– Arum-maculatum, with whose effects those of Arum-
tryphillum, according to Hale, are almost identical.
We make triturations of the grated root; the root has to be used fresh; the dried root loses its volatile principle, but retains some of its medicinal properties.
In the 16th volume of the British Journal of Homoeopathy, page 321, the following case of poisoning by Arum-maculatum is recorded: “After chewing a young leaf-stalk for a few minutes, a very intense prickling, stinging pain was felt upon the tongue and mucous membrane of the lips and throat, accompanied with a flow of saliva, which seemed to relieve the pain a little; the pains were as if a hundred needles had been run into the tongue and lips. A friend, who followed my example, had, in addition to these symptoms, constriction and burning in the larynx, his tongue was swollen, and its papillae injected and raised. The mucous membrane of the throat and lips were inflamed. The pains in the tongue and lips were increased by pressure with the teeth. In two or three cases the leaves have been eaten by children, and have produced distressing effects. In one instance three children partook of them. Their tongues became swollen, so as to render swallowing difficult, and convulsions followed; one died in twelve, and another in sixteen days; the third recovered.”
In accordance with these symptoms, Arum is recommended for inflammatory swelling of the tongue, stomatitis, salivation, either mercurial or idiopathic,. The dried root has been used in the cough of old people, and the loose cough of children.