back Elaterium Officinarum

Synonym.- Momordica Elaterium. Natural order.- Cucurbitaceae. Common name. - Squirting Cucumber. Habitat.- A. coarse, fleshy plant found in the Mediterranean. Preparation-Tincture from the unripe fruit.

Acts powerfully upon mucous surfaces, causing an enormous flow of watery serum from the first mucous membrane that absorbs it, whether it be in the nose, oesophagus, stomach or intestines. Its most important action is upon the gastro-intestinal canal, where its characteristic effects are produced, causing vomiting of the excessive gastric secretions, and violent purging, stripping the intestinal membrane of its epithelium, a gastro-enteritis resulting from its prolonged action.

Stomach.- Nausea; vomiting of watery substance, or of greenish bilious matter, with great weakness.

Abdomen.- Cutting, griping pains in the bowels.

Stool.- Copious liquid stools (Ars., Cinch., Verat. alb.); watery; frothy, or of an olive-green color (Crot. tig., Grat.. Sec. cor.).

Lower Limbs. - Shooting, also dull aching pains in tLe course of the left sciatic nerve to the instep and toes.

Compare. - Colch., Coloc, Crot. tig., Grat., Sec. cor., Verat. alb.


Has been used chiefly in choleraic diarrhoea with forcible copious stools, as above described. Has been used in dropsy of renal origin; hydropericardium; also in jaundice, with high fever of an intermittent type, and characteristic stools. Sciatica.

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