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Asafoetida

(Gum of the Stinkasand)

The flatulence and spasmodic contraction of stomach and esophagus with reverse peristalsis are the most marked symptoms. In its selection, its relation to the hysterical and hypochondriacal patients, must be borne in mind. Besides these superficial symptoms, it has been found to affect favorably deep ulcerations, caries of bones, especially in the syphilitic organism; here the extreme sensitiveness and terrible throbbing, nightly pains, guiding to its use.

Head
Irritable; complains of her troubles; sensitive. Boring above eyebrows. Pressive pain from within outward.

Eyes
Orbital neuralgia; better, pressure and rest. Iritis and intraocular inflammations, with boring, throbbing pains at night. Stitches under left frontal eminences. Boring pains in and around eyes. Syphilitic iritis. Superficial corneal ulcer with digging pains; worse at night.

Ears
Offensive otorrhea, with boring pains in mastoid bone. Mastoid disease with pain in temporal region with pushing out sensation. Offensive, purulent discharge.

Nose
Syphilitic ozena, with very offensive purulent discharge. Caries of nasal bones (Aurum).

Throat
Globus hystericus. Ball rises in throat. Sensation as if peristaltic motion were reversed, and esophagus were driven from stomach to throat.

Stomach
Great difficulty in bringing up wind. Flatulence and regurgitation of liquid. Hysterical flatulence. Great distention. Sensation of emptiness and weakness, with distention and beating in stomach and abdomen. Forcible eructation of gas. Pulsation in pit of stomach. Violent gastralgia; cutting and burning in stomach and region of diaphragm. Gurgling and rolling of wind, which escapes afterwards with loud and difficult eructation.

Female
Mamme turgid with milk in the unimpregnated. Deficient milk, with oversensitiveness.

Rectum
Distended, griping, with hunger. Obstinate constipation. Pain in perineum, as if something dull pressed out. diarrhea, extremely offensive, with meteorism, and regurgitation of food.

Chest
Spasmodic tightness, as if lungs could not be fully expanded. Palpitation more like a tremor.

Bones
Darting pain and caries in bones. Periosteum painful, swollen, enlarged. Ulcers affecting bones; thin, ichorous pus.

Skin
Itching, better scratching; ulcers painful on edges. Suppressed skin symptoms produce nervous disorders.

Modalities
Worse, at night; from touch; left side, during rest, warm applications. Better, open air; from motion, pressure.

Relationship
Antidotes: China; Mercur.

Compare: Moschus; China; Mercur; Aurum.

Dose
Second to sixth potency.

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(Reference: Homeopathic Materia Medica by William Boericke)