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CAUSTICUM signs and symptoms from the Characteristic Materia Medica by William Burt of the homeopathic medicine CAUSTICUM


Through the vegetative nervous system, it especially acts upon the respiratory and urinary organs.

Through sympathy the motor spinal nerves are more or less affected.



Adapted to weak, scrofulous people, with yellow complexion, and especially to diseases of the respiratory organs and kidneys.

Head.-Cannot keep the upper eyelids.

up; they are nearly paralyzed, and will fall down over the eyes.

Sudden and frequent loss of sight, with a sensation of a film before the eyes.

Great melancholy; looks on dark side of everything; especially during menstruation.

Excessive sympathy for others.

Very yellow complexion.

Burning itching in the face, discharging an acrid fluid which forms crusts when drying.-RAUE.

Neuralgia, right side cheek-bone to mastoid process; worse at night.-RAUE.

Facial paralysis.

Digestive Organs.-Constant sensation, as if lime was being burned in the stomach, with flatulence; waterbrash.-RAUE.

Pressure and fulness in the abdomen as if it would burst; nourishment greatly increases the pain.

At times the pains seem to be seated in the stomach; at times in the chest; always relieved by lying down.-W.E. PAYNE, M.D.

Pains in the abdomen, causing her to bend double; greatly aggravated by the least nourishment, or tightening her clothes.- Obstinate constipation, with varices in the anus.’.

Very apt to have hemorrhoids, which are made intolerable by walking.

Painful pustules near the anus, discharging pus, blood and serum._RAUE.

Spasms of the rectum, preventing walking._G.

No remedy has aggravation of the anus symptoms so prominently.

Urinary Organs.-Involuntary urination when coughing, and at night.

Difficult, frequent, and painful urination.

Urine loaded with lithic acid and lithates, with great debility.

Generative Organs of Women.-Menses too early too abundant; after its cessation, a little blood is passed from time to time, for many days, which smells badly.

Menstrual flow only during the day.

Respiratory Organs.-Chronic morning hoarseness with dry cough, and much congestion of the fauces.

It is the best medicine I know of for catarrhal aphonia.

It is almost a specific for catarrhal aphonia.

Weakness of voice from over-exertion.

Phlegm in the throat that cannot be hawked up, which produces nausea.

Cough with involuntary emission of urine.

Morning hoarseness, with hoarse, dry cough.

Dry, hollow cough, with soreness in the chest, caused by tickling and mucus in the throat, with expectoration only at night, of acrid tasting mucus, which he cannot raise, but has to swallow it again.-JAHR.

Sour perspiration.

Said to be very useful in small-pox.

Glandular indurations.

Caries of bones.

Secondary and tertiary syphilis.

Chorea, where the vegetative system is impaired.

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William Burt

William H. Burt, MD

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