Petroleum: calms voracious night-time hunger

In homeopathy, Petroleum is used for skin disorders that are exacerbated by the cold and for irritation of the mucous membranes. There is an alternation between skin and mucous membrane disorders.

A typical characteristic is the appearance of diarrhoea after the disappearance of a skin rash. When one pathology improves, the other one worsens.

People with Petroleum traits are irritable, restless, indecisive and afraid of the future.

Their memory is poor and they are unable to coordinate their thoughts and concentrate.

Their mental confusion is so severe that they even forget their own identity.

Petroleum Characteristics

Skin afflictions are a typical Petroleum characteristic. They start with a blister, then develop a scab and finally deep, blackened cracks appear on the patient’s skin, which is very dry.

The digestive, nasal and ocular mucous membranes are those that are most affected.

Morning sickness with excess saliva or cold sweats that are accompanied by vomiting and daily diarrhoea with violent, painful colic may all appear.

They have a propensity towards vertigo in the morning and piercing pains that appear and disappear all of a sudden.

All the symptoms are aggravated by the cold and by passive movement i.e. when travelling by boat, car or train.

They have a voracious appetite, particularly at night. They are usually very thirsty and crave beer. They are irritable and impulsive.

They suffer from morning headaches with a feeling of clumsiness, heaviness at the back of the head and vertigo.

Clinical indications

Fissures and cracks on the fingertips and toes that appear every winter.

Mechanics’ eczema or dermatitis in people who work with hydrocarbon and its derivatives or with products containing bleach.

Travel sickness that subsides when patients close their eyes or eat.

Daily diarrhoea after eating cabbage or cruciferous vegetables.

Always seek advice from your doctor, therapist, pharmacist or health professional.

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