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Cinchona ( China ) Officinalis - General symptoms

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HPUS indication of Cinchona ( China ) Officinalis: Debility

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Below are the main rubriks (i.e strongest indications or symptoms) of China in traditional homeopathic usage, not approved by the FDA.



(Morning), On waking, anxious thoughts, etc.

head confused. on waking, heaviness of the head.

on waking, dull headache.

weight in forehead. between 6 and 7 o'clock, bleeding of nose.

pain in incisors. toothache in back tooth.

tongue coated white. after waking and after making some exertion, mucus in mouth.

nauseous taste. bitter taste.

thirst. just after walking, thirst, etc.

sensation of soreness in pit of stomach.

in bed, while lying on side pressure in stomach.

distension of abdomen.

in bed, pressure in upper abdomen.

irritation to cough.

stitches in chest. in bed, pain in joints.

at 5 o'clock, chilliness, etc.

shivering. cold hands, etc.

while asleep, sweat. at 3 o'clock, after waking, sweat, etc.

oily sweat. as soon as he had risen, sweat on face.

(Evening), Full of plans.

headache in temples. an hour after the fever, dry palate, etc.

an hour after the fever, thirst, etc.

while sitting, griping below side of navel.

in bed pressure in umbilical region.

while sitting, pain in abdomen.

while sitting, pressing colic.

pinching colic. in bed, itching in glans.

in bed, pain in testicle, etc.

sensation in chest, etc.

while sitting, drawing in thigh.

while sitting, crawling in foot.

in bed, crawling in scrotum.

itching on arms, etc.

on lying down, chill. coldness of the feet.

cold hands, etc..

(Night), Forepart, until 2 o'clock, lively.

on waking, anxiety. on waking, dizzy.

headache. on waking, eye seems swimming in water.

towards morning, odor from mouth.

on waking from sleep, suffocative attack.

while lying on back, pressure over anterior chest.

in bed, burning-itching under knees, etc.

pressive headache. towards morning, heat in head, etc.


(Sitting), Vertigo in occiput.

heaviness of head. drawing headache.

headache in forehead. digging in side of head.

drawing pain in occiput.

pain in abdomen. stitches in abdomen.

colic in epigastric region.

griping-drawing in abdomen, etc. pain in rectum.

pain in perineum. pain across lower chest.

pressure on right side of chest.

reading, stitches in side.

stitches in left chest.

drawing in hip-joint, etc.

drawing in bend of thigh.

drawing in nates. pain in muscles of thigh.

pressure in nates. pain in tibia.

drawing in sole. on stretching out lower leg, pain in tibia.

stitches in tibia, etc.

pain of joints.


(Standing), Drawing headache.

pain in upper jaw. pressure in region of liver.

pain in hypogastric region.

drawing beneath ribs. pain in side of neck.

pain between scapulae.

sensation in thigh, etc.

burning, etc., in thigh.

drawing in nates, etc.

stitch in thigh. pain in lower legs.

drawing on back of foot.

weakness of knees, etc..

(Touch), Headache.

pressure in frontal eminence.

sticking in side. stitches in fraenum of glans.

tearing in upper limbs.

tearing on top of shoulder.

drawing on coronoid process of ulna.

tearing in ulna. tearing in metacarpal bones, etc.

tearing in thighs. tearing in knee-joint.

pain in patella. pain in bones of leg.

pain in lower legs. tearing in metacarpal bones, etc.

bone-pain in joints..

(Walking), Vertigo.

pressive headache, etc.

tearing in head. headache above orbits.

stitches in spleen. pain in side of abdomen.

stitches in hypogastrium.

pain between glans and prepuce.

pain beneath ribs, etc.

pain below rib. tension in muscles of thigh.

pain in thigh. pain in knee.

sticking in tibia. exhaustion of body.

chilliness. chill over thighs..

At 3 A.M., awakened by considerable palpitation of the heart, which was not lessened by any change of position, but was increased by lying on left side.

at 4 the palpitation subsided, and at 5 he fell asleep again.

at 9 the palpitation returned with diminished force, and increased with increased motion of the body (120 drops, second day),.

(Thirst during the chill), thirst during the heat," 1187.

for the "thirst during the transient heat," 1194, does not denote completely developed feverish heat. Much more, however, does the thirst appear after the heat, 309, 395, 1148, or what is the same thing, during the sweat, 1228. The feverish heat, accompanied by stinging over the whole body, seemed to make an exception, see 1181, 1192..

He was unable to sleep on account of many thoughts and reflections.

each occupied him for only a short time, but in succession crowded upon him, so that through nearly the whole night no sleep came to his eyes, on account of which he became very warm all over towards morning, although he is unable to have less covering, or to be uncovered.

without thirst (after thirty hours),.

Heat of the whole body from 5 to 7 P.M., aggravated on walking in the open air, which caused sweat on the forehead, preceded and at a first accompanied by heat and great hunger, which return after the fever.

on walking there is a sensation in the abdomen as of hot water running down (a creeping of heat over the whole abdomen and down the thighs), with red cheeks, without thirst (after twelve hours),.

One grain pulv. Cort. per. rub. Pulse 66, natural, on taking.

no change (after five minutes).

67, full (after ten and fifteen minutes).

68, full and tense (after twenty minutes).

69, full and tense (after twenty-five and thirty minutes).

70, full and tense (after thirty-five minutes).

strong and regular (after forty to seventy minutes).

71 (after forty-five and fifty minutes).

72 (after fifty-five and sixty minutes).

71, slight headache (after seventy-five minutes).

70, full (after eighty-five minutes).

68, full (after ninety-five minutes).

67, nearly natural (after one hundred and five minutes).


12 grains of resin of P. bark Pulse 64, natural, on taking.

full and regular (after five to twenty-five minutes).

65 (after ten minutes).

66 (after fifteen minutes).

68 (after twenty and twenty-five minutes).

full and tense (after thirty to forty-five minutes).

68 (after thirty minutes).

69 (after thirty-five and forty minutes).

70 (after forty-five minutes).

regular (after fifty to sixty minutes).

71 (after fifty minutes).

72 (after fifty-five and sixty minutes).

full, face flushed (after sixty-five to eighty minutes).

73 (after sixty-five and seventy minutes).

70 (after seventy-five minutes).

66 (after eighty minutes).

65, diminished in fulness (after eighty-five and ninety-five minutes).


12 grains extract of P. bark. Pulse, 66, natural, on taking.

60, full and strong (after five minutes).

67 (after ten minutes).

68 (after fifteen minutes).

69 (after twenty to thirty minutes).

full (after thirty-five to sixty-five minutes).

70 (after thirty-five and forty minutes).

72 (after forty-five to fifty-five minutes).

71, full and tense (after sixty minutes).

70, full and tense (after sixty-five minutes).

68, diminished in strength (after seventy-five minutes).

67 (after ninety-five minutes).


12 grains gum of P. bark Pulse 72, natural, on taking.

no change (after five minutes).

73, fuller (after ten minutes).

75, fuller (after fifteen and twenty minutes).

tense (after twenty-five to thirty-five minutes).

77 (after twenty-five minutes).

78 (after thirty minutes).

80 (after thirty-five minutes).

fuller and stronger (after forty to fifty-five minutes).

81 (after forty minutes).

82 (after forty-five to fifty-five minutes).

full (after sixty to seventy minutes).

80 (after sixty minutes).

79 (after sixty-five minutes).

76 (after seventy minutes).

75 (after seventy-five minutes).


2 ounces decoction of P. bark Pulse 72, natural, on taking.

62, soft (after five minutes).

63, soft (after ten minutes).

65 (after fifteen and twenty minutes).

fulness (after twenty to thirty minutes).

67 (after twenty-five minutes).

68 (after thirty minutes).

considerable tension (after forty to seventy minutes).

69 (after forty minutes).

71 (after fifty minutes).

72 (after sixty minutes).

73 (after seventy minutes).

71 (after seventy-five minutes).

tense, with flushing of the face (after seventy-five to ninety minutes).

77 (after eighty minutes).

69 (after ninety minutes).

66, full (after one hundred minutes).


2 ounces infusion of P. bark Pulse 64, natural, on taking.

no change (after five minutes).

66 (after ten minutes).

68 (after fifteen minutes).

69, fuller (after twenty minutes).

70, fuller (after twenty-five minutes).

72 (after thirty minutes).

tension increased (after thirty to fifty minutes).

73 (after forty minutes).

76 (after sixty to seventy-five minutes).

full and tense (after sixty to eighty minutes).

74 (after eighty and eighty-five minutes).

full (after eighty-five and ninety minutes).

73 (after ninety minutes).

66 (after one hundred minutes),.

Debility from exhausting discharges, from loss of vital fluids, together with a Nervous erethism, calls for Cinchona ( China ) Officinalis. Periodicity is most marked. Sensitive to drafts. Seldom indicated in the earlier stages of acute disease. Chronic gout. Chronic suppurative pyelitis. Post operative gas pains, no relief from passing it.




Acid Phos Phos-ac

Weak, oversensitive and nervous; everything upsets him, light, noise, odors, pain, etc

Hard swelling

Bursting Rheumatism







Vertigo; falls backward

Throbbing, bursting, swashing, or bruised feeling in brain, worse temples

Sore scalp, worse touching hair

Hot red ears

Tinnitus; then vertigo


Pale, earthy, sickly look; bluish about eyes

Teeth throb; worse sucking

Acute, sour or bitter taste, or eructations

Craves delicacies

Quick satiety


Loud belching, without relief (Argentum Nitricum Arg-n)

Slow digestion

Sore stomach

Thirst for cold water that aggravates diarrhoea

Periodical liver symptoms (Quassia Amara Quas)


Swelled liver and spleen

Flatulent bloating Tympanitis

Pain from rectum into genitals

STOOLS; LIENTERIC; dark; foul; watery; BLOODY; painless; worse eating; worse night

Dark, profuse, clotted menses

Blood spitting Puffing, rattling, breathing

Every motion excites palpitation and takes his breath

Suppurative phthisis (Hep)

Painfully sore chest and interscapular spine

Heavy pressure (load) on shoulders, between scapulae or on sacrum

Twitching in knees

As of a band about legs

Pain in marrow


Heavy, snoring sleep

Anxious dreams

Swelled veins (hands, face)

Marked prodrome

Clearly staged chill, heat and sweat

Chill, then thirst, then heat, then thirst

Red, hot face, with cold hands

Hectic Sleeplessness, as a prodrome

Thirst during apyrexia

DRENCHING SWEATS; AT NIGHT, worse least motion; from weakness, etc

Tropical fevers


Cinchona officinalis. Cinchona calisaya. Peruvian bark. N. O. Rubiaceć. Tincture of the dried bark.

Abscess. Alcoholism. Amblyopia. Anćmia. Aphthć. Apoplexy Appetite, disordered. Asthma. Back, weakness of. Bilious attack. Catarrhal affections. Coma. Constipation. Cough. Debility. Delirium. Diarrhoea. Dropsy. Dyspepsia. Ears, deafness.

noises in. Emissions. Empyćma. Erysipelas. Facial neuralgia. Gall-stone colic. Hćmorrhages. Hćmorrhoids. Headache. Hectic fever. Hip-joint disease. Ichthyosis. Impotence. Influenzinum Influenza. Intermittent fever. Jaundice. Labour. Lactation. Leucorrhoea. Lienteria. Liver, diseases of.

cirrhosis of. Meničre's disease. Menstruation, disordered. Merc Viv Mercury, effects of. Muscć.

volitantes. Neuralgia. Peritonitis. Perspiration, excessive. Pleurisy. Prosopalgia. Psoriasis. Pylorus, disease of. Rheumatism. Self-abuse. Sleep, disordered. Spermatorrhoea. Spleen, affections of. Suffocation, fits of. Taste, disordered. Tea, effects of. Thirst. Tinnitus. Tabacum Tobacco habit. Traumatic fever. Tympanitis. Varicose veins. Vertigo.

Kina is the Peruvian name for "bark," and "Kina-Kina" is the "Bark of barks." The story of its introduction into European medical practice is one of the romances of the Healing Art.

as the story of its frightful abuse is one of its many tragedies. "According to Humboldt," writes Teste, "about 500,000 lbs. of this bark are annually exported to Europe for the purpose of being converted into sulphate of quinine." Well may Teste add the exclamation, "Poor patients!" As with almost every other good thing that comes into its hands, allopathy has contrived to do an infinity of harm with quinine to make up for the good. Some forms of intermittent fever it will cure, if too much of it is not given.

others it will suppress or change from intermittent to continuous. The result of suppression is thus sketched by Hahnemann's master-hand "True, he can no longer complain that the paroxysms of his original disease occurs any more on regular days and at regular hours.

but behold his livid earthy complexion, his bloated countenance, his languishing looks! Behold how difficult it is for him to breathe, see his hard and distended abdomen, the swelling of the hypochondria.

see how his stomach is oppressed and pained by everything he eats, how his appetite is diminished, how his taste is altered, how loose his bowels are, and how unnatural and contrary to what they should be.

how his sleep is restless, unrefreshing, and full of dreams. Behold him weak, out of humour and prostrated, his sensibility morbidly excited, his intellectual faculties weakened.

how much more does he suffer than when he was a prey to his fever!" (M. M. P.) The number of patients who have been consigned to an early grave by quinine probably falls short only of the number that Merc Viv mercury can claim. When first introduced it was (as Chloralum chloral and hundreds of other poisons have been since) declared on the highest authority to be incapable of harm "in whatever dose it may be taken." It is only at the end of the nineteenth century that some allopathists are discovering that it is more deadly than the deadliest West African fevers. Every homoeopath knows from experience how true is Hahnemann's picture of quinine effects from the victims of it he has been called upon to treat. China is placed by Teste in the Ferrum Met Ferrum group with Plumbum Metallicum Plumb., Phosphorus Phos., Carb. an., Pulsatilla Puls., Zincum Metallicum Zinc, and others, which "have the property of remaking the altered blood, or increasing for the time being, in a healthy person, the relative amount of hćmatin, globulin, fibrin, &c.," but also, "after a certain lapse of time, they produce opposite results.

impoverishment, discoloration, and liquefaction of the blood. From this antagonism arise their characteristic effects Short-lasting, sanguineous congestions (primary effect), and later, discoloration of tissues.

fulness of veins. torpor of all functions.

dryness of mucous membranes.

mucous or purulent discharges.

engorgement of the glands which are immediately connected with the circulatory apparatus, as spleen and liver.

passive hćmorrhages.

inertia of involuntary muscles (bowels, uterus).

oedema, atonic ulcers, &c.

finally, more or less obstinate nervous disorders, from derangement of sympathetic rather than the cerebro-spinal axis." And it is in cases presenting just such phenomena as these, that China proves its greatest efficacy, as Hahnemann was the first to point out. The glory of Hahnemann and the interest of homoeopathists are inseparably bound up with the history of Cinchona ( China ) Officinalis. It was the first medicine Hahnemann proved.

and the one that opened up to his mind the idea of homoeopathy. Cinchona Bark was to Hahnemann what the falling apple was to Newton, and the swinging lamp to Gallileo. Dissatisfied with the explanations of the action of Bark in curing ague that were current in his time, Hahnemann took the powdered Bark himself, being in health, and lo ! an ague attack ensued. A repetition of the experiment produced the same result. Further experiments revealed that action of Bark which is the opposite of "tonic".

already referred to. It is useful to remember that Ipecacuanha Ipecac. (as well as Galeum and Mitchella Repens Mitchella) belongs to the same natural order of plants as China, and the relation of the two to intermittent fever, hćmorrhages, and gasto-enteric disturbances is very similar. Coffea Tosta Coffea also belongs to the Rubiaceć, and is nearly allied in many of its nervous symptoms to China.

The tincture of China is antiseptic, destroying amćboid motion and retarding tissue change.

It weakens the heart and impairs the circulation, produces congestions and hćmorrhages, anćmia and complete relaxation and collapse.

The debility in which China is particularly indicated is such as is caused by an excessive drain of animal fluids, as great loss of blood, excessive suppuration, loss of semen; also after prolonged strain of overwork, mental or bodily.

A "pumped-out" condition, and the sensitive, irritable state of mind that accompanies such.

The typical fever of China is the intermittent from marsh miasm, tertian, or quartan in type.

Chill and heat without thirst, thirst occurring either before or after chill.

The chill is followed by long-lasting heat, generally with desire to uncover; face fiery red, often delirium; profuse and debilitating sweat following.

In the apyrexial period the face is a sallow dingy yellow, the spleen is enlarged and painful, the appetite is totally lost; or else there is canine hunger; the feet swell, and as soon as the patient closes his eyes for sleep he sees figures.

Hectic fever is also characteristic of the drug.

Periodicity is a leading characteristic both in fever and neuralgias. "agg.

Every other day" is characteristic.

Nash cured a case of acute rheumatism with Chininum Sulphuricum Chi, on this modality.

Hćmorrhages occur from every orifice of the body.

Koch and others have attributed the hćmaturia of African intermittents to quinine.

There is terrible always agg. at night.

Loss of sight, deafness, ringing in the ears.

Great sensitiveness to touch.

Even a current of air blowing on the part = great pain (compare Plumbum Metallicum Plumb.).

Everything tastes bitter, even water (everything except water, Aconite Acon.). Chininum Sulphuricum Chi. is suited to persons of thin, dry, bilious constitution; or to leucophlegmatic persons with a disposition to dropsical affections, to catarrhs or diarrhoea; to affections of women.

The mental state shows, in addition to the irritability, the following among other symptoms "Aversion to be looked at." "Pumped out" (Silicea Sil.), unable to think.

Delirium from loss of fluids (as hydrocephaloid).

Fixed ideas. There is a desire for suicide "Intolerable anxiety about 8 p.m. and 2 a.m.

he springs out of bed and wishes to take his own life, but does not go near the window or take a knife (compare Alumina alum.).

with heat of the body without thirst." The sensitiveness accompanies the headache, which is congestive, throbbing, like many hammers hammering on temples, ringing in the ears, agg. by slightest contact amel. by hard pressure).

by draught of air. by open air.

Weak eyes and ringing in ears, such as follows depletion.

The nose, ears, and chin are cold, complexion sallow, dingy, yellow.

Neuralgia is generally infra-orbital.

Thick dirty yellow coating on tongue; bitter taste on waking.

Aphthć of weakly people.

Canine hunger, especially at night.

Hunger after meals with feeling of emptiness.

If a meal is late, he is sure to suffer from it.

Total loss of appetite.

Full feeling after the least food, but belching only amel. temporarily.

After eating, a lump under mid-sternum.

After fruit, diarrhoea.

Dyspepsia after loss of fluids.

Nausea agg. on sitting up.

Stomach so weak it cannot tolerate any food at all.

Very sour stomach. The digestion of Chininum Sulphuricum Chi. is slow. Chininum Sulphuricum Chi. is one of the most flatulent of medicines.

Guernsey describes it thus "Uncomfortable distension of abdomen with a wish to belch up, or a sensation as if the abdomen were packed full, not in the least amel. by eructation." Gastric troubles of children who are always wanting dainties; irritable on waking, bad taste, white tongue.

Tympany coming on early in a case.

Spleen aching, sore. Liver swollen, sensitive.

Feeling of subcutaneous ulceration.

Gall-stone colic; duodenal catarrh; jaundice.

Fermentation in bowels, frothy, sour diarrhoea.

Yellow, watery, undigested diarrhoea with much flatus and no pain.

Diarrhoea of dark, inky fluid; stools frequent at night, only after food during the day. (It is useful in cases where purgatives have been abused if Nux Vomica Nux fails to cure.) Excessive seminal losses.

Menorrhagia; metrorrhagia; post-partum hćmorrhages.

Leucorrhoea before period, painful pressure towards groins and anus, fetid or bloody leucorrhoea before period; with contractions in inner parts.

The breathing has important characters Asthma; wheezing; suffocative catarrh and paralysis of lungs in old people.

Respiration laboured, loud and stertorous, with puffing, blowing out of cheeks on each expiration.

The sleep also should be carefully noted, especially the dreams he cannot get rid of his dreams even after waking; the impression continues.

He cannot get wide awake; head remains confused and stupid. Chininum Sulphuricum Chi. corresponds to hectic and to many conditions of the lungs which are attended with hectic.

Suppuration of the lungs, especially in drunkards.

Weakening night-sweats.

Prostration, chilly, wants to be wrapped up but cannot bear the fire.

A. Villers cured with Chininum Sulphuricum Chi. 30 a girl, twenty, who had, after a chill, a pain in right hip, agg. by every movement, and which she could only describe as being like the pain in the legs which occurred before the menses.

She was pallid and had had much hard nursing work.

The catamenia were scanty and she was weak.

Three days after taking Chininum Sulphuricum Chi. the pain was gone, after having persisted for five months.

With Chininum Sulphuricum Chi.

I removed the dropsy and relieved all the other symptoms of a case of cirrhosis of the liver in a hard drinker.

He remained at his work for many months; but in the end his old habits proved too much for him, and he died from an acute illness following a cold.

In this connection may be mentioned the effect of the tincture of China (Cinchona rubra especially) in removing the craving for alcohol in drunkards who wish to reform.

Ten to thirty drops two or three times a day is the usual close for this, though where the general symptoms correspond the potencies would probably do better.

I have confirmed P. Jousset's recommendation of Chininum Sulphuricum Chi. Ř in cases of facial erysipelas without vesication.

The rheumatism of Chininum Sulphuricum Chi. is characterised by soft swelling, pale red, very tender to touch.

C. M. Boger had such a case in second and third metatarso-phalangeal joints of left foot.

The patient said "With my slippers on I am in agony; but if I put on tight shoes the feet feel pretty comfortable." The Chininum Sulphuricum Chi. symptoms are generally agg. from lightest touch; Whereas hard pressure amel. agg.

Periodically 1 a.m. to 10 or 12 or 1 p.m. from 8 a.m. to 2 or 3 p.m.

Every other day; every fourteen days every night at midnight; during increase of moon; every three months; in autumn.

Rest agg. pains in limbs.

Colic amel. by bending double.

Motion amel. pains in limbs; agg. vertigo; headache; nausea.

Moving eyes agg. headache.

Open air or draught of air agg. agg.

During and after stool. amel.

In room or from warm applications.

Want to be near a stove; but this agg. the chill.

Neuralgic headache agg. from anything cold in mouth.

Summer = diarrhoea. Sun agg. headache.

Windy, foggy, or wet weather agg.

Autumn agg. After a meal fulness of stomach.

During and after dinner prosopalgia amel.

Effects of eating fish; fruit; bad meat or fish.

Effects of drinking beer; sour wine; new beer; impure water; milk.

Drinking agg. the chill.

Warm drinks impede digestion. agg.

From smoking.

Peruvian Bark. Hahnemann. Rubiaceae.

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Stools loose, brownish, painless, with feeling of debility.

frothy, painless, diarrhoeic, with fermentation in bowels.

after sour beer. painless, black.

thin, large, with passage of wind, mornings.

offensive undigested, or white, papescent, at night.

yellow, watery, involuntary.

cadaverous-smelling, chocolate-colored, worse at night.










positively debilitating, in fact