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Ustilago. (Ustilago Maydis.)

Corn-smut. Fungi.

A fungus found growing on Indian corn.

The tincture is prepared from the fresh ripe fungus.

Introduced and proved by Burt, see Monograph; proved by Hoyne, Trans. Am. I. Hom., 1872, p. 493.


- Spermatorrhea, Burt, Monog.; Ovarian irritation, Burt, Monog.; Ovaritis, Burt, Monog.; Ovarian tumor, Jones, Burt, Monog.; Metritis, ovarian irritation, Wesselhoeft, T. A. I. H., 1871, p. 177; Tumor of uterus, Hale, T. A. I. H., 1870, p. 475; Suppression of menses, ovaritis (13 cases), Slough, MSS.; Amenorrhea, with headache, Slough, MSS.; Uterine hemorrhage, Woodbury, N. E. M. G., Sept., 1873, p. 408; Whittier, N. E. M. G., vol. 4, p. 215; Burt, Monog.; Metrorrhagia, Wood, Hah. Mo., vol. 4, p. 369; Frost, Hah. Mo., vol. 10, p. 148; Bennett, N. E. M. G., vol. 8, p. 413; Wood, A. H. O., vol. 6, p. 328; Menorrhagia, Backmeister, T. A. I. H., 1872, p. 498; Bowie, T. H. M. S. Pa., 1884, p. 137; Chamberlain, Mass. Trans., vol. 4, pp. 5, 121; Whittier, T. H. M. S. N. Y., 1870, p. 172; Hoyt, Hah. Mo., vol. 5, p. 319; Burt, Monog.; Dysmenorrhea, Hunt, N. E. M. G., vol. 6, p. 12; Schley, A. O. H., vol. 7, p. 412; Burt, Monog.; Scanty menses, Burt, Monog.; Amenorrhea, Slough, T. H. M. S. Pa., 1884, p. 74; Suppression of menses, Burt, Monog.; Leucorrhea, Burt, Monog.; Abortion, Burt, Monog.; After-pains, Farrington, Org., vol. 3, p. 272; Post-partum hemorrhage, Swan, A. J. H. M. M., vol. 5, p. 449; Agalactia, Burt, Monog.; Urticaria, Burt, Monog.

MIND. [1]

Great depression of spirits; irritable.
Very sad, cries frequently; excessively prostrated from sexual abuse and loss of semen; sleep restless.


Frequent attacks of vertigo.
Vertigo during climaxis, with too frequent and profuse menses.


Feeling of fullness in head, with dull, pressive frontal headache.
Frontal headache, agg. by walking.
Violent frontal headache as if forehead would burst open.
Sharp flying pains in forehead, congestion of brain.
Pain on top and side of head; climaxis.
Nervous headache from menstrual irregularities in atonic women.


Scalp dry, hot and congested, with loss of hair.
Scald-head; two-thirds of scalp one filthy mass of inflammation, with loss of most of hair; a watery serum constantly oozing from scalp.


Things whirl before eyes, appear double; white specks come into view and blot all else.
Twitching of eyes, they seem to revolve in circles and dart from object to object.
Eyes feel hot on closing lids.
Aching and smarting in eyeballs, with profuse secretion of tears; in open air.
Dull aching pain in right eyeball.


Constant dull pain in left ear, caused by extension from inflamed tonsil.


Dryness of nostrils as if he had taken cold.
Rhinitis, bitter taste, offensive odor noticeable to patient himself.


Sudden pallor; evening while sitting.
Burning of face and scalp from congestion.


Constant dull aching pain in first and second upper molars, which are decayed and have ached before.
Shedding of teeth (in animals).


Slimy, coppery taste.
Pricking sensation in tongue, with a feeling as if something were under its root pressing it upward.


Saliva profuse; bitter.


Dryness of fauces, with difficult deglutition; with burning distress in stomach.
Tonsils congested, inflamed, left very large dark-colored, with dull pain, agg. from swallowing.
Feeling as of a lump behind larynx; producing constant desire to swallow.
Sharp lancinating pain in right tonsil.
Burning in esophagus at cardiac orifice.


Loss of appetite followed by canine hunger.


Eructations of food, strongly acid.


Goneness in epigastrium. ~ Climaxis.
Faint feeling in epigastrium, with pain in region of liver and bowels.
Repeated fine sharp cutting pains in epigastrium.
Constant distress in region of stomach.
Burning distress in sternum and stomach, accompanied by fine neuralgic pains in same region, lasting about three minutes at a time; come on every ten or fifteen minutes for several hours; sharp cutting pain in stomach.
Hematemesis of a passive nature, profuse, blood venous, accompanied by nausea, which improves after hemorrhage.


Pain in region of right lobe of liver.
Dull pains in right hypochondrium, with distress in small intestines.


Grumbling pains in abdomen all afternoon, followed by dry, hard stool, fine, cutting colicky pains every few minutes all day, amel. by hard constipated stool, followed by dull distress in bowels.
Pain in left inguinal region, while walking.


Black, dry, lumpy stools, costive.


Urine first increased and light, with great desire; later scanty and dark.


Erotic fancies; emissions.
Seminal emissions and irresistible tendency to masturbation.
Great depression of sexual system, with relaxed scrotum.
One to four emissions with sexual dreams every week, followed next day by great prostration, dull pain in lumbar region, with great despondency and irritability.
Spermatorrhea after onanism; emissions every night, talking about women causes an emission; very sad; cries frequently; says he cannot break off habit, has no control of himself when passion is aroused; knows it is fast killing him, cannot work, is so prostrated.
Chronic orchitis; neuralgia and irritable testicle; indurated testicle.


Burning distress in ovaries.
Acute pain, agg. in left ovary, with swelling; pains intermittent; shoot rapidly down legs.
Ovaritis, constant pains in ovary, sharp pains passing down legs rapidly; ovary much swollen and tender, with scanty menses.
Intermittent neuralgia of left ovary, which is as large as a hen's egg and very tender to touch.
Ovaritis; took cold after menses; constant dull pain in right groin and back, three or four times an hour; sharp neuralgic pains in ovary; walking painful; bowels torpid; very languid.
Vicarious menses from lungs and bowels.
Ovarian irritation, constant pain in left ovary passing down hip, has to limp when walking; pains sharp and at times pass down leg with great rapidity; every few days has quite a swelling in left groin; cannot bear pressure over ovary.
Every day from about 12 M. to about 4 P. M., constant pain from left ovary to uterus; every few minutes, pain in ovary is intensely severe, cutting like a knife; pain in right ovary and hypogastric region, but all starting from left ovary; ovary can be distinctly felt in groin about as large as a hen's egg and very hard; when pressed upon gives intense pain; every day thinks she has fever with paroxysms of pain but no chill; slight leucorrhea; loss of appetite; constipated.
Constant aching distress referred to mouth of womb.
Displaced uterus with menorrhagia; cervix tumefied; bleeds when touched.
Hypertrophy of uterus with a soft and spongy os and cervix; sufficiently dilated to easily admit fingers.
Uterus hypertrophied, sensitive; blood bright, fresh, without coagula.
Subserous or interstitial fibroid of uterus (two cases), fibroid much diminished.
Prolapsus with menorrhagia.
Cervix tumefied, bleeds when touched.
Menses: too scanty, with ovarian irritation; too profuse and too early; blood clotted; as if everything would come through.
Between menstrual periods, constant suffering under left breast, at margin of ribs.
For days oozing of dark blood with small coagula; uterus enlarged, cervix tumefied or dilated.
Metrorrhagia after confinement and after miscarriage.
Oozing of dark blood, highly coagulated, forming occasionally long, black stringy clots.
Chronic uterine hemorrhages, and passive congestions.
Blood dark, but so thin as to scarcely color fingers.
Metrorrhagia after miscarriage.
Extreme pain during menstrual period; flow very profuse and did not cease entirely until next period; most of time confined to bed. ~ Metrorrhagia.
Menorrhagia at climacteric period; active and constant flowing with frequent clots.
Profuse menses, flow lasting from ten days to two weeks, at first very abundant, gradually wearing off; always agg. from motion; discharge dark and quite painless.
Menses every three weeks, with dark coagulum; profuse, with gushes of bright-red blood when rising from a seat, or after having been startled or frightened; two days before menses, a heavy backache with sharp pain across abdomen from hip to hip, followed by expulsive pains; pains diminish after flow commences and stop with it; between menstrual periods heavy dragging backache on exertion; pain shooting up back from hips to shoulder; abdomen tender to touch; excessive bearing down; pressure in head; sensation of contraction in vertex, and feeling as if head were lifting off; vertigo; excoriating, albuminous leucorrhea, agg. before menses; ravenous appetite; excessive tired feeling; pulse 80 and weak; mental depression.
Subject to profuse menses; childless; large, fleshy, flabby, bloated-looking, with a very sallow complexion, inclined to be (and formerly had been) dropsical from excessive loss of blood; profuse menses, which seems to her to be be principally water and clots; says there is no outward flow when she lies still, but clots and water pass out of uterus when she gets up; feels so full in uterus that she must rise to get rid of clots; flowed fearfully during night; very low, scarcely able to speak aloud.
Severe menorrhagia for past twelve years at every menstrual period, lasting a week or ten days, sometimes longer; pale, thin, weak, very nervous.
Profuse discharge of dark, clotted blood of fetid odor, with pain and tenderness in one or both ovaries. ~ Menorrhagia.
Menorrhagia at change of life.
Dysmenorrhea of a congestive character, with much ovarian irritation; severe pain in ovaries, uterus and back every few minutes; scanty, pale flow accompanied by false membranes; poor appetite, thickly-coated tongue.
Subject to headaches ever since menses appeared at age of fifteen; headache mostly on top of head; appetite poor; pain in left chest with some cough; total suppression of menses for last eight months; severe pain in back, is unable to ride in carriage; pain in uterine region, especially over ovarian region, agg. left side; vomiting of mucus and blood daily; no sleep; some leucorrhea; hysterical; no uterine displacement, but great congestion in pelvic region.
Suppression of menses without apparent cause; troublesome cough; considerable expectoration; sometimes also dry cough; stitching pains in chest, especially left side; night sweats; loss of appetite; pain in ovaries, especially left; general debility; headache; leucorrhea; chlorotic; anemic, as if in first stage of consumption.
Menses suppressed for last fourteen months; very irritable and depressed; uneasiness in region of stomach; pain in ovarian region, especially left; skin hot and dry; constipation, stools dry and hard; no appetite; stitching pains in chest, agg. left side; constant hacking cough; considerable expectoration; night sweats; general prostration; great uneasiness in lower extremities.
Climaxis: vertigo; frequent flushing; metrorrhagia.
Mild leucorrhea.


Abortion: bearingdown pains, as if everything would come from her; in flabby constitutions; from general atony of uterus; with or without hemorrhage.
Has aborted a number of times at third month; is now about three months pregnant; for last ten days has had more or less hemorrhage every day, some days quite bad; not so much at night; blood passes a number of times through day, in dark-colored clots.
Labor pains deficient; os soft, pliable, dilatable.
Post-partum hemorrhages from a flabby, atonic condition of uterus.
Constant flooding; every few minutes, expulsion of a large clot of bright-red blood, with bearing-down pains. ~ Post-partum hemorrhage.
Persistent hemorrhage of brownish blood, with want of uterine contraction.
One and a half hours after delivery commenced to flow violently.
Passive hemorrhage after miscarriage, blood in lumps, flooding for days and weeks.
Severe flooding two weeks after labor; large bright-red clots; no pain; very weak.
Lochia too profuse, partly fluid, partly clotted; prolonged bearing-down pains; uterus feels as if drawn into a knot.
Very profuse lochial discharge, very dark in color, almost black.
Agalactia; chronic inflammation, and induration of mamma.
Puerperal peritonitis, with constant flooding; high fever; secretion putrid; abdomen excessively tender and tympanitic. ~ Abortion.
Puerperal peritonitis; aborted about two days since, at about three months; constant fever; pulse 120; cannot bear least pressure on any portion of bowels; about six times to-day has had sharp, cutting pains in left ovary; has flowed constantly for two days; blood dark, not copious, nor attended with bearing-down pains; cannot move in bed; is compelled to lie upon her back; constant dull, frontal headache; loss of appetite, tongue not furred.
For last year vertigo every day, some days so bad she has to go to bed; menses every three weeks for last year, last about ten days and profuse; flows as much again as she did when in health; constant aching distress under left mamma; rheumatic pains in shoulders and back; very weak, not able to work. ~ Climaxis.
Hypertrophy and subinvolution of uterus with great atony.
Fibroids and induration of os.
Discharge of blood from uterus, bright-red, partly fluid, partly clotted; passive congestion of uterus, so that there is a slight oozing of blood after each examination; tissues of uterus feel soft and spongy; os patulous. ~ Subinvolution of uterus.


Feeling as if there were a lump behind larynx, which produces constant inclination to swallow.


Sharp tearing in left side from top of chest down to sixth or seventh rib, agg. by breathing.


Burning pain in cardiac region.


Sudden flying pains from heart to stomach, that arrested breathing, lasted but a moment, probably myalgic.


Severe rheumatic pains in lumbar region, agg. by walking; aching distress in small of back.


Dull aching pains in shoulder joints.
Severe rheumatic pains in muscles of right shoulder, all night.
Rheumatic pains in arms, hands and fingers.
Dull rheumatic pains in right elbow joint, agg. on motion.
Rheumatic drawing pains in finger joints, more especially in second joint of right forefinger.
Severe drawing pains in joints of all fingers.
Fine, sticking pains along metacarpal bone of right forefinger, every few seconds.
Sharp, cutting pains along metacarpal bones of right hand.
Hypertrophy or loss of nails.


Rheumatic pains in legs.
Flying rheumatic pains in metatarsal bones of right foot.


Rheumatic pain in legs, arms and fingers.


Rising: menorrhagia agg.
Motion: menorrhagia agg.
Walking: frontal headache agg.; pain in left inguinal region; pain in lumbar region agg.

SLEEP. [37]

Sleep: troubled, tosses about, troublesome dreams; heat over body.

TIME. [38]

From 12 to 4 P. M.: pain from left ovary to uterus and right ovary.
All afternoon: grumbling in abdomen.
Evening: sudden pallor.
All night: rheumatism in right shoulder; general heat.
Night: itching urticaria.


In a warm room: felt oppressed, faint.
Open air: aching in eyes and lachrymation.

FEVER. [40]

Internal heat through body, but agg. in eyes, which are sensitive to light and sore to touch; pulse normal.
General heat at night during sleep.
Relapsing agues; very profuse sweat; slight nausea; oppression of chest; cerebral disturbance, and great irritability.


Lasting three minutes: neuralgic pains in sternum and stomach.
Every few minutes: colicky pains.
Every ten or fifteen minutes: neuralgic pains in sternum and stomach.
Every night: emissions.
For two days: constant flooding.
Every week: one to four emissions.
Every three weeks: menses.
Third month: abortion.
For eight months: suppression of menses.
For fourteen months: suppression of menses.
For twelve years: menorrhagia, lasting ten days.
Climacteric period: vertigo; frequent flushing; pain on top and side of head; menorrhagia; metrorrhagia.


Left: dull pain in ear; tonsil inflamed; pain in inguinal region; pain in ovary; neuralgia of ovary; ovary enlarged; ovarian irritation; pain from ovary down hip; suffering under breast; pain in chest with cough; stitches in chest; aching distress under mamma; tearing from top of chest to sixth or seventh rib.
Right: aching in eyeball; lancinating in tonsil; pain in region of liver; dull pains in hypochondrium; dull pain in groin and back; neuralgia of ovary; rheumatism in shoulder, elbow joint and second joint of forefinger cutting pains along metacarpal bones; rheumatic pains in metatarsal bones.


As if forehead would burst open; as if something were under root of tongue, pressing upward; as of a lump behind larynx; as if head were being lifted off; excessively tired feeling; as if everything would come from her, bearing down; uterus as if drawn into a knot.
Pain: on top and side of head; in region of liver and bowels; in region of liver; in left inguinal region; in right ovary.
Acute pain: in left ovary.
Lancinating: in right tonsil.
Cutting: in epigastrium; in stomach; in abdomen; in left ovary; along metacarpal bones of right hand.
Sharp pain: across abdomen from hip to hip; in ovaries, uterus and back.
Stitches: in chest, agg. left side.
Shooting: down legs.
Sticking: along metacarpal bone of right forefinger.
Pricking: in tongue.
Tearing: in left chest.
Drawing: in finger joints.
Pressure: in frontal region; in head.
Aching: in eyeballs; dull, in right eyeball; dull, in decayed molars; in mouth of womb; under left mamma; in small of back; in shoulder joints.
Burning: of scalp; of face; in stomach; in esophagus; in sternum; in ovaries; in cardiac region.
Smarting: in eyeballs.
Flying pains: in forehead; from heart to stomach.
Neuralgic pains: in sternum and stomach; in testicles; in left ovary.
Rheumatic pain: in shoulders and back; in lumbar region; in muscles of right shoulder; in right elbow joint; in arms, hands and fingers; in legs; in metacarpal bones of right foot.
Bearing down: in abdomen.
Contraction: in vertex.
Dull pain: in left ear; in tonsils; in right hypochondrium; in lumbar region; in right groin and back.
Grumbling: in abdomen.
Fullness: in head; in uterus.
Uneasiness: in region of stomach; in lower extremities.
Goneness: in epigastrium.
Faintness: in epigastrium.
Heat: of scalp; in eyes; through body.
Dryness: of nostril; of fauces.
Itching: urticaria.


Vascular system of ovaries is most powerfully affected, producing congestion, enlargement, and great irritation, with ovaralgia, dysmenorrhea, and especially menorrhagia.


Touch: abdomen tender; eyes sore.
Pressure: ovaries agg.
Riding in a carriage: unable from backache.

SKIN. [46]

Whole skin is dry, hot, and congested.
Negro, urticaria of six years' standing, troubled more or less all time; every night itching, scratching parts produces large pale welts on body, arms and legs.
Copper-colored spots on skin; secondary syphilis; maculae.
Pustular ulceration of skin, scald-head, and various forms of eczema.
Painful destructive diseases of nails.
Alopecia; complete loss of hair from long-lasting congestion of scalp; tendency to small boils; skin dry and hot.


Very lymphatic women, with clear, white skin.
Tall, slim, fair complexion, “consumptive persons.”
Miss E., aet. 19, nervous temperament; menorrhagia.
Miss M., aet. 19, nervous temperament; dysmenorrhea.
Miss O., aet. 20, light hair, very pale and anemic, slim, delicate from childhood, history of consumption on father's side; amenorrhea, cough, etc.
Mrs. B., aet. 23, nervous temperament, two weeks after third labor; metrorrhagia.
Mrs. W., aet. 26, nervo-bilious temperament; suppression of menses.
Mrs. B., aet. 27, nervous temperament; dysmenorrhea.
Lady, aet. 27, nervous temperament; scanty menses.
Man, aet. 28, nervo-sanguine temperament, suffering several years; spermatorrhea.
Mrs. F., aet. 28, blonde, scrofulous hemorrhagic diathesis, married five years, never pregnant; menorrhagia.
Mrs. H., aet. 28, large, lymphatic, weight about 200, after third labor; uterine hemorrhage.
Mrs. S., aet. 29, nervous temperament; dysmenorrhea.
Mrs. W., aet. 30, nervo-bilious; ovarian irritation.
Irishman, aet. 30, bilious temperament; spermatorrhea.
Mrs. H., aet. 30, nervous temperament, two months ago miscarried between third and fourth month; metrorrhagia Lady, aet. 30, tall, slim, nervous; menorrhagia.
Mrs. D, aet. 31, nervo-bilious; ovaritis.
Mrs. H., aet. 32, sanguine temperament, nursing a babe 14 months old, suffering six weeks; metrorrhagia.
Mrs. B., aet. 34, two children, youngest aet. 10, subject to headaches since puberty; suppression of menses.
Mrs. H., aet. 34, bilious temperament; hemorrhage after abortion.
Lady, aet. 35, suffering six years; tumor of uterus.
Mrs. H., aet. 38, two months ago miscarried when three months gone; metrorrhagia.
Mrs. F., aet. 39, nervous temperament, married nine years, never pregnant; metrorrhagia.
Mrs. B., aet. 40, large, fleshy, flabby, bloated-looking, no children; metrorrhagia.
Mrs. F., aet. 50, nervo-bilious; menorrhagia.
Mrs. N., aet. 54, nervous temperament; ovarian irritation.
Lady, tall, slim, bilious; suppression of menses.


Compare: Secale and Sabina.


Source: The Guiding Symptoms of Our Materia Medica Vol. 10, 1891
Description: Clinical materia medica of Ustilago maydis
Remedies: Ustilago maydis
Author: Hering, C.; Raue, C.G.; Knerr, C.B.; Mohr, C.
year: 1891
Editing: errors only; interlinks; formatting
Attribution: Legatum Homeopathicum
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