(Aralia, origin unknown; racemosa-racemus, a cluster, as of grapes-in reference to its fruit.)
Aralia race. is a native of th United States and grows in rich woodlands. It is well known for its large, spicy, aromatic roots, which are the parts used for the preparation of our tincture.
Aralia race. was first proved by Dr. S. A. Jones, formerly of this city, about 1856.
It is not included in Hering’s Guiding Symptoms.
The most characteristic action of this remedy seems to be on the respiratory organs, and the will be the only one for us to consider.
The cases for which we prescribe Aralia race. are those in which asthma (19) occupies a prominent position.
It may be true asthma or an asthmatic condition due to bronchitis, hay-fever, etc. (88), but the difficulty in breathing is what we are asked to relieve.
The patient cannot lie down (24) as breathing in that position is so much more difficult that he fears he will suffocate, and he is obliged to sit up day and night, and the least exertion, such as walking, takes away the breath.
Dr. Jones says, “relief of the asthma by bending forward, elbows on knees,” or as often seen the easiest position for him to assume, and the only in which he can obtain any sleep, is when learning forward with the head on a table or on the back of a chair, frequently with the arms raised and the head resting on the hands.
The obstruction to breathing is during inspiration (24) in Aralia race., and the shoulders are raised in the effort to cause expansion of the chest. Expiration is comparatively free.
We also have cough worse at night after the first sleep (10), but usually lying down aggravates the cough (41) as well as the asthma.
The cough may be caused by a tickling in the throat or a feeling of a foreign body there, associated with constriction of the chest and with relief from raising a little mucus.