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Eupatorium Purpureum.

Queen of the Meadow. Compositae.

An old Indian medicine, used by herb doctors, particularly in gravel and other diseases of the kidney and bladder.

Proved by Mrs. H. H. Dresser, whose excellent proving appears in full in Allen's Encyclopaedia, vol. 4, p. 237.

For a full arrangement of the symptoms see Hering's Monograph.


- Cystitis (2 cases), B. L. Dresser, Am. Hom. Obs., vol. 3, p. 405; Retention of urine, B. L. Dresser, Am. Hom. Obs., vol. 3, p. 405; Intermittent fever (105 cases reported cured), Von Tagen, Hom. Clinics, vol. 4, p. 126; Hom. Clinics, vol. 1, pp. 3 and 52; Howard, Hom. Clinics, vol. 1, p. 16; (2 cases), Raue's Rec., 1871, p. 195; Raue's Rec., 1872, p. 244; Gardiner, Raue's Rec., 1870, p. 52; Analytical Therap., vol. 1, p. 266; Dropsy, Hale, A. II. O., vol. 1, p. 133.

MIND. [1]

Stupid, dull. ~ Dropsy. ~ Intermittent.
Confusion with falling to left side.
The mind encompassed by various delusions.
Talkative; exclamations; delusions of sight and hearing.
Sighing every few minutes, with gnawing at stomach.
Moaning; suffering expressed by peculiar cries.
Hysterical mood, weeping, sighing, and a feeling like home sickness, though occupying her own home and surrounded by her own family, with fluttering of heart and a disagreeable fullness in throat.
Feels extremely depressed and sleepy.
Has a great fear of sickness.


Head feels light and dizzy, as though flying round and round; cannot get rid of the sensation as if falling towards the left side; the whole body seems to participate.
Lightness of head agg. in morning, disappearing at 12 o'clock.
Sensation as if her head were moving in all directions.
Illusions of sight and hearing, with vertigo.
Confused, heavy; cannot seem to prevent falling.
Dull, sleepy; great effort required in order to move about.


Dull, heavy pain in head; most severe in forehead.
Much headache and constriction over frontal region, with chill.
Dizzy, with deep, dull, aching pain through temporal region on left side.
Vertex full, pressing, as though lifting up from adjoining parts.
Head feels as though she had a bad cold.
Hard thumping pain on left occipital bone.
Pain from left shoulder extends to occiput.
Sick headache; dull hammering, beating, stitching, or boring pain in left side of head; pressing from right to left; beginning in morning and increasing during afternoon and evening; agg. in cold air; amel. while walking slowly in fresh air.
Violent headache: before the chill; during morning; with fever.


Fine pricking sensation on scalp, rather pleasurable than otherwise.
Soreness, tenderness, and itching of scalp.
Sweat, principally on head, particularly profuse about forehead.


Staring; looking with fixed eyes, wide open.
Cannot see as far as usual, with sleepy feeling.
Eyes weeping; copious flow of tears.
Copious flow of tears, filling eyes, making constant wiping necessary.
Eyes red and swollen; violent headache.
Conjunctiva yellow, with the chill.


Ears feel as though they were full.
Squeaking sound in ears; reports; illusions of hearing.
Crackling, like burning of birch-bark; very much agg. upon swallowing anything.


Fluent coryza; great heat, sneezing.
Abundant discharge of a thin, watery fluid, making nose sore and irritable.


Congestion to face, with burning heat, dry and hot to touch.
Face flushed, with fever.
Shining appearance of face, as when having used a large quantity of soap in washing.


Lips blue. ~ Intermittent.


Gums red and hot.


Tongue furred, brown along centre; bitter, pappy taste, with chill.
Pricking and stinging in end of tongue.
Fine pricking sensation on posterior part of tongue.
Numb feeling of tongue, as if caused by aconite.


Increased action of all the glands of the mouth; abundance of saliva.


Fluttering in throat-pit; extends upward from heart.
Disagreeable fullness in throat; can hardly prevent crying.
Choking fullness of throat, must swallow often.
Swallowing: agg. crackling in ears; causes pain.
Soreness, roughness and dryness in throat.
Sensation in throat as if having swallowed tobacco.
Burning, smarting, as if having been scalded by swallowing some hot substance.
Continued smarting and burning, most severe in posterior part of throat.
Pain in left side of throat, causing pain in swallowing; before chill.


No appetite; much thirst.
Loss of appetite with fever; desire to eat immediately after.
Thirst before the chill, none during.
Constant thirst with fever.
Thirst, in a case of dropsy.
Longing for lemonade, or cold acid drinks, with violent bone pains, blue lips and nails, extremities cold, and frontal headache.
Longing for hot drinks.


Great quantity of wind in stomach; eructations almost constant.
Great nausea and sickness of stomach, but no vomiting with the chill.
Nausea; vomiting with fever.
Vomiting, with sick headache.


Great nausea, swelling, and fullness, mostly on left side.
Crampy pain in pit of stomach, with weak, sick feeling.
Crampy pain in stomach; gnawing and sighing.


Bowels hard as a rock.
Fullness and pain in bowels.
Swelling and fullness, mostly on left side.
Rumbling, rolling, and twisting pain in bowels.
Crampy, windy bowels.
Severe colic pain over whole abdomen, after voiding urine.
Pain and soreness of whole abdomen, much agg. on left side.
Hypogastric region swollen and hot. ~ Suppression of urine.


Bowels inclined to be loose. ~ Intermittent.
Bilious diarrhea.
Feeling as though bowels must be moved immediately, without being able to do so.
Pressure and heaviness upon rectum.


Dull, deep pain in kidneys; also cutting pain.
Chronic nephritis.
Suppression of urine.
Hard, aching pressure upon bladder; evacuated bladder every half hour during day, still it is full and tense.
Smarting and burning very intense in bladder and urethra, so much so that she could not stand.
Severe, deep, dull aching in bladder.
Cutting pain, pressure, fullness in bladder.
Chronic irritation of bladder, with increased mucous secretion.
Excessive irritation of bladder, with large deposits of lithates.
Uneasiness in region of bladder while suffering from a violent cold; continued to increase until it became a confirmed chronic inflammation.
Incontinence of urine; especially with children.
Restless tossing about; constant moaning, expressed by peculiar cries; lower belly swollen and hot.
Violent headache, soreness all over, aching, gnawing in joints; eyes red and swollen; violent cutting pain in back; labor-like pains in back; constant desire to void urine; most excruciating, smarting and burning in urethra upon voiding urine; passes a few drops at a time, and is obliged to make the effort very often; numbness of legs; deep, dull aching in kidneys; also in bladder; great emaciation; hectic fever; night sweats; rheumatic pains shifting from place to place. ~ Chronic cystitis.
Catarrh vesica, attended by ulceration.
After riding four miles a very rough road, with much jolting and shaking, seven months pregnant, and taking a bad cold, violent dysuria.
Strangury, due to uterine displacement.
Ischuria with child two weeks old.
Constant urging to urinate all day; has passed twice as much urine during the day as usual.
Felt an uncontrollable desire to void urine, after which she experienced a severe colic pain, occupying whole extent of abdomen.
Constant desire to pass water accompanied by a cutting, aching pain in bladder.
Voiding urine as often as once an hour during whole day.
Passes a few drops of urine at a time, and is obliged to make the effort very often.
Profuse flow of clear, limpid urine; weak, tired and faint after urinary symptoms.
Urine scanty, albuminous, and frequent.
Stream of urine smaller than natural.
Mucous sediment in urine in excess, indicating inflammation.
Diabetes insipidus; albuminuria; dropsy due to renal disease, with severe dyspnea and edema all over body.
Renal and vesical calculi.
Diuresis and vesical irritation; hyperemia and vesical inflammation.
Dysuria, enuresis nocturna, and other conditions of irritation of bladder from direct or reflex causes.
Vesical irritability in women.


Impotency, from exhaustion or abuse of the generative functions.


Tense cutting pain two inches above left ovary.
A smart, quick, jerking motion in left ovary.
Heavy pressure during day directly above left ovary.
Sterility, from atony of ovaries.
Strangury from uterine displacement, or during pregnancy.
Leucorrhea quite abundant, leaving no stain upon linen.
Uterine leucorrhea caused by exhaustion of uterus and chronic metritis.
The external generative organs feel as though wet, though a delusion.
Inflammation of meatus urinarius.
Numbness, worse in groin.


Threatened abortion.
Habitual abortion at third or fourth month.
Insufficient labor pains.


Flowing coryza; sneezing; hoarseness; with roughness of voice; hacking cough in evening; cough with soreness and heat in bronchi; difficult breathing; grating sensation in chest at every deep inspiration.


Difficult breathing; distressing dyspnea.
Choking compels to swallow.
Grating sensation in chest at every deep inspiration.

COUGH. [27]

Hacking cough in evening.
Cough, with soreness and heat in bronchia.
Spell of dry, hacking cough previous to attack, continuing throughout paroxysm.


Strong desire to inflate lungs, which she continued to do from time to time, without noticing particularly that she was doing so; sighing.


Palpitation of heart; fluttering of heart and fullness in throat.
Pulse accelerated and full. ~ Ague.
Pulse 80 to 100, full and bounding.


Lame feeling in nape of neck.
Stiff, wry neck.
Cutting pain in neck, running from left shoulder to occiput.
Between shoulder blades chilly feeling.
Sore pain directly within spine, its whole extent, from below upwards.
Violent cutting pain in back.
Labor-like pains in back.
Chill begins in lower dorsal region and runs up the back.
Neuralgic pains from below upwards, mostly left side of back and hip.
Distressing pain in lumbar region before chill.
Rheumatic pains in lumbar region.
Dull, aching pain in sacrum, running upward into kidneys.


Arms perspire most; hands are cold; finger-nails blue.


Pain from hip and back upwards.
Gnawing in hip-bone.
Legs feel weak, tired; left leg weak, worse than right in which she has a severe numbness.
Numbness of legs, after or in conjunction with the severe bone-pains.
Feet feel as if she had walked a long journey.
It seems to her as though her heels were crowding through her boots; the delusion so marked that she felt compelled to look and see if it was really the case.
Thighs perspiring most; feet cold.


Tired, weak, uneasiness in limbs, with numbness and gnawing pain.
Rheumatic pains shifting from place to place, always from below upwards.
Pains in arms and legs before chill.
Limbs cold, during fever.
Ischias sinistra; severe shooting pains in course of left sciatic nerve, producing a palsied sensation, especially after motion; neuralgia of right shoulder, or of right knee, passing over to left side; neuralgic pains from below upwards, mostly in left side of back and hip; gnawing in hip-bone, legs feel weak and tired, left leg more.
Rheumatism, especially in aged persons, with sensation of soreness of bones, leaving ankles and feet swollen; profuse discharge of clear urine; intense aching in limbs, as if bones were broken; pains come and go suddenly; very restless, cannot keep still, though there is great desire to do so, and the pains are not amel. by motion.


Unable to lie down.
Great effort required to move about.
Changing position ever so little, chilly down back.
Walking slowly: pressing in head amel.
Motion: shooting pain in sciatic nerve produces palsied sensation, agg. after motion; pains in limbs not amel. by motion.

NERVES. [36]

Suffers from unusual weakness; with a staring look of eyes.
Faint, dizzy feeling, pervading whole body.
Tired, weak feeling in every organ of body; general prostration.
Faintness, languor, sickness, cannot move about.
A weak, tired, wearied, faint feeling, almost insupportable accompanies symptoms of urinary organs.
Restlessness, tossing, constant moaning.
Unable to lie down.
Nervous, restless, hysterical mood.

SLEEP. [37]

Yawning, gaping, sighing.
Sleepy and depressed.
Sleep restless and much disturbed, frightful dreams.
Sleeplessness, with wild, staring eyes.

TIME. [38]

Morning: lightness of head agg., disappearing at 12 o'clock; pressing in head; violent headache; pain in lumbar region; in arms; in legs; left side of throat.
At 10 A. M.: yawning, gaping, stretching out, then shake.
During day: voiding urine every hour; heavy pressure directly above left ovary.
Afternoon: pressing in head agg.
After 3 P. M.: chilly feeling in lumbar region.
Evening: pressing in head agg.; hacking cough.


Hot drinks: longing for.
Fresh air: pressing in head amel.
Cold drinks: longing for.
Cold air: pressing in head agg.

FEVER. [40]

Chilly down back, when changing position ever so little.
General coldness of whole body.
Chill begins in small of back, and spreads over body; violent shaking, with comparatively little coldness; bone pains; thirst in chill and heat; nails blue.
Skin hot and dry with fever; hot to touch in face.
Fever protracted, with bone pains, nausea and vomiting, followed by slight sweat, mostly about forehead and head.
Heat with thirst.
Sweat: principally about forehead; chilly when attempting to shift position.
Hectic fever, with night sweats; pulse feeble but regular.
Pulse ranged from 80 to 100; full and bounding.
Chill commences in small of back and extends from this point up and down body simultaneously; slightest movement while covered, or draft of air blowing upon patient, produces a transient return of chill after it has apparently passed away, and after the fever has set in; this is also the case during the sweat, but not so marked severe bone pains. ~ Intermittent fever.
During morning, headache, pain in lumbar region, arms, legs, and left side of throat; after 3 P. M., chilly feeling in lumbar region, extending up as far as between shoulder blades, cold hands and feet, finger-nails blue, general coldness; after from one to three hours, fever, flushed face, suffused eyes, lachrymation, running at nose; constant thirst; desire for cold and acid drinks; loss of appetite; restless sleep, with frightful dreams.
At 10 A. M., every other day, begins to yawn, gape, stretch out, and then to shake; coldness appears to commence about trunk first, while hands and feet become so in half or three-quarters of an hour afterwards; finger and toe-nails become blue; child does not shake continually during the chill, but appears to shudder at intervals for a moment or so; after two hours slight fever with thirst, both continuing about an hour and followed by perspiration, particularly about upper portion of body. ~ Quotidian intermittent.


Chill at different times of day.
At intervals for a moment or so: child shakes.
Every few minutes: sighing.
Every half hour during day: evacuates bladder.
Every hour during day: voiding urine.
Every other day: chills.


Left: falling to side; dull, aching pain through temporal region; thumping pain on occipital bone; pain from shoulder to occiput; boring pain on side of head; pain in side of throat; swelling and fullness in stomach; soreness of whole abdomen agg. on side; cutting pain two inches above ovary; a smart, quick, jerking motion in ovary; heavy pressure above ovary; cutting pain in neck, from shoulder to occiput, neuralgic pains side of hip and back; leg weak; shooting pain in course of sciatic nerve.
Right: leg numb: neuralgia of knee or shoulder.
Right to left: pressing in head; neuralgia of knee or shoulder.
From below upwards: sore pain directly within spine; neuralgic pains hip and back.


As though tendons flying round and round; as if falling to left side; as if head were moving in all directions; vertex as though lifting up from adjoining parts; head feels as though she had a bad cold; ears feel as though they were full; numb feeling of tongue, as if caused by aconite; throat feels as if having swallowed tobacco; throat feels as if having been scalded by swallowing some hot substance; bowels hard as a rock; feeling as though bowels must be moved immediately without being able to do so; external generative organs feel as though wet; grating sensation in chest; as if she had walked a long journey; as though her heels were crowding through her boots; as if bones were broken.
Pain: from left shoulder to occiput; in left side of throat; in bowels; from hip and back upwards; in arms and legs.
Violent: headache; bone pains; Cutting pain: in kidneys; in bladder; in back; two inches above left ovary; in neck.
Shooting pain: in course of left sciatic nerve.
Boring pain: in left side of head.
Stitching pain: in left side of head.
Gnawing: at stomach; in joints; in hip bone; in limbs.
Neuralgic pains: left side of hip and back; of right shoulder; of right knee.
Dull, deep pain: in kidneys.
Rolling and twisting pain: in bowels.
Distressing pain: in lumbar region.
Crampy pains: in pit of stomach; in stomach.
Colic pain: over whole abdomen.
Rheumatic pains: from place to place; in lumbar region.
Labor-like pains: in back.
Burning heat: in face; in throat; in bladder; in urethra.
Sore pain: directly within spine.
Smarting: in throat; in bladder; in urethra.
Fine pricking sensation: on scalp; in end of tongue; on posterior part of tongue.
Soreness: of scalp; of throat; over whole abdomen; all over, in bronchi.
Dull pain: in head.
Dull aching: in bladder; in kidneys; in sacrum.
Dull, hammering pain: in left side of head.
Beating: in left side of head.
Heavy pain: in head.
Constriction: over frontal region.
Tense pain: over left ovary.
Pressure: upon rectum; upon bladder; above left ovary.
Heaviness: upon rectum.
Heat: in bronchi.
Roughness: in throat.
Dryness: in throat.
Fluttering: in throat-pit; of heart.
Fullness: in throat; in bowels; in bladder.
Dizzy feeling: in head; over whole body.
Light feeling: in head.
Uneasiness: in region of bladder; in limbs.
Tenderness: of scalp.
Chronic irritation: of bladder.
Squeaking: in ears.
Rumbling: in bowels.
Lame feeling: in nape of neck.
Numbness: of legs; agg. in groin; in limbs.
Numb feeling: of tongue.
Itching: of scalp.


Through the spinal nervous system it produces a state of muscular system similar to rheumatism; it probably affects the anterior portion of spinal cord the most.
Through the renal plexus, this remedy has a specific and special action upon the kidneys, acting as a powerful diuretic, producing great increase of urinary secretion; large doses produce vesical irritation, with frequent desire to urinate, which is very urgent and painful; urine loaded with mucus, and high-colored and scanty.
Distressing dyspnea; whole body and extremities extremely edematous; secretion of urine very scanty, only 3 or 4 ounces in twenty-four hours; no organic disease discernible; urine however slightly albuminous; pulse feeble but regular; extremities cold; considerable general prostration. ~ Dropsy.


After riding four miles a very rough road, with much jolting and shaking, while pregnant, violent dysuria.


Infant, aet. 2 weeks; retention of urine.
Babe, aet. 11 months, living in a miasmatic district, is pale, wan, debilitated; intermittent fever.
Girl, aet. 2 1/2 years, delicate, pale, frail, living in a miasmatic district, was seized with convulsions, followed by paroxysm of intermittent fever.
Girl, aet. 6 years; intermittent fever.
Miss. C., aet. 20; intermittent fever.
Mrs. P., pregnant 7 months, after riding over a rough road and being greatly jolted and shaken; cystitis.
Elias S. after enlisting in army took violent cold; chronic cystitis.
Old gentleman; twice had attacks of dropsy; dropsy.


Compare: Apoc., (dropsy), Cann. sat., Canthar., Copaiva, Ferrum and Senecio (renal symptoms).


Source: The Guiding Symptoms of Our Materia Medica Vol. 05, 1887
Description: Clinical materia medica of Eupatorium purpureum
Remedies: Eupatorium purpureum
Author: Hering, C.; Raue, C.G.; Knerr, C.B.; Mohr, C.
Year: 1887
Editing: errors only; interlinks; formatting
Attribution: Legatum Homeopathicum
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