back Abrotanum

Synonym. - Artemesia Abrotanum.

Natural order.- Compositae.

Common Name. - Southernwood.

Habitat. - A shrub native of Southern Europe and the Levant. Cultivated in gardens.

Preparation. - Tincture from the fresh leaves.

Acts profoundly upon the vegetative sphere, depressing nutrition to a remarkable degree, giving rise to symptoms of disturbed digestion, great emaciation, and marasmus, in which latter affection is its chief clinical use. It also acts upon fibrous and serous tissues. The primary action is upon the nervous system, where it produces a hyperaemia and gives rise to anaesthesia and paralysis, accompanied by neuralgic pains. The latter cause great restlessness and are relieved by motion.


Mind. - Anxious, depressed, dullness of intellect. Child cross, depressed, very peevish.

Head. - Cannot hold the head up (Natr. mur., Verat. alb.) Scalp sore; itching. Aching and fullness in head.

Ears. - Humming as of bees ; wind rushes out of the right ear.

Eyes.- oBlue rings around the eyes ; dull look.

Nose. - Nose dry; onosebleed in youths.

Face. - oWrinkled, as if old (Baryta.). oComedones, with emaciation (Sulph.).

Mouth.- Slimy taste, acid. Tongue sore. Mouth hot and dry.

Stomach.- Gnawing hunger; ravenous appetite, and all the while emaciating. Burning as from acidity. oSensation as if stomach were hanging or swimming in water, with coldness. Pains cutting, gnawing, burning, worse at night.

Abdomen. - Great distension of abdomen. oHard lumps in different parts of abdomen. Weak, sinking feeling in bowels.

Stool.- Food passes undigested . oRheumatism after suddenly checked diarrhoea. Constipation. oAlternate diarrhoea and constipation. (Ant., crud.). Protruding piles, with burning from touch or whenever passing stool.

Male Organs.- oHydrocele of children, especially after scarlet fever.

Female Organs.- Darting pains in region of left ovary. oBlood and moisture oozing from navel of new-born.

Respiratory Organs.- Cold air causes a raw feeling (Hyd.). Sensation of breathing hot air. Dyspnoea. oPressing sensation remains in affected side, impeding free breathing: after pleurisy.

Heart and Pulse.- Pain across chest sharp and severe in region of heart; rheumatism. oMetastasis of rheumatism to heart. Pulse weak and small.

Back. - Pains in sacrum. Heavy pain in lumbar region extending to testicles.

Limbs. - Inability to move. Weakness of extremities. Emaciation, especially of legs. Back and limbs sore and lame; worse mornings (Rhus tox). Numb sensation in fingers (Con., Phos., Sec).

Generalities. - Weak, sickly feeling; when excited, trembling; Rheumatic pains in neck and back, chest and extremities. Lame and sore all over.

Sleep. - Restless ; frightful dreams.

Fever. - oHogh fever during rheumatism; Hectic fever, with chilliness, after influenza; very weakening; marasmus.

Skin. - oFlabby; hangs loose; marasmus. Furunculus ; after Hep. s.

Conditions. - Especially useful in children ; more in boys.

Compare.- Agar., Baryt., Bry., Con., Cimic, Gels., Phos., Rhus tox., Zinc.



Marasmus of children;Wasting diseases from malnutrition; rheumatism, especially inflammatory, before swelling; gout; gastralgia; also bad affects from suppressed gastralgia ; hydrocele of children ; chlorosis ; furuncles.

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