ECHINACEA ANGUSTIFOLIA: Materia Medica

Purple Cone-flower (ECHINACEA – RUDBECKIA) -We are indebted to the Eclectic school for this remarkable medicine as a “corrector of blood dyscrasia”.

Acute auto-infection. Symptoms of blood poisoning, septic conditions generally. Diarrhoea in typhoid. Gonorrhoea. Boils. Erysipelas and foul ulcers. Gangrene. Goitre with exophthalmic symptoms; full doses, also injecting 5-10 drops into thyroid gland. Tendency to malignancy in acute and subacute disorders.

Last stages of cancer to ease pain. Venom infection. Cerebro-spinal meningitis. Puerperal infections. Tired feeling. Piles. Pustules. Acts on vermiform appendix thus has been used for appendicitis, but remember it promotes suppuration and a neglected appendicitis with pus formation would probably rupture sooner under its use. Lymphatic inflammation; crushing injuries. Snake bites and bites and stings generally. Foul discharges with emaciation and great debility.

Head.–Confused, depressed. Aches with a peculiar periodical flushing of the face, even to the neck; dizziness and profound prostration.

Nose.–Foul-smelling discharge, membranous formations protruding. Post-nasal catarrh with ulceration and fetor. Nose feels stuffed up. Right nostril raw, bleeding.

Mouth.–Canker; gums recede and bleed easily; corners of mouth and lips crack; tongue dry and swollen; sores; dirty brownish. Tongue, lips, and fauces tingle, with sense of fear about heart (Acon). White coating of tongue, with red edges. Promotes the flow of saliva.

Throat.–Tonsils purple or black, gray exudation extending to posterior nares and air-passages. Ulcerated sore throat.

Stomach.–Sour belching and heartburn. Nausea; better lying down.

Chest.–Pain as of a lump in chest and under sternum. Pain in pectoral muscles (Aristolochia).

Urine.–Albuminous, scanty, frequent, and involuntary.

Female.–Puerperal septicaemia; discharges suppressed; abdomen sensitive and tympanitic; offensive, excoriating leucorrhoea.

Extremities.–Aching in limbs and general lassitude.

Skin.–Recurring boils. Carbuncles. Irritations from insect bites and poisonous plants. Lymphatics enlarged. Old tibial ulcers. Gangrene.

Fever.–Chilliness, with nausea. Cold flashes all over back. Malarial fever.

Relationship.–Compare: Cenchris contortrix; Bothrops; Ars; Laches; Baptis; Rhus; Cistus; Hepar; Calendula.

Dose.–Tincture, one to ten drops, every two hours, and larger doses.

Locally, as a cleansing and antiseptic wash.

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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