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Oreodaphne Californica

(California Laurel, Mountain Laurel)

Neuralgic headache, cervico-occipital pain, cerebro-spinal meningitis, atonic diarrhea, and intestinal colic.

Dizziness; worse on stooping or moving. Head heavy, eyelids heavy, twitching. Intense aching, with pressure at inner angle of either orbit, generally left, extending through brain and across scalp to the base of the occiput; worse light, noise; better, closing eyes and perfect quiet. Constant, dull ache in cervical and occipital region, extending to scapula down spine, into the head; pain into the ears. Great heaviness of head, with constant desire to move the head, which does not relieve. Drooping eyelids. Twitching. Atonic diarrhea.

Eructations, with nausea and shuddering.

First to Third potency. Olfaction of the tincture.

Reference: "Pocket Manual of Homeopathic Materia Medica & Repertory" by William Boericke
(Oreodaphne Californica. Mountain Laurel. Spice-Bush. Balm of Heaven. N. O. Lauraceæ. Tincture of the leaves.)

Clinical.─Headache, fronto-occipital; occipital.

Characteristics.─Oreodaphne Cal. is a tree which grows to a hundred feet in height. When bruised it emits a strong spicy odour which may cause sneezing. J. Murray Moore proved on himself and friends a tincture of the leaves and produced well-marked fronto-occipital headache < by movement, > by rest. The symptoms were more violent when the tincture was olfacted than when taken internally. The Med. Cent. (quoted H. W., xx. 84) gives the characteristics of one of its headaches thus: "Dull ache in occipital and cervical regions, extending down to scapul√¶; great heaviness of the head, with a constant desire to move the head, which, however, gives no relief."


Head.─Confusion of head.─Dizziness < on stooping and moving about; followed by dull, pressive fronto-occipital headache; > after night's rest.─Internal aching with pressure at inner angle of orbit, r. or l. (esp. l.), never in both simultaneously, extends through brain and across scalp to base of occiput; lasted fro", 30 minutes to 7 hours; < by light; noise; motion; > closing eyes, and perfect quiet.

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