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Psorinum - General symptoms - H.C. Allen

Scabies Vesicle, Psorin, Psor.

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

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Psorinum is a similimum of the itch virus. There is no intermediate degree between idem and similimum; in other words, the thinking man sees that similimum is the medium between simile and idem. The only definite meaning which the terms "isopathic and aequale" can convey is that of similimum; they are not idem.

Eructations tasting of rotten eggs (Arnica Arn., Antimonium Tartaricum Ant. t., Graphites Graph.). Quinsy tonsils greatly swollen.

difficult, painful swallowing.

burns, feels scalded. cutting, tearing, intense pain to ears on swallowing (painless, Bar. c.).

profuse offensive saliva.

tough mucus in throat, must hawk continually.

Skin abnormal tendency to receive skin diseases (Sulphur Sulph.).

eruptions easily suppurate (Hep.).

dry, inactive, rarely sweats.

dirty look, as if never washed.

coarse, greasy, as if bathed in oil.

bad effects from suppression by Sulphur Sulphur and Zincum Metallicum Zinc ointments.

Has been nervous about nine months.

was obliged to abdomen all business.

has taken much quinine and other drugs.

a very disagreeable feeling about head.

mental depression. thinks he will not recover.

has lost all hope. cannot apply his mind to business.

confusion of senses, he cannot reckon.

attacks of numbness of legs and arms, left side worse.

worse on going to bed.

formication and crawling, with pricking and smarting on scalp, and some on extremities.

tongue whitefont.

A man, aet. 28, dark complexion, dark brown hair, had a spot on left frontal region, commencing at edge of hair and extending upward three-fourths of an inch.

the skin covering spot was many shades whiter than the surrounding skin, and the lock of hair growing on it had turned perfectly white.

after Psor. hair and spot became natural colorfont.

Pustules and boils on head, containing large quantities of pus.

severe itching, causing child to scratch so violently that blood flows.

formation of thick, dirty, yellow scabs, which when removed show a raw surface from which a yellow lymph exudes, which makes the linen stiff.

after removal new scabs form.

eruption spreads on nape of neck, scalp and most of forehead.

the eruption is of very offensive odor.

such large quantity of lymph is exuded that head seems to stick to pillow.

child very restless, scratches head violently, and if prevented becomes irritable and screams.

large pustules on arms and body, which show no tendency to heal.

Pain beginning over left eye and goes to right.

worse from hour to hour, then diarrhea and nausea, finally bloody vomiting.

dizziness, obliges her to lie down.

blur, and blue stars before eyes.

veins of temples much distended.

day before headache inordinate appetite.

also during first hours of pain.

worse and brought on by change of weather, so that even in middle of night she is awakened by pain and always knows there has been a change.

soreness of stomach, sensitive to touch and pressure of clothes.

catamenia regularfont.

A girl, aet. 18, sallow complexion but cleanly appearance.

constant irritation of the different parts of body, day and night, compelling her to scratch.

numerous podiculi corporis cling to neck, back and shoulders.

menstruation had never occurred.

anxious, depressed and tearful.

inner angles of eyes filled with gummy mucus, heat and itching in them, in evening.

corners of mouth sorefont.

Scaly condition of skin of whole body.

skin has a dirty, tawny color, although carefully kept.

much itching causing desire to scratch, which gave but temporary relief.

some months back instep showed signs of eruption, which soon became a thick, dirty-looking mass of scales and pus, painful and violently itching.

at times pain kept her awake at night.

disease of at least a dozen years' standingfont.

Eczematous eruption after any severe exertion, accompanied by sensation of tension and swelling on fingers, dorsum of hands, nape of neck and towards ears.

slightly elevated blotches upon an erysipelatous, swollen, hard base.

eruption of numberless small vesicles.

face in several places affected.

eyelids swollen. intolerable itching, disturbing sleep.

fingers so swollen that they cannot be flexed.

after several days desquamation in very fine scales occurred.

Eczema behind ears, on scalp and in bends of elbows and armpits, accompanied by abscesses affecting bones.

nothing relieved, but the eruption disappeared, to reappear again, years after, on wrists.

there was then a patch on each wrist as large as a half dollar, with intense itching, preventing sleep, with constant desire to scratchfont.

Eczema something more than a year since a young lady came under my observation who had one of the worst cases I ever saw. At 15 years I remember her as attractive and brilliant, with a fine head of hair and one of the most perfect complexions, or skins, I ever saw. Upon questioning her I learned Family history negative. Had been in every way in perfect health. At 14 years was vaccinated, "worked" well, six months later attended a school exhibition one very cold night in winter and face was considerably exposed. Next morning awakened, face grealty swollen, intensely red, almost unbearable itching. Eyes suffused and injected, ears double their normal size. Very little constitutional disturbance. Called an allopathic physician who employed local and internal measures with little immediate result. Soon papules were formed, many of which became vesicular and not a few pustular.

discharge of thick, dirty fluid which stained and stiffened linen. Hair was cut close and "locals" applied here also. Week after week she had slight improvements and aggravations. She was of strong allopathic faith, yet after three years of Arsenicum Album arsenic, potash, cathartics, Zincum Metallicum zinc and a dozen other local applications she sought homeopathic treatment. Appeared to improve for a time, then as bad as ever, and finally returned to allopathy.

finding no relief, employed some patent remedies with apparent transitory improvement. She was now, at the time I saw her, taking nothing at all, had suffered for six years, and was still as bad as ever, or even slightly worse. I found her in mind, though naturally bright and cheerful, very despondent, with even suicidal thoughts, complete despair of recovery. Hair dry and without lustre, eyes somewhat suffused and injected, which condition attends a sort of incipient asthmatic affection, making its appearance each fall.

some hoarseness. Face, neck and much of body was coarse, rough and of a dirty brown color. Does not perspire at all. Eruption behaves much the same as at first and above described, itching intolerably, better by gentle scratching which is continued until it bleeds. Between points of eruption skin is much indurated. Eruption surrounded by bluish circle.

pruritus worse at night, when undressing, and by warmth of bed. Desquamation is so great that the sheet was each morning shaken and scales swept away. I went to work with a faint heart, feeling that I was somewhat lacking in uncommon and peculiar symptoms. I prescribed Psorinum 200 (B. & Tfont), a powder each night dry on tongue, for a week.

A teething baby, nine months old, had eczema, beginning at outer angle of right eye and spreading over entire face. First a raised inflamed base of a tawny red, then scattered pustules which coalesced to form large crusts, from which oozed an oily, yellow, viscid discharge, cracks upon ears with a similar discharge. Graphites Graphites cm. was given without result.

then Sulphur Sulphur, but the eruption spread until the cheeks were a mass of crusts. It then appeared on back and arm and one leg, and here gave off fine bran-like scales. The scalp soon became involved and covered with crusts a quarter of an inch thick. Psorinum cm., one dose, which worse for a week, then improvement began and went on to a perfect cure.

notwithstanding the eruption of three teeth.

Cough worse at night, on lying down and on rising in the morning. Coughs long before expectorating. Sputa yellowish, salty, puriform. Sensation of pressure on chest.

requires great effort to expand lungs. Chest painful, worse after coughing.

mucous rales over both lungs. Loss of appetite. Eczema always worse in winter.

intense itching worse nights. The eczema had been suppressed by local treatment, and cough developed. Psorinum cm. Within 48 hours cough and chest symptoms improved, but the eczema reappeared over the body, with intense itching. Improving in health, but still has some eczema which gives him little trouble. - Chapman..

Mrs. M., aged 72, tissues enormously distended with dropsy, unable to lie down for nine weeks from dyspnoea. Legs from ankles to crest of ilium and arms from wrist to elbows covered with a dirty, scaly eruption, itching violently worse at night, could not avoid scratching, which gave no relief until it caused bleeding. All forms of external applications had been used in a vain effort to suppress the eruption. Psorinum 52m. one powder in four teaspoonfuls of water, given in four doses, half hour intervals, and six powders of placebo, one each night, gave prompt relief, and the patient was able to walk in two weeks. One week later another dose was required, as there was a slight return of the eruption on the ankles.

this completed the cure. - Hawley..

Eczema Rubrum Mrs. G., aged 71, face red and swollen, almost erysipelatous in appearance. Heat of fire caused torture when it touched her face.

always sits with her back to the fire. Cold air better bathing worse, must dry face with great care. Burning and itching intolerable.

cannot sleep. sits all night by an open window gently rubbing face with a handkerchief. Scratching increases burning and itching.

mental excitement, of which she has much, greatly worse. Psorinum 500 cured in one month.

Cough from tickling in larynx.

dry, hard, caused by tickling in trachea.

in evening with pains in chest and throat, passing off when she is quiet.

produced by talking. with sensation of weakness in chest.

dry, with sensation of heaviness in chest.

dry, with soreness under sternum, with stitches in chest.

dry, with constricting pain in chest.

worse mornings when awaking and evenings on lying down.

coughs a long time before expectorating.

periodic attacks. chronic, spasmodic.

of twenty-five years durationfont.

Dull pressure in right side of chest, extending thence over whole chest, worse bending forward in writing, not by motion or deep inspiration.

dry cough with expectoration of small lumps of mucus.

speaking affects him very much.

great prostration after preaching, so that he must rest a long time to recuperate.

voice is not husky, but it requires all his strength to get through with his work.

chest narrow, shoulders projectingfont.

Attacks of suffocation especially after midnight.

the patient has to sit up, sometimes he has to leave his bed, stand stooping forward, leaning on his hands.

he has to open the windows, or get out into the open air, etc.

he has palpitations. these are followed by eructations or yawning, and the spasm terminates with or without coughing and expectoration.

Boy, aet, four months, whitish bad-smelling diarrhea.

constantly crying, with drawing up of knees as if in pain.

rattling cough, cries all night.

acts as if he had earache in left ear, from which there was a slight discharge.

seldom urinates. after second dose, sixteen hours after first, broke out all over his head and face, with a small pimply eruption, a vesicle at the apex of each pimple, which exuded lymph which dried in a thick brown scab, which gradually fell off in a day or two, and in two weeks left the skin perfectly cleanfont.

Seven large, moist, itching, occasionally burning condylomata on prepuce.

every night nocturnal enuresis.

during day must urinate nearly every half hour.

urination scanty and accompanied by burning in urethra and condylomata.

lips ulcerated, particularly at corners of mouth.

in several localities, but particularly in popliteal spaces, dry, herpetic eruption, not itchingfont.

Boy, aet. 7, suffering since birth.

right-sided inguinal hernia, about three inches of intestine descending to testicle through widely opened inguinal canal.

upon applying a bandage severe inflammation of tunica vaginalis occurred, which yielded to Pulsatilla Pulsat., but returned every time bandage was applied.

child gradually grew miserable and thin and lost all appetite.

fever set in, and a large amount of water collected in tunica vaginalis.

as the case improved a painful, burning, itching excoriation with acrid discharge appeared upon inner surface of prepuce and upon corona glandisfont.

Disorders of the menstrual function.

the menses do not appear regularly on the twenty-eighth day after their last appearance, they do not come on without other ailments and not at once, and do not continue steadily for three or four days with a moderate quantity of healthy colored, mild blood, until on the fourth day it imperceptibly comes to an end without any disturbance of the general health of body and spirit.

nor are the menses continued to the forty-eighth or fiftieth year, nor do they cease gradually and without any troubles.

Leucorrhea from the vagina, one or several days before, or soon after, the monthly flow of blood, or during the whole time from the one menstrual discharge to the other, with a diminution of the menses, or continuing solely instead of the menses.

the flow is like milk, or like white, or yellow mucus, or like acrid, or sometimes like fetid water.

The concomitant symptoms were easily controlled, but on their disappearance the attacks of pain increased in frequency and violence. Physical examination revealed adhesive bands, which contracted the vagina, and involved the right broad ligament and right ovary, which was apparently firmly bound to the side of the pelvis. The pain was worse by moving the limb.

walking. standing erect.

lying on the painful side.

E. M., aged 8, a papular vesicular eruption over entire body, but worse in the flexures of joints, on hands and wrists, and between fingers.

in palms, which resembled eczema.

the itching was intolerable.

scratched until it bled, which better itching, and he would sleep.

worse at night on undressing and in bed.

night sweats without relief.

face sallow, pale. tongue coated dirty white.

great thirst for cold water.

offensive odor from body.

Ulcers on the thighs, especially, also upon the ankles and above them and on the lower part of the calves, with itching, gnawing, tickling around the borders, and a gnawing pain as from salt on the base of the ulcer itself.

the parts surrounding are of brown and bluish color, with varices near the ulcers, which, during storms and rains, often cause tearing pains, especially at night, often accompanied with erysipelas after vexation or fright, or attended with cramps in the calves.

Eruptions, either arising from time to time and passing away again.

some voluptuously itching pustules, especially on the fingers or other parts, which, after scratching, burn and have the greatest similarity to the original itch-eruption.

or nettle-rash, like stings and water-blisters, mostly with burning pain.

or pimples without pain in the face, the chest, the back, the arms and the thighs.

or herpes in fine miliary grains, closely pressed together into round, larger or smaller spots of mostly reddish color, sometimes dry, sometimes moist, with itching, similar to the eruption of itch and with burning after rubbing them.

The moist herpes on the legs are called salt Rheum rheum.

or crusts raised above the surrounding skin, round in form, with deep-red, painless borders, with frequent violent stitches on the parts of the skin not yet affected.

or small, round spots on the skin, covered with bran-like, dry scales, which often peel off and are again renewed without sensation.

or red spots on the skin, which feel dry, with burning pain.

somewhat raised above the rest of the skin.

Right pressure in side of occiput.

large brown scab on eye.

eye inflamed. ear a mass of crusts.

eczema behind ear cured deafness.

stinging in nostril. soreness of jaw.

burning in cheek. ulcer on side of throat.

pain through groin. lumps in groin.

inguinal hernia. knotty lump over groin.

violent pain in loin. tearing in side from cough.

pain extending to shoulder.

stitches in side of chest.

sharp pain opposite tenth rib.

fixed pain in side of chest.

dull pressure in chest.

lameness and soreness in shoulder.

small vesicles behind ear.

Left half of head stupid.

pains in temple. numbness of arm and leg.

pressing headache worse.

pain over eye. spots on frontal region much whiter than surrounding skin.

discharge from ear. pustules behind ear.

ovary indurated after violent knock.

cutting in loin. stitches in chest.

stenosis of osteum venosum.

small warts on hand. as if foot was pulled inward.

corns between toes. tearing in knee.

in axillae.

Eructations. sour, rancid.

tasting and smelling like rotten eggs.

room is filled with an offensive odor. Arnica Arn., Graphites Graph., Antimonium Tartaricum Ant. t. Arnica Arn. especially in A. M.

Antimonium Tartaricum Ant. t. at night.

Graphites Graph. in A. M. only, after rising, disappearing on rinsing the mouthfont.

Intolerable pain in the skin (or in the muscles, or in the periosteum) of some part of the body from a slight movement of the same or of a more distant part.

e. gfont, from writing there arise a pain in the shoulder or in the side of the neck, etc., while sawing or performing other hard labor with the same hand causes no pain.

a similar pain in the adjacent parts, from speaking and moving the mouth.

pain in the lips and in the back at a slight touchp.

As if stupid in left half of head.

eyes as if pressed outward.

as if brain had not room enough in forehead.

as if brain would protrude.

back of head as if sprained.

right side of occiput as if luxated (dislocated).

as if piece of wood were lying across back of head.

as if head were separated from body.

as of a foreign body under eyelid.

as if sand were in eyes.

as if heard with ears not his own.

cheek bones as if ulcerated.

condyle of jaw as if lame.

tongue as if burnt. teeth as if glued together.

as if a plug in throat.

as if intestines were hanging down.

as if frightened. throat as if narrowing.

asthma as if he would die.

as if everything in chest were raw and scratched.

as if everything were torn in chest.

glands of neck as if bruised.

back as if bruised. arms as if paralyzed.

hip joint as if ulcerated.

joints as if encased in armor.

as if left foot were pulled around inward.

as if joints would not hold together.

hands and feet as if broken.

as if he would lose his senses.

Pain in left temple. in chest.

over left eye to right, in back of head.

over eyebrows. down nose.

in liver. in cheek bones.

in condyle of jaw. in throat.

in chest extending to shoulder.

in small of back. in abdomen.

through right groin. in rectum.

in cardiac region. in chest and throat.

in heart. in head and limbs.

in hip joint. in knee.

in legs.

Debility independent of any organic disease.

loss of appetite. tendency to perspiration on exertion and at night.

after acute diseases. after protracted diseases of loss of fluids.

after typhus, with despair of recovery.

thinks he is very ill when he is not.

appetite will not return.

in the evil consequence of suppressed itch, especially after large doses of sulphurfont.

Mr. C., 43, spare, dark. Hypochondriacal. Nervous for nine months. Had to give up business. Took much quinine and many other drugs, without better, Complains of every disagreeable feeling about the head, great mental depression.

thinks he will never recover.

hopeless and despondent. Cannot apply his mind to business. Seems confused.

cannot reckon. Numbness of legs and arms worse on left side.

worse going to bed, formication and crawling, with pricking and smarting on scalp and on extremities. Tongue coated white. After three months' treatment remained stationary. It was then ascertained that he sweated very easily on least exertion, and somewhat at night, with great loss of memory. Psorinum 400 soon caused marked improvement and enabled him to return to business. - J. B. Bellfont.

Increasing susceptibility to colds, either of the whole body (often even from repeatedly wetting the hands, now with warm water, then with cold, as in washing clothes), or only susceptibility of certain parts of the body, of the head, the neck, the chest, the abdomen, the feet, etc., often in a moderate or slight draft, or after slightly moistening these parts.

even from being in a cooler room, in a rainy atmosphere, or with a low barometer.


In the subsequent list of antisoric remedies no isopathic remedies are mentioned, for the reason that their effects upon the healthy organism have not been sufficiently ascertained. Even the itch miasm (psorinum), in its various degrees of potency, comes under this objection. I call psorin a homeopathic anti-psoric, because if the preparations of psorin did not alter its nature to that of a homeopathic remedy it never could have any effect upon an organism tainted with that same identical virus. The psoric virus, by undergoing the processes of trituration and shaking, becomes just as much altered in its nature as Aurum Metallicum gold does, the homeopathic preparations of which are not inert substances in the animal economy, but powerfully acting agents.


Especially adapted to the psoric constitution.

In chronic cases when well selected remedies fail to relieve or permanently improve (in acute diseases, Sulphur Sulph.); when Sulphur Sulphur seems indicated but fails to act.

Lack of reaction after severe acute diseases.

Appetite will not return.

Children are pale, delicate, sickly.

Sick babies will not sleep day or night but worry, fret, cry (Jalapa Jalap.); child is good, plays all day; restless, troublesome, screaming all night (rev. of, Lycopodium Lyc.).

Great weakness and debility; from loss of animal fluids; remaining after acute diseases; independent of or without any organic lesion, or apparent cause.

Body has a filthy smell, even after bathing.

The whole body painful, easily sprained and injured.

Great sensitiveness to cold air or change of weather.

Stormy weather he feels acutely; feels restless for days before or during a thunderstorm (Phosphorus Phos.); dry, scaly eruptions disappear in summer, return in winter.

Feels unusually well day before attack.

Extremely psoric patients; nervous, restless, easily startled.

All excretions diarrhea, leucorrhea, menses, perspiration have a carrion-like odor.

Anxious, full of fear; evil forebodings.

Religious melancholy; very depressed, sad suicidal thoughts; despairs of salvation (Mel.), of recovery.

Despondent fears he will die; that he will fail in business; during climaxis; making his own life and that of those about him intolerable.

Driven to despair with excessive itching.

Headache preceded, by flickering before eyes; by dimness of vision or blindness (Lac d., Kali Bich Kali bi.); by black spots or rings.

Headache always hungry during; better while eating (Anacardium Anac., Kali Phosphoricum Kali p.); from suppressed eruptions, or suppressed menses; better by nosebleed (Mel.).

Hair, dry, lustreless, tangles easily, glues together (Lycopodium Lyc.). Plica polonica (Bar., Sarsaparilla Sars., Tuberculinum Tub.).

Scalp dry, scaly or moist, fetid, suppurating eruptions; oozing a sticky, offensive fluid (Graphites Graph., Mezereum Mez.).

Intense photophobia, with inflamed lids; cannot open the eyes; lies with face buried in pillow.

Ears humid scurfs and soreness on and behind ears; oozing and offensive viscid fluid (Graphites Graph.).

Otorrhoea thin, ichorous, horribly fetid discharge, like decayed meat; chronic, after measles or scarlatina.

Acne all forms, simplex, rosacea; worse during menses, from coffee, fats, sugar, meat; when the best selected remedy fails or only palliates.

Hungry in the middle of the night; must have something to eat (Cina Cina, Sulphur Sulph.).

To not only better acute attack but eradicate the tendency.

Hawks up cheesy balls, size of a pea, of disgusting taste and carrion-like odor (Kali Muriaticum kali m.).

Diarrhea sudden, imperative (Aloe Socotrina Aloe, Sulphur Sulph.); stool watery, dark brown, fetid; smells like carrion; involuntary, worse at night from left to 4 A. M.; after severe acute diseases teething in children; when weather changes.

Constipation obstinate, with backache; from inactivity of rectum; when Sulphur Sulphur fails to relieve.

Enuresis; from vesical paresis; during full moon obstinate cases, with a family history of eczema.

Leucorrhea large, clotted lumps of an intolerable odor; violent pains in sacrum; debility, during climaxis.

During pregnancy most obstinate vomiting, fetus moves too violently; when the best selected remedy fails to relieve; to correct the psoric diathesis of the unborn.

Profuse perspiration after acute diseases, with relief of all suffering (Caladium Seguinum Calad., Nat Mur Nat. m.).

Asthma, dyspnoea worse in openair, sitting up (Laurocerasus Laur.); better lying down and keeping arms stretched far apart (rev. of Arsenicum Album Ars.); despondent, thinks he will die.

Cough returns every winter.

Hay fever; appearing regularly every year the same day of the month; with an asthmatic, psoric or eczematous history.

Patient should be treated the previous winter to eradicate the diathesis and prevent summer attack.

Cough after suppressed itch, or eczema; chronic of years' duration, worse mornings on waking and evenings on lying down (Phosphorus Phos., Tuberculinum Tub.); sputa green, yellow or salty mucus; pus-like; coughs a long time before expectorating.

Sleepless from intolerable itching, or frightful dreams of robbers, danger, etc. (Nat Mur Nat. m.).

Psorinum should not be given for psora or the psoric diathesis, but like every other remedy, upon a strict individualization the totality of the symptoms and then we realize its wonderful workp