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

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Psorinum corresponds to the various staphylococcus and streptococcus vaccines. It is especially indicated in individuals presenting the psoric diathesis as designated by Hahnemann, and is closely allied to Sulphur. The patient presents a dirty appearance, even though he has been thoroughly washed. The body gives off an extremely offensive, carrion-like odor, as do also all the secretions and excretions. Useful in chronic diseases when well selected remedies fail to relieve or permanently improve (In acute diseases, Sulphur). Great debility remaining after acute diseases or loss of animal fluids (in non-psoric cases, Cinchona.). Skin symptoms prominent. Ailments from suppressed itch or other skin diseases (Sulphur). All functions slow in action– paretic weakness. Useful in all chronic diseases occurring in psoric patients.


Mind. Hopeless; despairs of recovery. Melancholy, deep and persistent; religious. Suicidal tendency (Aurum.).

Head. Chronic headaches; always hungry during attacks; must get up at night to eat; better while eating. Hammering pain; brain feels too large; worse, change of weather. Dull pressive pain in occiput. Humid eruption on scalp; hair matted. Hair dry.

Eyes. Agglutinated. Blepharitis. Chronic ophthalmia, that constantly recurs. Edges of lids red. Secretion acrid, offensive.

Ears. Humid scurfs and soreness on and behind ears; oozing an offensive, viscid fluid (Graphites). Otorrhoea; thin ichorous, horribly foetid discharges. Intolerable itching.

Nose. Dry coryza; with stoppage of nose. Discharge, yellow-greenish; horribly offensive; viscid, chronic catarrh; takes cold easily; dropping from posterior nares.

Face. Swelling of upper lip. Looks pale, delicate and sickly. Humid eruptions on face.

Throat. Tonsils greatly swollen; painful swallowing, with pain in ears (Hepar.). Profuse offensive saliva; tough mucus in throat. Recurring quinsy. Eradicates tendency to quinsy. Hawking up cheesy, pea-like balls of disgusting smell and taste.

Stomach. Eructations like bad eggs. Very hungry always; must have something to eat in the middle of the night. Nausea; vomiting of pregnancy.

Stool. Diarrhoea; stools watery; dark brown; mucous, bloody; smell like carrion; worse from 1 to 4 A.M. Constipation; obstinate with backache; from inactivity of the rectum (Alumina).

Male Organs. Sexual weakness– aversion to coitus. No emission during coitus. Chronic gonorrhoea, genitals cold and relaxed.

Female Organs. Leucorrhoea foetid, lumpy, with much backache and debility. Mammae swollen and painful. Pimples oozing an acrid fluid that burns and excoriates the glands. Subinvolution; inertia; tendency to bleed.

Respiratory Organs. Asthma, with dyspnoea; worse, sitting up; better lying down and keeping arms and spread wide apart. Dry, hard cough, with great weakness in chest. Feeling of ulceration under sternum. Pains in chest; better lying down. Cough returns every winter, from suppressed eruption. Hay-fever, returning regularly every year.

Limbs. Weakness of joints, as if they would not hold together. Eruption around finger-nails.

Fever. Profuse, hot perspiration. Night sweats. Cold, clammy sweat from least exertion. Sleepless from intolerable itching. Easily startled. Frightful dreams.

Skin. Dirty, dingy look. Dry, lustreless, rough hair. Intolerable itching. Herpetic eruptions, especially on scalp and bends of joints, with itching; worse from warmth of bed. Enlarged glands. Sebaceous glands secrete excessively; oily skin. Indolent ulcers, slow to heal. Eczema behind ears. Crusty eruptions all over. Urticaria after every exertion. Pustules near finger-nails.

Condition. Psoric diathesis.

Aggravations. In open air; when sitting up; changes of weather; from drinking of coffea.

Ameliorations. In warm room; when lying down; stretching arms out from body.

Compare. Sulph., Tuberc., Natr. m., Hepar, Silicea, Graphites, Iodium

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).