by H. C. Allen
Belladonna is adapted to bilious, lymphatic, plethoric constitutions; persons who are lively and entertaining when well, but violent and often delirious when sick.
Women and children with light hair and blue eyes, find complexion, delicate skin; sensitive, nervous, threatened with convulsions; tuberculous patients.
Belladonna patient has a great liability to take cold; sensitive to drafts of air, especially when uncovering the head; from having the hair cut; tonsils become inflamed after riding in a cold wind ( Aconite, Hepar, Rhus – takes cold from exposure of feet, Conium, Cuprum, Silicea ).
Quick sensation and motion; eyes snap and move quickly; pains come suddenly, last indefinitely and cease suddenly ( Magnesium phos. ).
Belladonna Pains come usually in short attacks; cause redness of face and eyes; fulness of head and throbbing of carotids.
Imagines he sees ghosts, hideous faces, and various insects ( Stramonium ); black animals, dogs, wolves.
Fear of imaginary things, wants to run away from them; hallucinations.
Violent delirium; disposition to bite, spit, strike and tear things; breaks into fits of laughter and gnashes the teeth; wants to bite and strike the attendants ( Stramonium ); tries to escape ( Helleborus ).
Head hot and painful; face flushed; eyes wild, staring, pupils dilated; pulse full and bounding, globular, like buckshot striking the finger; mucous membrane of mouth dry; stool tardy and urine suppressed; sleepy; but cannot sleep ( Chamomilla, Opium ).
Convulsions during teething, with fever (without fever, Magnesium phos. ); come on suddenly, head hot, feet cold.
Rush of blood to head and face ( Amyl., Gloninum, Melilotus ).
Belladonna Headache, congestive, with red face, throbbing of brain and carotids ( Melilotus ); < from slight noise, jar, motion, light, lying down, least exertion; > pressure, tight bandaging, wrapping up, during menses.
Boring the head into the pillow ( Apis, Helleborus, Podophyllum ).
Vertigo when stooping, or when rising after stooping ( Bryonia ); on every change of position.
Abdomen tender, distended < by least jar, even of the bed; obliged to walk with great care for fear of a jar.
Pain in right ileo-coecal region, < by slightest touch, even of the bed-cover.
The transverse colon protrudes like a pad.
Belladonna Skin: of a uniform, smooth, shining scarlet redness; dry, hot, burning; imparts a burning sensation to examining had; the true Sydenham scarlet fever, where eruption is perfectly smooth and truly scarlet.
Pressing downwards as if the contents of abdomen would issue from the vulva; > standing and sitting erect; worse mornings ( Lilium, Murex, Sepia ).
Relations. – Complementary: Calcarea.
Belladonna is the acute of Calcarea carb, which is often required to complete a cure.
Similar: to, Aconite, Bryonia, Cicuta, Gelsemium, Gloninum, Hyoscyamus, Melilotus, Opium, Stramonium
Aggravation. – From touch, motion, noise, draught of air, looking at bright, shining objects ( Lyssinum, Stramonium ); after 3 p. m.; night, after midnight; while drinking; uncovering the head; summer sun; lying down.
Amelioration. – Rest; standing or sitting erect; warm room.