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Synonym. - Asarum Europoeum.

Natural order.- Aristolochiacese.

Common names. - Hazel-wurz. Asarabacca.

Habitat.- A plant growing in shady elevated forests in Europe.

Preparation.- Tincture from the entire fresh plant.

The chief action of Asarum is upon the cerebro-spinal nervous system, causing an excessive nervous erethism, which is its most important characteristic.  It also affects the mucous membranes of the alimentary tract.

Mind. - Gradual vanishing of thought, as when falling asleep.

Head..- Very sensitive, compressive headache, especially in left temple and behind the ears. Tension of scalp (Caust.) making hair feel paiuful.

Eyes.- Painful dryness of the interior of the eyes.  Swelling of upper lids with inability to endure much reading.

Ears. - Pressure and tension in region of meatus auditorius.

Face. - Warm feeling in cheeks.

Mouth. - oDisgusting taste in the mouth.

Stomach. - Nausea and inclination to vomit.  Frequent empty eructations.  oWant of appetite, even nauseated by food.  Empty retching ; during the retchings all the symptoms are aggravated, except the stupid feeling about the head, which decreases. oUnquenchable longing for alcohol (Carb. ac.).

Stool.- Before stool, cutting in the abdomen, and sharp stitches in the rectum, from above downward.

Respiratory Organs.- Stitches in lungs during inspiration.

Neck and Back.- Pain in left side of nape as if a bundle of muscular fibres had been displaced by violent exertion, afterwards extending over head and shoulders.  Paralytic- pain as if bruised in nape and back, when moving, stand- ing or sitting, better when lying.

Limbs. - Lightness of all the limbs (Mez.); when walking seems to be gliding through the air; dull pressure in the right hip.

Generalities. - Excessive sensibility of all the nerves (Cinch., Coff. c); when merely thinking (and this he must continually) that someone might, with the finger tip or nail scratch even lightly on linen or similar material, a most disagreeable sensation thrills through him, arresting momentarily ail his thoughts and actions.  Weakness every afternoon with constant yawning.  Slow and lazy.  Weakness in knees, staggering if not careful.  Weariness, sometimes as if bruised all over (Arnica).

Conditions. - In nervous, excitable temperament; in drunkards.

Compare.- Cupr., Mosch., Nux mos., Nux v., Phos., Piper m., Puls.

Antidotes. - Camphor, Vinegar, Vegetable acids.


THERAPEUTICS. Has only been used when the above peculiar nervous sensitiveness has been present, particularly in gastric and bilious disorders; especially during pregnancy; anaemia; nervous, hacking cough; desire for alcoholic drinks.

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