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Penthorum - General symptoms

Virginia Stone Crop, Penthorum Sedoides, Penicillium caseicolum, Pen.

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HPUS indication of Penthorum: Runny nose

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



A peculiar wet feeling in my nares as though a violent coryza would set in, which did not.

the secretion from the nose became thickened and puslike, but not increased. Wet feeling in trachea and bronchia, passing from above downward, as if a coryza, would set in, followed by a slight feeling of constriction, which passed from above down through the chest (first day),.

Urine actively acid, as shown by litmus.

no cloud on boiling. threw down a sediment with Sulphur sulph. acid, ammonia, and argent. nitricum and nitric acid, when boiled.

the next day after the dose it was alkaline, as shown by litmus, and only precipitated with argent. nitricum.

slightly cloudy, with caloric.

unloaded, but increased in quantity,.

A remedy for coryza, with rawness and wet feeling in nose. Throat feels raw. Chronic disorders of mucous membranes, with irritability. Chronic post-nasal catarrh; chronic pharyngitis, mucous membrane purple and relaxed. Posterior nares feel moist and raw; nose and ears feel full. Aphonia, hoarseness, relaxed vocal cords. Hypersecretion of mucous membranes. Itching of anus and burning in rectum. Trouble in pharyngeal vault and Eustachian tube.

Penthorum sedoides. Virginia Stone-crop. N. O. Crassulaceae. Tincture of fresh plant.

Penth. was proved by Dr. D. B. Morrow (twice), Dr. Scudder, and a young man, who all took substantial doses. The majority of the symptoms are Morrow's, including the catarrhal symptoms, which have been verified in practice "A peculiar wet feeling in nares as though a violent coryza would set in," but it did not.

the secretion became thickened and pus-like but not increased. The same "wet feeling" was experienced at the same time in trachea and bronchi, which passed from above down as if coryza would set in, followed by a slight feeling of constriction in the chest, which also passed from above down. The next day the nose felt stuffed. The third day the first symptoms were repeated, and the discharge became thick, pus-like, and streaked with blood, and there was an odour in the nose as if from an open sore. Scudder had "fulness in nose and ears." Morrow experienced itching at anus, haemorrhoids, and pains and sensations in rectum, sacrum, and sacro-iliac joints.

his first proving cured "heat and soreness in sacrum with a dull, heavy headache." Hale says Penth. is reputed to be curative in catarrh and in diarrhoea. A scalded sensation in the tongue is one of the symptoms. A sense of levitation was also produced. The symptoms proceed from above downward. Morrow (Med. Adv., xviii. 540) reports these cures ($51$) Miss P., 17, blonde, had severe cough of several weeks' duration. agg. Talking or singing. Frothy, greenish sputa. Pulsatilla Pul. and Phosphorus Pho. failed.

Penth. s. soon cured. (2) Decrepit old lady, 75, sufferer from eczema for twelve years. Previous winter cured of asthma (probably from suppressed eczema) with Sulphur Sul. c.m. Now paretic right side, for which Phosphorus Pho. was given. But Phosphorus Pho. did not relieve a loose, continual, rattling cough, caused by tickling at bifurcation of bronchi, with raising much thick, frothy, greenish sputa. Penth. Ø pellets quickly cured.


Not very active, and better adapted to chronic affections; its use should be persisted in for some time. Lower potencies.


Coryza. Diarrhoea. Haemorrhoids. Headache. Post-nasal catarrh. Sacrum, pain in. Varicocele.