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A.C. Cowperthwaite

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

      Natural order. Passifloraceae. Common name. Passion flower. Habitat. Chiefly Virginia and southern Kentucky, in dry soil. Preparation. Tincture from the leaves of plant growing on uplands.


Allopathic and Eclectic authorities inform us that Passiflora given in large doses causes spasms and paralysis, and without any attempt to explain the modus operandi of its therapeutic action add that “it acts as a narcotic and anti-spasmodic in moderate doses.” Probably, in the absence of provings, no further argument is required to prove the homoeopathicity of the drug to those conditions in which it has mostly been employed and where it has proved of inestimable value.

Probably, from a general standpoint, it is our most efficient remedy for insomnia when resulting from nervousness, mental worry or excitement or from exhaustion. Also in infants and the aged. It is of little value in sleeplessness from pain. It induces a perfectly natural sleep, from which the patient awakens rested and refreshed. Convulsions and other neuroses of childhood; worm fever; teething etc. Hysteria. Tetanus. Puerperal convulsions. Asthma. It does not usually act well in the full-blood or plethoric, but rather in those who are weak and enfeebled, a general atonic condition prevailing. Usually a dose of from fifteen to thirty drops is required, repeated frequently until results are obtained.

Compare. Coffea., Hyoscyamus

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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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