back Arum Triphyllum

Natural order. - Aracese.

Common names. - Indian Turnip. Jack in the Pulpit.

Habitat. - Grows in moist, shady places throughout America.

Preparation. - Tincture from the fresh root. Should be kept in a dark, cool place.

Arum acts as an irritant poison to mucous surfaces, affecting especially the mucous membrane of the mouth and fauces, and to some extent of the larynx and bronchi, producing violent inflammation, tumefaction, and ulceration.

Mind.- oDuring delirium, boring in the nose (Cina.); picking at one spot or on the lips.

Head.- Violent headache.

Nose. - Fluent coryza afternoons withheat in head and face.  Continual discharge from left nostril. Coryza in the morning with streaks of blood and hardened mucus; yellow and thick during the day; watery, and at the same time obstruction, worse in the morning.  oDischarge of burning ichorous fluid from the nose, excoriating the nostrils and upper lip (Ailanth. Amm., carb., Ars., Cepa, Merc); in scarlet fever.  Nose obstructed and must breathe through the mouth (Aur.).  oDrink passes up and through the nose.  Nostrils sore and chapped (Ant. crud., Graph., Nitr. ac).  oConstant picking of the nose (Cina, Selen.).

Face. - Nose, lips and face chapped, as after exposure to cold wind (Ant. crud., Graph.).  Great heat in the face and head afternoons, with fluent coryza.  Picks the lips until they bleed.  Corners of mouth sore, cracked and bleeding (Ant. crud., Graph., Lyc., Nitr. ac).  Scalded feeling inthe face in morning.  Sprained pain in left articulation of jaw when swallowing.

Mouth. - Cracked tongue, painful and burning.  Root of tongue and palate feel raw. Buccal cavity raw, sore and bleeding.  oMouth burns, and is so sore that the child refuses to drink, and cries when anything is offered.  Excessive salivation; saliva acrid.  Dryness of mouth.

Throat. - Swelling of submaxillary glands (Aur., Baryt. carb.); especially left side.  Constriction in throat with sneezing.  Sensation of swelling in soft palate when swallowing.  Soreness, dryness, burning pains, and ulcers in palate and throat.

Stool. - Watery, brown diarrhoea, with eructations of food.

Urinary Organs. - Discharge of much pale urine.  oUrine scanty or suppressed, in scarlatina.

Respiratory Organs. - oVoice hoarse, from overuse in singing or speaking (clergymen's sore throat), (Arg. met., Arg. nit., Phos.).  Hoarseness.  Accumulation of mucus in trachea.  Expectoration of tough mucus (Kali bi.).  oVoice uncertain, changing continually.  Lungs feel sore (Ail., Phos.).

Skin. - oExanthema, like scarlet rash, with itching; skin peels off afterwards (Apis, Bell., Rhus tox., Stram.).

Compare. - Ailanth., Amm. mur., Arg. nit., Ars., Bapt.,Caust., Cepa, Camph., Canth., Kali bi., Nitr. ac, Natr. ars., Hydras., Phos., Phyt. Rhus tox., Stram., Sulph.

Antidote .-Buttermilk.

 

THERAPEUTICS. Arum has been found an excellent remedy in malignant forms of scarlatina and diphtheria, characterized by the acrid ichorous discharges above noted, the patient continually boring the nose and picking the lips.  Sometimes the nose becomes ulcerated, and the ichorous discharge very offensive.  Coryza with characteristic discharge.  Hay fever, with severe pain over the root of nose; nose and throat feel raw and sore. Laryngitis, especially the so-called clergymen's sore throat, occurring in public speakers, auctioneers and singers; great hoarseness and loss of voice, constant hawking and clearing the voice.  In all inflammatory affections of the mouth, tongue and buccal cavity where symptoms indicate.  In typhoid forms of fever.


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