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A.C. Cowperthwaite

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

      Natural order – Thymelaceae. Common name – Spurge Laurel. Habitat. An ornamental, evergreen shrub growing in the West Indies and China. Preparation – Tincture from the back of the branches.


Daphne acts upon the muscles, bones and skin and causes disturbed digestion. Used chiefly in rheumatism. Its most characteristic symptoms is sudden lightning-like jerks in different parts of the body.


Head Feels as if skull would bust; as if head were separated from body. Heat in head, especially in vertex.

Mouth. Tongue coated on one side only (Rhus); foul-smelling; ptyalism.

Urinary Organs Urine thick, turbid, yellowish, like rotten eggs.

Limbs Right toe swollen, painful. Pain shoots upward into abdomen and heart. Rheumatic pain in thighs and knees. Cold feeling on buttocks. Shooting pains, shift rapidly (Pulsatilla); worse from cold air.

Generalities. Sudden lightning-like jerks in different parts of the body. Craving for tobacco. Parts of the body feel separated (Baptisia). Foetid breath, urine, sweat.

Sleep. Entire inability to sleep, sometimes caused by aching in bones. Dreams, with nightmare.

Compare Bryonia, Pulsatilla, Rhus.

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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