PhysostigmaCalabar Bean, Calabar Bean, Physostigma Venenosum
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.
Below are the strongest indications of Physostigma based on traditional homeopathic usage. Indications have not been reviewed by the FDA. If symptoms persist always consult a medical professional.
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 ulcersCerebrospinal meningitis; general tetanic rigidityConstant pain on top; vertigo, with constrictive feeling of headPain over orbits; Cannot bear to raise eyelidsSpastic conditions of the face-muscles.LagophthalmusPost-diphtheritic paralysis of eye and accommodation muscles.Glaucoma; paresis of accommodation; astigmatismSpasm of ciliary muscle, with irritability after using eyeseye; twitching; lids;increasing myopiaMuscae volitantes; flashes of light; partial blindnessNight-blindness (Opposite: Bothrops); photophobia; Contraction of pupils; twitching of ocular musclesProfuse lachrymationvision; colours and shapes in front of eyes; colours; black; spots; floating (aka muscae volitantes or spiders);vision; colours and shapes in front of eyes; flashes;vision; short-sightedness;Fever-blisters around nostrils.Fluent coryza; burning and tingling of nostrils; nose stuffed and hotFeeling as if a ball came up throat.Tongue feels sore on tipStrong heart-pulsation felt in throat.Gastralgia.; chronic constipation.Pain extends into chest and down armsSensitive to pressure in epigastric regionStomach; Great pain immediately after eatingCongestion of eyesFemale; Irregular menstruation, with palpitationRigid muscles.Fatty degeneration ( Cup-ac.)Fluttering of heart felt in throatBeats of heart distinctly perceptible in chest and headHeart; Feeble pulse; palpitation; spasmodic action, with feeling of pulsation through the whole bodyBurning and tingling in spinePain in right popliteal spaceHands and feet numbLocomotor ataxiaNumbness in paralyzed parts, crampy pains in limbs.Sudden jerking of limbs on going to sleepTetanic convulsionsgeneralities; tension; muscles;
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.