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Rhubarb. (Polygonaceae)

Suitable for children, especially during dentition. Sour smell of the whole body; child smells sour, even after washing or bathing (Hep., Mag. c.). Screaming of children with urging and sour stools. Children cry and toss about all night (Psor.). Child impatient, desires many things, and cries; dislikes even favorite playthings (Cina, Staph.). Sweat of scalp, constant, profuse; whether asleep or awake, quiet or in motion, the hair is always wet; may or may not be sour (Cal., Sanic.). Difficult dentition; child restless, irritable, peevish, with pale face and sour smell (Kreos., Cham.). Desires various kinds of food but cannot eat them, become repugnant. Colic: < at once by uncovering an arm or leg; with every sour stool; < when standing; not > by stool.

Relations: - Complementary: after Magn. c., when milk disagrees and child has sour odor. Compare: Cham., Col., Hep., Ipec., Magn. c., Pod., Staph., Sulph. May be given after abuse of Magnesia with or without rhubarb, if stools are sour.


Snowrose. (Ericaceae)

Nervous persons who dread a storm and are particularly afraid of thunder; < before a storm, especially an electrical storm (Nat. c., Phos., Psor., Sil.). Toothache, every spring and fall during sharp east winds; worse from change of weather, thunderstorm, windy weather. Acute inflammatory swelling of joints, wandering from one joint to another; severe at night; < in rest and during rough stormy weather (Kalm.). Rheumatic drawing, tearing pains in all the limbs, worse at rest and in wet, cold windy weather (Rhus). Cannot get sleep or remain asleep unless legs are crossed. Gout with fibrous deposit in great toe-joint, rheumatic, often mistaken for bunion (Colch., Led.). Induration and swelling of the testicle after gonorrhoea or rheumatic exposure (Clem.); orchitis, sensation in gland as if it were being crushed (Aur., Cham.).

Relations: - Compare: Bry., Con., Cal., Led., Lyc., Sep., Rhus.

Aggravation. - Stormy, windy weather, electrical changes in the atmosphere; on approach of thunderstorm; symptoms reappear with rough weather.

Amelioration. - Better from wrapping the head warmly; dry heat and exercise.


Rhus Toxicodendron.
Poison Oak. (Anacardiaceae)

Adapted to persons of a rheumatic diathesis; bad effects of getting wet, especially after being overheated. Ailments: from spraining or straining a single part, muscle or tendon (Cal., Nux); overlifting, particularly from stretching high up to reach things; lying on damp ground; too much summer bathing in lake or river. Affects the fibrous tissue, especially (Rhod. - serous, Bry.); the right side more than the left. Pains: as if sprained; as if a muscle or tendon was torn from its attachment; as if bones were scrapped with a knife; worse after midnight and in wet, rainy weather; affected parts sore to touch. Lameness, stiffness and pain on first moving after rest, or on getting up in the morning, > by walking or continued motion. Great restlessness, anxiety, apprehension (Acon., Ars.); cannot remain in bed; must change position often to obtain relief from pain (from mental anxiety, Ars.). Restless, cannot stay long in one position. Back: pain between the shoulders on swallowing; pain and stiffness in small of back < sitting or lying, > by motion or lying on something hard. Great sensitiveness to open air; putting the hand from under the bed-cover brings on cough (Bar., Hep.). Muscular rheumatism, sciatica, left side (Col.); aching in left arm, with heart disease. Great apprehension at night; fears he will die of being poisoned; cannot remain in bed. Vertigo, when standing or walking; worse when lying down (better when lying down, Apis); < rising from lying, or stooping (Bry.). Headache: brain feels loose when stepping or shaking the head; sensation of swashing in brain; stupefying; as if torn; from beer; returns from least chagrin; < from sitting, lying, in cold, > warmth and motion. Dreams of great exertion; rowing, swimming, working hard at his daily occupation (Bry.). Corners of mouth ulcerated, fever blisters around mouth and on chin (Nat. m.). Tongue: dry; sore, red, cracked; triangular red tip; takes imprint of teeth (Chel., Pod.). Great thirst, with dry tongue, mouth and throat. External genitals inflamed, erisiplatous, oedematous. A dry, teasing cough, before and during chill, in intermittent fever; cough, with taste of blood. When acute diseases assume a typhoid form. Diarrhoea: with beginning typhoid; involuntary, with great exhaustion; tearing pain down the posterior part of limbs during stool. Paralysis: with numbness of affected parts; from getting wet on lying on damp ground; after exertion, parturition, sexual excesses, ague or typhoid; paresis of limbs; ptosis. Erysipelas, from left to right; vesicular, yellow vesicles; much swelling, inflammation; burning, itching, stinging.

Relations: - Complementary: to, Bryonia. Inimical: to, Apis, must not be used before or after. Compare: Arn., Bry., Rhod., Nat. s, Sulph.

Aggravation. - Before a storm; cold, wet rainy weather; at night, especially after midnight; from getting wet while perspiring; during rest.

Amelioration. - Warm, dry weather, wrapping up; warm or hot things; motion; change of position; moving affected parts. The great characteristic or Rhus is that with few exceptions the pains occur and are < during repose and are > by motion. Sepia, often quickly > itching and burning of Rhus, the vesciles drying up in a few days. Rhus is best antidoted by the simillimum; the potentized remedy given internally. The dermatitis should never be treated by topical medicated applications; they only suppress, never cure.


Rumex Crispus.
Yellow Dock. (Polygonaceae.)

For the tubercular diathesis, extremely sensitive skin and mucous membranes. Extremely sensitive to open air; hoarseness; worse evenings; after exposure to cold; voice uncertain. Tickling in throat pit, causing, dry, teasing cough. Dry, incessant, fatiguing cough; worse from changing air or room (Phos., Spong.); evening after lying down; touching or pressing the throat pit; lying on left side (Phos.); from slightest inhalation of cold air; covers head with bedclothes to make air warmer; little or no expectoration. The cough is < in cool air or by anything which increases the volume or rapidity of inspired air. Sensation of lump in throat; descends on swallowing, but returns immediately. Raw sensation in larynx and trachea when coughing (Caust.). Urine; involuntary with cough (Caust., Puls., Sil.). Early morning diarrhoea; from 5 to 10 a. m. (Aloe, Nat. s., Pod., Sulph.); stools painless, profuse, offensive; sudden urging, driving out of bed in morning. Skin: itching of various parts; < by cold, > by warmth; when undressing, uncovering or exposing to cold air (Hep., Nat. s., Olean.).

Relations: - Compare: Bell., Caust., Dros., Hyos., Phos., Sang., Sulph.

Aggravation. - Cool or cold air; lying down (Hyos.).

Amelioration. - Warmth; keeping mouth covered to exclude cold air.

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