Symptoms of the homeopathic medicine BOVISTA from A Text Book of Materia Medica and Therapeutics by A.C. Cowperthwaite. Find all the symptoms of BOVISTA …

      Synonym. Lycoperdon Bovista. Natural order. Fungi. Common name. Warted puff ball. Habitat. A fungus found on pasture grounds and dry meadows in Europe. Preparation. A tincture is made from the entire fungus.


Bovista affects the cerebro-spinal system, its most important local action being upon the skin and the female sexual organs. According to Allen its most marked action “seems to be upon the circulation predisposing to haemorrhages.” This is probably caused by relaxation of the capillary system.


Mind. Sensitive, takes offense at everything. Stammering when reading.

Head. Vertigo and feeling of stupidity in head on rising. Vertigo; falls over; momentarily unconscious in morning. Sensation as if head were much enlarged (Argentum nit., Cimic., Gloninum, Zing.); headache deep in. Violent itching of the scalp, especially when getting warm; Scratches on forehead until sore; not relieved by scratching.

Nose. Bleeding of the nose in the morning (Aconite, Belladonna, Hamamelis); drops of blood when sneezing or blowing the nose. Scabby nostrils.

Face. Very pale in morning after rising. Eruptions at corners of lips.

Mouth. Cutting pain in the tongue as with a knife. Scorbutic gums; bleed easily (Carb. an., Mercurius, Nit. ac). Violent drawing aching in carious teeth; less in the air and in warmth; worse in the evening. Increased flow of saliva.

Throat. Burning in the throat.

Stomach. Empty eructations. Nausea in morning, better after breakfast, with vomiting of water.

Stool. Stool, first hard and difficult; last, thin and watery.

Female Organs. Diarrhoea frequently before and during menstruation. Menses too early and too profuse (Arsenicum, Calcarea c., Nux v.). Flow most in morning; scanty during day and night, flowed for most part only at night (Magnesia carb.). Painful urging, toward genitals, and weight in small of back (Belladonna). During the intervals occasional flow of blood (Ammonium carb.). Leucorrhoea a few days before or a few days after the menses like the white of an egg (Ammonium mur., Borax, Calcarea phos., Mez.), when walking; yellowish, green, acrid.

Generalities. Palpitation of the heart. Great weakness of the joints. Weariness in hands and feet. Intolerance of tight clothing around the waist (Calcarea c.). Drops things from the hands, as from weakness; awkwardness. Unusually deep impression on finger from using blunt instruments (as scissors or knife). Itching of os coccygis; must scratch until the parts become raw and sore. Stitches in right external malleolus.

Sleep. Great drowsiness in the afternoon and early evening.

Fever. Chilliness all night. Intermittent fever, chill every day from 7 to 10 P.M.

Compare. Aloe, Carb. v., Calcarea c., Cicuta, Magnesia carb., Mercurius, Phosphorus, Rhus tox., Pulsatilla, Secale, Staphysagria, Sulphur, Veratrum alb., Ustilago.

Antidote. Camph.


Bovista is used chiefly in uterine haemorrhage, menorrhagia and metrorrhagia and in leucorrhoea. In the former the chief characteristic is that the flow takes place mostly at night or early in the morning, a diarrhoea often precedes and accompanies the menses. The leucorrhoea may be either uterine or cervical, mostly the latter, being of an albuminous character, and acrid, and occurs just before or a few days after the menses. Epistaxis, especially mornings. The drug has been successfully used in urticaria, tetter and eczema, either dry and red, or moist forming thick crusts, burning and itching. Has been used to antidote the effect of charcoal fumes. Stammering.

A.C. Cowperthwaite
A.C. (Allen Corson) Cowperthwaite 1848-1926.
ALLEN CORSON COWPERTHWAITE was born at Cape May, New Jersey, May 3, 1848, son of Joseph C. and Deborah (Godfrey) Cowperthwaite. He attended medical lectures at the University of Iowa in 1867-1868, and was graduated from the Hahnemann Medical College of Philadelphia in 1869. He practiced his profession first in Illinois, and then in Nebraska. In 1877 he became Dean and Professor of Materia Medica in the recently organized Homeopathic Department of the State University of Iowa, holding the position till 1892. In 1884 he accepted the chair of Materia Medica, Pharmacology, and Clinical Medicine in the Homeopathic Medical College of the University of Michigan. He removed to Chicago in 1892, and became Professor of Materia Medica and Therapeutics in the Chicago Homeopathic Medical College. From 1901 he also served as president of that College. He is the author of various works, notably "Insanity in its Medico-Legal Relations" (1876), "A Textbook of Materia Medica and Therapeutics" (1880), of "Gynecology" (1888), and of "The Practice of Medicine " (1901).