Plectranthus

Last modified on January 21st, 2019

Plectranthus 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 Plectranthus is used

      Plectranthus fruticosus. *N.O. Labiatae. Tincture of fresh plant.

Clinical

Abdomen, coldness of. Cholera. Cramps. Dentition. Diarrhoea. Dysphagia. Fever. Intermittent fever. Lumbrici. Neuralgia. Rheumatism. Shoulder (right), pains in. Spastic paralysis. Stiff- neck. Sweat, local. Throat, sore. Toothache. Wrists, pains in.

Characteristics

*Plectranthus was extensively proved by the Austrian Provers’ Association. Severe symptoms were induced in head, throat, intestines, and rectum, limbs and joints. Toothache with swelling of face and difficulty of opening mouth. “Pain near right jaw- joint as if a tooth were coming through” suggests a use for the remedy in difficult cutting of wisdom teeth. Burning sensation extended throughout the digestive tract, and there was also coldness of abdomen, better in open air. Many pains about the navel. Paralytic pains in joints. Pains of many kinds in right shoulder. Exhaustion, bruised sensation, general discomfort were experienced. Cramps and paralytic pains in joints. Hansen mentions spastic paralysis as having been remedied by it. Among the *peculiar symptoms are: As if a morsel stuck in throat after swallowing. As through air were piercing the marrow of the bones. Cool sensation followed by burning at root of tongue and palate. Pressure as from a heavy weight in stomach. Discharge of white mucus from anus causing scratching. Pressure on rectum and bladder. Whites of eyes yellow, worse left. Sweat of right foot, left foot dry, of right foot and both hands and no other part, of scalp. The right side was more affected than the left. The symptoms are worse after eating (pressure in stomach, pain in umbilical region). worse By all food and drink (burning in mouth). Chewing causes pain in temples. Worse By motion, moving head, turning body, by swallowing, whilst urinating, better after. Worse By warmth of stove. better By application of ice, by eructations. Many of the pains and symptoms were *sudden, and came and went suddenly.

Relations

*Compare: Urinary symptoms, Ocim. Black stools, Lept. Stitches in chest, K. ca. Pains come and go suddenly, Lycopodium, Belladonna Crumb in throat, Hepar, Acid nitricum, Argentum nitricum

SYMPTOMS.

Mind

Fretful. Ill-humored. Peevish. Distracted in mind, cannot keep his attention on an interesting subject.

Head

Head confused, heavy, dull. Pressure (and stitches) in right frontal eminence. (Violent headache in anterior part of skull as far as vertex, becoming intolerable. Swashing and throbbing with every motion, not better by cold applications, thirst and difficulty of swallowing.) Pressive pain in occiput, worse lying on back, worse out of doors, tension in cervical muscles. Profuse perspiration on scalp.

Eyes

White of eyes yellow (worse left). Vision seemed remarkably clear (on a dull day). Flickering before eyes.

Ears

Sticking and stitches in both ears. Roaring in ears.

Nose

Excessive catarrh, frequent inclination to sneeze, great stoppage with at times discharge of tenacious yellow mucus. Dryness, mornings.

Face

Painful drawing in right cheek, infra-orbital region, extending to last upper molars, continued through the night with fever, next day right cheek swollen and very sensitive. Lips very dry, burning.

Mouth

Violent drawing in upper and lower incisors with swelled cheek. Periodic drawing in right teeth extending to temple and ear, worse chewing better going out. Pressive pain in right lower sound teeth. Upper incisors sensitive. Tongue coated. Sensation on root of tongue and on soft palate, at first cool, then burning. Dry mouth. Burning through mouth and fauces, worse by all food and drink. Opening the mouth became very difficult, ulcers on right side of palate, digging in right upper teeth with increased secretion of saliva, sticking and burrowing extending to right articulation of jaw as though a tooth erupting.

Throat

Scraping in throat, stitches. Dryness with thirst, not better by glass of water. Burning as from pepper, from root of tongue to stomach (6 a.m., to 4 p.m.). Sensation as if a morsel of food stuck in throat on swallowing. Tension in pharynx when drinking, with disagreeable tickling in both ears, that obliges frequent hawking. Acute pressure in pharynx, on swallowing became a burning, not affected by external pressure, increased to 9 a.m., when it became a sensation of swelling. Dysphagia.

Stomach

Appetite great, eats hastily, though without satiety, on rising from a meal pressure as from a weight in stomach with desire to drink a great deal, after taking a few sips a pulling in stomach causing tension in oesophagus. Loss of appetite. Great thirst. Eructations: frequent, empty, and hiccough. Nausea, vomiting. Sudden gushing vomiting twice at night without any other symptoms. Weight on stomach worse after eating. Cutting in epigastrium followed by two thin, frothy stools.

Abdomen

Contractive pain in umbilical region always worse after eating. Violent griping at umbilicus with desire for stool. Rumbling and movement. Crawling about umbilicus disappearing along rectus muscle towards symphysis pubis. Cutting low in abdomen with desire for stool. Coldness through (upper) abdomen in warm room, morning. Drawing sticking in left inguinal region.

Stool and Anus

Painful pressure in rectum, with constant griping followed by profuse, dark, frothy stool, succeeded by burning and tenesmus in anus, later sudden desire and painful pressure, only a little mucus and gas evacuated with burning in anus. Discharge of white mucus provoking scratching of anus and followed by burning. Stool: almost black, pasty, yellowish brown, watery, mixed with mucus, first pasty, then liquid, omitted for five days, then bluish nodular evacuated with great effort. During stool: griping and rumbling in abdomen, painful dragging in rectum. After stool: weakness of lower limbs, coldness of abdomen, cold sweat on forehead. Evacuation of round worms. 14. Urinary Organs. Pressure in bladder, immediately followed by desire to urinate, sudden cutting pain from root of penis to base of bladder, compelling to sit still. Burning in navicular fossa during and after micturition, which was scanty and unsatisfactory. Frequent, sudden desire, had hardly time to reach the closet, but only a few drops passed, followed by a sensation as though bladder full, afternoon, in evening copious micturition with great improvement. Increased urination. Urine dark with reddish-yellow sediment.

Male Sexual Organs

Transient drawing sticking along right side of penis and urethra. Violent erection.

Chest

Burning at sternoclavicular joint. Stitches: in pectoralis major, arresting breath, between right fourth and fifth ribs, in right side. Pain in right chest extends up to right scapula and nape of neck, so violent at night was compelled to jump out of bed and cry out, as though a number of needles sticking into head till head was turned towards the side, with profuse sweat, painful inspiration, great heat of head, worse by application of mustard paste, better gradually by application of ice. Tension in chest.

Pulse

Pulse hard, full with the fever.

Neck and Back

stiffness and pressive tension in nape, worse by every motion of the head. Drawing in nape. Coarse stitches from without inward between scapulae, while walking, during expiration.

Limbs

Sticking and paralytic drawing in all the joints and limbs. Sensation of paralysis in joints of fingers and toes.

Upper Limbs

Paralysed sensation: in upper limbs, right shoulder, right shoulder and wrist, suddenly appearing and disappearing, in both shoulders. Lameness, sprained feeling, weariness, shaking, drawing tearing in right shoulder. Sensation in left shoulder as if one were beating on it with a knuckle. Drawing tearing in joints of upper-arms, fore-arms, and fingers, worse right Sudden pain in outer condyle of left wrist. Stitches in right wrist.

Lower Limbs

Weariness in lower limbs. Painful cramps in calves waking him up, not better by stretching. Stitches in left hip-joint, burning in r. Cramp in adductors, tension in hamstring. Drawing in fascia of right thigh. Tearing beneath right patella, stitches in l. Pains in both knees. Wakened in periosteum of right tibia. Numbness in leg. Toes painful as if burnt.

Generalities

Weariness. Stitches. Sensation as though air were piercing the marrow of the bones.

Skin

Prickling in left palm. Crawling in left little finger, in ball of left thumb.

Sleep

Drowsiness. Waked often. Troubled by confused, unremembered dreams before midnight.

Fever

Sudden, violent, shaking chill with chattering of teeth, waking him from sleep, followed by dry heat. Chilliness through whole abdomen with warm face and hands, worse by heat of stove, better moving about in open air. Coldness over back and heat of hands, could not get warm in heated room. Sudden heat on scalp lasting a few minutes, followed by profuse sweat, after sweat dried up, forehead cold to touch. Sour sweat at night. Sweat on right foot and both hands, no other part. Profuse sweat right foot, left foot dry.

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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