Psorinum – Medicine

Psorinum – Medicine.

      In the subsequent list of antipsoric remedies no isopathic …

      In the subsequent list of antipsoric remedies no isopathic remedies are mentioned, for the reason that their effects upon the healthy organism have not been sufficiently ascertained. Even the itch miasm (psorinum), in its various degrees of potency, comes under this objection. I call psorin a homoeopathic antipsoric, because if the preparations of psorin did not alter its nature to that of a homoeopathic remedy it never could have any effect upon an organism tainted with that same identical virus. The psoric virus, by undergoing the processes of trituration and shaking, becomes just as much altered in its nature as gold does, the homoeopathic preparations of which are not inert substances in the animal economy, but powerfully acting agents. Psorinum is a similimum of the itch virus. There is no intermediate degree between idem and similimum; in other words, the thinking man sees that simillimum is the medium between simile and idem. The only definite meaning which the terms “isopathic and aequale” can convey is that of similimum; they are not idem. Hitherto syphilis alone has been to some extent known as such a chronic miasmatic disease, which when uncured ceases only with the termination of life. Sycosis (the condylomatous disease), equally ineradicable by the vital force without proper medicinal treatment, was not recognized as a chronic miasmatic disease of a peculiar character, which it nevertheless undoubtedly is, and physicians imagined they had cured it when they had destroyed the growth upon the skin, but the persisting dyscrasia occasioned by it escaped their observation. Incalculably greater and more important than the two chronic miasms just named, however, is the chronic miasm of psora, which, whilst those two reveal their specific internal dyscrasia, the one by the


      Especially adapted to the psoric constitution.

In chronic cases when well selected remedies fail to relieve or permanently improve (in acute diseases, Sulphur); when Sulphur seems indicated but fails to act.

Lack of reaction after severe acute diseases. Appetite will not return.

Children are pale, delicate, sickly. Sick babies will not sleep day or night but worry, fret, cry (Jalap.); child is good, plays all day; restless, troublesome, screaming all night (rev. of, Lycopodium).

Great weakness and debility; from loss of animal fluids; remaining after acute diseases; independent of or without any organic lesion, or apparent cause.

Body has a filthy smell, even after bathing.

The whole body painful, easily sprained and injured.

Great sensitiveness to cold air or change of weather.

Stormy weather he feels acutely; feels restless for days before or during a thunderstorm (Phos); dry scaly eruptions disappear in summer, return in winter.

Ailments: from suppressed itch or other skin diseases when Sulphur fails to relieve; severe, from even slight emotions; never recovered from typhoid.

Feels unusually well day before attack.

Extremely psoric patients; nervous, restless, easily startled.

All excretions – diarrhoea, leucorrhea, menses, perspiration – have a carrion-like odor.

Anxious, full of fear; evil forebodings.

Religious melancholy; very depressed, sad suicidal thoughts, despairs of salvation (Melilotus), of recovery.

Despondent: fears he will die; that he will fail in business; during climaxis; making his own life and that of those about him intolerable.

Driven to despair with excessive itching.

Headache: preceded, by flickering before eyes; by dimness of vision or blindness (Lac-d., Kali bichromicum); by black spots or rings.

Headache: always hungry during; amel. while eating (Anacardium, Kali-p.); from suppressed eruptions, or suppressed menses, amel. by nosebleed (Mel).

Hair, dry, lusterless, tangles easily, glues together (Lycopodium) Plica polonica (Baryta, Sarsaparilla, Tub).

Scalp: dry, scaly or moist, fetid, suppurating eruptions; oozing a sticky, offensive fluid (Graphites, Mez.).

Intense photophobia, with inflamed lids; cannot open the eyes; lies with face buried in pillow.

Ears: humid scurfs and soreness on and behind ears; oozing and offensive viscid fluid (Graph).

Otorrhea: thin, ichorous, horribly fetid discharge, like decayed meat; chronic, after measles or scarlatina.

Acne: all forms, simplex, rosacea; agg. during menses, from coffee, fats, sugar, meat; when the best selected remedy fails or only palliates.

Hungry in the middle of the night, must have something to eat (Cina, Sulphur).

Eructations tasting of rotten eggs (Arnica, Ant-t., Graphites).

Quinsy: tonsils greatly swollen; difficult, painful swallowing; burns, feels scalded; cutting, tearing, intense pain to ears on swallowing (painless, Baryta carb.); profuse, offensive saliva; tough mucus in throat, must hawk continually. To not only amel. acute attack but eradicate the tendency.

Hawks up cheesy balls, size of a pea, of disgusting taste and carrion-like odor (Kali-m.).

Diarrhoea: sudden, imperative (Aloe, Sulphur); stool watery, dark brown, fetid, smells like carrion; involuntary, agg. at night from 1 to 4 A.M.; after severe acute diseases, teething; in children; when weather changes.

Constipation: Obstinate, with backache; from inactivity of rectum; when Sulphur fails to relieve.

Enuresis: from vesical paresis; during full moon obstinate cases, with a family history of eczema.

Chronic gonorrhea of year’s duration that can neither be suppressed nor cured; the best selected remedy fails.

Leucorrhea: large, clotted lumps of an intolerable odor; violent pains in sacrum; debility; during climaxis.

During pregnancy: most obstinate vomiting, fetus moves too violently; when the best selected remedy fails to relieve; to correct the psoric diathesis of the unborn.

Profuse perspiration after acute diseases, with relief of all suffering (Caladium, Natrum mur.) Asthma, dyspnoea: Agg. in open air, sitting up (Laur.); amel. lying down and keeping arms stretched far apart (rev. of Arsenicum); despondent, thinks he will die.

Cough returns every winter.

Hay fever: appearing regularly every year the same day of the month; with an asthmatic, psoric or eczematous history. Patient should be treated the previous winter to eradicate the diathesis and prevent summer attack.

Cough: after suppressed itch, or eczema; chronic of the years duration; agg. mornings on waking and evenings on lying down (Phosphorus, Tuberculinum); sputa green, yellow or salty mucus; pus-like; coughs a long time before expectorating.

Skin: abnormal tendency to receive skin diseases (Sulphur); eruptions easily suppurate (Hepar); dry, inactive, rarely sweats; dirty look, as if never washed; coarse greasy, as if bathed in oil; bad effects from suppression by Sulphur and Zinc ointments.

Sleepless from intolerable itching, or frightful dreams of robbers, danger, etc. (Natrum mur.).

Psorinum should not be given for psora or the psoric diathesis, but like every other remedy, upon a strict individualization-the totality of the symptoms-and then we realize its wonderful work.


      Antidoted by Coffea, Nux-v. (if agg. when too frequently repeated or over-dose).

Compatible: Carb-v., Cinchona, Opium, Sul., Tuberculinum (if want of susceptibility to medicinal action).

Followed by well by: Alumina, Borax, Hepar, Lycopodium, Sul., Tuberculinum

Complementary: Sul., Tuberculinum; after Lact-ac. and Nux-v. (vomiting of pregnancy); after Arnica, Bellis, Hamamelis (in traumatic affections of the ovaries); Sulph. follows Psorinum in mammary cancer.

Inimical: Apis, Crot., Lachesis and the serpent poisons.

Compare: Chamomilla, Jalap (sick babies, fret day and night); (happy all day, scream at night) (Lycopodium) cry all day, sleeps at night; nervous effects of electric storms (Phosphorus, X-ray); Gelsemium, Lac-d., Kali bichromicum (headache preceded by dim vision and dark spots); Anacardium, kali phos. (headache with hunger amel. while eating); Melilotus (headache relieved by nose-bleed); Baryta-c., Lycopodium, Sarsaparilla, Tuberculinum (plica polonica); Kali mur. (offensive cheesy balls from the throat); Calcarea, Nat-mur. (all symptoms amel. by lying down and keeping arms stretched far apart; (Arsenicum, must sit up and lean forward); Phosphorus, Tuberculinum (cough and affections of the respiratory tract agg. mornings on waking, and evenings lying down); Graphites, Hepar, Silicea (eruptions and slight injuries of the skin easily suppurating); Digitalis (drinking agg. cough ); Bryonia, Nat., Mal. (earthy, sallow, greasy face); Pulsatilla, Tuberculinum (erratic shifting pains agg. from fats and pastry agg. evening); Sanguinaria, Tuberculinum (sensation as if tongue were burned); Arsenicum, Baptisia, Pyrogen (sensation as if parts were separated, Arsenicum body at waist, Baptisia the brain and limbs); Kali-c., Pyrogen, Tuberculinum (profuse sweat during convalescence); Amb., Caps., Cinn., Laur., Opium, Val. (lack of susceptibility to best selected remedy); Gelsemium, Kali Iodium Sabina, Cin-n. (hay-fever); Cina, Chin-s., Ignatia, Lycopodium, Sul., Tuberculinum (hungry at night, can’t sleep until they eat.).

Arsenicum, Rhus, X-ray, Tub causes: mental emotions, or mental labor; overlifting; suppressed eruptions; weather changes; electric storms; traumatism; sprains and dislocations.


      Thoughts vanish after overlifting.

Memory weak, cannot remember, does not even know his room.

Thoughts which he cannot get rid of constantly reappear in his dreams.

Dull all forenoon, disinclined to work.

Dull, stupid, foggy, as after a debauch, on awaking in night; dizziness, he falls down.

As if stupid in left half of head, morning.

Mental labor causes: fullness in head; intense headache; throbbing in brain; pain in left temple.

Very disagreeable mood; impatient; extremely ill-humored.

Irritable, peevish, passionate, noisy; nervous, easily startled; restless, hands tremble.

Intolerably self-willed, annoys those about him; a boy, suffering from an eruptions.

She is very irritable, easily angered; always thinks of dying.

Vacillating, fearful; mania.

Anxiety, with oppression of chest.

Anxious, full of fear, melancholic; evil forebodings.

Great fear of death; anxiety about the heart and dyspnoea, with attacks of pain in chest.

Believe the stitches in heart will kill him if they do not cease.

Restlessness: with eruption, in a child; with oppression of chest.

Sentimental: full of spleen, very low-spirited.


His ideas are sad and joyless.

Very depressed, sad, suicidal thoughts.

Depressed in spirits and hopeless.

Melancholy, sorrowful, despairing.

Despairing mood; fears he will fail in business.

Much depression on account of an eruption on dorsum of hand which appears over night.

Greatest despondency, making his own life and that of those about him intolerable; dry cough, evening fever.

Is so downhearted she could commit suicide, then is so full of phantasms.

Great depression of mind during climaris, with chronic abdominal disorders.

Hypochondriasis, with hemorrhage from rectum.

Religious melancholy. (Melilotus).

Despairs of recovery; thinks he will die; hopeless; especially after typhus amel. from nosebleed.

Melancholy after suppressed itch emaciated, pale, earthy complexion, weakness of limbs; flushes of heat and palpitation prevent sleep; sleep comes toward morning; would like to stay in bed until midday; aversion to work, indifference, weeping; seeks solitude, despairs of recovery; she is irritable and forgetful.

Feels the greatest anguish in head, with a whirling before eyes every day, from 5 A.M. until 5 P.M., since two years; walks up and down his room wringing his hands and moaning continually, “Oh, such anguish! Oh, such anguish!” only when he takes his meals he ceases moaning; appetite is good.

Has been nervous about nine months; was obliged to abandon all business; has taken much quinine and other drugs; a very disagreeable feeling about head; mental depression; thinks he will not recover; has lost all hope; cannot apply his mind to business; confusion of senses, he cannot reckon; attacks of numbness of legs and arms, left side agg.; agg. on going to bed; formication and crawling, with pricking and smarting on scalp, and some on extremities; tongue white.

Driven to despair with excessive itching.

Every moral emotion causes trembling.

Severe ailments from even slight emotions.

Disturbances of the mind and spirit of all kinds.

Melancholy by itself, or with insanity, also at times alternating with frenzy and hours of rationality.

Anxious oppression, early on awaking.

Anxious oppression in the evening after going to bed.

Anxiety, several times a day (with and without pains), or at certain hours of the day or of the night; usually the patient then finds no rest, but has to run hither and thither, and often falls into perspiration.

Melancholy, palpitation and anxiousness cause her at night to wake up from sleep (mostly just before the beginning of the menses).

Mania of self-destruction (spleen).

A weeping mood; then often weep for hours without knowing a cause for it.

Attacks of fear; e.g., fear of fire, of being alone, of apoplexy, of becoming insane, etc.

Attacks of passion, resembling frenzy.

Fright caused by the merest trifles, this often causes perspiration and trembling.

Disinclination to work, in persons who else are most industrious; no impulse to occupy himself; but rather the most decided repugnance thereto.

Excessive sensitiveness.

Irritability from weakness.

Quick change of moods; often very merry and exuberantly so, often again and, indeed, very suddenly, dejection; e.g., on account of his disease, or from other trifling causes. Sudden transition from cheerfulness to sadness, or vexation without a cause.

Numbness and giddiness of the head, the patient can neither think, nor accomplish any mental labor.

She cannot control her thoughts.

At times she seems to be deprived of thought; she sits there as if she were absent.

The head feels benumbed and drowsy in the open air.


      Vertigo; mornings, objects seem to go around with him; with headache; eyes feel pressed outward; with confusion and drawing in forehead, with roaring in ears.

Great dulness of head; he fears inflammation of brain; nosebleed relieves.

Fullness and heaviness in head.

Vertigo; the patient reels in walking.

Vertigo, on closing the eyes, everything around him seems to turn, he is then attacked with nausea.

Vertigo; on turning briskly he almost falls over.

Vertigo attacking him with a jerk in the head; he loses his senses for a moment.

Vertigo, accompanied with frequent eructations.

Vertigo, on looking down upon the floor, or on looking up.

Vertigo, in walking along a road in a plain, which is not enclosed on either side.

Vertigo, she appears to herself either too large or too small; other objects, like wise appear either too large or too small.

Vertigo resembling a swoon.

Vertigo, causing a loss of consciousness.

Inner Head

      Frontal headache, with sensation of weakness in forehead.

Headache by sweat at night.

Pain as if brain had not room enough in forehead, when rising in morning, a forcing outward; agg. after washing and eating.

Pressing headache in small spots in forehead and temples, agg. left side; feels intoxicated, stupid.

Morning headache, with pressing in forehead; stupefaction, staggering; eyes feels sore.

Sensation as from a heavy blow received on forehead awakens him; 1 A.M.

Surging, drawing and digging in forehead with vertigo.

Pain beginning over left eye and goes to right; agg. from hour to hour, then diarrhoea and nausea, finally bloody vomiting; dizziness, obliges her to lie down; blur, and blue stars before eyes; veins of temples much distended; day before headache inordinate appetite; also during first hours of pain; agg. and brought on by change of weather, so that even in middle of night she is awakened by pain and always knows there has been a change; soreness of stomach, sensitive to touch and pressure of clothes; catamenia regular.

Headache preceded by: flickering before eyes; dimness of sight or spots; spectres; objects dancing before eyes, black spots or rings.

Headache from repelled eruption.

Pressing headache, especially unilateral.

Cramp like contractive headache.

Like hammers striking head from within outward; all through head as from a hammer. Fullness of head during mental labor.

Fullness in vertex as if brain would burst, with formication in head, followed by heavy sleep.

Pain in back of head as if sprained; pressure in right side of occiput as if luxated.

Pain from right to left as if a piece of wood was laid on back of head.

Is always very hungry during headaches.

Congestion of blood to head immediately after dinner.

Great congestion of brain, relieved nosebleed.

Congestion to head, heat, awakened at night stupefied; could not recollect; after sitting still awhile had to rise to collect his senses.

Congestion to head, cheeks and nose red and hot; eruption on face reddens; great anxiety every afternoon after dinner. Fifth month of pregnancy.

Vertigo: reeling while walking.

Vertigo: when closing the eyes, everything seems to turn around with him; he is at the same time seized with nausea.

Vertigo: on turning around briskly, he almost falls over.

Vertigo, as if there was a jerk in the head, which causes a momentary loss of consciousness.

Vertigo with frequent eructations.

Vertigo even when only looking down on the level ground, or when looking upward.

Vertigo while walking on a road not enclosed on either side; in an open plain.

Vertigo: she seems to herself now too large, now too small, or other objects have this appearance to her.

Vertigo: resembling a swoon.

Vertigo, passing over into unconsciousness.

Dizziness; inability to think or to perform mental labor.

Her thoughts are not under her control.

She is at times quite without thought (sits lost in thought).

The open air causes dizziness and drowsiness in the head.

Everything at times seems dark and black before his eyes, while walking or stooping, or when raising himself from a stooping posture.

Rush of blood to the head.

Heat in the head (and in the face).

A cold pressure on the top of the head.

Headache, a dull pain in the morning immediately on waking up, or in the afternoon when walking rapidly or speaking loudly.

Headache on one side, with a certain periodicity (after 28, 14 or a less number of days), more frequently during full moon, or during the new moon, or after mental excitement, after a cold, etc.; a pressure or other pain on top of the head or inside of it, or a boring pain over one of the eyes.

Headache daily at certain hours; e.g., a stitching in the temples.

Attacks of throbbing headache (e.g., in the forehead) with violent nausea as if about to sink down, or, also, vomiting; starting early in the evenings repeated every fortnight, or sooner or later.

Headache as if the skull were about to burst open.

Headache, drawing pains.

Headache, stitches in the head (passing out at the ears.) Roaring noise in the brain, singing, buzzing, humming, thundering, etc.

Rush of blood to the head.

Sometimes he sees everything dim or black on walking or stooping, or raising the head from stooping.

Rush of blood to the head.

Heat in the head and in the face.

Feeling of cold pressure on the head.

Dull headache in the morning, on waking up, or in the afternoon, either on walking fast or speaking loud.

Headache, twinges in the head (coming out by the ears); usually in walking, especially in walking and taking exercise after eating.

Headache, shooting pains in the head coming out by the ears; they often see everything black. Din in the brain, singing humming, noise, thunder, etc.

Stupefying, pressing, morning headache; relieved by sweat at night.

Pain from right to left, as if piece of wood were laid on back of head.

Headache preceded by dim vision or dark spots before eyes; extreme dullness, fears inflammation of brain, amel. by nosebleed followed by darkness before eyes. Cured. – Haynel.

Outer Head

      Hair: dry, lusterless; tangles easily; glues together; must comb it continually.

A man, age 28, dark complexion, dark brown hair, had a spot on left frontal region, commencing at edge of hair and extending upward three-fourths of an inch; the skin covering spot was many shades whiter than the surrounding skin, and the lock of hair growing on it had turned perfectly white; after Psorinum hair and spot became natural color.

Sensation as if head was separated from body.

Averse to having head uncovered; wears a fur cap in hot weather.

Viscid sweat about head.

Whole head burns.

Pustules, boils on head, mostly scalp, which looks dirty and emits an offensive odor.

Moist, suppurating, fetid, also dry eruptions on scalp.

Scurfy eruption of children; large yellow vesicles around and between scabs.

Profusely suppurating fetid eruption on head; rawness and soreness behind ears.

Large humid blotches on head, with scabby eruptions on face.

Pustules and boils on head, containing large quantities of pus; severe itching, causing child to scratch so violently that blood flows; formation of thick, dirty, yellow scabs, which when removed show a raw surface from which a yellow lymph exudes, which makes the linen stiff; after removal new scabs form; eruption spreads on nape of neck, scalp and most of forehead; the eruption is of very offensive odor; such a large quantity of lymph is exuded that head seems to stick to pillow; child very restless, scratches head violently, and if prevented becomes irritable and screams; large pustules on arms and body, which show no tendency to heal.

Eruption on head, particularly on occiput, completely hiding scalp from view; profuse exudation, soiling pillow at night and causing excoriation of skin of nape of neck, offensive, smelling; innumerable lice.

Humid, scabby itching, offensive smelling eruption on head, full of lice; glandular swellings.

Head so covered with eruptions that no part of scalp was visible.

Eruption on head: with swelling of glands; with urticaria.

Tinea capitis et faciei.

Crusta serpiginosa. The scalp full of dandruff, with or without itching.

Eruption on the head, tinea capitis, malignant tinea with crusts of greater or less thickness, with sensitive stitches when one of the places becomes moist; when it becomes moist a violent itching; the whole crown of the head painfully sensitive to the open air; with it hard swellings of the glands in the neck.

The hair of the head as if parched.

The hair of the head frequently falls out, most in front, on the crown and top of the head, bald spots or beginning baldness of certain spots.

Under the skin are formed painful lumps, which come and pass away, like bumps and round tumors.

Feeling of contraction in the skin of the scalp and the face.

The hairy scalp is covered with scales, with or without itching.

Eruptions on the head, scald, malignant scabs ( the crust being more or less thick), with shooting pains when a liquid is oozing out; intolerable itching during the wet stage; the whole top of the head painfully affected by the open air; at the same time hard glandular swelling on the back part of the neck.

H. C. Allen
Dr. Henry C. Allen, M. D. - Born in Middlesex county, Ont., Oct. 2, 1836. He was Professor of Materia Medica and the Institutes of Medicine and Dean of the faculty of Hahnemann Medical College. He served as editor and publisher of the Medical Advance. He also authored Keynotes of Leading Remedies, Materia Medica of the Nosodes, Therapeutics of Fevers and Therapeutics of Intermittent Fever.