.. Convulsions in infants etc.; associated with violent cerebral congestion.
Skin burning. Hot, bright-red face.
Wild, staring eyes ( Cicuta, Ignatia, Mosch., Stramonium). spasm of glottis: clutches at throat.
Suddenly rigid: stiffens out.
Violent convulsions with distortion of limbs and eyes. May begin in arm: then body thrown backwards and forwards.Light ( Stramonium) motion and cold (rev. of Opium) will bring on a convulsion ( Causticum).
Convulsions re-excited by least touch ( Nux., Cicuta, Strych.) or draught ( Stramonium, Cicuta, etc.).
“Belladonna has great excitement: has twitching, jerking, trembling, spasms, convulsions.
Convulsions come on suddenly: unexpectedly.
Convulsions of scarlet fever, meningitis: in nervous, brainy children with biggish heads.
“Belladonna is sudden. It has no continuance, no periodicity.”
N.B.- Calcarea is the chronic of Belladonna, and its complementary remedy.
We are told that Belladonna is often given when Aconite would be more appropriate. Both are sudden: have dry, hot skin; startings and twitchings. Convulsions from teething.
But Aconite has anxiety, restlessness, fear: Belladonna, excitement.
Violent convulsions involving every muscle.
Opisthotonos: violent distortions.
Contractions of limbs: biting of tongue.
Convulsions from bright light ( Lyss.), dazzling objects. Renewal of spasms from light. (Stramonium is less rigid-less angular than Belladonna, Cicuta, Cuprum). If a liquid touches lips spasms return with great violence. Shrieks.
Convulsions of head and arm with hiccough.
One side paralysed, the other convulsed.
Jerks head suddenly from pillow.
Very sensitive to light: fears the dark: yet convulsions, even cough, worse from light.
“An absolute stand-by in renal convulsions.”.
Infants go into convulsions.
Convulsions of children, esp. after a fright ( Opium).
Convulsions after eating. Child becomes sick after eating, vomits and goes into convulsions. Shrieks and becomes insensible.
Convulsions from worms ( Cina, Art., Stann.).
Sudden starting and twitchings: one arm will twitch, then the other.
Motions angular: frothing at mouth. Patient seems wild.
Convulsions during deep, heavy sleep.
Convulsions not general, but wandering.
Convulsions followed by squinting and disturbances of vision.
Hyosc. is suspicious, and jealous ( Lachesis).
Convulsions from fear, fright, after punishment – which will bring on a convulsion ( Cina.)
Children are convulsed in sleep after punishment. Sensitives.
Face pale (opp. of Belladonna, Stramonium, Opium, Nux), or flushed; usually deathly pale.
Convulsive twitchings. Twitches about eye lids and mouth, then stiffens out.
The child is cold and pale, has a fixed, staring look (stares Cicuta, Stramonium, Mosch., Aethusa).
Convulsions in first period of dentition.
Child cannot stand any disturbance, cannot be punished ( Ignatia, Opium), because it goes into a convulsion.
Grits teeth and clenches thumbs.
Chewing motions, even before teeth erupt.
Jerking, twitching, convulsions with worms.
Sleeps on abdomen ( Medorrhinum).
Snappish. Complaints from contradiction.
Convulsions from anger ( Nux), teething ( Calcarea).
Worse 9 p.m., and often 9 a.m.
Convulsions after every emotion.
Petulant and angry child.
One cheek red, one pale.
Hot sweat face and head.
Thumbs in palms of hands. ( Cuprum and Gloninum).
Nux vomica [Nux-v]
Infantile convulsions from indigestion (Ipecac.) or bad temper.
Convulsions with consciousness ( Cina, Stramonium).
Conscious or semi-conscious during spasm.
Convulsions of all the muscles of the body, with teeth clenched; with purple face and loss of breath.
The most violent convulsions with opisthotonos ( Cicuta, Opium, Strych.).
Twitchings, spasms; convulsions worse from the slightest touch, noise, jar Week ending in the country one summer, there was a luckless hen cooped up by herself. “Why?” – “Because at the slightest touch, or if another hen bumped into her, or even if the coop was shaken, she went down in a violent convulsion.” Fresh from testing Strychnine on frog-muscle, and having no Strych. at hand, except as Nux vomica, the latter was administered. Next Saturday the hen was found “running about the rest: Nux had promptly cured.. The consciousness of Power, after prescribing the “like” medicine and seeing it act, is one of the joys of life ( Cicuta, etc.), from slightest draught of air (Lyss.). After anger.
Patient is nervous and chilly. Oversensitive and irritable.
Involuntary stool during convulsions.
Violent convulsions: with eyeballs turned up: lockjaw ( Nux vomica, Strych.).
Fell back foaming at mouth, and black in face.
Spasms in rapid succession: choking noise in throat.
Convulsions followed by deep sleep or coma.
Spasms and convulsions. “Always associated with throat symptoms, i.e. always affects muscles of deglutition” (of jaw, Nux vomica, Oen.).
Convulsions from reflex causes: i.e. attempts to swallow: to speak: a draught of air: sight or sound of running water: bright light ( Stramonium), or shining object: a loud noise: strong odours.
Convulsions with exalted state of sense of smell, taste and touch.
Violent epileptic attacks in quick succession.
Exquisite sensibility prevails over the whole body, esp. in organs of sense.
Excessively violent convulsions. Patient is thrown into all sorts of odd shapes and violent contortions; but one of the most invariable is the bending of head, neck and spine backwards- opisthotonos. ( Belladonna, Cuprum, Hyoscyamus, Nux., Opium, Stramonium, Strych., etc.)
Convulsions spread from above downwards.
Begin in head and go downwards. (Opp. of Cuprum, where they start in fingers and toes.)
Head drawn back ( Opium); limbs convulsed, rigid.
Great difficulty of breathing form spasm ( Belladonna).
Touch and draughts bring on convulsions ( Nux vomica, Belladonna, Lyssin, Stramonium, Strych., etc.).
Head hot, and extremities cold.
“More staring than in any other remedy” ( Ignatia, Mosch., Aethusa).
Between attacks, patient mild, gentle, placid, yielding (opp. of Cuprum which is spiteful and violent between fits; and Nux and Chamomilla, which are very irritable).
“Is full of convulsions.”
Wants cool air; open air; to be uncovered.
Convulsions if room is too warm. ( Belladonna form cold, Causticum). Worse hot bath.
Opisthotonos: head drawn back nearly to heels ( Cicuta, Opium, Strych.), or legs and arms spread out. (See Gloninum, Platina)
Kicks covers off: skin red; face red, mottled.
“Now if the mother puts that child into a hot bath to relieve the convulsions it will become unconscious and cold as death. If called to see such a case, be sure to give Opium” (Kent).
Convulsions from fright: “the object of the fright comes up before the eyes, before attack comes on.”
“Sudden effect of emotions; punishment ( Ignatia, Cina), fright.
“Body stiffens, mouth and face twitch, exactly like Ignatia: only with Opium the face is dark red and bloated. Loud screams.”
Wakes frightened, screams and cries till spasms.
Convulsions of every degree of violence.
Earliest threatenings are drawings in fingers, clenchings of thumbs, or twitching of muscles.
Thumbs first drawn into palms ( Chamomilla, Gloninum, Aethusa), fingers close over them with great violence.
Rigidity of muscles of Jaw: bites spoon if attempt to give medicine.
Spasms followed by appearance as if patient were dead.
Between attacks spiteful, violent, weeping, crying out and shrieking (opp. of Cicuta).
In epilepsy, clenching of fingers: falls with a shriek; and passes urine and faeces.
Eyes jerk, twitch, roll: rotate under closed lids.
Face and lips blue.
When eruptions fail to appear ( zinc.).
Convulsions during acute infective fevers ( Cuprum).
Feeble children: eruption does not come out: tendency to convulsions: suppression of urine: rolling of head from side to side.
Seems as if not strength for a violent spasm (opposite of Cuprum).
Restless-especially feet: “nervous feet.”
Cerebral epilepsy : worse during rest.
Whole body jerks during sleep.
Cross before attack.
Pupils largely dilated and unaffected by light before attack ( Argentum nit.).
Eyeballs rolled upwards and to left before attack.
( Eyes rolled to left before attack, led to curative use in fingers of Bufo in a recent case.)
Head drawn to one side, then back, before attack.
Eyes sunken during spasm.
Twitching of face muscles, extends to body.
Face bathed in sweat during convulsions.
Lapping motion of tongue: feels face, and rubs nose before attack.
Epilepsy following onanism.
Convulsions with clenched thumbs ( Cuprum), red face ( Belladonna, Gloninum): staring (Cicuta, Ignatia, Stramonium, etc.), dilated immovable pupils; teeth set.
“Dozing of the child after vomiting, after stool, with convulsions.” Great weakness and prostration, with sleepiness.
Convulsions in cholera infantum.
Nausea and vomiting, before or during spasm.
Child spasmodically drawn in some direction.
Frightful spasms, affecting whole of left side.
Clonic and tonic spasms of children and hysterical women. Rigidity of body with flushed, red, face, then spasmodic jerking of arms. Jerks arms towards each other.
From indigestible food ( Nux vomica, Pulsatilla), or suppressed eruptions ( Cuprum, Zincum met.).
“All the complaints in Ipecac. are attended more or less with nausea.”.
One of the effective medicines in epilepsy; but in the Pulsatilla patient-mild, irritable, changeable; easy weeping-and smiling: jealous; loves and craves fuss and affection.
Convulsions with violent tossings of limbs followed by relaxation; with disposition to vomit ( Ipecac.) and eructations.
(Later on, from suppressed menses.).
Nocturnal convulsions, especially about the time of the new moon.
Before attack, coldness of left side, shaking and twisting of left arm. (Chronic of Pulsatilla).
Great medicine for epilepsy-in a Sulphur child.
Rough hair that will not lie down.
Hates a bath-even fear it.
Hungry: craves fat. Kicks off the clothes.
Spasms start with twitching of hands ( Cuprum), then general convulsed movements of body and limbs, with sensitiveness of abdomen.
Spasms after suppressed eruptions: often removes tendency to convulsions.
Aura in arms: like a mouse running. ( Belladonna, Calcarea).
Teething convulsions. When after Belladonna, the convulsions persist.
Convulsions in large-headed children whose heads sweat profusely: esp. in sleep; fat, lethargic, of “plus quantity minus quality”.
Calcarea ars. [Calc-ar]
Epilepsies proceeding from valvular heart disease.
Attacks begin with pain in heart, or constriction (even without organic disease).
Rush of blood to head before attack.
(Hering found it very useful in epilepsy.).
Viscum alb [Visc]
Convulsions with heart disturbance.
With constant vertigo, even in bed.
Feeling whole vault of skull would be raised up.
Muscles of face in constant agitation.
Falls unconsciously without warning.
Rigidity: grinds teeth: bites tongue.
Eyes remain open, squinting (Hyoscyamus).
Dizziness before fit: then convulsions with precordial anguish.
Great chorea medicine.
Convulsions. Great congestion to head and heart. Heart violent and irregular.
Glowing redness of face (Belladonna), but more dusky.
During attack spreads fingers and toes apart. (Opp. to Cuprum)
Convulsions from exposure to sun (Belladonna).
Contracted pupils (Opium; rev. of Belladonna).
Convulsions of teething children: pale, anaemic.
Jaws locked (Nux vomica, Oena., Strych.).
Lies on back with flexed legs and knees widely separated.
Spasms without loss of consciousness (Nux.)
Veratrum alb. Convulsions of children with face pale or blue, and cold sweat on forehead.
Cough before or after the attack.
Actea (Cimicifuga) [Cimic]
Children wake, frightened and trembling.
Periodic convulsions. Hysteric spasms.
During the menses, epileptic spasms.
Sadness and gloom: comes over like a cloud.
Convulsions at puberty: from fright (Belladonna, Opium, etc.) with screams, gnashing of teeth, violent movements of limbs, jerking.
Convulsions from being chilled (Belladonna)
Convulsions during sleep, with disturbed eyes, and icy coldness of body.
Urine flows copiously and involuntarily during convulsions. (Bufo., Hyoscyamus, Oena., Plumb., Zincum met.).
Legs heavy and numb before attack. Swollen tongue.
Consciousness returns slowly, and symptoms of paralysis remain.
Plumbum is emaciated: boat-shaped abdomen, with “string from navel to back” sensation.
Great hyperaesthesia with loss of power.
“The child lies as if dead; pale but warm; breathless for sometime; finally it twists its mouth, first to one side then to the other; a violent jerk passes through body, and respiration and consciousness gradually return.”.
Argentum nit. [Arg-n]
Cerebral epilepsy. Pupils permanently dilated hours or days before fit (Bufo).
Convulsions at night.
Convulsions preceded by great restlessness. (Cuprum has great restlessness between attacks.)
The Argentum nit. patient feels the heat: craves salt and sweets.
Has all sorts of queer fears and ideas, as closing in of walls, or ceilings, etc.
For full lists of the remedies known to cause and cure convulsions one must, of course, to go to a big Repertory, and, for their full indications, to Materia Medica. But the above are probably the most generally helpful, with suggestive differentiation. And here, again, there is always the final court of appeal-Materia Medica.