It is followed by Carbo. Veg., when it fails.

OEnothera Biennis [Oeno]

It is an invaluable remedy in exhausting watery Diarrhoea. The evacuations are without effort, and are accompanied by nervous exhaustion.

Oleander [Olnd]

It is useful both in adults and children, when the stools are thin and contain undigested food; the characteristic symptom being- the patient passes undigested the food he had eaten the day before.

It is also called for in Diarrhoea of infants and children, when every time they pass wind, they soil their diapers.

It should be compared with: Argentum Nit., Arsenicum, Cinchona and Ferrum

Opium [Op]

It is an invaluable remedy in Diarrhoea or convulsions coming on as a result of fright, esp. when the image of the thing, which caused extreme fear, constantly appears before the mind.

Opuntia [Opun]

It is indicated in Diarrhoea, when there is nausea in the stomach and bowels. The patient feels as if the bowels were settled down into the lower abdomen.

In infants, you may look to this drug, when the lower part of the abdomen is the seat of the disease.

Paullinia Sorbillis [Paull]

It is useful for Diarrhoea which is green and profuse, but odorless.

Petroleum [Petr]

Two types of Diarrhoeas are curable by this remedy. One type is a Diarrhoea with disordered stomach made worse by the use o cabbage, sour kraut and cole-slaw; in it the stools are offensive, with great flatulence and belching of gas, tasting of cabbage.

Another type is somewhat akin to that of Sulphur. In it, the stools are offensive and watery and often contain undigested particles of food; they come early in the morning and also during the day [Sul.-only in morning] and are associated with emaciation of body.

Phosphoric Acid [Ph-ac]

It is particularly indicated in Diarrhoeas preceded by rumbling in the bowels. Th stools are frequent, persistent and copious, and may contain undigested food and may follow meals, but despite their frequency and copiousness, they do not proportionately weaken the patient.

It is particularly indicated in young persons, who grow rapidly.

Phosphorous [Phos]

It is indicated in Diarrhoea in which stools may be profuse and watery, and worse in the morning. It is also indicated in morning Diarrhoea, with painless green mucous stools, often containing undigested food [Podophyllum, Sul.], and burning thirst with hankering for ice, ice-cream or very cold drinks; the patient is thoroughly exhausted after the stool. The Diarrhoea occurring in time of Cholera epidemics also calls for it.

Involuntary escape of faeces-the faeces passing as soon as they enter the rectum, as if anus remained wide open, indicates


In Pneumonia, when despite the use of Rhus Tox. the Diarrhoea continues, it follows Rhus, the stools being yellow and blood-streaked, sometimes looking like flesh-water.

In Typhoid types of fevers, the Diarrhoea, with flaky, dark and often bloody stools is an indication for this remedy. There is extreme weakness after the stool.

It also eradicates chronic tendency to Diarrhoea in patients who are slender and over-grown for their years and narrow- chested, at the time of their puberty.

Picric Acid [Pic-ac]

It is indicated in Diarrhoea, when the stools are thin, yellow and sometimes oily, with a great deal of burning and smarting at the anus, and prostration and unsuccessful urging to stool.

Podophyllum [Podo]

It is indicated in profuse, watery, gushing Diarrhoea, the stool pouring out like water from a hydrant, hurrying the patient out of the bed early in the morning [Sul.], continuing from 3 A.M. to the forenoon or throughout the whole day although worse at noon or more during the day than at night. The stools may contain undigested food and often in children deposit a mealy sediment; sometimes the passages are wholly faecal, but are too frequent; or they may be changeable and are usually worse in the morning [Sul.]; they are renewed immediately by eating [Argentum Nit., Crot. Tig., China]. The stools are preceded by retching and vomiting and spasmodic contraction of the stomach, making the child scream out [Bryonia, Dioscorea, Nat. Sulph., Sul.]. After stool, a weak, faint feeling in abdomen [Aloe], weak rectum and prolapsus ani; there is a tendency to burning, soreness and rawness at the anus [Sul.].

It is also indicated in Diarrhoea associated with prolapsus uteri, when the stool is usually green and offensive and comes with a rush.

Psorinum [Psor]

See the symptoms of this remedy in Cholera Infantum. Canine hunger precedes an attack of Diarrhoea under this remedy.

Pulsatilla [Puls]

It is called for in after-midnight Diarrhoea, caused by partaking of a mixed diet or a diet of pastry, etc. or by eating ice-cream immediately after a meal. The stools are slimy or watery, of a greenish or greenish yellow color or are very changeable.

It is also indicated in Diarrhoea from fright, when the stools are greenish-yellow and slimy or very changeable and worse at night. The concomitant symptoms are: Trembling; weeping.

When Sulphuric Acid has been used or abused for the cure of appetite for liquor, it is the proper remedy for the Diarrhoea, which ensues.

Rheum [Rheum]

It is one of most prominent remedies for sour smelling Diarrhoea [Calcarea Carb., Hepar, Mag. Carb.]. The symptoms indicating it are: Sour stool; the whole child smells sour; the stools are frequent, brown, slimy and frothy, attended with a great deal of straining and griping colic, which makes the child shriek. Twitching of the muscles of the face and fingers during sleep.

It is to be given when Diarrhoea, with sour, slimy stool and tenesmus results from the abuse of Magnesia.

Rhus Tox [Rhus-t]

It is called for in Diarrhoea, when the stools consist of blood and slime, mixed with reddish-yellow mucus, in fact, dysenteric in character.

In Diarrhoea of Variola, when it is indicated, the stools are dark and bloody, with pains tearing down the thighs during stools.

In Diarrhoea of the Typhoid Fever or Typhoid states, the stools are slimy, watery or putrid, yellowish-brown or greenish and bloody, which may pass involuntarily during sleep.

Rumex Crispus [Rumx]

It is useful in early morning Diarrhoea, hurrying the patient out of the bed [Sul.], but it is indicated after catarrhs, with the characteristic cough of this remedy.

Sanguinaria [Sang]

It is indicated when the Diarrhoea is preceded by a feeling as of a warm current running from the chest to the stomach.

Silicea [Sil]

It is indicated in the Diarrhoea of the children when the stools are offensive and usually painless and lienteric. with vomiting of food. They are associated with the characteristic skin lesions and constitutional peculiarities which go to make up the Silicea- child.

It also cures Diarrhoea following vaccination [Thuja].

Staphisagria [Staph]

It is indicated in the Diarrhoea of the children, when the disorder is associated with stomacace; the tongue and gums are white and spongy, while there are cutting pains before and after stool, with a great deal of tenesmus of the rectum during stool and escape of flatus, which is usually hot and smells like rotten eggs [Chamomilla]; the stool is renewed by any attempt to take food or drink.

Stramonium [Stram]

It cures Diarrhoea when the stools are very offensive, smelling almost like carrion; they are apt to be yellowish and may or may not be dark.

Strontiana Carb [Stront-c]

It is indicated in Diarrhoea which has this peculiar urgent character-the patient is scarcely off the vessel before, he has to return. It is worse at night and better towards morning at 3 or 4 o’clock.

It is esp. useful in a profuse, exhausting, watery Diarrhoea of the above character, associated with the bone troubles, esp. of the femur.

Sulphur [Sulph]

It is a very useful remedy in Diarrhoea when the following symptoms are present : It drives the patient out of the bed early in the morning [Aloe, Bryonia, Lilium Tig., Nat. Sul., Podophyllum, Psorinum, Rumex], and is particularly worse then. The stool changes frequently in color and consistency-at one time it is semi-liquid and yellow, at another dark-brown and slimy, and at another green and watery; it may contain undigested particles of food, esp. in scrofulous children.

In Diarrhoea of the children, the redness at the anus and the soreness of the part and the child screaming with pain when the bowels are moved, will alone help you to decide that it is the remedy.

It frequently follows Chamomilla and is complementary so that remedy.

Sulphuric Acid [Sul-ac]

It will relieve the Diarrhoea when the stool is watery and very offensive, and is accompanied by excessive irritability of mind. There is always dampness or oozing of moisture from the rectum. The stomach rejects cold water unless mixed with Brandy.

Taraxacum [Tarax]

It is indicated in bilious Diarrhoea.

Thuja [Thuj]

It is indicated when the stools are watery, gurgling, forcibly expelled, and are daily worse after breakfast and accompanied by much loud flatus.

It is esp. suitable in Diarrhoea following vaccination. It is here complementary to Silicea.

Veratrum Album [Verat]

E. A. Farrington
E. A. Farrington (1847-1885) was born in Williamsburg, NY, on January 1, 1847. He began his study of medicine under the preceptorship of his brother, Harvey W. Farrington, MD. In 1866 he graduated from the Homoeopathic Medical College of Pennsylvania. In 1867 he entered the Hahnemann Medical College, graduating in 1868. He entered practice immediately after his graduation, establishing himself on Mount Vernon Street. Books by Ernest Farrington: Clinical Materia Medica, Comparative Materia Medica, Lesser Writings With Therapeutic Hints.