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Veratrum Album

White Hellebore, Veratrum

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HPUS label indication: Collapse

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

A perfect picture of Collapse, with extreme coldness, blueness, and weakness, is offered by this drug. Post-operative shock with cold sweat on forehead, pale face, rapid, feeble pulse. Cold perspiration on the forehead, with nearly all complaints. Vomiting, purging, and cramps in extremities. The Profuse, violent retching and vomiting is most characteristic. Surgical shock. Excessive dryness of all mucous surfaces. "Coprophagia" violent mania alternates with silence and refusal to talk.
BETTER, walking and warmth.
WORSE, at night; wet, cold weather.
Compare: Veratrinum - alkaloid from seed of Sabadilla. - (electric pains, electric shocks in muscles, fibrillary twitchings); Cholos terrapina (cramps in calves); Camph.; Cupr.; Ars.; Cuprum Ars ( Intermittent, cold, clammy sweat); narcissus poeticus (gastro-enteritis with much griping and cutting pain in bowels. Fainting, trembling, cold limbs, small and irregular pulse); Trichosanthes - (diarrhoea, pain in liver, dizziness after every stool); Agaric. Emetic ( Vertigo; longing for ice-cold water; burning pains in stomach); Agaric Phalloides (cholera, cramps in stomach, cold extremities, urine suppressed). Veratrine (Increased vascular tension. It relaxes it and stimulates the elimination of toxins by skin, kidneys, and liver).

    MIND (click for more)

Frenzy of excitement; shrieks, curses

Mania, with desire to cut and tear things ( Tarent.) Attacks of pain, with delirium driving to madness

Delusions of impending misfortunes

Aimless wandering from home

Cursing, howling all night.

Melancholy, with stupor and mania

Behaviour; runs about (see escape)
Behaviour; shrieking


Delirium; nonsense, with eyes open
Delirium; raging, raving

Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; excessively religious (see anxiety, despair, fear)
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; excessively religious (see anxiety, despair, fear); praying
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; haughty
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; rage, fury (see insanity, mania, delirium)
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; rudeness
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; rudeness; insolent
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; unhappy; despair; of social position
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; unhappy; despair; religious (of salvation etc.)
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; unhappy; despair; religious (of salvation etc.); during suppressed period
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; unhappy; inconsolable; over fancied misfortune
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; unhappy; lamenting, regretting
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; unhappy; lamenting, regretting; evening
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; unhappy; sadness, mental depression
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; weeping, crying, tearful mood (lamenting)


Insanity; erotic
Insanity; mania, madness

Insecure, uncertain, scared; anxiety
Insecure, uncertain, scared; anxiety; about salvation

Intellectual faculties; impaired thinking; absent-minded (see forgetful)
Intellectual faculties; impaired thinking; imbecility

Memory; weakness of memory

Preoccupied; brooding (see anxiety, sadness)
Preoccupied; brooding (see anxiety, sadness); evening

Talking, conversation; dislike of talking, desire to be silent, taciturn

Uncooperative; refuses to eat

Puerperal mania

Sits in a stupid manner; notices nothing; Sullen indifference

    VERTIGO, DIZZINESS (click for more)

With vomiting

    HEAD (click for more)

Headache, with nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, pale face

Cold sweat on forehead

Contracted features

Coldness; top of head (vertex)

Pain, headache; top of head (vertex)

Skin and scalp; perspiration; forehead
Skin and scalp; perspiration; forehead; after stool
Skin and scalp; perspiration; forehead; cold
Skin and scalp; perspiration; forehead; during fever
Skin and scalp; perspiration; forehead; during stool

Neck too weak to hold head up.

sensation of a lump of ice on vertex

    EYE (click for more)


Lachrymation with redness

Lids dry heavy.

Staring: turned upwards, without lustre

Surrounded by dark rings

    NOSE (click for more)



    FACE (click for more)

Nose grows more pointed

Face very pale, blue, collapsed, cold.

Icy coldness of tip of nose and face

Appearance as if dead (see sunken)

Coldness; cholera
Coldness; with chill

Expression; anxious

Perspiration; cold

Skin; discoloration; bluish
Skin; discoloration; bluish; in cholera
Skin; discoloration; pale
Skin; discoloration; pale; during chill
Skin; drawn, pulled


Features sunken

Tearing in cheeks, temples, and eyes

    MOUTH (click for more)

Dry in center not relieved by water

Cold breath

Dryness; palate (roof of mouth)


Tongue; cold tongue

Salty saliva

Tongue pale, cold; cool sensation, as from Peppermint

Toothache, teeth feel heavy as if filled with lead.

    THROAT (click for more)



Voice; hollow
Voice; weak

    ABDOMEN (click for more)

Sinking and empty feeling

Averse to warm food

Craves fruit, juicy and cold things, ice, salt

Cold feeling in stomach and abdomen

Copious vomiting and nausea; aggravated by drinking and least motion

Thirst for cold water, but is vomited as soon as swallowed

Bladder; retention of urine (see urination delayed); in chill; in cholera

Coldness; external

Flatulence; obstructed

Kidneys; pain; cutting; ureters (tubes between kidneys and bladder)
Kidneys; suppression of urine

Pain; after eating (including certain foods)
Pain; after eating (including certain foods); after eating fruit
Pain; cutting; when coughing
Pain; from catching cold
Pain; liver; colic, gall-stones
Pain; lower part of abdomen
Pain; sore, bruised, tenderness, etc.; lower part of abdomen
Pain; twisting
Pain; with vomiting, blood and mucus in stool (intussusception)

Sense of weakness; after stool

Stomach; burping, belching; empty; after eating
Stomach; desires, cravings; cold drinks
Stomach; desires, cravings; fruit
Stomach; desires, cravings; fruit; acid
Stomach; desires, cravings; ice
Stomach; desires, cravings; refreshing things
Stomach; desires, cravings; salt things
Stomach; desires, cravings; sour, acids, etc.
Stomach; disordered
Stomach; disordered; after eating
Stomach; disordered; not relieved by eating
Stomach; hiccup; after vomiting
Stomach; inflammation
Stomach; nausea; after sleep
Stomach; thirst; during chill
Stomach; thirst; for large quantities
Stomach; thirst; while perspiring
Stomach; vomiting; after drinking
Stomach; vomiting; after eating
Stomach; vomiting; black
Stomach; vomiting; during diarrhoea
Stomach; vomiting; during vertigo, dizziness
Stomach; vomiting; forcible
Stomach; vomiting; frothy
Stomach; vomiting; green
Stomach; vomiting; sour
Stomach; vomiting; violent
Stomach; vomiting; water
Stomach; vomiting; yellow

Anguish in pit of stomach

Cramps, knotting abdomen and legs

Gastric irritability with CHRONIC vomiting of food.

Great weakness after vomiting


Pain in abdomen preceding stool

Sensation as if hernia would protrude ( Nux.) Abdomen sensitive to pressure, swollen with terrible colic.

Stomach; Voracious appetite

    RECTUM (click for more)

Stools large, with much straining until copious, and forcibly evacuated, followed by great prostration

Constipation from inactivity of rectum, with heat and headache

Constipation of babies, and when produced by very cold weather

Evacuations of cholera morbus and true cholera when vomiting accompanies the purging.

Cholera; with vomiting or diarrhoea

Diarrhoea; after certain foods or drinks; fruit
Diarrhoea; during chill
Diarrhoea; in women; during period
Diarrhoea; movement

Involuntary stool
Involuntary stool; on passing flatulence

    STOOL (click for more)






Forcible, sudden, gushing





Mucous, slimy


Strong and sharp (acrid), corrosive, wearing away skin

Thin, liquid

Watery; like rice water

    URINE (click for more)

Colour; brown; during fever
Colour; dark

    GENITALS (click for more)

Sexual mania precedes menses.

Dysmenorrhoea, with coldness, purging, Cold sweat

faints from least exertion

Female; Menses too early; profuse and exhausting
Female; sexual intercourse; desire increased

    RESPIRATION (click for more)

Chronic bronchitis in the aged ( Hippozanin.) Loud, barking, stomach cough, followed by eructations of gas; worse, warm room

Coarse rales

Cough comes on from drinking, especially cold water; urine escapes when coughing

Cough on entering warm room from cold air ( Bryonia.)

Hoarse, weak voice

Hollow cough, tickling low down, with blue face

Much mucus in bronchial tubes, that cannot be coughed up

Rattling in chest

Difficult (dyspnea)


    COUGH (click for more)

Comes on suddenly

Cough from deep down
Cough from deep down; evening


    CHEST (click for more)

Constriction, tension

Heart; palpitations

Oppressed feeling

Heart; Palpitation with anxiety and rapid audible respiration

Intermittent action of heart in feeble persons with some hepatic obstruction


One of the best heart stimulants in homeopathic doses ( J

Pulse irregular, feeble


Tobacco heart from chewing

    BACK (click for more)


    EXTREMITIES, LIMBS (click for more)

Neuralgia in brachial plexus; arms feel swollen, cold, paralytic.

Cramps in calves

Coldness; lower limbs; foot; during chill
Coldness; lower limbs; foot; during pregnancy
Coldness; lower limbs; foot; icy cold
Coldness; lower limbs; leg
Coldness; upper limbs; hands
Coldness; upper limbs; hands; during chill
Coldness; upper limbs; hands; icy
Coldness; with diarrhoea

Cramps; calf; in cholera
Cramps; fingers; with cholera
Cramps; foot; in cholera

Pain; knee
Pain; lower leg; damp weather
Pain; lower leg; walking
Pain; lower leg; warmth of bed
Pain; lower limbs; warmth of bed
Pain; lower limbs; wet weather
Pain; wet weather

Perspiration; cold; during period
Perspiration; foot; cold

Shrivelled (shrunken); fingers; while perspiring
Shrivelled (shrunken); hand

Skin; discoloration; fingers; nails; blueness
Skin; discoloration; hand; blueness; during chill

Weakness; paralytic

Sciatica; pains like electric flashes

Soreness and tenderness of joints

    SLEEP (click for more)



    CHILL (click for more)

At certain time of day or night; from 6 a.m.

Chilliness (see also whole body; temperature); during stool

Cold travels downwards (see coldness of back)

Dangerously cold


External; as in cholera

In warmth; in warm room; not relieved in warm room, nor by a warm heater

Internal; as if coldness in blood vessels

Morning; after rising
Morning; in bed

Periodic, recurring; every fourth day

With fever, but chill predominating
With fever, but chill predominating; morning

    FEVER (click for more)

Chill, With extreme coldness and thirst.

Internal heat; with external chill

Stages of chill, heat and sweat; heat alternating with chill, then with sweat

With chilliness

    PERSPIRATION (click for more)

After stool
Before period

Cold; during period

During coldness

During period

During stool

Getting out of bed


Night; before period

Odour; sour

On movement

Other symptoms worse while perspiring


With diarrhoea

    SKIN (click for more)

Cold sweat

Blue, cold, clammy, inelastic; Cold as death

Coldness; icy; in spots
Coldness; spots

Discoloration; bluish
Discoloration; pale

Goose bumps

Out-breaks on skin; dry

Wrinkling of skin of hands and feet.

    INJURIES AND ACCIDENTS (click for more)

Shock from injury

    GENERALITIES (click for more)

Blackness of external parts

Blood vessels; blue discoloration (from lack of oxygen in blood)

Collapse; after diarrhoea

Convulsions; children

Eating and food; fruit

Electric-like shocks

Faintness, fainting

Flabby feeling

In women; symptoms before period

Pain; as if scraped
Pain; cutting; internally
Pain; pressing; internally
Pain; sore, bruised; externally
Pain; twisting

Perspiration gives no relief

Pulse; abnormal
Pulse; frequent, accelerated, elevated, exalted, fast, innumerable, rapid; and small
Pulse; imperceptible
Pulse; small
Pulse; soft

Weakness (see lethargic, weariness)
Weakness (see lethargic, weariness); after stool
Weakness (see lethargic, weariness); from diarrhoea
Weakness (see lethargic, weariness); paralytic
Weakness (see lethargic, weariness); rapid
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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.