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Physostigma - Generalities symptoms - T.F. Allen

Calabar Bean, Physostigma Venenosum, Phys.

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HPUS indication of Physostigma: Stiff neck

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

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Great sense of fatigue (general), as from long-continued labor, with fulness in forehead, and tendency to ache, mostly right side, continuing through the afternoon (after five hours),

Rather fatigued during the forenoon (second day),

Sensation of general fatigue, with the headache (after four hours),

On walking became excessively tired; could hardly get along (fourth day),

General lassitude and dizziness; had to stop reading,

Some lassitude (third day),



Yawning (second day),

Continual yawning, with a drowsy feeling all day (second day),

For three or four days I felt irrepressible drowsiness, especially from early morning till 2 P.M.; this continued for a week. The drowsiness was diminishing (after two weeks),

In the worst cases there was great drowsiness, while others complained of giddiness,

Became drowsy, and slept for two hours, but the mind was so active all the while that I was not conscious of having been asleep (two hours after 12 grains),

Drowsy at 11.30 A.M.; lay down and slept in afternoon (which I am not accustomed to); dreamt my head was full, and as if brain was revolving upwards from frontal sinus to occiput, and that I was almost blind (fifth day); drowsy, at 9 A.M. (sixth day),

Sleepy (second day),

Such sleepiness that the attempt to keep awake produced nausea, with the headache,

Intense sleepiness, which I thought came from the medicine (sixth day),

I am not usually a heavy sleeper, but was intensely sleepy in the morning; almost impossible to get myself up, as if drugged (sixteenth day),

I went to bed an hour and a half earlier than usual; was so sleepy I could not keep my eyes open; slept till after daylight, an hour later than I usually do (first night),

Very sleepy at 3 P.M., hardly able to keep awake, till finally relieved by sleep (after five hours, third day),

Heavy sleep; feel tired before rising; profound sleep; does not see why he should sleep so soundly,

(Slept better than for six months before (first night); slept very soundly (second night); slept unusually well (third night); curative? C. W.),

During the proving I awoke every morning to hear the clock strike 2, and generally fell asleep after 5,

Sleeplessness and Dreams.

Sleeplessness before midnight; disturbed sleep after (second night),

(In the evening I was no drowsy as usual, but wakeful), (first day),

Falling asleep frequently, but always awoke suddenly, without relief; the following night scarcely closed the eyes in sleep; thoughts very active; an idea started, kept on with unusual persistence (tenth day),

Sleep rather restless (first night); slept restless the whole night (sixth night),

Sleep disturbed; wide awake about 2 A.M., and remained awake till about 5, then a very deep, short sleep of about an hour; on awaking a very disagreeable feeling, as though I had slept too sound, with pain on right side of head and right side of neck,

Conscious of having remained awake for some time in a dreamy state (first night),

Vivid, pleasant dreams,

He dreamed that he was a lion,

Sleep was disturbed by lascivious dreams, and by emissions early in the morning,

Horrid dreams all night (fourth day),


Profuse sweat on the least exertion (after three hours and three-quarters, second day),

Perspire very easily,

Perspiration over the whole body, on waking in the morning, brought on by any excitement during the day (second day),

Cold sweat in drops over the whole body, after the vomiting,

A little perspiration, with the head symptoms (after sixty-five minutes); copious perspiration all over the body (after seventy-five minutes),

Strong-smelling sweat around the genitals; prepuce tender and swollen, with some eruption on the glans penis, which was easily excited, with a burning-itching sensation (these all disappeared in about forty-eight hours), (fourth day),

Slight perspiration over the body, with the headache (second day),

Skin moist, at 8 P.M. (fourth day),


Only one case proved fatal, a boy of six years, who ate six of the beans and did not vomit; he lived about two hours,

The appearances presented were as if the nervous system had received a great shock, amounting to complete collapse, in the worse cases,

Looked sleepy, listless, and depressed, and begged to be put to bed,

Collapse after the vomiting,

Very restless through the night (first night),

Somewhat restless towards morning (first day),

Very restless in bed, not feeling satisfied in any position, at 10 P.M. (fifth day),

Quite restless through the night (seventh night),

Very restless, moving from side to side, throwing the arms about the head, but no position seemed to afford relief (tenth day),

Restless (first, second, and third nights),

A constant desire to change from side to side,

Feeling of great debility (after six hours and a half, third day),

Disinclination to move (fourteenth day),

Great deal of weakness and torpor since taking the medicine (eighth day),

A steady erect position was with difficulty retained while going through with the dumbbell exercises (after twenty minutes); muscular weakness still experienced (after two hours and ten minutes),

For the rest of the forenoon I felt too weak to leave my bed (five hours after 12 grains),

Felt stupid and giddy as she walked along the street, with a sensation of a great feebleness over the whole body, rendering progression a matter of difficulty,

Much weakness and leucorrhoea, at 4 P.M. (eighth day),

Sense of weakness, extending from the head downwards through the back and legs, attended in the legs by the thrilling sensation heretofore described; slight exertion caused lameness and weakness in small of back (after three hours),

During the forepart of the day (which was sultry) he had at times a feeling of weakness, though there was uncommon mental activity (second day),

Muscular weakness on going upstairs (third day),

Muscular weakness (after ten minutes),

Felt very languid and dull (second day),

Feeling a languid, at 1 P.M. (second day),

General languor (ninth day), ; (8 A.M., sixth day), ; (9 A.M., third day),

Very marked sensation of languor and indisposition to move, but by an effort of will my muscles were as fully under my control as before,

Her whole frame seemed lessened and powerless (second day),

Complete muscular relaxation, with continued fibrillar twitchings of the muscles,

Quite prostrated,

Very prostrate and pale (forty minutes after 12 grains),

Appeared to be perfectly prostrated,

Great prostration of muscular system; feel as if I had taken a five-mile walk (after one hour and a quarter); still have this same feeling of prostration, with some headache, at 12 M.; prostration not so marked, at 10 P.M. (second day); prostration and headache light, at 12 M. (third day),

Prostrated; felt severely indisposed; had to lie down and wanted the doors to be shut (third day),

Complete relaxation of the whole body, as if every nerve were unstrung, even to the eyes, which felt as if all power to see were going out of them, at 6.30 P.M. (eighth day),

Great feeling of prostration, nervous, tremulous, especially felt in the left arm, at 7 P.M. (third day),

General feeling of prostration, at 8 P.M. (fourth day),

Extreme faintness, not, however, unpleasant (forty minutes after 12 grains),

Faintness with the dizziness (fourteenth day),

Attacks of faintness (after a quarter of an hour),

Sensation of faintness, with the trembling of the nerves at the pit of the stomach (fifth day),

Great aversion to usual cold bath (third day),

Very great reluctance to take my accustomed bath; felt uncomfortable after bathing; did not enjoy the bath (second day),

Am in the habit of taking a cold sponge bath every morning, but I feel a perfect horror for cold water, and therefore omit it (fourth day),

I have noticed that both days I felt the weakness have been particularly cool and bracing,

General sensitiveness to cold, or change of temperature, with the headache (after four hours),

Excessively nervous; cannot endure pain; especially sensitive during the filling of a tooth (eighth day),

Felt sickish (after a very few minutes),

Felt sick, and lay down in bed (after two hours and twenty minutes),

Complained of sickness (second day),

Felt uncomfortable (second morning),

On walking, noticed some two or three times during the day, on raising my foot, a momentary feeling as though I was going up, floating-like, and on foot touching ground and unpleasant feeling that made me feel a shuddering sensation pass over me,

Confused feeling, dull, stupid, sluggish, at 8 A.M. (third day),

Dull and sluggish (fourth day),

Dull and sluggish throughout the day (after two days),

Feel dull and languid (second day),

Just before 6.30 P.M. I felt a sudden access of vigor, and felt particularly strong, and the symptoms which followed seemed to come like a reaction (eighth day),

Feels as if he had taken a cold (second day),

Feel sore and stiff all over; feel as if I had taken a severe cold (second day),

A kind of paralyzed feeling in the left side throughout (after fourteen hours and a half),

Intense suffering, producing perspiration on forehead (tenth day),

Pains, which are of a darting character, wander from one place to another (fourth day),

Darting pains in various parts of the head, aggravated by motion (after eight hours and a half),

Slight momentary pains in various parts of the body, as twinging pain in the fingers of the left hand (after a few minutes),

Various twinging pains about the body (after half an hour),

Occasionally sharp pain in different parts of the body, head, limbs, knees, and elbows (fifth day),

The severity of the pains frightened her, and she declined to continue the proving,

(Felt the customary stitches in the left side), (after half an hour, second day),

(All old ailments returned with renewed force), (sixth day),

Nervous motions go not only down through the body, but through the arms, and it seems as if a little stronger dose would make the arms move; this time the motions were accompanied with violent palpitation of the heart, at 3 P.M. (fourteenth day); with much weakness at the pit of the stomach (fifteenth day),

A strange indescribable sensation throughout the system, continuing many days (after half an hour),

For two weeks after taking the last dose had frequent recurrence of the head, throat, hip, and knee-joint, symptoms, growing gradually less frequent and severe,

All the forenoon I was engaged in packing in Camphora camphor-chest; I was in the midst of crude Camphora camphor, which suspended the symptoms entirely for the time; but very soon afterwards, in less than an hour, they returned (fourth day),

The symptoms continued without abatement for about sixteen hours, notwithstanding several remedies had been tried; at length the fact that the pain seemed to be produced by hard pressure on the lower end of the sternum, led to the selection of Arnica Arnica , which afforded prompt and decided relief,

The medicine seemed to act more on the left side than on the other,

I think the medicine hinders voluntary motion as well as causes involuntary motion,

Better in warm room, from not moving,

Walking seemed to relieve the pains, but I had not strength to continue any length of time (second day),

Worse from motion, better in the open air (after two hours and a half),

State very like the effects of an overdose of Aconite Aconite (after 12 grains),

Symptoms wore off gradually in two or three days (after six days),

Pains in the womb, as if menses were coming on (sixth day),

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