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

      Synonyms. Plumbago. Carbo Mineralis. Common name. Black Lead. Preparation. Triturations.


Acts especially upon the skin, the lymphatics, the digestive system and the sexual organs. Its characteristic action being upon the skin, where it produces a moist, scabby eruption. (Dry and scaly, Lyc; thick, hard scab. Mez.; scab easily torn off, leaving raw, bleeding surface, Hepar). It also acts upon the sexual system, more especially upon the ovaries and testes.


Mind. Sad and despondent (Ignatia, Phosphorus, Natr. mur.); thinks of nothing but death (Aconite, Arsenicum). Much inclined to grief; sad and weeping (Ignatia, Pulsatilla). Apprehensive with inclination to weep (Natr. mur.) Hesitates; unable to make up her mind about anything. Absent- minded; forgetful (Anacardium, Lachesis, Nux moschata).

Head. Feeling of intoxication in the morning on rising (Cinchona, Nux v.). Vertigo during and after stooping (Belladonna). Confusion and vertigo in the morning on awaking. Headache in the morning on awaking. A pain as though the head were numb and pithy. Pain as if constricted, especially in the occiput; extending to the nape, which pains as if broken on looking up. Violent headache, with eructations and nausea during the menses. Stitches in left temple. Pressive pain in the head. Pain in the occiput. Itching of the scalp. Falling off of the hair (Natr. mur., Nitr. ac., Petrol., Phosphorus, Sulphur) Eczema capitis of entire scalp, forming massive dirty crusts, which mat the hair together (Viola); painful and sore to touch. (Lycopodium, Mercurius, Mez., Nitr. ac., Psorinum). Itching of scalp.

Eyes. Intolerance of light; with redness of the eyes and lachrymation (Aconite, bell., Euphr., Mercurius, Sulphur). Heat, burning, and biting in the eyes (Arsenicum, Mercurius cor.). Light dazzles the eyes (Aconite, Belladonna, Mercurius); sunlight causes lancinating pains., Lachrymation (Arsenicum, Euphr., Mercurius cor.). Dry mucus in the lashes. Inflamed margins of lids (Bad., Mercurius cor., Sulphur); also external canthi; inverted; also from wild hairs. Tiredness of the eyes (Ruta).Things turn black before the eyes when stooping. Vision vanishes during menstruation. Ulcers or pustules on cornea. Thin, acrid discharge from the eyes, or pus-like discharge. In the lids; heaviness, dryness, pressure, heat (Aconite). Agglutination of the lids in the morning (Alumina, Lycopodium, Natr. mur., Pulsatilla, Sulphur, Zincum met.). Styes on lower lid, with drawing pain (Lycopodium, Pulsatilla).

Ears. Cracking in the ears when moving the jaws (Baryta). Humming, roaring, cracking sounds in the ears (Cinchona) Loss of hearing, with dryness of the ears. Stitches in the ears (Coni., Kali carb., Pulsatilla). Moisture in the ears. Discharge from ears; bloody; thin, watery, offensive; gluey, sticky pus (Aurum, Bovis., Hepar s.). Moist and sore places behind both ears (Calcarea c., Hepar s., Petrol.): spread over cheeks and neck. Swelling of the glands beneath the ear. Sensation of a large body, large as an egg, behind the ear.

Nose. Sense of small too acute (Aconite, Agaricus, Aurum, Belladonna, Colchicum, Hepar s., Lycopodium); cannot tolerate the smell of flowers. Nose sore and painful internally (Mercurius, Nitr. ac.). Dry scabs in and on the nose, with sore, cracked and ulcerated nostrils (Alumina, Antim crud., Aurum, Kali bichromicum, Nitr. ac., Pulsatilla). Bloody mucous discharge from the nose (Hepar s) Purulent, offensive secretion (Thuja.); comedones (Sulphur) Dryness of the nose (Belladonna, Kali bichromicum); swelling of the nose.

Face. Paleness of the face (Arsenicum, Carb. v). Constant sensation as if a cobweb were on the face (Alumina, Baryta c., Borax., Caladium). Soreness and cracking of the lips and nostrils, as from cold (Antim crud., Arum.) Itching pimples on the face, moist after scarlating (Hepar s., Lycopodium). Erysipelatous inflammation and swelling of the face (Rhus tox.). Moist eczema on the face, especially on chin and around the mouth (Calcarea phos., Lycopodium). Swelling of submaxillary glands; painful to touch.

Mouth. Lancinating toothache, especially after drinking anything cold (Antim crud., Staphysagria, Sulphur); worse at night with heat in face; also drawing pains. Swelling of the gums (Arum, Belladonna, Mercurius). Eruptions in corner of mouth (Antim crud., Lycopodium, Mang.). Excessive accumulation of saliva mornings. Burning blisters on the lower side and tip of the tongue (Mercurius, Nitr. ac.). Bitter taste in the mouth (Arsenicum, Bryonia, Pulsatilla), with eructations (Cinchona, Nux v., Sulphur).

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).