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Physostigma - Chest symptoms - T.F. Allen

Calabar Bean, Physostigma Venenosum, Phys.

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HPUS indication of Physostigma: Stiff neck

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



Cannot fill left lung, as it produces a dull pain in upper part, relieved by pressure,

Stitching pain near the apex of the right lung, at 5 P.M. (fifth day),

Soreness around the body at the waist, at 6 P.M. (fourteenth day),

The severest pain in the left side, and entirely unlike any pain in the lungs that I have had,

Pain in right deltoid muscle, which kept me awake during forepart of night, which was relieved only by violent motion (pain, nervous, uneasy),

A slight pain in right side in region of sixth and seventh ribs, at 7 P.M. (eighth day),

Severe muscular pains beneath the clavicles, extending down the inner sides of both arms, at 3.45 P.M. (fifteenth day),

Slight twitches across the pectoral muscles (after 12 grains),


Dull pain in region of heart, lasting nearly an hour (after three hours),

Uneasiness and distress about the heart, mostly without violent palpitation, but with a fulness and pulsation over the body, so that I counted the pulse, 72, by the ear; this uneasiness is principally at night, causing restlessness, tossing from one side to the other, with dry heat all over,

I took a cup of strong coffee, after which I speedily felt an indefinable change within me, and on examining the condition of the heart, I found it had become perfectly and permanently regular (five hours after 12 grains),

Violent palpitation of the heart, with the nervous motions (fourteenth and fifteenth days),

Violent palpitation of the heart, with throbbing all over the body, at midnight (first day),

Woke about 2 A.M., with a rapid tumultuous action of the heart as in high fever; but there was no unusual heat (fourth day),

Happening to get upon the left side, my attention was, for the first time, directed to the tumultuous action of the heart, which compelled me to turn again on the back, to escape the strange sensation (after 12 grains),

While sitting still, he felt a pulsation through the whole body, particularly in the chest; each beat of the heart was distinctly perceptible in the chest and temples (after thirteen hours, third day, and other times),

The heart and pulse extremely feeble and tumultuously irregular (forty minutes after 12 grains),

Could readily count my pulse in the carotids, and hear the two sounds of the heart as my head lay upon my pillow (second day),


Pulse accelerated (fifth day),

Acceleration of pulse (96), usually about 74 (tenth day),

Pulse of right side nearly double in strength that of the left (fifth day),

Pulse 60, at night (first day); 74, in the morning (second day),

Pulse 93 (second day),

Full pulse, 72 (second day),

Pulse 70 (before the proving); reduced to 65, at times,

Pulse slow (after three hours and three-quarters, second day),

The pulse has been, through the whole time, from 66 to 69; when well about 70,

No change in frequency of pulse till twenty minutes, when it began to diminish in frequency and strength; afterwards could not be counted,

Pulse slow by several beats (fourth day),

Pulse 50 to 60, with feeble impulse (sixth day),

Pulse small and frequent,

Extremely feeble pulse,

Feeble pulse,

Pulse feeble and slow,

Pulse variable (after one hour),

Pulse variable, full, and strong (after one hour and a half),

Normal pulse, 60 to 65; at 5.30 P.M. 83, full and strong (first day); 74, full and strong (third day); 76, in the morning, not as full or strong; at 5 P.M., variable, 76, quite weak (fifth day); not having taken any medicine for three days it returned to 60,

Pulse averaged 70 (before the experiment); 76 (after five minutes); 63, thready and feeble (after one hour); 54 (after one hour and a half); between 52 and 60 for one hour longer; 68, strong and full (after four hours),


Awoke with stitches in left breast; unable to take a long breath; symptoms continued all day; pains were so uncomfortable that no more medicine was taken (fourth day); pain in left side all gone (fifth day),

Oppressed breathing (third day),

Labored respiration (first night),

Sighing respiration (after one hour),

Yawning and sighing respiration (tenth day),

Respiration accompanied with a little difficulty, and with a slight degree of dyspnoea (after ninety minutes); requires an effort (after one hundred and ten minutes),

In the morning his breath was offensive (third day),

During the proving there was shortness of breath, and a sensation of collapse of the lungs, as if all the air was expelled at each expiration, causing long and deep inspirations and a sighing expiration,

Dyspnoea, at 10 P.M. (second day),


Irritation of right bronchi,


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