RHUS TOXICODENDRON [Rhus-t]
Cheerful, joking, lively, quick-witted, friendly, timid.
Restlessness, agitation, irritable, frustrated.
Serious, hardworking, impatient.
Stiff, rigid, morose, compulsive, superstitious, ritualistic.
warm, warm bathing continuous motion Fever blisters about the lips.
Triangular red tip of tongue.
Burning, vesicular eruptions.
COMMON NAME : Poison Oak.
FAMILY : Anacardiaceae.
A/F : -Spraining or straining a single part, muscle or tendon.
-Overlifting, particularly stretching high up to reach things.
-Lying on damp ground.
-From wetting, and too much summer bathing in lake or river.
-Getting wet when heated.
MODALITIES : < Exposure to cold air < Before storm 3 > Continued motion 3 < Wet, draft < Ice cold drinks > Rubbing 3 < Chilled when hot or sweaty 3 < Blows, Jar > Heat, hot bath 3 < Uncovering 3 parts (head) < Sprains 3 > Warm wrapping < Beginning of motion 3 < Overexertion 3 > Change of position 3 < Damp rainy weather 3 < Rest 3 > Warm dry weather < Cloudy, foggy weather > After midnight 3
MIND : -Extreme restlessness, with desire for continuous change of position.
-Impatient and hurried.
-Delirium with fear and suspicion of being poisoned.
-Sad, patient begins to weep without knowing why < evening.
-Anxious, sadness, helplessness and profound despondency.
-Anxiety for his own children.
-Answers correctly, but slowly or hastily, or reluctantly.
-Dwells on past disagreeable events after midnight.
-Thoughts of suicide, wants to drown himself.
-Forgetful, can not remember the most recent events.
-Fear-< at night, cannot lie in bed.
-killing someone -poison.
-Dreams of-great exertion -rowing, swimming -working hard at his daily occupation.
-Great apprehension at night. Drives him out of bed.
-Its a trio of Restlessness (Acon, Ars) can not lie in one place, must change the position frequently to obtain relief from pain.
-Joking and cheerful patients.
GUIDING INDICATIONS : -All complaints brought on exposure to cold damp weather, getting wet.
-Great rigidity, stiffness, numbness and pain are experienced on first motion, after the rest. >walking or continued motion.
-Most complaints are relieved by movement and aggravated by rest.
-< at night and in damp, rainy weather, > heat in general e.g. covering the body, warm application etc.
-Great sensitiveness to open air, putting the hand outside from under the bed covering, brings on cough.
-Triangular red tipped tongue, with imprint of teeth and bitter taste in the mouth.
-Complaints travel from left to right.
-Pains-as if sprained -as if a muscle or tendon was torn from its attachment -as if bones were scraped with a knife -affected part sore to touch.
-Head-Vertigo-when standing or walking, worse when lying down < rising from lying or stooping.
-Headache-A/F-beer, returns from least chagrin.
-brain feels loose when stepping or shaking the head -sensation of swashing in brain -stupefying as if torn -< from sitting, lying in bed > warmth and motion.
-G.I.T.-Tongue-Triangular red tip of tongue.
-Desires-Cold milk which relieves gastric complaints.
-Craving for beer, cheese, cold drinks, sweets, oysters.
-Aversion to meat and liquor.
-Thirst for sips of water.
-Diarrhoea with beginning of typhoid. Involuntary stools with great exhaustion.
-Tearing pain down the posterior part of limb during stool.
-Dysentery-during rainy season, pains running down the thighs.
-Urinary system-Enuresis, especially in boys.
-C.V.S.-Angina, extending to left arm < exertion.
-Cardiac hypertrophy from violent exercise, gets out of breath on exertion.
-C.N.S.-Parkinsons disease with great stiffness.
-Chorea, Tics, Twitches.
-Left sided hemiplegia.
-Eruptions on inner thighs and genitalia.
-Back-Pain between shoulders on swallowing.
-Pain and stiffness in small of back.
-< sitting or lying > by motion or lying on something hard.
-Cervical stiffness causing patient to stretch and move about.
-Pain in inner, upper left scapula.
-Extremities-Muscular Rheumatism. Arthritis.
-Sciatica, left side.
-Paralysis with numbness of affected parts from getting wet, or lying on damp ground, or after exertion, or parturition.
-Sprains and strains. Bursitis, tendonitis.
-Restless legs in bed.
-Skin-Erysipelas, from left to right.
-Yellow vesicles, much swelling, inflammation, cellulitis.
-Burning, itching, stinging > warmth.
-Chicken pox, Herpes, Impetigo, Pemphigus, Urticaria.
-Fever-Dry teasing cough, before and during chill, in intermittent fever. Cough with taste of blood.
-Fever blisters around mouth and on chin.
-Great thirst with dry tongue, mouth and throat.
-Thirst for cold water even though the person is chilly.
KEYNOTES : -Prolapse uterus from over reaching or straining.
-Tonsillitis, after riding in cold wind.
-Tearing pains down the thighs in dysentery.
-Diarrhoea in typhoid fever, worse during night, better during day.
-Dry cough during chill stage of fever.
-Hypertrophy of heart from violent exercise, gets out of breath on exertion.
CONFIRMATORY SYMPTOMS : -A/F Dampness, getting wet, over exertion.
-All the complaints < initial or first motion < rest > continued motion > warmth, warm application.
-Left sided symptoms, or symptoms go from left to right.
-Pain-aching, tearing, sore, bruised, -stiff, as if bones were scrapped with a knife, lameness -all these are associated with rheumatic conditions.
-Sprains and strains- very useful in sprains and strains and for soreness of muscles and tendons.
NUCLEUS OF REMEDY : -Suited to complains arising from over exertion, over straining, or from dampness, or getting wet.
-The most severe symptoms are excited when the body or the limbs are at rest. Initial motion linkers up the patient. He is restless, gets relief from continued motion.
-Tension, as if shortening of muscle.
CLINICAL : -Angina, Arthritis, Asthma, Bronchitis, Cervical spondylosis, Chicken pox, Contusion, Eczema, Enuresis, Erysipelas, Fibrositis, Hemiplegia, Herpes, Impetigo, Influenza, Lumbago, Parkinsons disease, Pemphigus, Rheumatic fever, Rheumatism, Sciatica, Sprains, Tendonitis, Urticaria.
-Beneficial to control threatened iritis, formation of pus - Dr. Davey.
-As a preventive of sepsis in abdominal surgery- Dr. R.B.Das.
-Rhus has volvulus of intestines- Dr. Grimmer.
-A remedy for musicians who suffer from pulmonary haemorrhage due to prolonged performance.
-Bad effects of oil bath - Dr. C. Boericke.
REMEDY RELATIONSHIPS : -Compare-Apis, Ars, Calc, Calc-p, Cimic, Dulc, Phos, Rad-br, Ran-b, Rhod, Ruta, Stel, Tub.
-Inimical to-Apis, must not be used before or after especially in skin affections.
-Followed well by-Ars, Bell, Bry, Calc, Graph, Nux-v, Phos, Puls Merc, Sep, Sulph.
-Antidoted by-Bell, Bry, Camph, Coff, Crot-t, Grind, Merc, Sang, Sulph.