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1. Description

Latin Name:
Phytolacca decandra
American nightshade, American pokeweed, Common pokeberry, Common pokeweed, Inkberry, Pigeonberry, Phjytolacca americana, Phytolacca decandra, Phytolacae radix, Phytolacca root, Pogostemon cablin, Poke, Pokeberry, Pokeroot, Poike Root, Pokeweed, Racine de phytolaque, Red stem pokeweed, Trollius europaeus, Virginia poke.

2. Source & History

The common name (Poke Root) lends itself to its tendency to cause vomiting when taken by mouth. It is used by herbalists to stimulate the flow of lymph and is emetic in larger doses. The purple stems and berries (as well as the root and leaves) contains formic and phytolaccic acids together with calcium oxalate. When boiled the toxins are rendered harmless. The stem can be eaten just like asparagus, the leaves may be used instead of spinach whilst the fruit is used as a food colourant or eaten in the normal way after cooking.
Homeopathic tinctures are made from the root, stem or leaves there being no recorded symptomological difference reported in the Materia Medica.

3. Mentals & Generals

Their constitution is melancholy, gloomy, oversensitive, irritable and restless. Their face is pale, pupils small, skin dry with a habit of grinding the teeth together. Coldness predominates with internal shivers and  thirst intense.  Their sleep is disturbed as a result of which there is a marked weakness; they are tired all the time; feel worn out; constantly desire to lie down; yawning is frequent with nightly pungent perspiration.
They display great indifference. They are indifferent to life because death is near; indifferent to things and nature around them as they are of no consequence, indifferent to the sensitivity of others (although very self sensitive) as they will shamelessly expose themselves or speak without thought of consequences; indifferent to food and nourishment as death is near; indifferent to mental exertion and work of any kind because it is pointless and they are similarly indifferent to time.

4. Particulars

Coryza with blocked nostril or completely blocked nose which necessitates mouth breathing. The throat is sore and rough with a full feeling inducing choking. Painful to swallow. Saliva is ropy and yellowish. Constant desire for cough which is dry. The neck is stiff and movement painful. Enlarged tonsils.
Cutting pain in epigastrium, throbbing pain in lumbosaccharal region and neuralgic pain in rectum. Tenderness and pain in the region of the liver. Generasl abdominal discomfort with much gas and constant urge to stool.
Enlarged indurated glands with breast pain when suckling. Nipples sore, cracked, tender & lumpy relieved by hand pressure. Mastitis with the breast, hard, stony and very painful.
Rheumatic pain swollen, hard, tender, hot joints particularly in the cervical region  Right sided sciatica. Persistent soreness in the heel.

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At night & in bed
Damp, cold air
Thunder & weather changes
Right side
Heat of bed.

Hot drink & warmth
(ecxeption is heat of bed)
Left side
Dry warm weather.

6. Keywords

Great indifference
Worse from motion at night
Bites the teeth
Sore throat, dry, burning
Difficulty swallowing
Glands indurated
Breasts painful, hard, stony
Nipples sensitive, sore

7. Clinicals

Rheumatism, arthritis
Breast abscess, mastitis, fibrocystis
Plantar faciitis

8. Constitutional Prescribing

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The use of Phyt is usually restricted to symptomatic situations. However the glandular indurations of breast, tonsils and parotids together with the incoodination assocciated with rheumatism resembles that of
Nebel's fluoric constitution. 
As always it is the patient picture that is important especially the mental & general manifestations which are the key determinants for its Constitutional use.
High potency Constitutional prescription may be used as background together with a concurrent lower potency symptomatic remedy administered according to the Law of Similars in situations where two or more of the main symptoms occur together in the patient. For example
Tonsilitis/ Galndular and Rheumatism
Mastitis and Sciatica

9. Relationships

Arum-t (throat), Bry (breasts), Calc-c (breasts),
Carb-v (bone pain), Con (breasts), Crot-t (nursing pain) Dulc (damp), Hep (blocked throat), Hyo (indecentcy), Kali-bi (stringy discharge), Kali-h (throat),
Lac-c (hyperlactation), Lach (bone pain),
Merc (glands), Nit-ac (blocked throat)
Nux-v (spasms). Pel (nursing pain),
Pul (nursing pain), Rhus-t (throat), Sang (throat)
Sil (breast ulcer). 

Remedies it Follows Well
Bry, Rhus-t

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11. Further Information

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Sylvian Cazalet Homeopathe International Reversed Kent's Repertory
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Kingdom: Plant
Latin Name: Phytolacca decandra 
Common Name: Poke root
Homeopahtic: Phytolacca

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This Tabular MM is not presented as an exhaustive comprehensive list of all that is known about a remedy. Rather the opposite. It is intended to be used only as an aid memoire to highlight the foundation upon which by further study and experience a fuller knowledge of homoeopathics can be obtained. Consider the Tabular MM as a word picture showing a black and white sketch of the remedys main essential characteristics upon which colour, shade and tone has still be painted.


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