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Phytolacca Decandra - Eyes symptoms - T.F. Allen

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



Eyes deeply sunk in their orbits (after a few hours),

Eyes sunk deep in their sockets and surrounded by a livid circle (after one hour and a half),

Eyes became much inflamed, and tears flowed continually (after three hours),

The eyes ached and were subjectively sore (second day),

Sensation of twitching about the eyes,

Shooting pain from the left eye to the top of the head, which passes off and returns at short intervals,

Shooting from the left eye to the top of the head,

Pressure in the eyes,

Some painful pressure on the upper part of both eyes and forehead,

Sandy feeling in the eyes,

Smarting in the left eye,

Sensation in the eyes like that caused by horseradish,

Feeling in the eyes and nose as if a cold would come on,

Burning and smarting sensation in the left eye, with great flow of tears,

The prominent feeling in the eyes is that of smarting,

The symptoms of the eyes and eyelids are worse in the morning, but the vision is worse in the evening,

During one of the provings the symptoms of the eyes became so severe that Sulphur Sulphur was taken as an antidote, and all the subsequent symptoms appeared on the left side,

When enumerating the symptoms of the eyes only, we find the left one most frequently mentioned,


Aching pain along the lower half of the right orbit,

Pressure around the eyes, in the afternoon, as if the eyes were too large,

Pressure over the eyes,


Eyes agglutinated and oedematous, as if poisoned (second morning); this state continued two days,

Agglutination of the eyelids, during the night,

Reddish-blue swelling of the eyelids, worse on the left side and in the morning; cannot close the eyes without pain all the forenoon, better in the afternoon,

Soreness on closing the eyelids,

Lids feel as if granulated, and the tarsal edges have a scalded, hot feeling, as if raw (fourth day); granulated, sandy sensation in the lids, with same sensation upon the edges (fifth day),

The lids felt as if coals of fire were laid upon them,

Sensation as if a grain of sand were lodged under the left eyelid, causing a secretion and flow of tears from that eye,

Smarting in the internal canthi of both eyes, but worse in the left one, and very much aggravated by gaslight, in the evening,

Itching at internal canthi of the eyes, very severe, which causing the application of the finger to rub the eye, the ball became very painful from the slightest pressure,

Lachrymal Apparatus.

Eyes and nose ran freely, like water, for two hours, and stopped shortly before vomiting stopped,

Flow of tears all the time from the eyes, relieved in the open air,


Great dilatation of pupils (after five hours),

Pupils dilated, ; (after one hour and a half),



Dizziness of vision now began to be manifest (after four hours and a quarter); impairment of vision increasing (after five hours),

Obscurity of vision,

Dimness of vision, ; (after one hour and a half),

Aversion to light,

Photophobia, in the morning,

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