afternoon, with a feeling of unsatisfied breathing. Frequency of pulsations of heart, the pulsations seem to fill the chest. Audible throbbing of the heart. Pulse rapid at 2 P.M.; and full, soft; then faint; slow and weak; slow, round and full.
Pain, unbearable on moving head. Soreness of muscles. Stiffness of muscles, with lameness.
Twitching of I., latissimus dorsi. Pain; (<) walking; extending to sacrum. Lameness of muscle of B., and chest. (<) moving head Stiffness of B. and hips, with pain. Pain in lumbar region; walking; heavy, in lumbar region at night on going to bed. Pain in sacrum compounded of a feeling as from pressure and fatigue from long stooping, soon extending around hips and down r. leg.
Aching; drawing, in arms and legs; at times drawing, in r. wrist and I. ankle; wandering, with vertigo. Pricking of hands and feet, (<) motion, with numbness. Thrilling through hands and feet, somewhat, like going to sleep or want of circulation.
Constant twitching of I. deltoid. Pain in shoulder and arm; in I. shoulder, extending down arm; drawing, in shoulder and arms, (<) I. Sore and stiff failing in shoulders and chest, the jar of the buggy is pains. Numb prickling pain in hand and arm, (<) movement, with sharp darting pain through fingers. Hands felt large and we trumulous. Numbness of I. hand and forearm, with prickling.
Feel weak and vacillating on walking. Pain in hips and legs, with numbness. Drawing pain in L. hip; in r. hip and in both calves Soreness in anterior part of thighs, (<) after sitting Darting pain in I. knee and I. malleolus. Cramp in calves whenever he moves them, Drawing pain in calves; in legs. Pain in legs. Numbness of I. foot with prickling. Prickling of foot and leg, they can be moved but little.
Livid spots all over body and limbs, thickest on body. Feeling on forehead as if it would be pulled to the back part of the head, with numbness in forehead and face. Contracted feeling in forehead. Tight feeling in forehead, with pain over r. eye. T. feeling in forehead, with pain in temples.
Yawning while conversing with people. Sleepiness; all day; after breakfast; with stupidity and weariness; with desire to have eyes half closed. Sleep unusually sound; deep till 3 A.M. slept well till 2 A.M., then restless till morning. Fell asleep while sitting and writing; in a carriage. Restless night; with frightful dreams. Sleepless; after midnight; after 2 A.M.; after 3 A.M., with restlessness. Nightmare, feeling on waking as if the room were insufferably hot and close; N., then anxiety after waking. Frightful dreams. Dreams of being bound down with a chain across the mouth; of fighting and disputations, but always comes off best; of triumphing over all opposition; continual.
Chill about 11 A., m.; in evening on going into open air; all day, with fever at night and rheumatic pains and soreness all over body; of surface; over back in evening; in lower limbs and back.
Heat after going to bed. Hot sensation over whole body, then sweat, vomiting and diarrhoea, stools dark. Heat in flashes on walking at 3 A.M., with feeling as if sweat would break out. Heat in forehead; on top of head, with soreness of scalp; of face; cheeks; of face in flashes; of face, with redness; in i. side of face and head, with prickling; of lower limbs at night; in feet, which are cool. Heat of whole surface, especially of face, the tongue dry on rubbing it against roof of mouth, startling and feeling sore as if burnt, compelled to move to cool part of bed and finally to rise, peculiar feeling in head which is never felt except during fever. Dry heat of whole surface, with occasional chills, principally up and down back.
Clinical Typhoid fever, with great sensitiveness of the r. iliac region and soreness of the abdomen generally. Generally useful in the early stage of typhoid fever, restlessness, with muttering delirium, fetor of breath and body, face dusky, etc.