Derris Pinnata | Materia Medica by John Henry Clarke

Derris Pinnata

Derris Pinnata | Materia Medica by John Henry Clarke

N. O. Leguminosae. (Cochin China.) Tincture of plant.

Clinical : Asthma. Blepharospasm. Diarrhoea. Dysentery. Eyes, inflammation of. Locomotor ataxy. Mania. Ozaena. Smell, sense of, affected. Tic-douloureux.

Characteristics : Dr. X. Roussel is the authority for this plant, and some of the symptoms are of a very peculiar nature. “He walks as if stepping on down.” “He is afraid of killing some one with a knife.” Both kinds of tic are noted-painful and convulsive. Sense of smell is exalted. “He perceives celestial odours;” also “intolerable smells, after frequent sneezing.” Viscid urine, and viscid saliva. Electric shocks and cramps. Heat > toothache. Many symptoms, including diarrhoea, come on at night. < From touch.

Relations : Compare: Anacard. (sense of smell); Sticta, &c. (levitation); Ign. (ball in throat, hysteria).


1. Mind : Fancies he is sea-sick.-Suicidal.-Is afraid of killing some one with a knife.-Disposed to strike, and inveighs against his dearest friends.-Weeping and singing alternately; great flow of ideas.-Loss of memory.

2. Head : Vertigo; is afraid of falling if he turns his head to r. or l.-Sensation as if needles and nails were being driven into head (6 p.m. at evening meal).-Painful lancinations l. side of head with vomiting of mucus and burning along oesophagus.-Scalp excessively painful; slightest touch < the pain.

3. Eyes : Cannot raise lids or eyebrows.-Painful lancinations in both eyes, extending to bottom of orbits.-Swelling of l. caruncula lachrymalis with large ecchymosis of l. eye.-Vision dim; black points before eye.

4. Ears : Swelling, redness and heat of auricle.-Hearing impaired or excessively acute.-Cracking in ears when swallowing.

5. Nose : Tip of nose red.-Fluent coryza.-Sense of smell exalted; celestial odours.-Intolerable smells after frequent sneezing.

6. Face : Face puffy.-Tic-douloureux and tic convulsive.-Burning in l. cheek.-Pain in whole lower jaw as if the teeth were being pulled out.

7. Teeth : Teeth become loose; previously loose teeth become very painful.-Toothache at night, < by cold, > by heat.

8. Mouth : Formication and trembling of tongue.-Painful, dry, cracked tongue.-Salivation with engorged submaxillary glands.-Copious salivation, with aphthae, and thready, viscid mucus.

9. Throat : Red swelling of tonsils, uvula and velum; tickling of uvula.-Sensation as of ball in oesophagus with cramps there.

11. Stomach : Bad-smelling eructations.-Hiccough with deep anguish and burning in stomach.

12. Abdomen : Sensation of swelling in liver and spleen.-Cramp-like pains; diarrhoea with anguish.-Fetid flatulence.-Griping, > lying on abdomen.

13. Stool and Anus : Haemorrhoids; constriction; formication.-Sensation of foreign body in anus.-Diarrhoea and weakness after vomiting.-Involuntary stools at night, white or yellowish.-Burning or sharp pains with bloody stools.

14. Urinary Organs : Pains in kidneys; in bladder; injury; sometimes incontinence.-Gluey, fetid urine discharged guttatim.

16. Female Sexual Organs : Swelling of uterus; weight behind uterus; feeling as if about to prolapse.-Leucorrhoea, with menstruation twice a month.-Cramp-like pains during menses.

17. Respiratory Organs : Feeling of suffocation with fetid breath; must sit up in bed at night.-Cramp-like pains, and lancinations behind sternum.

19. Heart : Violent palpitation; heart seems to be beating in water.

20. Neck and Back : Violent pains in nape and neck with swelling.-Feeling as if a small stream of water was running from one ear to the other across nape of neck, causing terrible pain.

22. Upper Limbs : Paralytic pains, commencing in entire l. upper extremity (also in r. less frequently).-Rheumatic pains from shoulder to finger-tips.-Cramp-like pains at insertion of deltoid > by pressure.

23. Lower Limbs : Electric shocks in muscles of leg.-Intense sciatic pains.-Staggers; he walks as if stepping on down.

25. Skin : Skin of abdomen painful.

26. Sleep : Sleep after a meal.

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