by H. C. Allen
Green Hellebore. (Melanthaceae.)
Veratrum Viride suited For full-blooded, plethoric persons.
Congestion, especially to base of brain, chest, spine and stomach.
Violent pains attending inflammation.
Acute rheumatism, high fever, full, hard rapid pulse, sever pains in joints and muscles ( Bryonia, [Salic. ac.]); scanty, red urine.
Veratrum Viride.Child trembles, jerks, threatened with convulsions; continual jerking or nodding of the head.
Nervous or sick headache; congestion from suppressed menses; intense, almost apoplectic, with violent nausea and vomiting.
Congestive apoplexy, hot head, bloodshot eyes, thick speech, slow full pulse, hard as iron.
Convulsions: dim vision; basilar meningitis; head retracted; child on verge of spasms.
Cerebro-spinal diseases; with spasms, dilated pupils, tetanic convulsions, opisthotonos; cold clammy perspiration.
Sunstroke, head full, throbbing of arteries, sensitive to sound, double or partial vision ( Gelsemium, Gloninum ).
Tongue: white or yellow with red streak down the middle; dry, moist, white or yellow coating, or no coating on either side; feels scalded ( Sanguinaria ).
Veratrum Viride Pulse: suddenly increases and gradually deceases below normal; slow, soft, weak; irregular, intermittent ( Digitalis, Tabacum ).
Veratrum viride should not be given simply to “bring down the pulse,” or “control the heart’s action,” but like any other remedy for the totality of the symptoms.