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Rhus Tox - Extremities, Limbs symptoms - T.F. Allen

Toxicodendron Radicans, Poison-ivy, Rhus, Rus tox, Rhustox, Rustox, Rhus Toxicodendron, Rhus Toxicodedron, Rhus-t.

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


Extremities, limbs


The left arm and both legs were very tensely swollen, and their surface strongly resembled the denuded surface of a blister, scald, or burn, in a suppurating state,

Swelling of the hands and feet,

The limbs tremble after exciting them,

Twitching in the limbs,

The left arm and lower extremity are somewhat contracted and feel stiff,

Great weakness in the limbs,

Limbs readily sprained (twenty-third day),


Stiffness of the limbs (third day),

Pain, as if beaten, in the left forearm (after forty-eight hours),

Beating and throbbing on the back of the foot,


Upper extremities

Painfulness and swelling of the arms,

Trembling of the arms after moderate exertion of them,

Jerking sensation in the left arm,

Violent tearing pain in the arm, most violent while lying still,

Sensation as if something, neither warm nor cold, were rolling down in the arm from the shoulder to the hand,

Sensation as if hot water were running through the arms,

The arm upon which he rests the head in sleep goes to sleep,

Shooting pains through the arms,

A drawing and paralyzed sensation in the left arm, at night,

Sticking and drawing in the left arm, extending from above downward and out at the tips of the fingers,

Drawing stitches in the arms, from the shoulders downward,


Swelling of the axillary glands, painful when touched and when not,

Pressure on the shoulders like a heavy weight,

The left shoulder seems paralyzed,

Sensation as if some one were pressing upon the left shoulder, by the clavicle,

Rheumatic pain in the left shoulder and arm in the region of the deltoid muscle (after twenty-four minutes),

Transient pain in the right shoulder (after half an hour),

Pain in the left shoulder when riding, in the forenoon (fifteenth day),

Pain in the left shoulder and behind the right sacroiliac symphysis (twenty-seventh day),

At 6 P.M., pain in the right shoulder, when walking (eighteenth day),

Severe pain at the top of the left shoulder (twentieth day),

Tearing in the shoulder-joint and on the top of the scapula,

Shooting inwards and throbbing in left shoulder,

Burning pain in the left shoulder, felt when walking, at 1 P.M. (thirteenth day),

Stitches in the shoulders while lying, ceasing on moving about,


Pain in the region of the biceps flexor of the right arm, then in the ulnar edge of the metacarpus of the right hand (after one hour, second day),

Semiacute pain about the middle of the left upper arm, with itching on the back and at the anterior part of the chest, at 7 A.M. (sixteenth day),

Pain in the left upper arm, commencing immediately after lying down, on the right side, about noon (seventeenth day),

Pain in the left upper arm (five minutes after second dose, nineteenth day),

Pain in the left upper arm as if the muscles or tendons were unduly strained, when the limb is carried by them far upwards and backward, at 2 and 3 P.M. (twenty-third day),

Pain at the biceps muscle of the left arm, and in several phalanges of fingers of the left hand, about 6 A.M. (thirty-fourth day),

Pain in the bicipital region of the left arm (thirty-fifth day),

Burning pain in the biceps of both arms, when in bed, more severe in the left (after a month),

Tension in the left upper arm, in the open air (after ten hours),

Tearing in both upper arms, aggravated by work; she was obliged to let the arms hang down; they also pained while in bed, and when taking hold of them they hurt in the bone,

A drawing extending from below the left axilla to the middle of the upper arm, on raising the arm,

Burning stitches on the arm beneath the left axilla,

Needle-like stitches in the left upper arm (after five days),

Boring stitches in the upper arm (while standing),

A violent stitch on the right upper arm, as if it extended from without inward,


Tension in the elbow-joint on stretching out the arm; she could with difficulty raise the arm,

A cramplike drawing in the left elbow joint on moving it (after seventy-six hours),

Drawing and tearing, extending from the elbow-joint into the wrist,

Jerking tearing in the elbow and wrist-joints, during rest, better during motion (after five and six hours),

A painless throbbing in the left elbow,


Rapidly increasing swelling of the forearm, which has acquired twice its normal volume; the skin was rough, the itching intolerable, the heat very great, etc., suddenly appearing (after twenty-five days),

Loss of power and stiffness of the forearms and fingers, on moving them (after twenty-five hours),

A digging pain in the bones of the left forearm, and jerking in the right wrist, on motion; the whole forearm seemed stiff,

Pain at the middle of the radius of the left arm (after seventeen, twenty-eight, and thirty-five minutes),

Pain in the middle of the ulna of the left arm, at 1.5 P.M. (first day),

A powerless sensation in the upper part of the right forearm, on motion, and a pain as if sprained, in the wrist, when grasping anything (after twenty-seven hours),

Biting burning in the forearm (after four days),


Aching in left wrist (twenty-third day),

Pain in the right wrist (after thirty and thirty-five minutes),

Tearing sticking in the left wrist,

Sensation on the upper surface of the left wrist on bending it, as if it had been sprained,

Sensation of coldness, as from a cold wind blowing on the wrist, that was as warm as usual,


Hot swelling of the hands and face, in the evening,

Great swelling of the hand,

Aching at the ulnar edge of the right metacarpus, before midnight, when at rest in bed, mitigated by movement (after one hour and a half, twenty-second day),

Rheumatic pains in the hands (fifth day),

Drawing pain in the palm of the right hand,

Pain in the ulnar edge of the right hand (after about a quarter of an hour, ninth day),

Throbbing pain in the left hand, at intervals (sixth day),

(A bubbling in the right hand between the thumb and index finger, lasting several hours),


Involuntary painless twitching inward of both thumbs, only when laying the hands down, for example, upon the table (after twenty-four hours),

The fingers can be moved only with pain, on account of great swelling (fourth day),

(Spasmodic drawing inward in the fingers),

Tearing in the joints of all the fingers,

A fine sticking pain in the fingers,

(Twinging and pinching on the back of the fingers, and on the outer portions of the arms, and on the back of the head),

Sensation as if the tips of the fingers were engorged with blood, while the backs of the hands were cold (in a warm room), (after ten hours),

The index and middle fingers of one hand feel numb and asleep, in the morning,

Sensation of falling asleep, in the left index finger,

Pain in the middle phalanx of the little finger of the right hand (after a quarter of an hour, fifteenth day),

Aching on the ulnar side of the upper phalanx of the middle finger of the left hand, in the morning in bed; followed by severe pain in the corresponding, i. e., posterior phalanx of the fourth toe of the left foot, felt on beginning to walk and on pressure, between 6 and 7 P.M. (sixth day),

Severe pain at the phalanges of several fingers, about midway between the joints, in the evening (seventh day),

Pain in the middle joint of the left forefinger (after thirty-eight minutes),

Pain in the metacarpal joint of the left forefinger, and in the middle of the right upper arm (after forty minutes,)

When grasping anything, feeling as if pins were pricking tips and palmar surface of first phalanges of fingers,

Pain in the middle joint of the right ring finger (after forty-three minutes),

Woke with a burning, osseous, and remittent pain, throughout the middle phalanx of the right little finger, accompanied with pain in the right temple, at 5.30 A.M. (fourth day),

Burning in the flesh between the left thumb and index finger (after eleven hours),

Stitches in the tendons on the back of the index finger,

A crawling and pinching on the last phalanges of the second and third fingers of the left hand,

Crawling as if asleep, in the tips of the fingers,


Lower extremities

She staggered and could not stand upright, in the morning, on rising (after twenty-hours),

In the afternoon had a limping walk, noticed also by others (fourteenth day),

Paralysis of the lower extremities for three days; he walked with the greatest difficulty, slowly and shuffling,

Weakness of the joints of the lower extremities, for eight years,

The lower extremities seem paralyzed (after twelve days),

The lower extremities feel bruised, they are so weary,

Weakness of the legs, with severe pain at the anterior tuberosity of the left tibia on first walking, then just behind the outer malleolus of the left ankle, and five minutes later, by superficial pain at the inferior occipital ridge, increased on exerting the muscles whose tendons are there inserted, between 5 and 6 P.M. (thirty-first day),

Weakness of the legs in the forenoon (after five day),

Weakness of the legs and desire to lie down, at noon (seventh day),

Weakness of the legs, with the pain above the superciliary ridges (sixteenth day),

Great weakness of the legs, while walking in the open air (in the afternoon); he is scarcely able to proceed, because they are so heavy and weary; after sitting an hour all weariness disappeared,

Great weariness in the legs while sitting, disappeared on walking (after thirty-six hours),

Can scarcely walk in the street on account of stiffness of the legs; he staggers always to the right, in the forenoon,

Great inclination to stretch out the leg and foot, in the morning, in bed,

Dull aching and sensation of weakness in the legs and ankles (after five and six days),

Aching pains in the legs, inability to rest in any position but for a moment (twelfth day),

Very painful cramp in one or the other leg, which could neither be relieved by bending up nor by stretching out the leg, only by pressing against the sole of the foot, lasting half an hour, while in bed, in the forenoon (after twelve hours),

Pains in the legs, alternating with cold feet (twenty-fourth day),

(A sudden pain lasting half an hour, a general throbbing and crawling, associated with a cramplike pain (somewhat like a panaritium on the finger), aggravated by motion, but especially aggravated by external touch; disappearing suddenly, in the affected leg, at 6.30 P.M.),

Throbbing in the legs,


Lameness of the left hip during the first part of a short walk (thirty-fifth day),

Intense pain in the left hip, on bending the trunk to the right, reproduced several times, about 5 P.M. (seventeenth day),

Pain in the hips and knees (fifth day),

A pressive pain in both hip-joints on every step, and a paralyzed sensation in the anterior muscles of the thighs,

A pain, consisting of tension and drawing, in the right hip,

Tension in the left hip-joint, while sitting,

When lying upon the side the hips hurt, and when lying upon the back the small of the back hurts,

(A kind of tearing and drawing, extending from the hip to the knee, while walking and standing),

Tingling pain, almost simultaneously in the left hip and rectum, as if from vibrations as rapid as those of some low notes (after eight minutes, ninth day),


Twitching in the thigh, with trembling of the knee,

A tension on the posterior surface of the thigh while riding one leg over the other (after six days),

A sensation like that felt when the fingers are spread apart when the wrist has been sprained or wrenched, internally in the upper portion of the right thigh, near the groin (after fifty-eight hours,)

A tension in the left thigh, extending downward from the hip-joint,

A cramplike pressure in one spot in the right thigh, below the groin, while sitting,

Cramp in the left natis and thigh,

Cramplike pain in the nates, while standing (after twenty-nine hours,)

Cramplike contraction in the right natis,

Jerking tearing in the right thigh, somewhat above the knee (after ninety-six hours),

Tearing pain in the middle of the outer portion of the thigh, while sitting, disappearing on motion,

Tearing-dragging pains in muscles of left thigh (after three to four doses),

Bruised and drawing in the right thigh (after fifty-six hours),

Drawing pain in the right natis, just below the small of the back, disappearing on pressure,

In the thighs a pain like a drawing, so that she was obliged to bend them up, while rising from a seat and while standing, but not while sitting (after ninety-six hours,)

Right rectus cruris muscle very sensitive on pressure, as if bruised (twelfth and thirteenth days),

Great and painful sensitiveness to touch in the anterior muscles of the thighs, more in the left, the posterior part of which was painful in walking on the preceding day; the tenderness of both commenced at 7 P.M., and continued without intermission for several days (fourth day),

Severe pain immediately above the right knee, on the left side of the upper extremity of the patella on rising from a chair, about noon (thirtieth day),

Pain in the left thigh (after twenty-five minutes,)

A burning point on the internal portion of the right thigh, by the scrotum (after two hours and a half),

Stitches in the thigh extending outward,

Boring stitches in the thigh, while standing,


Stiffness, especially of the knees and feet,

Tension in the left knee-joint, when rising from a seat,

Tension in the knee, as if it were too short,

Heaviness, like a hundred-weight, in the hollows of the knees and in the calves, so that he could not move the feet along,

Drawing upward in the hollow of the right knee on bending the knee (after twenty-seven hours),

Drawing pain in the knee,

A crawling with tension in the tendons on the inner side of the right knee (after two hours and a half),

A pulling with tension in the tendons on the inner side of the right knee, causing uneasiness in the foot (after two hours and a half),

Often hot pains running from the knee to the groin,

Pains under the knee-pan,

Pains in the knees and legs at short intervals, very sore (forty-fifth day),

Rheumatic pains in the knee-joints, extending to the ankles, lasting from four to eight hours (after thirty-six hours),

Pain in the knees and lower extremities (fourth day),

Pain in the left knee on beginning to walk downstairs, after sitting, in the morning (thirtieth day),

Pain at the outer edge of the left patella, on going upstairs in the evening, after sitting for some time; commenced about a day and a quarter after collecting the first specimen, and a quarter of a day after the second,

The upper part of the left knee aches (tenth day),

Strong pain at the tendon just above the patella, on walking (twenty-first day),

Burning pain in the knee-joints and lower extremities (after thirty-six hours),

Tearing in the knee and in the ankle, worse during rest,

A stitch across the knee on standing up after sitting,

While walking, stitches, first on the inner surface of the left, then of the right knee,

A sticking from within outward in the side of the knee, while walking,

Tingling and buzzing in the knees and hollows, of the knees, on sitting down after walking,


A heaviness of the legs, extending from just above the knee to the lowest portion of the ankle, so that she could not stand, relieved on walking and unnoticed while sitting,

The legs seem heavy and weary, as if he had walked a long distance,

Jerking in the calves,

Tension in the calves while walking, and a sensation as if the hamstrings were too short,

Sensation of tension in the skin of the calves, with sticking in them while sitting, disappearing on walking,

Cramplike pressure in the left tibia on bending the knee, followed by burning,

Pressure on the right tibia, followed by burning,

Cramplike drawing upward in the left calf to the hollow of the knee,

Cramp in the calves after midnight, while lying in bed, and while sitting after walking; relieved by bending up the knee,

Cramp in the calves while sitting (immediately), disappearing on rising and moving about,

Pain in the calf of the left leg, mitigated by movement (soon),

Pain in the inner, lower, and posterior part of the calf of the leg, felt during the earlier portion of a walk, whenever the heel was raised by the action of the calf; it was relieved after walking a few minutes (after five hours, second day,)

Pain in the calf of the left leg at each step, at 2.30 P.M. (twelfth day),

Pain at the inside of the head of the left tibia, on sitting after walking, at 9.30 P.M. (eighteenth day),

On rising from a chair, a sudden and severe pain, as from a sprain, at the insertion of the ligamentum patellae into the tibia; this, with tenderness at the part on pressure, remained a few minutes (after half an hour, twenty-second day),

A drawing on the right calf internally, causing uneasiness in the feet,

Drawing and tearing extending from the knee into the ankle,

A tearing sticking on the tibia, with weakness and weariness,

A stitch in the hamstrings just above the calves, on violent motion, on rising from a seat and on touch,

Stitches just below the right knee,

(A bubbling in the outer side of the calves, for several hours),

Pain, like a tingling, in the tibiae at night, while the feet are crossed; she is constantly obliged to move the legs back and forth, and on this account she is unable to sleep,

Burning heat and aching tensive pain in calf of right leg (after three to four days),

Severe stinging pain at the head of the left fibula, immediately after drinking ice water, followed by severe pain there on stepping (sixth day),

Severe stinging just below the inner side of the head of the left tibia, a few minutes after drinking cool milk (twenty-ninth day),


Deepseated pain in outer ankle whenever it is pressed, but not continuing after the removal of the pressure, at 8.30 A.M. (twenty-second day),

Pain above the tendo Achillis of the left leg, when walking upstairs, at 2.15 P.M. (first day),

Drawing in the right ankle,

Sticking as with knives in the lower portion in the tendo Achillis, aggravated by touch and after lying down,

Sticking as with a knife in the left ankle,

Sticking in the right inner malleolus on rising from a seat,

Cramplike sticking in the malleoli,


Swelling of the feet, painless to touch, in the evening (after forty-eight hours),

Previously existing chilblains return four and a half months earlier than usual; a burning itching in them, in the afternoon and evening; when she attempts to scratch them there is a sticking, so that she cannot endure scratching, and after the scratching chilblains appear,

Weakness in the feet, as if the blood settled in them, only while sitting,

Weariness of the feet, so that she could not easily go upstairs, as if she had run too rapidly,

Deadness and numbness of the lower portion of the right foot, which seemed made of wood,

Heaviness and tension of the feet while sitting; but only weariness while walking,

Pain in the feet after walking an hour, in the open air, they seem to become immovable, that disappears while sitting,

The feet painful as if sprained or wrenched, in the morning on rising,

A drawing like a paralysis in the whole of the foot, while sitting,

Crawling in the feet, in the morning, while lying in bed (and after rising),

Aching pains in the hollow of the feet (twelfth day),

(The heels hurt as if benumbed, when stepping upon them),

Drawing extending upward in the left heel, with burning,

Pain in both heels as if stepping upon pins, on first standing, in the morning,

Sharp pain in the heels, like running nails under the skin at times,

Stitches in the left heel while sitting (after walking about in the open air),

Stitches in the heels when stepping upon them,

Spasmodic contraction in the inner side of the sole of the foot, relieved by stretching it out and bending the sole upward (after sixty-four hours),

Tension and pressure in the soles of the feet,

Pain in the sole of the right foot near the ball, as if one pressed continuously and more and more severely upon a painful spot,

Stitches in the soles of the feet as if he were walking upon needles, in the evening,

Burning stitches and a sensation of warmth on the back of the right foot (after four days),


Spasmodic contractions in the toes,

Pain in several toes at some distance from the joints; then about the hips and small of the back; then in left glutaei muscles; then at the connection of the left tendo Achillis with the calf; the last three early in a walk (eighth day),

Drawing pressive pain in the right great toe, with a sensation of warmth,

Fine stitches in the left great toe,

Stitches in the right great toe,

Burning sore pain in a corn, from pressure of the shoe (after three hours),

A short, burning sticking between the fourth and fifth toes, in the evening while walking, and also at night in bed (after twelve hours),


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