back Euphorbium Resinifera

Synonym. - Euphorbium Resinifera. Natural order. - Euphorbiacese, Common names. - Wolfs Milk. Gum Euphorbium. Habitat. - A perennial plant, native of Morocco. Preparation- -Tincture from the powdered gum-resin.

GENERAL ANALYSIS.

Acts upon the digestive tract in a manner similar to its relatives Croton, Jatropha, and other so-called drastic purgatives, inducing vomiting, purging, and other symptoms simulating a choleraic condition. It also acts upon the brain, producing violent congestion, accompanied by symptoms of acute mania. Hempel considered this so important a part of its action that he remarks, "I should never use Euphorbium internally, unless the brain symptoms indicated its use together with the other phenomena. If the cerebral action is not disturbed, if there are no signs of cerebral irritation, no signs of violent congestion of the brain, or even delirium, Euphorbium may not prove homoeopathic to the existing irritation in the stomach and bowels." - Hempel and Amdt's Materia Medica. Vol. II, p. 107. Euphorbium also produces violent irritation and inflammation of the respiratory mucous membrane. It also acts upon the skin, producing eczematous and erysipelatous inflammation.

CHARACTERISTIC SYMPTOMS.

Mind.- Melancholia; anxiety; apprehension. o Acute mania (Bell., Hyos., Op., Stram.), with symptoms of violent cerebral congestion (Bell.), and irregular hurried pulse.

Head.- Yiolent vertigo while standing or walking in open air. Violent pressive headache.

Eyes.- Biting in the eyes, with lachrymation. Intolerance ot light {Acon., Bell., Merc, Sulph.).

Ears. - Kinging in the ears, also when sneezing.

Nose.- Frequent sneezing; fluent coryza.

Face. - Erysipelatous, inflamed swelling of the cheek, with vesicles large as peas, filled with yellow liquid.

Mouth. - Toothache, as if screwed in, in a hollow tooth, with jerking in it as if it would be torn out. Excessive accumulation of saliva (Cinch., Iodi., Merc).

Throat. - Burning in throat, extending to stomach (Ars., Canth., Caps., Merc. cor.).

Stomach.- Thirst for cold drinks (Acon., Ars., Bry.). Eructations; frequent hiccough. Nausea and a omiting. Burning in the stomach (Ars., Canth., Caps., Merc. cor.). Spasmodic contraction and griping in stomach.

Abdomen- Abdomen sunken. Much rumbling in abdomen, followed by emission of flatus {Aloe, Coloc, Lyc.). Violent spasmodic flatulent colic (Coloc).

Stool.- Profuse diarrhoea and vomiting. Stools profuse, diarrhoeic, dysenteric, fermented and thin, like water; pasty, yellowish, clayey {Bell., Calc, Hep. s., Podo.). Constipation.

Respiratory Organs.- Dry, hacking cough, from tickling or crawling in throat or chest. Difficult respiration. Stitches in left side of chest.

Pulse. - Small, irregular, hurried pulse.

Generalities.- Burning pain at night in bones of hip and thigh. Tendency to faint.

Skin. - Erysipelatous inflammation; large vesicles filled with yellowish serum. Violent phlegmonous inflammation. Pustules, Eczema, Gangrene (Ars., Each.). Corrosive, burning, itching of the skin.

Fever.- Chilliness and shivering over the whole body. Hot dry skin (Acon., Bell.). Cold perspiration {Camph., Verat. alb.).

Compare.- Ars., Camph., Crot. tig., Jatropha., Colch., Elat., Verat. alb.

THERAPEUTICS.

EIa.fi been successfully used in gastro-intestinal irritations; gastro-enteritis; sporadic cholera: choleraic diarrhoea; especiaily when associated with cerebral irritation, congestion, delirium, even acute mania. Useful in influenza, with headache, much sneezing, lachrymation, acrid coryza, hacking cough. Toothache as if screwed in, with jerking and throbbing. Vesicular erysipelas of the cheek. Violent phlegmonous inflammations- erysipelatous. Pustular and eczematous eruptions. Old torpid ulcers. Gangrene. Has been used topically for cancers, and is said to have cured epithelioma.


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