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Dulcamara - General symptoms

Bitter-sweet, Dulcam, Dulc.

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HPUS indication of Dulcamara: Colds

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Below are the main rubriks (i.e strongest indications or symptoms) of Dulcamara in traditional homeopathic usage, not approved by the FDA.



Solanum Dulcamara, Linn.

Natural order, Solanaceae.

Common names, Woody Nightshade (not Belladonna Deadly Nightshade, Belladonna Belladonna), Bittersweet (not Climbing Bittersweet, Celastrus). German, Bittersuss. French, Douce-amère, Morelle.

Preparation, Tincture of plant above woody portion, gathered just before flowering.

General itching over the body, which gradually increased and soon became intolerable.

the itching was worse on the nates, where the skin was red, partly of itself and partly from rubbing, and showed a striped swelling like wheals.

this swelling was always renewed on going to bed, without regard to the time, when also sweat broke out over the whole skin.

the rest at night was greatly disturbed.

the patient was able to sleep only towards two or three in the morning. After the sixth day the eruption began to break out over the whole body, reaching its greatest severity on the tenth day, when the patient was attacked with chilliness and heat, with inclination to sweat, with which the eruption became very prominent.

it was especially marked on the back, less violent on the arms and legs. The character of the eruption and the annoying sensations were different in different parts of the body.

on the back the skin was covered with red points as large as the head of a pin, and there the patient had a sensation as though a thousand fine needle-points were sticking in between the shoulder-blades.

on the arms the eruption was in different spots.

where the epidermis desquamated in fine scales, the red points which existed at first disappeared, and the patient experienced a biting itching.

on the legs red spots formed, and there the patient had a sensation as though she were lying in burning nettles up to the hips.

this remained for two days, with copious transpiration, on account of which she kept herself warm and in her room.

the eruption continued for several days. The cooler the patient kept the better she felt, and the less she went to bed the better the itching and eruption.

especially the warmth of the bed and sweat greatly aggravated the eruption.

it was also aggravated by coffee and every kind of food.

as soon as the patient had taken only a frugal meal great heat of the body developed, soon, followed by itching in all parts,.

Dull, violent pain in the whole of the right arm, as after a blow, with leaden heaviness, immobility, stiffness of the muscles, and coldness of the whole arm, as if paralyzed.

on attempting to bend it, and even on touch, pain in the elbow-joint, as if bruised.

the icy coldness of the arm returned the next morning after twenty-four hours (after half an hour),.

Wakened next morning with a violent pain in the left wrist, developing what a number of physicians called an "inflammatory rheumatism." Anatomically, the centre of pain seemed to emanate from the pisiform bone, extending, forward along the branchings of the ulnar nerve to the end of the little finger, and again upward along the main tract of that nerve until it became lost near the inferior origin of the flexor carpi ulnaris muscle. The pain increased until 9 to 10 o'clock next evening. There was redness and swelling of the integuments.

the little finger was flexed, and more or less involved in the inflammatory process,.

Drawing-sticking in the left hip-joint, extending into the groin, only while walking, with a sensation on every step as if the head of the thigh-bone would be dislocated.

violent stretching out of the leg relieved the pain, with a sensation as if the limb were reduced.

still the bruised pain remained for some time, which obliged him to walk lame (for fourteen days),.

Hot days and cold nights toward the close of summer are especially favorable to the action of Dulcamara, and is one of the remedies that correspond in their symptoms to the conditions found as effects of damp weather, colds after exposure to wet, especially diarrhoea. It has a specific relation also to the Skin, glands, and digestive organs, Mucous membranes secreting more profusely while the skin is inactive. The Rheumatic troubles induced by damp cold are aggravated by every cold change and somewhat relieved by moving about. Results from sitting on cold, damp ground. Icy coldness. One-sided spasms with speechlessness. Paralysis of single parts. Congestive headache, with neuralgia and dry nose. Patients living or working in damp, cold basements ( Nat-sulph.) Eruptions on hands, arms or face around the menstrual period.

Excessive secretion of mucus Catarrhal-rheumatic-herpetic tendency

Stiff, numb, achy and sore from every exposure to damp cold


Paralytic effects Griping in bowels, testes, etc

Confusion Depression Scolding Difficult speech

Easily becomes delirious

Occiput feels large

Ringworm of scalp

Aching in nose

Coryza; stuffed; summer colds, with diarrhoea

Nose obstructed by the least fresh air

Nosebleed; replaces menses

Thick, brown-yellow crusts on face

Swelled tongue

Tenacious, soapy saliva

Cutting at navel; then painful, green, slimy stools Sour, watery stools, worse night

Every cold settles in eyes, throat or affects bladder (Pulsatilla Pul---- ), bowels or respiration (Sulphur Sul)

Frequent urination

Cloudy, slimy or foul urine Cystitis


Enlarged testes, with griping pains

Watery menses

Cough caused by tickling in back of throat; in prolonged fits; with much loose, easy expectoration

Eruptions; scaly, thick, crusty, moist, bleeding or herpetic; worse before menses

Urticaria Pruritus

Large, smooth, fleshy, flat warts

Coldness; in occiput; lumbar region; in bowels; icy, of paralyzed part Chilliness starts from back; not better warmth; worse evening

Chill with urging to stool and urinate

Foul sweat

Solanum dulcamara. Woody Nightshade. Bitter-sweet. N. O. Solanaceae. (Not to be confounded with "Belladonna Deadly Nightshade," Belladonna Belladonna, nor with "Climbing Bitter-sweet," Celastrus.) Tincture prepared from fresh green stems and leaves, gathered just before flowering.

incontinence of. Warts. Whooping-cough.

The leading indication for the homoeopathic use of Dulcamara is found in its modality, "agg. from cold and damp." Any condition which has this feature may find its remedy in Dulc.

Effects of lying on damp ground (e.g., paralysis); conditions which are agg. in cold, damp weather; or, from changes from hot to cold weather, especially if sudden.

Phlegmatic, torpid, scrofulous patients, who are restless and irritable and who take cold on damp changes, are especially suited for Dulc.

Sensitiveness to cold and damp runs through the Solanaceae, and is marked in Belladonna Bell. and Capsicum Annuum Caps., but it is supreme in Dulc.

Dulcamara feature among others renders them all good antidotes to Merc Viv Mercurius. Baryta Carb Baryta carb, is the complement of Dulc. in "agg. from cold weather, especially in scrofulous children." In poisoning cases Dulc. produces Hard, griping pains in bowels.

unconsciousness. tetanic spasm.

trismus. loud, rattling breathing.

Paralyses are numerous paralysis of tongue.

of lungs. of heart (pneumogastric paralysis). (I once gave Dulc. 30, with complete relief to the pain, in a case of sarcoma of the bones at the base of the skull, in which there were stabbing pains in the front of the head, and partial paralysis of the tongue. It was the latter symptom which determined the choice of the remedy.) Paralysis of the bladder.

Rheumatic paralyses. Paralysed part feels icy cold.

One-sided spasms. Convulsions beginning in face.

Trembling, especially of right arm.

It cured "Paralysis of vocal cords (aphonia) from sleeping over a damp cellar." McLaren cured with a single dose the following case, which was the result of a wetting Facial paralysis (l.) following neuralgia, the eye having remained unclosed for eight months.

Red rash with itching agg. in damp weather.

After a slight aggravation improvement began in two weeks and continued steadily (Med. Adv., xviii. 214).

Dulc. is a scrofulous remedy and has many scrofulous-looking eruptions moist or dry, red, tettery eruptions, especially on face; furfuraceous; herpetic; urticaria; skin callous; warts, fleshy or large, smooth.

Painless ulcers. (Dulc. 30 cured in two doses a rash like mosquito-stings appearing every month before the menses, agg. when warm; compelled to sit where it is cold.) It corresponds to results of repercussed eruptions.

Offensive sweat; effects of sudden cooling whilst sweating.

Dropsical affections. Catarrhal troubles.

Dryness of mucous membranes strongly indicate it.

Dulc. causes diarrhoea, and a characteristic form is when there is vomiting with the stool.

It causes a mucous-like sediment in the urine and is particularly indicated when a muco-purulent urine is associated with general one-sided sensitiveness, especially of the abdomen. (Amer. Hom., xxi. 317), records the cure with six doses of Dulc. 200 of the following case A prison-warder had difficulty with urine four years.

frequent micturition, dribbling a few drops.

Stains linen yellow. agg.

Afternoon; in damp cold weather.

Some pain over left kidney and left iliac region; amel. after moving about or in warm weather.

Sweats easily and often takes cold, when he suffers from sore-throat.

Dislikes sweets.) Pains in many parts, as if from cold.

Bruised feeling. Sensations as of a board pressing against forehead; as if head were enlarged; as if hair stood on end; as if fire were darting out of eyes; as if worms were crawling up and down in abdomen; biting in rectum as from salt; as if lung moved in waves; as if arms were of wood; as of needles over whole body.

Crawling, tickling itching of various parts; of tip of tongue. agg.

Lying on back; amel. lying on side. agg.

Stooping, amel. erect. agg.

Bending diseased part backward.

Most symptoms agg. at rest and amel. by motion.

Most symptoms are agg. evening and night.

Warmth amel. most symptoms, but agg. cough and nettle-rash. agg.

Cold air; cold change of weather; damp weather; getting wet; using water. agg.

From cold drinks; from ice-creams.

Skin eruptions are sensitive to touch; pressure amel.

Small furuncles appear on places hurt by concussion.

Tetters of different kinds, such as humid, scaly, pale tetters, oozing after having been scratched.

reddish tetters, with red areola, bleeding after having been scratched.

tetters with red edges, painfully sensitive to the touch, and to cold water.

small, round, yellowish-brown tetters, bleeding after having been scratched.

dry, furfuraceous tetters.


Dulcamara medicine has a long duration of action, and its excessive action is moderated by Camphora camphor.

It is said to have shown itself useful thus far in diseases in which the following were some of the ailments Boring and burning in the forehead.

sensation as if there was a board before the forehead.

scrofulous inflammation of the eyes.

incipient amaurosis. crusta lactea.

cough with hoarseness.

catarrh of the bladder, with urinary troubles.

a sort of whooping cough, after taking a cold.

tearing pains in the limbs after a cold.

humid, suppurating herpes.

herpetic eruption, with glandular swellings, etc.

It will be found specific in some epidemic fevers, also in various acute diseases brought on by cold.

Save for eight additional symptoms this pathogenesis is identical with that given in Vol. I of the (3d ed., 1830).

and the latter, save for the fifty-two symptoms by which it exceeds the symptom-list of 1822, and which are mainly Nenning's (obtained as already described under Agaricus Muscarius Agaricus), belongs to Hahnemann's earlier manner of working. .


Dulcamara is Carrere's German translator. His work is not accessible, but Roth says that his symptoms are of the same kind as Carrere's own (see below).

Delirious talk.)

Not found.

Statement from observation.

Statement from observation.

No reference given for Trode and he cannot be traced.

With S. 30.

Not found.

See not to S. 361.

Not accessible.

Not accessible. According to Murray this is only a citation of Gouan (S. 106) not an independent observation.

Not found.

During treatment of scrofula with D., there supervened S. 395 going on to 393, and followed by swelling of the inguinal glands, and also those of the neck and axillae. The continued use of D. removed them all.

194, 195, 196 critical.


Critical. For "viscid" the original "limpid."




Critical. -See note to S. 361.


Curative effect.

220 and 221 ascribed to abundant evacuations.

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Dull violent pain in the whole of the right arm, as from an apoplectic stroke, it feels heavy like lead, immovable, the muscles are tense and the whole arm cold as if paralyzed.

on endeavoring to bent it, and also on touching it, pain in the elbow-joint as if it were bruised.

the icy coldness of the arm returned the following morning after twenty-four hours (aft. ½ h.).;.


Drawing shooting in the left hip-joint, extending to the groin, only when walking.

at every step, a sensation as if the head of the hip-bone would be dislocated.

stretching it out forcibly diminished the pain and causes a sensation as if the femur was thereby restored to its place.

but a bruised pain remained for some time, which made him limp (for 14 days).;.

Not found.

Statement from observation.

Not found.

See note to S. 361.

On parts affected by .

Critical. See note to 361.

On seat of vanished .

A youth hereditarily dartrous, and in bad health, after taking D. had S. 349, 211, and 105, with hard and tense pulse. Then came S. 356, with relief to all symptoms. D. was continued and the got well.

Not found.

After much sweating.

See note to S. 182.

See note to S. 182.

Not found.

Not found.


Not found.

Critical; in rheumatism.

Not found.

Not found.

Bittersweet. Hahnemann. Solanaceae.

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Affections caused by taking cold when the air changes suddenly from dry and warm to wet and cold.

Tongue and jaws become lame, if cold air or water chills them; neck stiff, back painful, loins lame, after taking cold.

Colic as if diarrhoea would occur, from taking cold.

Yellow watery diarrhoea with cutting colic before every stool, or dysentery from taking cold.

Most catarrhal states, with secretion of much mucus, caused by exposure to damp cold.

Dropsical swelling after suppressed sweat, or paralysis and other troubles from suppressed eruptions, after taking cold.

Modalities worse from wet, cold weather after warm, dry; at nights and when at rest; better rising from a seat; motion; warmth in general and dry weather.

Glands; swell and hypertrophy on repeated exposures to cold, damp air, also acute and chronic tonsilitis.

Dulcamara, like many others, finds its chief characteristic in its modality. "Complaints caused or aggravated by change of weather from warm to cold." Of course all kinds of inflammatory and rheumatic diseases may spring from such a cause and so Dulcamara comes to be indicated in a long list of them. For instance After taking cold the neck gets stiff, back painful, and limbs lame, or the throat gets sore and quinsy results, with stiff tongue and jaws.. We see here a resemblance to Baryta Carb Baryta carb., and indeed the two remedies complement each other nicely. If we had present in a sore throat the above mentioned stiffness and lameness, Dulcamara would be preferred. This cold in throat may travel downward and invade the bronchi and lungs, and cough and bloody expectoration result. It is especially apt to occur in children or old people this way, and then there is apt to be much mucous secretion, hard to raise, with threatened paralysis of the vagi. Here it again resembles Baryta Carb Baryta carb. It also resembles it in the tendency to get these colds. Asthma humidum, loose cough and rattling of mucus is another affection, and the choice here may lie between Dulcamara and Natrum Sulphuricum Natrum sulphuricum, which is another wet cold weather remedy. Colic and diarrhoea, from cold exposure, are often quickly relieved by Dulcamara, especially if taking place in hot weather, when the days or nights become suddenly cold.