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

      Synonym,. Urtica Minora. Natural order. Urticaceae Common names. Dwarf Stinging Nettle. Common Nettle Habitat. Found in North America, Europe and Asia. Preparation. Tincture from the entire fresh plant.


Acts especially upon the skin, producing an inflammation very similar to nettlerash, in the treatment of which affection we find its chief use.


Head. Dull headache, mostly on right side. Urticaria of scalp, determining internally.

Eyes. Pressing pain in the throat (ARs., Cantharis, Caps.).

Throat. Burning in the throat (Arsenicum, canth., Caps.)

Stool and Anus. Dysenteric stools, with burning and itching in anus.

Skin. The skin of the face, arms and shoulders and chest was affected with extremely distressing burning heat, with formication, numbness, and violent itching (Apis). Excessive swelling of the breasts; discharging at first serum, afterward perfect milk; a very copious secretion of milk lasting for eight days. Itching swellings all over the hands. Urticaria; hives; the skin becomes elevated, with a white central spot and a red areola, attended by stinging burning pains relieved by rubbing a the parts.

Generalities. Symptoms return at the same time every year.

Compare. Apis., Cantharis, Ledum, Rhus tox.


Urtica urens is used chiefly in nettlerash and hives as above described. Urticaria after eating shell fish (Tereb,.) . suppression or deficiency of milk. Pruritus of the genitals in both sexes.

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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