A tincture is made of the freshly dried herbs of the “Pink root,” Spigelia Anthelmia, L.
The action of this drug on the nervous system has been utilized principally for the cure of neuralgic pains which affect every part of the body, but chiefly the head, chest and heart. Its febrile symptoms are not marked and it seems not to be useful for inflammatory affections, more than as palliative of the pains accompanying such conditions. It has none of the mental anguish of Aconite, Arsenic, etc., etc.
Allies. Bryonia, Belladonna, China, Nux-v., Sulphur; Rhus-t., Kalm., Arnica, Cact.
Convulsions, then death. Stitches in many parts on ascending stairs after a moderate walk. Sensitiveness to touch, the slightest knock causes pain and shuddering about the place, even on stepping shattering in body; if he knocks against any part there is sudden painful crawling through whole body to head (Arnica, Belladonna, China, Nux-v., Pulsatilla). Everything hurt him as if he were bruised (Arnica), and on rising from a seat he was dizzy and unsteady in his legs as if reeling. Sick in evening in open air, with anxiety and internal heat. Discomfort in whole body, with heaviness and lassitude in limbs and disinclination to work.
Weakness; in morning; in morning on waking; in morning, from confused busy dreams; in morning on rising; in morning, and overpowering sleepiness when sitting soon after rising; after walking; after slight exertion; when hungry; soon after beginning to walk in open air, (<) thighs, with anxious pressure upon chest so that he would be glad to eructate but cannot, then desire for stool and emission of flatus, with relief in abdomen; (<) ascending stairs; with trembling of hands on taking hold of anything; of mind and body, (<) standing.
Aggravation from 10 A.M. till 12 M.; from 10 till 12 morning and night, amelioration at 3 or 4 P.M.; in afternoon; at 8 P.M., with red burning cheeks, cutting low down across abdomen, settling in lower limbs and back. Amelioration about 3 or 4 P.M., then stupor.
Clinical The Spigelia patient is worse from any motion of the arms and from lying on the back (Bryonia).
Joyful. Lively, contented and trustful mood alternating with palpitation and anxious oppression of chest. Earnest, vexed if any one jokes with him. Talks unwillingly. Anger. Peevish; in evening, he could kill himself, with chilliness of body. Unable to enjoy himself with others though he was not sad. Sad and peevish; and red in face; S. and fearful; S., then cheerful, then S. again in afternoon. Anxiety about the future; with inclination to peevish, indolent mood. Uneasiness and apprehension, inability to remain anywhere. Deep thought about his future. Sits lost in thought and stares at a single point. Inattention. Mental exertion difficult. Loss of memory; and mental indolence. Memory more active than before.
Burrowing tearing in brain towards evening, (<) l. parietal bone, on motion, on walking, (<) a false step. Cutting, waking her after a short sleep, with general restlessness and nausea, slept towards morning, on rising listlessness and languor, urine scanty and high-colored. Thrust inward in one point towards middle of brain at every step in open air. Neuralgia flying from one part to another, (<) r. side, and settling in cervical vertebrae, with feeling of imperfect support. Pain in brain on shaking head, with vertigo (Bryonia); P., (<)stooping (Bryonia); (<) open air; (<) lying, (>) walking; on shaking it, with heaviness; with pressure above r. orbit; flying; like a heaviness, on drawing facial muscles it seems as if skull would burst at the top; like confusion. Soreness as if bruised, and in eyes. Pressure outward on speaking loud or coughing; in brain on stooping. Sensation in brain as if head were tightly bound. Fulness, and in eyes, causing redness of eyes lachrymation and vertigo.
Dullness; in evening; with pressure outward in forehead; so that reflection was difficult. Stupefied as after smoking strong tobacco. Swashing sensation in brain when walking; and he feels every step. Vertigo; if he looked down he thinks that he will fall over; if he turns his head when walking in open air; when standing; when sitting, with emptiness of head; when walking; ( (>) lying), head sinks backward, with nausea at palate, discomfort in abdomen and thorax, in abdomen pinching, with urging to stool, whereupon he loss consciousness; with staggering to the left; as if the sidewalk were rising before me when walking; as if he would fall forward on looking in front of him.
Forehead. Shooting through F., behind and above r. eminence; in front of head of head and in eyes, with sore compressed feeling balls, nausea, dread of motion or noise, face red, hands and feet cold; pulsating, from evening till morning, with hammering before ears. Tearing externally on bone; in F., occiput and temples; from l. eminence to occiput; tensive, (<) beneath l. eminence, extending towards orbit; thrustlike, when sitting and standing, (<) r. eminence, causing staring. Boring. Burrowing in F., occiput and l. side of vertex, (<) motion, loud noise, speaking loudly or opening mouth, (>) lying, with burrowing tearing. Burning pain in l. bone; in F. and l. temple; in r. side, extending to eyes, so that he could not turn them without pain (compare Bryonia). Pain; in sinciput; above orbits; in cerebrum and cerebellum, causing vertigo; heavy, beneath l. eminence; confused, and in temples, with compression forward in sides. Pressure outward; in l. side; inn r. eminence; on stooping; (>) pressure of hand. pressure inward internally and externally in l. eminence. Shaking and swashing. Confusion in upper part, with emptiness, scalp is sensitive to touch and hair seems to bristle.
Temples. Sticking as from electric sparks in l. Tearing thrusts in r. Pain; in r., gradually extending more and more; frequently drawing, in l. Pressure inward, (<) r.
Vertex. Pain; in a spot. Pressive drawing in r. side of V. and occiput.
Side. Jerks in l., with thrusts. Tearing sticking in l.; intermittent contractive, in a spot externally in parietal bone, (<) posteriorly. Pain in l. half of brain; deep-seated, in r. side, involving r. eye, in morning in bed, (<) motion, even (<) straining at stool, and on suddenly turning head the brain seemed loose; pressing asunder, in r. Dullness in r.
Occiput. Sticking in a point in l. side. Boring in O. and vertex, as if it would draw head backward. Jerks when walking in open. air, and then in temples on every step. Pain, (<) lying upon it; P. in O. and nape about 3 or 4 A.M, (>) rising and dressing, with stiffness; P. as after a blow; as if arteries were beating against obstacles; bubbling, (>) leaning backward while sitting, (<) lying horizontally and at first by walking, afterwards by slightest motion. Pressure inward in l. side, (<) stooping unless he pressed hard against the spot. Drawing Dullness in evening when walking in open air. Heaviness.
Scalp. (Covered with miliary pimples.) Sore to touch; (<) moving scalp. Pain as if ulcerating in region of vertex, with intermittent sticking jerking penetrating into brain. Seems contracted and tense. Itching crawling in l. side of vertex.
Clinical Neuralgic headache, generally beginning at one point and radiating in different directions, pains burning, jerking and tearing, (<) stormy weather, sometimes ending with vomiting, sometimes beginning in the morning and ending in the evening, at times a feeling as if the head were opening.
Surrounded by yellow rings. Sparkling, as before eruption of smallpox or measles. Look dim and weak. Hardened mucus. Redness of whites, with injected vessels; R. of white in morning, with inflammation and with heaviness of lids. Seem distended. Burrowing stitch in middle of eye and in inner canthus, pressing upper lid downward. Pain; on turning them (see Kalm.); with sensation and vision as in lachrymation, without lachrymation; on motion, as if too large for their orbits (Comocl.); as from sand Burning in l. towards temple; B. pain forcing him to close them, with anxiety as if he could never open them again, on opening them after the pain had disappeared vision was prevented by a sea of blood-red masses rising up, with lachrymation and dilatation of pupils. Pressure inwards at side of r. Dry heat in afternoon. Crawling. Weakness, apparently with an internal impediment, wherever he turns them they remain and he dose know what he is looking at, like one whose vision has vanished. Lachrymation; acrid, trickling.
Balls. Sticking in r.; on moving it; itching, in r., returning after rubbing. Pain; (<) turning eyes, and on attempting to look with eyes turned vertigo, forcing him to turn the whole head; tensive, in l.; contractive burning, in r. Itching in l., (>) rubbing.
Pupils dilated; when relaxed and paralyzed lids. Burning pain in r. external canthus. Ulcerating and biting soreness of margins of lids. Sticking beneath lids; in l. lids; in margin of r. upper; in r. inner canthus. Cutting on margin of l. lower lid. Burning pain beneath r. lid. Pain as if upper lids were hard and immovable, with difficulty in raising them (Rhus-t.). Sensation as if a hard substance were under r. upper lid, (>) rubbing. Swelling on temporal side of orbit, with pain and soreness on touch. Pain in l. orbit near malar-bone, then swelling of bone, sore to touch. Pressure downward in l. orbit. Burning pain in l. brow. Farsighted. Vision dim, or sensation as if feathers or hairs were in the lashes, (<) rubbing eyes; dim, and when writing he must make a great effort, as if water were in eyes. Vision vanishes when he fixes gaze.
Clinical Ciliary neuralgia, the pains radiate in every direction and are extremely severe. Ptosis, with sharp pains and hot lachrymation. Rheumatic iritis, indicated by the ciliary pains. Asthenopia.
Twitching in r. auricle. Itching-sticking in l.; boring- stitching in r. Boring sticking jerking, at times shooting through Eustachian tube to throat. Jerking pain extending to eye and lower jaw. Pinching on posterior part of r. auricle. Thrusting tearing in r. Boring back of ears, (<) confining eyes, as in reading or writing. Pain in l.; in margin of l.; in r., extending to malar-bone and r. molars; as from a plug in l. Drawing pain in l. antitragus; in l. ear, extending to malar- bone. Burning pain in auricle. Pressing asunder in r.; P. inward in auditory canal. Jumping sensation as from swashing of water, on stepping suddenly. Beating in l. Itching prickling in r. Itching crawling in r. Stopped sensation; on blowing nose, (>) boring in with finger, with loss of hearing; in l., without difficulty in hearing; as with a finger, when wind blow into them; in evening, as if something were in front of drum; in evening, as if something were in front of drum, which seems contracted.
Hearing difficult, as if ear were closed by a finger, with fluttering noise in it. Sensitive to loud noises. Distant ringing, with sensation as if loosed stopped or as if a mist were before it; R. when talking, with re-echoing through head. Sudden crackling and buzzing before them extending into forehead, (>) holding hands over eyes, with wavelike pulsation in them. Sound in l. as if a wind blew rapidly across it. Humming, (<) evening, with bubbling. Roaring before ears. Fluttering as of a bird, then moist discharge and very clear hearing.
Tetter-like eruption in and on r. nostril. Itching boring in r. nostril forcing him to sneeze. Burning in wings provoking rubbing, but not relieved thereby. Sticking crawling in nostrils, transiently (>) scratching. Itching in nares. Stoppage; of anterior part, with discharge through posterior nares; at root. No irritation from tobacco when snuffing. Sneezing; in morning, with discharge of bloody mucus. Discharge of mucus, at one time white, at another yellow, with discharge of mucus from mouth; D. only through posterior nares, on blowing nose violently only a little tenacious yellowish mucus is discharged, forepart of nose is always dry. Fluent coryza; with hoarseness, external heat, prominent eyes, headache and weeping mood. Dry catarrh after eating; sudden C., Dry, then fluent.
Clinical Frequently useful in nasal catarrh, especially of the posterior nares.
Redness, then pallor; R., sometimes of one cheek, then of both, sometimes upper lip hot and swollen, as if my breath scorched it. Sallow after flushes. Yellowish after pain in heart. Swelling on waking from midday sleep, with pallor and sickly look, S. again next morning after waking, more about eyes; muscles seem swollen and distorted in morning on rising. Sticking in l. cheek. Tearing in l. zygomatic, process, and as the pain became a little better Dullness as from swelling; jerking T. in r. zygoma. Burning pain in r. malar-bone; in l. cheek. Pressure on zygomata.
Jaw. Drawing sticking from r. upper to vertex. Tearing in lower, extending to ear and about it as far as nape, (<) moving head; pain in r. lower as if would be torn out of joint when chewing, at other times dull pain in articulation. Pressure on r. angle of lower. (Tensive pain in articulation.)
Lip. Blackish painless pimple in red of lower. Burning in r. side of upper, even when moved. Burning tension in upper during rest. Burning in upper.
Clinical Facial neuralgia, pains radiating in every direction, shooting, burning, tearing.
Teeth. Sharp and brittle. Throbbing tearing, (<) cold water, (>) lying. Gnawing in hollow T. Aching in evening from the customary smoke; A. in molars; at night preventing sleep and driving him out of bed, not during the next day except just after eating; cramplike, in upper, so that when moth was closed the lower jaw seemed spasmodically pressed against them; like a pressure outward, (<) lying on r. side, (>) eating and drinking, but it began immediately afterwards, it often woke him at night; throbbing, in a l. molar; drawing, in a hollow T. Intermittent jerking through both rows, (<) a hollow tooth; intermittent J. in never of a hollow T., (<) afternoon, (<) water or drawing air into moth, (>) tobacco- smoke. Coldness of upper, with sticking jerking in them.
Tongue. Full of cracks, as if it would scale off. Blisters, with burning on touch, now on T., now on palate. Coated white; dark brown. Sticking in r. side; boring, extending forward in r. side, with acid taste in mouth. Sensation as if swollen posteriorly; when chewing.
Mucus at one time white, at another yellow, in mouth and fauces in morning. Burning pain in palate. Dryness in morning on waking, it seemed as if mouth were full of pains and needles and as if stuck together, without thirst, even with much saliva. Salivation white, frothy; S. posteriorly in mouth, with excessive hunger in chest. Offensive breath. Taste bad; insipid. Does not relish his tobacco.
Clinical Neuralgic toothache of the most violent shooting character, (<) cold water.
Discharge of mucus from fauces all day, most from posterior nares; D. of mucus from posterior nares so that he must hawk it up to avoid suffocation, waking him at night. Accumulation of saliva in fauces. Swelling on l. side of fauces and sticking when swallowing. Sticking in region of larynx, (>) swallowing, but returning; in r. side, and on swallowing S. in parotid and within ear, something between an earache and a throatache. Soreness, with cold on lungs and in head. Tingling in back part. Tickling itching in oesophagus, with sensation as if a semi-fluid substance would rise into fauces, hollow, cough, waterbrash, anxiety and fear that he would faint. Inability swallow saliva because he always brought it up again as by nausea, necessity to spit it out.
Appetite and thirst great; ravenous A., with nausea. Loathing of food, especially sweets. Aversion to smoking and snuffing tobacco; to smoking tobacco and to coffee. Thirst; late in evening; great with loss of appetite; unquenchable, while face is red and hot. Eructations; sour; of gas; of after eating. Nausea; in morning and lasting into afternoon; rising into throat.
Sticking in pit, (<) inspiration, with oppression of chest; in pit during expiration, (>) lying; in pit and above it and between pit and where beat of heart is felt, with oppression of chest; intermittent, to left of pit; intermittent burning, near l. side of pit. Pain. Weight in pit; as of a lump, (>) pressure with hand and changing to pressure and tension in chest. Pressure in pit as if he would eructate and be relieved thereby, but no eructations till he has swallowed air. Chilliness in pit, spreading to abdomen and lower limbs, and at times to back.
Distressing fulness after a moderate meal. Rumbling; before stool, that occurred twice in morning and once in evening, thin; like croaking of frogs. Flatus of the odor of bad eggs. Pinching sticking, with emission of flatus, then desire for stool. Pinching. Griping when lying; G., then difficult, soft stool, that constantly became thinner; as if intestines would be constricted, causing anxiety and making respiration difficult; extending like a stitch to chest, with emission of flatus; wandering, every day about 3 P.M., (>) emission of flatus. Burning, with tasteless eructations, as if mingled with water.
Sticking in hepatic region on walking rapidly and jumping, (>) walking quietly; rhythmical, deep below r. ribs, (>) breathing deeply, returning on expiration. Rumbling in l. side, then in r. Cutting in sides, extending towards middle, in morning in bed, with emission of Flatus. Sticking to left of umbilicus on inspiration; to left of U. when walking. Umbilical region, cutting every day from 5 till 6 P.M., with chilliness, diarrhoea and much micturition; griping in l. side; pain as from a hard swelling evening.
Hypogastrium. Rumbling here and there, now and then painful. Sticking in groin; in region of os innominatum when walking, (>) thirty or forty steps; above groins, with stitchlike oppression of chest; in region of ring, with cutting, the intestines protruded like a hernia (which formerly was seldom the case), the spot sore to touch; from pelvic region down limbs; intermittent, in l. side just above ilium; boring, in ilium; tensive, in r. groin when walking; burning, posteriorly on margin of l. ilium on every inspiration; itching biting, in muscles of l. so innominatum. Cutting on sitting down, (>) rising from a seat, with burrowing, as from incarcerated flatus. Boring digging in r. groin. Tearing drawings through H. Griping; alternating with rumbling and gurgling, and during every paroxysm of pain desire to urinate, which was unchanged though much urine was passed. Pain as if it would burst, (<) evening before a soft, stool, slight relief. Pain in groin and thigh towards perineum as after a long ride on horseback. Tensive pain in r. groin on touch. Sensation as if a weight fell down, (<) inspiration.
Clinical Neuralgia of the bowels. Frequently useful in pains associated with worms in children.
Rectum and Anus
Discharge of pieces of thick mucus, it seemed as if flatus passed, stool like sheepdung and enveloped in mucus. Boring stitch in perineum. Itching in anus, (>) scratching; in A. and coccyx, with difficulty (>) scratching. Crawling as of threadworms. Sensation as if a thin stool passed during emission of flatus, which did not occur. Pressure in rectum when not at stool. Cramplike urging. Ineffectual urging; after complete stool.
Watery. Diarrhoea; frequent, mixed with tenacious, yellow mucus. Constipation. Nodular, with pressure. First part hard, then, thin, then thrusts outward in forehead. White. Omitted, next day hard difficult.
Prostatic fluid passes out. Urging; with burning stitch in urethra; constant; urine bright straw-colored and smelling strong. Frequent micturition; and profuse; at night, with copious urine and pressive pain upon bladder during micturition. Difficult micturition at night, then burning. Sudden in voluntary dribbling in afternoon on rising from a seat, with burning in forepart of urethra. Spurting of urine on external pressure upon bladder.) Urine water. Urine high-colored and scanty; almost blood colored, on standing the lower part became gray, by shaking it all assumed that color. Large deposit of uric acid. Whitish sediment.
Swelling of half of glans. Itching stitch extending forward in penis and r. testicle; I. stitch in l. testicle; burning S. in penis and r. testicle. Crawling about glans every day. Frequent erections without internal physical sexual excitement, though with voluptuous thoughts. Quivering of scrotum. Emission in morning, with lascivious dream, without subsequent exhaustion.
Female. Heat in vagina, with fulness and pressure, (<) standing; H. in uterine region, with pain and pressure, with dislike to move. Tendency to leucorrhoea. Menses too soon, profuse, dark clots of disgusting odor; too soon, copious, bright red, of foul odor, with pressure, fulness and tearing in uterine region and stinging extending into limbs, after menses brownish leucorrhoea; too soon, with giving out of osseous, muscular and nervous systems, ending in a relaxed condition of system; fetid, bright red, with pain, making face and feet cold, beginning with depressing headache.
Cough in morning after coryza had mostly disappeared; at night, with catarrh; sudden violent, on getting water into trachea; suffocative, as from water running down into glottis; short dry, in open air, causing soreness of chest dry, violent, hollow, taking away the breath, from irritation low down in trachea, (<) stooping. Slow and deep sighing.
Enlargement of mammae and pain originating from centre of lobes deep in and proceeding to surface, causing irregular flashes of heat in head, eyes, neck and shoulders.