PIPER METHYSTICUM: Materia Medica

Kava-kava – The intoxication produced by Kava is of a silent and drowsy character with incoherent dreams, loss of muscular power.

Urinary and skin symptoms have been verified. Marked modality. Arthritis deformans. Colic with flatulence.

Mind.–Very sensitive. Exaltation of mind. Amelioration of pains for a time by diverting attention. Restless desire to change position.

Urine.–Increased. Burning during micturition, gonorrhoea, and gleet. Cystitis. Chordee.

Skin.–Scaly. Fall of scales leaves white spots, which often ulcerate. Leprosy. Ichthyosis.

Extremities.–Pain in right arm. Hands feel paralyzed. Pain in thumb-joint.

Relationship.–Compare: Chaulmoogra-Taraktogenos–(The oil and its derivatives are to a certain extent effective in the treatment of leprosy, especially in early cases).

Bixa orellana, a South American plant related to Chaulmoogra, recommended for leprosy, eczema and elephantiasis.

Modalities.–Better, by turning mind to another topic; changing position.

Dose.–Tincture, and lower potencies.

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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