Psorinum has profuse green expectoration and the patient is very despondent, thinks he is never going to get well, and sweats from weakness on the least exertion or when asleep.
Pneumonia. Psorinum should never be forgotten in an unquestionably psoric subject with pulmonary tuberculosis or phthisis. If sulphur fails where there is in the history of the case a suppressed eruption, scabies, herpes, eczema, etc., psorinum is the next remedy to be thought of; and especially if the poor health of the patient dates back to some former acute affection.
The patient has never been well since that time ( Carbo veg. ). The Psorinum patient is very sensitive to cold air or change of weather. Wears a fur cap, overcoat or shawl even in the hottest weather ( Hepar ), is easily affected by stormy weather, and is restless for days before a storm or during a thunderstorm. There is great weakness, debility, even though there is no organic disease perceptible. Sweats on slight exertion or at night, and is discouraged or hypochondriacal to a degree not surpassed by any other remedy. The excretions generally are offensive; sometimes of a carrion – like odor. The hair is lusterless, mats at the tips and tangles easily and the skin or eruptions itch intolerably worse at night or in warmth of the bed. There is short or oppressed breathing, relieved lying down, riding and moderate exercise. Cough dry, hacking, and for a long time until expectoration occurs, then there is THICK, GREEN PUS – LIKE expectoration. Cough returns every winter (Chamomilla) Dr. Halleck, of Saranac Lake, lauds this remedy very highly after much experience and observation.
Psorinum is, like Sulphur, always to be carefully considered in psoric subjects. This is like Hepar, Sulphur, Silicea and Tuberculinum, very susceptible to cold air or change of weather; wants to wear a fur cap, overcoat or shawl even in the hottest weather. It is also especially useful in chronic catarrh with purulent or bloody discharge which may be yellowish – green, like the expectoration. It is dropping from posterior nares so as to awaken at night. Hawking of lumpy mucus gives temporary relief. Chronic nasal catarrh.
Cough character – Dry cough, provoked by a tickling in the larynx or trachea, or loose cough of GREEN MUCUS, nearly like matter. Winter cough.
Cough aggravated by – worse in evening; on lying down.
Cough ameliorated by – better keeping quiet.
Cough Concomitants – Takes cold easily, feels as though took cold every little exposure. Sensitiveness to cold air or change of weather; wears a fur cap in the summer. Especially adapted to the psoric constitution, which is prone to eruptions. Body has a filthy smell even after bathing. All excretions offensive. Mind awfully depressed.
A nosode, but well proven, as all nosodes should be, and clinical verifications in abundance. Medorrhinum, Syphilinum, Antitoxine, Tuberculin and many other disease products are fast coming to the front as indispensable curative agencies. Sulphur and Psorinum stand very near together but have characteristics that are positive. Both are powerful antipsorics.
The red, raw orifices that characterize so strongly Sulphur. There are many other marked differences which a study will show.
Notwithstanding they follow each other well, supplementing what the other could not do, an understanding of both will be a great advantage.