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Dulcamara - General symptoms - T.F. Allen

Bitter-sweet, Dulcam, Dulc.

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HPUS indication of Dulcamara: Colds

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

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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),.