back Carduus Marianus

Natural order. - Composite.

Common name. - St. Mary's thistle.

Habitat.- An annual or biennial plant, native of Southern Europe.

Preparation. - Tincture from the ripe seeds.

Acts upon the liver and portal system, giving rise to jaun- dice and other bilious disturbances; and for the removal of similar conditions it has been used with marked results.

Head.- Dullness of the head. Vertigo, with confusion of the mind.

Stomach.- Bitter taste; loss of appetite. Nausea; eructations; pyrosis, and distension of the bowels.

Abdomen- Swelling and painfullness of the liver; feeling of fullness in hepatic region; jaundice (Chel., Merc.).  Tension in liver when lying on the right side, with pressure.

Stool. - Constipation alternating with diarrhoea (Ant. crud., Nux v., Podo.).

Urine.- Coloring matter of bile in urine (Chel.). Urine scanty, brownish, and turbid (Ant. tart., Chel.).

Chest. - Stitches in region of seventh rib when stooping, afterwards the pain spreads all over front of chest, making movement of arms, walking and stooping almost impossible (Chel.).

Compare.- Chel., Cinch., Iod., Merc, Podo.


THERAPEUTICS. This drug is only useful in hepatic disturbances, especially hyperemia of the liver, with jaundice, soreness of liver, etc.  A valuable remedy in jaundice.  Duodenal catarrh. Gallstones.  Intermittent fever, with jaundice (one marked cure).  Said to be especially useful in miners with chronically disordered livers, and consequent symptoms, especially jaundice; sometimes with asthma.  Several cases of varicose veins are reported cured by this drug.

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