Veratrum viride Fever Symptoms

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


Characteristic – For full-blooded plethoric persons (Aconite).

Congestions, especially to base of brain chest, spine and stomach.

Violent pains attending inflammation.

Acute rheumatism, high fever, full, hard, rapid pulse, severe pains in joints and muscles (Bryonia, Salyc-ac.), scanty, red urine.

Chill trembles, jerks, threatened with convulsions, continually jerking or nodding the head.

Nervous or sick headache, congestion from suppressed menses, intense, almost apoplectic, with violent nausea and vomiting.

Congestive apoplexy, hot head, bloodshot eyes, thick speech, slow full pulse, hard as iron.

Convulsions: dim vision, basilar meningitis, head retracted, child on verge of spasms.

Cerebro spinal diseases, with spasms, dilated pupils, tetanic convulsions, opisthotonos, cold, clammy perspiration.

Sunstroke, head full, throbbing of arteries, sensitive to sound, double or partial vision (Gelsemium, Glon).

Veratrum viride should not be given simply to “bring down the pulse” or “control the heart’s action,” but like any other remedy for the totality of the symptoms.

Type: Remittent, malarial, congestive, malignant, typhoid, continued, yellow. Periodicity not marked, onset sudden and course severe and rapid.

Chill: Coldness: of whole body, with nausea, with pale face and cold, clammy skin, aching in back of neck and shoulders.

Heat: Intense fever, with cerebral irritation and tendency to spasms, violent pain in back, sleepy during the day, nausea at stomach, or vomiting and black diarrhea, face hot, flushed, great weakness of lower extremities and marked prostration.

Sweat: Profuse, cold, clammy, vomiting, with a cold sweat on the pale face.

Yellow fever: fever intense, with pains in nape and occiput, vascular and nervous erethism, with spasms or threatened convulsions, continued gastric nausea, vomiting and cold sweat on face, sudden changes in pulse and violent throbbing in left chest.

Typhoid: temperature, 103-106, pulse, 120-140, violent occipital headache, boring head into pillow, jerking head backward and forward, twitching of facial muscles, dropping of lower jaw, picking of bedclothes, stool and urine involuntary.

Tongue: White or yellow with red streak down the middle, dry moist, white or yellow coating, or no coating on either side, feels scalded (Sanguinaria).

Pulse: Suddenly increases and gradually decreases below normal, slow, soft, weak, irregular, intermittent (Digitalis).

Analysis: In congestive, pernicious intermittent or yellow fever, with extreme coldness, thirst, face cold and collapsed, skin cold and clammy, great prostration, cold sweat on forehead and deathly pallor on face.

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.