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

      Synonym – Lyssin. A Nosode. The Saliva of a rabid dog. Preparation – Alcoholic tincture.


Hydrophobinum was introduced and proved by Hering in 1833, fifty years before Pasteur’s experiments with the serum. It might not be amiss to remark here that Hering was the first to anticipate the probability of being able to prevent hydrophobia and variola by the use of their respective morbific poisons, and to treat the same after their development by the same poisons. he thus anticipated and laid the foundation for the popular vaccine therapy of the present day, which is universally recognized to be homoeopathic in its principle if not in its administration. In Pasteur’s method of administration of the saliva of a mad dog to prevent and cure hydrophobia, he is working along along homoeopathic lines in seeking to neutralize a virus in the system by the introduction of the same virus in a modified form. The same is true of all serum treatments which are essentially homoeopathic in their nature.

The action of Hydrophobinum is principally upon the nervous system, producing phenomena similar to those produced by the direct introduction of the poison by the infected animal. The chief symptoms are convulsions, headaches, and other troubles brought on by dazzling light or the sight of running water.


Mind. Lyssophobia; fear of becoming mad. Emotion and bad news aggravate; also thinking of fluids. Hypersensitiveness of all senses.

Head Headache brought on or made worse by the noise of running water or bright light.

Mouth. Constant spitting; saliva tough, viscid. Sore throat; constant desire to swallow, which is difficult; gagging when swallowing water. Froths at mouth.

Male Organs. Lascivious; priapism, with frequent emissions. No emission during coition. Atrophy of testicles. Complaints from abnormal sexual desire.

Female Organs. Uterine sensitiveness; conscious of womb (Helonias). Feels as if womb were prolapsed. Vagina sensitive, rendering coition painful. (Berberis.).

Respiratory Organs. Voice altered in tone. Breathing hold for a time. Spasmodic contraction of respiratory muscles.

Stool. Desire for on hearing or seeing running water. Profuse, watery stools, with pain in bowels; worse, evening. Constant desire to urinate on seeing running water.

Aggravation. From sight or sound of running water or pouring water, or even thinking of fluids; dazzling or reflected light; heat of sun; stooping.

Compare. Cantharis, Belladonna, Stramonium, Hyoscyamus, Lachesis

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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