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Synonym.- Creosotum. Common names.- Creasote. Kreo- sote. Wood Tar. Preparation. - One part of Kreosote made from beech-wood tar is dissolved in ninety -nine parts of Alcohol to make the 2x dilution.


Kreosote acts upon the lymphatic system, and especially upon the mucous membranes of the digestive and female generative organs and upon the skin, producing catarrhal conditions, with tendency to disorganization, ulceration, and destruction of the parts involved. The chief characteristic of Kreosote is the corrosive, acrid character of its secretions.


Mind.- Weakness of memory (Agar., xlmbr., Anac, Led., Merc., Nux m., Natr. mur., Phos. ac).

Head.- Vertigo. Painfulness in the head, as after a carouse (Nux v.). Throbbing pains, especially in the forehead.

Eyes.- Sight confused, as when looking through a veil (Caust., Croc, Hyos., Petrol., Phos., Puls., Rhus tox.). Heat and burning in the eyes, and lachrymation (Acon., Ars., Merc, cor.). The tears are acrid like salt water. Swelling of the eyelids and their margins (Puls., Staph.).

Ears.- Roaring in the head; also humming and difficulty of hearing before and during menses.

Nose. - Offensive smell before the nose (Calc. c). Frequent sneezing, especially in morning. Catarrh, fluent or dry, with much sneezing. oChronic catarrh with old people.

Pace. - Pale face: bluish tinge; bloated. Upper lip feels sore and is cracked. Flushes of heat, with circumscribed redness of the cheeks (Sang., Sulph.). oBurning pains; worse talking or exertion; better lying on unaffected side; nervous, excitable.

Mouth.- Tongue coated white (Ant. cruel., Bry., Nux v., Puls., Sulph.). Drawing pains in the teeth (Merc.). oGums bleed readily; scorbutic, spongy, and ulcerated (Merc, Nitr. ac, Phos.). oPutrid odor from the mouth (Arn., lodi., Nitr. ac, Nux v.).

Stomach.- Bitter taste, especially in the throat. o Water after it is swallowed tastes bitter. Nausea; like that of pregnancy (Nux m., Kali c, Puls.); with burning in mouth; with spitting of saliva and general chill, without heat or thirst. Urging to vomit, nothing but saliva results. Retching; morning when fasting. Vomiting; of sweetish water, in morning, fasting; of food. Painful, hard spot at or to the left of the stomach.

Abdomen. - Feeling of fullness, as after having eaten too much (Lyc.). Pain like electric shocks from abdomen to vagina. Constriction of hypochondria (Acon.). Cannot tolerate tight clothing (Calc. c, Carb. v., Graph.). Distension of the abdomen (Ant. crud., Bry., Caps.). Colic, resembling the pains of labor.

Stool.- Constipation; stool hard, and expelled only after much pressing (Bry., Nux v., Sulph.).

Urinary Organs.- Frequent urging to urinate (Acon., Apis, Canth.); always with great haste and passing a great deal (Merc). Urine offensive (Benz. ac, Calc. c, Sulph. ac, Nitr. ac) colorless (Ign., Phos. ac); reddish sediment (Bell., Lyc., Carb. v., Sep., Graph.).

Female Organs.- Menses too early, too profuse and too protracted (Calc. c). Leucorrhoea of a yellow color, staining linen yellow, with great iveakness (Carb. an.), in legs; acrid, causing itching and biting on external genitals. White leucorrhoea, having the odor of green corn. Burning between the pudenda on urinating. Soreness between the pudenda; also between the thighs and pudenda, with burning, biting pains. Violent itching of the labia; alsa of the vagina (Canth., Coni.); obliged, to rub the parts; external genitals swollen; hot, hard and sore. Soreness and smarting between the labia and vulva (Sep.). oNausea during pregnancy; ptyalism; very offensive excoriating lochia. oDwindling away of the mammae (lod., Kali iod.) 3 with small, hard, painful lumps in them.

Respiratory Organs.- Scraping and roughness of the throat, with hoarseness (Mez.,Nux v.). Shortness of breath (Acon., Ars., Phos.). oConvulsive cough, with inclination to vomit (Ant. tart.). oParoxysmal, moist cough, caused by a crawling behind the sternum. Burning in the chest (Ars., Nux v.). Stitches in the chest, just over the heart (Lil. tig., Kali c). Frequent blood spitting; severe pains in chest; afternoon fever and morning sweat.

Neck and Back. - Glands of neck swollen (Bar.,Calc. c., Merc., Hep. s., Iod.). Pains in small of back, like labor-pains (Cimic, Puls.).

Limbs. - Bruised pain in the limbs (Arm). Pain in the left thumb, as if sprained and stiff.

Generalities.- General weakness and prostration. Faintness in morning, when rising earlier than usual. oHaemorrhages; small wounds bleed much (Phos.). Numbness; loss of sensation. Kapid emaciation. Excoriation of mucous surface (Hydras.). Most symptoms better in the open air.

Skin. - Itching; becomes exceedingly violent toward evening. Pustular eruptions over the whole body (Crot. tig., Iris).

Sleep.- Great desire to sleep, with frequent yawning. Sleep. lessness; tosses about without any apparent cause.

Conditions. - Suitable for old women. For tall, lean persons.

Compare. - Ant. tart., Ars., Carb. ac, Carb. v.,Calc. c, Graph., Hep. s., Ipec, lod., Merc, Nitr. ac, Petrol., Phos., Sec. c, Sulph. (followed well by Sulph., also Ars. in cancer). After Carb. v. it disagrees. *

Antidotes- Acon., Ars., Cinch., Tpec; Nux v.


In Kreosote the acrid and foetid (from decomposition) character of the secretions, especially from mucous surfaces, and the extreme burning pains are very characteristic and of great clinical importance. So also is the general tendency to haemorrhage and destruction of tissue. The drug is especially useful in scrofulous affections, putrid ulcers, gangrene and gangrenous tendencies of ulcers in general, with horrible odor, burning pain, etc Senile gangrene. Cancer, with very offensive discharges, burning pain, etc. Carbuncles. Catarrhal conditions with acrid, very irritating and offensive secretions. Blepharitis with moderately profuse discharge and much smarting in eyes. Acute aggravation of chronic Keratitis, hot, smarting lachrymation. Chronic inflammation and swelling of lids and margins, with agglutination. Humid eruption about the ear, with swelling of cervical glands. Epithelioma and lupus of nose, lips and face, with burning pain. Scorbutis; gums spongy and bleeding; rapid decay of the teeth. Children's teeth begin to decay as soon as they appear. Persistent vomiting in infants; in dyspepsia, food is not retained. Sympathetic vomiting, as of phthisis, cancer of liver or uterus; pregnancy, chronic kidney disease, etc. Seasickness. Diarrhoea, offensive, acrid stools, nausea and vomiting. Thin, foetid, bloody, sometimes dark and clotted stools during typhoid fever, with great prostration. Cholera infantum. Chronic enuresis. Diabetes. A valuable remedy in inflammation, erosions and ulcerations of the uterus, cervix and vagina, characterized by offensive, excoriating discharges. One of the most valuable remedies for an acrid offensive leucorrhoea. Cancer of uterus or soft parts, with characteristic discharges and violent burning pains. Putrid state of the uterus after parturition; offensive lochia. Apthous or inflammatory state of external parts, symptomatic of ovarian or uterine disease. Malignant induration and ulceration of stomach. Hsematemesis. Gastro malacia. Haemorrhages from the uterus change to ichorous leucorrhoea, and then back again to blood and so on. Menorrhagia. Metrorrhagia. Pruritus from acrid leucorrhoea. Sterility caused by acrid leucorrhoea. Dwindling of the mammae, with* small, hard, painful lumps in them. Chronic laryngeal and bronchial catarrh, with symptoms already given. Whooping cough. Winter cough of old people, spasmodic at night. Chronic pneumonia or phthisis with violent burning pains in chest, spasmodic cough, etc. Gangrene of the lungs. Urticaria, extremely violent itching towards even- ing; after menstruation.

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