VALERIANA OFFICINALIS: Materia Medica

Valerian (VALERIANA) – Hysteria, over-sensitiveness, nervous affections, when apparently well-chosen remedies fail. Hysterical spasms and affections generally. Hysterical flatulency.

Mind.–Changeable disposition. Feels light, as if floating in air. Over-sensitiveness (Staph). Hallucinations at night. Irritable. Tremulous.

Head.–Sensation of great coldness. Pressure in forehead. Feeling of intoxication.

Ears.–Earache from exposure to draughts and cold. Nervous noises. Hyperaesthesia.

Throat.–Sensation as if a thread were hanging down throat. Nausea felt in throat. Pharynx feels constricted.

Stomach.–Hunger, with nausea. Eructations foul. Heartburn with gulping of rancid fluid. Nausea, with faintness. Child vomits curdled milk in large lumps after nursing.

Abdomen.–Bloated. Hysterical cramps. Thin, watery diarrhoea, with lumps of coagulated milk, with violent screaming in children. Greenish, papescent, bloody stool. Spasms in bowels after food and at night in bed.

Respiratory.–Choking on falling asleep. Spasmodic asthma; convulsive movements of the diaphragm.

Female.–Menses late and scanty (Puls).

Extremities.–Rheumatic pains in limbs. Constant jerking. Heaviness. Sciatica; pain worse standing and resting on floor (Bell); better walking. Pain in heels when sitting.

Sleep.–Sleepless, with nightly itching and muscular spasms. Worse on waking.

Fever.–Long lasting heat, often with sweat on face. Heat predominates. Sensation of icy coldness (Heloderma; Camp; Abies c).

Relationship.–Compare: Asaf; Ign; Croc; Castor; Amm valer (in neuralgia, gastric disturbance, and great nervous agitation). Insomnia especially during pregnancy and menopause. Feeble, hysterical nervous patients.

Dose.–Tincture.

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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