EUPHRASIA OFFICINALIS: Materia Medica

Eyebright – Manifests itself in inflaming the conjunctival membrane especially, producing profuse lachrymation. Patient is better in open air. Catarrhal affections of mucous membranes especially of eyes and nose. Profuse acrid lachrymation and bland coryza; worse, evening. Hawking up of offensive mucus.

Head.–Bursting headache with dazzling of eyes. Catarrhal headache, with profuse discharge from eyes and nose.

Nose.–Profuse, fluent coryza, with violent cough and abundant expectoration.

Eyes.–Catarrhal conjunctivitis; discharge of acrid matter. The eyes water all the time. Acrid lachrymation; bland coryza (Opposite: Cepa). Discharge thick and excoriating (Mercur thin and acrid). Burning and swelling of the lids. Frequent inclination to blink. Free discharge of acrid matter. Sticky mucus on cornea; must wink to remove it. Pressure in eyes. Little blisters on cornea. Opacities. Rheumatic iritis. Ptosis (Gels; Caust).

Face.–Redness and heat of cheeks. Stiffness of upper lip.

Stomach.–Vomiting from hawking mucus. Nausea and bitterness after smoking.

Rectum.–Dysentery. Prolapse ani. Pressure down in anus when sitting. Constipation.

Female.–Menses painful; flow lasts only an hour or day; late, scanty, short. Amenorrhoea, with ophthalmia.

Male.–Spasmodic retraction of genitals, with pressure above pubic bone. Condyloma and sycotic excrescences. Prostatitis. Nocturnal irritability of bladder; dribbling urine.

Respiratory.–Frequent yawning when walking in open air. Profuse, fluent coryza in morning, with much cough and expectoration. Influenza. Gags when clearing the throat in morning. Whooping-cough only in day-time, with profuse lachrymation.

Skin.–First stage of measles; eye symptoms marked. Consequence of external injuries.

Sleep.–Yawning when walking in open air. Sleepy during day.

Fever.–Chilly and cold. Sweat mostly on chest, at night during sleep.

Modalities.–Worse, in evening, indoors, warmth; south winds; from light. Better, from coffee, in dark.

Relationship.–Antidotes: Camph; Puls. Compare: Hydrophyllum-Burr -flower–(catarrhal inflammation of eyes; hot lachrymation with itching, swollen lids, dull headache; also for effects of Poison-Oak); Cepa; Ars; Gels; Kali hyd; Sabadilla.

Dose.–Third to sixth 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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