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Euphrasia Officinalis - General symptoms

Eye Bright, Euphrasia, Eyebright, Euphr.

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HPUS indication of Euphrasia Officinalis: Eye irritation

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



Headache in the left side, at 9 A.M., beginning with a ringing in the ears, and continually increasing.

with loss of appetite for dinner.

not relieved by an ineffectual attempt to sleep at noon.

on account of the burning heat of the head, cold applications of water were made, when it disappeared, and the ringing in the ears entirely ceased (sixth day),.

Sticking and burning in the external canthus, lasting several minutes, followed by increased watery secretion.

on looking into the glass the conjunctiva bulbi was not found injected, but the whole eyeball seemed swimming in water, and the conjunctiva of the lids was very red and much swollen.

the itching-burning in the left canthus and tension above both eyes (at noon with transient migraine) recurred several times during the day (ninth day),.

Distressing heaviness in the small of the back, on rising in the morning.

this developed into a pain as if sprained, so that an hour after rising I could hardly stoop forward, and not at all bend to the right side.

even stretching of the body to the right side was not easily possible on account of the increase of pain.

this pain in the small of the back gradually disappeared in the forenoon, extending into the left hip, where it caused a similar sensation of heaviness and straining.

after dinner there was much less of this pain, and in the evening it had entirely disappeared (third day),.



Indolent, hypochondriac; external objects were no incentive, had no life for him,

Weariness, in the morning (third day),

Unusual weariness (third day),

Irresistible weariness obliges her to lie down towards evening, with great heat of the hands and accelerated pulse (as she thinks).

the upper arms are as heavy as lead, and the wrists feel as though they had been forcibly squeezed.

in spite of great weariness and partial sleep she heard everything, and on closing the eyes large heads appear which make grimaces.

she wakes with chilliness over the whole body, especially the legs and knees.

afterwards pressure in the stomach, as if it were overloaded (third day),.

Spasmodic yawning. before she had completely yawned a second yawning commenced, without any sensation of weariness, with lachrymation of the eyes, bubbling in the ears and pulsation internally in the throat (it seemed as though one could hear the noise of it).

after which she saw indistinctly with the left eye.

the whole lasted about ten minutes (second day),.

For three mornings in succession he awoke every moment after 3 A.M., then fell into a stupid sleep about 6 A.M., without dreams.

on waking from this there was a pressure on the upper part of the chest, the head was dizzy and heavy.

he was nauseated and sweat broke out all over.

vertigo was increased by every slight motion, even to falling sideways.

all the limbs seemed weak and tremulous.

on rising the upper part of the body seemed much too heavy, as if the limbs were unable to carry it.

the attack gradually diminished till noon, with depressed mood,.

Manifests itself in inflaming the conjunctival membrane especially, producing profuse lachrymation. Patient is better in open air. Catarrhal affections of mucous membranes especially of eyes and nose. Profuse ACRID lachrymation and bland coryza; worse, evening. Hawking up of offensive mucus.

Free, acrid, watery secretions

Acute catarrhs

Acrid pus

WATERY EYES; swimming in tears; as of a hair before them, wants to wipe them

ABUNDANT, ACRID OR HOT, SMARTING TEARS, with bland coryza; worse open air, lying or coughing (Chelidonium Majus Chel---- ); leaving a varnish-like mark Photophobia; with spasm of lids

Pressive, cutting eye-pains

Sticky eye-gum

Red, burning-itching tarsi

Violent injection

Conjunctivitis; of measles

Thick yellow or acrid discharge from eyes


Chronic sore eyes

Gushes of fluent coryza

Loose cough

Easy expectoration, in day time only, less on lying down at night; (reverse - Thuja Thu)

Euphrasia officinalis. Eye-bright. N. O. Scrophulariaceae. Tincture of whole plant.

as if a hair hung over eyes.

as if upper lip were made of wood.

stiffness of left cheek.

of tongue. Ames, of Rockland, Ohio, has recorded the case of an old man, of 79, to whom he gave Euphras. 3x for lachrymation and sneezing, with the result that it relieved him, in addition, of a prostatic trouble he had had for some years, compelling him to rise frequently in the night to urinate. This led Ames to give Euphr. in other cases of prostatic trouble, with good results. As an eye-lotion Euphr. has great value, I have seen corneal opacities removed by its prolonged use. Among the noteworthy symptoms of Euphras. is "frequent yawning when walking in the open air." There is drowsiness without being able to sleep.

frequent waking in the night as from fright. Lying down agg. coryza.

amel. cough. Walking = stitches and itching in female sexual organs.

walking in open air = yawning. agg. After sleep. Most symptoms are agg. during night and in the morning.

cough amel. at night. amel. In bed.

amel. getting out of bed. Cold air and wind = lachrymation. agg. From touch.

Eyebright, Hahnemann, Scrophulariaceae.


Cough on rising in the morning, continuing until lying down again.

can scarcely get breath.

tickling in the trachea, worse from tobacco smoke.

better when eating. from mucous or watery vomiting.

came on after hemorrhoids had disappeared.

with severe coryza. eyes affected.

difficult expectoration during the day.

interruption of breath.

no cough at night. from the smoke of wood.

Catarrh condition of the eyes with copious, acrid, watery discharge with or without coryza. Cutting pain in the eyes extending into the head, pressure in the eyes as if caused by sand. Sensation of dryness, burning, biting in the eyes. Sensation of dust in the eyes. Violent itching of the eyes obliging rubbing and winking, with copious lachrymation. Pupils much contracted and much tumefaction of the mucous membrane with redness and enlarged blood vessels and smarting.

Iritis from rheumatism or in connection with rheumatic joints. Copious thin or thick discharges. General inflammation of all the tissues of the eyes. Ulceration of the cornea. It has cured Pannus. Pustular inflammation. Opacity of the cornea after injuries of the eye. It is suitable in the most violent acute conjunctivitis. Amblyopia with inflammation of conjunctiva and lids.

Copious lachrymation and burning. The mucous membranes of the lids and eyeballs are injected, red, and vascular. agglutination of the lids in the morning. Copious, acrid lachrymation with fluent discharge from the nose during coryza. Dryness of the lids and the margins of the lids red swollen, and burning. The lids are very sensitive and swollen. The margins of the lids itch and burn.

Suppuration of the margins of the lids. Much swelling of the lids with inflammation. Fine rash about the eyes with puffiness of the lids. Blurred vision. Paralysis of the third nerve.

The next most important group of symptoms is in connection with the nose. Sneezing and fluent coryza. The discharge is bland and this occurs with acrid lachrymation. The nasal mucous membrane is swollen.

Profuse, bland, fluent, coryza. After this coryza has existed for a day or two it extends into the larynx with a hard cough. The coryza is worse during the night while lying down. The cough is worse in the daytime and ameliorated by lying down

The remedy, Euphrasia Officinalis, has a rash like measles and it has febrile symptoms.

therefore, when these symptoms are duly considered, it will be seen that Euphrasia is similar to the symptoms that occur in measles. It is a wonderful medicine in measles though not so frequently indicated as Pulsatilla Pulsatilla, owing to the fact that this combination of symptoms does not often come.

Deep inspiration is difficult. The cough, considered by itself, furnishes a very rare group of symptoms. Cough with copious expectoration along with or following coryza. Difficult respiration ameliorated at night while lying down.

The abundance of mucus scraped from the larynx and trachea is often like the ending of bad colds. The expectoration is easy and almost without cough. It comes up without much effort. Pressive pain beneath the sternum showing that the trachea is especially involved in the catarrhal condition. The pain in the eyes is worse in the open air. The coryza is worse in the open air. The cough sometimes comes on in the open air.

Windy weather causes fluent coryza. Cold air and windy weather cause lachrymation. He is a chilly patient and cannot get warm in bed.

There is chill, fever, and sweat in Euphrasia Officinalis. This chill predominates. The fever occurs mostly during the day with red face and cold hands. The heat descends the body. The perspiration is often confined to the front part of the body. Perspiration during sleep at night. Strange odor sometimes very offensive and most profuse upon the chest. It is especially suitable in catarrhal fever, Influenzinum influenza and measles.

When the symptoms agree, it will make a violent attack of measles turn into a very simple form, making the patient feel better, bring out the eruption, control the fever, and relieve the cough, coryza, and other catarrhal symptoms. Streaming, hot, burning tears with rash, photophobia, running from the nose, intense throbbing headaches, redness of the eyes, photophobia from fever, dry cough during measles.

The action of Euphrasia Officinalis seems to center in the eyes. If you read the symptoms as laid down in "Hering's Guiding Symptoms," you would think that it would cure almost all possible affections of the eyes, acute or chronic conjunctivitis, iritis, kerato-iritis, spots, vesicles, pannus, etc., and so it will if indicated by the symptoms.

In colds with cough and severe fluent coryza it will sometimes cure, but here the choice must be made between it and Arsenicum Album Arsenicum, Allium Cepa Cepa and Merc Viv Mercurius. (See Allium Cepa Cepa for comparison).

In measles with watery eyes and fluent coryza it is sometimes the best remedy. I remember Dr. C. W. Boyce, of Auburn, N. Y., reporting great success with it in an epidemic in that city.

He cured all his cases with it. So I went for the next epidemic in my vicinity with Euphrasia, and my failure was as marked as his success. It was not the remedy for my epidemic. But I know enough not to "go it blind" that way very long, and hunted up my simillimum. Then I succeeded, too. Look out, young man, for the remedy that is recommended for all cases of any disease, or you'll "come down hard" some time.

One very prominent characteristic in eye troubles for Euphrasia Officinalis is a tendency to an accumulation of sticky mucus on the cornea, which is removed by winking. All cases of any kind attended with photophobia and lachrymation, with or without coryza, should suggest Euphrasia Officinalis, or at least call it to mind. In the eye affections of Euphrasia the lids are often involved. Of course this is so with other remedies, such as Arsenicum Album Arsenicum, Apis Mel Apis, Rhus toxic., etc. Study up. one more symptom Cough, sometimes dry, but generally loose, worse during the day, not troublesome at night. This is important, as more coughs are worse at night; ig Complaints in general are aggravated in the morning, on waking ; afternoon ; evening ; night, before midnight, after midnight.



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