(Erythraea venusta – Centaury)

Used extensively as a fever remedy and bitter tonic (Gentiana), antimalarial and antiseptic. Of use in severe type of intermittent fever in hot countries; also, in influenza. Sore, as if bruised all over. Sensation of drops falling from and upon different spots.

Congested. Scalp feels tight; head feels as if bound; burning in eyes; buzzing in ears.

Chill all over; worse in bed at night. Sensitive to cold trade-winds on Pacific Coast. General sore and bruised feeling; nausea and retching.

Wrinkled like a washer-woman’s. Scalp feels tight, as if drawn together by India-rubber.

Tincture, in drop doses. Must be made from the fresh plant. Its medicinal properties are lost in the dry.

Reference: “Pocket Manual of Homeopathic Materia Medica & Repertory” by William Boericke
(Erythræa chironioides. N. O. Gentianaceæ. Tincture of whole plant when in flower.)

Clinical.─Influenza. Intermittents.

Characteristics.─This is a popular Californian remedy. It is indicated in intermittents of most severe type of hot countries; general sore, bruised feeling, nausea and retching, the skin becomes wrinkled like a washerwoman’s. It was proved by Dr. Richter, who experienced the following among other symptoms: Head feels congested. Scalp tight; feels as if drawn together by indiarubber. Stitches, pain, buzzing and roaring in ears. Constipation, hard, knotty stools. Chills repeatedly down back < in bed, at night. Sleeplessness. After the proving, a cold wind could be borne better than before.

Relations.─Compare: The Gentians, Chi., Ipec.


Head.─Head feels congested.─Pressive pains in forehead.─Scalp feels tight, as if drawn together with indiarubber.

Eyes.─Burning in eyes, first l. then r.

Ears.─Piercing or stitches in ears.─Increased buzzing and roaring.

Mouth.─Spitting of white mucus, with trembling and nervousness.

Stomach.─Increased appetite.─Eructations.─Regurgitations.─Water-brash.

Abdomen.─Flatus.─Slight pain > by pressure.

Stool and Anus.─Several loose stools a day.─Constipation.─Hard, knotty, morning stool.

Chest.─It alleviated a catarrh produced by influenza.

Generalities.─That kind of pain in head and fingers which is concomitant with the attacks of intermittent fever.

Sleep.─Sleeplessness (from 1st trit.).

Fever.─Chills repeatedly, down the spine and all over, esp. in bed at night.─Heat in whole body; I could bear, after the proving, the cool trade wind, usually setting in, in San Francisco, in the afternoon, better than before.

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