SPHERE OF ACTION
Acts upon that portion of the cerebro-spinal nervous system that presides over the functions of the liver and chylopoetic organs . The solid constituents of the bile are increased, and the fluid portion diminished. The hepatic cells do not perform their function, that of eliminating the excrementitious substances of the blood; consequently we have Jaundice, with all the various symptoms that accompany it, with congestion, either acute or chronic; and if pressed far enough, it will produce inflammation of the liver, with enlargement and other lesions of that organ; affects the whole intestinal canal and the urinary organs.
The functions of the solar plexus are so influenced as to produce regular periodical fever; type, quotidian or tertian; better in quotidians.
Sporadic and endemic, (not epidemic) intermittents, in the spring, summer, or winter.
During apyrexia the patient is far from being well; has headache, bitter taste in the mouth;
tongue coated white or yellow; loss of appetite, and more or less pains in the abdominal viscera, especially the liver.
Head feels light and hollow, with deep frontal headache and faintness.
Chill alternates with the fever, several times a day.
Not much thirst.
Intermissions very short; almost continued fever.
More or less organic lesions of the liver and abdominal viscera, with yellow and sallow, jaundiced condition of the skin.
Chill, light and short; fever long, and followed by slight perspiration.
Great languor, with severe aching pains in the large joints, and bones of the back and legs.
Great aching distress in all the large joints.
Periodical headache, and facial neuralgia.
Sick headache, from organic lesions of the liver.
Hectic chills and fever in consumption.
Digestive Organs.–Perfect loss of appetite, pale and anaemic.
Lienteria; stools undigested.
Loose papescent stools without pain.
Stools of pure mucus, or mucus, blood and bile, with great faintness and distress in the solar plexus, after stool from portal congestion.
Intermittent diarrhoea, or dysentery.
Nausea, and sometimes vomiting.
Urine thick and high-colored, or red and scanty.
The effects of the Polyporus Pinicola are so similar, that it is useless to write it up separately.