by H. C. Allen
Meadow Saffron. (Liliaceae)
Colchicum Autumnale Adapted to the rheumatic, gouty diathesis; persons of robust vigorous constitution; diseases of old people.
External impressions, light, noise, strong odors, contact, bad manners, make him almost beside himself ( Nux ); his sufferings seem intolerable.
Ailments: from grief or misdeeds of others ( Staphysagria ).
Colchicum Pains are drawing, tearing, pressing; light or superficial during warm weather; affect the bones and deeper tissues, when air is cold; pains go from left to right ( Lachesis ).
Smell painfully acute; nausea and faintness from the odor of cooking food, especially fish, eggs or fat meat ( Arsenicum, Sepia ); bad effects from night watching ( Cocculus indicus ).
Colchicum Autumnale has Aversion to food; loathing even the sight of still more the smell of it.
The abdomen is immensely distended with gas, feeling as if it would burst.
Burning, or icy coldness in stomach and abdomen.
Autumnal dysentery, discharges from bowels contain white shreddy particles in large quantities; white mucus; “scrapings of intestines” ( Cantharis, Carbolicum acidum ).
Colchicum Urine: dark, scanty or suppressed; in drops, with white sediment; bloody, brown, black, inky; contains clots of putrid decomposed blood, albumin, sugar.
Affected parts very sensitive to contact and motion.
Arthritic pains in joints; patient screams with pain on touching a joint or stubbing a toe.
Colchicum Autumnale Relations. – Compare: Bryonia in rheumatic gout with serous effusions; in rheumatism in warm weather.
Colchicum Often cures in dropsy after Apis and Arsenicum fail.
Aggravation. – Mental emotion or exhaustion; effects of hard study; odor of cooking food.
Motion: if the patient lies perfectly still, the disposition to vomit is less urgent. Every motion renew it ( Bryonia ).