Synonyms. Leptandra Virginica. Veronica Virginica. Natural order. Scrofulariaceae. Common names. Culver’s Physic. Black root. Habitat. A perennial herbaceus plant growing throughout the United States east of the Mississippi. Preparation. Tincture from the fresh root.
Acts especially upon the liver and the intestinal canal, arousing their secretory functions. Its chief characteristic is a profuse black, tar-like, very foetid stool (Arsenicum).
Head. Constant full frontal headache dizziness; pain in bowels.
Mouth. Tongue coated yellow mornings. flat, unpleasant taste in the morning.
Stomach. Vomiting of bile, yellow tongue, shooting pains about liver, black stools.
Abdomen. Aching in liver, extending to spine, worse in region of gall- bladder. Aching in umbilical region rumbling in abdomen and urging to stool, relieved by passing a profuse dark, foetid stool. Rumbling in hypogastrium in the morning, with distress, followed by characteristic stool.
Stool. Profuse, black, foetid stool, running out in a steam. Stool fish hard, black and lumpy, then mushy.
Compare. Arsenicum Bryonia, Cinchona, Iris Podo,.
Its therapeutic range is confined to bilious conditions, and hepatic diseases in general, especially when the characteristics blackish stools are present. Sick-headache from hepatic derangement. Bilious headache, constipation, bitter taste. Jaundice with clay-colored stools. Dysentery or typhoid, with black, tar-like stools. Bilious fever. Chronic congestion and other chronic disorders of the liver. Chronic abdominal complaints caused by derangement of portal system, even ascites and anasarca.