Absinthium

Last modified on January 25th, 2019

Absinthium signs and symptoms of the homeopathy medicine from the Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica by J.H. Clarke. Find out for which conditions and symptoms Absinthium is used

      Artemisia absinthium, Linn. Common Wormwood. (Europe.) Not to be confounded with Artemisia vulgaris, which is also called Wormwood. *N. O. Compositae. Tincture of fresh young leaves and flowers.

Clinical

Brain, congestion of. Chlorosis. Dyspepsia. Epilepsy. Nervousness. Otorrhoea. Restlessness. Sleeplessness. Spine, congestion of. Typhoid.

Characteristics

*Absinthium has been proved, but a number of the symptoms are taken from observations made on absinthe drinkers. The convulsions of *Absinth. are preceded by trembling, the patient makes grimaces, bites tongue, foams. Halbert regards *Absinth. as of especial service in cases of minor epilepsy, where consciousness is not entirely lost. The characteristics is “a peculiar vertigo on rising, with a tendency to fall backward.” In a case of epileptoid vertigo, signs of constant cerebral and spinal congestion, nausea and tendency to frequent vomiting, persistent tremors, epileptoid attacks of hysterical character and opisthotonos, *Absinth. first in O, and later in 3, completely cured. Tremor is a marked feature of the remedy: tremor of tongue, of heart. Magnan, who has studied absinthism, says the characteristic symptoms of absinthe are: Sudden and severe giddiness, epileptiform seizures, delirium with hallucinations, and loss of consciousness. For some time after the attack there is loss of memory. The giddiness and epileptiform attacks are the most important of the symptoms. He adds that those who take absinthe are liable to hysterical manifestations. There is exhilaration followed by horrible delirium (*Belladonna), patient obliged to walk about (*Artem., *Chamomilla, *Cin. have better moving about). Patient walks about in distress, seeing all sorts of demons. Sleeplessness, typhoid with congestion of base of brain.It corresponds to nervousness, excitement, and sleeplessness in children.

Relations.

*Compare: Art-v., Abrotanum, Cicuta, Hyoscyamus, Belladonna, Stramonium Strong urine, Benz-ac., nitricum acidum

Mind

After recovery has no recollection of taking the poison, nor of the cause of his doing so. Forgets what has recently happened. Insane, idiotic, brutal. Idiotic manner, doesn’t care whether she dies or not. Wants nothing to do with anybody. Frightful visions and terrifying hallucinations. Stupor alternating with dangerous violence. Insensible with the convulsions.

Head

Vertigo, when she rises up, tendency to fall backward. Confusion in head. Headache. Wants to lie with the head low. Congestion of the brain and spinal cord.

Eyes

Injected conjunctiva. Pain in the eyes. Itching. Lids heavy.

Ears

Otorrhoea, especially after hemicrania.

Face

Foolish look. Rush of blood to the face. Makes grimaces, and foams at the mouth in epilepsy.

Mouth

Jaws firmly fixed. Bites his tongue in epilepsy. Tongue thick, protruding, can scarcely talk. Tongue trembling, feels paralysed.

Throat

Scalded feeling in the throat.

Stomach

Loss of appetite, loathing of food. Food lies heavy. Stomach feels cold and oppressed. Eructations; nausea; vomiting. Nausea, apparently in region of gall bladder. Uncomfortable, irritated feeling of stomach.

Abdomen

Liver feels swollen. Pain in spleen, it feels swollen. Bloated around waist and in abdomen; as after ague. Immense accumulation of flatulence in abdomen, wind colic.

Urinary organs

Constant desire to urinate. Urine deep orange, of a strong smell, like horse’s urine.

Female Sexual Organs

Pains in uterus. Darting pain in right ovary. Chlorosis. Promotes menses.

 

Respiratory organs

Cough with liver complaint.

Heart

Tremor of the heart felt toward the back. Heart thumps, can be heard in scapular region.

Generalities

Feet very cold. Falling down, as in epilepsy, unconscious, with distortion of the features, followed by spasms of the body and limbs, bloody foam at mouth, and biting of the tongue, stupidity and loss of memory afterward. Opisthotonos, grinding teeth, followed by stupor. Paralysis of inner organs. (Horses kick with hind legs towards the belly. Ascarides.).

About the author

John Henry Clarke

John Henry Clarke

John Henry Clarke MD (1853 – November 24, 1931 was a prominent English classical homeopath. Dr. Clarke was a busy practitioner. As a physician he not only had his own clinic in Piccadilly, London, but he also was a consultant at the London Homeopathic Hospital and researched into new remedies — nosodes. For many years, he was the editor of The Homeopathic World. He wrote many books, his best known were Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica and Repertory of Materia Medica

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