ABROTANUM


ABROTANUM symptoms of the homeopathy remedy from Homeopathic Drug Pictures by M.L. Tyler. What are the symptoms of ABROTANUM? Keynote indications and personality traits of ABROTANUM…


      Southernwood; Old Man Tree; Boy’s Love; Lad’s Love.

Introduction

      In Abrotanum we have a valuable remedy of marasmic children. It has many symptoms in common with Aethusa cynapium, and many others that sharply differentiate the two drugs. In both we find extreme weakness; inability to stand, or even to hold the head erect. But the Abrotanum child, instead of being unable to take milk, craves bread boiled in milk, to satisfy its gnawing hunger. both drugs have, “Thinking difficult; loss of comprehension.

But the mental symptoms of Aethusa and Abrotanum help to distinguish between them. In Aethusa, “Fools’ Parsley”, there is confusion, inability to think, almost idiocy. Abrotanum has also incapacity for thought; but may be extremely irritable, cross, ill-natured: even violent and inhuman: would like to do something cruel. No humanity.

Our idea of Abrotanum, “Lad’s Love”, is a greyish-green shrubby plant, growing just inside the garden gate of country cottages. In passing in our out one instinctively crushes what Culpepper describes as “its numerous leaves divided into many fine bristly segments, of a fine pale green colour” in order to retain on one’s fingers its charming scent. This, no doubt, gained it the name of Lad’s Love: for in all the centuries it must have been plucked by our lads for shy presentation to the maidens of their choice; doubtless to be pressed and sacredly preserved in many an ancient Bible, after the manner of out country-folk, to rekindle, throughout life, its sweet memories of youth and courtship.

Abrotanum is one of our old English herbal remedies. In CULPEPPER’S English Physician (its Preface is dated 1653), we read in regard to Abrotanum.

“The seed bruised, heated in warm water, and drank, helps those that are troubled with cramps or convulsions of the the sinews, and sciatica, and bringing down women’s courses. The same taken in wine is an antidote against all poisons. The backbone anointed with the oil cures the ague, it removes inflammations in the eyes, if part of a roasted quince and a few crumbs of bread be boiled and added. Boiled with barley-meal, it removes pimples and wheals from the face, or other parts of the body.

The seed and the dried herb kills worms in children; the herb bruised and applied draws out splinters and thorns from the flesh. The ashes mingled with old salad oil, helps those that are bald, causing the hair to grow again on the head or beard. A strong decoction of the leaves is a good worm medicine, but is disagreeable and nauseous. The leaves are a good ingredient in fomentations for easing pain, dispersing swellings, or stopping the progress of gangrenes.” He speaks of its fine pale green colour, and pleasant smell.

BLACK LETTER SYMPTOMS

      Great weakness and prostration with a kind of hectic fever: with children, after influenza.

Itching chilblains (compare Nux vomica, Agaricus).

Painful, inflammatory rheumatism before the swelling commences.

Gout. Painful and inflamed wrists and ankle joints.

SOME NOTABLE SYMPTOMS

      Sensation of creeping chills along convolutions of brain.

Appetite very great; ravenous, while emaciating. (Or, loss of appetite.)

Sensation as if stomach were hanging, or swimming in water, with a peculiar feeling of coldness and dullness to all irritants.

After sudden checking of diarrhoea, rheumatism.

Piles appeared and became worse as rheumatic pains abated.

Frequent desire to stool, but little but blood passed.

Destroys worms, especially ascarides.

Twitching, ovarian regions; pains extend to back.

Suppressed menses.

In pleurisy (after Aconite, and Bryonia) when a pressing sensation remains in affected side, impeding free breathing.

Margaret Lucy Tyler
Margaret Lucy Tyler, 1875 – 1943, was an English homeopath who was a student of James Tyler Kent. She qualified in medicine in 1903 at the age of 44 and served on the staff of the London Homeopathic Hospital until her death forty years later. Margaret Tyler became one of the most influential homeopaths of all time. Margaret Tyler wrote - How Not to Practice Homeopathy, Homeopathic Drug Pictures, Repertorising with Sir John Weir, Pointers to some Hayfever remedies, Pointers to Common Remedies.

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