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Guaco 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 Guaco is used

      Mikania guaco (a climbing composite of Tropical America). *N. O. Composite. Tincture or decoction of leaves.



Cholera. Diarrhoea. Hydrophobia. Leucorrhoea. Paralysis. Phosphaturia. Rheumatism. Spine, affections of. Tongue, paralysis



Guaco has a local repute as a remedy for the bites of serpents, for hydrophobia, cholera, and cancer. In the homoeopathic provings rice-water stools occurred, and difficulty of swallowing as in hydrophobia. One proving also showed an action on the bladder and urinary organs, producing excess of phosphates. A lady who took a decoction for four moths steadily, was obliged to discontinue because it produced: Copious, corrosive, putrid leucorrhoea, causing great debility, tanning the inside of the thighs and staining linen yellow. She felt as if fire was running out of her. Terrible itching and smarting. Another prover had severe spinal and occipital pains, paresis of tongue and difficult deglutition. Burning and tearing in soles. Pain as if beaten. Pains extend to other parts, mostly from above downwards. Worse At night. Motion worse.


*Antidoted by: Kre. and Sul. (leucorrhoea). *Compare: Alumina, Belladonna (menstrual flow feels hot), Phos-ac. (Phosphaturia). Leucorrhoea staining yellow, Carb. an., Kre., nitricum acidum



An excited condition.


Severe aching in occiput which sometimes extends over upper half of back. Headache and heat of head.




Tongue heavy, difficult to move.


Difficult deglutition.


Pain and rumbling in bowels followed by watery stools.


Awakened 4 a.m. with pain and sudden call to stool of dark brown fecal matter, thin and watery. Slept till 6, when he had another stool, sudden, forcible, profuse, with appearances as if rice- water, some pain in back afterwards, with feeling of weakness and fatigue. Congestion of hemorrhoidal vessels.

Urinary Organs

Unusual flow of urine with excess of phosphates, pain over region of bladder and weight and weariness through hips and loins.

Female Sexual Organs

Leucorrhoea, copious, corrosive, debilitating, tanning thighs, staining linen yellow, felt as if fire running out of her, terrible itching worse at night.

Respiratory Organs

Constriction of larynx and trachea.

Back and neck

Burning in nape extending to shoulders. Tearing stiffness, drawing-tearing extending to axilla. Drawing-tearing in and between scapula extending into forearm. Frequent fine stitches, tearing and violent drawing pains along spine, worse bending. Aching and pressure forward in the lumbo-sacral region. Weight and weariness through hips and loins. Pain in sacrum and back with feeling of weakness and fatigue (after diarrhoea).

Upper Limbs

Aching drawing and simple drawing pains in deltoid with a paralysed sensation extending to forearm. Tearing and dislocation pains in shoulders extending to forearm. Burning in shoulder- joint. Tearing in elbows and fingers.

Lower Limbs

Soreness and pains as if beaten about hip-joint. Drawing in thigh. Drawing and swollen feeling in calves. Uneasiness and drawing in legs. Tearing in ankle-joints. Burning and tearing in soles.

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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