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Penthorum Sedoides

NAT. ORD., Crassulaceae.

COMMON NAME, Ditch Stone Crop.

PREPARATION.--The whole fresh plant with the root is macerated in two
parts by weight of alcohol.

(The Medical Advance for June, 1887, contains a paper
by Dr. D. B. Morrow, from which the following is taken.)

The object of this paper is to call attention to the fact that the only
proving of Penthorum was made on scientific principles, as these
verifications demonstrate. If the pathogenesy is carefully studied, it
will be seen to meet all the conditions of "common colds," or acute
catarrhs, so prevalent in all sections of North America, from the
symptoms of chill, malaise, headache, soreness, cough, coryza, dry and
flowing, with their secondary consequences of disturbed digestion,
constipation, debility, etc. and it will probably cure any or all of
these conditions when indicated by correspondence to the pathogenesy.

A medicine having such a catarrhal range is probably a remedy for female
troubles equal to Pulsatilla or Calcarea, and is worthy of a careful
proving by women. It cures where antipsoric medicines have failed, and
possibly may possess antipsoric qualities.

Authorities.--1, Dr. D. B. Morrow, U. S. Med. Inves., N. S., 3, p. 565
(Eclectic Med. Jour., 1875); effects of tincture, doses of 10 drops,
and after one hour 20 drops; on second day, 40 drops; third day, 60
drops at 9 P.M., and 50 drops at 1 P.M.; 1 A.M. same, effects of 100
drops. 2, Dr. Scudder took 20 drops ("a young man took same dose and had
similar effects").

MIND.--During both provings the mind was dull and exceedingly depressed
and desponding; everything wrong but dinner; reading interfered with
because of mental dullness (second day), 1.--Mind became so dull I gave
up reading and lay upon the lounge (third day).

HEAD.--On closing my eyes felt like I was floating; vertigo (third day),
1.--Headache continued, could not read; went to hear Boutwell, followed
his argument with difficulty, was much annoyed by the little noises made
by the audience (second day), 1.--Headache came on again (third day),
1.--When commencing the proving, had a dull, heavy headache, with heat
and soreness in the sacrum; this was cured (third day), 1.--An
unpleasant heavy pain in the forehead, about the edge of the hair (after
four hours), 2.--Catarrhal aching in the forehead, 1a.--[10] The
fullness in the sinciput became an ache, as though a weight were pressed
down upon it (second day), 1.--Itching of the hairy scalp (second day),

EYE AND EAR.--The inner superior tarsal border of both palpebra itched
and burned (third day), 1.--A full sensation in supra-orbital region (a
hearty supper), (first day), 1.--Ringing and singing in both ears, 1a.

NOSE.--Discharges from nares thick, pus-like, streaked with blood, and
an odor as from an open sore (third day), 1.--A peculiar wet feeling in
my nares as though a violent coryza would set in, which did not; the
secretion from the nose became thickened and pus-like, but not
increased. Wet feeling in trachea and bronchia, passing from above
downward, as if a coryza would set in, followed by a slight feeling of
constriction, which passed from above downward through the chest (first
day), 1.

Catarrhal feeling repeated itself (third day), 1.--Nose felt stuffed, as
if swollen (second day), 1.--Sense of fullness of the nose and ears
(after four hours), 2.--[20] A secondary symptom, a drawing or
contractile feeling of the muscles of the side of the nose affected with
catarrh, 1a.--Itching in the nares, 1a.

MOUTH.--Prickling burning sensation on the tongue, as if scalded (first
day), 1.--Increased flow of saliva (first day), 1.--The bloody sputa
continues, 1a.

THROAT.--The posterior nares feel raw, as if denuded of epithelium, 1a.

STOMACH.--Appetite increased (third day), 1.--Eructations and dejections
of little collections of odorless flatus expelled with force (second
day), 1.--An unpleasant sensation of disgust and nausea, lasting for
three hours, but not interfering with the following meal, which was
eaten with greater relish, 2.--Soreness in epigastrium; this symptom
appeared at first, not recorded because thought idiopathic, 1a.

ABDOMEN [30].--Borborygmus (second day), 1.--Parietes of abdomen felt
thickened (second night), 1.--A clawing, uneasy sensation about the
umbilicus, which gradually passed to lower bowel (second day),
1.--Twitching of the muscles in the abdomen (second day), 1.

RECTUM AND ANUS.--A crawling sensation in lower rectum, as though a worm
tried to escape (second day), 1.--Burning in rectum at stool, continuing
through afternoon, 1a.--Itching of anus; hemorrhoids with aching in
sacrum and in sacro-iliac symphysis (some weeks after proving), 1a.

STOOL.--Semi-fluid evacuation of the bowels next morning, having been
somewhat constipated, 2.--Some weeks after proving suffered from
constipation, an atonic condition of bowels and rectum, 1a.--Was costive
when commencing proving; had two natural stools from yesterday's
medicine (third day), 1.

URINARY ORGANS [40].--A dull aching in kidneys (third day), 1.--The
bladder becomes sore to pressure (third day), 1.--Urine still increased
in flow, with burning along the urethra when micturating (third day),
1.--Urine clear, passed more frequently (second day), 1.--Urine actively
acid, as shown by litmus; no cloud on boiling; threw down a sediment
with Sulphuric acid, Ammonia, and Argentum nitrum and Nitric
acid, when boiled; the next day after the dose it was alkaline, as
shown by litmus, and only precipitated with Argentum nitricum;
slightly cloudy, with caloric; unloaded, but increased in quantity, 1a.

SEXUAL ORGANS.--Sexual orgasm (second night), 1.--Erythismus of the
sexual system, almost a satyriasis; a slight variocele of long standing
was apparently cured (some weeks after proving); this condition was
succeeded by a corresponding depression of sexual function, approaching
impotency, after months of time returning to the normal condition, 1a.

RESPIRATORY ORGANS.--In the morning a cough seemed to come from deep in
the chest, with soreness throughout the chest (third day), 1.

CHEST.--Slight feeling of constriction, which passed from above down
through the chest, followed the wet feeling in trachea and bronchia
(first day), 1.

PULSE [50].--Pulse regular at 58 (first day), 1.

NECK AND BACK.--Aching through basilar region, from back to front,
1a.--The aching in sacral region reappeared, but subsided as the
medicine was eliminated, 1a.--Aching in sacrum and in sacro-iliac
symphysis, with the itching of anus, hemorrhoids, 1a.--(When commencing
the proving, had heat and soreness in the sacrum, with a dull, heavy
headache; this was cured), (third day), 1.

EXTREMITIES.--Arm went to sleep (numb), 1.--Hand felt swollen (second
night), 1.--A trembling feeling of legs for several days, with soreness
of knees, 1.--While on the lounge the muscles of the leg were suddenly
contracted, jerking up the foot as in stepping; in a moment the right
one performed the same manoeuvre (third day), 1.

SKIN.--A long-cured impetiginous eczema reappeared on both legs,
1a.--[60] A few hot prickings in the skin (second and third days),
1.--Itching of the face and forehead, 1a.--The itchings repeated
themselves (third day), 1.

SLEEP AND FEVER.--Fantastic dreams (second night), 1.--Voluptuous dreams
and increased sexual desire, sympathetic with urinary excitement, 1a.--A
few cold chills rushed up the spinal column (first day), 1.

(In addition to the foregoing we quote the following from
same authority):

Prover cured a severe acute flowing coryza, headache, vertigo and cough,
with sticking pains throughout the chest, heaviness and trembling of the
lower limbs; pulse, 110. Penthorum 3x quickly cured.

Miss P----, a blonde of 17, had a severe cough of several weeks
duration; worse from talking or singing. Frothy greenish sputa.
Pulsatilla and afterwards Phosphorus were given without benefit.
Penthorum soon cured.

In the prover it produced a general malaise, headache, weakness of limbs
and inability to attend to business, a feeling as though he must give up
and be sick. I have promptly relieved several patients having these
symptoms with Penthorum. It produces a soreness throughout the chest,
with a severe dry cough, "as though I would cough my insides out," worse
in the morning. Have speedily cured several such coughs with it.

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