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Symptoms of the homeopathic medicine CHIONANTHUS VIRGINICA from A Text Book of Materia Medica and Therapeutics by A.C. Cowperthwaite. Find all the symptoms of CHIONANTHUS VIRGINICA

      Natural order – Oleaceae. Common names – Fringe tree. Old- man’s beard. Poison ash. Snow drop tree. Snow flowers. Habitat – Found on river banks and sandy plains in southern Pennsylvania and southward. Preparation – Tincture from the fresh bark.


Chionanthus acts specifically upon the liver, causing engorgement and congestion of that organ, with jaundice and constipation, in which condition is found its chief therapeutic use.


Head Aching in forehead, chiefly over the eyes. Bilious headaches, sick headache periodical, with coated tongue, nausea and complete anorexia. Nervous headache.

Head Aching in forehead, chiefly over the eyes. Bilious headaches, sick headache periodical, with coated tongue, nausea and complete anorexia. Nervous headache.

Eyes. Eyeballs very painful, with pressure over root of nose. Yellow sclerotica. Conjunctiva yellow.

Mouth. Tongue heavily coated. No appetite.

Abdomen and Stool Liver sore; enlarged, with jaundice and clay-colored stools. Bilious colic. Enlarge spleen.

Urinary Organs Urine very dark.

Skin. Jaundice; yellow color of skin.

Compare Berberis, Cinchona, Calcarea c., Chelidonium, Mercurius, Podophyllum


Chionanthus is a most valuable liver remedy. It is particularly useful in catarrhal jaundice, but is not indicated in other varieties. There is a no more effective remedy when it is well indicated. Especially useful in the jaundice of childhood and that of pregnant women. Jaundice with arrest of the menses. Especially valuable in engorgement and acute congestion of the liver, with jaundice, constipation, ash-colored stools. An excellent remedy for gall-stones. It is said to prevent their formation and promotes the discharge of those already formed. Biliousness. Bilious headache. Especially useful in periodical sick headaches with heavily coated tongue. Bilious symptoms, sore liver and headache at every menstrual period. Enlarged spleen.

About the author

A.C. Cowperthwaite

A.C. Cowperthwaite

A.C. (Allen Corson) Cowperthwaite 1848-1926.
ALLEN CORSON COWPERTHWAITE was born at Cape May, New Jersey, May 3, 1848, son of Joseph C. and Deborah (Godfrey) Cowperthwaite. He attended medical lectures at the University of Iowa in 1867-1868, and was graduated from the Hahnemann Medical College of Philadelphia in 1869. He practiced his profession first in Illinois, and then in Nebraska. In 1877 he became Dean and Professor of Materia Medica in the recently organized Homeopathic Department of the State University of Iowa, holding the position till 1892. In 1884 he accepted the chair of Materia Medica, Pharmacology, and Clinical Medicine in the Homeopathic Medical College of the University of Michigan. He removed to Chicago in 1892, and became Professor of Materia Medica and Therapeutics in the Chicago Homeopathic Medical College. From 1901 he also served as president of that College. He is the author of various works, notably "Insanity in its Medico-Legal Relations" (1876), "A Textbook of Materia Medica and Therapeutics" (1880), of "Gynecology" (1888), and of "The Practice of Medicine " (1901).

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