ANACARDIUM


ANACARDIUM symptoms from Manual of the Homeopathic Practice by Charles Julius Hempel. What are the uses of the homeopathy remedy ANACARDIUM…


      ANAC.-Semecarpus Anacardium. Duration of Action; 30 days in chronic diseases. COMPARE WITH. Aconite, Arsenicum, Calcarea, Nux. v., Oleand. ANTIDOTES. Camph., Coffea, Juglans.

CLINICAL REMARKS.

HAHNEMANN.

“The following symptoms indicate the use of Anacardium with tolerable certainty; Hypochondriac, sullen mood; depression of spirits; dread of men; fearfulness; apprehension of near death; deficiency of moral feeling (Depravity, flagitiousness, inhumanity, hardheartedness); sensation as if he had two will, s one of which repels him from what the other leads him to do; sensation as if the spirit were disunited from the body; desolate emptiness of the head; headache pressing from the temple toward the eyes; headache in the occiput, arising from wrong stepping and great noise. Weakness and dimness of the eyes; nets and dark spots before the eyes; painful swelling of the ear; itching in the eats; running at the ears; grumbling of the ears; roaring in the ears; surdity; bleeding at the nose; fetid odor from the

mouth, without his perceiving it; accumulation of water in the mouth, feculent taste in the mouth; violent thirst; want of appetite; nausea early in the morning; weakness of the stomach; difficult digestion; oppression at the pit of the stomach, early in the morning on waking up; oppression at the liver; hardness of the abdomen; blood with the stool; varices of the rectum, sometimes painful; itching of the arms; humor oozing out at the rectum; burning in the glands before and after micturition; involuntary erections during the day; there is but little enjoyment in coition; leucorrhoea with itching and soreness; feeling of dryness in the nose; obstruction of the nose; chronic coryza, and discharge of mucus from the nose; expectoration when coughing; rattling in the larynx, when lying on one side; stitches and heaviness in the forearm; tensive pain and weakness in the arm; trembling of the right hand; burning in the soles of the feet; weight in the limbs, especially in the knees; tremulous lassitude; want of irritability of the skin, which cannot be excited into itching or becoming moist by the use of resins; sensitiveness to cold and draughts of air; catching cold easily; falling asleep late; anxious dreams; chilliness; sweat when sitting. ”

Camphor and Spirits of Nitre do not seem to act sufficiently as antidotes; Coffea-cruda is a powerful antidote against the anger and the vehemence consequence upon the use of Anacardium.

NOACK AND TRINKS.

“The `Confectio-anacardina seu sapientium’ has been celebrated as a distinguished remedy against weakness of mind, memory, and the senses. Nevertheless, R.A. Vogel (`Hist. Materia Medorrhinum, p.276) remarks: That `Caspar Hoffmann has called this confection of the wise a confection of fools, because many had lost their memory, and had become mad on account of using it too often and inconsiderately.’ Hence it was only the improper and too frequent use of Anacardium that made it hurtful; if applied correctly it became curative.”.

GENERAL SYMPTOMS.

Drawing and pains in almost every part of the body. General aching in the interior of the whole body. Sensation as if all the bones were bruised, early in the morning, when lying in bed, with stiffness of the nape of the neck and the small of the back, and headache in the forehead and temples; relieved on rising. Repeated lacerating, in paroxysms, simultaneously through the upper and lower extremities. Heaviness in the left upper and lower extremity when walking. Highest degree of debility, he can scarcely move his hands; he trembles from every motion. Very faint from going up stairs. A short journey on foot completely exhausts him.- plus – Paralysis of some parts. Panting, languishing condition, like paralysis, his legs totter when standing; painful weakness of the feet, when sitting. Weariness of the limbs, as from walking too much, and sleepiness as from great weakness.*Catches cold easily, and is very sensitive to currents of air.

SKIN.

The skin of the body is insensible to itching stimulants. Corrosive stinging itching upon the body. Burning itching, principally at night, increased by scratching. Pain, as of a boil, in the affected parts.

SLEEP.

Disposition to sleep. Uneasy sleep, at night, with frequent tossing about. Light sleep, with frequent waking. Sound sleep until nine o’clock in the forenoon. Slumber, day and night, with great heat and thirst; the skin feels hot; he grumbles and sighs when asleep. Constant stupor, without dreams; after waking, he is quite stupid; hot skin with red cheeks and cold forehead, although he complains of heat in the head; at the same time, violent thirst and dryness in the throat. He lies in a state of dreaming, night and day, without sleeping, full of anxious

thoughts about his daily business. Vivid dreams at night; about fire; dreams about dead bodies; anxious dreams, full of danger; he screams anxiously when asleep. Startings, as in affright, when lying in bed waking, in the evening. Violent drawing in the abdomen, and in the extremities, with subsequent burning, followed by pain in the bones when touched, so that she cannot fall asleep, in consequence of the pain. Diarrhoea at night, with subsequent constipation. Cramp in the calves, at night. Twitches of the mouth and fingers, when asleep.*Pressure in the pit of stomach early in the morning, on waking.

FEVER.

Chilliness several minutes, after dinner; continual shivering. even in a warm room. The open air is disagreeable to him. Chilliness and want of appetite. Icy-cold shiverings; chilliness over the whole body, as if he had caught cold in the wet; horripilations over the whole body, with heat in the face, without thirst. Feverish uneasiness in the afternoon, as is felt during a cold, accompanied by languor, and tremor of the limbs. Quickly-passing heat in the face and brain, in the afternoon, with redness of the cheeks; heat in the face, with nausea and heaviness in the whole body, every afternoon at four o’clock. Heat over the whole body, with chilliness. Heat of the skin, with great thirst, and dry, parched lips. Internal heat, with external chilliness and cold sweat. The rest of the body being moderate. Clammy sweat in the palms. Frequent waking from sleep, with general sweat. Night-sweats.

MORAL SYMPTOMS.

Sadness. Anxiety, apprehension of threatening misfortune. Fearfulness and apprehension, in the evening after having spent the day with a cheerful disposition. He imagines he is surrounded with enemies. Apprehension and thoughtfulness, when medicating over his present and future destiny. Want of confidence in his strength, and despondency. Has little confidence in himself. In the forenoon he is extremely hypochondriac, low-spirited and desponding, with stupidity foolish and childish manners; all his motions are extremely awkward and indolent. Excessively peevish and ill-humored; everything which surrounded him made a disagreeable impression upon him; gloomy, peevish mood, with desire of going into the open air. He takes everything in bad part, and becomes vehement.-Irritable and contradicting; a slight offence makes him vehemently angry, he breaks out in personal violence.-Want of disposition to do anything. Dread of labor. He is very indifferent and unfeeling. Excessive cheerfulness. He laughs when he ought to be serious. he refrains from laughing at the ludicrous. *Sensation as if he had two opposite wills acting against each other.

SENSORIUM.

*Sensation as if the connection between body and mind were dissolved. Great weakness of memory. He remembers with difficulty. In the afternoon his memory is better than in the forenoon. Increased quickness of memory; he spontaneously recollects the smallest circumstances of times long past. Dullness of the senses, with anxiety; he scarcely perceives what is taking place around him. Every kind of intellectual labor is difficult for him, owing to absence of mind. Dullness of sense; dullness of the head and prostration of strength. His head feels muddled and empty. Increased fancy; he is constantly thinking of some new object to which the mind forcibly clings. The mind gradually becomes dull, so that he is without any ideas. His mind is animated; he likes to enter upon acute analytical investigations; but every effort of this kind gives him an acute oppressive pain in the forehead, the temples, and the occiput. Any little effort of the mind causes a sensation in the brain as bruised. Illusion of the fancy; he imagines he hears his name called by distant mother and sister, with an apprehension of misfortune and anxiety. Melancholy illusion; he imagines he sees a bier in a side-room, upon which either his friend or himself is lying. He confounds the present with the future.

HEAD.

Painful dullness of the head, especially in the morning. Dizziness of the head, as after taking spirituous drinks., Vertigo on stooping, with sensation as of turning round;in the open air. Vertigo, as if the objects or himself were wavering; he is obliged to hold on to something. Pain in the head, especially in the forehead; stunning, aching, occasioning vertigo. Pressure; in the head, worse in walking, as if the brain were shaken. Dull pressure in the centre of the forehead, gradually extending over the whole anterior part of the head, in the evening. Violent pressure in the region of the right temple. Dull pressure, as from a plug, on the right side of the vertex. Pressure in the temple. Pressure from without inwards, and sense as of squeezing in both temples, with continual constriction of the upper part of the head, increasing towards evening. Compression simultaneously in both temples; constrictive headache in the forehead with peevish mood and violent digging pain, diminished by pressure. Head feels as if compressed by a tight band, with pressure in the left temple; lacerating headache during hard labor. Repeated lacerating in the whole head, with chills over the body, low spirits, and uneasiness; the pain returns every third day. Sudden, acute, piercing, and biting lacerating in the temple, as far as the brain. Lancinations in the forehead over the right eye. Sharp stitches through the head, reaching deep into the brain. Headache, with stitches in the left temple. drawing pain in the head. Several violent dartings, at intervals, so that he would like to scream. Violent digging headache in the evening; relieved by pressure and during a meal; accompanied by intolerable pain, as if a heavy body were forced in at those parts; better in the evening. Throbbing headache. Heat in the head. The headache is worse during motion. Pressure in the forehead, over the left-eye-brow, from without inwards.

SCALP.

Violent itching of the hairy scalp and forehead. Tubercles on the hairy scalp, sore when touched.

EYES.

Sore eyes, without redness. Sensation as if something were in the eye, lower lid. Pressure in the eye-ball; dull pressure, as from a plug, in the upper border of the right orbit, reaching as far as the brain, with stupefaction of the whole side of the head. Rheumatic pain in the left eye(more in the lids), as far as the temples. Lacerating in the balls and orbits, early on walking. Twitches in the eye-lids. Great sensitiveness of the eyes to the light. The light appears to be surrounded with a halo in the evening. The flame of a light appears to flicker, and to become alternatively dark and bright Luminous vibrations before the eyes. Contraction of the pupils. Great dilation of the pupils (reaction). Short-sightedness. Dimness of the eyes, as if they were full of water.*Muscae-volitantes. ].

EARS.

Cramp-pain in the ear. Painful pressure in the external ear. Jerks like electric shocks. Twitches in the external ear. Drawing pain behind the left ear. Lacerating in the left ear, down the cheek. Pain as from ulceration in the ear, mostly when swallowing; when pressing the teeth against one another in masticating. Tearing and throbbing, with pressure in the cartilage of the ear, and in the internal ear, as if an ulcer would form. Itching in the ears while a brownish matter is running out at the same time. *Painful swelling of the outer ear. Roaring before the ear; humming in the ears; tingling in the right ear. Feeling of obstruction in the left ear, as from cotton. Hearing either dull or acute.

NOSE.

Bruised pain in the nose. Pustules about the nostrils. Bleeding at the nose -after vehement blowing.- Illusory smell. The smell disappears, although the nose is obstructed. Chronic coryza. Obstruction of the nose -as if by a quantity of mucus. Chronic coryza and *blennorrhoea from the nose; -dry coryza; violent fluent coryza, with lachrymation, after a good deal of sneezing; violent coryza, with fever, inability to get warm, heat in the head, and icy-cold hands and feet, followed by a dry heat, sensation as if the tendons of the legs were too short, cramp in the calves, and uneasiness about the heart. *Feeling of dryness in the nose.

FACE.

Dull pressure in the face. He looks worn out, hollow eyed, with blue borders around the eyes; paleness of the face; pale sickly, wan complexion; dry heat of the face and head, with dullness of the head; paleness and heat of the skin, which is, however not perceptible to himself. White scaly herpes on the right cheek, itching of the forehead; hard red pustules on the forehead and wing of the nose, with a feeling of soreness; rough, exfoliating, herpetic skin around the mouth, with titillation; dryness of the lips; burning dryness of the margins of the lips, as from pepper.

JAWS AND TEETH.

Burning upon the chin, and dull pressure, in an ascending direction. Frequent drawing pains in the lower jaw, especially in the evening. Occasional lacerating in the articulation of the jaw. Swelling of the gums; bleeding of the gums consequent upon slight rubbing; toothache upon taking anything warm into his mouth, a pain. Drawing pain in the gums and the roots of the lower molar teeth of the left side. Cramp-like traction in the lower row of teeth of the right side, reaching up to the ear; tearing in all the teeth, returning at intervals.

MOUTH AND THROAT.

Fetid odor from the mouth. Painful blisters in the mouth. The tongue is white and rough. Heaviness of the tongue, and sensation as of swelling, hindering or preventing speech; in the afternoon his speech is firmer. His throat feels raw and sore. Sensation as of scraping (rawness) in the throat. Pressure in the throat-pit. Dryness in the throat, passing off by eating; in the forenoon.

APPETITE, TASTE,AND GASTRIC SYMPTOMS.

Bitter dryness in the mouth and throat. Insipid, putrid taste of the food; food, of which he is otherwise fond, disgusts him so much that he would like to vomit. He has no appetite for dinner; bread tastes bitter. Constant thirst. At times violent hunger, at times none at all. Great appetite, with pressure at the stomach and nausea unto vomiting after a meal. *Difficult digestion, weakness of the stomach. Almost all the symptoms disappear during dinner; they come on again two hours afterwards. After a meal, heat in the face, with accumulation of sweetish saliva in the mouth, and violent thirst; heat in the face, and exhaustion of strength; shaking in pit of the stomach at every step; pressure and tension in the pit of the stomach; pressure at the stomach, with a feeling of extreme exhaustion and physical prostration, with great thirst, pressure in the region of the stomach, towards the abdomen, as if he had eaten too much; shifting of flatulence in the abdomen, as from a purgative; extreme weakness; both of body and mind; irresistible desire to sleep; short and backing cough, affecting the throat as if it were raw; roughness in the throat, with a deep tone of voice; burning eructations after a meal; eructations, with spasmodic pain in the stomach; hiccough. Heartburn, after soup, like sour air in the oesophagus, with a sensation of contraction; burning sensation from the stomach to the throat *Nausea, early in the morning, with sensation in the stomach as of fasting. *A good deal of nausea, early in the morning; violent nausea towards evening, constant accumulation of water in the mouth vomiting, followed by acidity in the mouth.

STOMACH.

Sensation as of fasting in the pit of the stomach. Intensely painful, dull pressure at the pit of the stomach, slowly coming and going; pressure with drawing pain below the pit of the stomach, when walking; disappearing after a meal; violent contractive pain in the stomach, relieved by stooping, made worse by lifting the arm or turning the body. Sharp stitches in the praecordial region, extending thence to the small of the back; lancinations in the praecordial region, when taking an

inspiration. Cutting in the praecordial region. Slight rumbling and fermenting in the pit of the stomach.

ABDOMINAL REGION.

Pressure in the liver. Stitches in the hypochondrium. Dull stitches in the region of the spleen. Pain around the umbilicus, as if a plug were forced into the intestines. Pressure in the region of the umbilicus, as of something hard, aggravated by breathing, speaking, or external pressure. Dull intermittent stitches in the region of the umbilicus. Single sharp stitches in the abdomen. A sudden undulating darting in the abdomen, from without inwards, like lightning. Cutting and pinching in the abdomen, as from flatulence, or cold, with urging to stools. Attacks of colic form flatulence. Pinching and crampy pain in the abdomen, apparently in the intestines. Shootings in the muscles of the abdomen, close under the short ribs. Intermittent dull pressure from within outwards over the abdominal ring. Continual rumbling in the abdomen, especially in the region of the umbilicus. Continual rumbling and pinching in the abdomen.

STOOL.

Frequent urging during the day, without being able to expel anything. Constant urging; the expulsion not taking place immediately, he experiences a painful twisting and turning in the intestines across the abdomen. Stools loose first, then hard; of a very pale color, with watery diarrhoea, difficult expulsion. Pinching in the abdomen during stool. *Frequent itching of the anus. *Blood during stool. *Moisture from the rectum.

URINARY ORGANS.

Itching in the urethra. Constant desire to urinate; but little urine pass off; he is obliged to rise at night to urinate; the urine is clear, but in small quantity; the urine, while being emitted, is turbid, deposits a dirty sediment, and, when shaken, looks like clay.

GENITAL ORGANS.

Cutting pain along the penis. Itching of the scrotum. Extreme sexual desire, or discharge of the prostatic juice, with difficulty or easy stool. Discharge of the prostatic juice after emission of urine. Involuntary emission of semen at night, without lewd dreams. *Involuntary erections in the day-time. *Want of enjoyment during an embrace. Tearing in the mons- veneris. *Leucorrhoea, with itching and soreness.

LARYNX AND TRACHEA.

Roughness of the throat. Short and hacking cough after a meal, affecting the throat, as if raw; *violent cough after dinner, with vomiting of the ingesta; nightly cough, with rawness of the throat. Severe cough in the morning or evening, when in bed, with pain in the head. Painful pressure on the top of the head when coughing or taking a deep inspiration; cough commencing with titillation in the larynx and suffocation; periodical attacks of cough only in the day-time; attacks of racking cough, resembling fits of whooping-cough, coming on whenever he begins to talk. Racking cough, which prevents sleep. Short cough, mostly in the afternoon, with expectoration of a consistent, grey-yellow substance; *short cough, with expectoration of pus. He spits blood when coughing.

CHEST.

Short breath. Asthma, dyspnoea; with weeping, which relieves the oppression. Dyspnoea, with internal anxiety and heat. Oppressive anxiety in the region of the sternum, without pain. Uneasiness in the chest, apparently about the heart, especially in the afternoon. Oppression at the chest, like dyspnoea, with difficulty of breathing; pressure at the chest, especially when sitting, with fulness; he would like to vomit in order to be relieved. Dull pressure, as form a plug, in the right side of the chest. Undulating drawing in the left side of the chest. Feeling of soreness and rawness in the chest, increased by inspiration. Sensation behind the sternum as if there were a sore place in the chest. Pulsative lancinations in the chest, above the heart; a stitch in the praecordial region, at night, when drawing breath. Short lancinations in the heart, succeeding each other two by two. Drawing pain in the muscles of the chest. Quivering sensation in the pectoral muscle, when raising the arm. Itching and pricking in the outer part of the chest.

BACK.

Painful stiffness in the back, in the shoulder-blade. Violent lancination, with pressure under the shoulder-blade. Dull stitches in the left shoulder-blade, causing a lacerating pain all round. Pain as from a bruise, in the scapula and upper arm. Stiffness of the nape of the neck, with tensive pain, especially when moving the head quickly; dull intermittent pressure, as form a heavy load, on the nape of the neck and top of the shoulder, apparently in the bone. Rheumatic drawing along the neck; hard pressure on both sides of the larynx, which sometimes interferes with deglutition; sudden dull pressure, as from a weight, on both sides of the neck. Intermittent prickings, with throbbing, on the left side of the chest, close to the neck. Frequent itching of the neck and axillae.

ARMS.

Intensely painful lancinations, with tension in the arms when

stretching and extending them. The left arm goes to sleep. Pressure in the left arm, with lassitude. Rheumatic drawing pain in the upper arm, with a feeling of stiffness. Spasmodic pressure in the muscles of the upper arms, when walking in the open air, and when sitting, in the evening; dull pressure in the left upper arm, apparently in the humerus, intensely painful and intermittent. Painful jerking in the left upper arm, above the bend of the elbow. Throbs as from a heavy body, intensely painful in the centre of the left upper arm. Pimples with red areolae and pus at the tip, with painful itching during motion. Pressure in the bend of the left elbow, *which draws the arm down as with a weight, and renders its motion difficult, when walking in the open air. Pressure from without inwards, in the fore- arms. Aching pain in the muscles of the right forearm when writing. Cramp-like pain in the arms, hands, and wrists. Prickings in the back of the left hand. Violent, painful lancination in the ball of the right hand; burning stitches in the external border of the left hand. Feeling of dryness in the hands; dry, hot hands. *tremor of the hands; stinging itching in the outer knuckle of the right hand. Nightly itching in the hollow of the hand and between the fingers; violent friction relieves the disagreeable feeling, without diminishing the violence of the symptom. The hands are covered with warts. Crampy or pulsative twitches in the fingers. Numbness of the fingers.

Charles Julius Hempel
Charles Julius Hempel (5 September 1811 Solingen, Prussia - 25 September 1879 Grand Rapids, Michigan) was a German-born translator and homeopathic physician who worked in the United States. While attending medical lectures at the University of New York, where he graduated in 1845, he became associated with several eminent homeopathic practitioners, and soon after his graduation he began to translate some of the more important works relating to homeopathy. He was appointed professor of materia medica and therapeutics in the Hahnemann Medical College of Philadelphia in 1857.