In large doses it causes irregularity of heart’s action, vomiting and collapse; in somewhat smaller doses it diminishes the rate of the pulse and promotes the flow of urine. In small doses it acts as a cardiac tonic and dissipates dropsical effusions of cardiac origin.
Clinical. In pelvic congestion, with sore aching in lower part of abdomen, especially after miscarriages or operations. Feeling as if uterus had descended and pressed upon rectum, causing cutting in rectum and anus; dull, aching soreness in lumbar region, great prostration, pain, ameliorated by lying on back.
Paroxysms of hot, suffocating sensation, with general perspiration. Dyspnoea on ascending a hill. Breath short when walking.
Clinical. Dyspnoea with pulmonary stasis and hydrothorax, relieved so that she could lie flat on her back; it also caused profuse micturition.
Sounds feeble, with anaemic murmur over jugular veins. Pain in praecordial region; in region of apex. Discomfort in region in afternoon. Uneasy feeling. Fluttering when exercising, then redness of face and sensation as if heart stopped beating and started up again suddenly, causing faint, sick feeling. Beating not as hard as normal.
Clinical. It benefits valvular disease of the heart, with scanty urine and dropsy; great dyspnoea; sometimes produces bloody urine. In several cases of heart diseases it relieved oedema, so that the patient could lie down. In a case of very feeble, irregular action of the heart, soft irregular pulse, doses of ten drops of 1st dec. dil. relieved the dyspnoea and palpitation. It relieved dyspnoea, on ascending stairs or walking, in a woman without organic disease. Heart irregular, urine suppressed, dropsy, dyspnoea, mitral disease; after Conval. the heart’s action was regular and the dropsy disappeared.