back Eucalyptus Globulus

Synonym.- Eucalyptus Globulus. Natural order.- Myrtaceae. Common names.- Fever Tree. Australian Gum Tree. Blue Gum Tree. Habitat.- A tree native of Australia, and cultivated on the Pacific coast. Preparation.- Tincture from the fresh leaves.

GENERAL ANALYSIS.

Acts upon the digestive sphere, producing indigestion, followed by diarrhoea, all the secretions having the characteristic odor of eucalyptol, the most important constituent of the drug. It also increases the action of the heart, lowers the arterial tension, and induces a feverish state, the conditions of which correspond to fevers of a remittent or intermittent character, and which result from malarial poisoning. It is, therefore, homoeopathic to these conditions, which account for its remarkable success in their treatment at the hands of physicians of all schools during the past fifty years.

CHARACTERISTIC SYMPTOMS.

Head. - oNervous headaches and other pains in the head, not exactly periodical.

Nose. - Catarrh of the nasal passages (Hydras., Kali hi.).

Eyes.- Catarrhal ophthalmia.

Mouth.- Burning sensation extending to pharynx and oesophagus with thirst. Excessive secretion of saliva (Iodi. f Merc., Nitr. ac.).

Stomach.- Strong-smelling eructations. Slow digestion. Hot r burning sensation in stomach. Fullness, pressure and weight in stomach (Ars., Bry., Nux v., Puls.).

Abdomen.- Uncomfortable pressure and fullness in umbilical region. Sensation as if diarrhoea would occur (Aloe.).

Stool.- o Dysentery, with heat in the rectum; tenesmus; discharge of mucus ; great prostration ; haemorrhage from the bowels (Ham., Ipec). Thin watery diarrhoea, preceded by sharp aching pains in the bowels.

Respiratory Organs. - Respiration quickened.

Skin. - Eruptions on the skin, of a herpetic character; glandular enlargements ; foul, indolent ulcers.

Compare.- Absinth., Ars., Bapt., Carb. ac, Cinch., Ced.

THERAPEUTICS.

Used primarily in the treatment of intermittent and remittent fevers; malarial poisoning, after quinia fails; quinine cachexias. Malarial fevers do not exist in localities where this tree grows, and it is generally believed that the culture of the tree improves to a surprising degree the sanitary conditions of low, marshy, miasmatic districts. Chronic nasal catarrh and acute coryza. Allays dyspnoea in cardiac asthma, also when aneurisms press on the vagus and its branches. Subacute cystitis. Whooping cough ; gangrene of the lungs. Bronchitis with profuse expectoration. Also sometimes useful in dysentery; diarrhoea; leucorrhoea; eruptions; ulcers; suppurating wounds ; neuralgia ; rheumatism ; typhoid fever. Infusions, or water containing infusoria, cryptogamic organisms* and bacteria, are purified by the addition of eucalyptus. On account of these antiseptic properties, the drug has been used topically in uterine catarrh, ozoena, cancer gangrene, etc., when characterized by great foetor.


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