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

      Natural order – Rosaceae. Common name – Hawthorn. Habitat – Europe and North America. Preparation – Tincture from the fruit.


Our knowledge of the action of Crataegus is chiefly from clinical sources. However, the few provings that have been made show conclusively that its action is directly upon the heart which, primarily, it excites moderately, but to such a degree that it becomes quite evident that the long-continued used of the drug would result in lowering the tone of the heart and enfeebling its action. It therefore resembles in its effects both Digitalis and Strophanthus, though its action is milder. It is used in all varieties of chronic heart disease when weakness of that organ is present, and while its tonic effects are not so prompt and energetic as are those of Digitalis and Strophanthus, they appear to be more lasting. It is the verdict of those who have had the most experience in the use of Crataegus that in the same class of cases when the drugs above named, in physiological doses, prove promptly palliative and never curative this drug affords more tardy relief, but its action continues, without harmful result from long-continued use, and finally in many cases results in a permanent cure. This has been my own experience in a number of cases where palliation only was expected, but where a cure has apparently resulted. It may be indicated in valvular disease, with or without dilatation, and in all other forms of cardiac disease where there is a feeble and irregular heart action, irregular and intermittent pulse, dyspnoea, etc., with or without dropsy. Differing from Digitalis it may be beneficial before failing compensation, and in incipient cardiac disease after rheumatism. In moderate doses it seems to soothe the heart action in such cases and promotes a cure.

Crataegus is also a valuable remedy in functional disturbances of the heart, especially when they result from indigestion, and heart failure threatens. Palpitation. Tachycardia. Some observers speak highly of the value of Crataegus in Angina Pectoris and in Arterio-sclerosis of the aged. The apparent value of the drug in cardiac dropsy has led to its successful use in dropsies not of cardiac origin and great results are claimed from its use in albuminuria, Bright’s disease and diabetes. Anaemia of young girls with weak, irregular heart and action. Collapse during typhoid fever.


Mind. Apprehensive, despondent. Very nervous and irritable, with pain in back of head and neck.

Respiratory Organs. Extreme dyspnoea on least exertion. Dry cough. Respiration irregular.

Heart and Pulse. Pain in region of heart, very feeble and irregular heart action. Heart dilated; first sound weak. Mitral regurgitant murmur. Pulse accelerated, irregular and intermittent.

Generalities. General Anasarca. Cold extremities; pallor; irregular pulse and breathing. Indigestion and nervous prostration, with heart failure. Worse in warm room. Better from fresh air, quiet and rest.

Compare Conval., Digitalis, Strophanthus.

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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