Indicated principally in diseases of the brain and spine, especially when, in children, it depends upon the suppression of an exanthem or upon teething, and in adults when a neurasthenic state prevails, usually the result of anxious overwork. Thus it is employed in convulsions of children from irritation due to teething or eruptive fevers, in meningitis and in effusion within the brain, from the same cause or from tuberculosis; in the epilepsy of young children, in the headache of brain fag, including headache of overworked school children; in locomotor ataxia; in hysteria, especially when there is paralysis of the bladder; in spinal irritation and sciatica; in such functional disorders of the female generative organs as are accompanied by abnormal sexual desire, spinal irritation and restlessness, with inability to keep the feet still. Also used in varicose veins of the legs, lead colic, and other conditions associated with the nervous conditions belonging to the drug.
Patient cannot keep still; is in motion all the time.
Continual restless motion of the feet.
Forehead cool; base of the brain hot.
Intolerance of wine; cannot stand it.
Weakness, trembling and twitching of the muscles.
Convulsions, with pale face.
During sleep cries out aloud without knowing anything about it.
Vertigo, with tendency to fall toward the left side; feels as though he would fall headlong; as though he would have apoplexy.
Headache, with aching in the nape of the neck; from overwork; from anaemia.
Spinal irritation, with pain in the lower dorsal and upper lumbar region.
Urine scanty; turbid, as though mixed with clay.
Bladder seems full to bursting, but has difficulty in emptying it; has to sit down and bend backward; and even then only a little passes (hysteria).
Women feel best while menstruating; complaints come on while menses are absent.
Intense sexual excitement; in women accompanied by bearing-down in the uterus, vagina and rectum.
Worse from touch; from drinking wine; in the evening, from 5 to 7.
Better from appearance of eruption; from discharges; while eating.
(First Lessons in the Symptomatology of Leading Homoeopathic Remedies by H. R. Arndt, M. D. Philadephia. Boericke and Tafel.)