Author: Jan Scholten
666.47.17 Artemisia absinthium, Absinthium
Names: Absinthium artemisia.
English: Absinthe; Common Wormwood; Wormwood; Absinthe wormwood.
Culture: symbol for calamities and sorrow; Green muse; green fairy.
Use: alcoholic drink, like Pernod, oozo, licorice drink, addicting, became crazy like idiots and died; many artists in France died from it; Lana Turner died from Absinth in a movie. The picture in the homeopathic Materia Medica is coloured with the alcohol intoxication.
Absinthium is one of the best remedies for schizophrenia, chronic psychotic conditions where the patient lives in his own world and has little real contact with other people. They have an aversion to contact and company, they prefer they stay on their own. The reason for this is a strong fear that others will hurt them or influence them against their will. It is a strong form of paranoia. It comes often of a situation where they were threatened to be violated or even murdered, often by family members or known ones. They do not trust people, have the idea that all other people want to hurt or destroy them. They feel threatened and do not want to be touched, looked at or talked to. When others want to make contact, they act weird; give irrelevant answers or no answer at all.
Or they become irritable in words or deeds. They keep people at a distance by threatening them. The threat can be spoken or in the way they act or they can radiate their aggression. They can even be very unfeeling or cruel. But this is just an expression that they feel that others are cruel to them, that they want to hurt them. As a doctor it is difficult to get contact, the interview is awkward and one can feel threatened by them, as if one wrong question can provoke them into a rage.
Anger, irritability, rage, violent, + foolishness, + grimaces. Irritability, violence: alternating coma. Ailments from violence, in the family.
Abstinence, voluntary or forced by a cruel spouse.
Cruelty, brutality, inhumanity. Shrieking, screaming, shouting. Kleptomania, stealing, avaricious.
Laughs about sensitive issues.
Company: aversion; wants to have nothing to do with anybody.
Memory: weakness, loss, forgetful, confusion, dullness.
Forgets: what he has just done, recent facts, recently happened, to take purchases.
Comfort, sensation of, as if in a beautiful dream.
Weeping, tearful: < convulsions.
Excitement, exhilaration, fancies, alternating delirium; hysteria, in paroxysms.
Active, busy fruitlessly, restless, nervous, excited, jumping out of bed, obliged to walk about, > moving.
Tranquility, indifference, apathy to life.
Death: desires: convalescence, during.
Stupor, unconsciousness, coma, sudden, < convulsion.
Dreams: deceased rising from grave; children.
Insanity, mania, madness, psychosis, schizophrenia, delirium tremens, foolish, idiocy, imbecility, stupor.
Delusions: animals, cats, dogs, rats, mice, insects, grotesque, colourful, devils, faces, hearing, images, phantoms, frightful, horrible visions, murdered, persecuted, pursued by enemies soldiers; naked women.
Fear: animals, cats, rats, snakes, ghosts, killing, murdered, narrow place, people, pursued, persecuted.
Desire: alcohol !!, tobacco !, coffee.
Food: > meat, >< alcohol, <<< mushrooms.
Sleep: sleepless < children.
Nervous: convulsions, epilepsy, preceded by trembling, with grimaces, bites tongue, foams bloody, distorted face, in rapid successions; with opisthotonos, coma partial or total; afterwards loss of memory, stupid, spasm body and limbs; spasms, hysterical, infantile; tremors; chorea; cerebral irritation, hyperaemia, congestion of brain, medulla and spine; cretinism.
Vertigo: sudden, severe giddiness, << rising, + tendency to fall backward.
Head: headache, dull, occipital, > head low.
Eyes: pain, itch, heavy lids, injected conjunctiva; pupils dilated unequally.
Ears: discharge < after headaches.
Face: blue, blood to the face, foolish, grimaces, spasmodic twitching.
Mouth: jaws firmly fixed; tongue: thick, protruding, swollen, trembling, paralysed, can scarcely talk, scalded, lump.
Lungs: cough with liver complaints.
Heart: irregular, beats tumultuous, thumps, tremors, can be heard and felt in back, scapular region.
Chest: weight on chest.
Stomach: uncomfortable, irritated, cold, oppressed, food lies heavy; nausea, retching; belching, frequent vomiting, dyspepsia.
Abdomen: bloated waist, flatulence, wind colic, typhoid; paralysis of inner organs; liver and spleen pain, swollen.
Urinary: constant urge; urine deep orange yellow, smell like horse's.
Male: spermatorrhoea + relaxed, enfeebled parts; impotency.
Female: darting pain, right ovary; premature menopause; pains in uterus; amenorrhoea.
Limbs: pains, spasms of the body and limbs; paralytic symptoms; feet very cold.