TARAXACUM OFFICINALE: Materia Medica

Dandelion – For gastric headaches, bilious attacks, with characteristically mapped tongue and jaundiced skin. Cancer of bladder. Flatulence. Hysterical tympanites.

Head.–Sensation of great heat on top of head. Sterno-mastoid muscle very painful to touch.

Mouth.–Mapped tongue. Tongue covered with a white film; feels raw; comes off in patches, leaving red, sensitive spots. Loss of appetite. Bitter taste and eructations. Salivation.

Abdomen.–Liver enlarged and indurated. Sharp stitches in left side. Sensation of bubbles bursting in bowels. Tympanites. Evacuation difficult.

Extremities.–Very restless limbs. Neuralgia of knee; better, pressure. Limbs painful to touch.

Fever.–Chilliness after eating, worse drinking; finger tips cold. Bitter taste. Heat without thirst, in face, in toes. Sweat on falling asleep.

Skin.–Profuse night-sweats.

Modalities.–Worse, resting, lying down, sitting. Better, touch.

Relationship.–Compare: Choline, a constituent of Taraxacum root, has given encouraging results in the treatment of cancer. Choline is closely related to Neurin, it is the “Cancronie” of Prof. Adamkiewicz (E. Schlegel). Bry; Hydrast; Nux. Tela aranea (nervous asthma and sleeplessness).

Dose.–Tincture, to third potency. In cancer 1-2 drams fluid extract.

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