Psorinum Fever Symptoms

Allen gives the therapeutic indications of the remedy Psorinum in different kinds of fevers like: Continued, Bilious, Intermittent, Malarial, Remittent, Pernicious, Typhoid, Typhus, Septic fever, etc…


Characteristic – Especially adapted to psoric constitutions, lack of reaction after severe acute diseases, appetite will not return.

Extremely scrofulous patients, nervous, restless, easily startled, sleepless from intolerable itching and frightful dreams of robbers, danger, etc.

In chronic cases, when well – selected remedies fail to relieve or permanently improve (in acute diseases, Sul.). when Sulphur is indicated but fails to act, in fevers with a personal or family history of eczema, quinsy or hay fever.

Children are pale, delicate, sickly, sick babies will not sleep day or night, but worry, fret, cry (Jalapa), child good, plays all day, restless, troublesome, screaming all night (rev. of Lycopodium).

Great weakness and debility, from loss of fluids, remaining after acute diseases, without any organic lesion, or apparent cause.

Despairs of recovery, hopeless, thinks he will die, especially after fevers, during climaxis.

Religious melancholy, despairs of salvation (Melilotus).

Body has a filthy smell, even after bathing.

Headache: chronic, at every change of weather, awakened from sleep with pain, hungry during headache, ameliorated while eating, by washing, by nosebleed, preceded by dim vision or blindness, black spots or rings.

Great sensitiveness to cold air or change of weather, wears a fur cap, overcoat or shawl, even in the hottest summer weather.

Stormy weather affects him severely, feels restless for days before, and during a thunder-storm (Phosphorus).

Cough and dry scaly eruptions return every winter.

All excretions-diarrhea, leucorrhea, menstrual flow, perspiration-have a carrion-like odor.

Ailments: from suppressed skin diseases, when Sulphur fails to ameliorated, severe, from even slight emotions, from some eruptive disease of childhood.

Feels unusually well, day before on attack.

Quinsy: to ameliorate acute attack and eradicate the constitutional tendency.

Hay fever, annually, same day of mouth and often same hour of day, should be treated in winter to eradicate the diathesis and prevent return.

Hungry in the middle of the night, must have something to eat.

Eructations tasting of rotten eggs (in A.M., Arnica-at night, Ant.t. – in A.M. only, disappearing after rinsing the mouth, Graphites).

Diarrhea, stool watery, dark brown, fetid, carrion – like odor.

Leucorrhea, clotted, large lumps, of an unbearable odor.

Vomiting of pregnancy, obstinate cases when the best selected remedy fails, fetus moves too violently.

Asthma: aggravated sitting up, in open air, ameliorated lying down and keeping arms spread wide apart, thinks he will die.

Skin: abnormally susceptible to skin diseases, dry, inactive, rarely sweats, looks dirty, as if never washed, coarse, greasy as if oiled, bad effects of ointments.

Aggravation: Evening, before, midnight, in open air, stormy weather, thunder – storm, sitting.

Amelioration: Lying down, in the room, moving, sweating. always feels better before the paroxysm.

Type: Periodicity of fever paroxysms not marked. Attacks (of other diseases) at same hour every day. Every alternate day, headache, thirst, cold. Typhoid, typhus, continued, yellow, the bubonic plague.

Time: Evening.

Chill: With thirst, especially in the evening, on the upper arms and thighs, with horripilations, hot flashes, creeping chills, great weakness, debility, sleepiness. Internal shivering, creeping chills, and icy cold feet. Drinking causes cough (causes cough and gagging, Cimex ).

Heat: And sweat on the face in the evening, when riding in a carriage (better when riding in a carriage, ). Evening heat with delirium, great thirst, followed by profuse sweat. Heat, sweat, thirst, during both chill and heat (Calcarea, Sul.).

Sweat: Profusely and freely when walking, with consequent debility (Bryonia, Cinchona, Carbo a.). Takes cold easily (Calcarea, Baryta). Copious perspiration on face, palms of hands and perineum, when moving about (profuse from walking, reading, riding, talking, Sepia, Sul. ). Profuse at 3 A.M.

After the sweat all the complaints cease (Bryonia, Caladium, Nat. ).

Sweat at night ameliorated the headache.

Sweat profuse, stinking, at night.

Sour smelling, viscous sweat.

Tongue: Coated white or yellowish – white, tip dry and feels burnt as far as the middle (red, triangular tip, Rhus ). Taste bitter, goes off after eating or drinking (reverse of nitricum acidum, Pulsatilla ), foul taste. Great hunger without appetite.

Analysis: The constitutional symptoms are guiding.

Sweats profusely, takes cold easily.

In all fevers, but, especially typhoid, Psorinum will prevent a protracted case, if there be a history of eczema, suppressed eruption or quinsy. In such cases the symptoms are never clear.

Patient has never been well since typhoid fever.

Psorinum will often clear up a case where there is lack of vital reaction after severe attacks, when other remedies, although well chosen, fail to relieve or permanently improve. The constitutional symptoms are reliable, the chief symptoms do not come to the surface during the paroxysm. It has cleared up many a case for me in psoric constitutions after Sulphur failed. More frequently indicated than used (reverse of Quinine).

H. C. Allen
Dr. Henry C. Allen, M. D. - Born in Middlesex county, Ont., Oct. 2, 1836. He was Professor of Materia Medica and the Institutes of Medicine and Dean of the faculty of Hahnemann Medical College. He served as editor and publisher of the Medical Advance. He also authored Keynotes of Leading Remedies, Materia Medica of the Nosodes, Therapeutics of Fevers and Therapeutics of Intermittent Fever.