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Rumex Crispus - General symptoms

Yellow Dock, Rumx.

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HPUS indication of Rumex Crispus: Cough
Common symptoms: Cough, Raw, Sore throat.

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



The head began to ache, and ached severely until going to sleep, towards midnight (after three hours).

the headache returned on waking, and continued until noon, next day.

it was dull (third day).

very severe (fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth days).

continued the whole forenoon (tenth day).

affects most frequently the temples.

is felt in the occiput (sixth and eighth days).

over the right eye (sixth and seventh day).

in the forehead (twelfth day),.

Sensation as if the ears were obstructed, especially the left one.

the prover's own voice (as well as the voices of others) sounds strangely to him, producing a kind of titillation in the ear, and having a peculiar ringing confusing sound, and yet the sense of hearing is as acute as ever.

continued eighteen hours (after six hours, sixth day).

still continues, but not to so great a degree.

attended by slight ringing in the ears, at 10 P.M. (eighth day),.

Constant roaring in the left ear, as if a Conchiolinum conch-shell were held before it, the whole day, attended by a feeling as if a fine thread were tied tightly around the neck just below the ears.

the roaring is not relieved by pressing the finger into the ear.

this continued for a week, and then gradually disappeared (after nine days),.

Burning-stinging pain in the left side, near the heart, came on soon after lying down in bed.

gradually moved up into the great pectoral muscle, about two inches above and to the left of the nipple, and continued for a long time.

increased by a deep inspiration and by lying on the back or right side.

relieved by lying on the left side (tenth day),.

In three days he was attacked with a severe and durable cough, presenting a character entirely different from any he had ever experienced. It was a dry spasmodic cough, assimilating an early stage of whooping-cough. It was dry at first, came on in paroxysms, preceded by a tickling sensation in the throat-pit, and attended with congestion and slight pain in the head and wrenching pains in the right side of the chest. The time of commencement of the most violent paroxysm was a few minutes after lying down at night, which was usually about 11 o'clock. This paroxysm lasted ten or fifteen minutes.

after this he slept all night. A less severe paroxysm occurred in bed, in the morning, after waking, and at various times through the day. This state continued about two weeks, when there was a commencement of expectoration of adhesive mucus in small quantities, detached with difficulty. The whole duration was about a month. Some medicine were taken in the latter stages, but without obvious effects,.

Sensation as of a hard body, somewhat increased after food, and continued for four hours (second day).

same sensation as of a hard body in the stomach, ascending upwards to the throat-pit.

the sensation at the throat-pit descended towards the stomach upon every empty swallowing, but immediately returned.

continued for two hours, but gradually abated.

returned after dinner and continued for two hours or more (after eight minutes, fifth day),.

On retiring at night, first became aware of the protrusion of a small haemorrhoidal tumor (eleventh day).

troubled much all day, in all postures, by haemorrhoids.

sensation of heat and irritation about the anus, with sensation as of a foreign body there (twelfth day).

haemorrhoidal tumor still exists, but is slight.

itching of anus (fourteenth day).

great itching of anus (seventeenth day),.

Copious diarrhoeic stool, with colic pains just above the hypogastrium, and a very disagreeable rumbling in the bowels, together with nausea and loss of appetite. These sensations continued nearly throughout the day, with some four or five evacuations, which poured away in a stream, as if a large quantity would be discharged.

nevertheless, each discharge was suddenly arrested, and the inclination passed away entirely for a short time.

but on rising the urgency returned, and on returning to the cabinet a new stream of liquid faeces poured forth as before. At short intervals there occurred, throughout the day, inclination to go to stool, with much rumbling of the bowels, but the urgency to stool was not so pressing that it could not be well resisted (fifth day),.

Inclination to urinate not as frequent to-day as yesterday, but an unusual urgency with the desire to urinate.

must speedily evacuate the bladder, or there is a sensation as if the urine could not be retained (eighth day).

during the day noticed an urgency as soon as there is an inclination to urinate (nineteenth day).

same urgency. sensation as if the urine must be immediately voided as soon as the inclination takes place, as if it would be impossible to retain it long.

the sensation is apparently located at the neck of the bladder (twentieth day).

urgency as soon as there is an inclination to urinate, which is rather too often (twenty-seventh day).

urging to urinate (twenty-eighth day), .

Is characterized by pains, numerous and varied, neither fixed nor constant anywhere. Cough caused by an incessant tickling in the throat-pit, which tickling runs down to the bifurcation of the bronchial tubes. Touching the throat-pit brings on the cough. Worse from the least cold air; so that all cough ceases by covering up all the body and head with the bedclothes. Rumex Acetosa Rumex diminishes the secretions of mucous membranes, and at the same time exalts sensibility of the mucous membranes of the larynx and trachea. Rumex Crispus's action upon the skin is marked, producing an intense itching. Lymphatics enlarged and secretions perverted.

Dry, sensitive mucous membranes Stickiness, with burning Every cold affects the joints

Sharp pains; neuralgias, etc


Eyes burn, indoors; puffed in A

Dry posterior nares

Sneezing attacks

Sodden complexion

Hawks out much tenacious mucus

Throat feels hollow

Ravenous appetite


Sudden, profuse, foul, early morning diarrhoea (5-9 AM ); after catarrh; in phthisis

Respiration worse wind

Suffocative choking

Dyspnoea, on retiring

EVERY BREATH OF COLD AIR CAUSES TICKLING, as from a feather or dust, IN THROAT-PIT, AND CONTINUOUS COUGH; better closing or covering mouth or head Profuse, frothy expectoration

Pain from r

ovary to back

Pain, rawness or burning under clavicle [left]; as if the air penetrated there

Chest sore

Pain under sternum; under l


Heart seems impeded, then heavy pulsation through chest

Pain in l

shoulder on coughing or raising arm

Right scapula Spasmodic cramps in ankles and feet

Skin itches if exposed to air

Acne vulgaris on back

Sudden sleepiness

Rumex Acetosa Rumex crispus. Curled Dock. Yellow Dock. N. O. Polygonaceae. Tincture of fresh root.

Abortion. Aphonia. Asthma. Borborygmi. Bronchitis. Catarrh. Corns. Coryza. Cough. Diarrhoea. Dyspepsia. Epistaxis. Feet, tender. Gastralgia. Heart, pain in.

affections of. Indigestion. Irritation. Usnea Barbata Lichen. Mouth, ulceration of. Phimosis. Phthisis. Prurigo. Rheumatism. Throat, sore ulcerated. Trachea, affections of. Urticaria.

The "Yellow Dock" or "Curled Dock" is a common British weed, introduced and growing wild in North America, where the provings were made. The common Dock of our fields and roadsides, Rumex Acetosa Rumex obtusifolia, has a reputation among children as the best antidote to the nettle's sting.

a reputation which is very well deserved, as I can testify. Rumex Acetosa Rumex crispus, according to Joslin, quoted by Hale, was used by allopaths internally and externally for the cure of itch. This points to one of the leading actions of Rx. c. as developed in the provings. Among the constituents and salts of Rx. c. are Sulphur Sulphur and Calc Carb Calc. Ph. (Hale).

and Sulphur Sul., Calc Carb Calc., and Phosphorus Pho. are strongly represented in its action. Rx. c., again, is a close ally of Rheum Rheum, and has analogous purgative and other properties. The provings were made by Houghton, Joslin, H. M. Paine, Bayard, Rhees, &c., both with the tincture and with attenuations, and its characteristics were well defined. A keynote of many Rx. c. cases is sensitiveness to cold air. The cough and skin symptoms are agg. by uncovering or exposure to air. Guernsey thus describes the cough of Rx. c. "Cough caused by an incessant tickling in throat-pit, which tickling runs down to the bifurcation of the bronchial tubes.

touching the throat brings on the cough.

by covering up all the body and head with the bed-clothes there is no cough." Correspondingly this symptom of Paine's has led to many cures of skin cases "While undressing, and for some time after, considerable itching of surface of lower limbs ";.

where exposure to air is again the exciting cause. The characteristic diarrhoea of Rx. c. occurs in the early morning, driving the patient out of bed.

it comes on after catarrh, and is often associated with the characteristic cough of the remedy. The Rx. c. cough causes expulsion of urine.

and it may even cause expulsion of the foetus in pregnant women. P. P. Wells relates this case (Hale) Mrs. X. had had eight miscarriages in the early months, each miscarriage being attended with a dry, shaking, spasmodic cough in paroxysms of great violence, which was regarded as the cause of the abortions. At the beginning of the ninth pregnancy she came under homoeopathic treatment. The cough came on.

very dry, harsh, loud, shaking, agg. at night, preventing sleep, excited instantly by pressure on the trachea. Rx. c. 30 promptly relieved. Wells also cured with Rx. c. 200 (Lehrman's preparation) the following in a man Cough beginning with tickling behind top of sternum, sometimes in paroxysms lasting for five to ten minutes. Trachea sore to external pressure.

feels excoriated through its whole extent, as also do the fauces. Cough is excited by pressure on throat-pit.

violent with scanty difficult expectoration.

shakes head as if it would fly to pieces and chest so that he feels he might raise blood any minute. Paroxysms exhaust him.

headache during cough. Joslin pointed out the left chest had more verified symptoms than any other region. Further Conditions of Rx. c. are agg. lying on left side.

amel. lying on right side, agg. At 11 p.m. and 4 a.m. Another Condition of the cough is that it is induced or agg. by any irregularity of respiration, such as a little deeper breath than usual or a little more rapid. Cough when eating. Joslin reports a number of cases of gastric derangement cured with Rx. c. ($51$) A young lady had shootings from pit of stomach into chest in various directions.

sharp pains in left chest.

dull aching in forehead and slight nausea. One dose of 30th removed all her symptoms and restored her appetite. (2) A lady, 50, had had for three weeks pain in pit of stomach, aching in left chest, flatulence, eructations, pains and distension in stomach after meals. Rx. c. 200, one dose, cured in two or three hours. (3) Young lady had sensation of fulness and pressure in pit of stomach extending up towards throat, carried down on swallowing and rising again to throat. Rx. c. 200 cured. (4) A gentleman not used to tea took a cup, very weak, of the black kind.

then followed aching in pit of stomach and aching above it in chest, and especially on each side of lower end of sternum. Rx. c. 30 cured in a few minutes. The flatulence and rumbling of Rx. c. are well marked, and I have found it the best general remedy for the painless but annoying borborygmi frequently complained of by women. The left side is more markedly affected than the right. The circulation is much disturbed, violent palpitations of the heart and throbbing throughout the whole body being noted. Carleton Smith points out (H. P., x. 275) that in a case of cough cured by Cardoza with Rx. c. the characteristic was "cough only during the day, not at all at night." This gives Rx. c. a place beside Fer. and Manganum Metallicum Mang. Smith has cured with Rx. c. many cases of indigestion in which this symptom was present "Lump in throat, not amel. by hawking or swallowing.

it descends on deglutition, but immediately returns." Peculiar Sensations are Eyes pain as if from dryness. Tongue as if burned. Lump in throat.

it descends on deglutition, but immediately returns. Hard substance in pit of stomach. Bunch in throat or behind sternum. Pressure of a stick in rectum. As if urine could not long be retained. As if she could not get another breath. As if air did not penetrate chest. As if a feather swaying to and fro in bronchi. As if head would fly to pieces (with cough). As if he might raise blood any minute. As if cough did not reach low enough to raise phlegm. As if heart suddenly stopped. Sternum feels sprained. Raw feeling under clavicles. Hands cold when coughing. The symptoms are agg. by touch.

pressure. riding. agg. By cold.

amel. by warmth. agg. Change warm to cold or cold to warm.

changing rooms. agg. Lying down (pain in pit of stomach amel. lying perfectly quiet). agg. Lying on left side.

burning in left side. amel. Lying right side. agg. Talking. agg. Deep inspiration.

or irregularity of breathing. agg. Walking. agg. Evening and night.

and morning on waking, 3.30 and 11 p.m., 2 to 5 a.m. agg. When eating and after meals. amel. Discharge of offensive flatus.

Dry, spasmodic cough, like beginning of whooping-cough.

in paroxysms. preceded by tickling in throat-pit, with congestion and slight pains in head, and wrenching pains in r. chest.

began a few minutes after lying down at night (11 p.m.).

lasted 10 to 15 minutes, after which he slept all right.

a less severe paroxysm in bed on waking and throughout day this lasted two weeks, when he began to expectorate adhesive mucus in small quantities, detached with difficulty.

Copious diarrhoeic stool with colic pain just above hypogastrium, and a very disagreeable rumbling in bowels together with nausea and loss of appetite.

these sensations continued throughout the day with four or five evacuations which passed away in a stream as if a large quantity would be discharged.

nevertheless each discharge was suddenly arrested, and the inclination passed away entirely for a short time.

but on rising the urgency returned, and on returning to the closet a new stream poured forth as before.

Yellow Dock. Joslin. Polygonaceae.

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Rumex Acetosa Rumex, the yellow dock, is a neglected remedy, and one that has been only partially proved.

The mental symptoms have not been brought out, but the catarrhal symptoms have been well expressed by provers.

There is a state of sadness, low spirited; aversion to work; irritable mental excitability. This includes about all the mental state we know of Rumex Crispus, as the provings were made with the lower potencies and tincture.

The yellow dock has been used in domestic practice, as a blood medicine, to cure eruptions and boils. When used in this way it is a mild substance, and hence the provings are somewhat in this form.

The catarrhal tendency is very striking. The nose, eyes, chest and trachea, the whole respiratory tract, gives forth a copious flow, copious mucous discharge. I have seen it so copious from the nose that it seemed as one continuous flow.

so copious from the trachea and bronchial tubes that the patient continually hawked up, by the mouthful, thin frothy, white mucus, so that in a little while as much as half a pint of thin mucus, as thin as water, would be in the cuspidor. It also has marked dryness of the larynx and trachea with hard, dry, spasmodic cough.

At times it has taken the form of grippe, with a copious mucous discharge.

thin, watery, frothy expectoration by the mouthful. This is only the first stage. Following this the discharge becomes thick, yellow, tough or thick, white and tenacious.

so ropy and stringy and tough that in spite of blowing the nose and coughing he fails to get it up. Completely exhausted from his efforts to expectorate the tough, stringy, tenacious even gluey mucus. This catarrhal state is commonly accompanied by a morning diarrhea, and these constitute the leading features.

"Catarrhal headache with great irritation of the larynx and trachea, clavicular pain and soreness behind sternum."

Catarrhal headaches are headaches that come on during spells of dryness, alternating with a copious flux. Extreme rawness in the larynx and trachea; burning and smarting; unable to endure pressure on the throat pit.

Tickling in the throat pit causing cough Must sit without motion; cannot breathe deeply, hurriedly or irregularly because the burning is so much increased by any change in breathing.

If he steps into the open air a paroxysmal cough takes his breath away.

or if he passes from the open air into a warm room the same paroxysmal cough comes on. The paroxysm is so violent that in the morning, when he has a loose stool, he will pass it involuntarily with the cough. The urine also passes away with the cough. The headache returns when the discharges slack up.

A striking feature is pain under the clavicle; a sense of rawness under the clavicle; as if the parts inside were raw; as if the air came directly under the clavicle, producing rawness and burning. Rawness and burning from the inhalation of air.

"Nose obstructed; dry sensation even in posterior nares."

Many times the coryza starts out by a marked dryness in the posterior nares, so that he is constantly hawking; the irritation is so great that he cannot let it alone. There is a sensation of thickening in the nasopharynx, and he produces a peculiar noise in trying to get rid of it.

"Sudden sharp tingling sensation in Schneiderian membrane."

Rumex Crispus is intense. tingling, sometimes described as an itching extending from the end of the nose to the pharynx.

sometimes forces sneezing, blowing the nose and this peculiar noise, and sometimes a hawking to get the mucus when it isi a little lower in the pharynx.

hemming to get rid of it when in the larynx. The inflammation passes to the smallest bronchi, producing a capillary bronchitis and finally a pneumonia.

It suits acute and chronic catarrhal states. In old phthisical cases every time be takes a cold, he is so sensitive to cold air and change of air that he sleeps with the bed clothes over his mouth. Every breath of air causes a spasmodic cough.

The early expectoration is thin mucus, and then it becomes thicker and tenacious, and he cannot expectorate it.

he hears the rattle, after many efforts which exhaust him.

he expectorates a little with hardly any relief. This is a great remedy to do patch work with in phthisis. Soreness, rawness and burning, especially down the trachea and tinder the sternum.

"Violent sneezing, with fluent coryza, worse in the evening and at night."

Many symptoms are worse in the evening.

"Coryza, fluent, with sneezing, with headache, worse evening and night."

Some symptoms are worse in the early morning. Certain kinds of cough are worse at 11 P.M. Lachesis Lachesis and Rumex Acetosa Rumex furnish a puzzle in this cough and each has to be understood.

In Lachesis Lachesis young children cough in their early sleep, but if kept awake they will not cough. Therefore in Lachesis Lachesis the 11 P.M. cough is an aggravation from sleep. In Rumex Acetosa Rumex the cough will come on at 11 o'clock whether the child is asleep or not.

"Accumulation of mucus in posterior nares."

"Yellow mucous discharge through posterior nares."

"Epistaxis, violent sneezing and painful irritation of nostrils."

"Influenzinum Influenza with violent catarrh, followed by bronchitis."

"Scraping in the throat;" whenever this catarrhal state goes into the larynx and trachea, there is this continual scraping in the throat.

Hoarse; cannot speak because the vocal cords are covered with tough mucus. Chronic cases have often been cured.

Phosphorus Phosphorus has this hoarseness, but especially aphonia relieved by hemming up a little mucus from the vocal cords. The Causticum Causticum hoarseness is due to a weakness of the vocal cords. Phosphorus Phosphorus has an inflammatory state and the continual accumulation of mucus impedes speech. Rumex Acetosa Rumex has the accumulation of tough, gelatinous, gluey mucus, and he continually scrapes the larynx.

"Sensation of a lump in the throat, not relieved by hawking or swallowing, it descends on deglutition, but immediately returns"; this is also a strong feature in Lachesis Lachesis.

"Aching in the pharynx, with collection of tough mucus in the fauces."

"Catarrhal affections of throat and fauces."

Rumex Crispus shows the various stages of severe cold, but is especially indicated in constitutions that are constantly taking cold worse from change of the weather; always shivering about the fire want much clothing, want even the head covered up.

Many complaints are worse in the evening, from a bath, from becoming cold, from inhaling cold air. Rheumatic complaints are common and are aggravated by cold. Every cold seems to affect the joints. This is a marked feature of Calc Carb Calcarea Phosphorus phos .; every change to cold is felt in the joints.

from bathing and getting chilled afterwards.

"Tight, suffocative, heavy ache in epigastrium, through to back clothes seem too tight; weak feeling in epigastrium, all aggravated when talking; frequently takes a long breath."

"Shooting from pit of stomach to chest; sharp pain in left chest; slight nausea; dull aching in forehead."

"Aching and shooting in pit of stomach and above it on each side of sternum."

Various pains in the stomach; aching, shooting pains in the pit of the stomach.

"Aching pain in the pit of stomach gradually becoming very severe.

sharp stitching pains in stomach extending into chest, and below a sensation of pressure like a lump in pit of stomach, sometimes rising up under sternum, greatly aggravated from motion and somewhat from taking a long breath.

generally aggravated after eating, ameliorated by lying perfectly quiet.".

It is strange how the stomach symptoms are aggravated by talking.

The stomach feels sore, aggravated by talking, walking, inhaling cold air.

wants warm things. Very flatulent.

full of flatulent pains.

pains relieved (Carbo Veg Carbo veg.) by belching and passing flatus. Stomach and abdominal pains aggravated by talking, irregular, breathing.

must sit in a chair and breathe with perfect regularity. Irregular breathing will cause cough or suffocation.

In the morning hurried to stool like Sulphur Sulphur

"Stools, painless, offensive, profuse; brown or black, thin or watery; preceded by pain in abdomen; before stool sudden urging, driving him out of bed in morning."

"Morning diarrhea with cough from tickling in throat pit."

It is common for phthisical cases to have a morning diarrhoea, and many of them look like Sulphur Sulphur When the morning diarrhea is gushing, Rumex Acetosa Rumex will palliate; it will allay the extreme sensibility of the lungs, will ward off the sensitiveness to cold and will patch him up.

Rumex Acetosa Rumex is not so deep as Sulphur Sulphur, but it is an antipsoric. It is limited however, to the early stages; will carry a chronic case so, far, but it will require to be followed by another antipsoric. Calc Carb Calcarea follows it well.

Rumex Acetosa Rumex is as sensitive to cold, to baths and chilly surroundings as Rhus Tox Rhus, but it is aggravated by motion. Bryonia Bryonia may be confused with it in this aggravation from motion and from talking, but Bryonia Bryonia is not so sensitive to cold air, is often relieved from cold air and worse in a warm room.

the complaints subside if the room becomes cool. In Rumex Acetosa Rumex the nerves are sensitive to the open air.

a nervous sensitiveness to open air as marked as Nux Vomica Nux.

"Brown, watery diarrhoea, chiefly in morning, having stools from 5 to 9 A.M."

"Serious attack of diarrhea in an old man of seventy, after failure of Sulphur Sulphur".

The Sulphur Sulphur patient with a cough, especially in phthisis, commonly wants cool air, cooling things; though the stomach symptoms are sometimes ameliorated from hot drinks, yet he wants cool, refreshing air.

"Aphonia after exposure to cold."

"Tenacious mucus in throat or larynx, constant desire. to hawk."

"Tickling in throat pit causing cough."

He fights off the cough as long as he can because of the burning and rawness. In the most violent coryza there is a lack of the febrile symptoms of Bryonia Bryonia, Rhus Tox Rhus and Aconite Aconite. It has not the constitutional symptoms, the aching of the limbs, the general soreness, the high fever and thirst. The condition seems to have localized itself.

"Hoarse, barking cough, in attacks, every night at 11 P.M. and at 2 and 5 A.M. (children)."

"Cough, with pain behind midsternum."

"The most violent cough occurs a few moments after lying down and at night, in some cases, complete aphonia".

"In women, every fit of coughing produces the passage of a few drops of urine."

Rumex Acetosa Rumex is one of the most valuable palliatives in advanced phthisis it will often carry a case through another winter. With Rumex Acetosa Rumex, Pulsatilla Pulsatilla, Senega Senega, Arsenicum Album Arsenic and Nux Vomica Nux vomica you can patch up the last years of a phthisical patient.

I would caution you also about the diarrhea that occurs in most cases of phthisis.

You will see Acetic acid recommended for the diarrhoea in phthisis. You had better let such conditions alone, unless they are very marked. If the diarrhea is very exhausting use some simple medicine, like this one, to slack it up. But the phthisical patient is better off with a little diarrhea, a loose morning stool. It is the same with night sweats.

if he does not have them he will have something more violent.

The allopath stops the diarrhea and night sweats, and then has to feed Morphine to his patient because of the consequent sufferings. The more you undertake to relieve these outward conditions, these vents, the more harm you will do the patient, and if you go on you will have to abandon your Homoeopathy and give Morphine, which is really a crime.

You will remove the sore, bruised, aching all over the body of a consumptive by Arnica Arnica, and it will suit the cough and gagging and retching, and make him sleep.

Later Pyrogenium Pyrogen may be needed for the aching in the bones and distressing cough. You patch him up year after year.

sometimes Arsenicum Album Arsenic is the remedy, and it has to be more frequently repeated.

sometimes it is Lycopodium Lycopodium, Pulsatilla Pulsatilla, Pyrogenium Pyrogen or Arnica Arnica.

These medicines help him along and they have often to be changed, but finally the break down occurs, and these medicines are no longer suitable. An awful dyspnoea gradually creeps on the patient; there is craving for air; the breathing space is becoming diminished.

Dropsy comes on in the extremities. The heart gives out.

there is emaciation. the hippocratic countenance is seen.

there is cold sweat, blue face, sinking. Even now we can palliate with Tarentula Hispanica Tarantula Cubensis Sometimes it has to be repeated. It will relieve for days and give an euthanasia, not a stupefaction as produced by Morphia, benumbing his senses, but an actual comforting.

Violent incessant dry cough; worse on inhaling the least cold air; covers the mouth to keep the cold air out, with relief.

Brownish diarrhea, worse in morning.

Intense itching of the skin when undressing to go to bed.

There are three localities in which Rumex Crispus acts very markedly, viz. Respiratory organs, bowels and skin. "Violent, incessant cough, dry and fatiguing, with very little or no expectoration, aggravated by pressure, talking, and especially by inspiring cold air, and at night" (Dunham.) There is perhaps no remedy under which the sensibility of the mucous membranes of the larynx and trachea become more exalted than this one. The patient must cover up the head in bed in order to protect these membranes from contact with the air, which immediately excites cough. Several other remedies, like Phosphorus Phosphorus and Spongia Tosta Spongia, have cough aggravated by breathing cold air, but none so markedly as Rumex Acetosa Rumex. Going from warm room into cool air and vice versa. Bryonia Bryonia and Natrum Carbonicum Natrum carbonicum have the opposite. The tickling that excites the cough may locate in the throat-pit, supra-sternal fossa, or down behind the sternum to stomach, where is often added a sensation of soreness or rawness. (Causticum Caust.). Again we have found it efficacious in cough, with stitching pain through left lung just below left nipple. (Natrum Sulphuricum Natrum sulph.).

The diarrhoea of Rumex Acetosa Rumex is similar to that of Natrum Sulphuricum Natrum sulph., Sulphur Sulphur and Podophyllum Peltatum Podophyllum, in that it occurs in the morning, but it is a brown diarrhoea and is apt to be accompanied with, or an accompaniment of, the cough. On the skin it cures an eruption which is characterized by intense itching when undressing to go to bed. This eruption may be vesicular, like army or prairie itch, or may look like simple urticaria. Itching on undressing is also found under Natrum sulphuricum and Oleander Oleander, but with Natrum this itching is apt to be found in connection with jaundice or malarial symptoms. If we should get intense itching over the body, which was aggravated by warmth, especially warmth of the bed, we would think of Mercurius Solubilis Mercurius solubilis or protoiodide.


Third to sixth potency.


Mucous membranes Larynx Trachea





Left side; chest