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Below are the strongest indications of Petroleum in traditional homeopathic usage, not reviewed by the FDA.

Strumous diathesis, especially the dark type, who suffer from catarrhal conditions of the mucous membranes, gastric acidity and cutaneous eruptions.
Very marked skin symptoms, acting on sweat and oil glands. Ailments are worse during the winter season. Ailments from riding in cars, carriages, or ships; lingering gastric and lung troubles; chronic diarrhoea. Long-lasting complaints follow mental states - fright, vexation, etc. Chlorosis in young girls with or without ulceration of the stomach.
BETTER, warm air; lying with head high; dry weather.
Worse, dampness, before and during a thunderstorm, from riding in cars, Passive motion; in winter, eating, from mental states.
Compare: Carbo; Graph.; Sulph.; Phos.
Complementary: Sepia.
Antidotes: Nux; Coccul.
Third to thirtieth and higher potencies. Material doses often better.

    MIND (click for more)

Irritable, easily offended, vexed at everything
Feels that death is near, and must hurry to settle affairs
Low-spirited, with dimness of sight.
Loses his way in streets
Marked worse from mental emotions

Aversions, dislikes; open air

Delusions, imaginations, hallucinations, illusions

Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; anger (see irritability and quarrelsome)
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; irritability
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; quarrelsome, argumentative

Insecure, uncertain, scared; timidity

Intellectual faculties; impaired thinking; confusion
Intellectual faculties; impaired thinking; confusion; while walking; in open air
Intellectual faculties; impaired thinking; mistakes; localities, places

Memory; forgetful

Perception; does not recognise well known streets

Thinks he is double, or someone else lying alongside

    VERTIGO, DIZZINESS (click for more)

With nausea

    HEAD (click for more)

Feels numb, as if made of wood; Occiput heavy, as of lead ( Opium.) Vertigo on rising, felt in occiput, as if intoxicated, or like sea-sickness

Moist eruption on scalp; worse, back and ears

Heaviness (see pain; pressing)
Heaviness (see pain; pressing); back of head (occiput)

Pain, headache; back of head (occiput)
Pain, headache; pressing (see bursting, pulling); back of head (occiput)
Pain, headache; pressing (see bursting, pulling); back of head (occiput); like weight or stone

Skin and scalp; out-break on skin; eczema
Skin and scalp; out-break on skin; wearing away skin

Headache, must hold temples to relieve; provoked by shaking while coughing

Scalp sore to touch, followed by numbness

Sensitive, As of a cold breeze blowing on it

Use thirtieth.

    EYE (click for more)

Canthi fissured

Dim sight; far-sighted; cannot read fine print without glasses; blennorrhoea of lachrymal sac; Marginal blepharitis

Discharges of mucus or pus; corner; from tear duct

Discoloration; redness; lids

Fistula (abnormal hole); tear glands

Inflammation; glandular swellings
Inflammation; wounds; conjunctiva (external lining of eye); oozing pus (including cornea)
Inflammation; wounds; lachrymal sac
Inflammation; wounds; lids
Inflammation; wounds; tear duct

Lids; out-breaks on skin; powdery flaking skin

Swellings; tear canal

Loss of eyelashes

Skin around eyes dry and scurfy.

    EAR (click for more)

Chronic Eustachian catarrh

Diminished hearing.

Dry catarrh, with deafness and noises

Coldness; as if frozen

Discharges from ear
Discharges from ear; catarrh in Eustachian tube (tube connecting ear to nose)

Itching; in ear
Itching; in ear; as if frozen
Itching; in ear; burning

Noises in ear
Noises in ear; cracking
Noises in ear; ringing
Noises in ear; rushing
Noises in ear; sound of wind
Noises in ear; whizzing

Skin; out-breaks on skin; behind ears
Skin; out-breaks on skin; behind ears; moist
Skin; out-breaks on skin; behind ears; sore
Skin; out-breaks on skin; behind ears; wearing away skin

Eczema, intertrigo, etc., in and behind ears, with intense itching

Fissures in meatus

Noise unbearable, especially from several people talking together

Parts sore to touch

Ringing and cracking in ears

    HEARING (click for more)

Impaired; catarrh of Eustachian tube (tube connecting ear to nose)

    NOSE (click for more)

Nostrils ulcerated, cracked, burn; tip of nose itches



Ozaena, with scabs and muco-purulent discharge.

    FACE (click for more)

Dry; feels constricted, as if covered with albumin.

Skin; out-breaks on skin
Skin; out-breaks on skin; crusty, scabby
Skin; out-breaks on skin; wearing away skin

    MOUTH (click for more)


    THROAT (click for more)


    ABDOMEN (click for more)

Diarrhoea only in the daytime; watery, gushing and Itching of anus

After cabbage; with empty feeling of stomach.

Emptiness; after stool

Pain; cutting; night; 4 a.m.

Sense of weakness; after stool

Stomach; appetite; increased (hunger in general); after stool
Stomach; appetite; ravenous, excessive; with diarrhoea
Stomach; appetite; ravenous, excessive; yet becoming extremely thin
Stomach; aversion to certain foods or drinks; fats and rich food
Stomach; aversion to certain foods or drinks; meat
Stomach; burping, belching; morning
Stomach; disordered; after stool
Stomach; indigestion
Stomach; nausea; seasickness
Stomach; nausea; while travelling
Stomach; vomiting; while travelling


Feeling of great emptiness

Gastralgia when stomach is empty; relieved by constant eating ( Anac.; Sep.) Ravenous hunger

HUNGER, immediately after stool

Must rise at night and eat ( Psorin.) Odor of Garlic.

NAUSEA, with accumulation of water in mouth

Stomach; Heartburn; hot, sharp, sour eructation

Strong aversion to fat food, meat; worse, eating cabbage

    RECTUM (click for more)

Diarrhoea; daytime only

Itching; around anus
Itching; perineum (between rectum and genitals)

Pain; pressing (pressure)
Pain; sudden, sharp; when body is upright

Skin and lining; excoriated (as if grazed, chaffed); must rub anus until raw
Skin and lining; out-break on skin around anus
Skin and lining; out-break on skin around anus; herpetic
Skin and lining; out-break on skin around anus; itching
Skin and lining; out-break on skin around anus; perineum (between rectum and genitals); herpes

    GENITALS (click for more)

Female; Before menses, throbbing in head ( Kreos.) Leucorrhoea, profuse, albuminous ( Alum.; Bor.; Bov.; Calc

Female; irritation; itching
Female; out-breaks on skin
Female; out-breaks on skin; herpetic

Male; excoriated (as if grazed, chaffed); between scrotum, and thighs
Male; itching; penis; foreskin
Male; itching; scrotum
Male; out-breaks on skin
Male; out-breaks on skin; herpetic
Male; out-breaks on skin; itching
Male; out-breaks on skin; scrotum
Male; out-breaks on skin; scrotum; herpetic
Male; out-breaks on skin; scrotum; herpetic; between scrotum, and thighs
Male; out-breaks on skin; scrotum; itching
Male; pain; sore; scrotum; between scrotum and thigh
Male; redness; between thighs and scrotum
Male; redness; scrotum
Male; testes and scrotum (balls); moisture, scrotum

Urethra (urinary part of genitals); closing
Urethra (urinary part of genitals); itching; with thin, clear discharge (as in gonorrhea)

Itching in urethra.

Male; Herpetic eruption on perineum

P.) Genitals sore and moist

Prostate inflamed and swollen

Sensation of moisture ( Eup-pur.) Itching and mealy coating of nipple.

    RESPIRATION (click for more)

Cough produces headache

Croup and laryngeal diphtheria.

Dry cough at night, coming deep from chest

Hoarseness ( Carbo; Caust.; Phos.) Dry cough and oppression of chest at night

Oppression of chest; worse, cold air

    COUGH (click for more)

Dry cough

    CHEST (click for more)

an.; Nat-mur.) Fainting, with ebullitions, heat, and palpitation.

Pain; stitching, sudden, sharp; heart

Perspiration; arm pit; offensive

Skin; out-breaks on skin

Heart; Sensation of coldness ( Carb

    BACK (click for more)

Pain; stitching, sudden, sharp, shooting; dorsal (shoulder level)
Pain; stitching, sudden, sharp, shooting; dorsal (shoulder level); between shoulder blades
Pain; stitching, sudden, sharp, shooting; dorsal (shoulder level); between shoulder blades; spine
Pain; stitching, sudden, sharp, shooting; dorsal (shoulder level); extending to back of head (occiput)
Pain; stitching, sudden, sharp, shooting; dorsal (shoulder level); shoulder blades; extending to back of head (occiput)

Coccyx painful.

Pain in nape of neck, stiff and painful

Weakness in small of back

    EXTREMITIES, LIMBS (click for more)

Scalding sensation in knee

Tips of fingers rough, cracked, fissured every winter

Chronic sprains

Cracking in joints.

Coldness; lower limbs; foot
Coldness; upper limbs; hands

Cracking noise in joints

Hands and feet; chapped hand (see roughness)
Hands and feet; chilblains
Hands and feet; chilblains; feet
Hands and feet; chilblains; feet; inflammation
Hands and feet; chilblains; hands
Hands and feet; chilblains; toes

Pain; stitching, sudden, sharp; fingers; tips of fingers

Perspiration; leg
Perspiration; upper limbs

Skin; out-break on skin; hand; back of hand; scaly, itching skin disease (eczema, psoriasis, herpes, etc.); psoriasis (red patches with silvery scales), chronic
Skin; out-break on skin; hand; psoriasis (red patches with silvery scales)
Skin; out-break on skin; leg; boils
Skin; out-break on skin; leg; eczema
Skin; out-break on skin; lower limbs
Skin; out-break on skin; upper limbs; boils
Skin; roughness; fingers; tips
Skin; skin cracks at bends of joints; fingers
Skin; skin cracks at bends of joints; fingers; tips of
Skin; skin cracks at bends of joints; hands (see chapping)
Skin; skin cracks at bends of joints; hands (see chapping); deep and bleeding
Skin; skin cracks at bends of joints; hands (see chapping); in winter

Stiffness; joints

Tingling, prickling, asleep (see numbness)
Tingling, prickling, asleep (see numbness); lower limbs

Fetid sweat in axillae

Knees stiff

    CHILL (click for more)

In the open air

    FEVER (click for more)

Chilliness, followed by sweat

Desire to uncover

Stages of chill, heat and sweat; chill then sweat, without intervening heat

Flushes of heat, particularly of the face and head; worse at night

Perspiration on feet and axillae.

    PERSPIRATION (click for more)

Odour; offensive


    SKIN (click for more)



Skin dry, constricted, very sensitive, rough and cracked, leathery

Thick, greenish crusts, burning and itching; redness, raw; cracks bleed easily


Chilblains, moist, itch and burn

Itching at night

Rhagades Worse in winter.

Abnormal growths; ulcers; phagedenic (spreading, obstinate ulceration)

Becomes sore when lying down

Cracks; deep, bloody
Cracks; in winter

Discoloration; yellow, jaundice, etc.; spots


Generally unhealthy

Itching; must scratch; until it is raw

Out-breaks on skin
Out-breaks on skin; boils
Out-breaks on skin; crusty
Out-breaks on skin; eczema
Out-breaks on skin; excoriated (as if grazed, chaffed)
Out-breaks on skin; generating pus
Out-breaks on skin; phagedenic (spreading, obstinate ulceration)
Out-breaks on skin; suppressed

Pain; excoriated (as if grazed, chaffed); after scratching (must scratch it raw)



Slightest scratch makes skin suppurate ( Hepar.) Intertrigo; psoriasis of hands

    INJURIES AND ACCIDENTS (click for more)

Wounds; slow to heal

    GENERALITIES (click for more)

Aversion to open air

Convulsions; continuous contraction
Convulsions; with tetanus rigidity

Eating and food; cabbage
Eating and food; foods which cause flatulence
Eating and food; sauerkraut

Heaviness; internally


Mucous secretions increased

Pain; cutting; externally
Pain; pressing; internally

While travelling
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Entries on a white background are from Boericke's Materia Medica. Entries on a green background are from a reversed Kent's repertory, with some alterations to modernise the language. Uses are based on traditional homeopathic practice and have not been reviewed by the FDA.