PRUNUS SPINOSA: Materia Medica

Black-thorn – Special action on the urinary organs and head. Very valuable in certain neuralgias, anasarca, and especially oedema pedum. Ankle and foot feel sprained. Ciliary neuralgia (Spig).

Head.–Pressing-asunder pain beneath skull. Shooting from right frontal bone through brain to occiput. Pain in right eyeball, as if it would burst. Piercing toothache, as if teeth were pulled out; worse, taking anything warm.

Eyes.–Ciliary neuralgia. Bursting pain in right eyeball shooting like lightning through the brain to occiput. Sudden pain in left eye as if it would burst, better by lachrymation. Irido-choroiditis. Opacity of vitreous humor. Eyes feel as if bursting.

Abdomen.–Ascites. Cramp-like pain in bladder region; worse, walking.

Rectum.–Hard, nodular stool, with rectal pain, as if angular body were pressed inward. Burning in anus after slimy diarrhoea.

Urine.–Tenesmus of bladder. Ineffectual effort to urinate. Hurriedly impelled to urinate; the urine seems to pass as far as glans, and then returns and causes pain in urethra. Neuralgic dysuria. Must press a long time before urine appears.

Respiratory.–Wheezing when walking. Oppression of chest; anxious, short respiration. Angina pectoris. Furious beating of heart; worse, slightest motion.

Skin.–Herpes zoster. Dropsy. Itching on tips of fingers, as if frozen.

Relationship.–Compare: Lauroc; Prumus padus-Bird–cherry–(sore throat, pressure behind sternum and sticking pain in rectum); Prunus Virginiana-Wild Cherry–(heart tonic; relieves the flagging and distended ventricle; irritable heart; dilatation of right heart; cough, worse at night on lying down; weak digestion, especially in elderly people; chronic bronchitis; increases muscular tone); Pyrus-Mountain Ash–(irritation of eyes; constriction around waist; spasmodic pains in uterus, bladder, heart, cold-water sensation in stomach, coldness extends up oesophagus; neuralgic and gouty pains).

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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