DOG PARSLEY OR POISON-FOOL’S PARSLEY.
Aethusa-aithusso, to set on fire; in reference to the acrid taste of he juice. Cynapium-Kuvw, Kuno, a dog.)
Because botanists tell us that intelligent people should be able to distinguish this plant from parsley, it gets its common name Fool’s Parsley, owing to the mistake that is frequently made. Good men and competent one differ as to whether AEthusa is poisonous or not. Usually considered as poisonous, certain soils or methods of preparation may render it non-tonic.
Aethusa, first proved by Nenning, on of Hahnemann’s fellow provers, in 1928, will not occupy much of our time, as we will only speak of it in the gastro-intestinal disorders of children, where we find frequent use for it.
Its chief employment is for the vomiting of curds of milk, which may be “so large as to almost choke the child” (Bell), and the evacuation by the bowels of curds of milk in nursing children.
This vomiting, which occurs directly or very soon after nursing (208 ), consists of large sour curds and does not cause any special distress to the child, as it is ready to nurse again after vomiting.
The diarrhoea of AEthusa may be thin, yellow or greenish (59) but the presence of curds of sour milk is the characteristic indication for its use.
Some very obstinate causes of gastro-intestinal catarrh (178) have been cured by this remedy, and it has even arrested convulsions (36) and paralytic symptoms, which doubtless had their origin in indigestion.
I use Aethusa 30th.