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A.C. Cowperthwaite

Symptoms of the homeopathic medicine RANUNCULUS [Ran-b] from A Text Book of Materia Medica and Therapeutics by A.C. Cowperthwaite. Find all the symptoms of RANUNCULUS [Ran-b]

      Synonym.- Ranunculus Bulbosus. Natural order.- Ranunculaceae. Common name. Bulbous Crowfoot. Habitat An indigenous plant, common in New England. Preparation. Tincture from the entire fresh plant. General Analysis Acts upon the sensory nerves, the muscular tissues and upon the skin, its most characteristic effects being exerted upon the walls of the chest, where it produces a condition simulating pleurodynia, in which affection it is most prominently useful. Characteristic Symptoms Mind Vanishing of thought on reflection. Obtuse intellect. Irritable and quarrelsome. Head Vertigo; with danger of falling, when going from room to open air; making it difficult to think. Sensation as if the head were too large and distended (Mang. c.). Congestion of blood to the head (Aconite, Belladonna). Pain in head and eyes. Headache over the right eye, worse on lying down better from walking or standing; in evening. Neuralgic headache in forehead and vertex, as if forced as under, worse evenings, or on coming into warm room. Pressing pain in forehead, from within outward. Headache mostly caused or aggravated by passing from a hot to a cold place, and vice versa. Eyes Pressure in the eyeballs. Balls sore on moving them. Pupils insensible. Burning, soreness and smarting in lids. Smarting and sore feeling in right outer canthus. Smarting in eyes as from smoke. Mist before the eyes (Causticum, Hyoscyamus, Phosphorus, Petrol.). Ears Stitches in the ears, principally in the evening; in region of right tympanum. Nose Redness and inflammatory swelling of the nose; with tension. Stoppage. Profuse, tenacious mucus. Blows blood from the nose. Internal tingling and upward pressure. Mouth White saliva, with metallic taste. Throat Much viscid phlegm in the throat. Inflammatory burning pains in the throat and on the palate. Stomach Increased thirst a Mind. Apprehensive, depressed; fear of being alone in the dark, great desire to be with people. Tired and irritable. Head. Vertigo; with pain in back of head. Dizzy with great weakness. Occipital and vertex pain accompanying severe lumbar aching. Severe pain over right eye, spreading back to occiput and to vertex, better in open air. Head feels heavy. Dull headache. Headaches better in open air, from cold, from pressure; worse from lying down. Frontal headache. Hair becomes gray. Eyes. Aching in the eyes; shooting pains. Stocky feeling in the eyes. Paretic weakness of the muscles, ptosis. Conjunctivitis with feeling of dryness; yellow discharge. Ears. Tickling in the ears, worse at night. Nose. Itching and dryness of nasal cavities; better in the open air. Formation of hard crusts or mucous particles. Face. Aching pain at angle of right lower jaw. Violent trifacial neuralgia. Mouth. Metallic taste. Mouth and throat parched and dry, temporarily relieved by sipping cold water; difficult speech. (Prickling sensation on end of tongue. Tongue bluish white, thick, feels swollen. Teeth. Teeth painful; feel too long. Throat. Rawness and dryness of throat, with hawking of small amount of white stringy mucus, relieved by a drink of cold water and swallowing. Stomach. Empty feeling in stomach. Warm sensation in stomach. Aversion to sweats, ice-cream. Nausea and sinking sensation, belching of gas. Relieved by eating, but a small amount of food satisfies. Abdomen. Pain, violent cramps, rumbling, full of gas; pain over McBurney’s point, and at location of sigmoid flexure. Much flatulence. Rectum and Stools. Constipation; alternating constipation and diarrhoea. Stools come with a gush (Aloe), with much flatulence. Passage of stool relieves abdominal and rectal pains. Urinary Organs. Increased elimination of solids; particularly of chlorides. Renal irritation; albuminuria; granular and hyaline casts. Difficulty in starting urine. Enuresis. Male Organs. Sexual desire lessened. Seminal emissions; with dreams. Female Organs. Delayed and irregular menstruation and backache. Aching pains in abdomen over pubes when flow comes on. Right breast sore, relieved by hard rubbing. White, cheesy leucorrhoea. Heart and Blood. Tight, constricted sensation. Sharp pains in the region of heart. Lowered blood pressure. Increased haemoglobin. Increased erythrocytes. Leucocytosis. Leucopenia. Increase of polymorphonuclear neutrophils. Respiratory Organs. Persistent cough with tickling in supra-sternal fossa, as from dust. Dry, spasmodic cough, worse at night, and when lying down; better in open air. Throat dry, sore; chest constricted. Neck and Back. Aching in back of neck. Pain and lameness in cervical vertebrae, worse drooping head forward, better standing or sitting erect. Lumbar and sacral backache, pain appears to be in bone; continued motion relieves. Backache between shoulders and lumbar-sacral region, better after walking. Lameness in lumbar region; desire to stretch muscles, which gives relief. Paretic weakness from the lumbar region down. Lumbago. Limbs. Severe pain in all the limbs and joints, especially in the knees and ankles. Sharp pains in shoulders, arms, hands and fingers. Lameness in shoulder and joints. Arms feel heavy. Cracking in shoulder. Legs, arms and neck feel brittle as if they would break, Pain in toes, calves, hip-joint, popliteal spaces. Muscles of legs and hips sore. Great toe joints especially painful. bunions and corns inflamed and tender. Generalities. Severe aching pain all over the body; comes on gradually and wears away slowly. Sharp pains come and go suddenly. General lassitude and tired feeling; wants to lie down and rest. Great prostration. Itching all over the body. Dryness of all mucous membranes. Feeling as if muscles would break if they were moved. Intolerance of summer heat. Craving for, and relief in, open air. Skin. Small pimples. Eczematous eruptions. Erythema and dermatitis with itching, burning, swelling and redness. Necrosis and ulceration. Itching all over body, burning of skin, as if on fire. Dry, bran-like, scaly eruption (Arsenicum), without sensation. Sebaceous cysts. Brown spots. Sleep. Restless. Sleepiness with lethargy. Dreams vivid; of fire; busy. Fever. Cold sensation internally, with chattering of teeth until noon. Internal chilliness followed by heat of the skin, associated with bowel movements and flatulence. Body feels on fire, with sharp needle pricks. Aggravations. On rising after lying down; after eating; late afternoons; from motion; better from continued motion (Rhus.). Heat disagreeable. Amelioration. Open air; continued motion; hot bath; on lying down; from pressure; some symptoms better after eating. Compare. Rhus tox., Rhus ven., Pulsatilla, Sepia, Uranium. Antidotes. Rhus tox., Rhus ven., Tellur.


Ranunc. has been found most useful in neuralgic, arthritic and rheumatic conditions. Always worse from damp weather or from change of temperature. Rheumatic neuralgia Intercostal rheumatism, chest feels sore and bruised, as from subcutaneous ulceration. Pleurodynia. Pleurisy. Diaphragmitis. Peritonitis. A very valuable remedy in herpes zoster; dark-blue, transparent vesicles, with characteristic neuralgic pains. Also herpes frontalis, with violent pains in and above the eyes Vesicular eruptions, with burning and itching. Pemphigus. Malignant and rapidly spreading ulcers. Hay fever, with smarting, burning and tingling in eyes and nose, nostrils dry and obstructed, worse evenings. Has been found useful in delirium tremens and for the effects of intoxicating liquors in general.

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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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