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Veratrum Viride - General symptoms

White American Hellebore, Ver v, Verat-v.

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HPUS indication of Veratrum Viride: Fever

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

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Constant, dull, frontal headache, with neuralgic pains in the right temple, close to the eye, at 10 A.M.

dull pains over the eye, with quite severe drawing pains in the umbilical region, at 11 A.M.

slight frontal headache, with pricking pains in the region of the heart, at 12 M.

drawing pains in forehead at 2 P.M.

dull, frontal headache, with pricking pains in the praecordial region, at 3 P.M.

slight, frontal headache at 5 P.M., slight, dull frontal headache at 7 P.M. (first day). Slight, dull frontal headache, with a contractive feeling of the skin of the forehead, at 930 A.M.

dull frontal headache, with neuralgic pains in the temples, at 11 A.M.

very severe frontal headache, with dull aching pains in the umbilical region, at 2 P.M.

constant, dull headache at 4 P.M.

dull frontal headache, with neuralgic pains in the right temple at 9 P.M. (second day). Dull frontal headache at 2 P.M.

severe frontal headache, with violent vomiting and hiccough, 2.20 P.M. (third day). Dull frontal headache at 12 M.

very severe frontal headache at 1 P.M.

dull frontal headache at 2 P.M. (fourth day),.

In the throat and fauces a sense of dryness and heat, which finally reached the stomach.

in the course of an hour this dryness and burning sensation in the throat and stomach became intense, and a disposition to hiccough was excited, which commenced, gradually increasing in frequency until it reached fifteen or twenty times in the minute.

this was attended with some sickness and retching until vomiting took place.

this was violent, and seemed to come on about every ten or fifteen minutes for the space of an hour,.

Ever since swallowing the dose there has been a persistent, peculiar numbness in the fauces (after twenty minutes).

after second dose the numbness of fauces was for awhile very marked.

not so much so now (after thirty-five minutes).

numbness still persistent (after one hour and a third).

numbness of throat not noticeable (after three hours),.

Dull aching pains in the umbilical region, at 2 P.M. (second day).

constant and severe cutting, aching pains in the umbilical region, with rumbling in the bowels, with a soft, at 10 A.M.

dull aching pains in the umbilical region, with rumbling, at 4 P.M.

with sharp, neuralgic pains in the left groin, at 5 P.M.

constant dull pain in the umbilicus, at 8 P.M. (third day).

dull aching pains in the umbilicus.

by spells they are very sharp and shooting, at 8 A.M. and 12 M.

with distress in the umbilical region, at 1 P.M., and with desire for stool, mushy stool, followed by an aching sensation in the rectum, at 10 P.M. (fourth day),.

At 1 P.M., while riding, was attacked with sudden and fearful tenesmus, which doubled me up in spite of all I could do.

an offensive, watery stool came with a gush and great force, it came all at once, and that was the end of it.

after the stool there was pain in the bowels, with ineffectual desire for stool.

pains in the abdomen continued all the afternoon (fourth day),.

Soft papescent stool in the morning, another with pains in the umbilical region and rumbling in the bowels, at 10 A.M. (second day).

mushy stool without pain (third day).

natural stool, followed by aching in the rectum, at 12 M.

mushy stool, with dull pain in the umbilicus, followed by an aching sensation in the rectum, at 10 P.M. (fourth day),.

Evacuation of bowels regular, but soft and string, had to use some force to start stool from sphincter, it seemed to stick, but after passing it was doughy and stringy (first day).

two soft stools after 5 P.M., which was doughy and stringy, with tenesmus, which was relieved by stool (fourth day).

alternating soft and hard stool every two hours.

the soft stool was doughy, stringy, and large.

the hard stool was of medium size, and followed by pain (fifth day),.

After one hour a slight sense of uneasiness at the stomach, but not amounting to nausea.

this continued with very little inconvenience for half an hour, when vomiting commenced. The contents of the stomach were thrown off without nausea, but with a sense of rising in the oesophagus, which perhaps might be compared to the rumination of animals. Judging from my sensations at the time, should suppose the muscular fibres of the stomach contracted gradually and steadily upon its contents until they were expelled, the diaphragm and abdominal muscles remaining entirely inactive,.

Paroxysms of auricular fibrillation. Induces fall of both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Congestions, especially to lungs, base of brain, with nausea and vomiting. Twitchings and convulsions. Especially adapted to full-blooded, plethoric persons. Great prostration. Rheumatism of heart. Bloated, livid face. Furious delirium. Effects of sunstroke. Esophagitis ( Farrington.) Veratrum Album Verat. VIR, will raise the opsonic index against the Diploccus pneumonia, 70 to 109 per cent. Congestive stage and early manifestations of hepatization in pneumonia. Zigzag temperature. Clinically, it is known that such diseases as Tiegel’s contracture, Thompson’s Disease, athetosis and pseudo-hypertrophic muscular paralysis present a symptomatology quite like that produced by Veratrum VIR upon muscular tissue ( A. E. Hinsdale, M.d.)

SUDDEN VIOLENT CONGESTION; cerebellar or thoracic; with nausea and vomiting, weakness, staggering, etc

Markedly uneasy

Trembling here and there during sleep, as if on the verge of convulsions

Muscle prostration General pulsation

Erratic motions

Spasms; with twitchings, shrieks or opisthotonos; before or after menses; as a prodrome



Burnings; in places; tongue, pharynx, gullet; of skin, which is cold; with prickling

Lies with head low


Mania; puerperal

Delirium, with wild staring eyes and restless hands


Head, thrown back; nodding or rolling motions; throbs on raising up; aches on vertex and between eyes

Pains up occiput, with dim vision and dilated pupils

Vision, of red spots; purple, on closing eyes

Deafness, worse quick motion



Heat stroke

Tension across malar bones

Chewing motions

Red or dry streak down center of tongue

Foul breath

Nausea, with vomiting and purging

Vomiting; violent, without nausea



Stomach seems to press against spine


Abdomen aches; cutting at navel

Slow, heavy breathing; as of a weight on chest


Violent cough from very start


Dull, burning ache at heart

Aching neck and shoulders

Vesicles on hands

Cramps in feet, dorsae, soles, etc

Dreams of water

Full, large, soft pulse or slow, with strong or violent heart beat

Hyperpyrexia or rapidly oscillating temperature; with sweat


Burning in chest

Clothes feel damp

Cold, clammy sweat Cerebro-spinal fever

Veratrum Album Veratrum viride. American Veratrum Album White Hellebore. Indian Poke. N. O. Melanthaceae (of the Liliaceae). Tincture of fresh root gathered in autumn.

Amaurosis. Amenorrhoea. Apoplexy. Asthma. Bunions. Caecum, inflammation of. Chilblains. Chorea. Congestion. Convulsions. Diplopia. Diaphragmitis. Dysmenorrhoea. Erysipelas. Headache, nervous.

Veratrum Album Verat. v. is the American Veratrum Album White Hellebore. Growing side by side, Veratrum Album Verat. a. and Veratrum Album Verat. v. are scarcely distinguishable when not in flower. Millspaugh, however, says that though much like Ver. alb. in its minor points, Ver. v. is strikingly different in general appearance, having a much more pointed leaf, panicles looser and more compound.

the racemes of Ver. a. being more compact and as a whole cylindrical, those of Ver. v. scattered, compound, and scraggy. Ver. a. flourishes in mountain meadows, Ver. v. grows in swamps, and wet meadows, and along mountain creeks from Canada to the Carolinas. Cooper has pointed out (H. W., xxxvi. 153) a confusion which exists through the Veratrums being also called Hellebores. Ver. v. is "American Veratrum Album White Hellebore" and not "Green Hellebore" (which is Helleborus viridis). Through this confusion an accidental proving of the latter (G. C. Edwards, No. 11. in Allen) has been included in the pathogenesis of Ver. v. The plants belong to different orders, though it must be admitted there is a close resemblance in their effects. The root of Ver. v. contains Veratrin, and the other alkaloids found in the root of Ver. a., but in different proportions. Hale was chiefly instrumental in introducing Ver. v. to homoeopathy, using it in fevers and particularly in pneumonia. Burt made a heroic proving of the liquid extract.

and his infant daughter (twenty-one months) very nearly died from taking a few drops of the tincture from a phial. In two minutes she began vomiting. Coffee and Camphora Camphor were given as antidotes. In five minutes her jaws were rigid.

pupils widely dilated.

face blue. hands and feet cold.

no pulse at wrist. Abdomen and back were rubbed with Camphora Camphor, when she went into spasms with violent shrieks. These spasms were frequently repeated, a hot bath being most effective in relaxing the muscles. Vomiting ropy mucus kept up for three hours. Pulseless.

hands and feet shrivelled. After three and a half hours she slept quietly and soundly and next morning was well but a little weak. Burt recalls his own symptom, "constant aching pains in back of neck and shoulders," and concludes that Ver. v. acts on the cervical portion of the spinal cord and base of brain. He also regards it as acting on the vagus, and paralysing the circulatory apparatus. The great keynote of Ver. v. is congestion, and it is in resolving congestive states that its chief successes have been scored. The correspondence is rough and the lower potencies have been mostly used. D. McLellan told me of a case of his. He was sent for in the middle of the night to see an old lady whom he found sitting up in bed gasping for breath, and blue. Rapid congestion of the lungs had occurred. The attack had come on suddenly. Ver. v. quickly rescued the patient from a condition of imminent peril. The concomitance of congestive symptoms, and also of nausea and vomiting, form one of the leading indications of Ver. v. in a great variety of cases. Sensations of fulness ("Head feels full and heavy;" "rush of blood to the head;" "face flushed;" "buzzing in the ears;" "chest constricted;" or "oppressed as from a heavy load;") point to the congestive tendency. The localities most congested by Ver. v. are Base of brain.

chest. spine. stomach. Slowing of the heart's action is a leading effect of the provings (from its action on the heart muscle and cardiac ganglia).

Digitalis Purpurea Dig. on the pneumogastric).

and Ver. v. has been used to "knock down" fever in the same way as Aconite Acon. Nash points out that there is some risk in this. When Ver. v. was first introduced he used it largely and successfully in a number of cases.

but in one case which appeared to be going on favourably, the patient died suddenly. This he attributes to the Ver. v. In chorea Ver. v. has had many successes "twitchings during sleep" was a characteristic of some cases. "Constant jerking or nodding of the head," "jerking and trembling, threatened with convulsions," are other leading symptoms. In puerperal convulsions Ver. v. has only succeeded when nauseating doses have been given. In muscular and articular rheumatism it has been used locally as well as internally.

and in chorea an application to the spine of the tincture, diluted with spirit, has proved a serviceable adjunct. Among other indications for Ver. v. are "Violent pains attending inflammation." "Head full, throbbing of arteries, sensitive to sound double or partial vision." Suddenness Sudden fainting.

prostration nausea. A keynote symptom is Red streak down the centre of the tongue. Ver. v. has a pronounced action on the oesophagus.

it causes a sort of ruminating action or reversed peristalsis. Numbness is prominent among the effects of Ver. v. With the 30th I cured a man, 56, of these symptoms Dim sight as if scales over it.

numbness. pain in head as if a tight band were round it.

rush of blood to head.

sleeplessness. Peculiar Sensations are Confused feeling in head as if head would burst. As if boiling water poured over parts. Tongue as if scalded. As if a ball rising into oesophagus. As if stomach tightly drawn against spine. As of a load on chest. As if ankles distorted. As of galvanic shocks in limbs. As if damp clothing on arms and legs. Ver. v. is Suited to full-blooded, plethoric persons. Dreaming about water is a characteristic which I have confirmed. The symptoms are amel. By rubbing. amel. By pressure (pain in head). Motion agg. Sudden motion = faintness and blindness. Rising agg. Walking agg.

= blindness. Lying agg. (headache, breathing, &c.).

amel. faintness and blindness. Closing eyes and resting head amel. vertigo. agg. Going from warm to cold. agg. After exposure. The least food vomiting. agg. Morning on waking.

also evening.

Green Hellebore. Burt. Melanthaceae.


A narrow, well developed red streak right through the middle of the tongue.

Intense fever, with twitching and tendency to spasms.

Veratrum Album Veratrum viride is another remedy which at one time had a great reputation in the first or congestive stage of inflammatory diseases, and especially in those organs coming under the control of the pneumogastric nerve, viz., pharynx, oesophagus, stomach and heart. For a time the journals fairly bristled with reported cures of pneumonia, and its curative power was attributed to the influence of the remedy to control the action of heart and pulse. It was claimed that if we could control the quickened circulation so as to decrease the amount of blood forced into the congested lung, that you thereby gave the lung a chance to free itself of the existing engorgement.

It looked plausible, and certainly in many cases remarkable cures were effected, and that in a short time. I was a young physician and thought I had found a prize in Veratrum Viride. But one day I left a patient, relieved by Veratrum Viride of an acute and violent attack of pneumonia, to go to a town five miles distant, and when I returned found my patient dead. Then I watched others treated with Veratrum Viride, and found every little while a patient with pneumonia dropping out suddenly when they were reported better.

Now we don't hear so much of Veratrum Album Veratrum vir. as the greatest remedy for the first stage of this disease. What was the matter? 1st. It was (like other fads) used too indiscriminately. 2d. It is not desirable (it is wrong) to control or depress the pulse, regardless of all the other conditions. 3d. The patients, who had weak hearts, were killed by this powerful heart depressant. A quickened circulation is salutary, in all inflammatory diseases, and is evidence that the Natural power to resist disease is there, and at work. The pulse will come to its normality when the cause of its disturbance is removed and never should be forced to do so until then. Here is a common fault of the old school notwithstanding their cry of "Tolle causam." So I find fault with Guernsey's keynote, "Great activity of the arterial system; very quick pulse." Next to Digitalis Purpurea Digitalis, Veratrum Album Veratrum viride slows the pulse, as is abundantly shown in the provings. If quick pulse is ever a result of Veratrum Viride, it is a secondary or reactionary effect, like the sleeplessness of Opium or constipation of cathartics. So it seems to me that as an antiphlogistic (forgive me) it must go into the shade with the once vaunted Digitalis Purpurea Digitalis.

Then what is Veratrum Album Veratrum viride good for? Well, I do not think that its sphere is yet fully defined, or can be without further provings and verification. The provings are already carried far enough to show that it must be a very powerful and useful remedy. That it inflames the oesophagus or stomach is well known, as is the fact that it congests the brain and lungs, but what are the characteristic symptoms that will enable us to prescribe Veratrum Viride in preference to the other remedies that do the same thing is not so well known. One peculiar symptom I believe to be characteristic, and which I have verified in a very severe case of erysipelas, which was accompanied by great delirium, is "a narrow, well-defined red streak right through the middle of the tongue." Again I believe Veratrum Album Veratrum viride to be one of our best remedies for spasms, twitchings and convulsions, but do not know of any very reliable symptoms guiding us to its selection in the individual case. I once cured a man of a very severe and persistent attack of vomiting, which was aggravated on rising, with Veratrum Viride. He had suffered from several similar attacks before, but never any after this one, now several years ago.


Fifth to sixth potency.


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