A tincture is made of the entire fresh plant of Conium maculatum; L.
It produces paralysis of voluntary motion, then of respiration. The brain is benumbed, vertigo, dilated pupils, and even convulsions follow.
Allies. Phosphorus, Gelsemium, Lycopodium, Hyosc., Curare, Arg-nit.
Concealed caries, especially in middle of long bones, with burning gnawing. Haste in all his actions. Clumsy movements. Walking about as if half asleep. Lay as one intoxicated, could not speak nor raise himself. Trembling (Gelsemium); (<) of arms, with throbbing motion of whole body. Starting at every sound; jerklike S., as in fright. Constant tossing about and violent screams. Subsultus tendinum (Hyosc.). Convulsions; with danger of suffocation; with uneasiness and wild fancies; of upper part of body, with paralysis of lower limbs; of facial muscles, so that there was a frightful expression, with frequent contractions of other muscles, (<) extensors of back and flexors of limbs, with motion of thumb and index as if unwinding a skein of thread. Epilepsy, distortion of eyes, flow of blood from ears, jaws could not be opened, ineffectual retching, singultus. Epileptiform attack, with contraction of all muscles. Hysterical attack; with spasmodic motions.
Sticking in whole body; in swollen glands; now in cardiac region, now in hands, head and legs, with tearings; smarting S. about swollen glands; tearing now here, now there, as if to the bones. Tearings through various parts; wandering, in arms, legs and teeth. Cutting around glands. Paroxysm, (<) after eating, beginning with yawning, sticking in sternum and pressure in pit of stomach, even on touch, hence it extended to the back and became a sticking in region of kidneys. Cramplike pain in various parts, chest, jaws, etc. Pain in affected parts became intolerable. Pain in a place injured several years previously. Bruised sensation. Contractive sensation in inner parts, with salivation. Fulness in chest, head and hypochondria, mornings on waking. Easily overstrained. Liability to take cold; even in the room when sitting after a walk, during which he had perspired. Uneasiness; of blood in the whole body. Pulsation in whole body. Feeling as if the whole body were inclined to the right.
Disinclination to work. Standing is very irksome. Every step was irksome on returning from a walk, with ill humor and impatience for the time when he could rest in solitude. Nervous prostration. Relaxation of muscles and limbs, then difficulty in walking and inability to control movements, necessity to lie down. Weakness; morning and evening; morning on waking, (>) rising; morning after waking, as after a fever; morning fasting, with aversion to food; morning in bed, and sickness, with ill humor, sleepiness and pain in stomach; on waking from midday nap; after eating; on walking (Arsenicum, Phosphorus), with tendency to fall forward on knees, heaviness over eyes and giddiness; after a walk, with paralyzed feeling and fretful, hypochondriac mood; from walking in open air, and affected by the air; with desire to lie down; with chilliness, palpitation and headache; with chilliness, so that he must lie down, next day occiput felt as if pierced by a knife at every beat of the pulse, and palpitation, heart throbbing violently at times, at times beating rapidly, at times wavering; of head and whole body, with loss of appetite; tremulous weakness after stool (Arg-n., Arsenicum), (>) open air. Faintness. Heaviness; in afternoon, with unsteadiness. Dullness of all senses. Stiffness, movement of limbs, neck, etc., caused unpleasant sensation. Paralysis; of all muscles (Gelsemium), those of deglutition being the first, and those of respiration the last to fail. Aggravation at night, waking him; A. during rest; when sitting; in the house. Amelioration at night.
Clinical Indurated glands (occasionally hard), usually with sharp knife- like pains, but not always painful. Useful for weakness following exhaustive diseases. Paralytic affections (after diphtheria). General physical and mental debility, tremulous weakness, sudden attacks of faintness, especially with vertigo.
Delirium; running wildly about the house, knocking against the walls; during which he at first took to walking about; with stupidity, they threw themselves into the water, thinking they were geese, and partly paralytic, with much pain; violent, interrupted by crying out from pain; mirthful, going out of the house; intermittent; in a man who had been somewhat addicted to the use of liquors, he saw all sorts of animals dancing upon the bed and “picked straws;” partly delirious and partly foolish. Fantasies in morning. Illusion at night that some one had come in at the door. Vision of her brother and child who had died, she saw persons in the room, she knew that it was an illusion and tried to get it out of her mind, but saw them coming in at the door.
Superstitious. Aversion to being near people and to the talk of those passing him, inclination to seize hold of and abuse them. Dread of the approach of men, yet dread of being alone. Everything makes an unpleasant sensation upon him. Fretfulness; in morning after eating, with confusion in forehead and anxiety; every day from 5 to 6 P.M., as if a great guilt weighed upon him, with paralyzed feeling in all limbs and indifference; time passes too slowly. Discontent. Easily aroused to anger. Anxiety; with palpitation and nosebleed; impelling them from place to place; waking at night, then long wakefulness. Fear; at night after waking; after midnight when half awake; of thieves. Sadness; without speaking. Hypochondriac and indifferent mood when walking in open air. Lachrymose mood; when alone in the house, on giving way to it it changed to hiccough, then flickering before eyes and indistinct vision, so that she must steady herself in walking, then exhaustion of limbs and headache; and faint-hearted; and smiling. Frequent thoughts of death. Hurried mood. Lively excitement. Constant mirth. Tendency to laugh, with loss of energy; tendency to laugh as if coming from r. hypochondrium and stomach, during exhaustion. Without sympathy. Apathy. Dis- inclination for business.
Inability to sustain mental effort (Phosphorus, Opium). Stupefaction, difficulty in understanding what he is reading. Mistakes in speaking. Sunk in deep thought, apprehension and desire to be alone. Loss of memory (Anacardium, Hyosc.); after waking from midnight sleep. Coma; at beginning of general paralysis, or collapse, or a condition between coma and collapse, with foam from mouth; with unconsciousness and difficult breathing. Unconsciousness; eyelids firmly closed, pupils dilated, respiration weak, pulse small, rapid, skin cold, spasmodic movements of upper limbs and facial muscles.
Clinical Melancholy, quiet, sad, picks his fingers, makes short answers, or this condition alternates with excessive gayety. Hypochondriasis, especially resulting from excessive venery. A verse to people, yet dislikes to be alone. Melancholia resulting from suppression of menses, aversion to members of her own family. General mental weakness, inability to get the mind fixed on his business or to stand, any prolonged mental effort.
Inability to keep it erect (Tabac.). Sticking; on coughing. Aching in morning on waking, as if brain were too full and would burst; A. in morning as if head were beaten or as if it would be pressed as under. Aching in morning on waking, as in epidemic fever, as if brain were torn, (<) towards occiput. Aching; at night in bed, with nausea; on waking, with weakness from broken rest, and diarrhoea during the early morning; from scanty but frequent stools, with urging; on walking in open air, even in morning, lasting till breakfast; on entering house after a walk, with pressure in r. eye; on going into open air, he must rub the fore- head; on stepping, she felt every step in the head; with diminished appetite; with nausea and vomiting of mucus; with muscae volitantes, diplopia, languor and sleepiness; extending to jaws and thence to l. side of chest, with sticking.
Drawing on going into open air, (>) closing eyes; D. (>) after eating, with going to sleep of brain. Tension after every meal, with compression from temples, necessity to rest forehead on table. Cerebral oppression. Fulness; at breakfast, from a ligature around neck, with vertigo. Stupefaction, with sleepiness. Dullness after drinking. Confusion; on waking from sound sleep, with heaviness. Heaviness; of brain, and pressure deep in it. Intoxication; from the slightest spirituous drink. Vertigo; in morning on rising (Lycopodium, Phosphorus); on walking; on descending stairs; (<) lying, as if the bed turned in a circle; with weight at orbits; tendency to, with sensation as if eyes were swollen and protruding; so that everything turns in a circle; as if turning in a circle, on rising from a seat; as if head would burst, on rising after stooping; sudden, with such weakness of legs that he must lie down. Apoplexy.
Forehead – Sticking; outward, at noon; extending out of, in morning after rising; extending out of in forenoon, with inclination to lie down; jerklike, (<) in the house. Digging and griping, as if from the stomach, with such sensitiveness of brain that it was painfully shattered by noises and by speaking. Pain; in various places; externally; in sinciput; r. side and in l. side of occiput and in l. parietal eminence; and in eyes, with burning lachrymation as from salt water in eyes; above eyes, extending into eyes; externally, causing stupefaction; alternately severe and slight, in sinciput, then heaviness, then the same sensation in occiput. Pain on shaking head as if something were loose, extending to occiput. Pain in upper part as from external contraction, (>) stooping or leaning it on hand, with chilliness, vertigo and fretful loss of memory. Pressive aching outward over eyes. Pain as from a stone on upper part of bone. Pressure as from a band, then in occiput; above eyes, then in occiput, with heat in occiput, then in forehead and cheeks. Drawing pain above brows; in brain just behind forehead; wandering, and in r. temple. Throbbing. Confusion in region of brows and root of nose. Heaviness; in sinciput.
Temples. Tearing in r., and in r. ear; through temples in morning; when eating; after eating, with pressure in forehead. Pressure. Pain from one to the other. Drawing pain in bones; D. pain on touch. Drawing in r. muscles, (<) walking.
Vertex. Pain and heaviness, and in occiput. Squeezing pain, then it went to sides of jaws, then to below l. breast, with choking feeling and inability to draw a breath. Pressure deep in; P. on, then around forehead; P. on, with feeling as if one would fall. Nipping at every step, without pain.
Parietals. Sticking in bones, in forehead and cervical muscles, with vertigo; tearing S. from l. bone to frontal region. Sensation in r. half of brain as of a large foreign body. Pain in r. half of brain, extending backward. Bruised pain in side of head, (<) by moving eyes towards affected side, with sensation of something heavy pressing downward. Pulsation in r. side of head in evening in bed. Confusion in l. half of head as from coldness or as if the brain did not fill the skull. One side of head numb and cold.
Occiput. Tearing in l. on walking; T. and in nape and especially in orbits, with nausea so that she must lie i bed. Pain as if pierced with a knife at every beat of the pulse. Pressure on l. side; as with a plug in r. side. Fulness and confusion. Intermittent heaviness on sitting bent.
Boring tearing in various parts of skull, with pressure. Falling of hair. Sharp pressure in a spot on scalp. Itching.
Clinical Vertigo is a common accompaniment of the Conium condition, especially (<) motion, as turning over in bed or rising up; this vertigo is sometimes accompanied by partial paralysis of the muscles of the eye, or objects seem to be unsteady; especially indicated in vertigo of old people; vertigo resulting from excessive use of tobacco. With the head symptoms the brain is frequently extremely sensitive, with feeling of a hard lump in the brain, or with feeling of numbness or coldness in head or one side of the head.
Red. Staring. Protruding, Weak look. Wild and piercing look. Trembling look, as if eyes trembled. Movements as if pressed outward. Mucus in morning. Drawing pain, with redness. Pressure, reading; P. if she closes them to sleep in evening; as from a grain of sand, (<) in forenoon, with inflammation and redness of white and biting lachrymation. Burning; towards evening, with pressure in orbits; heat shooting through them in afternoon and evening. Irritability. Discomfort so that he brushed them frequently to clear apparent obstructions from lids.
Lachrymation. Pupils dilated; alternately D. and contracted. Yellow whites. Pressure and sticking in r. conjunctiva bulbi, in inner canthus, with fine vessels closely aggregated at inner margin of cornea. Inflamed lids and styes and frequent blinking. Lids drooping, almost ptosis (Gelsemium), with difficulty in walking. Lids drawn together in morning. Twitching of upper lid; l. lid. Inability to open lids; difficulty in opening (Gelsemium). Sticking in margins of lids and in canthi; in inner canthus, with agglutination of lids in morning; itching, in inner canthus, not (>) by rubbing. Lids seem pressed down, and sleepiness. Pressure as from sand in external canthi. Burning on inner surface of lids. Biting in inner canthus, with lachrymation. Itching of margins of lids. Contractive power of muscle orbicularis weakened. Pain across eyebrows and misty vision. Pain in orbits, (<) with the headache; P. in bones above r. eye late in evening, and in nose and malar-bone.
Vision. Weak; with dazzling, vertigo and general debility, (<) arms and legs, so that he staggered. Fatigue from reading. Sensitiveness to light. Sluggishness of adaptation, dim vision when an uneven object was put in motion, causing vertigo. Double; with sensation as if squinting; and the images slowly receding from each other to the apparent distance of six inches, here they generally became stationery, but at times alternately approached and receded from each other; and triple, with rings before eyes. On looking at near print the lines moved up and down. Flickering on moving eyes, with sudden vertigo, nausea and staggering, all (>) closing eyes, then general paresis, and even when eyes were shut any motion involving the balance of the body was attended with uncertainty and falling short of the desired effect and fresh rush of the seasickness, all (>) shutting eyes and sitting still with every muscle relaxed. Confused on raising eyes from the object on which they had been fixed to a distant one, with vertigo, then heaviness of lids. Imperfect, (>) sleep. Greater short-sightedness than usual. Dim; on walking in open air; (<) rising from breakfast-table, with vertigo; and flickering; with bright points quickly moving in the distance and light feeling in head. Lost; after sleeping in heat of sun; or objects tinged with all colors. Of black points and stripes. Of a large dark spot with white margins. Of sparks; on walking in open air. Clouds and light spots. Bright spots on walking in open air. White spots, with glittering stars, on looking at different things in the room. Fiery zigzags moving through each other, on closing eyes at night. Of a thread swimming before r. eye. Of a transparent vapor floating before eyes.
Clinical Valuable for partial or complete paralysis of the ocular muscles, especially of the internal rectus; the attempt to fix the eyes upon any object becomes painful and may even cause vertigo, hence many symptoms, of letters running together, vanishing of vision, etc. This drug is very valuable in numerous forms of scrofulous ophthalmia, in a general way indicated by extreme photophobia, greater than the apparent inflammation would warrant. There is general aggravation at night on lying down, especially of ulcers of the cornea. Appearing adapted to old people, it has proved beneficial in cataract when the above symptoms were present.
Blood-red wax. Sticking; behind, (<) mastoid process, then dull pain at this place; pinching, on drinking. Sharp shocks shooting out of, (<) swallowing. Sudden sharp pressure, almost like twinges. Pain as if middle would be torn asunder. Pain in external, partly drawing, partly tearing. Drawings within l. Throbbing of blood. Itching in outer. Stopped feeling before ears on blowing nose. Intolerance of noise. Sensitive hearing, so that noise frightened him. Bubbling and humming; in r. Ringing; in r., with dull hearing. Roaring in r.; in l., (<) eating, with difficult hearing; like a wind, (<) dinner, lasting till sleep, and on exerting head when sitting, (<) in bed, even at night on waking. Noise in r. as of a water-fall. Noises as if blood were rushing through brain. Buzzing. Surring at noon when walking in the street, with darkness before the eyes, nearly unconscious, with some strong beats of heart, passing off quickly.
Clinical Much wax accumulates and hardens in the ear, with greater or less loss of hearing, or the hearing may be extremely sensitive with the head symptoms.
Tip thick, red, hot, painful, (<) l. side, painful swelling in l. nostril, afterwards at l. tip a yellow blister, full of pus. Twitching; at root. Sticking in skin of lower part of septum. Sticking sore pain in septum on pressure, as if a pimple were there. Tearing in bones. Stuffed. Itching in nose; sticking, in r. side, as from a foreign body. Itching crawling in nose. Burning on nostrils. Frequent sneezing; without coryza. Bleeding; at night, then vertigo in morning on rising; when sneezing. Dropping of water. Blowing out of watery fluid. Frequent discharge of mucus. Acute smell. Tarry smell at back of nose, which he also tastes.
Clinical The patient is inclined to pick at his nose, which bleeds easily and become sore (in melancholia). It has been prescribed for polypus of the nose.
Blue; and turgid with blood. Livid. Red, looking like erysipelas. Pale; in morning; and sickly. Swelling on malar-bone and upper gum, with tensive pain. Risus sardonicus. Twitching of l. cheek. Expression calm, but like a figure of wax. Sticking through r. side about malar-bone; through r. cheek, extending to corner of mouth; in chin, extending upward through jaw; tearing, in front of ear in evening. Pain at night. Feeling of a cobweb on r. cheek. Drawing on zygoma, with tearing; D. on r. zygoma; painless, through chin towards ears and to head after drinking. Pressure in masseter muscles. Falling of jaw. Stiffness of r. masseter muscles. Trismus; and next day aching soreness in jaws. Lips cyanotic; eruption on lips after slight fever; vesicles on vermilion border of upper, with smarting; sticking in lips and tongue; drawing pain in an old wart on upper; dry lips and tongue; itching of upper; burning of lips and tongue; burning on inner surface of lower; burning and redness of upper l. then r. side.
Teeth. Looseness of back. Boring sticking between l. on moving jaw. Drawing boring in l. back. Jerking and gnawing. Aching; on chewing, as if loose (tearing?); on eating, extending to ear, eye and cheek-bone. Sensation as if lower incisors were pushed up. Drawings in hollow T. from cold food (not cold drinks), extending through temples; D. through r. lower T. into malar-bone. Bleeding of gum; of back. Swollen, bluish-red gum. Painful burning of gum.
Tongue red, mottled; T. covered on upper surface, and large part of lower surface with dirty mucus, and dry; sticking on tip; S. on tip, with biting; S. in l. side of tip, with burning; boring at night; pain; stiff, swollen, painful; feeling as if sticking to roof of mouth, and inability to move it; dry; dry and reddish; burning on, and in hands; burning at tip. Speech difficult. Inability to articulate. Burning on inner surface of l. cheek; with biting. Dry mouth; with sour sensation. Salivation; sour after eating. Taste bitter in throat; and mouth; bitter-sour T. after breakfast; sour; sour after eating; salt, (<) hawking up mucus; metallic on tip of tongue; coppery, with sensation as if tip of tongue had just been touched with copper; bad when eating and on swallowing; peculiar to food; of coryza from posterior nares to mouth.
Spasm. Drawing in muscles of T. and chest. Frequent hawking of mucus. Sticking, (<) empty swallowing. Shooting drawing pain in tonsils. Pain. Soreness on swallowing. Scraping; with cough at night. Constriction; on bowing, with choking, a sensation as if neck-band were too tight, so that she must grasp the throat, with blackness before the eyes and dark redness of face. Fulness. Catarrhal obstruction in T. and head in morning on waking. Feeling as if something were coming up to choke her. Sensation as if a large body were in it. Constant desire to hawk. Dryness; in fauces, with constriction on larynx; alternating with salivation, with the latter dry sensation in fauces. Itching, with irritation to hacking cough. Tickling when sitting, with provocation to dry cough. Obliged to swallow much if she goes into the wind. Inability to swallow; water. Difficulty in swallowing (Opium). Heat in gullet.
Appetite increased; with nausea as if she had eaten to satiety. Longing for salt and salt things; for acids. Appetite diminished; for food and tobacco-smoking. Appetite lost; with weakness in stomach. Thirst; every afternoon; unquenchable; for coffee. Eructations; (<) towards evening. Empty E.; (<) in morning. Sour E. after eating; sour in evening; S., with burning in stomach. Offensive E. E. tasting of food. Incomplete E. after breakfast; I., then pain in stomach. Hiccough; on beginning supper. Nausea; in morning, (>) stool; in evening, with weakness, so that speaking is disagreeable; on trying to rise; after every meal; after eating, then hiccough, with the usual taste and good appetite; after dinner, with pain in nape, vertex and forehead; with vertigo; with satiety after eating. Retching; ineffectual. Vomiting; violent profuse; of mucus in afternoon, with headache, nausea and then eructations.