by H. C. Allen
Black Cohosh (Ranunculaceae.)
Plumbum Adapted to diseases from spinal origin ( Phosphorus, Pic. ac., Zincum met. ).
Excessive and rapid emaciation; general or partial paralysis; extreme, with anaemia and great weakness.
Muscular atrophy from sclerosis of spinal system.
Lassitude; faints on going into a room full of company.
Plumbum are Slow of perception; intellectual torpor, gradually increasing apathy (in fevers, Phosphorus ac. ).
Weakness or loss of memory; unable to find the proper word ( Anacardium, Lac caninum ).
Delirium alternating with colic.
Assumes strangest attitudes and positions in bed.
Complexion: pale, ash-colored, yellow, corpse-like cheeks sunken; expressive of great anxiety and suffering.
Skin of face, greasy, shiny ( Natrum mur., Sanicula ). Distinct blue line along margin of gums; gums swollen, pale, show a lead-colored line.
Excessive pain in abdomen, radiating to all parts of body.
Sensation in abdomen at night, which causes patient to stretch violently for hours; must stretch in every direction ( Amyl. n. ).
Violent colic, sensation as if abdominal wall was drawn as if by a string to the spine.
Intussusception, with colic and faecal vomiting; strangulated hernia, femoral, inguinal or umbilical.
Plumbum Constipation: stools hard, lumpy, black like sheep-dung ( Chelidonium, Opium ); with urging and terrible pain from spasm of anus; obstructed evacuation from indurated faeces, dryness of the excretions, paralysis or muscular atony; during pregnancy; from impaction of faeces; when Platina fails.
Bright’s disease: colic pain; abdomen retracted; rapid emaciation; excessive debility; contracted kidney.
Feels a lack of room for foetus in uterus; inability of uterus to expand; threatening abortion.
Spasm: clonic; tonic; from cerebral sclerosis or tumor; epilepsy or epileptiform convulsions.
Yellow skin: dark brown “liver spots” in climacteric years; jaundice, the eyes, skin and urine yellow.
Plumbum Relations. – Compare: Alumina, Platina, Opium, in colic; Podophyllum in retraction of navel; Nux in strangulated hernia; Podophyllum the vegetable analogue.
The bad effects of Plumbum are antidoted by Alumina, Petroleum, Platina, Acid Sulphuricum, Zincum met.
Aggravation. – At night (pains in limbs).
Amelioration. – Rubbing; hard pressure.