Heracleum

Natural History.
      Heracleum sphondylium.
      "Branca ursina." N. O. Umbelliferæ.
      Tincture of whole plant.

Clinical.
      Debility.
      Dyspepsia.
      Gout.
      Headache.
      Seborrhea capitis.
      Skin, affections of.
      Spleen, pain in.

Characteristics.
      Herac. has been proved.
      It was found to exercise a pronounced action on the digestion, producing hunger, with inability to eat, nausea, vomiting, colic, diarrhea, and pain in the spleen.
      It also affected the sexual organs and the skin.
      A characteristic is "Headache with drowsiness, worse on moving in open air, better tying up the head with a cloth." Exhaustion, indolence, and weakness were complained of.

Relations.
      Compare: Con., Abies-n., Cean., in headache with drowsiness, Brucea, Ginseng, Gels., Nat-s., Nux-m., Sul.

Mind.
      Prostration of strength, indolence, moral depression, fits of hypochondriasis.
      Ill-humor, capriciousness.

Head.
      Vertigo, on reading while seated.
      Cephalalgia, especially in the sinciput and occiput, with inclination to vomit, and drowsiness, esp., worse on walking in open air, better by wrapping up the head.
      Violent itching on the scalp, on scratching which, the fingers become greasy, much fatty perspiration on the head.

Eyes.
      Lachrymation and fatigue of the eyes while reading.

Nose.
      Frequent sneezing, with stitches in region of spleen.

Throat.
      Pressure in the throat, as from mucus, which it is impossible to detach, accumulation of mucus, tickling roughness and scraping in the throat.

Stomach.
      Bitter taste, sweet bitter risings, with regurgitation of bitter liquid, craving, with loathing and horror of all kinds of food, increased thirst, nausea, vomiting, bitter, bilious, with pains in the stomach, and much congestion in the head.
      Pressure at the stomach, with nausea, or else in the scrobiculus, as from a stone (after a meal), the pains in the stomach are always accompanied by an inclination to vomit.

Abdomen.
      Lancinating and pinching colics, which force the patient to writhe, pulsation and pains in region of spleen, flatus and colic, with nausea and disgusting risings.
      Frequent sneezing, with lancination in the region of the spleen.

Stool and Anus.
      Stool tardy, with pressure and pain in the anus.
      Slimy, fetid stools.

Male Sexual Organs.
      Drawing pain in the penis, shootings in the glans.
      Itching and smarting in the scrotum, pollutions.

Female Sexual Organs.
      Transient sticking in the labia.

Respiratory Organs.
      Dry, hacking cough, with feeling of soreness in the chest and shooting pains.

Chest.
      Oppression of the chest, with chilliness, or else with palpitation of the heart, difficulty of respiration on ascending a staircase.
      Stitches in chest during inspiration, dry eruption on chest, burning after scratching.

Limbs.
      Gouty tearing in the limbs.
      Shooting and burning pain in the feet.

Skin.
      Violent itching in the skin and moist itch-like eruption.

Fever.
      Chilliness, with frequent yawning and inclination to sleep in afternoon.