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

      Synonym. Melilotus Officinalis. Natural order. Leguminosae. Common names. Yellow Melilot (non White Melilot). Sweet Clover. Habitat. A plant indigenous to Europe, naturalized in the United States. Preparation. Tincture from the fresh flowers.


This plant is especially noted for its action upon the nervous system, producing a very severe headache with congestion of blood to the head, flushed face, and even sometimes epistaxis (Belladonna). It rapidly relieves headaches of nervous origin, or resulting from cerebral oppression, and is quite useful in so-called “sick headache.” Its chief constituent “cumarin,” in large doses, causes nausea, vertigo, vomiting and great oppression, with sleepiness, confusion, severe pain in head, depression of heart’s action and cold extremities.


Mind. Irascible, impatient, discontented, fault-finding. Indolent, unable to fix mind, stupid, indifferent. Unable to study, memory will not retain anything. Omit words and letters in writing. (Lycopodium).

Head. Vertigo; on moving. Swaying sensation in the brain with tired. Pain. Headache, better from nosebleed. Headache with red face, bloodshot eyes, and finally epistaxis, which affords relief. Sick headache better fro epistaxis or menstrual flow. Periodical nervous headache every week, or once in four weeks, more frequent in winter. Violent congestion of the head, with heaviness, fullness and throbbing as if the blood would burst through the nose, eyes and ears, with dizzy sick feeling what is worse from motion. Throbbing frontal headache preceded by great prostration. Intense frontal headache preceded by hot, flushed face and feverish sensation. Throbbing headache in right eminence from 9 A.M. till noon.

Eyes. Eyelids very heavy.

Nose. Excessive dryness of nose. Profuse and frequent epistaxis with general relief.

Face. Redness of face and head, with throbbing in carotids (Amyl nit., Belladonna). Face almost livid.

Urinary Organs. Frequent and profuse urination. Urine profuse watery, and relieving the dull, congestive headaches (Gelsemium).

Females Sexual Organs. Frequent momentary stitches in external genitals.

Respiratory Organs. Cough from fullness in chest. Haemoptysis, blood bright red. Smothering sensations; cannot get air enough. Breathing difficult from weight on chest; fullness of chest and head; violent congestion of the lungs.

Amelioration. Better in the open air; from walking and change of position.

Compare. Amyl nit., Belladonna, Cact., Gloninum, Ferrum, Sanguinaria


Has been used chiefly in neuralgia and congestive headaches with foregoing symptoms. Considered invaluable in so-called “sick headache.” Nosebleed relieving the headaches is very characteristic. Has cured religious melancholia, with very red face, etc. Hypochondriasis. Congestion and inflammation of the lungs. Infantile spasms during dentition with great congestion of the head; especially in nervous children. Puerperal eclampsia.

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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