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

      Synonym-Cistus Canadense. Natural order. Cistaceae. Common names. Rock Rose. Frostweed. Habitat. A perennial herbaceous plant, growing in all parts of the United States. Preparation. Tincture from the fresh plant.


Acts especially upon mucous membranes producing catarrh, and upon the skin and glandular system, establishing conditions which stimulate a scrofulous disease.


Mind. All mental excitement increases the suffering.

Head. Oppressive headache. Headache generally grows worse toward evening, and lasts all night.

Eyes. Scrofulous inflammation of long standing; feeling as if something were passing around in the eye, with stitches.

Ears. Watery, bad-smelling pus discharged from the ears Graphites, Hepar); inner swelling of the ears. Tetters on and around the ear.

Nose. Sneezing without other symptoms of cold. Left side inflamed and swollen., Tip of nose painful.

Face. Flushes of heat in the face. Vesicular erysipelas in the face (Rhus tox.).

Mouth. Scorbutic, swollen gums, separating from the teeth; easily bleeding, putrid and disgusting (Carb. v., Mercurius, Nitr. ac.). Dryness of the tongue and root of the mouth. Tongue sore, as if raw on the surface. Inhaled air feels cool to the tongue.

Throat. Fauces inflamed and very dry without feeling dry, with much hawking of thick, tough, tasteless mucus. Must with much hawking of thick, tough, tasteless mucus. Must swallow saliva to relieve the unbearable dryness, especially at night. Dryness in throat better after eating. Inhaling cold air causes pain in. the throat. Stitches in throat. Stitches in throat cause cough; when mentally agitated. Feeling of rawness from the chest to the throat. A feeling as if sand were in the throat.

Stomach. Cool eructations. Cold feeling in stomach before and after eating (Absinth, Colchicum)

Abdomen. Much flatulence, in the evening and at night.

Stool. Diarrhoea after eating fruit (Cinchona); Thin, grayish yellow, hot stools; squirting out (Crot. tig.) worse after part of night until noon.

Respiratory Organs. Pain in the trachea. Inhaled air feels cool in larynx and trachea. Cough from stitches in throat; with painful tearing in throat. Expectation of bitter mucus. Pressure on the chest.

Neck. Scrofulous swelling and suppuration of the glands of the throat (Calcareac., Iodi.).

Limbs. Drawing, tearing pains in the joints. Involuntary, drawing and trembling feeling in muscular parts of hands and lower extremities. Trembling with the fever; cold feet.

Skin. Eruptions on the back, like zoster. herpetic eruptions on various parts. Old ulcers.

Compare. Belladonna, Calcareac., Graphites, Hep s., Kali bichromicum, Nitr. ac., Phosphorus, Sulphur


Cistus has only been used for diseases which are the out growth of a scrofulous diathesis, especially for swollen glands, when they become inflamed, indurated or ulcerated; herpes; eczema; old ulcers; scrofulous ophthalmia of long standing;, offensive discharge;s sore throat, with great dryness, great swelling of uvula and tonsils. Diarrhoea from fruit; from coffee; stools thin, grayish-yellow, worse mornings. Asthma, windpipe seems too narrow, wants fresh air, worse when lying down. Induration of mammary glands.

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).