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


Through the cerebro-spinal system, it especially acts upon the sensory and excito-motor system. Through the spinal nerves it acts with a good deal of power upon the liver and muscles of the intestinal canal.

Dr. I.S.P. Lord says: Chamomilla disturbs all action generally and function specially; acts generally on the cells much like Phosphorus, but more especially on the secretory and excretory or vegetative system; elsewhere its action is reflex.

(This is a true cerebro-spinal remedy, and its action upon the ganglionic nerves is through sympathy, or reflex, Dr. Lord to the contrary notwithstanding.) It causes direct action, hence the restlessness and partial sweat and heat, which is not persistent but partial.

Seems to have a special action on the 5th nerve, as shown by the sick, sore pain of the eyeball.



Becomes almost furious about the pains; worse in the open air and at night.

Often gives vent to her ill humor, in spite of all restraint.

Very impatient, can hardly answer one civilly.

Contrary to her condition in health, she is always out of humor, particularly at her menstrual periods, when she is headstrong even unto quarrelling. Can hardly speak a pleasant word.

Child is excessively fretful; must be carried up and down the room all the time, is only quiet then.

Child wants different things, and repels them when getting them.-.

Child starts and jumps much during sleep.

One cheek red and the other pale.

Inflammation brought on by a fit of passion.

Excessive sensitiveness to pain.

Neither lying down, nor sleeping, nor sweating, lessens the pain; but it is relieved after sweat, or on rising.-.

Over-sensitive to open air; aversion to wind, particularly about the ears .-.

Warm sweat on the head, wetting the hair.

Sour-smelling sweat during sleep, mostly on the head.-.

Digestive Organs.–Tongue coated yellow.

Bitter taste with bilious vomiting.

The epigastrium is painfully bloated in the morning, with sensation as if the contents were pressing into the chest.–RAUE.

Severe colic; abdomen distended like a drum; wind passes off only in a small quantities.

Colic, with green diarrhoea and restlessness.

Abdominal pains, with frequent emission of large quantities of pale urine.

Diarrhoea green and watery and slimy, or like chopped eggs and spinach.–


Green, watery, corroding stools, with colic, thirst, bitter taste, or bitter eructations.

Stools smell like rotten eggs.

Hot, diarrhoeic stools, smelling like rotten eggs.

Painless, green, watery diarrhoea; mixture of feces and mucus.–RAUE.

Nightly diarrhoea, with severe colic, causing the child to bend double.

Generative Organs of Women.–Frequent discharge of coagulated blood, with tearing pains and frequent desire to urinate.

Violent labor-like pains in the uterus.

Frequent pressing towards the uterus, like labor-pains, with frequent desire to urinate; passes large quantities of pale urine.

Her pains are spasmodic and distressing; can hardly bear them; wants to get away from them; is very impatient.

Burning in the vagina, as if excoriated, with yellow, smarting leucorrhoea.

Chest.–Dry, hacking cough; one cheek red and the other pale.

Tickling in the pit of the throat; causes a scraping, dry cough; worse at night, even in sleep, especially with children taking cold in winter.-.

Puts his feet out of bed; soles burn.-.

Violent rheumatic pains drive him out of bed at night, and compel him to walk about.—FREEDLY.

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William Burt

William H. Burt, MD

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