ARALIA RACEMOSA: Materia Medica

American Spikenard. This is a remedy for asthmatic conditions, with cough aggravated on lying down. Drenching sweat during sleep. Extreme sensitiveness to draughts. Diarrhoea, prolapse of rectum. Aching in rectum extending upwards; worse lying on side lain upon.

Respiratory.–Dry cough coming on after first sleep, about middle of night. Asthma on lying down at night with spasmodic cough; worse after first sleep, with tickling in throat. Constriction of chest; feels as if a foreign body were in throat. Obstruction worse in spring. Hay-fever; frequent sneezing. Rawness and burning behind sternum.

The least current of air causes sneezing, with copious watery, excoriating nasal discharge, of salty acrid taste.

Female.–Menses suppressed; leucorrhoea foul-smelling, acrid, with pressing-down air. Lochia suppressed, with tympanites.

Modalities.–Worse about 11 pm (cough).

Relationship.–Compare: Pecten-Scallop (humid asthma. Quick, labored breathing. Constriction of chest, especially right side. Asthma preceded by coryza and burning in throat and chest. Attacks ends with copious expectoration of tough, frothy mucus. Worse at night). Ars iod; Naphthaline; Cepa; Rosa; Sabad; Sinapis.

Dose.–Tincture, to third potency.

Written by William Boericke (1849 - 1929) and published first in his book "Materia Medica" (1901)

William Boericke was an Austrian-born American physician who became a influential exponent of homeopathy. He is also known as an academic writer, publisher, medical school professor and owner of several pharmacies.

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