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Viscum Album - General symptoms - Clarke

Mistletoe, Viscum albam, Visc.

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HPUS indication of Viscum Album: Tearing pain

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



Viscum album. Mistletoe. N. O. Loranthaceae. Tincture of ripe berries. Tincture of bruised leaves. Tincture of whole plant.

they recurred frequently for two years.

Belcher gave to a girl, 17, suffering from chorea, 5-drop doses of a tincture of leaves and berries.

On the second day he was called to see her, and found her suffering as if under the influence of an opiate.

Two women took Visc. to procure abortion.

Every muscle save those of the eyes became paralysed, as did also the intestinal tract.

They could not swallow, and died of starvation in consequence, the bowels being obstinately constipated.

The muscles of speech were also paralysed.

A boy, 14, ate some berries; soon after began to feel giddy, and then became insensible.

He was found with suffused countenance, lips livid, conjunctiva injected, pupils slightly dilated and fixed, pulse slow and full, bounding; breathing slow, stertorous.

On pricking the soles the feet were quickly drawn up.

Cold affusions roused him, when he began to talk incoherently, had spectral illusions, and was inclined to be violent.

Laville (Epilepsy and Mania in Men and the Lower Animals) isolated ($51$) Viscine, a soft substance, yellowish blue, of poisonous odour and bitter taste; (2) Visco-resin, a bluish resin, pitchy, saccharine, odour at first agreeable, then fetid.

Viscine is most abundant in the mistletoe of the apple-tree; Visco-resin in that of the oak and acacia, which last excites the sexual appetite.

The mistletoe of the Crataegus Oxyacantha hawthorn possesses, like all the rest, but in a higher degree, the contractile properties of Secale Cornutum Secale on the uterus in uterine inertia.

That of the oak has a remarkable anti-epileptic power on horses.

A breeder had a very fine stock which became epileptic at four or five years old.

He cured them with a tincture of the fresh leaves bruised in a mortar.

According to Laville, all mistletoes are useful in epilepsy and rabies (Ozanam's account of Laville's work, B. J. H., xxv.).

Black also quotes from B. J. H., xxii. 637, William Huber's experience with Visc. a. ($51$) Case of retained placenta with constitutional symptoms after miscarriage at sixth month.

Expulsion rapidly effected by Visc. a. 3. (2) Man, 22, robust, fair, took a chill from travelling in ice-cold wind.

Got a drawing-tearing pain in left lower jaw, lasting some hours, succeeded by loud buzzing, and stopped-up feeling, ending in complete deafness of that ear.

Visc. 3 cured. (3) Metrorrhagia following suppression from a cold foot-bath.

Visc. 3 cured. (4) Metrorrhagia following suppression from working in water. (5) Sciatica left side.

Visc. 3 cured. (6) Rheumatism from wading ill-shod through great tracts of snow.

Visc. 3 cured. (7) Hydrothorax (right) from chill, with shooting in spleen.

Visc. 4 and 3 cured. John Wilde (M. H. R., xii. 144) made a tincture of the bruised leaves, and gave 5-drop doses to a boy, 14, who had chorea affecting face and limbs.

There was improvement in two days, and in a few weeks a complete cure.

A boy, nine, strumous, with tendency to skin disease, was affected with chorea after a fright.

He was completely changed in expression, speech quite inarticulate, look idiotic.

The movements continued at night, and the boy was worn out for want of sleep.

Visc. AE , 1 to 2-drop doses, did no good.

The dose was then increased to 15 drops.

Improvement set in at once, and a perfect cure was effected; the doses being diminished after a time because soreness of the tongue and redness of the conjunctiva were set up.

Black removed with Visc. 3 the following ($51$) Lumbago, from chill, tearing pain, wants something to press against it. (2) Lumbago, right, extending to right buttock, agg. by slightest movement. (3) Pain in sacral region, unable to turn either side, agg. slightest movement.

"pain of a terrible clutching nature, as if her vitals were affected." (4) Rheumatism;" the weight of my body on the joint causes it to be very sore".

excessive perspiration. (5) Sciatica associated with otorrhoea.

Burning pain from centre of left buttock to inner ankle; heel as if red-hot coal applied; leg feels heavy as lead.

In addition a number of cases of catarrhal deafness with noises in the ears were cured or greatly improved.

C. M. Boger (Med. Couns., xvi. 266) relates this case Persistent vertigo after epileptic seizures, lasting a month at a time.

Visc. cm cured. Huber (H. R., ii. 74) used the 3x and 6x.

He considered it applicable to all kinds of rheumatism, acute and chronic, especially when characterised by tearing pains; in cases occurring in winter, the result of exposure to sharp winds; and in cases of rheumatic deafness.

The symptoms are agg. By movement; by slightest movement.

The lumbago cured in one case was amel. by pressure.


Aura epileptica. Chorea. Deafness. Dysphagia. Endometritis. Epilepsy. Labour, slow. Levitation. Lumbago. Menorrhagia. Metrorrhagia. Orchitis. Otalgia. Otorrhoea. Ovaritis. Retained placenta. Sciatica. Spleen, pain in. Struma. Throat, sore. Whooping-cough.


In a pamphlet on "Viscum Album" Dr. George Black, of Torquay, has put together most of the facts relating to this plant, including four new provings, by himself and three female provers. The symptoms of these provings I have marked in the Schema

(B) Dr. Black, 43, from 3x and Ø; (B1) Miss F., 20, from 2x and Ø; (B2) Mrs. X., 37 from 3; (B3) Miss S., 27, from 3x, 2x, 1x, and Ø. Proell made a proving of the tincture, and developed symptoms resembling epileptic aura and petit mal, which had the additional epileptic feature of recurrence