(Eupatorium, from the surname Eupator of King Mithridates (d. 63 B.C.), who was so named because he happened to have a noble father. Perfoliatum, or distinguished by the perfoliate character of its leaves (where the stem seems to pass through the leaf), each pair of which are at right angles to those immediately above or below.)
There are many species of the genus Eupatorium, two of which we will now speak of.
Eupatorium perf. is a native of the United States, is common to all parts of this country and grows in wet places on the borders of lakes, ponds and streams.
To quote from one of our authors, Millspaugh, “there is probably no plant in American domestic practice that has more extensive or frequent use than this. The attic, or woodshed, of almost every country farm-house has its bunches of the dried herb hanging tops downward from the rafters during the whole year, ready for immediate use should some member of the family, or that of a neighbor, be taken with a cold.
“How many children have winced when the maternal edict, `drink this boneset; it’ll do you good,’ has been issued; and how many old men have craned their necks to allow the nauseous dose the quicker to pass the palate!”
Eupatorium perf. was first proved by Drs. Williamson and Neidhard in 1846.
The common name, boneset, is probably derived from its curative powers in the fever peculiar, in this country, to the South, the Dengue, Dandy or Break-bone fever; and the characteristic symptom of the remedy, and the one that you will meet with throughout its pathogenesis, is the great soreness and aching in the bones. There is also great soreness of the muscles (166), but when you prescribe the remedy you will expect the patient to tell you that it seems as if this muscular soreness extended deep in and that even the bones were affected. One point to keep in mind is, that the more general and severe the bone pains, the better adapted is the case of this remedy.
The headache of Eupatorium perf. is apt to be periodical (99) and located especially in the occiput (100), with at times a sensation of pulsation there, great soreness of the whole scalp and eyeballs, along with nausea and vomiting.
In violent coryza, influenza or the grip, Eupatorium perf. will do wonderful work for you when it is called for. The most prominent symptoms would be the great and universal aching and soreness, fear to move for fear the bones might break if he shifted his position; severe headache, soreness and aching in arms shifted his position; severe headache, soreness and aching in arms and chest; wrists feel as if broken or dislocated; bruised pain in the back; soreness of lower limbs, with sensation in calves as if they had been beaten. Associated with this picture and with the fever of the remedy, we have thirst for cold water, rather constant nausea and vomiting of food or of bile after drinking.
Along with or following after these symptoms, we have hard cough, with hoarseness, and soreness extending from the larynx down the trachea and throughout the bronchi. The cough is generally worse lying on the back (42) and better lying on the face. The cough hurts the head and chest and the patient holds the chest with the hands (49); usually there is little or no expectoration.
In intermittent fever Eupatorium perf. is of frequent use
and with pronounced symptoms. We would have the violent bone- pains, the muscular soreness and headache, but Allen in the Handbook tells us that more characteristic of the remedy than the bone-pains is thirst before the chill (121) and during the chill and fever, and that drinking causes vomiting.
Among the remedies that have thirst before the onset of the paroxysm, you will think of Caps. Here drinking causes chilliness and the patient feels that he has brought on the chill before its usual time because he satisfied his thirst.
In Eupatorium perf. thirst, with vomiting after drinking, is pronounced during the chill and fever. Because there is thirst, that he must relieve, before the chill and drinking causes vomiting, he will tell you that drinking caused the chill to anticipate.
While there is no definite time, one symptom reads: “The paroxysm usually begins in the morning, thirst several hours before the chill.” Hering gives from 7 to 9 A.M. as prominent hours for the onset.
As a usual thing, the chill and the fever are well marked, while the sweat is slight or wanting.
I use Eupatorium perf. 3d.