Therapeutic symptoms of homeopathic remedy Conium Maculatum, described by E.B. Nash in his book, Leaders in Homeopathic Therapeutics, published in 1898….

Vertigo, especially worse on turning the head, or looking around sidewise, or turning in bed.

Swelling and induration of glands, after contusions or bruises.

Cancerous and scrofulous persons with enlarged glands.

Urine flows, stops and flows again intermittently, prostatic or uterine affections.

Breasts sore, hard and painful during menses.

This is another of so called spinal remedies. I will not, as I did under COCC., quote what authorities say from a pathological standpoint. All seem to agree that it paralyses from below upwards, and the poisoning of Socrates with it is adduced in illustration. It ought to be a remedy for locomotor ataxia. The strongest characteristic I know from a homoeopathic., standpoint, is its peculiar vertigo, which is much worse by TURNING THE HEAD SIDEWISE.(COLOC., turning head to left). Turning over in bed is the same. Some say LYING DOWN IN BED and TURNING OVER. I have found that it is not so much the LYING DOWN as it is the turning of the HEAD SIDEWISE, whether in an upright or horizontal posture.

I once treated a case of what seemed to be locomotor ataxia with this remedy.

The patient had been slowly loosing the use of his legs, could not stand in the dark; and when he walked along the street would make his wife walk either ahead of him, or behind him, for the act of looking sidewise at her or in thee least turning head or eyes that way would cause him to stagger or fall.

CONIUM cured him. It would always worse at first, but he would greatly improved after stopping the remedy. The worse was just as invariable after taking a dose of Fincke’s C.M. potency as from anything lower, but the improvement lasted longer after it.

Taking an occasional dose from a week to four weeks apart completely cured him in about a year. It was a bad case, of years’ standing, before I took him.

I have often verified this symptom in the vertigo of old people, where it is most frequently found; but it also often accompanies various affections in all ages, and especially is found in ovarian and uterine affections. I know of no remedy that has this symptom so strongly.

There is a form of ophthalmia in strumous subjects which calls for CONIUM in preference to any other remedy, and the peculiar, prominent and uncommon (as Hahnemann says, organon, paragraph 153). symptom is, PHOTOPHOBIA, INTENSE, OUT OF ALL PROPORTION TO THE OBJECTIVE SIGNS of inflammation in the eye. The pains are worse at night and terribly worse by the least ray of light, relieved in dark room and by pressure.

There may or may not be ulcers on the cornea. CONIUM is also one of our best remedies for falling of the eyelids, as are three other remedies, viz.: GELSEMIUM, CAUSTICUM and SEPIA. “Swelling and induration of glands, with tingling and stitches after CONTUSIONS OR BRUISES.” Many cases of lumps or swellings in the breasts (for which CON., seems to have a particular affinity) have disappeared under the action of this remedy. Even cancerous affections of breast (ASTER.,)uterus and stomach have been helped or cured especially if the trouble seems to have originated in a BLOW OR INJURY to the part. It is perhaps the first remedy to be thought of in all cases of tumors, scirrhous, or otherwise, coming on after contusions, especially if they are of stony hardness and heavy feeling. CON., and sil., both have hardness of mammae, CON., right, SIL., left nodules (CARB-AN., CON., SIL.,); acute lancinating pains.(ASTER.,)Again it is to be especially considered if at every menstrual period the breasts become LARGE SORE and PAINFUL, worse by the LEAST JAR OR WALKING.

In all scirrhous affections of the breast, womb or other parts the pains of CON., are burning, stinging, or darting, and may make one think of APIS., The other symptoms must then decide between them.

CON., has marked action upon the sexual organs. In the male there is great weakness of the organs. He has intense desire and amorous thoughts, but is unable to perform. He has emissions at the very thought or the presence of a women. The erections are insufficient, last only a short time,”or go back” on him in the act of embrace, and he suffers with weakness and chagrin afterwards. This affects the mind and hypochondriasis of the bluest blue takes possession of him. This condition of mind may obtained in both sexes; as a result of too free, and also especially too INFREQUENT indulgence; or, excessive abstemiousness. Hence CON., becomes a good remedy for old bachelors and old maids. If the vertigo is also present in such cases CON., is sure to be of great benefit.

INTERMITTENT FLOW OF URINE IS VERY CHARACTERISTIC. (CLEMATIS.) One might think this was owing to the paralytic condition of the bladder. I don’t know but I do know that the symptom often occurs in the hypertrophy of the prostate gland incident to old age and CON., helps “Sweats day or night; AS SOON AS ONE SLEEPS OR EVEN WHEN CLOSING THE EYES, ” is a characteristic found under no other remedy that I know of (Reverse, SAMBUCUS.)

Dr. Adolph Lippe once made a splendid cure of a complete one sided paralysis in a man 80 years of age with this remedy, and was guided to it by this symptom. I think it would be rather a difficult task to give a correct pathological explanation of such a symptom; but there is a reason, and whether we can give it or not we can cure it if we have a corresponding one appearing under a remedy; where a cure is at all possible.

It is interesting to follow out the connections of symptoms. Take for instance the single prominent symptom of CON., VERTIGO.


VERTIGO ON MOVING the bed vertigo on BRY., CALC. OST, CON.,

” ” LOOKING up, PULS., SILIC., ” ” looking down, PHOS., SPIG., SULPH., vertigo from odor of flowers, NUX-V., PHOS.,

Vertigo on watching, or loss of sleep, COCC., NUX-V.,

Vertigo on the least noise, THERID.,

Vertigo while walking, NAT-M., NUX-V., pHOS., PULS,

Vertigo while studying, NAT-M.,

Vertigo while or after eating, GRAT., NUX-V., PULS.,

Vertigo as if whirling, BRY., CON., CYCLAM., PULS.,

Vertigo as if the bed turned, CON.,

Vertigo with fainting, NUX-M.,

Vertigo with staggering, ARG-N., GELS., NUX-V., PHOS.,

Vertigo with eyes closed, or in dark, ARG-N., STRAM., THERID.,

Vertigo with dimness of sight, CYCLAM., GELS., NUX-V.,

Vertigo when rising from seat, BRY., PHOS.,

Vertigo when rising from stooping, BELL.,

Vertigo when rising from bed, BRY., CHEL., COCC.,

When stooping, BELL., NUX., PULS., SULPH.,

When ascending, CALC.,

When descending, BOR., FERR.,

When lying, CON.,

Vertigo must lie down, BRY., COCC., PHOS., PULS.,

Vertigo occipital, GELS., SIL., PETROL.,

Vertigo after sleep, LACH.,

Vertigo after suppressed menses, CYCLAM., PULS.,

A good understanding of such connection often starts the prescriber on the short cut route to the remedy in a case.

Dr. E.B. Nash 1838- 1917, was considered one of our finest homeopaths and teachers. He was Prof. of Materia Medica at the N.Y. Homoeopathic Medical College and President of International Hahnemannian Assoc. His book Leaders in Homoeopathic Therapeutics is a classic. This article is from: :The Medical Advance - A monthly magazine of homoeopathic medicine - edited and published by H.C. Allen, M. D.