- Deadly nausea, intolerance of milk, immediately vomited or ejected as curdled milk or frothy white matter, followed by diarrhoea, profound prostration and sleepiness
- Convulsions with cold limbs, eyes turned downwards, with clenched thumbs; pulse small and hard, locked jaw, foam at mouth
- Complete absence of thirst
Source: Vegetable kingdom
Synonyms: Dog poison, Fool’s parsley, Lesser hemlock
Prover: Dr Nenning in 1828
Duration of Action: 20 to 30 days
Miasmatic Background: Psora, syphilis and sycosis
Temperament: Confused and idiotic
Thermal Relationship: Hot patient
Introduction and History: It is one of the well known remedies of homeopathy. It is best for vomiting in children, during the dentitional period and during summer season. Only an intelligent person can distinguish it from real parsley; and hence the name Fool’s parsley is given.
Habit and Habitat: A common weed found abundantly throughout Europe. It is about a foot high and strongly resembles parsley in appearance, but is distinguished from it by its nauseous smell when rubbed and its loathsome odour. Flowers are white. Juice from the leaves is acrid in taste.
Preparation and Parts Used: The whole fresh plant when in flower is used for the preparation of mother tincture.
Constitution and Physiognomy: Teething children with extreme prostration, who cannot bear milk, are anxious, have a sunken face with herpetic eruptions on the nose.
Ailments From: Hot summer weather, milk in any form, during the dentitional period, improper feeding, indigestion, etc.
Seat of Action (Pharmacodynamics): Brain, nervous system, digestive system, glands, liver, neck, skin, mucous membranes, etc.
Physio-pathological Changes (Pathology)
- Being a poison, it acts on the nervous system and brain producing paralyzing effects due to its narcotic property.
- It acts on the mucous membrane of the stomach and produces nausea, vomiting and intolerance of milk.
- Due to its action on the brain it produces convulsions, which are somewhat epileptiform in character.
Characteristic Mental Symptoms (Psychology)
- Idiocy in children, inability to think or fix the attention, confused feeling.
- Anxiety and restlessness, afterwards headache and colic.
- Great sadness when alone, hallucinations and delirium.Irritability, especially in the afternoon and in the open air.
- More inclined to weep with the progress of disease, with excessive anguish.
- Patient imagines that he sees a rat or mouse running across the room.
Characteristic Physical Guiding Symptoms
Thirstlessness: It is a totally thirstless remedy.
Spasms: Epileptiform spasms with clenched thumbs, red face, eyes dilated and turned downwards, immovable pupils, locked jaws with foam at mouth.
Intolerance of milk: Cannot bear milk in any form; it is vomited in large curds as soon as swallowed; hungry after vomiting with great weakness and drowsiness.
Sleep: Sleeps immediately after vomiting; diarrhoea, spasms and convulsions with indigestion.
Violence: Onset of symptoms is sudden and violent with great exhaustion and lack of reaction.
Lancinating pains: Pains in female sexual organs and mammary glands with heat, redness and swelling of the mammary glands.
Indigestion: Indigestion with regurgitation of food after eating.
Infantile cholera: With vomiting, diarrhoea, dehydration, prostration and sleepiness; face pale, hippocratic with sunken eyes.
Glandular swellings: Swelling of mammary glands and glands around the neck.
Puffiness: Face is puffed and spotted, red and pale with marked linea nasalis.
Eruptions: Around the joints, especially knee, elbow and ankle; herpetic
eruptions at the tip of the nose.
Fever: Great fever with complete absence of thirst; cannot bear to be
uncovered during perspiration.
Want of power: Weakness of lower extremities, want of power; cannot
stand up or hold head up; back feels as if in a vise.
Back: Aching in small of back.
Important Characteristic Features
Nausea and vomiting: It is a wonderful remedy in vomiting of children, especially during the dentitional period and in hot summer weather. Child cannot tolerate milk in any form. Large green curds of milk are vomited. followed by great exhaustion; there is a drawn look about the mouth suggestive of nausea. The child is very hungry, and soon after eating or nursing vomiting occurs with a rush and the child falls back exhausted.
Aethusa baby: It is one of the best remedies for children in vomiting, cholera infantum and epilepsy, especially during the dentitional period, in hot summer weather. The baby cannot tolerate milk in any form due to a peculiar gastric irritation. The child is very weak and cannot stand up or hold the head up. Sleepiness is persistent. The baby is idiotic, confused and has an incapacity to think. There is great weakness and prostration with sleepiness. Sunken face with well marked linea nasalis. Pulse is small, quick and hard. Herpetic eruption at the end of the nose. Epileptiform spasms with clenched thumbs, red face, eyes turned downwards, dilated immovable pupils, foam at mouth and locked jaw.
General Modalities of Aethusa Cynapium
Aggravation: From 3 to 4 am, towards evening, in the morning, shortly after the morning, in summers, after eating or drinking milk in any form, after vomiting, stool, spasm and during the dentitional period.
Amelioration: In open air, from rest, tight bandage on head, walking on the seashore.
Antidotes: Nux-v, Acon and Op.
Antidoted by: Vegetable acids.
Compare: Calc, Ip, Kreos, Lyc, Bry, Sulph.
In marasmus the head is weak, cannot hold it up: Abrot, Aeth, Calc-p.
Potency: 3x, 6x, 12x, 30, 200, 1000.
Dosage: 3 to 30 potency is commonly used. Sixth potency is very effective.
Repetition: It should be repeated after each stool, vomiting or convulsion.
Therapeutic Value: Brain fag, Cholera infantum, Convulsions, Cough, Delirium, Dyspepsia, Epilepsy Headache, Hiccough, Indigestion, Infantile paralysis, Intolerance of milk, Nausea, Rickets, Vomiting, etc.
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