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

This remedy and its active principle, Eserine, form a valuable addition to Materia Medica. Stimulates heart, raises blood pressure, and increases peristalsis. Causes contraction of the pupil and of the ciliary muscles. Induces a condition of short-sightedness. Spinal irritation, loss of motility, prostration, with very sensitive vertebrae. Fibrillary tremors. Rigidity of muscles; paralysis. Depresses the motor and reflex activity of the cord and causes loss of sensibility to pain, muscular weakness, followed by complete paralysis, although muscular contractility is not impaired. Paralysis and tremors, chorea. Meningeal irritation, with rigidity of muscles. TETANUS and trismus. Poly myelitis anterior. Eserine is used locally to produce contraction of pupil.
Compare: Eserine - the alkaloid of Physostigma - (slows action of heart and increases arterial tension; in ciliary spasm and spasmodic Astigmatism due to irregular action of ciliary muscles; blepharo-spasms; Pupils contracted. Twitching of lids, soreness of eyeballs, blurring of vision After using eyes, pains around eyes and head). Used locally to contract the pupil. ESERINE contracts the pupils dilated by Atropine, but not those dilated by Gelsemium. Internally 6X.
Eserin salicylate (post-operative intestinal paralysis; meteorism. Hypodermically 1/60-1/40 gr).
Compare also: Muscarin; Conium; Curare; Gels.; Thebainum (tetanus); Piperazinum - (Uric acid conditions. Pruritus. Gout and urinary calculi. Constant backache. Skin dry, urine scanty. Rheumatic arthritis. Give one grain daily in carbonated water. First and second decimal trituration three times a day.)
Antidote: Atropia. In full medicinal doses will relieve most of the effects of Physostigmine.
Third potency. The neutral sulphate of Eserine is instilled into the eye, from one-half to four grains to one ounce distilled water, to induce Contraction of pupil, in mydriasis, injuries to the eye, iritis, corneal ulcers

    HEAD (click for more)

Cerebrospinal meningitis; general tetanic rigidity

Constant pain on top; vertigo, with constrictive feeling of head

Pain over orbits; Cannot bear to raise eyelids

Spastic conditions of the face-muscles.

    EYE (click for more)


Post-diphtheritic paralysis of eye and accommodation muscles.

Glaucoma; paresis of accommodation; astigmatism

Spasm of ciliary muscle, with irritability after using eyes

Twitching; lids

increasing myopia

Muscae volitantes; flashes of light; partial blindness

Night-blindness (Opposite: Bothrops); photophobia; Contraction of pupils; twitching of ocular muscles

Profuse lachrymation

    VISION (click for more)

Colours and shapes in front of eyes; colours; black; spots; floating (aka muscae volitantes or spiders)
Colours and shapes in front of eyes; flashes


    NOSE (click for more)

Fever-blisters around nostrils.

Fluent coryza; burning and tingling of nostrils; nose stuffed and hot

    MOUTH (click for more)

Feeling as if a ball came up throat.

Tongue feels sore on tip

    THROAT (click for more)

Strong heart-pulsation felt in throat.

    ABDOMEN (click for more)

Gastralgia.; chronic constipation.

Pain extends into chest and down arms

Sensitive to pressure in epigastric region

Stomach; Great pain immediately after eating

    GENITALS (click for more)

Congestion of eyes

Female; Irregular menstruation, with palpitation

Rigid muscles.

    CHEST (click for more)

Fatty degeneration ( Cup-ac.)

Fluttering of heart felt in throat

Beats of heart distinctly perceptible in chest and head

Heart; Feeble pulse; palpitation; spasmodic action, with feeling of pulsation through the whole body

    EXTREMITIES, LIMBS (click for more)

Burning and tingling in spine

Pain in right popliteal space

Hands and feet numb

Locomotor ataxia

Numbness in paralyzed parts, crampy pains in limbs.

Sudden jerking of limbs on going to sleep

Tetanic convulsions

    GENERALITIES (click for more)

Tension; muscles
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Homeopathic remedies are prescribed on the basis that in a tiny dilution like cures like, so while the very dilute homeopathic remedy may help, the raw product is often best avoided.

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.