back Asclepias Tuberosa

Natural order. - Asclepiadacese.

Common names. - Pleurisy Root. Butterfly Weed.

Habitat. - A plant found in dry fields in the United States and Canada.

Preparation.- Tincture from the fresh root.

Acts chiefly on the mucous surfaces, especially of the respiratory organs, and intestinal canal; also upon the serous tissues, especially the pleura and synovial membranes, and upon the muscles, especially of the chest.  In all these tissues it produces irritation and inflammation of a sub-acute character.

Head. - Confusion, dullness, and heaviness of the head; swimming of the head.  Dull headache in the forehead and vertex, aggravated by motion, and relieved by lying down.  Pain in forehead when coughing (Bry.).

Nose.- Fluent coryza, with much sneezing (Acon.).  Blowing of blood from left nostril.  Itching of the nose (Sulph.).

Mouth. - Tongue covered with a tough yellow coating.  Taste putrid (Arn., Merc, Puls.); of blood.

Throat.- Slight constriction of throat and pricking in larynx.

Stomach.- Nausea, and efforts to vomit.  In stomach : neuralgic pains; pressive pain; weight (Ars., Bry., Nux v., Puls.);  burning (Ars., Colch.).

Abdomen.- Bumbling in the bowels, with uneasiness, or sharp, cutting pains.  Colic pains from flatulence (Aloe, Carb. v., Coloc, Lyc.).  Dull pain in bowels on pressure.

Stool. - Emission of fetid flatulence (Arn., Aloe, Bry., Carb. v., Graph.).  Soft and foetid stool at 11 a.m., preceded by rumbling in the bowels.  Stool, dysenteric; like white of egg; yellow; green; clammy;  smelling like rotten eggs (Calc. c, Cham.).

Urinary Organs.- Dark red, saturated urine, readily decomposing.

Respiratory Organs. - Dry cough, with constriction of throat; causing pain in forehead and abdomen; dry, hacking cough. Breathing painful, especially at base of left lung.  Oppression and difficulty of breathing; in paroxysms, like asthma (Ars.).  Sharp pain shooting from left nipple dowmvard, with stiffness of left side of neck. Sharp, cutting pain behind the sternum, aggravated by drawing a long breath, or moving the arms.  The spaces between the ribs, close to the sternum, are sensitive to pressure, and the pain, which is acute, quick, and darting, shoots over to the right side. Pain in chest relieved by bending forward. Acute pleuritic pain in right side, with dry, hacking cough and scanty mucous expectoration (Acon., Bry.).

Heart and Pulse.- Constrictive pain in the heart.  Lancinating pains in region of heart (Acon., Cact., Bry., Kali carb., Spig.).  Pulse slightly accelerated .

Neck and back.- Lancinating pains in back and between the shoulders.  Sharp pain in loins near sacrum ; lumbago.

Extremities. - Rheumatic pain in all the joints (Acon., Bry., Rhus tox.).  Sharp, shooting pains in right shoulder.  Pain in left shoulder, shooting from left chest.

Generalities.- Weak and languid, as if he had been sick along time.

Fever. - Great emaciation and debility.  Chilly, with cold feet; high fever, with hot sweat.

Skin.- Vesicles, pimples, and pustules all over the body, especially on arms, legs and face; itching (Sulph.).

Sleep.- Drowsy, uneasy, restless sleep.  Troublesome dreams.

Compare.- Acon., Arn, Ascl. c, Bry., Cimic, Coloc.


THERAPEUTICS. This remedy has been used chiefly in pleurodynia, and other rheumatic troubles, including rheumatic fevers, rheumatic pericarditis and lumbago. It may also be useful in pleurisy, bronchitis, capillary bronchitis of children, influenza, carditis, catarrhal fever, catarrhal and bilious diarrhoeas and dyspepsia.

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