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Linum usitatissimum.

Authority. L. P. Lorut, Gaz. des Hp., Sept. 1861, effects of two spoonfuls of linseed oil.

Miss X., aged nineteen years, of nervo-sanguine temperament, had always enjoyed excellent health.

January 21st, at about 11 P.M., I was sent for in great haste, and found her laboring under peculiar nervous symptoms, for which I was unable to account. She lay on her back; the face red and slightly moist; the head shaking spasmodically in measured time; the rigid and prominent temporal muscles jerking rapidly. The jaws were immovably clenched; the upper limbs shaken by spasms, but pliable and uncontracted. With all this nervous disturbance, there was no sign of cerebral disorder; the patient was perfectly conscious, and complained by signs of violent pain in the cheeks and temples. She could not articulate a syllable. She had never before, so her mother assured me, been troubled with her nerves. She had been very cheerful all that day, and had been working in the evening in a small room well heated by a pan of coals. About 8 o'clock, after taking a cup of cold milk, she fell asleep, but woke up in a few minutes, saying that her tongue was drawn down into her throat, and complaining also of a great weight in the stomach and severe colic.

She went to bed, but soon became speechless, and fell into convulsions.

I at one rejected the idea apparently entertained by her mother, that she had been poisoned by carbonic oxide gas, her symptoms bearing but a slight resemblance to those caused by that agent. The clearness of the intellect, the absence of frothing at the mouth, and the undistorded features, putting epilepsy out of the question, I began to think the attack must be hysterical. Yet the symptoms did not seem to wear the precise aspect of hysteria, and some of the leading features in that disease were absent. Here were violent trismus, and complete paralysis of the tongue, affections or rare occurrence in hysterical patients, although I was aware that the former had been noticed in some well-authenticated cases. Besides, there was neither globus hystericus, meteorism of stomach or bowels, nor any of those perversions of cutaneous sensibility so frequently accompanying the malady in question. Nevertheless, I decided on the employment of antispasmodics; and, as the patient was utterly unable to swallow, at once ordered the injection of 4 grams of Asafoetida. At the same time I rubbed the temples with a strong opiate liniment, and a large linseed plaster was applied to the abdomen. The injection was followed in ten minutes by decided relief; the patient began to sob violently; and in a few minutes more, passed a large quantity of pale limpid urine; after which she lay down again, much tranquilized. I soon succeeded in prying open the jaws with the handle of a fork, when I was surprised to see that the tip of the tongue was turned upwards and backwards, so as to touch the velum palati. On attempting to speak, the patient uttered only inarticulate sounds. I then got her to swallow a few spoonfuls of sweetened orange-flower water. This was very comforting; and her jaws could now be opened spontaneously. I then left her; recommending blisters on the thighs for a violent headache of which she complained. On visiting her, next morning, I was informed that shortly after I had gone, the symptoms had returned with great violence, especially the trismus, and that she had suffered the most intense pain for about an hour. At about 5 P.M. all was right again, and the patient had recovered her speech. Of last night's symptoms, there now only remained general prostration, with a bruised feeling in the elbow and knee-joints, heavy frontal headache, and a dull pain in the cheeks and temples. The patient then gave me the following account of the origin of her troubles. On the preceding night, wishing a drink of milk, she went, without a light, into an adjoining room, and took up a cup she knew to be half full of that article. To this she added two spoonfuls from another cup standing near, which she supposed also contained milk. In drinking, she felt something go down which was sour and greasy, and was not mixed with the rest of the draught; yet not suspecting anything wrong she swallowed the entire cupful. Almost immediately she felt a fulness of the stomach and a praecordial uneasiness, and soon went to bed, where she was seized with spasms. She had no idea of the cause of her symptoms until a short time before my second visit, which accounts for her answering in the negative when I requested her to tell me by signs if she had taken anything injurious.

I prescribed copious draughts of milk; to keep on the linseed plasters; and injections of a decoction of Iron. Next day she was quite well. She told me that the evening before she had vomited, with copious stools; and she thought her stomach had thrown off the oil. Since then her health has been imperfect.

. Linum usitatissimum. Flax. (Source of Linseed or Flax-seed.) N. O. Linaceae. Trituration and tincture of seed, or meal. Trituration and tincture of the oil. Tincture of freshly-made poultice.


Asthma. Convulsions. Hay fever. Tongue, paralysis of. Trismus. Urticaria.


Linseed-tea and Linseed poultices are among the most innocent of domestic remedies; but occasionally Lin. us. has produced effects of the most violent kind. In H. W., xx. 316 I quoted the case of a woman in whom the application of a linseed poultice to an ulcer over the right shin-bone produced an attack of asthma which nearly proved fatal. It was not the first time this had happened to her, and she protested, but in vain, against the doctor's order. If a linseed poultice even came near her she felt constriction of the chest. The doctor who ordered the poultice, and reported the case, was speedily summoned to witness the worse attack of asthma he had ever seen. The patient was livid and struggling for breath. When the poultice was removed the symptoms gradually subsided. A crop of herpes appeared where the poultice had been, and an eruption of urticaria over back, chest, and arms. The dust had no effect in this case; but Dr. A. G. Towner related his own experience with it in the Era (quoted H. W., xxvii. 513). When in New York State he could handle Linseed in all forms freely, but after removing to Illinois it affected him most powerfully. Once he rubbed his eye whilst preparing a poultice intense conjunctivitis came on at once, chemosis, and in an hour the eye was closed, and did not come right again for three days. The irritation passed along the lachrymal duct, and the same burning and irritation took place in the nose, nearly driving him wild. The swelling closed the nostrils, and he had to breathe through his mouth. The irritation still spread, affecting the throat, which was covered with large white blisters, and a desperate attack of bronchial asthma supervened, slightly relieved by large doses of Ipec. In two hours the skin became affected with an attack of "hives" (urticaria) "I was one complete blotch from the crown of my head to the end of my toes, a complete bodily eruption, smart, sting, burn." He had five of these attacks. The steam of a poultice would cause coryza; the dust would occasion a complete attack. One was caused by inadvertently eating a lozenge containing linseed. An entirely different set of symptoms is recorded by Allen (Appendix), in which a girl, aet. 19, drank a cupful of milk into which she had poured by mistake some spoonfuls of linseed oil. Immediately she felt a fulness of stomach, and precordial uneasiness. She vomited, as she thought, all she had drunk, and had copious stools. She soon went to bed, where she was seized with spasms which were most peculiar. Head shaking spasmodically in measured time; the eyes and prominent temporal muscles jerking rapidly. Jaws clenched. Tongue paralysed and drawn down into throat. All the time the brain was quite clear. A clyster of Asafoetida gave temporary relief, but the symptoms recurred for a time with renewed violence. On the third day she was quite recovered; but her health was not good for some time. From these remarkable cases it will be seen that intense irritation is the rule of Lin. us. Skin and air passages with their offshoots are involved (asthma and skin eruptions are often found associated in natural disease) in certain cases; the nerve centres mothers. It is plain from these experiences that the "soothing" effects of Linseed-tea and Linseed poultices are really of a specific and homoeopathic nature. A teaspoonful of unground Linseed, steeped in warm water for half an hour and then taken, acts as a laxative.

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Antidoted by Ipec. (?), Asafoet. (?). Compare Lin. cath.; in asthma and skin affections, Ars., Chloral., Apis, &c. SYMPTOMS.

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Perfectly conscious, but only able to express herself by signs.

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Heavy frontal headache.

Violent pain in cheeks and temples.

Rigid and prominent temporal muscles, jerk rapidly.

Head shakes spasmodically in measured time.

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Unpleasant heat, burning, dryness, and intense conjunctivitis, chemosis, swelling of lids completely closes eye in one hour; oedema persisted three days.

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Irritation rapidly extended through lachrymal duct to nose, heat, burning dryness with indescribably scraping, itching sensation, nearly driving him wild.

Nasal passage completely closed, was compelled to breathe through mouth.

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Face red and slightly moist.

Violent, dull pain in cheeks and temples.

Jaws immovably clenched.

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Complained that her tongue was drawn down into her throat.

Complete paralysis of tongue.

Could not articulate a syllable.

Tip of the tongue turned upwards and backwards so as to touch the velum palati.

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A crop of herpes (where the poultice was applied).


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Irritation continued (from eyes and nose) down into throat.

Throat filled with large white blisters.

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Respiratory organs

A picture of an aggravated case of bronchial asthma; it was with the most extreme effort that I could breathe.

Livid, and struggles for breath; her friends thought she was dying.

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Great weight in stomach and severe colic.

Fulness in stomach and precordial uneasiness (almost immediately after swallowing the oil), followed by convulsions.

Vomiting with copious stools.

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Vomiting and copious stools.

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Upper limbs

Upper limbs shaken by spasms, but pliable and uncontracted.

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Almost immediately (after swallowing the oil) felt a fulness at the stomach and a precordial uneasiness, went to bed, where she was seized by spasms.

She lay on her back, head moved rhythmically; jaws completely clenched, had to be prized open.

Did not recover speech till evening.

Bruised feeling in elbows and knees remained with prostration, and she was left with impaired health.

Livid and struggling for breath.

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