Natural order. – Compositae. Common name. – St. Mary’s thistle. Habitat. – An annual or biennial plant, native of Southern Europe. Preparation. – Tincture from the ripe seeds.
Acts upon the liver and portal system, giving rise to jaundice and other bilious disturbances; and for the removal of similar conditions it has been used with marked results.
Head. Dullness of the head. Vertigo, with confusion of the mind.
Stomach Bitter taste; loss of appetite. Nausea; eructations; pyrosis, and distension of the bowels.
Abdomen. Swelling and painfulness of the liver; feeling of fullness in hepatic region; jaundice (Chelidonium, Mercurius). Tension in liver when lying on the right side, with pressure.
Stool Constipation alternating with diarrhoea (Antim crud., Nux v., Podo)
Urine Coloring matter of bile in urine (Chelidonium). Urine scanty, brownish, and turbid (Ant. tart., Chelidonium)
Chest. Stitches in region of seventh rib when stooping, afterwards the pain spreads all over front of chest, making movement of arms, walking and stooping almost impossible (Chelidonium).
Compare Chelidonium, Cinchona, Iodium, Mercurius, Podophyllum
This drug is only useful in hepatic disturbances, especially hyperaemia of the liver, with jaundice, soreness of liver, etc. A valuable remedy in jaundice. Duodenal catarrh. Gallstones. Intermittent fever, with jaundice (one marked cure). Said to be especially useful in miners with chronically disordered livers, and consequent symptoms, especially jaundice; sometimes with asthma. Several cases of varicose veins are reported cured by this drug.