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Diadema Aranea. (Aranea Diadema.)

The Cross Spider. Arachnida.

A large spider found in Europe and America, its body ovoid, a longitudinal line on back, of yellow and white points, intersected by three similar lines. Used as a remedy by Wm. Gross as early as 1833, and mentioned in the older homeopathic works, but not proved until later by Grauvogl, see his Text Book, 2d edition, 1866, and Allen's Encyclopaedia, vol. 4.

The symptoms are mainly based on clinical experience.

The tincture is prepared by maceration of the insect in alcohol.


- Headache, Grauvogl. p. 43; (2 cases), Hencke, Rck. Kl. Erf., vol. 5, p. 70; Chronic headache, Grauvogl; Toothache, Grauvogl; Colic, Howard, Hom. Clinics, vol. 4, p. 86; Spasmodic pains in stomach and irregular menses, Encyclopaedia, Hom. Clinics, vol. 4, p. 115; Cramps in stomach, Nunez, Raue's Rec., 1875, p. 142; Enlarged spleen, Grauvogl; Abdominal pains, Nunez, Hom. Clinics, vol. 4, p. 111; Intermittent diarrhea, Nunez, Raue's Rec., 1872, p. 137; Sensation as if hands and arms were swollen, Chapman, Hales' Therap., p. 43; Spasms, Nunez, Raue's Rec., 1872, p. 222; Catalepsy, Grauvogl; Intermittent fever, Hering, Husmann, Joffre, MSS.; Violent chill, Heinigke, Allen's Int. Fevers, p. 18; Quotidian chill, Grauvogl.

MIND. [1]

Dejected, pale face; dark circles under eyes; melancholy, will not leave the bed.
Deep melancholy. ~ Dysmenorrhea.
Morose and despondent, longing for death. ~ Intermittent.


Vertigo before headache; when sitting up; must lie down; with weakness before eyes.
Confusion of head; after eating; with relaxation (lassitude).
Dullness and pressure in head, amel. when pillowing head.


Confusion of head; with lassitude; after eating; evening, when studying, with pressive pains, as if on bones of right temple; while resting head on hand.
Headache and confusion of head, both amel. by smoking and by going into open air.
Long-lasting confusion of head, with pressing pain in forehead and temples, amel. by pressure of hand, amel. in evening, after eating.
Headache in forehead, amel. by smoking.
Heat in forehead and eyes.
Headache, with burning in eyes and heat in head.
Pressing in temples; vertigo on rising from a recumbent position; head and hands feel swollen.
Continued headache spreading from forehead on vertex and occiput, only at times agg. on top of head; cannot receive company because talking or listening produces vomiting; she must lie quietly in bed for three or four days.
Chronic headache, preceded by flickering before eyes and vertigo, which forces her to lie down; headache attended with dullness, cannot think well, great heat in forehead and face, weariness, loss of strength; lasts one day.
Headache coming on at regular hours; agg. by speaking, or when others speak; amel. by less smoking, or going out into open air.
Stitching and shooting pains in head with chill. ~ Intermittent.
Nervous headache; periodical.


Unpleasant sensation as if head and hands were greatly swollen. ~ Headache.
Dullness of head: with tightness; after a meal; during evening studies; with pressure on right temporal bone, upper part of forehead, amel. on leaning head.
Drawing in head to lower jaw.


Glimmering and glittering before eyes when reading or writing, which agg. headache.
Flickering before eyes; precedes attack of headache.
Thick mist before eyes; so tired she thought she would drop.
Disagreeable trembling in eyes; reading, writing, agg. headache, with heat in eyes and forehead.
Burning in eyes, with heat in face and headache.
Stinging in eyes after the heat. ~ Intermittent.
Shooting in eyes. ~ Intermittent.
Large black circles under eyes. ~ Dysmenorrhea.


Pinching pressure in right ear and parotid gland, shifting to right side, from up-down.
Affection of ears in dogs; they shake their heads until the ears are bloody.


Coryza with thirst; tertian coryza.


Dejected countenance and pale face; dark circles under eyes; lips blanched; dull expression of eyes; confusion of head; deep melancholy; malaise, with constant desire to lie down. ~ Spasmodic pains in stomach.
Face pale and sunken. ~ Dysmenorrhea.
Cheeks feel as if swollen. ~ Toothache.
Heat in forehead and face. ~ Headache.
Burning heat in face, forehead and eyes, with headache.


Lips colorless. ~ Dysmenorrhea.


Right lower incisors feel cold and are sensitive, especially on drawing in air; returns each day at same hour.
Pinching, pressing pain in upper incisors, regularly from 9 A. M. to 7 P. M.; leaving a sensitiveness and cold feeling on drawing in air; sensation as if gum or cheek were swollen.
Sudden violent pains in teeth of upper and lower jaw at night, immediately after lying down.
Toothache amel. by smoking tobacco; agg. by humidity, at night, and after lying down.


Taste: bitter, amel. by smoking; nauseous, bitter, with coated tongue; unpleasant after milk.
Tip of tongue slightly red. ~ Ague.


Stitches in palate and larynx.


Anorexia. ~ Intermittent.
Thirst during fever and with all other symptoms.


After eating: confusion of head, with lassitude.
After eating a few spoonfuls of soup, a crawling sensation over whole body.
At dinner, after first spoonful of soup, violent spasmodic bellyache with anxiety; oppression of chest and repeated gaping. ~ Dysmenorrhea.
She had no appetite and was afraid to eat, as it increased the complaints in the night.
After milk, unpleasant taste.


Vomits everything; has passed no urine in two days; backache, preventing sleep.
Vomiting after chill and after heat. ~ Intermittent.


Cutting in stomach, and spasmodic pain, with vomiting before chill. ~ Intermittent.
Burning in stomach during chill. ~ Ague.
After eating a very little food, violent convulsive pains in stomach, nausea, oppression of chest and repeated gaping.
Cramps in stomach, commencing during a meal, with great anxiety, pressure in chest, and frequent yawning; spasm at first confined to stomach, gradually becomes general, with trembling of whole body, spasmodic motions, and desire to keep constantly moving when sitting.


Epigastrium painful to pressure. ~ Ague.
Swelling of spleen, after checked intermittent fever with quinine; agg. in damp weather and exposure to damp walls.
Enlarged spleen, in man subject to ague, constantly chilly, agg. when it rained.


Sensation of heaviness and fullness in lower bowels as if a stone was lying there, with an unpleasant feeling of faintness in pit of stomach; gnawing and griping in abdomen; returns daily at the same hour.
Abdominal complaints with shuddering, towards evening; sensation of heaviness, snapping in belly, with unpleasant squeamishness in pit of stomach.
Colic, griping pains, sensation of heaviness in lower abdomen and feeling of faintness in epigastrium.
Colic recurs daily at same hour, with feeling as if arms and legs were asleep.
Every morning about 4 o'clock severe abdominal pains with loud borborygmi, followed by two or three small liquid stools, with sensation of numbness in upper and lower extremities, after that sleeps quietly until about 8 A. M., but feels tired and used up all day; no appetite, and fear of eating on account of pains during digestion. ~ Colic after a cold.
Intermitting colic; flatulency.
Violent pain in abdomen with great rumbling.
Flatulency, with heaviness in thighs, each day at same hour.


Bowels which were bound 4 or 5 days, move daily.
Diarrhea, stools occur with great violence.
Diarrhea, stools thin fluid, with pain in abdomen, amel. by rubbing with hand; stool passed only partly with straining, and a half hour later, fermentation in abdomen.
Pain in bowels and diarrhea regularly every morning at 2 o'clock, with colicky pains and great rumbling in belly. ~ Diarrhea.
Diarrhea, arms and legs feel as if asleep.


Waits long to urinate; no energy; sore on either side of bladder.
Awakens with desire to urinate, but nothing passes; no burning or urging, but sometimes severe pain from perineum to glans penis.
Constant desire to pass water, but cannot; fearful pain along urethra from glans.
Urine dark colored.


Produced a boil on left side of penis, near pubes.


Metrorrhagia; bright red.
Dysmenorrhea; spasms commencing in stomach.
Menses 8 days too early, too long lasting and too copious.
Courses irregular; either too late or too early; face pale and sunken; dark circles under eyes; dull expression of eyes; bloodless lips; melancholy features; general debility with constant desire to lie in bed; sensation of formication all over body; about noon, after eating only a few spoonfuls of soup, violent convulsive pains in stomach, with anxiety, nausea, oppression of chest, and constant yawning. Spasmodic affection of stomach soon spreads all over body, with trembling, so that she could not remain quiet in any position; confusion of mind; pains return with less intensity on going to bed and when rising in morning.
Irregular menses; too often; too profuse, with colic three times every day.
Menses omit four weeks, then copious and red.
Slimy mucus from vagina; viscous leucorrhea.


Chest feels constantly so oppressed that a walk across his room puts him out of breath. ~ Enlarged spleen.
Respiration very short, raised the right side of thorax only, 30 in minute, could be heard at the very apex of the lung only.

COUGH. [27]

Cough with bloody sputa.
Cough. ~ Intermittent.


Oppression of chest, nausea and gaping, with convulsive pains in stomach after eating.
Expectoration bloody; haemoptysis among subjects weak and anemic through privation of all kinds, and dyspeptics.
Violent hemorrhages from lungs.


The heart was pressed to the right, beat feebly, 98 in a minute. ~ Enlargement of spleen.


Excruciating neuralgia along spinal nerves.
Jerking in back and left arm with vertigo, blackness before eyes and falling down.
Back so painful she cannot sleep; passes no urine.
Pain in back before and after chill. ~ Intermittent fever.


Every night for several years, distressing sensation as if hands and arms were enormously swollen, in very nervous woman; apprehension so strong that she often struck a light to ascertain whether it was so or not.
Forearms and hands so heavy that he imagines he cannot lift them.
Pains in bones, dull, digging in all parts of body, more in humerus, forearm and fingers.
Ring and little fingers of both hands feel as if they had gone to sleep; formication.
Fibrillar twitching in muscles of left upper arm.
Quivering, twitching in muscles of left upper arm, afternoon.


Heavy feeling in thighs, they can hardly be carried forward; confusion of head; heaviness in abdomen.
Stitches through knee with the chill, coming and going suddenly. ~ Ague.
Feet feel heavy, with weariness.
Boring in right os calcis when first moving foot; disappears from continued motion.
Ulcer on left heel.
Caries or gangrene; pains agg. and amel. periodically.


Arms and legs feel as if asleep. ~ Diarrhea.
At times dull, digging bone-pains.
Early in morning and at intervals during day, dull digging pains in right humerus, radius, ulna and tibia.
Pains in limbs, great inward soreness with chill; pain from right side up into shoulder-blade. ~ Intermittent fever.


Lying down: desire to lie down; vertigo amel.; dullness and pressure in head amel.; toothache agg.; pain in stomach amel.; aversion to leaving bed; must lie down; lies as if dead.
Rising from recumbent position, vertigo; pain in stomach amel.
Rests head on hand: confusion in head.
Leaning head: amel. pressure in forehead.
Shaking head: in dogs till ears are bloody.
Walking across room; puts him out of breath.
Moving: desire to keep constantly moving when sitting; first moving foot agg. boring in right os calcis, amel. from continued motion; obliged to move on her feet during colic.

NERVES. [36]

Great exhaustion, lassitude. ~ Intermittent fever.
Weary and thirsty.
Weariness, with headache; with heavy arms and feet; thirst.
Languor and lassitude.
Must lie down; weak as if dead, after heat. ~ Intermittent.
Feels as if she would drop.
Numb feeling in periphery of ulnar nerve, also in ring and small finger of both hands.
Trembling, lameness, spasm; subsultus tendinum.
Menses irregular, too often and too profuse, with colic three times every day; melancholy; will not leave bed; creeping as of ants all over body; about noon with first spoonful of soup, cramp pains in abdomen; great anguish in chest and yawning; soon afterwards general spasms.
Spasms in abdomen changing into general convulsions of whole body, during which she was obliged to move to and fro on her feet continuously, while the pain in belly continued and her consciousness was slightly depressed. ~ Dysmenorrhea.
Catalepsy; periodical headache; agg. from damp weather, or the use of baths; constantly chilly, cold hands and feet, even in a warm room.

SLEEP. [37]

Sleeplessness. ~ Intermittent.
As soon as she lies down at night, a sudden violent pain in all the teeth, lasting one hour.
Sleep unquiet, with frequent awaking.
Sleep restless; on awaking, hands and forearms feel as if greatly swollen and as strong and large again as natural; they feel so heavy he imagines he can hardly lift them.
Deep sleep during heat. ~ Intermittent fever.
Frightful dreams, screams out and cannot sleep again.

TIME. [38]

Early morning: dull pain in right arm.
Noon: violent convulsive pains in stomach.
All day: tired feeling.
From 9 A. M. to 7 P. M: pain in upper incisors; 9 A. M. chill.
Evening: confusion of head; pressing pain in head amel.; abdominal complaints amel.; heat.
Night: pain in teeth; complaints agg.


Summer: bones feel like ice.
Open air: headache amel.; confusion in head amel.
Warm room: cold hands and feet.
Chill not amel. by external warmth.
Fever: from sleeping on cold floor.
Drawing in air: incisors sensitive.
Damp air and rain: swelling of spleen agg.; headache agg.; chilly as if bones were of ice; all symptoms agg.
Damp walls: agg. swelling of spleen.
On the water: return of chills.
Rough weather: chills return.
Rainy weather: spleen trouble agg.
Cold weather: symptoms agg.
Worse from bathing.
Cannot tolerate damp or wet weather, or damp habitations, even being on the water.

FEVER. [40]

Before chill: cutting cramp in stomach; backache.
Cold all the time, cannot get warm; chilly as if bones were made of ice, even during summer; agg. during rain.
Chill returns daily at same hour or every other day with sleeplessness, but neither heat nor sweat.
Chill returns after each cold or in rough weather.
Constant chilliness from being on the water.
Chilly day and night. T Enlargement of spleen.
Felt stiff in limbs, tired and sick; chill began at 7 A. M. and lasted till precisely 8 in morning, every day at same hour, without heat or sweat, with cough, loss of appetite sleeplessness, and great exhaustion.
Sudden violent attacks of chills at 9 A. M., in March.
During chill: stinging in head; stitches in knees.
Chill, no heat; sweat with thirst; headache; hemorrhages from uterus or lungs.
Chill at regular hours; thirst during attack.
The paroxysm often unattended by either heat or sweat, consisting only of coldness, which is persistent and severe, and not amel. by anything; it is usually without thirst in any stage; if any, usually during the heat.
Quotidian fevers of paludal origin; chill occurs precisely at same hour daily; lasting chill, either without any heat or sweat, or with little or short heat, not followed by sweat; great lassitude and disinclination to work; liver and especially spleen enlarged; urine dark colored; after a while ascites, loss of strength, lassitude, irritability, or more often apathy; great thirst during chill.
Fever coming twice a day; at sunrise, and about 5 P. M.
Chill lasts from an hour and a half to three hours.
Before chill: cramp-like pain in stomach and vomiting.
During chill: stinging and shooting pains in head; stitches through knees, coming and going suddenly; pain in limbs and great soreness; pain going from right side into right shoulder-blade; burning in stomach.
After chill: vomiting.
Heat lasts two hours.
Before heat: vomiting.
During heat: headache, but not so violent as during chill, with great drowsiness.
After heat: vomiting and great prostration; lies as if dead; stinging in eyes.
No sweat.
Chill, preceded by stretching and yawning.
Backache before and after chill.
Very little heat and no sweat.
Poor appetite and great weakness.
Emaciation, yellow skin; malaise, moroseness, anorexia, epigastrium painful to pressure, slight redness of tip of tongue, despondent, longs for death. ~ Intermittent.
Chill and other symptoms are agg. every other day, at precisely same hour.
Great regularity of paroxysm.
Violent shaking chill, lasting uninterruptedly for 24 hours, without being followed by heat or sweat, or anything else.
Continuing chill, not alleviated by external warmth.
Fever from sleeping on a cold floor. ~ Intermittent.
Heat in evening, with heaviness in hypogastrium, as from a stone; qualmishness; rumbling; thighs heavy; can scarcely drag limbs along.
Sweat absent; or sweat without thirst.


Coming and going suddenly: stitches through knees.
Attacks of chills: 7 to 8 A. M.; at 9 A. M.
At times: headache on top of head; dull digging bone-pains.
At intervals: dull digging pains in right humerus, radius and ulna.
Repeated: gaping.
Frequent: awakening.
Periodical: nervous headache.
Regular hours: headache; sensitiveness of right incisors; gnawing and griping in abdomen; flatulency; chills.
Three times every day: colic.
Twice a day: fever at sunrise and 5 P. M.
Every morning 4 A. M., severe abdominal pains; 2 A. M., diarrhea; colicky pains; rumbling; chill at 7 A. M. until 8 A. M.; chill at 9 A. M. lasting one hour, followed by heat lasting two hours.
Daily: movement of bowels which were bound for four or five days; chill at same hour.
Every night for several years: sensation as if hands and arm were swollen; chilly.
Every other day: at same hour, chill; attacks of pain in ulcerated foot.
One hour to three hours: chill lasts.
One hour: toothache lasts.
Two hours: heat lasts.
Afternoon: twitching in muscles of left upper arm.
One day: headache lasts.
Two days: no urine.
Three or four days: headache amel. by lying in bed.
In midsummer: chilly day and night.


Left: boil on side of penis; jerking in arm; twitching in muscles of upper arms; ulcer on heel.
Right: pinching pressure in ear shifting to side: lower incisors feel cold; respiration raises side of thorax only; heart pressed to right side; boring in os calcis; digging pain in humerus, radius and ulna; pain from side up into shoulder-blade.
From up down: pinching pressure from ear to side.


As if in bone of temple, headache; as if head and hands were greatly swollen; cheeks and gums as if swollen; as if a stone was lying in lower bowels; as if arms and legs were asleep; as if arms were greatly swollen; as if he could not lift forearms and hands; ring and little fingers feel as if they had gone to sleep; feels as if she would drop; hands and forearms feel as strong and large again as natural; as if bones were made of ice.
Pain: in bowels; in back; in bones; in limbs; from right side up into shoulder-blade; in joints.
Excruciating neuralgia: along spinal nerves.
Fearful pain: along urethra from glans.
Sudden violent pain: of teeth in upper and lower jaw; in abdomen.
Severe pain: in abdomen; from perineum to glans penis.
Cutting: in stomach.
Anguish: in chest.
Shooting pain: in head; in eyes.
Stitching pains: in head.
Stitches: in palate; in larynx; through knee.
Cramps: in stomach.
Gnawing: in abdomen.
Griping: in abdomen.
Boring: in right os calcis.
Spasmodic pains: in stomach; in whole body; in abdomen.
Convulsive pain: in stomach.
Burning: in eyes; in face; in forehead; in stomach.
Ache: in head, spreading from forehead to vertex and occiput; in back.
Pinching pressure: in right ear; in parotid gland; in right side; in upper incisors.
Pressive pain: in head; in forehead; in temples.
Pressure: in head; in temples; on right temporal bone; in chest.
Stinging: in eyes; in head.
Soreness: either side of bladder; in limbs.
Digging: in all parts of body; in humerus; in forearms; in fingers; in limbs; right humerus; radius; in ulna; in tibia.
Sensitiveness: of incisors.
Distressing sensation: in hands and arms.
Confusion: of head.
Oppression: of chest.
Drawing: in head to lower jaw.
Tightness: in head.
Heaviness: in lower bowels; in thighs; in forearm; in hands; in feet.
Dullness: in head; in all parts of body; humerus; forearms; fingers.
Faintness: in pit of stomach; in epigastrium.
Jerking: in back and left arm.
Twitching: in muscles of left upper arm.
Stiff feeling: in limbs.
Crawling sensation: over whole body.
Formication: all over body.
Snapping: in belly.
Heat: in forehead; in eyes; in head; in face.
Fullness: in lower-bowels.
Weariness: in head; in feet.
Tired feeling.
Numbness: in extremities; in periphery of ulnar nerve; in ring finger; in little finger.
Cold feeling: of right lower incisors; in upper incisors.


Hemorrhages; hemorrhagic disposition; bleeders; bleedings from all the orifices of body.
Scorbutic dyscrasia.
Pains in bones and joints.
Dull digging bone-pains.
Emaciation. ~ Intermittent.
Insufficient calorification, great sensibility to cold; symptoms agg. by damp or cold weather, as well as by cold or warm baths.


Pressure amel. headache; painful in epigastrium.
Rubbing: pain in abdomen amel.
Wounds which bleed.

SKIN. [46]

Yellow skin. ~ Intermittent fever.
Eruption of pimples, nodes and tubercles; ulcers on heel.


Anemia from privations; with haemoptysis.
Hydrogenoid constitution, when attacks come at regular hours.
Suitable to those who cannot live in damp places or on the water; ague dyscrasia, dyspeptics.
Miss L., who formerly lived in a miasmatic locality, has had repeated attacks of intermittent fever during last year, which were always suppressed by quinine; the attacks returned after each cold, or in rough weather.
Mrs. G., aet. 22, lymphatic temperament and weakly constitution, large blue eyes; spasmodic pains in stomach and irregularity in menstrual function.
Woman, aet. 22; spasms.
A man, aet. 23, pupil at the School of Fine Arts, lived in a damp house close to the water; enormously enlarged spleen after suppressing chill with frequent 20 gr. doses of quinine.
E. Manson, aet. 24, athletic build, courier, followed a course of allopathic treatment for two months at home, and subsequently in a Paris hospital, without least benefit; intermittent fever.
Mrs. P., suffering with chronic liver complaint, was taken suddenly with violent chills at 9 AM. on 21st of March.
A lady, aet. 40, slender, erethistic, hydremic constitution, after taking cold; chills.
Teamster, aet. 43, 6 feet 2 inches in height, and well developed, never sick before, slept on some straw on barroom floor, on a winter night; quotidian chill.
Mrs. G. M., aet. 48, sanguine temperament, strong constitution, copiously menstruating, mother of nine children, has always enjoyed good health; in consequence of catching cold, abdominal pains.
Woman, aet 50, unmarried, graceful, nervous; headache.
Woman, aet. 54, intermittent fever every fall, which was suppressed by quinine; the fever returned this time in spring; she tried allopathy for three weeks without any relief.


Antidoted by smoking tobacco; relieves headache.
It antidotes: Cinchona, Mercur.
Compatible: after Ipec., Nux vom., Rhus tox., and Samb., in intermittent fevers; after Silica, Calc. ostr. and Arsen., in caries of os calcis (Grauvogl's case); with Nux vom. in pneumonia.
Compare: Arnica, Arsen., Cedron, Cinchona, Dulcam., Lycop., Mercur., Mygale, Nux vom., Pulsat., Rhus tox., Tarantula, Theridion.


Source: The Guiding Symptoms of Our Materia Medica Vol. 01, 1879
Description: Clinical materia medica of Aranea diadema
Remedies: Aranea diadema
Author: Hering, C.
Year: 1879
Editing: errors only; interlinks; formatting
Attribution: Legatum Homeopathicum
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