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

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Tuberculinum corresponds to the Tuberculin serum of present day popularity. We only have a few unsatisfactory, fragmentary provings made with extremely high potencies, and are obliged to depend entirely upon clinical indications in the use of the remedy. It is therefore quite impossible to individualize each case as is desirable in homoeopathic prescribing. We can only prescribe Tuberculinum when the patient presents a picture of tuberculosis or of the tubercular constitutions. It is recommended in inherited tuberculosis, but we are told by modern scientific investigators that this disease is not inherited, but what amounts to the same thing is that the predisposing constitution may be and very often is inherited. Such patients, of tubercular parents, very often have a feeble vitality and are less able to resist the encroachment of any disease germs, especially those of tuberculosis, than are those born of healthy parents. They take on sickness easily and have low recuperative power. Are susceptible to changes in weather and take cold easily. They are usually light complexioned, narrow chested, emaciated, anaemia, weak and tire easily. Motion causes fatigue and they are averse to work. They want a constant change, to travel, go somewhere or do something different. The above presents a picture of an incipient tuberculosis, and it is in such cases that Tuberculinum is of greatest value.

Patients who present a tubercular picture and who at the same time suffer with epilepsy, neurasthenia or great nervousness. Nervous children. Skin affections. Rheumatism, especially articular. An important characteristic is that symptoms are constantly changing and well selected remedies fail to improve.


Mind. Irritable, especially when awaking. Depressed, melancholy. Fear of dogs.

Head. Everything seems strange. Intense pain, as of an iron band around the head. Meningitis. Nocturnal hallucinations; awakes frightened. Plica polonica. Crops of small boils, intensely painful, successively appear in nose; green, foetid pus.

Ears. Persistent offensive otorrhoea. Perforations in membrana tympani, with ragged edges.

Stomach. Averse to meat. All-gone, hungry sensation (Sulphur). Desire for cold milk.

Abdomen. Early morning, sudden diarrhoea (Sulphur). Stools dark-brown, offensive, discharged with much force. Tabes mesenterica.

Female Organs. Menses too early, too profuse, long-lasting. Dysmenorrhoea.

Respiratory Organs. Hard, dry cough during sleep. Expectoration thick, easy. Shortness of breath. longs for cold air.

Skin. Eczema; itching intense; worse at night. Ringworm (Tellur.). Acne in tuberculous children.

Aggravations. Motion; music; before a storm; cold, or cold, damp weather; standing.

Compare. Psorinum, Calcarea.

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).