Equisetum

Last modified on January 23rd, 2019

Equisetum 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 Equisetum is used

      Equisetum hyemale. Scouring Rush. A rush growing in damp soil in Europe and America. *N. O. Equisetaceae. Tincture of fresh plant chopped and pounded to a pulp.

Clinical

Cystitis. Dropsy. Enuresis. General paralysis. Gleet. Gonorrhoea. Gravel. Hematuria. Urine, retention of.

Characteristics

The chief effects of *Equisetum are found in the urinary organs. Pain in the kidneys (especially right), in the bladder and urinary passages. Constant desire to urinate, and passes large quantities of clear, light-colored urine without relief. Pain in bladder as from distension. Retention and dysuria, especially in women during pregnancy and after confinement. Enuresis. Wets bed at night, when he dreams he always sees a crowd of people. *Equis. has: Severe dull pain which does not lessen after urination, irritation of the bladder, especially in women. *Linaria has enuresis, with frequent painful urging to urinate, causing the patient to rise at night (Farrington). It relieved loss of control over bladder and rectum in a case of general paralysis. Carcinoma uteri is said to have been cured by it. Pain in sacroiliac joints. worse From pressure or contact, moving, sitting. Eating better pain in temples, lying on back better pain in back: continued motion better pains in back and knees.

Relations

*Compare: Apis, Cannabis, Cantharis, Ferr-p., Pulsatilla, Cantharis comes closest, there is less bleeding, tenesmus, scalding, and fibrinous flakes than with Cantharis, but more mucus.

SYMPTOMS.

Mind

Very irritable and easily fatigued.

Head

Severe headache with intense pain in upper part of eyes or roof of orbit. Headache with heat of face without redness. Constrictive feeling across forehead. Sticking, darting pains changing locality. Constriction of whole scalp, as if drawn tightly over whole skull, continual desire to wrinkle up forehead. Skin over frontal bone very tight, with feeling of skin continuing to contract.

Eyes

Severe pain in roof of right orbit. Sharp pain in outer angle of right eye.

Ears

Dull, transient pain and stiff feeling behind left mastoid. Confused feeling in ears. Confusion of sounds, confused noises, fearful rumbling.

Face

Face flushed, feeling of heat. As if blood pressed into face. Heat and burning without redness.

Throat

Sharp sticking in throat.

Stomach

Excessive hunger, appetite greatly increased throughout the proving.

Abdomen

Distended feeling. Dull, heavy pains in either side of lower abdomen and bladder, with frequent desire to urinate, the desire to urinate, which is constant, is not better by urinating. Slight pain in bowels with desire for stool, not urgent, early in morning, three stools during the morning, quite thin, during the whole day frequent inclination for stool with slight pain in bowels, no diarrhoea. Severe pain in lower abdomen with passage of fetid flatus. Sharp pain in hypogastrium with sticking-like pains in anus (11 a.m.). Sharp pains on either side of hypogastrium, extending to middle line.

Stool and Anus

Smarting in anus during and after stool. Stool with great flatulence. Stool with aching in anus and feeling as if rectum would protrude, followed by smarting in anus and a feeling as if some faeces still remained.

Urinary Organs

Slight pain in right kidney, then in left, extending down left side of sacrum. Dull pain in right kidney, with urgent desire to urinate, had urinated only a few minutes before and now passed four ounces of clear light-colored urine. Pain in bladder as from distension. Severe dull pain in bladder not better by urinating, continued some days after taking the drug, and caused him to fear inflammation of the bladder. Tenderness in region of bladder, and right side of lower abdomen, extending upward from groin, same but less marked left side. Pain and tenderness in bladder region with soreness of testicles, extending up spermatic cords. Excessive burning in urethra while urinating. Sharp, cutting pain in urethra. Pricking in urethra a short distance back from meatus. Biting itching in meatus worse scratching. Great desire to urinate but only a small quantity passes. Urgent desire to urinate with prickling and soreness of meatus from contact and pressure. Obliged to rise several times at night to urinate. Profuse urination, with burning in urethra and sharp pain at root of penis. Later passes smaller quantities and darker. Passed small amount but felt as if he had not urinated for hours, the amount grew less each time but the desire increased. Urine cloudy. Great excess of mucus on standing. Enuresis, nocturnal and diurnal.

Male Sexual Organs

Violent erections, in the afternoon. Soreness of testicles and cords, worse left.

Chest and Heart

Sharp stitch in left breast one inch to left and over nipple. Sharp pain in region of heart worse by inspiration.

Back and neck

Pains in back especially while sitting, better lying on back and walking. Heavy sensation like a lump in right lumbar region. Severe rheumatic pains in region of sacro-lumbar joint, and through left hip-joint extending down outer side of left leg, ending in front three inches above knee.

Upper Limbs

Pain in upper part of shoulders and in region of vertebra prominence. worse by least motion or contact. Pain in right shoulder to middle of upper arm. Pain in left shoulder with shivering over body and great heat of head.

Lower Limbs

Pain in right hip-joint and near knee-joint. Knees very weak on least exertion. Dull, heavy pain under left patella. On awakening, sharp pain inner side of left knee, better after moving about a short time.

Sleep

Very sleepy, eyelids heavy. Sleep much disturbed by tiresome dreams of many persons, places, and things.

Fever

Creeping chills beginning below and creeping up back.

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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