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Rheum Palmatum (Rheum Officinale)

or simply Rheum

(Rhubarb)

Of frequent use in children with sour diarrhea; difficult dentition. Whole child smells sour.

Mind
Impatient and vehement; desires many things and cries (Cina).

Head
Sweat on hairy scalp; constant and profuse. Cool sweat on the face, especially about mouth and nose.

Mouth
Much saliva. Sensation of coolness in teeth. Difficult teething; restless and irritable. Breath smells sour (Cham).

Stomach
Desire for various kinds of food, but soon tires of all. Throbbing in pit. Feels full.

Abdomen
Colicky pain about navel. Colic when uncovering. Wind seems to rise up to chest.

Rectum
Before stool, unsuccessful urging to urinate. Stools smell sour, pasty, with shivering and tenesmus, and burning in anus. Sour diarrhea during dentition. Colicky, even ineffectual urging to evacuate altered fecal stools.

Modalities
Worse, uncovering, after eating, moving about.

Relationship
Compare: Mag phos; Hep; Pod; Cham; Ipec.

Antidotes: Camph; Cham.

Complementary: Mag carb.

Dose
Third to sixth potency.

Reference: "Pocket Manual of Homeopathic Materia Medica & Repertory" by William Boericke