Characteristic – Adapted to diseases of old people, dropsies and paralyses, dark hair, lax fibre, inclined to obesity (Am.c., Graphites).
After loss of fluids or of vitality, particularly in the anemic (deficient vitality, lack of susceptibility to medicinal action, Carbo vegetabilis).
Pains: stitching, darting, aggravation rest and lying on affected side (stitching, darting, amelioration rest, and lying on painful side, Bryonia). Cannot bear to be touched, starts when touched ever so lightly, especially on the feet.
Great aversion to being alone (Arsenicum, Bismuth, Lycopodium – desire to be alone, Ignatia, Nux.).
Bag like swellings between upper lid and eyebrows.
Weak eyes, after coition, abortion, measles.
Nosebleed when washing the face in the morning (Am.c., arn.,). Toothache : only when eating, throbbing, aggravation when touched by anything warm or cold.
Stomach : distended, sensitive, feels as if it would burst, excessive flatulency, everything she eats or drinks appears to be converted into gas (Carbo vegetabilis, Iodium).
Backache, sweating, weakness, after abortion, labor, metrorrhagia, when eating, while walking feels as if she must give up and lie down.
Asthma, relieved when sitting up or bending forward or by rocking (Arsenicum), worse from 2 to 4 A.M.
Cough: dry, paroxysmal, loosens viscid mucus or pus which must be swallowed, spasmodic with gagging or vomiting of ingesta, hard, white or smoky masses fly from throat when coughing (Bad., Chelidonium).
Feels bad, week before menstruation, backache, before and during menses.
Labor pains insufficient, violent backache, wants the back pressed (Causticum).
“Will bring on the menses, when natrum muriaticum, though indicated, fails.” Hahnemann.
“Persons suffering from ulceration of the lungs can scarcely get well without this antipsoric. ” Hahnemann.
Relationships _ Complementary to Carbo vegetabilis.
Aggravation: From 2 to 4 A.M., nearly all ailments, especially those of throat and chest: cold air, becoming cold, rest, and lying on pain side.
Amelioration: Warmth, getting warm, eructations.
Type: Quotidian, same every day. Intermittent, remittent or continued fevers with whooping – cough (Drosera).
Time: 9 A.M., 12 M. 5 to 6 P.M.
Fever, without chill, 9 A.M.
Chill: With thirst, great chilliness after eating (Mar- v.), and towards evening ( Nux ) Chilliness on every motion, even in bed ( Nux vomica, Hepar ). Chilliness, then heat, then chilliness again. Chill towards evening, relieved near the warm stove and after lying down (relieved by external heat, Arsenicum, Ignatia increased by external heat, Apis, Ipecac. ). Chill with the pains ( Pulsatilla – all symptoms worse during chill, Arsenicum ), increased out of doors (increased while going from a warm room it to the open air, Plus. ). Constant chilliness, violent thirst from internal heat, hot hands, and aversion to food, with oppression of breathing, constriction of chest, pain in right hypochondrium. After the chill, nausea and vomiting of bile.
” Violent chill towards evening for some minutes, he must lie down, followed by nausea, vomiting and spasmodic pain in the chest through the whole night, with short breath and much internal anxiety and much perspiration. ” Hahnemann.
Heat: Without thirst, with long yawning, stitching pains in head and chest, pulsations in abdomen. Internal heat, external chilliness ( Arnica, Calcarea, Thuja – chills intermingled with heat, Arsenicum). Chill and heat, with dyspnea. Dry heat of the cheeks and hands, with shortness of breath. Redness and heat in the face, with icy coldness of the feet (Sepia)
Sweat: All night without relief (Hepar- sweat relieved, Lachesis) Sweat of axilla and perineum, of upper parts of body, after eating, perspires easily on least exertion. Sweat on every mental exertion, reading, writing, etc. (Hepar, Psorinum, Sepia Sul. – on least physical exertion, Bryonia ). Profuse warm sweat, with much heat, from 12 to 3 A.M.
Tongue: Coated white, tip of tongue sore, burns as if raw or covered with blisters. Taste bad, bitter, flat.
Pulse: Rapid mornings, slower in evening, unequal, irregular, intermitting, throbbing in blood – vessels, tendency to fatty heart.
Apyrexia: Chest feels constricted, right hypochondrium painful and tender to touch. Excessive aversion to food, especially bread. Intense thirst, morning, noon and night. In the morning bad taste in the mouth, want of appetite, aversion to food, especially bread. Agglutination of the eyelids.
Analysis. – Chill, after eating, from every motion, aggravation open air, amelioration warmth.
Heat, without thirst, yawning, stitching pains in head and chest, dyspnea, internal heat, external chilliness.
Sweat, on every mental exertion, all night without relief.