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Ostrya 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 Ostrya is used

      Ostrya virginica. Hop-horn beam. Iron-wood. Lever-wood. *N. O. Cupuliferae. (Corylaceae.) Tincture of heart wood.


Headache, dull. Head, numb. Intermittent fever. Liver, affections of. Lumbago. Malaria. Malarial anaemia.


The Hop-horn beam, *Ostrya virginica, is sometimes regarded as a variety of the common Horn beam naturalised in America, though native to southern Europe. The chief difference between them is that *Ost. *vulg. has pendulous and *Ost. *virg. upright catkins. The wood, from preparations of which the provings by Burt and others were made, is exceedingly hard and heavy. The symptoms show a marked action on the liver, with the usual dull headache and pain in back and shoulders, cutting, sinking pains in abdomen. Allen put in italics the following: “Tongue coated yellow at root.” “Loss of appetite for breakfast and dinner.” “Frequent nausea with the dull frontal headache.” On the other hand there is increased appetite, hunger wakes the patient at 4 a.m., and sinking at epigastrium. *Sickening pains were much complained of. some of the stools were very black. The symptoms were worse moving, stooping, walking. worse 6 a.m., 4 a.m., 3 p.m.


*Antidoted by: Macro., Bryonia, Nux (lumbago). *Compare: Waking in night hungry, Ignatia, Lycopodium Black stools, Lept.



Very nervous, with dull headache.


Light feeling in head (with stomach symptoms), worse walking. Dull headache with numb, prickly feeling in head, face, and hands, worse head. Sharp pain from within out back of mastoid process. Severe throbbing frontal headache, worse stooping. Dull frontal headache with nausea. Severe pressing pain right temple, and right molars. Right side headache, morning.


Drawing pain deep in left ear.


Moist freckles in face, head, and hands.


Boring and sharp pain in right lower molars. Tongue coated yellow at root. Taste: coppery, slimy, sweet, slimy, bitter, rough.


Appetite greatly increased. Woke with hunger 4 a.m. Loss of appetite. Frequent nausea with the dull frontal headache. Sour stomach. Burning distress in epigastrium. Sensation as if indigestible substance in stomach, better by eating. Nausea and distress after riding in cold air. Hard sickening pains in epigastric and umbilical region, awaking him at night. Sinking in epigastrium.


Dull pain in right hypochondrium, worse by walking, with nervousness and dull headache. Dull pains in right lobe of liver with sour eructations. Retraction of umbilicus. In umbilical region: frequent, hard sickening, cutting pains, extending into hypogastrium, with desire for stool, with borborygmi and tenesmus, neuralgic pain, constant distress. Rumbling, flatus,

pain waking him in night. Bowels felt as if bound by lead poisoning.

Stool and Anus

Rectum feels sore, protruded feeling after stool. Stool: loose, bilious with tenesmus and straining, loose without tenesmus, tenesmus followed by diarrhoeic stool, mushy with burning at anus and tenesmus, small, natural, dark-coloured, natural, black, dry lumps 6 p.m., very black.


Back so painful, can hardly turn in bed, cannot sit up ( better by *Macro., *Bryonia, *Nux). Dull pain in whole dorsal region, extending into left hypochondrium. Constant lumbar and sacral pain, worse stooping or walking.


Arms and legs: aching, dull pains.

Upper Limbs

Fine drawing rheumatic pains in left fingers, morning.

Lower Limbs

Awoke several times with cramp-like pain in lower limbs, worse walking. Drawing pains in right ankle.


Nervous, languid, weak, uneasy.


Constant desire to yawn. Sleep restless, as after strong tea.


Cold, chilly about shoulders. Gentle sweat over entire surface, with feeling of weakness.

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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