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Heracleum | Materia Medica by John Henry Clarke


Heracleum | Materia Medica by John Henry Clarke

Heracleum sphondylium. “Branca ursina.” N. O. Umbelliferae. Tincture of whole plant.

Clinical : Debility. Dyspepsia. Gout. Headache. Seborrhoea capitis. Skin, affections of. Spleen, pain in.

Characteristics : Heracl. has been proved. It was found to exercise a pronounced action on the digestion, producing hunger, with inability to eat, nausea, vomiting; colic, diarrhoea, and pains in the spleen. It also affected the sexual organs and the skin. A characteristic is “Headache with drowsiness; < on moving in open air; > tying up the head with a cloth.” Exhaustion, indolence, and weakness were complained of.

Relations : Compare: Con., Abies n., Cean.; in headache with drowsiness, Brucea, Ginseng, Gels., Nat. s., Nux mos., Sul.


1. Mind : Prostration of strength, indolence, moral depression; fits of hypochondriasis.-Ill-humour, capriciousness.

2. Head : Vertigo, on reading while seated.-Cephalalgia, esp. in the sinciput and occiput, with inclination to vomit, and drowsiness, esp. < on walking in open air; > by wrapping up the head.-Violent itching on the scalp, on scratching which, the fingers become greasy; much fatty perspiration on the head.

3. Eyes : Lachrymation and fatigue of the eyes while reading.

5. Nose : Frequent sneezing, with stitches in region of spleen.

9. Throat : Pressure in the throat, as from mucus, which it is impossible to detach; accumulation of mucus, tickling roughness and scraping in the throat.

11. Stomach : Bitter taste; sweet bitter risings, with regurgitation of bitter liquid; craving, with loathing and horror of all kinds of food; increased thirst; nausea; vomiting, bitter, bilious, with pains in the stomach, and much congestion in the head.-Pressure at the stomach, with nausea, or else in the scrobiculus, as from a stone (after a meal); the pains in the stomach are always accompanied by an inclination to vomit.

12. Abdomen : Lancinating and pinching colics, which force the patient to writhe; pulsation and pains in region of spleen; flatus and colic, with nausea and disgusting risings.-Frequent sneezing, with lancination in the region of the spleen.

13. Stool and Anus : Stools tardy, with pressure and pain in the anus.-Slimy, fetid stools.

15. Male Sexual Organs : Drawing pain in the penis; shootings in the glans.-Itching and smarting in the scrotum; pollutions.

16. Female Sexual Organs : Transient sticking in the labiae.

17. Respiratory Organs : Dry, hacking cough, with feeling of soreness in the chest and shooting pains.

18. Chest : Oppression of the chest, with chilliness, or else with palpitation of the heart; difficulty of respiration on ascending a staircase.-Stitches in chest during inspiration; dry eruption on chest, burning after scratching.

21. Limbs : Gouty tearing in the limbs.-Shooting and burning pains in the feet.

25. Skin : Violent itching in the skin and moist itch-like eruption.

27. Fever : Chilliness, with frequent yawning and inclination to sleep in afternoon.

Heracleum | Materia Medica by John Henry Clarke

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