Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica by J.H. Clarke

Robinia [Rob]

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Robinia [Rob] signs and symptoms of the homeopathy medicine from the Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica by J.H. Clarke. Find out for which conditions and symptoms Robinia [Rob] is used

      Robinia pseud-acacia. Common or False Acacia. North American Locust. *N.O. Leguminosae. Tincture of fresh root bark. Tincture of fresh bark of young twigs. Trituration of the beans.

Clinical

      Acidity. Coryza. Dyspepsia, Flatulence. Headache, gastric. Hyperchlorhydria. Indigestion, nocturnal. Intermittents. Neuralgia. Pyrosis. Stomach, affections of. Urticaria.

Characteristics

      The roots of *Robinia (says *Treas. of Bot.) “have the taste and smell of liquorice, but are a dangerous poison, and accidents have occurred from their being mistaken for liquorice roots.” The poisonings that have been recorded have been due to eating the beans or chewing the bark. Of thirty-two boys so poisoned (*H. R., iv 72) in the mildest cases there occurred Vomiting of ropy mucus, dilatation of pupils, dry throat, flushed face. In the severest the vomit was more copious and mixed with blood, with retching, epigastric pains, debility, stupor, cold extremities, dusky pallor, heart’s action feeble, intermittent, extremities pulseless. Recovery took place in two days. The provings of Burt and Spranger have developed the symptoms which have led to the chief clinical uses, but some of Houatt’s symptoms have also been confirmed. The chief keynote of Rob. is *acidity, especially if the time of aggravation is *night. Cooper has observed improvement which was going on under Rob. cease at night-time. Sour stomach, vomiting of intensely sour fluid which set the teeth on edge. Eructations of a very sour fluid. Clinical experience has added to these: Sour stools of infants, with sour smell of body and vomiting of sour milk. Heartburn and acidity coming on when lying down at night and preventing sleep. Halbert (*Clinique, March, 1899, *H.W., xxxiv. 373) relates a case of hyperchlorhydria treated with *Rob.: Mrs. S., 40, had stomach troubles many years, for which she had bitter tonics, stomach douching, electric massage. She had acid eructations and vomitings of intensely sour food, extreme appetite, but gastric pains an hour or two after meals, stomach and bowels distended with gas almost constantly, and flatulence was extremely irritating. Craved meats, but could not tolerate vegetables, craved solid food, but did not dare take it. Emaciated and cachectic. Meat, eggs, and milk was the diet prescribed. Lavage was performed every alternate day, and after it the patient was directed to eat a full meal, *Rob. 3x was given every two hours, and steady improvement occurred in all particulars, till health was practically restored. Burt had a severe neuralgia in left temple, preventing sleep from midnight to daylight. He had also a “dull, heavy aching in stomach,” and a “constant dull, heavy frontal headache, much worse by motion and reading. The combination of gastric and head symptoms has placed *Rob. among the chief remedies in migraine and sick headaches. Among Houatt’s symptoms was a facial neuralgia spreading to eyes, forehead, with contraction of the jaw and features, and also a sensation as if the jaws would be dislocated or fractured. Hering gives this case of neuralgia as having been cured with *Rob.: “Jawbone feels as if disarticulated, intensely sour taste and vomiting.” The paralytic symptoms were very marked in one of the poisoning cases. Flatulence and diarrhoea were produced, and also constipation, with constant ineffectual urging. Among the *Peculiar Sensations are: As if brain revolved. As if head were full of boiling water. As if brain struck against skull. Jawbone as if disarticulated. Stomach as if scalded. As if whole body would pass away with stool. The left side was most affected. A sleepy, dull feeling in head and limbs changed from right to left. A.L.Fisher (quoted *H. R., iv.27) has relieved with *Rob., when everything else failed, the intensely acid vomiting in four cases of gastric cancer. Millspaugh points out that *Trifol. *prat. which is a domestic remedy for cancer, is a near botanical ally of *Rob. The symptoms are worse by touch (neuralgia from of food), worse by motion. worse By reading (headache), worse Lying down (heartburn and acidity). worse Being raised from the horizontal (nausea and vomiting). worse Night. worse From fat, gravies, flatulent food, cabbages, turnips, new bread, ice-cream, raw fruit, &c., they causes gastric headache.

Relations

      *Compare: Laburn. In acidity, Rhe., Calcarea, Aethusa, Mag-c., Pulsatilla In neuralgia, Arsenicum, Chi., Flatulence, Chi., Carb-v., Lycopodium Ineffectual urging to stool, Nux. Gastric headaches, Iris-v. Jawbone as if dislocated, Rhus. Changing sides, Lac caninum (Rob. Right to left). Heart, (Phaseol). Dilated pupils, dry throat, and flushed face, Belladonna

Mind

      Very low-spirited. Excessively irritable. Tried to write but could not (agg.***R.T.C.). Can hardly tell what she is doing (agg. ***R.T.C.).

Head

      Vertigo and dulness of head in whatever position it is placed. Sensation as if brain revolved, worse lying on right side. Vertigo with unsteadiness and nausea. Unable to hold his head upright, on eighteenth day could hold it up for a time, but it dropped if the effort was long continued (in a child who ate locust beans). Constant dull, heavy, frontal headache, much worse by motion and reading. Dull headache: with profuse nasal discharge and frequent sneezing, with sharp stitches in temples. Steady headache with sensation as if head full of boiling water, as if brain struck against skull when moving. Sick headache, with sour stomach, from fat meat, gravies, flatulent food, cabbage, turnips, warm bread, pastry, ice-creams, raw fruits, &c. Severe neuralgic pain in left temple, preventing sleep from midnight to daylight.

Eyes

      Eyes sunk. Eyes sore, watery, with rough throat. Pupils contracted (in poisoning cases dilated).

Nose

      Profuse continual discharge from nostrils, with sneezing and dull headache. Wax-like tumour on nose.

Face

      Neuralgic face ache, spreading to eyes, forehead, ears, and teeth, changing the whole features. Spasmodic pains in jaws, feels as if they would be broken or disarticulated, intensely sour taste in mouth. Face flushed (in mild poisoning cases), dusky pallor (in severe cases).

Mouth

 

Burning, lancinating pains, especially in carious teeth, spreading to cheeks, eyes, and temples, worse at night or on of food, especially if cold or spiced, teeth become loosened from the spongy and easily bleeding gums. White coating on tongue, with red tip. Tongue covered with whitish-brown fur, smooth and slimy. Mucous membrane of mouth pale.

Throat

      Dry scratching in throat. Dryness of throat, with flushing of face. Rough soreness. Roughness, with sore eyes.

Stomach

      Thirst. Constant eructations of a very sour fluid. Heartburn and acidity of stomach at night on lying down. Regurgitation of acid and bitter substances, everything turns to acid. Nausea for three hours, followed by vomiting of an intensely sour fluid. Nausea and attempts to vomit when placed in sitting posture. Water taken before eating, at night, returned in morning green and sour. Vomiting of intensely sour fluid, setting teeth on edge. Vomiting of ropy mucus, tinged with blood, retching and epigastric pains. Vomiting, with slight convulsions. Sour stomach. Dull, heavy, aching dulness in stomach. Very severe, sharp pains in stomach all day and night.

Abdomen

      Constant dulness in epigastric region, with cutting pains in stomach and bowels and a good deal of rumbling. Burning distress in stomach and region of gall-bladder. Bowels greatly distended with flatulence, seemed to fill up whole abdomen, tympanites, better passing flatus. Soreness in bowels when moving or by pressure.

Stool and Anus

      Desire for stool, but only flatus passes, finally constipated stool. Sour stools of infants, with sour smell from body and vomiting of sour milk. Diarrhoeic stools, yellow, green, burning, with nervous agitation, weakness, cold sweat, dyspnoea. Stools: loose, black, fetid, with great tenesmus, watery, whitish, excessively frequent and generally involuntary, with sensation as if whole body would pass away with stool, heat and pressure in epigastrium, cramps. Sudden attacks of purging and vomiting. The daily motion has a slimy look and bilious tinge. Bowels costive, with frequent ineffectual desire for stool.

Urinary Organs

      Urine scanty and painful, or profuse and turbid.

Female Sexual Organs

      Nymphomania, whitish, greenish, yellowish, thick, and acrid, purulent leucorrhoea, with tumefaction and bruised feeling in neck of womb and general prostration, ulcerative pains in vagina, with acrid, yellowish leucorrhoea of most fetid smell. Hard swelling of womb. Cramps in womb. Menses too late, black. Haemorrhage between the periods, accompanied by purulent leucorrhoea. Eruptions and ulcers like herpes on vagina and vulva.

Respiratory Organs

      Voice reduced to a whisper and efforts to cry exceedingly feeble, suddenly ceasing with a slight sigh, as if from exhaustion. Feeble respiration.

Heart

      Heart’s action very feeble, embarrassed when moved from horizontal position. Almost pulseless.

Limbs

      Could not move in slightest degree fingers, hands, arms, or legs, later could move fingers of right hand a little, later could stir legs, but not draw them up, tickling feet caused much distress (from the beans).

Generalities

      Features and limbs shrunken as if from excessive diarrhoea (but there was none). Faintness worse when raised from horizontal position. Child cried when its arms were laid hold of. Improvement which was going on ceases at night-time (***R.T.C.).

Skin

      Covered from head to foot with the worst form of urticaria.

Sleep

      Sleepiness and dulness in limbs and head (with stinging pain in temples), changing from right to left side. Restless sleep all night on account of frequent sneezing, from indigestion.

Fever

      Hands and feet cold. Paroxysms of pain late in afternoon, lasting till 3 to 4 a.m., face hippocratic, much flatulence. Hectic fever with night-sweats.

About the author

John Henry Clarke

John Henry Clarke

John Henry Clarke MD (1853 – November 24, 1931 was a prominent English classical homeopath. Dr. Clarke was a busy practitioner. As a physician he not only had his own clinic in Piccadilly, London, but he also was a consultant at the London Homeopathic Hospital and researched into new remedies — nosodes. For many years, he was the editor of The Homeopathic World. He wrote many books, his best known were Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica and Repertory of Materia Medica

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