Rhus Toxicodendron

by H. C. Allen

Poison Oak. (Anacardiaceae)

Rhus Toxicodendron Adapted to persons of a rheumatic diathesis; bad effects of getting wet, especially after being overheated.

Ailments: from spraining or straining a single part, muscle or tendon ( Calcarea, Nux ); overlifting, particularly from stretching high up to reach things; lying on damp ground; too much summer bathing in lake or river.

Rhus Toxicodendron Affects the fibrous tissue, especially ( Rhododendron – serous, Bryonia ); the right side more than the left.

Pains: as if sprained; as if a muscle or tendon was torn from its attachment; as if bones were scrapped with a knife; worse after midnight and in wet, rainy weather; affected parts sore to touch.

Lameness, stiffness and pain on first moving after rest, or on getting up in the morning, > by walking or continued motion.

Rhus Toxicodendron has Great restlessness, anxiety, apprehension ( Aconite, Arsenicum ); cannot remain in bed; must change position often to obtain relief from pain (from mental anxiety, Arsenicum ).

Restless, cannot stay long in one position.

Back: pain between the shoulders on swallowing; pain and stiffness in small of back < sitting or lying, > by motion or lying on something hard.

Great sensitiveness to open air; putting the hand from under the bed-cover brings on cough ( Baryta, Hepar ).

Muscular rheumatism, sciatica, left side ( Colocynthis ); aching in left arm, with heart disease.

Great apprehension at night; fears he will die of being poisoned; cannot remain in bed.

Vertigo, when standing or walking; worse when lying down (better when lying down, Apis ); < rising from lying, or stooping ( Bryonia ).

Headache: brain feels loose when stepping or shaking the head; sensation of swashing in brain; stupefying; as if torn; from beer; returns from least chagrin; < from sitting, lying, in cold, > warmth and motion.

Dreams of great exertion; rowing, swimming, working hard at his daily occupation ( Bryonia ).

Corners of mouth ulcerated, fever blisters around mouth and on chin ( Natrum mur. ).

Rhus Toxicodendron Tongue: dry; sore, red, cracked; triangular red tip; takes imprint of teeth ( Chelidonium, Podophyllum ).

Great thirst, with dry tongue, mouth and throat.

External genitals inflamed, erysipelatous, oedematous.

A dry, teasing cough, before and during chill, in intermittent fever; cough, with taste of blood.

When acute diseases assume a typhoid form.

Rhus Toxicodendron Diarrhoea: with beginning typhoid; involuntary, with great exhaustion; tearing pain down the posterior part of limbs during stool.

Paralysis: with numbness of affected parts; from getting wet on lying on damp ground; after exertion, parturition, sexual excesses, ague or typhoid; paresis of limbs; ptosis.

Erysipelas, from left to right; vesicular, yellow vesicles; much swelling, inflammation; burning, itching, stinging.

Relations. – Complementary: to, Bryonia.

Inimical: to, Apis, must not be used before or after.

Compare: Arnica, Bryonia, Rhododendron, Nat. s, Sulphur

Aggravation. – Before a storm; cold, wet rainy weather; at night, especially after midnight; from getting wet while perspiring; during rest.

Amelioration. – Warm, dry weather, wrapping up; warm or hot things; motion; change of position; moving affected parts.

The great characteristic or Rhus is that with few exceptions the pains occur and are < during repose and are > by motion.

Sepia, often quickly > itching and burning of Rhus, the vesicles drying up in a few days.

Rhus is best antidoted by the simillimum; the potentized remedy given internally. The dermatitis should never be treated by topical medicated applications; they only suppress, never cure.