Sambucus Nigra

by H. C. Allen

Elder. (Caprifoliaceae.)

Sambucus Nigra Adapted to diseases of scrofulous children, which affect the air passages specially.

Persons formerly robust and fleshy, suddenly become emaciated ( Iodium, Tuberculinum ).

Bad effects of violent mental emotions; anxiety, grief, or excessive sexual indulgence ( Phosphorus ac., Kali phos. ).

Oedmatous swelling in various parts of the body, especially in legs, instep and feet.

Sambucus Nigra has Dry coryza of infants (sniffles); nose dry and completely obstructed, preventing breathing and nursing ( Ammonium carb., Nux ).

Sambucus Nigra Dyspnoea: child awakens suddenly nearly suffocated, face livid, blue, sits up in bed; turns blue, gasps for breath, which it finally gets; attack passes off but is again repeated; child inspires but cannot expire ([Chlorine], [Meph.]); sleeps into the attack ( Lachesis ). Compare: [Arum drac.] in Miller’s asthma.

Attacks of suffocation as in last stage of croup.

Cough: suffocative, with crying children; worse about midnight; hollow, deep whooping, with spasm of chest; with regular inhalations but sighing exhalations.

Cough deep, dry, precedes the fever paroxysm.

Fever: dry heat while he sleeps; on falling asleep; after lying down; without thirst, dreads uncovering (must be covered in every stage, Nux ).

Profuse sweat over entire body during waking hours; on going to sleep, dry heat returns (sweats as soon as he closes his eyes to sleep, Cinchona, Conium ).

Sambucus Nigra Relations. – Compare: Cinchona, [Chlorum], Ipecac., [Meph.], Sulphur

Relieves ailments from abuse of Arsenicum.

Compare: [Arum drac.] in Miller’s asthma.

Follows well: after, Opium, in bad effects of fright.

Aggravation. – During rest; after eating fruit.

Amelioration. – Sitting up in bed. Motion; most of the pains occur during rest and disappear during motion ( Rhus ).