SANTONINUM: Materia Medica

Santonin – Is the active principle of Santonica, the unexpanded flower heads of Artemisia Maritima-Cina, which see.

The eye symptoms and those of the urinary tract are most prominent. It is of unquestioned value in the treatment of worm diseases, as gastro-intestinal irritation, itching of nose, restless sleep, twitching of muscles. Ascaris lumbricoides, and thread worms, but not tapeworms. Night cough of children. Chronic cystitis. Laryngeal crises and lightning pains of tabes.

Head.–Occipital headache, with chromatic hallucinations. Itching of nose. Bores into nostrils.

Eyes.–Sudden dimness of sight. Color blindness; Xanthopsia. Strabismus due to worms. Dark rings about eyes.

Mouth.–Fetid breath, depraved appetite; thirsty. Tongue deep-red. Grinding of teeth. Nausea; better after eating. Choking feeling.

Urinary.–Urine greenish if acid and reddish purple if alkaline. Incontinence and dysuria. Enuresis. Feeling of fullness of bladder. Nephritis.

Relationship.–Compare: Cina; Teucr; Napth; Nat phos; Spigel.

Dose.–Second to third trituration. Lower preparations are often toxic. Do not give to a child with fever or constipation.

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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