ASAFOETIDA


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


INTRODUCTION

ASA F. Gum Resin of Ferula. Stapf’s “Additions to the Materia Medorrhinum Pura.” Duration of Action: from 4 to 6 weeks.

COMPARE WITH

Ant-c., Aurum, Causticum, China, Coffea, Con-m., Mercurius, Nux-v., Phosph., Platina, Pulsatilla, Rhus-tox., Thuja, Tart-em., Asa-f. is frequently indicated after Thuja, Pulsatilla Afterwards are frequently suitable: Causticum, Pulsatilla

ANTIDOTES

Causticum, China, Elec. It antidotes: Mercurius, Pulsatilla

CLINICAL REMARKS

NOACK AND TRINKS. “Palpitation of the heart, particularly when arising from physical exertions, or by the sudden suppression of habitual discharges of blood or other secretions, and when accompanied with violent congestion of the lungs, overloading the stomach, helminthiasis, flatulence, diseases of the liver and spleen, hysteria, and hypochondria.”.

GENERAL SYMPTOMS

Weariness; languor in the afternoon and evening; trembling, with cold skin, and small, feeble pulse. Feeling of heaviness in the whole body; relaxation and sinking sensation in the limbs; great lassitude during movement; feeling of prostration when lying down or standing, with dryness of mouth. Chorea. Convulsions and epilepsy of children, occasioned by worms or by a morbid condition of the abdominal plexus. Hysteric and hypochondriac complaints, and other kinds of nervous diseases, occasioned by a morbid condition of the abdominal nerves? Scrofulous affections; rickets; inflammation, ramollissement, and curvature of the bones; caries of the bones. Complaints from abuse of Mercury; nightly, syphilitic (mercurial!) bone-pains. Jactitation and twitching of single muscles. Scraping and boring in the periosteum. Haemorrhage. Prickings, here and there; cramplike drawing or jerking in the outer parts of the limbs; lacerating pains from below upwards along the track of a nerve. Congestion of the portal system and pulsation of the veins.

CHARACTERISTIC PECULIARITIES

Intermittent, pulsative, or oppressive darting, also lacerating pains from within outwards, transformed into different kinds of pains, or relieved by touching the parts, and sometimes with a feeling of numbness.

SKIN

Dark-red, hot swellings. Glandular swellings. Cold swellings? Ulcers, particularly when affecting the bones; ichorous, fetid, thin pus; the ulcer is painful when applying the bandage; violent painfulness of the bone to the touch, also at night; bright-red, raw appearance of the wounds, covered with a crust of tenacious lymph, with transparent, lymph-like pus, and sensitiveness to the touch; ulcers with elevated, bluish edges.

SLEEP

Somnolence in the evening, with great weariness. Restless, unrefreshing sleep, with frequent waking; great restlessness at night, with tossing about in the bed. A number of dreams, which are generally cheerful.

FEVER

Shuddering over the body. Coldness and dryness of the skin. Feeling of heat in the face, after dinner, with anguish and drowsiness. The pulse (and the beats of the heart) are accelerated; small, feeble, and increased; small, quick, unequal.

MORAL SYMPTOMS

Out of humor. Hysteric and hypochondriac uneasiness and restlessness. Inconstancy. Laziness. Irritated mood, with indifference to anything. Fits of great joy.

SENSORIUM

Weakness of the thinking powers; frequent absence of all thought. Confusion of ideas. Dullness of the head, with aching pain, sometimes in the temples; sensation as if the brain were constricted or compressed; dizziness and gloominess of the head; muddled state of the head. Vertigo; sometimes with a violent pressing in the head; with vanishing of sight, in the evening, and afterwards cold sweat on the forehead and limbs, with colic. Weakness in the head.

HEAD

Heaviness of the head; particularly in the forehead, with dullness of the head. Tightness in the head, stupefying. Congestion of blood to the head; with warmth in the face; with stupefying pain. Pressure in the head, particularly in the forehead and above the 15 22 eyes, in the whole head, as if the head would burst, or in the occiput as if the brain were compressed; pressure, with throbbing in the temple. Constriction of the brain. Stitches in the head. Sense of shaking, as of the water in a pail when carried, with bubbling sensation in the brain. Burning prickings in the forehead, with pain as if ecchymozed when touching the parts.

EYES

Crampy drawing around the brows; pressure in the eyes. Burning in the eyes. Burning stitches in the eyes. Sensation as if sand were between the eyes and lids, as if cold air were blowing upon the eyes. Closing of the eye-lids as if sleepy, with burning.

EARS

Pressure in the ears. Tingling in the ears. Diminished hearing, sometimes accompanied with purulent discharge, even when occasioned by abuse of Mercury.

NOSE

Bleeding of the nose. Ozaena, with discharge of greenish and fetid pus? Diminished smell. Frequent violent sneezing; coryza.

FACE

Tension, with feeling of numbness, particularly in the region of the right malar bone; drawing in the angle of the jaw, sometimes extending down to the nape of the neck. Heat in the face.

TEETH AND JAWS

Feeling of soreness of the gums.

MOUTH AND THROAT.

The mouth feels very dry. Dryness or burning in the throat, particularly in the oesophagus; pressure in the oesophagus, or sensation as if a body were ascending; tightness of the throat, with pressure in the chest; soreness in the oesophagus, preceded by burning; tension in the pharynx when swallowing. Oesophagitis?.

APPETITE AND TASTE

Insipid taste, sometimes with loathing; flat, acrid taste. Want of appetite. Heaviness and coldness in the abdomen after drinking.

GASTRIC SYMPTOMS

Frequent rising of badly-tasting air; acrid, rancid. Loathing; nausea as if he would vomit, from morning till noon.

STOMACH

Pressure in the stomach; after eating, with great prostration; pressure in the oesophagus, with sensation as if a foreign body were ascending. Pain as if bruised, with feeling of fullness and eructation; cutting and burning in the region of the stomach and diaphragm; spasmodic pains in the stomach; contraction of the

stomach, with loathing and nausea. Pulsations in the pit of the stomach perceptible to the eye and hand. Inflammation of the stomach; spasm of the stomach; weakness and excessive accumulation of mucus in the stomach.

HYPOCHONDRIA

Chronic inflammation and swelling of the liver.

ABDOMEN

Colic; with great malaise. ill-humor, and oppressive anxiety; in the epigastrium, as after a cold, or as if diarrhoea would set in, with canine hunger. Heaviness in the abdomen, with bloatedness.

Burning in the abdomen. Cutting in the abdomen. Stitches, lancinations, dartings in the abdomen, particularly in the left side when walking; through both sides of the abdomen, relieved by pressure; in the umbilicus, tingling or burning. Tympanitis? Ascites arising from an organic affection of some abdominal viscus. Tympanitis in children, with glandular swellings? Taenia?.

STOOL AND ANUS

Costiveness. Constant urging to stool, sometimes ineffectual; violent pressing towards the rectum. Stool hard and dark-brown, having a pungent, disgusting smell, with pain in the anus; hard and papescent stools; copious, papescent evacuations of a yellow or dark-brown color, and a disgusting smell; watery, liquid stools. Diarrhoea; with colic; preceded by urging; with flatulence.

URINARY ORGANS

Spasms in the bladder during and after micturition. Urine brown- yellow, or dark-brown, having an acrid, pungent odor.

FEMALE GENITAL ORGANS

Labor-like pain in the uterus, with cutting and bearing down, returning at intervals. Menses too early, scanty, and lasting only three days.

LARYNX

Huskiness in the trachea, inducing a short and hacking cough. Dull, short, and hacking cough; dry cough, occasioned by a titillation in the trachea, violent, racking; deep, in paroxysms, with short breathing and oppression of the chest. Whooping cough; angina-membranacea?.

CHEST

Accelerated breathing, with coughing and yawning, and generally with a small, contracted pulse. Asthma; oppression of the chest: with drawing pressure; with hurried breathing; with accelerated beating of the heart and arteries, with full and swelling pulse; oppression as if the lungs could not expand sufficiently. Spasmodic asthma; with dry cough, from titillation in the trachea. Asthmatic complaints of scrofulous persons; after too great exertions; after venereal excesses; after taking too hearty a meal; asthma Millari; mucous asthma of old people. Pressure in the chest. Stitches (lancinations, dartings,.) in the chest. Pressure in the region of the heart, as from congestion and distention of the vessels, with small pulse. Organic affections of the heart; aneurisms; palpitation of the heart.

BACK

Racking pain below the scapula; burning in the region of the vertebrae. Rheumatic pains in the scapulae. Rheumatic drawing and lacerating in the nape of the neck and back.

ARMS

Stitches in the shoulder; drawing in the joint, with tremulous uneasiness, obliging him to move the part constantly. Stitch in the elbow. The wrist feels as if bruised, with drawing and pressure when moving it. Pressure in the roots of the fingers.

LEGS

Lacerating around the joint when walking. Coxagra. Restlessness, when sitting, as from a violent throbbing of the vessels; twitchings and jactitation of the muscles of both thighs. Burning, and burning throbbing in the upper part of the knee. The legs incline to go to sleep. Tension in the foot. Cold swelling around the malleoli.

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.