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Synonyms.- Gummi Guttae. Garcinia Hanburri. Natural order. - Guttiferae. Common name. - Gamboge. Habitat. - A >small-sized tree found in Cochin China. Preparation. - Tincture by dissolving the gum in alcohol (1-9) corresponding to the lx dilution.

GENERAL ANALYSIS.

Acts upon mucous membranes, especially of the intestinal canal, producing irritation, excessive secretion, and sometimes inflammation.

CHARACTERISTIC SYMPTOMS.

Head. - Vertigo during rest or motion, in morning on rising.

Eyes. - Violent burning of the eves and photophobia, in evening or afternoon, better from walking in the open air, but re- turning in the morning. Violent itching of the eyes in the evening. Nightly agglutination of the lids, burning in the morning. Itching at the inner canthi.

Nose.- Violent chronic sneezing. Dryness of the right nostril.

Mouth. - Sensation of coldness at the edge of the incisors.

Throat. - Violent stinging in right side of throat. Sore pain in throat felt on external touch. Koughness and burning in throat, causing constant hawking.

Stomach. - Aversion to food. Violent thirst in the evening. Nausea proceeding from the stomach. Emptiness in the stomach and abdomen. Frightful vomiting and purging, with fainting (Verat. alb.). Gnawing in the stomach (Ign., Lith.). Acute darting, stitching pains in the stomach (Bry.). Ulcerative pain in the stomach, passing off after eating.

Abdomen.- Inflation and tension of the abdomen, with pinch- ing in the umbilical region. Bumbling in the bowels (Aloe, Lyc.). Pinching in the abdomen and groins.

Stool.- Frequent emission of flatulence, especially evening and night. Diarrhoea, with burning pain and tenesmus of the rectum ; prolapsus ani, and constant pinching around the umbilicus, sometimes attended with discharge of mucus. Profuse watery diarrhoea, with colic and tenesmus. Faecal diarrhoea, stools evacuated with great force. Yellow and green diarrhceic stool, mixed with mucus, preceded by excessive cutting around the umbilicus. Hard, insufficient stool, with strong urging, pressing and protrusion of the rectum (Nux v.).

Urinary Organs.- Infrequent urination.

Female Organs.- Leucorrhoea.

Respiratory Organs. -Pressure in the middle of the chest. Pain in the chest, as if every part of it were sore and raw (Rume.). Bepeated, extremely painful stiches in the sternum.

Generalities.- Tearing in the shoulders. Burning sensation in various parts (Ars.). Increased heat, with anxiety (Acon.).

Sleep. - Sleepiness, great inclination to sleep. Anxious, vexa- tious dreams.

Aggravation.- In evening or night. Most symptoms come on while sitting, and go off during motion in the open air.

Compare.- Aloe, Ars., Bry., Coloc, Merc, Podo.

THERAPEUTICS.

Gamboge is used mostly in diarrhoea characterized by the forcible, gushing character of the stools (Aloe), of the nature above described, the stool affording great relief; also with violent vomiting and faintness. In children a violent itching of the eyes, associated with the diarrhoea, is often a leading in- dication. Has also been used in conjunctivitis and in dys- pepsia.


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