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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