Materia Medica Pura - Samuel Hahnemann



(From vol. iv, 2nd edit., 1825.)

(The expressed juice of the root of Chelidonium majus, mixed with equal parts of alcohol.)

The ancients imagined that the yellow colour of the juice of the plant was an indication (signature) of its utility in bilious diseases. The moderns from this extended its employment to hepatic diseases, and though there were cases where the utility of this plant in maladies of that region of of the abdomen was obvious, yet the diseases of this organ differ so much among one another, both in their origin and in the attendant derangements of the rest of the organism; morever, the cases in which it is said to have done good have been so imperfectly described by physicians, that it is impossible from their data to tell beforehand the cases of disease in which it must certainly be of use; and yet this is indispensably necessary in the treatment of diseases of mankind which are of such serious importance. Hence, a recommendation of this sort (ab usu in morbis) is a but of general, undefined, and dubious character, especially since this plant was so seldom given simply and singly by physiciams, but almost always in combination with heterogeneous, powerful substances (dandelion, fumitory, water-cresses), and along with the simultaneous employment of the so-called bitters, which vary so much in their effects.

The importance of human health does not admit of any such uncertain directions for the employment of medicines. It would be criminal frivolity to rest contented with such guesswork at the beside of the sick. Only that which the drugs themselves unequivocally reveal of their peculiar powers in their effects on the healthy human body – that is to say, only their pure symptoms – can teach us loudly and clearly when they can be advantageously used with certainty; and this is when they are administered in morbid states very similar to those they are able to produce on the healthy body.

From the following symptoms of celandine, which it is to be hoped will be completed by other upright, accurate observers, a much more extensive prospect of the real curative powers of this plant is opened up than has hitherto been dreamt of. It is, however, only the physician who is conversant with the homoeopathic doctrine who will be able to make this advantageous employment of it. The routine practitioner may content himself with the uncertain indications for the employment of celandine to be found in his benighted materia medica.


The old-school authorities quoted are:

Horn’s Archiv, bd. xi.

WENDT, in Hufel. Journ, xvi.

The 1st Edit, gives 151 symptoms, this 2nd Edit, only 5 more.]


(His senses left him.)

Cloudiness (aft. 10 m.). [Gss.]

Contractive headache.

Dull headache, with beating synchronous with the pulse on the right temple, as if the vessels were too full of blood (aft. 2 h.). [Trn.]

5. Headache, aching pressing from within outwards, especially towards the forehead, which is very much aggravated by open air coughing, blowing the nose and stooping but is absent while eating, lasting all day. [Htn.]

A forcing in the cerebrum, as if it had not room on the skull, and would be forced through the ear, wherein is heard a noise like a distant water weir. [Wth.]

Disagreeable sensation in the left temple as if the blood stagnated there all at once, followed by a nobtuse shooting pain in the same place (aft. ½ h.). [Wth.]

Aching pain in the right temporal region, during which the right nostril was stopped up (aft. 6 h.). [Myr.]

Pressive tearing headache betwixt the eye-brows, which tended to press the eye-lids to, went off after eating and returned three quarters of an hour later (aft. ½ h.). [Bch.]

10. Tearing pain in the right side of the occiput, with long severe stitches towards the front (aft. 15.1/2 h.). [Htn.]

Violent tearing stitches in the left frontal eminence(aft. 3.1/2 h.). [Htn.]

Obtuse shooting extending across the whole forehead. [Lr.]

Sensation of transient drawing under the frontal bone (aft. ¼ h.). [Gss.]

Formications in the frontal eminences in intermittent, short intervals. [Gss.]

15. Shooting, aching headache in the vertex, by fits, especially on walking rapidly.

Slow, drawing, pressive-like stitch from the left side of the occiput towards the forehead (aft. ½ h.). [Htn.]

Pinching stitches in the right side of the occiput (aft. 1.1/2 h.). [Htn.]

Pinching stitches in the right side of the occiput (aft. 1.1/2 h.). [Htn.]

Pinching stitches on the left side of the occiput, as if externally, but neither increased nor diminished by pressing on it (aft. 7 h.). [Htn.]

(In the eyeballs a tickling itching.)

20. Stupefying pressure on the right orbit as if from without inwards. [Gss.]

Contraction of the pupils (immediately). [Bch.]

Contraction of the pupils immediately after taking the medicine, but afte an hour they dilated to their ordinary size. [Trn.]

Pressive pain over the left eye that seemed to press down upper lid (aft. ¾ h.). [Htn.]

Pressive on the right upper eyelid. [Hrr.]

25. A pimple on the left upper tarsal cartilage containing pus, with aching pain in it on touching it and on shutting the eyes. [Hrr.]

A dazzling spot appeared before the eye, and when he looked into it the eye watered.

Tension and drawing in the left zygoma, only when lying (aft. 9 h.). [Gss.]

Pale face. [Trn.]

Pain as from a contusion in the left ear lobe, and immediately afterwards burning in the right lobe as from a live coal (aft. 13 h.).[Myr.]

30. A long-lasting stitch in the right external ear that gradually disappears (aft. 3 h.). [Htn.]

When walking, ringing in the left ear (aft. 9 h.). [Lr.]

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