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Ptelea Trifoliata.

Hop Tree; Wafer Ash. Rutaceae.

An indigenous shrub, from six to eight feet high, growing west of the Alleghanies.

The tincture is prepared from the fresh bark.

Provings by Hale, Trans. Am. Inst. Hom., 1868. The provers were Nichol, Fish, Train, Burt, Cowles, Cowperthwait, Lutes, Pierces, Marshall, Parsons and Hayward; fragmentary proving by Williamson, Trans. Amer. Inst., 1870, sec. 2, p. 381.


- Pityriasis versicolor, Hale; Erysipelas (two cases) Miller, Hale's Monograph.

MIND. [1]

Marked forgetfullness.
Memory weak; intellect slow; by collecting thoughts could recall things read many years ago.
Dull and stupid feeling.
Inability to concentrate thoughts, they seem to be chasing each other through the brain.
Disinclined to mental work, with languor rather than inability.
Malaise of body and mind.
Aversion to society; a wish to be alone.
Fretful and irritable at very slight causes.
Annoyed and irritated by ordinary conversation; intolerance of noise.
Nervous, irritable; starts at the sound of a voice.
General depression of spirits.
Sad, irritable; hurried manner, but dazed and confused, with muddled feeling in head.


Dazed, confused, as in a bilious attack; raises a bitter fluid.
Feels sick and faint.
Vertigo, agg. turning head or from sudden motions; with dullness and languor, rumbling about navel; nausea, griping, aching in stomach; agg. when writing, rising or in a warm room.
Giddiness of head, and when walking reeling as if intoxicated.


Dull aching in forehead, with depression and sour stomach; racking pain, with hurried manner and red face.
Pain from forehead to root of nose; sensation of nail driven into brain; agg. in morning on rising.
Racking frontal headache, with heat of face and head, and great desire to hurry his business.
Frontal headache all day; pressing from within outward.
Headache over eyes.
Throbbing over one eye.
Darting pains over left eye, deep into head.
Hot flushes and pain in top of head and eyes.
Pain in left temple running across to right.
Sudden, pressive pains in temples, agg. in right.
Piercing pains shooting through temples, with increased headache and nausea.
Frontal and occipital headache.
Headache in occipital region, passing to frontal over eyes.
Pressive feeling at base of brain, compared to the bruised headache of Ipec.
Shooting pains in head, before rising in morning.
Constant dull headache, agg. by going up-stairs and by walking.
Headache while reading.
Headaches agg. from mental exertion, moving eyes, stooping, walking, noise, warmth and on waking.
Headache in bones of skull.
Bilious headache.


Heavy feeling over eyes.
Pain in eyes.


Sensitiveness to sounds; impression of sounds last heard continues for a long time.
Intolerance of loud talking.
Ringing in ears; slight giddiness.


Breath seems so hot that it burns nostrils.
Nasal passages sore.


Expression sickly, pale, especially around eyes; color yellow, skin dry and hard.
Burning heat of cheeks and face.
Heat of head and face, especially of forehead.
Yellowish face, with dry hot skin.
Sickly paleness of face, especially around eyes.
Pressure at root of nose.


Teeth feel as if elongated.
Carious teeth sensitive; gums sore.


Taste: sour, mornings; bitter.
Frequent bitter taste in mouth, with dryness.
Food seems tasteless.
Fine prickling sensation over whole surface of tongue.
Coating: white fur, tongue swollen; yellow, feels rough; papillae red and prominent; brown, yellow, dry.


Dry, with bitter taste.
Great dryness of mouth and throat.
Saliva profuse; drooling at night.


Hawking of mucus from pharynx; lips and tongue dry.
Roughness of fauces with nausea.
Soreness and inflammation of fauces; soft palate and uvula (agg. right side).


Voracious appetite; food had not its natural taste; pain in epigastrium following every meal; despondency.
Appetite poor, with muddled feeling or pains in liver.
Thirst; or no thirst, with bitter taste.
Craves acid food.
Repugnance to animal food and rich puddings, of which he is ordinarily fond; to butter and fatty foods; even a small quantity aggravated epigastric pain.


Worse from cheese, meat, pudding, etc.
Hepatic and gastric symptoms agg. after meals.


Eructations: sour, bitter: tasting of rotten eggs.
Nausea: rising of a bitter fluid, confused head, dizzy, sweat on forehead, bilious; with distress in umbilical region and headache; with heat of skin and profuse perspiration on forehead after dinner; and vomiting, without relief from frontal headache.
Persistent nausea and vomiting, with giddiness and unsteadiness of legs; amel. by walking.


Pressure as of a stone at pit of stomach, agg. by a light meal.
Sense of weight and fullness even after a moderate meal.
Distress in epigastrium and right hypochondrium, with drawing pains in fingers and ankles.
Stomach feels empty after eating; a sensation of goneness.
Empty feeling; faint feeling in stomach; sour risings.
Pain in epigastrium, with nausea.
Burning distress; oppression; vomiting; chronic gastric catarrh.
Griping, cutting pains in epigastrium; pressure causes nausea.
Griping in epigastric region, with dryness of mouth, yellow-coated tongue and a bitter taste.
Griping, contractive pain in stomach, moving downward.
Obstinate chronic dyspepsia.
Chronic gastritis; a constant sensation of corrosion, heat and burning in stomach, with vomiting of ingesta, constipation and afternoon fever.
Gastric symptoms agg. after meals.


Constant feeling of weight in both hypochondria when walking; a dragging pain.
Occasional pains in right hypochondrium, shooting downward.
Sharp pain in right hypochondrium.
Awoke with hard, aching distress in base of liver.
Weight, aching distress on right side; turning to left causes a dragging sensation.
Sharp, cutting pain in liver, agg. from deep inspiration.
Liver swollen and tender to a light touch.
Live swollen, sore on pressure, causing dull and aching pain or stitches; griping in bowels; clothes feel too tight.
Jaundice with hyperemia of liver; stools generally brown or grey, with considerable odor.
Congestion of liver; chronic hepatitis.
Hepatic and gastric symptoms, agg. toward morning, awaking at 4 o'clock.
Severe aching distress in left hypochondrium.
Tenderness of splenic region, with soreness on pressure.


Bloating with weight on stomach.
Abdomen swollen and tender with severe splenic pain.
Rumbling in bowels and bloating, with tenderness on pressure.
Feeling of warmth in abdomen.
Aching distress in bowels, back and legs.
Aching of bowels while walking.
Pulsation in umbilical region, synchronous with heart.
Soreness of abdomen, agg. by motion, amel. supporting it with hands.
Pain and soreness across abdomen and in epigastrium, agg. by standing and sitting erect and amel. by stooping forward.
Severe abdominal pain near umbilicus; agg. on motion.
Stitches in abdomen, amel. by pressure.
Frequent drawing pains in epigastric and umbilical regions.
Griping, colicky pains; heavy aching; throbbing; about navel.
Colic, bitter taste; rumbling and discharge of wind from bowels.
Pain in hypogastrium and bladder, with headache, intermitting during paroxysms.
Retraction of abdomen with pulsations isochronous with heart.
Chronic intestinal catarrh.
Ascites, probably from hepatic disease.


Sudden and unexpected urging to go to stool, which was diarrheic with slight tenesmus, accompanied by sweat on forehead and head.
Diarrhea: bilious, thin, fecal, dark, offensive, even cadaverous in smell, or sulphuric; with tenesmus; preceded by griping pain and rumbling; smarting in anus.
Chronic diarrhea.
Constipation with a continual urging in rectum.
Constant ineffectual urging to stool; a continual pressure in rectum.
Continual urging, with pressure on rectum; with scanty or absent stool; rectal torpidity.
Constant urging to stool, with rumbling in bowels all day.
Small, hard stool, with much straining.
Hard and difficult stool, followed by smarting in anus.
Constipation; passes balls of hardened feces.
Constipation and diarrhea alternately.


Urine: high-colored; yellowish-red; of a deep color and scalding slightly on its passage; clear of deep reddish-yellow, scanty; deposit of epithelia, phosphates and urates; scalding, scanty and difficult of retention; smarting in urethra during and after micturition.


Sexual desire increased; later lost.


Great hoarseness; inability to speak aloud.


Uneasiness and difficulty in breathing.
Feeling of pressure on lungs and of suffocation when lying on back; on awaking 1 A. M.
Pressure on lungs with a sense of suffocation.
Dyspnea; walls of chest feel as if they would sink in.
Asthma (from retrocession of erysipelas).


Uneasiness, difficulty in breathing, dull pain in right infraclavicular region, hacking cough; dullness on percussion (following gastric and hepatic symptoms).
Phthisis with purulent expectoration of sweetish taste and hectic form (probably a bronchial catarrh).
Hectic fever with purulent expectoration of a sweetish taste, but without any other chest symptoms than a slight mucous rhonchus and sibilant rale.


Cramplike pain in cardiac region.
Pulse accelerated and intermittent.


Drawing aching pains in left scapula and shoulder joint.
Dull backache every morning on waking.
Hard aching distress in dorsal region, for an hour in morning.
Aching distress in back, bowels and legs; rumbling of wind.
Severe aching in lumbar and sacral regions.
Lumbar pains; severe aching distress, soreness on awaking, or awakes him at 4 A. M.


Hands and fingers cold, numb, clumsy and stiff.
A tickling prickling in fingers and hands, like that produced by electricity.
A prickling numbness in hands, which seem larger than usual and clumsy.


Great weariness of lower limbs with trembling.
Aching pains in back part of thighs.
Constant aching distress in calves of legs.


Aching bruised feeling in muscles and joints on waking; drawing pains in gastro-hepatic region.
Hands and feet hot, dry and feverish.


Supporting abdomen with hands: soreness amel.
Sitting erect: soreness of abdomen amel.
Lying on back: suffocation.
Lying on right side: liver amel.
Standing: soreness of abdomen agg.
Stooping: headache agg.; soreness of abdomen amel.
Motion: sudden, causes vertigo; of eyes, headache agg.; soreness of abdomen agg.; abdominal pains agg.
Rising: vertigo agg.
Turning head: vertigo agg.
Walking: giddiness agg.; constant dull headache agg.; nausea, vomiting and giddiness, weight in both hypochondria; aching of bowels.
Going up stairs: dull headache agg.
Writing: vertigo agg.

NERVES. [36]

Restless, uneasy; malaise.
Great languor and indifference to duties.
Loss of energy; languor and depression of spirits.
Feeling of weakness, languid, irritable; sick, faint sensations, as in bilious patients.
Very languid and faint, with flushed face and feverish.
Aching distress in all the joints, with great languor.
Great lassitude and weariness, with a disposition to hurry through duties.
Extreme weakness of limbs, brain, memory, thought and will as if from a powerful and all pervading disease.

SLEEP. [37]

Heavy sleep.
Awoke 2 A. M., restless; headache, etc.
At 4 A. M.; aroused by gastric and hepatic symptoms.
Sleep broken and restless and disturbed by frightful or annoying dreams; awaking in a profuse perspiration.
Languid on awaking and unrefreshed.

TIME. [38]

At 1 A. M.: suffocation.
At 2 A. M.: awoke restless, headache.
At 4 A. M.: aroused by gastric and hepatic symptoms.
Morning: pain from forehead to root of nose agg.; before rising shooting pains in head; hepatic and gastric symptoms agg., awaking at 4 A. M.
Afternoon: fever.
All day: frontal headache; urging to stool and rumbling in bowels; feverish heat.
Night: drooling.


Wants to be near fire: chilliness.
Warmth: headache agg.; spots on limbs agg.
Warm room: vertigo agg.
Generally amel. in open air (except lung); agg. in warm room.

FEVER. [40]

Chilliness: shivering; with stool; wants to be near fire.
Dry, general heat; agg. face hands; irritable, intolerant of noise.
Hot, dry feeling on body, with cold feet.
Hot flushes and slight headache; feverish hot head, dull frontal headache.
Feverish heat, lasting all day, with pains in limbs and nausea.
Sweat profuse on awaking; on forehead during stool or with raising of a bitter fluid.
Tertian ague, with profuse vomiting of bilious matter.
Attacks of quartan ague, continuing for two years, resisting many remedies.


Right: pressive pain in temple agg.; soreness of uvula agg.; fauces agg.; distress in hypochondrium; occasional pains hypochondrium; sharp pains in hypogastrium; dull pain in hepatic region amel. lying on side; pain in infraclavicular region; white blisters on red base on ear.
Left: darting pains over eye; pain in temple; turning to side causes a dragging sensation; aching distress in hypochondrium; pain in left scapula and shoulder joint.
From within outward: pressing frontal headache.


Reeling as if intoxicated; as of a nail driven into brain; teeth as if elongated; as of a stone at pit of stomach; as if walls of chest would sink in.
Pain: from forehead to root of nose; in top of head and eyes; from left temple to right; in eyes; in epigastrium; in liver; in right hypochondrium; in hypogastrium and bladder.
Racking pain: in brain.
Severe pain: near umbilicus.
Sharp pains: in right hypochondrium.
Cutting: in epigastrium; in liver.
Darting: over left eye, deep into head.
Piercing: through temples.
Shooting: in head.
Stitches: in abdomen.
Pricking pain: in throat.
Pricking: all over tongue; in fingers and hands.
Drawing: in epigastric and umbilical region; in gastro-hepatic region.
Dragging: in hypochondria.
Cramplike pain: in cardiac region.
Griping: in epigastric region; in stomach; in bowels.
Burning: in stomach.
Smarting: in anus; in urethra.
Soreness: of fauces; in epigastrium; of abdomen.
Tenderness: of splenic region.
Dull pain in head; in hepatic region; in liver; in right infra-clavicular region; in back.
Aching: in stomach; in forehead; in frontal and occipital regions; in hepatic region; of bowels; about navel; in lumbar and sacral regions; in back of thighs; in muscles and joints.
Drawing, aching pains: in left scapula and shoulder joint.
Aching distress: in umbilical region; in hepatic region; in left hypochondrium; in bowels, back and legs; in dorsal region; in calves; in all joints.
Pressive pains: in temples.
Pressure: in forehead; at base of brain; at root of nose; at pit of stomach; in rectum; on lungs.
Heavy feeling: over eyes.
Fullness: in stomach.
Weight: in stomach; in both hypochondria.
Goneness: in stomach.
Empty feeling: in stomach.
Faint feeling: in stomach.
Throbbing: over one eye; about navel.
Weariness: of lower limbs.
Heat: of face and head; of skin; in stomach.
Itching: all over.
Roughness: of fauces.
Dryness: in mouth; of throat; of lips.


Mucous membranes are congested and irritated, with sense of roughness, smarting or prickling; causes congestion of liver, stomach and bowels and secondarily of lungs; is indicated briefly when there are irritability, and dull, confused frontal headache; bitter taste, eructations like rotten eggs or bitter; swollen liver, relief from lying on right side, bilious stools; languor; muscular soreness.

SKIN. [46]

Itching all over as from flea bites.
White blisters on a red base on right ear, discharging a watery fluid; later desquamation or pus and scabs form; boils.
Spots on limbs red, later purple; agg. when warm or excited; annoying itching; on disappearing they leave yellowish marks like bruises.
A peculiar reddish, clouded appearance of entire surface of skin, lasting two days.
Erysipelas; quinia and iron had been used in large doses without success.
Pityriasis versicolor; eruption on all parts of body except hands and face.


Erysipelas; two cases.
A middle-aged man; pityriasis versicolor.


Compare: Other Rutaceae, Arnic., Bryon., Chelid., Nux vom., Berber., Podoph., Hydrast., Mercur.


Source: The Guiding Symptoms of Our Materia Medica Vol. 08, 1889
Description: Clinical materia medica of Ptelea trifoliata
Remedies: Ptelea trifoliata
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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