back Lauroeerasus

Synonym. - Primus Lauroeerasus. Natural order. - Rosacese. Common name. - Cherry Laurel. Habitat. - A handsome evergreen shrub, native of the Caucasus, of Northwestern Asia Minor and of Northern Persia. Preparation. - Tincture from the fresh mature leaves.

GENERAL ANALYSIS.

Acts upon the brain and spinal cord, paralyzing the nerve centers in a manner resembling the poison of Hydrocyanic acid.

CHARACTERISTIC SYMPTOMS.

Mind. - Insensibility and complete loss of sensation (Op.).

Head. - Stupefaction with vertigo. Stupefying pain in the whole head. Sensation of coldness in forehead (Arn.) and vertex (Calc. c, Phos.), as if a cold wiud were blowing on it, descending through the neck to the back. Feeling as if ice lay on the vertex.

Eyes.- Obscuration of vision, as if a veil were before the eyes (Caust., Hyos., Phos., Merc, Petrol., Sulph.). Eyes open and staring; distorted (Bell., Hyos., Strain.) .

Face. - Sunken face, with livid, gray-yellow complexion. Twitching and convulsions of the facial muscles (Cic).

Mouth. - Lock jaw (Bell., Cic, Hyos., Ign., Nux v., (Enan.). Foam at mouth (Cic, Coccul., Cupr., Hyos., Naja). Loss of speech (Dulc, Gels., Caust., Naja).

Throat. - Impeded deglutition (Bell., Hyos., Stram.). Spasmodic contraction of the throat and oesophagus (Bell., Hyos., Strain.). o Drink rolls audibly through oesophagus and intestines.

Stomach.- Vomiting of food, with cough. Hiccough.

Abdomen.- Sensation like the falling of a heavy lump from just above the umbilicus to the small of back ; produced by talking or over-exertion. Distension in hepatic region, with pain as if suppurating, and as if an ulcer would burst. Stitches and pain in the liver extending toward the back; with burning and pain on touch. Paralytic bruised pain in liver on inspiration, extending to shoulder (Chel.). Burning in liver.

Stool and Anus. - Diarrhoea; with tenesmus; stools frequent, thin greenish mucus; owith suffocative spells about the heart.

Respiratory Organs. - Spasmodic oppression of the chest (Ign.). Dyspnoea, with sensation as if the lungs would not be sufficiently expanded (Asaf., Crot. tig.). Gasping for breath ; suffocating spells. Cough, with a whistling sound, as if the membranes were too dry ; from tickling in the throat; in paroxysms ; frequent, short; coughing up blood; dry cough, with feeling as if mucus were hanging in throat, and could not be loosened. Stitches in the region of the heart (Kalm., Kali carb.).

Heart and Pulse.- Irregular beating of the heart, with slow pulse (Dig., Lachn.). oFluttering in region of heart and gasping for breath with cough.

Generalities. - Want of energy of the vital powers, and want of reaction (Caps., Carb. v.). Painlessness with the ail- ments. Rapid sinking of the forces (Ars., Cam ph., Sec. a).

Sleep.- Deep, snoring sleep; soporous condition (Ars., Op., Sulph.).

Compare.- Baryt. c, Bell., Bry., Calc. c, Hydroc. ac, Hyos., Kalmia, Lyc., Nux v., Op., Phos., Puls., Rhus tox., Sep., Sulph., Verat. alb.

Antidotes.- Camph., Coff., Ipec, Op. Too large doses : Amm. Strong Coffee, Cold Effusions.

THERAPEUTICS.

Laurocerasus is chiefly used in nervous and organic affections of the lungs and heart, characterized by spasmodic contraction of the throat and chest, causing suffocative attacks, extreme dyspnoea, slow irregular pulse, and great nervous excitement. Apoplexia. Cyanosis. Cyanosis neonatorum, face blue with gasping. Chorea. Trismus. Tetanus. Epilepsy. Hiccough. Whooping cough; nervous spasmodic cough. Dry cough during phthisis or heart disease, very harassing, especially when lying down (Hyos.). Threatened paralysis of the lungs. Neuralgic dysmenorrhea. Induration and inflammation of the liver. Abscess threatening. Diarrhoea, green mucous stools, with suffocative spells about the heart. Cholera. Cholera infantum.


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