Convolulus Duartinus: Materia Medica

THIS is a climbing plant, cultivated in America and Europe. Leaves large, entire, cordate, alternate, on long petioles, generally arising from the axil of the flower-bearing branches.

Calla with five unequal folioles, the three outer ones sharp, the two inner ones oval and foliaceous. Corol white, large expanding into a large circular limb. Stamens five, adhering by their filaments to the tube of the corol which is shorter than the stamens. Anthers linear acuminate. The base of the ovary is surrounded by a glandular disk; style very long, filiform, terminated by a shaggy, bilobate stygma; fruit with a coriaceous tegument.

There are two or three flowers on the flower-bearing pedicels; they resemble a trumpet in shape, whence their Brazilian name “herva trombetta.” This plant blossoms in the summer-months. We employ the flower.

Prover: Dr. Manoel Duarte Moreira.

1. Heat and burning of the skin all over, with prickings like the stings of insects. Profuse sweat in bed, several nights in succession. Red spot on the right cheek when rising from bed, it disappears in the course of the day. Shuddering in the day-time, several different times. 5. Small red spot in the right side of the neck. Drowsiness in the evening, in three provers. Prostration, in two provers. Dreams about quarrels. 10. Reveries in the day-time. Dreams about dead persons and about the incisores falling out. Dreams that one flies along an illuminated street; appearance of a ghost; waking with a start. Languor. Sinking of the moral strength, in two provers. 15. Hypochondria. Mental languor. Discouragement. Pain in the left temporal region, in relation with the eye. Pain at the right cheek. 20. Pain in the frontal region. Dizziness, in three provers. Pain all over the head, especially along the median line. Pain in the frontal region, with heat at the root of the nose, in three provers. Two small spots on the forehead, disappearing in a few minutes. 25. Pain in the whole head, from the morning until 5 o’clock in the evening. Acute pain in the left temporal region, in the morning, on two consecutive days, in two provers. Headache, at times at the vertex, at others at the occiput. Pain in the temples. Violent pain at the vertex, evening. 30. Pressure in the frontal region. Headache on the left side. Heaviness and dizziness in the frontal region, two days in succession. Burning in the frontal region, ceasing after taking a cold bath. Violent pain at the vertex, morning. 35. Vertigo with fainting. Slight pain at the vertex. Inflammation of the left eye. Dark redness of the face. Slight heat in the upper part of the oesophagus. 40. Sore throat for eight days. Sense of swelling at the tongue. Toothache. Swelling of the gums. Bad taste in the mouth. 45. Spitting up of mucus. Heat and dryness at the anterior and superior part of the oesophagus, in three provers. Slight pain on each side of the thyroid cartilage. Appetite when rising in the morning, in two provers. Stomach-ache for three days. 50. Decrease of the appetite. Pain in the abdomen, with internal heat. Violent colic with pulling, in two provers. Constipation, the first days, in eight provers. Red urine. 55. Yellow sediment in the urine. Numbness of the left scapular region. Pain at the left shoulder. Numbness of the arm, worse when hanging down. Numbness of both arms. 60. Deep-seated pain in the left forearm. Numbness of the right index- and middle-finger. Pain in the left wrist-joint. Deep-seated pain under the right breast. Pain at the right knee. 65. Deep-seated pain in the calves. Pain at the forepart of the left leg, for four days. Laming pain of the legs and thighs for several days. Deep-seated pain, first in the left, then in the right thigh. Numbness of the left leg and heel. 70. Shooting stitch in the right knee.

ARRANGEMENT ACCORDING TO HAHNEMANN.

MENTAL, MORAL, HEAD: 1. Vertigo with fainting. Dizziness. Pain all over the head. Headache, at the vertex and at times at the occiput. 5. Pressure in the frontal region. Burning in the frontal region. Pain in the left temporal region, also acute. Pain in the frontal region, also with heat, at the root of the nose.

EYES, &c.: Inflammation of the left eye. 10. Swelling of the gums.

MOUTH, STOMACH, &c.: Sense of swelling at the tongue. Sore throat. Heat in upper part of the oesophagus. Bad taste in the mouth. 15. Decrease of appetite. Stomach-ache for some days. Pain in abdomen, with internal heat. Colic, with pulling. Constipation. 20. Red urine. Yellow sediment in the urine. Deep-seated pain under the right breast. Pain on each side of the thyroid cartilage. Numbness of the left scapular region.

EXTREMITIES: 35. Pain at left shoulder. Deep-seated pain in left forearm. Numbness of the index- and middle-finger. Numbness of the arms. Deep-seated pain in the calves. 30. Laming pain of the legs and thighs. Deep-seated pain in the thighs. Numbness of the left leg and heel. Shooting stitch in the right knee.

SLEEP: Quarrelsome dreams. 35. Reveries. Dreams about dead persons and about teeth falling out. He dreams that he is flying along an illuminated street. Burning of the skin all over, with stinging. Profuse sweat in bed. 40. Shuddering, repeatedly. Red spot on the right cheek, when rising from bed, ,also on the neck. Prostration, also moral.

Written by James Tyler Kent (1849–1916) and published first in his book "Materia Medica" (1905) 

James Tyler Kent was an American physician best remembered as a forefather of modern homeopathy.
 

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