Helleborus Niger

by H. C. Allen

Christmas Rose. (Ranunculaceae.)

Helleborus Niger patient is Weakly, delicate,, psoric children; prone to brain troubles ( Belladonna, Calcarea, Tuberculinum ); with serous effusion.

Melancholy: woeful; despairing; silent; with anguish; after typhoid; in girls at puberty, or when menses fail to return after appearing.

Irritable, easily angered; consolation < ( Ignatia, Nat., Sepia, Silicea ); does not want to be disturbed ( Gelsemium, Nat. );

Unconscious; stupid; answers slowly when questioned; a picture of acute idiocy (of chronic, Barayta carbonica ).

Helleborus Niger Brain symptoms during dentition ( Belladonna, Podophyllum ); threatening effusion ( Apis., Tuberculinum ).

Meningitis: acute, cerebro-spinal, tubercular, with exudation; paralysis more or less complete; with the cri encephalique.

Vacant, thoughtless staring; eyes wide open; insensible to light; pupils dilated, or alternately contracted and dilated.

Soporous sleep, with screams, shrieks, starts.

Hydrocephalus, post-scarlatinal or tubercular which develops rapidly ( Apis, Sulphur, Tuberculinum ); automatic motion of one arm and leg.

Convulsions with extreme coldness of body, except head or occiput, which may be hot ( Arnica ).

Greedily swallows cold water; bites spoon, but remains unconscious.

Helleborus Niger patient has Chewing motion of the mouth; corners of mouth sore, cracked; nostrils dirty and sooty, dry.

Helleborus Niger patient Constantly picking his lips, clothes, or boring into his nose with the finger (while perfectly conscious, Arum. ).

Boring head into pillow: rolling from side to side; beating head with hands.

Diarrhoea: during acute hydrocephalus, dentition, pregnancy; watery; clear, tenacious, colorless, mucus; white, jelly-like mucus; like frog spawn; involuntary.

Urine: red, black, scanty, coffee-ground sediment; suppressed in brain troubles and dropsy; albuminous.

Dropsy: of brain, chest, abdomen; after scarlatina, intermittents; with fever, debility, suppressed urine; from suppressed exanthemata ( Apis, Zincum met. ).

Relations. – Compare: Apis, Apocynum, Arsenicum, Belladonna, Bryonia, Digitalis, Lachesis, Sulphur, Tabacum, Zincum met. in brain or meningeal affections.