Below are the main rubriks (i.e strongest indications or symptoms) of Oenanthe Crocata in traditional homeopathic usage, not approved by the FDA.
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OEnanthe crocata. Hemlock Drop-wort. (Marshy places.) N. O. Umbelliferae. Tincture of fresh root, at time of flowering.
OEnanthe crocata is one of the most poisonous of the Umbelliferae, and many accidents have happened from the use of the root in mistake for parsnips, and of the leaves in salads and soups. These have furnished the symptoms of the pathogenesis. Some of them are given in C. D. P. A man, 40, when fasting, ate the root. He soon complained of great heat in throat.
($51$) Extreme postmortem rigidity. (2) Hands strongly clenched with thumb applied forcibly to palm. (3) Purple surface.
nails blue. (4) Black fluid blood effused under scalp.
veins of pia mater distended.
brain substance strongly injected.
sinuses distended. escape of blood beneath pia mater covering both hemispheres. (5) Sheath of spinal cord strongly congested. (6) Respiratory mucous membranes deep red, covered with frothy mucus.
lungs dull, blackish with extravasations. (7) Heart contained black fluid blood. (8) Alimentary mucous membrane injected, with points of extravasation.
Two striking cases are reported in Brit.
Med. Jour., March 3, 1900 (H. W., xxxv. 277), which illustrate the epileptic suddenness of the drug's action ($51$) J. M., without any previous warning, fell down in a fit in the dining-hall as he was finishing dinner.
The fit was regarded as epileptic.
He regained consciousness soon after.
Whilst being removed from the dining-hall to the ward he had a second severe fit with vomiting; face livid, pupils dilated and fixed; conjunctivae insensible; bloody foam about mouth and nostrils; breathing stertorous; complete insensibility.
Six severe fits followed with an interval of a few seconds between.
The convulsion was clonic and general, but attained its greatest intensity in lower limbs first; next upper limbs; lastly in face.
He vomited a quantity of food, and emesis was kept up by giving Ipecacuanha Ipecacuanha wine, followed by copious draughts of tepid water.
There was no unconsciousness, but a marked mental change after the convulsions; the patient was delirious and talked incessantly to himself; drowsy and averse to be questioned.
Face pale, pupils dilated, pulse weak and slow.
Two hours later he recovered, and told how J. M. had given him a piece of "carrot" of which J. M. had himself eaten.
T. F. took two bites of it and threw the rest away.
The sudden falling and the subsequent status epilepticus are well depicted in these two cases.
In homoeopathic practice it has been given with much success in cases of epilepsy.
With the 3x I once gave great temporary relief in a case of idiopathic tetanus, which, however, terminated fatally.
The cases of epilepsy in which it is particularly indicated are those in which there is during the fit vomiting; tympanitis; or semi-priapism.
Epilepsy arising from disorders of the sexual sphere.
Dr. McLellan, of New jersey, tells me of a case of his in which a young woman, 19, of a very healthy family, who had never menstruated, had become almost idiotic in consequence, and at the periods when the menses should have come on there were epileptiform seizures of minor intensity.
The state of mind was such that, after taking the best advice in Paris and the States without avail, the patient was about to be put away.
OEn. c. was given, and the next period passed without any epileptic symptoms.
But there was no sign of the flow. Belladonna Bell. was now given, and at the next period the flow came on, and the patient's mind was entirely restored.
J. S. Garrison (S. J. of H., xiv. 135) reports a case of hystero-epilepsy.
Mrs. T., 32, commenced to menstruate at sixteen.
At first there was no pain, but later there was.
Married at twenty-three, she had two children, one eighteen months after marriage, and the other seventeen months after the first.
About the fourth month of the first pregnancy she began to be troubled with weight and pressure in pelvis and groins so that she could hardly walk.
Oenanthe Crocata lasted till the confinement.
At the sixth month she had the first convulsion, and she had two others between that and the confinement.
During the afternoon of the last three days before confinement she had a sensation as if she had been struck on the side of the head, and she fell, but without loss of consciousness.
Severe headache followed.
She had no more convulsions till after the baby died at five months, when she had one.
But three months later she became pregnant again and convulsions recommenced, continuing at irregular intervals till confinement, when they ceased till she began to move about.
They then recurred at intervals, varying from six weeks to six months, and when they did come there were always three or four very close-together.
The mental condition grew worse all the time.
The fits came suddenly without premonition; except that at first she had a slight feeling of dread, and occasionally could see herself as dead.
The attacks varied from momentary unconsciousness to epileptiform seizures with dulness and sleepiness for varying times.
At first they came in the night; later in the day, sometimes two in one day.
They usually began with the menses.
The uterus was much enlarged and the parts greatly relaxed.
The urine had a very low specific gravity.
OEn. c. 2x was given, five drops four times a day, on November 16, 1894.
On December 12th there was a severe attack, apparently induced by errors of diet, a week after appearance of menses.
The medicine was continued for ten months with constant improvement in health, and with no further convulsions.
J. S. Cooper (H. R., xi. 354) relates the case of a clergyman in attendance on one of the Federal generals at Gettysburg, who was wounded in the forehead by a fragment of shell, taken prisoner, and kept in prison twenty months.
On his release he was quite a wreck, and soon began to have light epileptic seizures, which gradually got worse, and when seen by J. S. Cooper, twenty-five years later, he was having four or five fits a day, could not write his name, and at times would take to his heels and run four or five miles into the country before he could be caught.
OEn. c. 4, five drops every four hours, was prescribed.
After the first dose he had a very bad fit.
The dose was diminished.
He began to improve, and in less than a year was in perfect health.
OEn. c. was not taken continuously, but when he "felt nervous" he would take a few doses.
F. H. Fish (H. R., vii. 80) cured a girl, 16, sanguine, well grown, who at eight began to have fits of absent-mindedness at irregular intervals.
At twelve menstruation commenced; at fourteen epileptic seizures, having no relation to the menstrual periods.
The fits were so severe that sixty to one hundred grains of Potassium bromide was required to keep them under control.
OEn. c. Ø, five drops in six ounces of water a teaspoonful every three hours, and later less often.
She had not another spasm, and lost her absent-mindedness and became cheerful and active.
W. K. Fowler (Amer. Hom., quoted H. W., xxxv. 212) reports this case A teamster, 60, nineteen years before got into a fight, had three ribs broken, and was struck in stomach with butt of Gun Powder gun.
Two weeks later had pneumonia on the injured side, and after that epileptic seizures.
Before the attacks pain in stomach going through to spine; pain in second cervical vertebra.
Attacks induced by worry and by becoming very tired.
Severe attacks after day's work was finished.
OEn. c. on discs, four discs every three hours for a month.
After this there was only one slight attack after a hard day's work during the four months he was under observation.
In 1894 (aged 23) had a severe accidental blow with a sledge hammer on frontal bone immediately over nose.
In 1896 had his first convulsive attack, coming on during sleep, and only noticed by his wife; a shuddering and stiffening of the body, turning of the head, grinding teeth and groaning.
In the morning patient noticed a dull, heavy feeling of the head, and sensation as if whole body weighted down.
For two years the attacks occurred only at night, and were known to the patient by these feelings next day.
The attacks increased in severity, and now began to come in the day, and were preceded by an aura like the sound of distant bells, then a buzzing as of bees, increasing in intensity till he fell unconscious, this condition lasting from ten to sixty minutes.
For months the patient had this strange symptom On looking upward a filmy shower of black rods and rings seemed to come from above and disappear on reaching the level of his eyes.
Fits recurred at intervals of one to four weeks.
Bromides were then given, and there were no fits for seven months, when they no longer controlled, and he consulted Carpenter, who noted these additional symptoms Twitching of individual muscles during attack, with frothy mucus before mouth.
dulness in head, haziness before eyes burning dryness in throat.
chilly feelings over body.
languor and heaviness of mind and body.
OEn. c. 4x and 6x made a complete change in a few months, brightening the mind, energising the body, and stopping the seizures for several months.
Among peculiar symptoms are Cold as if dead during convulsions; noise in throat as if being choked.
Burning. Burning heat.
Numbness. Legs stretched straight out.
Swallowing = soreness of throat.
Pressure agg. pain in throat; amel. deep pain in thorax.
All symptoms agg. from water (in three women poisoned by it).
Albuminuria. Apoplexy. Breast, pain in. Convulsions. Cough. Diaphragm, spasm of. Epilepsy. Hystero-epilepsy. Oesophagus, inflammation of; stricture, of. Priapism. Puerperal convulsions. Sciatica. Speech, lost. Status epilepticus. Stomatitis. Tetanus. Tongue, swollen; ulcerated.