by H. C. Allen
Poke Root. (Phytolaccaceae.)
Phytolacca Patients of a rheumatic diathesis; rheumatism of fibrous and periosteal tissue; mercurial or syphilitic.
Emaciation, chlorosis; loss of fat.
Phytolacca has Great exhaustion and profound prostration.
Occupies a position between Bryonia and Rhus; cures when these fail, though apparently well indicated.
In rheumatism and neuralgia after diphtheria, gonorrhea, mercury or syphilis.
Pain flying like electric shocks; shooting, lancinating: rapidly shifting ( Lac caninum, Pulsatilla ); worse from motion and at night.
Entire indifference to life; sure she will die.
Phytolacca Vertigo: when rising from bed feels faint ( Bryonia ).
Intense headache and backache; lame, sore bruised feeling all over; constant desire to move but motion < pains ( Lac caninum, Mercurius – motion > Rhus ).
Irresistible desire to bit the teeth or gums together ( Podophyllum ); during dentition.
Sore throat; of a dark color; uvula large, dropsical, almost translucent ( Kali bichromicum, Rhus )
Phytolacca Diphtheria: pains shoot from throat into ears on swallowing; great pain at root of tongue when swallowing; burning, as from a coal of fire or a red-hot iron: dryness; difficult to swallow with trembling of the hands; sensation of a lump in the throat with continuous desire to swallow; tonsils, uvula and back part of throat covered with ash-colored membrane; cannot drink hot fluids ( Lachesis ).
Carotid and submaxillary glands indurated after diphtheria, scarlet fever.
Mammae full of hard, painful nodosities.
Breast; shows an early tendency to cake; is full, stony, hard and painful, especially when suppuration is inevitable; when child nurses pain goes from nipple to all over body (goes to back, Croton tiglium; to uterus, Pulsatilla, Silicea ).
Mammary abscess; fistulae, gaping, angry ulcers; pus sanious, ichorous, fetid; unhealthy.
Tumefied breast neither heals nor suppurates, is of a purple hue and “hard as old cheese” ( Bryonia, Lac caninum, [Phel.]).
Nipples, sensitive, sore, fissured ( Graphites ); < intensely by nursing, pain radiates over whole body.
Hastens suppuration ( Hepar, Lachesis, Mercurius, Silicea ).
Relations. – Compare: Kali i., its analogue.
Aggravation. – When it rains: exposure to damp, cold weather.