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Poppy. Papaveraceae.

Introduced by Hahnemann.

For provings and toxicological reports which are numerous, see R. A. M. L., vol. 1, p. 278, and Allen's Encyclopaedia, vol. 7, p. 173.


- Ill effects of anger, Schmid, B. J. H., vol. 5, p. 271; Mental disturbance; Idiocy, Sonnenberg, Schler, Kiesselbach, Rck., Kl. Erf., vol. 1, p. 36; Bigler, Hom. Phys., vol. 6, p. 249; Delirium, Elwert, Rck. Kl. Erf., vol. 5, p. 8; Delirium tremens, Strecker, Weber, Trinks, Rck. Kl. Erf., vol. 1, p. 146; Battmann, Kurtz, Rck. Kl. Erf., vol. 5, p. 65; Apoplexy, Higgins, N. A. J. H., vol. 22, p. 58; Scholz, Schmid, Knorre, Frank, Rck. Kl. Erf., vol. 1, p. 94; Lw, Rck. Kl. Erf., vol. 5, p. 30; Stupor, Sawyer, Hom. Phys., vol. 7, p. 337; Sunstroke, Espinay, N. A. J. H., vol. 22, p. 80; from Bib. Franc, Dec., 1872; Vertigo, Müller, Rck. Kl. Erf., vol. 5, p. 22; Schmid, B. J. H., vol. 1, p. 377; Headache, Schmid, B. J. H., vol. 1, p. 378; Rck. Kl. Erf., vol. 1, p. 190; Meningitis, Hartmann, Hirsch, Rck. Kl. Erf., vol. 5, p. 46; Cerebro-spinal meningitis, Raue, Analyt. Therap., vol. 1, p. 248; Affection of stomach, vomiting, Hofrichter, Rck. Kl. Erf., vol. 5, p. 319; Colic, Welsch, Times Ret., 1875, p. 73; A. H. Z., vol. 90, p. 173; Flatulent colic, Hirsch, B. J. H., vol. 26, p. 108; Lead colic, Rückert, Fleischmann, Rothhansl; Trinks, Rck. Kl. Erf., vol. 1, p. 758; Huber, Mattoli, Rck. Kl. Erf., vol. 5, p. 369; Ussher, Hah. Mo., vol. 23, p. 601; Hom. World, July, 1888; Intestinal catarrh, Müller, Rck. Kl. Erf., vol. 5, p. 425; Ileus, Cserno, Raue's Rec. 1872, p. 149; H. Kl., 1871, p. 50; Intestinal obstruction, Lw, Kafka, Rck. Kl. Erf., vol. 5, p. 374; Intestinal obstruction and fecal tumor, Plimpton, Hah. Mo., vol. 10, p. 393; Abdominal complaint, Bartl, Rck. Kl. Erf., vol. 1, p. 777; Constipation, Swan, Hom. Times, vol. 4, p. 275; Stoaks, Hom. Phys., vol. 8, p. 439; Foster, Times Ret., 1877, p. 35; Am. Hom., vol. 1, p. 114; Luchs, Rck. Kl. Erf., vol. 5, p. 396; Lobeth., Hrg., Mschk., Kirsch, Rck. Kl. Erf., vol. 1, p. 817; Rafinesque, Bernard, Bernard and Strong, p. 85; Cholera, Hirsch, B. J. H, vol. 26, pp. 107-112; Lobeth., Rentsch, Roth, Rck. Kl. Erf., vol. 1, p. 952; Engelhard, Gerstel, Rck. Kl. Erf., vol. 5, p. 479; Proctitis, Lindner, Rck. Kl. Erf., vol. 5, p. 355; Retention of stool and urine, Hrg., Rck. Kl. Erf., vol. 2, p. 28; Renal colic, Trinks, Rck. Kl. Erf., vol. 2, p. 28; Strangury, Allen, Hom. Phys., vol. 7, p. 212; Urethral stricture, Rosenberg, Rck. Kl. Erf., vol. 5, p. 547; Sloughing of scrotum, Sircar, Raue's Rec., 1875, p. 169; Calcutta M. J., vol. 3, p. 122; Menorrhagia, Weil, Times Ret., 1877, p. 109; Menostasia, Gross, Raue's Rec., 1872, p. 179; H. Kl., 1871; Constipation during pregnancy, Knorr, Rck. Kl. Erf., vol. 2, p. 384; Disorders of pregnancy, Wheeler, Times Ret., 1877, p. 113, Mass. Trans., vol. 4, p. 883; Abortion, Griessel, Rck. Kl. Erf., vol. 2, p. 319; Ineffectual labor pains, Afterpains, Battmann, Rck. Kl. Erf., vol. 5, p. 656; Use in labor, Battmann, Rck. Kl. Erf., vol. 5, p. 34; Puerperal convulsions, Hartmann, Rck. Kl. Erf., vol. 2, pp. 394, 408; Briry, N. E. M. G., vol. 8, p. 348; Baer, Raue's Rec., 1874, p. 247; from Trans. A. I., 1872, p. 225; Bronchitis with dyspnea, Kafka, Rck. Kl. Erf., vol. 5, p. 800; Dyspnea, Morrison, Hom. Rev., vol. 21, p. 157; Asthma Millari, Times Ret., 1877, p. 84, Cough, Gross, Rck. Kl. Erf., vol. 3, p. 46; Haemoptysis, Lobethal, Rck. Kl. Erf., vol. 5, p. 805; Pneumonia, Bernrenter, Raue's Path., p. 392; Müller, Rck. Kl. Erf., vol. 3, p. 310; Heart disease, Knorre, Rck. Kl. Erf., vol. 3, p. 447; Huber, Rck. Kl. Erf., vol. 5, p. 860; Spasms, Epilepsy, Hrg., Attom., Hromada, Knorre, Rck. Kl. Erf., vol. 4, p. 586; Spasms, Pritchard, Raue's Rec., 1875, p. 248; from Trans. N. Y. S., 1873-4, p. 314; Convulsions, Ping, Times Ret., 1875, p. 36, from Bib. Hom., vol. 7, p. 79; Epilepsy, Groos, Hom. Cl., vol. 4, p. 93; Stens, Raue's Rec., 1872, p. 228; from A. H. Z., vol. 83, p. 128; Spalding, N. E. M. G., vol. 8, p. 208; Sleep, Sleeplessness, Lw, Rentsch, Rck. Kl. Erf., vol. 5, p. 60; Cold, Underwood, B. J. H., vol. 33, p. 574; Ague, Hrg., Gauwerky, Seidel, Rummel, Rck. Kl. Erf., vol. 4, p. 968; Seidel, Allen's Int. Fever, p. 195; from Hom. Cl., Lippe, M. I., vol. 6, p. 345; Fischer, A. J. H. M. M., vol. 4, p. 18; Typhoid fever, Lobeth., Lw, Gross, Hartmann, Trinks, Wislicen., Rck. Kl. Erf., vol. 4, p. 761; Scarlet fever, Hahnemann, Trinks, Hartmann, Rck. Kl. Erf., vol. 4, p. 58.

MIND. [1]

Confusion of mind.
Dullness of head; has no mental grasp for anything and cannot comprehend the sense of what he is reading.
Imbecility of will, as though annihilated.
Insensibility, accompanied by complete apoplectic respiration.
Unconscious, eyes glassy, half closed; face pale; deep coma.
Stupid indifference.
Drunkenness, with stupor; as if from smoke in brain; eyes burning, hot and dry.
Sopor: painless, complains of nothing, wants nothing; with delirium; depression of lower jaw; dilated pupils; general symptoms of paralysis of brain.
Profound coma; cannot be aroused from stupor; pupils greatly contracted or widely dilated; face puffed, with dark red or cherry brown appearance; stertorous breathing; pulse full and labored or slow and feeble.
Talkative; glistening eyes and mental activity; inclines to gayety.
Thinks he is not in his own house; imagines himself living in a locality three hours distant from his house; detains all passers-by and wishes to take them into his house; will brook no opposition, meets force with force, face flushed; stupor, forgetfullness, he does not at once recognize friends; anxiety; wildness; inclination to sleep without being able to do so; constipation with meteoric distension of abdomen; urine retained, a paretic condition apparently preventing evacuation; while smoking forgets to draw; lively and cheerful, yet very drowsy.
Said many disconnected things and pointed to masked people who seemed to approach him.
Sees frightful ghosts; easily frightened.
She appears to see most frightful animals and other objects.
Vivid imagination, exaltation of mind.
Imagines parts of body very large.
Thinks she is not at home.
Delirious talking, eyes wide open, face red, puffed up.
Delirium: muttering; violent, with red face, glistening eyes and great physical activity.
Constant delirium day and night; declares he is not alone in bed; when spoken to answers intelligently, but at once becomes delirious again; frenzy; desires to escape; says a regiment of horsemen are upon his bed and that he fears to be trodden upon; when told that horses are very careful, answered that he feared he would be crushed by the wagons that followed them. ~ After pneumonia.
Mania a potu: with dullness of senses, at intervals sopor, with snoring; in old, emaciated persons; sees animals coming towards him; people want to hurt him, execute him; creeping under covers or jumping out of bed; in “old sinners” whose long lives of excess have thoroughly destroyed their constitutions; in those who have had the disease repeatedly, it taking but a small quantity of liquor to throw them again into delirium; face wears a constant expression of fright and terror; preceded by epileptiform fits; imagine they see frightful objects and are in great fear; believe themselves to be murderers or criminals to be executed; want to run away; staring look; twitching of muscles of face and mouth; lockjaw; tremor.
Fantastical insanity with frightful visions; talks in a confused manner; commits indecent actions; cheerfullness and feeling of great strength; contempt of death; riotous hilarity with buffoonery and subsequent angry savageness or tearful sorrow; instability and imbecility of will; indifference to joy and suffering; complete dementia, does not recognize his own relatives; excessive debility, stupor, frequent sweats and eruptions on skin; diminished secretion of urine. ~ Mental derangement.
After practising masturbation for many years fell into a state of despair respecting his health, this degenerated into complete idiocy.
Nervous and irritable; tendency to start.
Ailments from excessive joy, fright, anger or shame.
After fright, fear of the fright still remaining.
Anxiety; apprehension; fear of impending death.
Started at least noise; a fly upon any part of body was a burden to him.
After a fright with fear, convulsions, or a hot head, with twitching about mouth.
Grief over insults is followed by convulsions.
Mendacity. [Obs. “Opium eaters are chronic liars.”]
Screaming before or during spasm.
Dislikes to talk during sweat.


Great sensibility to sound, light and faintest odors.
Apoplexy: vertigo, congestion to head, with great roaring in ears; eyes open, pupils dilated; face red, muscles twitching; sinking of jaw; tongue drawn to one side; speech impeded; inability to swallow; slow, irregular, stertorous breathing; limbs cold, paralyzed; drowsiness; in persons addicted to spirituous liquors or oppressed by care or grief; convulsive motions of extremities or tetanic stiffness of whole body; hot sweat on head; after consciousness is restored cannot retain what he reads and forgets connection of consecutive thoughts; paralysis of right side.
Coma: incomplete insensibility; will be aroused for a moment when addressed in a loud tone of voice and then relapse into stupor; extremities and face bluish or livid; loud, stertorous inspirations; coldness of skin; uremic.
Sunstroke; unconsciousness; deep coma; eyes glassy and half closed.
After sleeping in sun during afternoon could not be awakened following morning; she slept quietly and normally, pulse regular, skin cool. ~ Sunstroke.
Passive cerebral congestion, with somnolence after meals in patients predisposed to apoplexy.
Fainting turns with vertigo whenever he attempts to rise from bed, with sudden return of animation on lying down.
Vertigo: with anxiety and delirium; when rising; after typhus; from injuries to head; as after intoxication; with darkness before eyes; with dullness of head and stupefaction; sympathetic, accompanying diseases of precordial organs, suppressed hemorrhoids, menses, heart affections, etc.; after fright; with sensation as if he were flying or hovering in air.
Sensation in head like that following sleep after excessive debauch.
Great heaviness of head, making thought and writing difficult.
Dull, stupid, as if drunk.
Congestion of blood to head, with pulsations in it.


Headache: pressing pain in temples; vertigo, red face, sleepiness; agg. on closing eyes; congestive, nervous, abdominal.
Throbbing of arteries; rush of blood to head.
Cerebro-spinal meningitis: stupor; spasms; drawing body backward and rolling from side to side; deep, slow, stertorous breathing; very quick or very slow pulse; after violent emotions, fear, grief, fright, which acted like a blow, stunning whole nervous system.
Meningitis, particularly if caused by insulation or when child has slept near hot stove.
Traumatic encephalitis.
Hydrocephalus acutus: early and late stages; heavy and stupid sleep, with red face; stupid even after waking; extremely acute hearing; child seems to be afraid of something and starts as if frightened; constipation, stools resemble small, black balls; chronic.


Head hot and covered with hot or cold sweat. ~ Apoplexy.
Occiput feels heavy as lead, head falling back constantly. ~ Apoplexy. ~ Cerebro-spinal meningitis.


Obscuration of sight; amblyopia.
Scintillations before eyes.
The pupils are dilated and insensible to light, contracted or sluggish.
Sensation as if eyes were too large for orbits.
Eyes: glassy, protruded, immovable; staring look; half open, balls turned upward; red, half closed, burning hot and dry; red, glistening and prominent.
Sensation of sand or dust in eye, with burning.
Swelling of lower lids; lids hang down as if paralyzed.
Total paralysis of accommodation, with impaired sensibility of right retina, and partial paralysis of accommodation of left eye; supposed to be due to use of cosmetic which probably contained carbonate of lead; almost constantly frontal headache, vertigo with darting pains from occiput to forehead, distressing feeling of emptiness in stomach, especially in morning, bowels constipated, and a sensation of pain and constriction as of a band encircling her chest in line of pleura.
Embolism of central artery of retina; arteries blood-less, veins engorged and stagnant, and hemorrhagic spots on disk; after a severe attack of neuralgia; face very red and drawn to right side, tongue protruded to right side, speech imperfect, nearly voiceless, except with effort; pain in back; all pains on right side.


Acuteness of hearing; clocks striking and cocks crowing at a great distance keep her awake.
Buzzing, humming and violent roaring in ears.
Congestion to ears; hematorrhea.


Loss of smell.
Stitches in right nostril on taking a long inspiration.
Stoppage of nose; dry coryza.


Face: flushed; red, bloated, swollen; livid; pale, earthy, eyes weak, full of water; pale, clay-colored, sunken countenance and eyes, with red spots on cheeks; bluish (purple), swollen; of sucklings three or four weeks old, like that of an old man; affrighted, mania a potu; debauched, distorted.
Trembling, twitching and spasmodic motions of facial muscles.
Muscles of face relaxed, lower lip hangs down; veins distended.
Cold sweat on forehead.


Corners of mouth twitch; distortion of mouth.
Lips livid; foam at mouth.
Lower lip and jaw hang down.


Taste: lost; bitter; sour; disagreeable, sweet (lead colic).
Paralysis of tongue and difficult articulation.
Unable to talk with mouth open; answered in a stammering manner with interrupted articulation.
Tongue: quivering; coated dirty yellow, or white; unctuous; purple black.


Dryness of mouth, thirst and want of appetite.
Saliva lessened or ptyalism; spitting of blood.
Ulcers in mouth and on tongue.


Dryness of throat.
Inability to swallow; daily attacks of distension and strangulation.
Dysphagia becoming true aphagia, a from paralysis of muscles.


Appetite ravenous or lost.
Disgust at food, or food is desired, but no sooner is first morsel swallowed than it is followed by oppression.
Violent thirst or absence of thirst.
Desire for spirituous liquors; costive.
Longing for beer or brandy.


Aggravation from brandy or wine.


Hiccough; sour eructations.
Nausea and inclination to vomit when moving and after eating.
Retching which has come on in consequence of a moral emotion, as loathing.
Unsuccessful vomiturition in drunkards.
Vomit: green, bloody or bitter; putrid; stercoraceous; intussusception, with violent colic and convulsions; first of food then of fecal-smelling substance (hiccough), great thirst, cold limbs, distorted face (ileus, incarcerated hernia); of enormous masses of mucus intermixed with large bubbles of air, occasionally greenish, accompanied by great nausea, pressure in stomach, constipation, etc.


Painful swelling in precordia.
Violent cutting in epigastric and umbilical region.
Constrictive pain in stomach.
Heaviness and pressure in stomach.
Fullness and oppression in stomach, with shortness and difficulty of breathing.
Digestion slow, disturbed, weakened, with sensation of fullness, heaviness, pressure, constriction and pain in stomach and praecordium; inactivity of digestive organs; atonic dyspepsia of drunkards; subacute gastritis.


Swelling of spleen.


Rumbling in abdomen; griping, grumbling.
Abdomen tense, distended, tympanitic, hard, swollen, sensitive to touch.
Pressive pain in abdomen, as if intestines would be cut to pieces.
Tension in hypogastric region, which is extremely painful to touch.
Pressure and heaviness as from a stone or weight in abdomen, in umbilical region.
Accumulation of gas in stomach and intestines, causing painful swelling; amel. for a time by motion; if gas passes off it is immediately renewed.
Anxious sensation in epigastrium; colic, with great pressure downward upon rectum and bladder, without any discharge of gas, feces or urine.
Colic: transient, very violent; griping, with constipation (in sucklings); cutting; flatulent; as if intestines were cut to pieces; from lead poisoning.
Intestinal spasms; child cried day and night and could not be pacified; after each attack pale and collapsed; thirsty, vomits after drinking; stools hard, lumpy, colorless, or thin, yellowish or greenish; passed much urine; great fearfullness, especially at night; eyes wide open; he crouched up and perspired; whenever he cried scrotum and penis wrinkled up, testicles were drawn up within abdominal ring, and penis completely disappeared.
Squeezing pains as if something were forced through a narrow space; shooting pains into testes and bladder; restless, anxious, changing position; face hot; pulse slow. ~ Nephralgia.
Severe vomiting, with pains in stomach and obstinate constipation; great confusion of head; tongue coated; metallic taste in mouth; intolerable pains in abdomen, as if stabbed with a knife; umbilicus spasmodically retracted; pulse tense, hard, slow; skin dry. ~ Colic.
Very severe twitching-tearing or lightning-like pains shooting in all directions through abdomen, even extending down to testicles and at times involving bladder; pains do not remain long in one place, but constantly change locality, and are not agg. from external pressure; no indications of inflammation; stool and urine normal; pulse normal. ~ Colic.
Flatus accumulates in upper part of bowels, causing distension of abdomen, especially in umbilical region, with antiperistaltic motion, belching and vomiting.
Constant severe constricting pain in abdomen, day and night, compelling him to bend double; constipation; loss of appetite; great lassitude; lower limbs heavy as lead. ~ Lead colic.
Delirium, with severe convulsions; complains of no pain; skin very hot; pulse 120; pupils greatly dilated, sensitive to light; at night complains of sudden loss of vision; later, pain and sensation of lameness, in lower limbs, with constriction in abdomen. ~ Lead colic.
Colic in a printer from handling type; pain so severe as to compel him to lie on floor and make a great outcry; constipation.
Painter's colic.
Crampy intestinal motions; rolling up as of a hard body in right hypochondrium. ~ Ileus.
Strangulation of bowels; violent colicky pains and fecal vomiting.
Digestive organs inactive; peristaltic motion reversed or paralyzed; bowels seem closed.
Paralysis of intestines from lead poisoning.
Laxness of abdominal organs.
Incarcerated umbilical and inguinal hernia; fecal vomit.


Stool: involuntary, especially after fright; pasty; fluid, frothy, with burning in anus and tenesmus; excessively offensive; watery; black, fetid; unsatisfactory, hard; hard, preceded by griping; hard, dark-brown or grey; hard and crumbly; hard, round, black balls; in small hard knots, accompanied by bearing-down pains, or with sensation as if rectum were closed; hard, dry, in black balls, like sheep dung; in large masses; hard, alternated with liquid, frothy stools; come down and recede; retained spasmodically.
Diarrhea: occasioned suddenly by fear, a cold, or other slight causes; after sudden joy; persistent, in those treated with large doses of the drug; last stage of infantile, with characteristic stools and convulsions; during typhoid.
Dysentery: patient drowsy and stupid; urine scanty and retained; no appetite; rapid emaciation; strong resemblance to second stage of typhus.
Cholera infantum: with stupor, snoring and convulsions; contracted pupils; tonic spasms; face pale or red; fatally advancing stupor; pupils react very sluggishly or not at all; disease seems to begin by involving brain, as yet there is neither vomiting nor diarrhea, child appears as if drugged; lack of vitality; well-selected remedy refuses to act; patient either sluggish or drowsy.
Cholera Asiatica: from emotional causes, fright at seizure or death of relatives; after failure of Verat. or Arsen.; when too large doses of Camphor have been given, and there is great congestion to head and threatened apoplexy; typhoid symptoms; asphyctic stage; icy coldness and blueness of surface; pulseless; no reaction; disturbances in circulation and respiration in consequence of violent and sudden implication of solar plexus, with cyanosis and threatened suffocation.
Constipation: from fright or fear; nervous and irritable, passes nothing but hard, black balls from bowels; from arrested secretions; from ileus or paresis from intestines; almost unconquerable; for weeks with loss of appetite; not more than one motion a week; from inactivity of intestines; the most active purgatives have lost their power; decreased peristaltic motion; paralysis of intestines in consequence of a protracted attack of diarrhea in subjects leading a sedentary life and also in robust, healthy men; associated with incarcerated hernia; want of sensibility, hardly any inconvenience is felt from accumulation of feces; of corpulent, goodhumored women and children; from spasmodic retention in small intestines, with feeling of pressing asunder; from lead poisoning; after abuse of cathartics; bowels impacted with feces; resulting from pressure upon rectum in consequence of a gravid uterus or abdominal tumors; of nursing infants, aged persons, and those of a torpid or plethoric habit; absence of expulsive efforts; accompanied by hysterical symptoms; at one time, after stool had remained absent eleven weeks, fecal vomiting occurred.
Before stool: no desire, or with desire to go to stool there is a sensation as if anus were closed.
Proctitis during course of peritonitis (metritis); anus greatly retracted.
Sensation of occlusion of anus; constriction, anus spasmodically closed during colic, with obstinate constipation; very difficult emission of flatus.


Diabetes mellitus; dullness, sadness, weak memory; after mental shocks or injuries; renal colic; pressing squeezing pains as though something had to force its way through a narrow space; shooting pains from different places into bladder and testicles; vomiting of slime and bile; obstinate constipation; dysuria; greatest anxiety and restlessness; constantly changing position; face hot; pulse slow.
Urine retained: from fright; from contraction of sphincter or paralysis of fundus of bladder; bladder full; post-partum; nursing children after passion of nurse; in fever or acute illness; chiefly caused by blunting of lining of membrane of neck of bladder so that fullness is not recognized by patient.
Urine: suppressed; passes with difficulty, as from atony; seldom and scanty, dark brown, brickdust sediment; red and cloudy; lemon colored, with much sediment; bloody.
Frequent interruption of stream of urine, which commences to flow after waiting a long time, on account of a cramp in sphincter vesicae.
Cutting in urethra.
Strangury and retention of urine from excessive use of tobacco.
Involuntary urination.
Nocturnal enuresis; urinates very often.


Excitement of sexual organs with violent erections; impotence.
Voluptuous fancies, with erections during sleep and impotence after waking; nightly emissions with amorous dreams.
Emissions without erections, followed by debility and great relaxation of parts.
Spasmodic stricture after drinking poorly-fermented liquor; also in drunkards.
Painful sensation in testicles.
Inflammation and sloughing of scrotum following attacks of malarious fever.


Great excitement of sexual organs, with sexual dreams and orgasm.
Perfect loss of sexual desire from lack of nutrition.
Softness of uterus, with fetid discharge. ~ After metritis.
Prolapsus uteri from fright.
Severe labor-like pains in uterus, with desire to go to stool.
Menses: irregular, profuse, violent colic forcing her to bend over; urging to stool; suppressed by fright.
Amenorrhea from fright; irresistible drowsiness; eclampsia.
Menorrhagia, or metrorrhagia; great sleepiness, yet she cannot sleep; sheets so hot that she has to change to a cooler place every little while; constipation.
Menses suppressed by great fright; violent epileptiform convulsions followed by very profuse menses.
Prolapsus of vagina with strangulation; very sleepy; lies in a soporous condition.
Leucorrhea: fetid.


During pregnancy: insomnia; retention of stool; continued hiccough; frequent nausea and vomiting after eating.
Violent or painful movements of fetus.
Abortion threatening after great fright, especially if in latter part of pregnancy.
Labor pains: spasmodic, extremely painful, but ineffectual; great pain in small of back; false or suppressed; from fear or fright; twitching and jerking of muscles; sopor, red face, injected eyes, retention of stool and urine.
Puerperal convulsions, after cathartics, not ceasing after child was born; pulse 120; pallor; sunken eyes; pupils much dilated; muttering; borborygmus; coma; spasm; throws arms and legs about; stretching arms and legs at right angles with body; trembling; pulse working rapidly; eyes turned inward and upward; head bent back over to left; left hand and foot turned to left side; tongue quivering, coated dirty yellow, unctuous; the spasm would scarcely relax, when it would run into another, more than thirty having occurred, finally stopping very suddenly for ten minutes.
Puerperal convulsions; spasms commenced with rigidity of muscles and distortion of features, drawing mouth down and to one side; head turned far back and to right side; then there was jactitation of limbs and body, with lividity of face and frothing at mouth; this condition would subside and be followed by stertorous breathing; tongue much swollen and bloody.
During and after labor, spasm, with loss of consciousness and drowsiness, open mouth; coma between paroxysms.
Puerperal fever, especially when caused by fright; overexcitement of all the senses; every distant sound annoys her; very fetid discharge from uterus; case approaches a condition of stupor.
Extremely severe after-pains, particularly in very sensitive women.
After parturition, retention of urine.
Suppression of lochia from fright, with sopor.
Newborn children, pale, breathless, cord pulsates; after Acon., if pulse remains imperceptible, face purple.
Suckling of a few weeks, had not grown, but was like an old man; limbs lax, skin wrinkled; bones of skull had lapped over during birth, the parietals over each other and over the occiput.


Aphonia, occasioned by fright.
Hoarseness, dry mouth and throat, white tongue.
Feeble voice, it requires a strong effort to speak loud.
Laryngismus stridulus.
Tickling in larynx, with violent, dry, racking cough; dryness and cough amel. by drinking water.


Breathing: frequent, involuntary, deep; laborious and drawn at long intervals; short inspiration, long, slow expiration, epigastrium drawn in; fine rales, constant cough, sopor, face bluish; great anguish and dread of suffocation; looks as if dying; slightly amel. from cold air and bending forward; agg. from smoking or wine; difficult, intermittent, as from paralysis of lungs; difficult, oppressed, especially at night; loud, difficult, rattling; long and sighing; snoring; deep, stertorous; puffing; snoring, with wide open mouth; irregular; moaning, slow; four respirations to the minute.
Asphyxia neonatorum; pale and breathless; cord still pulsates.
Nightly asthma, with whizzing and rattling during expiration, which is long and attended with retraction of epigastric region; inhalation short without noise.
Attacks of difficult breathing, with noisy, stertorous respiration; on taking an inspiration respiration would appear to be suspended and child would struggle to get its breath. ~ Asthma Millari.
Asthmatic form of hay fever; paroxysms of suffocation come on during sleep and are apt to be followed by violent fits of dry, racking cough amel. for a time by drinking water.
Loss of breath on going to sleep.
Suffocative attacks during sleep, like nightmare.
Tightness of breath and oppression, with great anguish, tightness and spasmodic constriction of chest.

COUGH. [27]

Cough: spasmodic, dry, tickling, paroxysmal, agg. at night; with gaping, drowsiness, yet cannot sleep; with spasm of lungs and blue face; when drinking; with difficult sputa, followed by gaping; suffocative, with bluish-redness of face; with profuse sweat; severe, with difficult expectoration, followed by yawning; agg. on swallowing (haemoptysis).
Sputa frothy, containing blood and mucus.
Gaping after coughing.


Tension and constriction of chest.
Heat in chest.
Bronchitis after catching cold or getting wet, with high fever, dyspnea, bloodstreaked expectoration and pressure on chest; constant cough; at night must sit up on account of shortness of breath and dread of suffocation.
At times feels as if he were not in his house, which he expresses by saying, “I wish I could be in the house with my family;” although in a desperate condition he is not much alarmed and wants to sit up a great part of time, because bed feels too hot; whole body, except lower extremities, perspires profusely; sweat is very hot; perspiring parts covered by a heavy crop of sudamina; gropes with his hands about bed as though hunting something; whole left and considerable part of right lung hepatized. ~ Double pneumonia.
Infantile pneumonia, where the pulmonary inflammation is disguised by symptoms of cerebral congestion and oppression; cyanotic color of upper part of body, with slow, stertorous breathing; pneumonia senilis et potatorum, with similar symptoms; difficult intermitting breathing, as from paralysis of lungs.
Suppuration of lungs occurring in those greatly addicted to use of intoxicating liquors; breathing labored, with rattling and snoring; cough very difficult and attended with smothering spells; face becomes blue during cough.
Congestion of blood to chest, or pulmonary spasms, with deep, stertorous, rattling breathing.
Haemoptysis: absence of all pain; blood thick, frothy, mixed with mucus; great oppression; burning about heart, tremor, feeble voice; anxious sleep, with starts; legs cold, chest hot; especially for drunkards.


Burning about heart.
Pulsating arteries and swollen veins on neck.
Beat of heart could not be felt.
Palpitation of heart after alarming events, fright, grief, sorrow, etc.
Pain in cardiac region, with great anxiety, violent beating of heart, trembling, difficult respiration, sleeplessness at night, delirium; great excitement of mind, with constant talking and motion of head and hands, rest of body lying in an elevated position; talks of impending death, cries, bids all farewell, then lies quiet as if communing with herself; face expresses great fear, will not answer, or answers irrelevantly; hands at one time icy-cold and covered with cold sweat, at another dry and hot; pulse small, thready, quick, irregular, at one time strong, at another weak, intermittent; grasps cardiac region with hands and presses them hard against left side of chest; frequent deep respirations, during which she presses chest forward and arches back, as if endeavoring to remove some obstruction in chest accompanied by a peculiar motion of head and mouth and gasping for air; notices most trifling actions of those about her; gives answers to conversation carried on in low tones in adjoining room; at times breaks into a monotonous song; on recovering consciousness complained of great palpitation; urine hot, dark, scanty; constipation. ~ Heart disease.
Pulse: varies; full and slow, with snoring; quick, hard, with anxious breathing; irregular and unequal; imperceptible; face purple in cyanosis neonatorum.


Pulsating arteries and swollen veins on neck.
Drawing lacerating in back.
Back bent backward spasmodically, curved like an arch, violent trembling motion.


Twitching and spasmodic movement of arms and hands, as in drunkards.
Paralysis of arms.
Numbness and sensation of swelling in hands and forearms.
Trembling of hands.
Veins of hands distended.


Twitching and spasmodic movements.
Weakness, numbness and paralysis of legs.
Feels as if her lower limbs were severed from her body and belonged to some one else.
Distressing spasmodic jerking in muscles of calves.
Heaviness, numbness and swelling of feet.
Shuffling and trembling gait. ~ Myelitis acuta.


Tremulous motion of all limbs.
Trembling of limbs after fright.
Spasmodic jerkings and numbness of limbs; convulsive movements.
Coldness of extremities.
Chilblains on fingers and toes.


Lying down: animation returned.
Lying in an elevated position: during heart disease.
Must lie on floor: colic.
Rising: from bed, vertigo.
Head falling back constantly: cerebro-spinal meningitis; apoplexy.
Stretching arms: at right angles to body, during spasm.
Moving: inclination to vomit; painful swelling of abdomen amel.
Bending forward: amel. breathing.
Presses chest forward and arches back: heart disease.
Must sit up: from dread of suffocation.
Changing position: nephralgia.
Constant tossing and tumbling about: at night.

NERVES. [36]

Starts at least noise.
Buzzing through whole body.
Trembling of whole body; caused by fright; of left arm in paroxysms; with external coldness, with jerking and twitching in limbs; convulsions.
Twitching, trembling head, arms and hands; now and then jerks of flexors; body cold; stupor; motion of body and uncovering head relieves.
Involuntary contraction of muscles.
Convulsive movements of one or other arm to and fro.
Spasms: from emotion, fright, anger, etc.; from approach of strangers (children); from crying; throws limbs or stretches arms at right angles to body, or, tetanic rigidity, opisthotonos, with rolling laterally; spasm begins with loud screams, then foam at mouth, trembling of limbs, suffocation; eyes half open and upturned, pupils large and insensible to light; after attack, deep sleep, face remains deep red and hot; stupor between spasms; on entering fit, loud screams, as from fright; from nursing soon after sudden fright of mother; with sudden loud cries.
Suddenly seized with an epileptic fit without any appreciable cause, six weeks later second fit, third came four weeks after second, and then they followed every three weeks; after attack soporous sleep, lasting from twenty-four to thirty hours; face dark red during sleep; after sleep pain in front of head; constipation.
Fits only after going to sleep; would not sleep ten minutes during day or night before she would, with a sudden spring, become violently convulsed; foaming at mouth and bleeding from her bitten tongue; face puffed, almost purple; eyes dull and turned upward; lids half closed; head hot; severe opisthotonos; convulsions last ten to thirty minutes, sinks into a deep, heavy sleep, with loud snoring and rattling in chest; in half an hour, sometimes not five minutes, suddenly goes into another convulsion, thus she passes entire night; wakes in morning lame and tired, but wholly unconscious of not having had a quiet nights sleep; during day listless and drowsy; itching of skin without eruption; indifferent to what transpires; prefers to be left alone; constipation. ~ Epilepsy.
Every evening about 11 o'clock, after having slept fifteen minutes, begins to toss head from side to side, raises head, flexes it upon chest and finally tosses it back quickly upon pillow; after having repeated this for third time stretches out and clenches right hand, thumb, however, not being drawn in, and gives herself several forcible blows upon chest; thereafter violent stretching, followed by twitching, until cessation of attack. ~ Epilepsy.
Emotional chorea.
Faints every fifteen minutes; eyes shut; head hangs; unconscious; jerks; sighing; agg. on rising.
Muscular exhaustion; great depression of nervous centres, with stupor and coma.
Want of susceptibility to drugs; want of vital reaction.
Shock from injury, severe cases; rapid breathing, every breath being a loud moan; livid or pale face; livid lips; great distress, oppression and anguish; cool, clammy skin; throat emits sound of letter “k” in respiration; eyes fixed unequally; unconsciousness.
Numbness and insensibility.
Paralysis, insensibility after apoplexy; in drunkards or old people; stool and urine retained.
Painlessness with all ailments; complains of nothing and asks for nothing.

SLEEP. [37]

Drowsiness: with headache; amounting almost to sopor.
Stupid, comatose sleep, with rattling, snoring breathing; slumber with half open eyes, contracted or sluggish pupils, carphologia and touching surrounding objects.
Drowsiness or sopor; red face; stertorous breathing; hot sweat.
Very restless at night, constant tossing and tumbling.
Sleepy, but cannot sleep; excessive wakefullness.
Sleeplessness, full of unwelcome fancies and imaginations that were entirely distinct from surrounding objects, as in delirium.
Sleeplessness, with acuteness of hearing; clocks striking and cocks crowing at a distance keep her awake.
Coma vigil, with frightful visions, before midnight.
During sleep: picking of bedclothes; sobbing; groaning; voluptuous dreams.

TIME. [38]

Morning: distressing feeling of emptiness in stomach agg.; hot, profuse sweat.
At 11 A. M.: shaking chill.
Day: listless and drowsy.
Night: great fearfullness; sudden loss of vision; breathing difficult and oppressed; cough agg.; must sit up from dread of suffocation; sleeplessness; convulsions; chill.
Before midnight: coma vigil with frightful visions.
Remission during day and evening; aggravation night and morning.


Uncovering head relieves.
Cold air: labored breathing amel.
Drinking water: dryness and cough amel.
Getting wet: bronchitis.
Bed feels so hot she can hardly lie on it; amel. from cold; agg. from heat.
Very susceptible to cold air.
Reappearance and aggravation from becoming heated.

FEVER. [40]

Coldness: of body, especially of extremities; and rigidity.
Stiff and cold; chill and diminished heat, stupor; weak, scarcely perceptible pulse.
Chill: latter part of night, with thirst, pains in limbs, hot head, stupor; afterwards heat with sleep, headache, pale face, bilious vomit; then sweat mostly on legs, with burning hot feeling.
Flushed face, cold legs, sleepy, but cannot sleep.
Heat: of head, with profuse sweat; in chest and other parts of trunk; with burning of cheeks; in face, with perspiration in large drops; with soporous, snoring sleep, and open mouth; twitches through limbs and perspiration on hot body; body burning even when bathed in sweat; limbs twitch; wants to uncover.
Bed feels so hot she cannot lie on it; moves often in search of a cool place.
Sweat: cold, on forehead or over whole body; over whole body, which is burning hot; sleep and snoring; hot, profuse morning sweat, wants to be uncovered; on upper part of body; lower part hot and dry.
Acute fevers characterized by a sopor bordering upon stupor, and by absence of any complaint, snoring with mouth open, half jerking of limbs and burning heat of perspiring body.
After catching severe cold; febrile symptoms, sore throat, throbbing headache, delirious, troubled sleep; hot surface, with chill creeping over body, especially from hips to below knees; lameness of eyeballs; uncontrollable desire to weep.
Shaking chill at 11 A. M.; body cold, or coldness only of limbs, abdomen, back, hands and feet.
Sleep during chill, heat and sweat; during sweat still feels burning hot; children and old people. ~ Ague.
Congestive chill paroxysms regular in time, irregular in stages.
Intermittents of old people and children.
Somnolency attended with slight delirium; lies quietly with a pleased expression of countenance; replies correctly when aroused; makes no complaint, on contrary is often satisfied with his condition because his dreams are agreeable; continues awake but a short time, then falls into somnolent state again. ~ Typhoid.
Typhoid type of fever, stupor, can scarcely be aroused; speechless; eyes half open; mild delirium or loud talking, fury, singing, desire to escape.
Typhoid fever: with profound cerebral congestion resulting in paralysis of brain; dark or brownish-red hue of face; dropping of lower jaw and stertorous breathing; body bathed in hot sweat, sweat not critical; feels as if her lower limbs were severed from her body and belonged to some one else; during lucid intervals complains that bed is to hot.


Paroxysms: chill, regular.
Alternate: hard and liquid stools.
Every fifteen minutes: faints.
Ten to thirty minutes: convulsions last.
Daily: attacks of distension and strangulation.
Every evening about 11 o'clock: fits commence.
Nightly: emissions; asthma.
During week: one motion of bowels.
Every three weeks: epileptic fits, sleep lasting twentyfour to thirty hours.


Right: paralysis of side; angle of mouth higher than left; pulse full at radial; eye turned upward; impaired sensibility of retina; face drawn to side; tongue protruded to side; pains on side; stitches in nostril; as of a hard body in hypochondrium; head turned to side; clenches hand, thumb not drawn in.
Left: eye turned to ear; partial paralysis of accommodation of eye; head bent back over to side; hand and foot turned to side; presses hands against side of chest; trembling of arm.


As if from smoke in brain; as if he were flying or hovering in air; as if drunk; as if eyes were too large for orbits; as of sand or dust in eyes; lids as if paralyzed; as of a band encircling chest in line of pleura; as if intestines would be cut to pieces; as of a stone or weight in abdomen; as if something was forced through a narrow space in abdomen; abdomen as if stabbed with a knife; rolling as of a hard body in right hypochondrium; as if rectum were closed; child as if drugged; as though anus were closed; looks as if dying; as if her lower limbs were severed from body.
Pain: in chest; in back; in lower limbs; in testicles; in cardiac region; in limbs.
Intolerable pain: in stomach.
Extremely severe after-pains.
Violent colicky pains: in abdomen.
Great pain: in small of back.
Shooting pain: in testes and bladder.
Darting pains: from occiput to forehead.
Lightning-like pain: in all directions in abdomen.
Spasmodic pains: in uterus.
Stitches: in right nostril.
Twitching-tearing pains: in all directions through abdomen.
Cutting: in abdomen; in urethra.
Drawing lacerating: in back.
Griping: in abdomen.
Squeezing pain: in abdomen.
Constrictive pain: in stomach; in abdomen.
Pressive pain: in abdomen.
Pressing pain: in temples.
Severe labor-like pains: in uterus.
Bearing-down pains: in abdomen.
Burning: in eyes; in anus; about heart; of cheeks; of body; in veins.
Heat: of face; in chest; of hands.
Throbbing: of arteries.
Constriction: of anus; of chest.
Pressure: in stomach; upon rectum and bladder; on chest.
Tension: in hypogastric region; of chest.
Fullness: in stomach.
Oppression: in stomach.
Anxious sensation: in epigastrium.
Heaviness: of head; of occiput; of stomach; of limbs; of feet.
Sensation of swelling: in hands and forearms.
Emptiness: of stomach.
Tickling: in larynx.
Dryness: of eyes; of mouth; of throat; of skin; of hands.
Lameness: of lower limbs; of eyeballs.
Numbness: of arms; of legs; of feet.
Buzzing: through whole body.
Trembling: of whole body.
Coldness: of extremities; of body; abdomen, back, hands and feet; in veins.
Itching: of skin.


Increased excitability and action in voluntary muscles, with diminution of it in involuntary muscles.
Jerks; only the flexors active.
Emaciation and debility.
Marasmus; child wrinkled and looks like a little driedup old man; stupor.
Suspension of secretion from mucous surface of digestive canal.
Venous congestion, with dark red surface.
Burning or sensation of coldness in veins.
Morbus coeruleus.
Suppurations and ulcers painless.
Lead poisoning.
Dropsical swelling of whole body.


Bed feels so hard she cannot lie upon it.
Touch: abdomen sensitive; hypogastric region painful.
Scratching: red blotches after itching.
From injury: to head, vertigo; shocks.
Burns; especially in children with disposition to convulsions and other spasmodic affections the result of fright from accident.

SKIN. [46]

Skin hot and damp, or sweating even in morning, and a desire to uncover.
Dryness of skin, without fever.
Very troublesome itching all over, fine pricking, rarely sensitive to touch.
Smarting-itching after sweating.
Whole body looks red.
Redness and itching of skin, red blotches after scratching.
Paleness of skin.
Skin of a pale blue, especially on genitals.
Blue spots on skin.
Scarlatina: burning heat, soporous stupor, agonized tossing about, vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions, constipation.
Sudden retrocession of acute eruptions; paralysis of brain sets in, or convulsions.


Light hair, lax muscles and want of bodily irritability; the well-chosen remedy makes no impression.
Especially suitable for children and old persons; diseases of first and second childhood.
Frequently suited to persons addicted to spirituous drinks.
Girl, few days after birth; affection of heart.
Nursing child; colic.
Baby, aet. 18 months, suffering since five months old; spasms.
Girl, aet. 3, short, stout, dark hair and eyes; stupor.
Girl, aet. 3, after sleeping in sun during afternoon; sunstroke.
Boy, aet. 4, suffering twelve months; asthma.
Boy, aet. 5, healthy; ague.
Boy, aet. 6, suffering six weeks; ague.
Girl, aet. 6 1/2, formerly suffering from urticaria, which was aggravated whenever she ate a strawberry; constipation.
Girl, aet. 7, had mesenteric disease in infancy and convulsions subsequently; dyspnea.
Boy, aet. 9, suffering 6 weeks; ague.
Girl, aet. 12, suffering several years; constipation.
Boy, aet. 12, but one chill this year, although subject to frequent attacks last season, always suppressed with quinine; ague.
Girl, aet. 14, menses suppressed by fright, had convulsions; menorrhagia.
Miss aet. 15, suffering three years; epilepsy.
Girl, aet. 17, fragile and delicate, first menstruated when seventeen years old, and discharge suppressed after two days by fright; epilepsy.
Man, aet. 18, after having nearly recovered from pneumonia; delirium.
Woman, aet. 18, very stout, primipara, after cathartics; puerperal convulsions.
Girl, aet. 19, formerly suffering with pain in chest and feet; epilepsy.
Man, aet. 21, had an attack a year ago; colic.
Girl, aet. 23, formerly robust, but for last three years constantly complaining; constipation.
Girl, aet. 23; epilepsy.
Two men, aet. 20 to 25; delirium tremens.
Man, aet. 27, suffering three days; colic.
Man, aet. 27, single, robust, one month ago similarly affected; lead colic.
Woman, aet. 27, single, gentle, quiet disposition, thin, slender brunette, suffers from epilepsy, particularly during menstrual period, mother phthisical, father dissolute; disease of heart.
Woman, aet. 28, dark complexion, pregnant for third time, suffered in previous pregnancies with vomiting for about four months; disorders of pregnancy.
Woman, aet. 30, during epidemic of influenza; cough.
Mrs. M., aet. 32, Irish, cheerful, fresh-looking in health; intestinal obstruction and fecal tumor.
Woman, aet. 35, after losing two children in quick succession; cerebro-spinal meningitis.
Woman, aet. 36, has tumor on right side of chest, extending from axilla and enlarging breast; affection of stomach.
Man, aet. 38, figure small, slight, practiced masturbation since twelve years old; idiocy.
Man, aet. 40, short, fat, phlegmatic; delirium tremens.
Man, aet. 40, drunkard; delirium tremens.
Man, aet. 40, after feet had become very cold; colic.
Man, aet. 40, gardener; catarrh of chest.
Man, aet. 40, phlegmatic temperament, Bryon., Phosphor., etc., given without benefit, on eleventh day of disease; Opium followed by sudden change and satisfactory recovery; double pneumonia.
Woman, aet. 43, after having been beaten violently with fist about head, neck and shoulders; spasms.
Dr. R. M., aet. 44, nervo-bilious, addicted to strong drink; apoplexy.
Woman, aet. 48, well nourished, in good health; intestinal obstruction.
Man, aet. 50, addicted to drink, oppressed by care and sorrow; apoplexy.
Man, aet. 50, heavy drinker; bronchitis and asthma.
Man, aet. 51, suffering ten years; constipation.
Mrs., aet. 56, suffering twenty years; constipation.
Woman, aet. 56; constipation.
Man, aet. 60; constipation.
Man, aet. 75, tendency to apoplexy, prodromes of which were several times dissipated by Bellad.; apoplexy.
Man, aet. 84, suffering from hemorrhoids; mental disturbance.
Miss C., rosy, buxom; epilepsy.
Young woman, primipara, after a difficult labor, administration of ether and use of instruments having been necessary to accomplish delivery; puerperal convulsions.
Young man, strong constitution, after violent fit of passion; headache, fever, etc.
Lady, suffering several years; headache.
Potter, has worked a long time at glazing; colic.
Painter, well built, has had frequent attacks; lead colic.
Man, drinker, after excessive drinking, to which he resorted in consequence of vexation and grief; delirium tremens.
Woman, suffering many years; headache.
Elderly woman, robust, with rosy cheeks; vomiting.


Antidoted by: strong coffee, Bellad., Ipec., Nux vom., Vinum, Vanil. arom., Zincum.
It antidotes: charcoal vapor, Bellad., Digit., Laches., Mercur., Nux vom., Strychnia, Plumbum, Stramon., Tart. emet.
Compatible: Acon., Bellad., Bryon., Hyosc., Nux mosch., Nux vom., Tart. emet.
Compare: Apis (apoplexy, coma); Ipecac. and Moschus (spasm of lungs).


Source: The Guiding Symptoms of Our Materia Medica Vol. 08, 1889
Description: Clinical materia medica of Opium
Remedies: Opium
Author: Hering, C.; Raue, C.G.; Knerr, C.B.; Mohr, C.
Year: 1889
Editing: errors only; interlinks; formatting
Attribution: Legatum Homeopathicum
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