or simply Hydrangea
A remedy for gravel, profuse deposit of white amorphous salts in urine. Calculus, renal colic, bloody urine. Acts on ureter. Pain in lumbar region. Dizziness. Oppression of chest.
Burning in urethra and frequent desire. Urine hard to start. Heavy deposit of mucus. Sharp pain in loins, especially left. Great thirst, with abdominal symptoms and enlarged prostate (Ferr pic; Sabal). Gravelly deposits. Spasmodic stricture. Profuse deposit of white amorphous salts.
Compare: Lycopod; Chimaphil; Berberis; Pareira; Uva; Sabal; Oxydendron; Geum-Water Avens--(Severe jerking pains from deep in the abdomen to end of urethra; affections of bladder, with pains in penis; worse, eating; relaxed mucous membranes, with excessive and depraved secretions; imperfect digestion and assimilation). Polyctrichum-Haircap moss--(according to Dr. A. M. Cushing in mother tincture or infusion for enlarged prostate-prostatitis).
(Hydrangea arborescens. N. O. Hydrangeaceæ (or Saxifragaceæ). Tincture of fresh leaves and young shoots. Fluid extract.)
Clinical.─Bladder, catarrh of; stone in. Diabetes. Gravel. Prostatic affections. Urine, incontinence of.
Characteristics.─Like some other members of the Saxifragaceæ, Hydrang. has a traditional reputation as a "stone-breaking" remedy having been used in calculous diseases for many years. Dr. Nottingham, of Lansing, says (Amer. Hom. November 15, 1899) that in physiological doses it produces "giddiness, oppression of the chest, and acts as a cathartic, diuretic, sialogogue, and narcotic." He used it with brilliant results in the following case: Mr. B., 71, tall, slender, dark, was exceedingly irritable and frequently subject to violent paroxysms of anger. For many years he had been accustomed to make the most reckless use of drugs, and was always requesting his homeopathic doctor to give him "something stronger." For eight years he had suffered from vesical sphincter-irritation, with dribbling of urine, severe spasms of prostate, renal catarrh, yellow sand in urine, and even small calculi. After persistent use of best indicated remedies with no effect, the fluid extract of Hydrang. was given, a teaspoonful every three or four hours, and the symptoms disappeared in a remarkably short time. Cooper has also used this remedy (which, he says, is the thirstiest plant known) with good effect in diabetes, in cases presenting great thirst with abdominal symptoms and in enlarged prostate. It appears to act strongly on the neck of the bladder. Hansen adds that it is particularly useful for profuse deposits of white amorphous salts in the urine; and has arrested the tendency to formation of calculi; relieves distress from renal calculus, with soreness over region of kidneys and bloody urine.
Relations.─Compare:─Berb., Sabal. s., Solidago. v. a., Uva. ursi., Thlaspi b. p., Ocim. c.