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

      Synonym.-Pilocarpus Pinnatifolius. Natural order.-Rutaceae. Common name.-Jaborandi. Habitat.-A shrub growing in Brazil. Preparation.-Tincture from the dried leaves and stems.


Acts powerfully upon the salivary and perspiratory glands, producing irritation and excessive secretion. Under its influence the face soon becomes red, the saliva begins to flow, and profuse perspiration sets in, lasting for hours, though their maximum intensity is less than an hour. At the same time the lachrymal secretion is increased and there is a copious discharge from the Schneiderian membrane; also increased secretion of mucus from the pharynx, trachea and bronchi. The pupils are contracted, and there is spasm of the accommodation. After the perspiration and salivation have ceased the parts become very dry, especially the mouth and pharynx, and there is great thirst. The circulation is increased, but the arterial tension and temperature are lowered.


Jaborandi has been used to check excessive perspiration either during convalescence from acute diseases, or in the course of chronic diseases , as in phthisis. Ptyalism, especially during pregnancy. Has been used in dropsical effusion of pleura and lungs; also in cardiac and renal dropsy and in diabetes insipidus. Flushings at the climacteric period, with profuse perspiration, cold extremities, nausea and vomiting. Has been successfully used in mumps, especially with metastasis to the testicles. The chief use of the drug, however, is in disturbances of vision which are given by Allen (op. cit., p. 577) as follows:- “Asthenopia of hypermetropia. Spasms of ciliary muscles in hypermetropia. It has relieved the asthenopia of cataracts. Convergent strabismus. Especially useful after operations for strabismus.”.

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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