Last modified on January 21st, 2019

Oreodaphne 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 Oreodaphne is used

      Oreodaphne Californica. Mountain Laurel. Spice-Bush. Balm of Heaven. *N.O. Lauraceae. Tincture of the leaves.


Headache, fronto-occipital, occipital.


*Oreodaphne Calcarea is a tree which grows to a hundred feet in height. When bruised it emits a strong spicy odour which may cause sneezing. ***J. Murray Moore proved on himself and friends a tincture of the leaves and produced well-marked fronto- occipital headache worse by movement, better by rest. The symptoms were more violent when the tincture was olfacted than when taken internally. The *Medorrhinum *Cent. (quoted *H.W., xx. 84) gives the characteristics of one of its headaches thus: “Dull ache in occipital and cervical regions, extending down to scapulae, great heaviness of the head, with a constant desire to move the head, which, however, gives no relief.”



Confusion of head. Dizziness worse on stooping and moving about, followed by dull, pressive fronto-occipital headache, better after night’s rest. Internal aching with pressure at inner angle of orbit, right or left (especially left), never in both simultaneously, extends through brain and across scalp to base of occiput, lasted from 30 minutes to 7 hours, worse by light, noise, motion, better closing eyes, and perfect quiet.

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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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