Author: Henry Allen
Especially adapted to the psoric constitution. In chronic cases when well selected remedies fail to relieve or permanently improve (in acute diseases, Sulph.); when Sulphur seems indicated by fails to act. Lack of reaction after severe acute diseases. Appetite will not return. Children are pale, delicate, sickly. Sick babies will not sleep day or night, but worry, fret cry (Jalap.); child is good, plays all day; restless, troublesome, screaming all night (rev. of Lyc.). Great weakness and debility; from loss of animal fluids; remaining after acute diseases; independent of or without any organic lesion, or apparent cause. Body has a filthy smell, even after bathing. The whole body painful, easily sprained and injured. Great sensitiveness to cold air or change of weather; wears a fur cap, overcoat or shawl even in hottest summer weather. Stormy weather he feels acutely; feels restless for days before or during a thunderstorm (Phos.); dry scaly eruptions disappear in summer, return in winter. Ailments: from suppressed itch or other skin diseases, when Sulphur fails to relieve; sever, from even slight emotions. Feels unusually well day before attack. Extremely psoric patients; nervous, restless, easily startled. All excretions - diarrhoea, leucorrhoea, menses, perspiration - have a carrion-like odor. Anxious, full of fear; evil forebodings. Religious melancholy; very depressed, sad suicidal thoughts; despairs of salvation (Mel.), of recovery. Despondent: fears he will die; that he will fail in business; during climaxis; making his own life and that of those about him intolerable. Driven to despair with excessive itching. Headache: preceded, by flickering before eyes, by dimness of vision or blindness (Lac d., Kali bi.); by spots or rings. Headache: always hungry during; > while eating (Anac., Kali p.); from suppressed eruptions, or suppressed menses; > nosebleed (Mel.). Hair, dry, lustreless, tangles easily, glues together (Lyc.). Plica polonica (Bar., Sars., Tub.). Scalp: dry, scaly or moist, fetid, suppurating eruptions; oozing a sticky, offensive fluid (Graph., Mez.). Intense photophobia, with inflamed lids; cannot open the eyes; lies with face buried in pillow. Ears: humid scurfs and soreness on and behind ears; oozing and offensive viscid fluid (Graph.). Otorrhoea: thin, ichorous, horribly fetid discharge, like decayed meat; chronic, after measles or scarlatina. Acne: all forms, simplex, rosacea; < during menses, from coffee, fats, sugar, meat; when the best selected remedy fails or only palliates. Hungry in the middle of night; must have something to eat (Cina, Sulph.). Eructations tasting of rotten eggs (Arn., Ant. t., Graph.). Quinsy, tonsils greatly swollen; difficult, painful swallowing; burns, feels scalded; cutting, tearing, intense pain to ears on swallowing (painless, Bar. c.); profuse, offensive saliva; tough mucus in throat, must hawk continually. To not only > acute attack but eradicate the tendency. Hawks up cheesy balls, size of pea, of disgusting taste and carrion-like odor (Kali m.). Diarrhoea: sudden, imperative (Aloe, Sulph.); stool watery, dark brown, fetid; smells like carrion; involuntary, < at night from 1 to 4 a. m.; after severe acute diseases; teething; in children; when weather changes. Constipation: obstinate, with backache: from inactivity of rectum; when Sulphur fails to relieve. Enuresis: from vesical paresis; during full moon, obstinate cases, with a family history of eczema. Chronic gonorrhoea of year's duration that can neither be suppressed nor cured; the best selected remedy fails. Leucorrhoea: large, clotted lumps of an intolerable odor; violent pains in sacrum; debility; during climaxis. During pregnancy: most obstinate vomiting, foetus moves too violently; when the best selected remedy fails to relieve; to correct the psoric diathesis of the unborn. Profuse perspiration after acute diseases, with relief of all suffering (Calad., Nat. m.). Asthma, dyspnoea: < in open air, sitting up (Laur.); > lying down and keeping arms stretched far apart (rev. of Ars.); despondent, thinks he will die. Cough returns every winter. Hay fever: appearing regularly every year the same day of the month; with an asthmatic, psoric or eczematous history. Patient should be treated the previous winter to eradicate the diathesis and prevent summer attack. Cough: after suppressed itch, or eczema; chronic, of years' duration; < mornings on waking and evenings on lying down (Phos., Tub.); sputa green, yellow or salty mucus; pus-like; coughs a long time before expectorating. Skin: abnormal tendency to receive skin diseases (Sulph.); eruptions easily suppurate (Hep.); dry, inactive, rarely sweats; dirty look, as if never washed; coarse, greasy, as if bathed in oil; bad effects from suppression by sulphur and zinc ointments. Sleepless from intolerable itching, or frightful dreams of robbers, danger, etc (Nat. m.). Psorinum should not be given for psora or the psoric diathesis, but like every other remedy, upon a strict individualization - the totality of the symptoms - and then we realize its wonderful work.