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A.C. Cowperthwaite

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

      Synonyms. Theridion Curassavicum. Aranya. Class Arachnida. Order. Araneideae. Common names. Orange Spider. Black Spider of Curacao. Preparation. Tincture from the liver spider.


Acts upon the cerebro-spinal system, giving rise to headache, vertigo, and neuralgia, which may be accompanied by gastric disturbances due to reflex action.


Mind. Time passes too quickly. Easily startled (Coccul., Sepia, Silicea). Aversion to work.

Head. Vertigo, with nausea even to vomiting;worse from stooping from least movement on closing eyes; on board a vessel; with cold sweat. Head feels thick thinks it belongs to another; that she cannot lift it off. headache on beginning to move. Violent frontal headache with throbbing extending to occiput. Headache, which she cannot left eye and across forehead;d worse on rising after lying down; worse from persons walking over the floor; from least noise. Headache behind the eyes; hard, heavy, dull pressure.

Eyes. Flickering before eyes in frequent paroxysms, even when closing the eyes, like a veil before the eyes; she must lie down.

Ears. Rushing in both ears like a waterfall.

Nose. Chronic catarrh; discharge offensive, thick, yellow or yellowish-green.

Face. Face feels immovable mornings when waking.

Mouth. Teeth sensitive to cold water (ant. crud. Calcarea c., staph.) Every sound penetrates the teeth. Salty taste, mouth feels numb and slimy.

Stomach. Much thirst; desire for acid drinks ; for tin, brandy or tobacco; for blood or drink, but knows not what; Nausea on rising in morning; from sounds; with vertigo; on closing eyes; eyes; like sea-sickness (Coccul., Petrol.); from sparkling before eyes; on motion;from talking; from fast riding in a carriage.

Abdomen. Violent burning pain in hepatic region; worse from touch; retching , bilious vomiting. Abscess of liver; relieves vertigo and nausea. Pain in groins after coitus; on motion.

Stool. Small, soft stool daily with much straining.

Male Organs. Desire lessened emission during siesta.

Female Organs. Hysteria during puberty; at climacteric.

Respiratory Organs. Inclination to take deep breathes; to sight (Ign). Violent stitches up high in chest, beneath left shoulder, through into through. Violent cough, with spasmodic jerking of the head forward, and the knees upward;

Generalities. Weak; limbs tremble; sweating. Faints after every exertion. Sounds and reverberations penetrate through her whole body, particularly the teeth, and in crease the vertigo, which then causes nausea. During sleep bites point of tongue.

Fever. Shaking chill, with foam at mouth during headache, with vomiting. Bones pain as if they would fall asunder; coldness, cannot get warm. Sweats easily after walking.

Compare. Aconite, Aranea., Belladonna, Calcarea c., Graphites, Ignatia, Lycopodium, Spigelia, Sepia

Antidotes. Aconite, Graphites, Mosch.


Theridion is useful in headache, especially sick headache; nasal catarrh, offensive, thick, greenish-yellow discharge. Seasickness in nervous women, deathly nausea on closing the eyes. Sunstroke, with violent headache, nausea and vomiting. Neuralgia. Hysteria. Dysmenorrhoea Spinal irritation. Abscess of liver. Phthisis florida, in beginning. Violent stitches high up in left chest, through to the back. Climacteric troubles. Scrofula when other remedies fail; rachitis; caries; necrosis, “to reach the root of the evil and destroy the cause.”.

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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