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Physostigma - Extremities, Limbs symptoms - T.F. Allen

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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.


Extremities, limbs


The limbs felt weary, as after great fatigue, with a constant desire to move (fourth day),

Heaviness and weakness of limbs (third day),

A numb or tired feeling of limbs (fifth day),

A certain pleasant feeling of slight numbness in the limbs, like that which precedes the sleep caused by Opium or Morphia, which I remarked when awake for a minute, once or twice during the night (after 6 grains),

Bruised feelings in my joints (second day),

Slight stiffness in the joints, at 9 P.M. (seventh day),

Pain in limbs (eleventh day),

Slight pains in the limbs (seventh day),

Darting pains in joints; more in the legs than arms, extending up into the body; pain in my knees, worse when I flex them (third day),

Neuralgic stitches in muscles of knees and arms,


Upper extremities


Sharp shooting pain in the left shoulder, at 7 A.M. (fourth day),

Rheumatic pain in left shoulder, at 8 P.M. (second day),

Drawing rheumatic pains through the left shoulder (after six hours),


Nervous, uneasy pain in right arm (second day),

Sharp pain, first in left arm, then in the right, involving the shoulders of either side,

A momentary constrictive pain suddenly seized the left arm, extending around, just above the elbow (after ten hours and a half),

The next day felt pains in right arm (as from hitting the nerve), tingling, extending from elbow down the ulnar surface and into the third finger, repeatedly for three days,

Pains down the arms, with weakness of the same (sixteenth day),

Tired feeling in arms, and difficulty in lifting them (fourteenth day),

A dumbbell, previously used with ease, was found a great burden, and the arm was with difficulty extended with it (after twenty minutes),

Numbness in the left arm (after two days),

Numbness in the left arm and down the ring finger, at 7 P.M. (sixth day),

Numb feeling down the left arm (sixth day),

Burning throbbing sensation in the left arm and hand, as if it had been out in the snow or cold, with the sensation felt on coming to the fire, also a nervous, tremulous, weak feeling in the arm, at 11 A.M. (sixth day),


Sharp darting pain in the right elbow-joint, extending down the outside of the arm to the two middle fingers (third day),

Acute pain in left elbow, and darts of pain from thence to fourth and fifth fingers, same side (these pains seemed to begin in left side of neck and elbow, and thence extend to left leg, locating in left knee, and were constant for hours), (after seven hours and a half),


Dull numbness of the left forearm, with stitching pain passing down the arm, at 5 P.M. (fifth day),


Aching in the joints of wrists and hands, also in the knees (after fourteen hours),

Wrists feel weak; dull aching pain in them,

Sharp pain in the left wrist, at 11 A.M.; frequent recurrence of the pain, lasting about five minutes at a time, at 8 P.M. (eighth day),

Pain in right wrist, as if squeezed and gradually let go (deep in the bone, in the afternoon),

Pain in dorsum of right hand (sixth day),

Hand and Fingers.

Hands powerless,

Hands feel trembling, as if he must make an effort to keep them steady (second day),

Numbness of the left hand, as if asleep (seventh day),

Benumbed sensation in hands, very much increased by feeling of the pulse, at 11.30 A.M. (fifth day),

At 3 A.M. I had ten or twelve sharp darts of pain through my right thumb, at the root of the nail, and several weaker ones through the finger-joints of the right hand (second day),

Sharp pain in forefinger of left hand (sixth day),

Sensation of pain in the right knuckle, as from the sting of a bee, pain lasting about two hours, at 2 P.M. (sixth day),


Lower extremities

Pain in lower limbs, at 9 A.M. (tenth day),

A feeling as if all the power were going out of my limbs (legs), and they would give way under me, and I could not walk across the room, as if the cause of the weakness came from the spot in the back between the hips, and took away all power below that spot from the limbs, at 6.30 P.M. (eighth day),

Slight twinging pain in the lower limbs (fourth day); particularly sharp momentary twinges in the ankle (fifth day),

Lower extremities felt unusually warm,

A feeling of weakness, as though paralyzed, passed downward from the occiput through the back to the lower extremities; the feeling in the legs was like that known as being asleep (after fifteen minutes, second day); same feeling in legs, but the sensation less perceptible in the back (after fifteen minutes, third day),

Slight difficulty in walking (after seventy-five minutes); great difficulty (after one hundred and ten minutes),

Staggered and was scarcely able to walk,

Staggering gait,

Staggering on attempting to walk,

Could neither stand nor walk,


Stiffness in the hip and knee-joints (after two days); continued stiffness of lower limbs (fifth day); slight stiffness (eighth and thirteenth days),

Slight stiffness in the left hip, at 7 P.M. (third day),

Slight stiffness of the left hip and right knee, at 9 P.M. (fifth day),

Slight stiffness in the left hip, at 2 P.M. (second day); at 9 A.M. (third day); still continues (fourth and eighth days),

Left hip and right knee quite stiff, at 6 P.M. (third day),

Stiffness in the hip and knee-joints (fourth to eighth day),


Severe cramplike pain in the left popliteal space; walking was very painful; it lasted two hours, gradually passing off; during rest the pain ceased, but commenced again on motion; but by continued motion it was relieved (one hour after second dose, seventh day),

Pain in the left thigh, and in both knees, after walking only a few steps, about noon (fourteenth day),

A few thrusts with an aching sensation down the left thigh (after thirteen hours),

In the afternoon, when walking, felt a stiffness in both rectifemoris muscles (second day),

Frequent paroxysms of muscular twitchings in the lower third of vastus externus muscles; these paroxysms came on every time I sat down, and so continued all day (third day),

Severe aching in glutei muscles, right side, neither increased nor diminished by walking (third day),

Knee and Leg.

(The knee was better, in the morning), (second day),

A numb pain was felt in the knees and ankles, while sitting, with desire to move frequently (third day),

Pain on the outside of knee (thirteenth day),

Shooting pain under the left knee, near or in the popliteal space, returning again and again (after twelve hours),

Going downstairs, pain under the patellae of both knees (fourth day),

Weakness in the right knee, at 9 A.M. (third day),

Cramps in calf of left leg, in bed,

Intermittent, momentary constrictive pain around the left leg, just above the ankle (after eleven hours and a half),

Sense of weight in the legs (after two days),

A sensation as of a drawing of cords behind the leg and the knee, making it hard to walk, especially upstairs, at 6.30 P.M. (eighth day),

Gnawing sensation in the left tibia, at 2 P.M. (second day); at 9 A.M. (third day); still continues (fourth and eighth days),

Gnawing sensation in the left tibia, at 6 P.M. (third day),

Sharp twinges in the right instep (after half an hour),

Foot and Toe.

Cramp in the left foot, in the evening, while in a warm bath (thirteenth day),

Numbness in left foot,

Pain in right great toe, transient; ache around the toe,


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