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Acalypha Indica

(Indian Nettle)

A drug having a marked action on the alimentary canal and respiratory organs. It is indicated in incipient phthisis, with hard, racking cough, bloody expectoration, arterial hemorrhage, but no febrile disturbance. Very weak in the morning, gains strength during day. Progressive emaciation. All pathological hemorrhages having notably a morning aggravation.

Chest
Cough dry, hard, followed by hemoptysis; worse in morning and at night. Constant and severe pain in chest. Blood bright red and not profuse in morning; dark and clotted in afternoon. Pulse soft and compressible. Burning in pharynx, esophagus, and stomach.

Abdomen
Burning in intestines. Spluttering diarrhea with forcible expulsion of noisy flatus, bearing down pains and tenesmus. Rumbling distention, and griping pain in abdomen. Rectal hemorrhage; worse in morning.

Skin
Jaundice. Itching and circumscribed furuncle-like swellings.

Modalities
Worse in morning.

Relationship
Compare: Millefol; Phosphor; Acetic acid; Kali nit.

Dose
Third to sixth potency.

(Reference: Homeopathic Materia Medica by William Boericke)

Acalypha Indica
(Cupameni. Indian acalypha. (East Indies.) N. O. Euphorbiaceæ. Tincture of fresh plant.)

Clinical.Cough. Diarrhœa. Flatulence. Hæmoptysis.

Characteristics.The chief employment of this Euphorbian has been in violent dry cough followed by bloody expectoration. Expectoration of pure blood in the morning, and dark clotted blood in the evening. Cough most violent at night. Dulness of chest on percussion; constant severe pain in chest. Progressive emaciation. A proving by several Indian physicians has brought out a number of symptoms in the alimentary tracts characterised by: burning, sense of weight at stomach, flatulence, and sputtering diarrhœa.

Relations.Compare: Mercurialis ann., Mancin., and other Euphorbians. Ham., Ipec., Millefol., Phos., Aco.

(Reference: "A Dictionary Of Practical Materia Medica" By John Henry Clarke)