back Ledum Palustre

Synonym.—Ledum Palustre. Natural order. —Ericaceae. Common names.—Marsh Tea. Wild Rosemary. Habitat,— An evergreen shrub growing in moist, swampy grounds in Europe, France, Asia and British America. Preparation.—Tincture from the fresh herb.

GENERAL ANALYSIS.

Acts upon the serous, fibrous and mucous tissues, upon the periosteum, and upon the skin, producing inflammatory symptoms of an arthritic or rheumatic character, increasing and thickening secretions, and causing a deposit of solid, earthy masses in the tissues.

CHARACTERISTIC SYMPTOMS.

Mind. - Discontented; morose; peevish (Bry., Nux v.).

Head. - Vertigo as from intoxication (Nuxm., CoccuL), especially when walking in the open air (Agar., Calc. c, Glon., Sep., Sulph.); the head tends to sink back. Stupefying headache. Kaging, pulsating headache (Bell., Glon.).

Eyes.- OPhotophobia; dilated pupils (Bell.). Burning, corrosive lachrymation (Ars., Euphr.).

Ears.—Koaring in ears, as from a storm of wind (Gels.). Hardness of hearing.

Face. - Peoples like those of drunkards, on face and forehead. Boils on the forehead (Hep. s.).

Mouth. - Sudden running of water, with colic, waterbrash.

Throat. - Sore throat, with fine, stinging pain.

Stomach.- Pressure in stomach after a light meal (Cinch., Lye).

Respiratory Organs. - Cough, preceded by suffocative arrest of breathing (Ars.). Hollow, racking cough, with purulent expectoration, or of bright-red and foaming blood. Constrictive oppression of the chest (Ars., Lob.); aggravated by moving and walking. Respiration painfully impeded. Eruption like varicella on the chest and upper arms.

Heart.- Pushing or pressing inward at left edge of sternum ; palpitation; °also in haemorrhage.

Neck and Back.—Painful stiffness of the back and loins, on rising from a seat (Berb., Rhus tojo.); and in scapulae.

Limbs.—Painful hard nodes, and calcareous concretions on the joints (Ca.lc. c, Merc, Phos.). Pressive pains in the knees and wrists. Rheumatism of the small joints (Act. spic, Caul.), °Rheumatism begins in lower limbs and ascends. Paralytic pain in all joints on moving body at night in bed. The limbs are numb and fall asleep. Drawing pain in various parts and joints, worse from wine.

Upper Limbs.—Rheumatic, tearing pains in the joints (Bry., Puis., Rhus tox., Spig.); worse from movement. Great trembling of hands, as from old age, on moving them, or on seizing anything. Boring pain in first joint of thumb. Periosteum of phalanges, painful on pressure.

Lower Limbs.—Sprained pain toward posterior part of left hip, as if muscles were not in proper position, worse from walking or touch. Swelling and tensive, sticking pains in knee, when walking (Bry.). Cracking in knee. Swelling extending above calves, with tensive pain, worse evenings. Stiffness of the legs in the morning. Weakness and tremor of the knees when walking. Tearing, and sore pains in knees. Pain in the ankles, as from a sprain or a false step; worse on motion (Arm, Bry.). Swelling of the feet, and up to the knees (Ars., Digit.). Feet heavy, weary; stiff and rigid. Pains in soles of the feet, as if bruised, when walking. Ball of great toe swollen, soft and painful on stepping. Stitches in great toes.

Generalities.—The limbs and whole body are painful, as if bruised or beaten (Am., Merc). Heat of bed intolerable, on account of heat and burning of limbs, wants to uncover. Pains change location suddenly (Benz. ac, ICali bi., Puis.). °Emaciation of suffering parts (Graph.). (Edematous swellings (Apis, Ars., Rhus tox.). Pains sticking, tearing, throbbing.

Skin—Rod, pimply eruptions, especially on face and forehead. Excessive corrosive itching of the skin; worse from scratching, and from the heat of the bed (Merc). Eruptions which bum and sting like the bites or stings of insects (Ant. crud., Apis, Am.).

Sleep.—Sleeplessness, with restlessness and tossing about. Uneasy dreams, in which he changes from place to place, and from one subject to another.

Fever.—Coldness; want of animal heat (Sep., Sil.). Shaking chill over back, with cold hands, hot cheeks and hot forehead. Burning heat in limbs, hands and feet, making heat of bed intolerable (Sulph.). Perspiration from least exertion (Ambr., Calc. e., Hep. s., Phos., Sep., Sil.), principally on forehead. Warm sweat on hands and feet. Sweat, waking from sleep, with itching over whole body. Night sweats, with inclination to uncover.

Aggravation.—Towards evening. From heat, especially heat of bed; wrhen sitting; during rest; cold; wet weather.

Amelioration.—Of pains at night. After Camphor.

Conditions. —Rheumatic, gouty diathesis. Constitutions abused by Alcohol.

Compare.— Arn., Ars., Bell., Bry., Calc. c, Cinch., Crot. tig., Dale, Kalmia, Lye., Merc, cor., Puis., Rhus tox., Ruta, Sep., Sulph.

Antidote .—Camph.

Ledum Antidotes.—Alcohol, Apis, Cinch.

THERAPEUTICS.

A valuable remedy in rheumatic and arthritic affections, The smaller joints are most affected. Generally worse from the heat of the bed; usually a great deal of bruised soreness in the muscles, with stitching, tearing pains, rapidly shifting; rarely useful if joints are hot and swollen. Synovitis of the knee, especially strumous. Sciatica. Sprains of the ankles and feet. Used locally for punctured or penetrating wounds, produced by sharp-pointed instruments; also for the stings of insects, especially mosquitoes. Papular and eczematous eruptions in habitual drunkards, especially on face and forehead. Urticaria and other chronic eruptions with violent itching, worse from warmth of bed. Ecchymoses. Haemorrhages, especially of bright-red blood. Haemoptysis; blood frothy; alternating with attacks of rhernatism. Uterine haemorrhage. Phthisical symptoms, alternating with coxalgia or rheumatism. Whooping cough. Chronic cough, usually hollow, racking, spasmodic, characterized by coldness and deficiency of animal heat. Bronchitis. Suppuration of lungs; purulent, greenish expectoration; after neglected pneumonia. Rheumatic ophthalmia. Ecchymoses of the conjunctiva. Intra-occular haemorrhages. Asthenopia. Eheumatic otitis, from getting cold, having hair cut, or exposure to a damp, cold wind. Ascites. Ailments from abuse of alcoholic drinks.


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