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Quassia Amara - General symptoms

Picraena Excelsa, Quassia-wood, Picrasma excelsa, Quassia, Quas.

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HPUS indication of Quassia Amara: Indigestion

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



Awoke with great anxiety and solicitude, without cause, at 1 A.M.

was unable to sleep. felt wide awake, with manifold thoughts in his brain.

on attempting to read, could only stare at the book on account of anxious thoughts running through his mind.

about 3 o'clock he rose and dressed, and attempted to write, but was so absent-minded that he could not find words to express himself.

the next day he was unable to perform any mental labor, not on account of disinclination to work, but from absence of thought,.

(A peculiar sensation in the head, as if the senses would vanish, followed by excessive weakness, great heat, copious hot perspiration, with great hunger, followed by coldness of the extremities, with a sensation of internal coldness; the whole attack lasted about two hours; when it was not possible to satisfy the hunger, the weakness increased, copious perspiration broke out over the whole body, followed after a long time by gradual relief),.

Slight drawing pains in both hypochondria, with a sensation as if the abdomen were empty and retracted to the spinal column.

pain somewhat aggravated by deep breathing.

these symptoms recurred three times during the day, lasted from twenty to thirty minutes, and were accompanied by a sensation as though he would have a stool (first day),.

Quassia Amara acts on gastric organs as a tonic ( Gentian; Hydrastis Canadensis Hydr.) Seems to possess marked action on eyes, producing amblyopia and cataract. Pain in right intercostal muscles above the liver. Pressure and stitches in liver, and sympathetically in spleen.

Picraena excelsa (Jamaica) and Quassia amara, (Surinam). N. O. Simarubaceae. Tincture or cold infusion of the wood.

The Quassia now found in the shops in the form of "Quassia chips" is the wood of Picraena, the Jamaica Quassia. The name "Quassia" was given by Linnaeus to Quassia excelsa, of Surinam, from the name of a negro, Quassi or Coissi, who employed its bark as a remedy for fever. The wood of this tree was formerly employed in this country under the name of Surinam Quassia. The wood is very bitter, and yields its properties best to cold distilled water. In the old school the infusion is used as a bitter tonic in dyspepsia, and as a clyster for clearing the rectum of threadworms. There is a short homoeopathic proving J. O. Müller took a single dose of the tincture.

Eidherr four doses of 30x. Lembke took the extract. The most peculiar characteristic symptoms were Drawing in hypochondria and sensation as if abdomen were empty and retracted.

with sensation as if he would have a stool.

stool at first hard, with effort, later pasty (Eidh.). Sticking in liver and abdomen (Mül.). Peculiar beating through abdomen, extending into extremities (Mül.). Eidherr had "coldness running over back, with constant inclination to yawn and desire to stretch out the feet," which gives a clue to its action in fevers.


First to third potency, or spoonful doses of Aqua Marina Aqua Quassia.


Intermittent fever. Worms.