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Synonym. - Aethusa cynapium.

Natural order. - Umbilliferae.

Common names.- Fool's Parsley. Garden Hemlock.

Habitat. A common weed growing throughout Europe.

Preparation. - Tincture from the whole fresh plant when in flower.


The Aethusa Cynapium has been classed as a powerful narcotic poison, but it is now claimed that this is an error, the drug being entirely harmless, though possessing an essential oil that may provoke nausea, vomiting and other symptoms of gastro-intestinal irritation.


Face.- oA drawn condition, beginning at the aloe nasi, and extending to the angle of the mouth, giving the face an expression of great anxiety and pain.

Stomach.- Nausea at the sight of food.  Ketching and throwing up phlegm. oIntolerance of milh; it is forcibly ejected, almost as soon as swallowed; then iveahness ca,uses droivsiness; in nursing children. o Violent vomit- ing of curdled milh (Iris) and cheesy matter.

Stool.- Diarrhoea; stools bright yellow (Chel.), or greenish, watery (Grat., Gamb.) . oConsisting of curds of milk.

Generalities.- oEpileptiform spasms, with clenched thumbs; red face; eyes turned downward; dilated, staling, immovable pupils; foam at the mouth;  teeth set;  pulse small, hard, accelerated.  Great weakness;  children cannot stand;  cannot hold up their heads.  Better in the open air.

Sleep. - oDozing of child, after vomiting spells (Ant. tart.), or after the stool (Nux m.)  oOn falling asleep, rolling of the eyes, or slight convulsions.

On falling asleep, rolling of the eyes, or slight convulsions.

Conditions.. - Frequently indicated in summer season.  Suitable for children who do not bear milk.

Compare. - Ant. tart., Calc. c, Cic, Ipec, Grat., Gamb., Nux m., Sulph., Sulph. ac.



Aethusa is only useful in g astro-intestinal troubles, especially in gastro-intestinal catarrh and convulsions of children during dentition, the chief indications for its use being an intolerance of milk, and either vomiting or diarrhoea of curdled milk. Infantile paralysis accompanied by these symptoms has been cured by this remedy.

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