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Anacardium (anac.)

W. Boericke, M.D.

Natural History

Marking Nut

General

The Anacardium patient is found mostly among the neurasthenics; such have a type of nervous dyspepsia, relieved by food; IMPAIRED MEMORY, depression, and irritability; diminution of senses (smell, sight, hearing). Syphilitic patients often suffer with these conditions. Intermittency of symptoms. Fear of examination in students. Weakening of all senses, sight, hearing, etc. Aversion to work; lacks self-confidence; irresistible desire to swear and curse. SENSATION OF A PLUG in various parts - eyes, rectum, bladder, etc.; also of a band. Empty feeling in stomach; EATING TEMPORARILY RELIEVES ALL DISCOMFORT. This is a sure indication, often verified. Its skin symptoms are similar to Rhus, and it has proved a valuable antidote to Poison-Oak.

Mind

Fixed ideas. Hallucinations; THINKS HE IS POSSESSED OF TWO PERSONS OR WILLS. Anxiety when walking, as if pursued. Profound melancholy and hypochondriasis, with TENDENCY TO USE VIOLENT LANGUAGE. BRAIN-FAG. IMPAIRED MEMORY. ABSENT MINDED. VERY EASILY OFFENDED. Malicious; seems bent on wickedness. Lack of confidence in himself or others. Suspicious (Hyos.). Clairaudient, hears voices far away or of the dead. Senile dementia. Absence of all moral restraint.

Head

Vertigo. Pressing pain, AS FROM A PLUG; worse after mental exertion - in forehead; occiput, temples, vertex; BETTER DURING A MEAL. Itching and little boils on scalp.

Eyes

Pressure LIKE A PLUG on upper orbit. Indistinct vision. OBJECTS APPEAR TOO FAR OFF.

Ears

Pressing in the ears as from a plug. Hard of hearing.

Nose

Frequent sneezing. SENSE OF SMELL PERVERTED. Coryza with palpitation, especially in the aged.

Face

Blue rings around eyes. Face pale.

Mouth

Painful vesicles; fetid odor. Tongue feels swollen, impeding speech and motion, with saliva in mouth. Burning around lips as from pepper.

Stomach

Weak digestion, with fullness and distention. EMPTY FEELING IN STOMACH. Eructation, nausea, vomiting. EATING RELIEVES ANACARDIUM DYSPEPSIA. Apt to choke when eating or drinking. Swallows food and drinks hastily.

Abdomen

PAIN AS IF DULL PLUG WERE PRESSED INTO INTESTINES. Rumbling, pinching, and griping.

Rectum

Bowels inactive. INEFFECTUAL DESIRE; RECTUM SEEMS POWERLESS, AS IF PLUGGED UP; spasmodic constriction of sphincter ani; even soft stool passes with difficulty. ITCHING AT ANUS; MOISTURE FROM RECTUM. Hemorrhage during stool. Painful hemorrhoids.

Male

Voluptuous itching; increased desire; seminal emissions without dreams. Prostatic discharge during stool.

Female

Leucorrhoea, with soreness and itching. Menses scanty.

Respiratory

Pressure in chest, as from a dull plug. Oppression of chest, with internal heat and anxiety, driving him into open air. Cough excited by talking, in children, after fit of temper. Cough after eating with vomiting of food and pain in occiput.

Heart

Palpitation, with weak memory, with coryza in the aged; stitches in heart region. Rheumatic pericarditis with double stitches.

Back

Dull pressure in the shoulders, as from a weight. Stiffness at nape of neck.

Extremities

Neuralgia in thumb. Paralytic weakness. Knees feel paralyzed or bandaged. Cramps in calves. Pressure as from a plug in the glutei. Warts on palms of hands. Fingers swollen with vesicular eruption.

Sleep

Spells of sleeplessness lasting for several nights. Anxious dreams.

Skin

INTENSE ITCHING eczema, with mental irritability; vesicular eruption; SWELLING, urticaria; eruption like that of Poison-Oak. (Xerophyl.; Grindel.; Croton.) Lichen planus; neurotic eczema. Warts on hands. Ulcer formation on forearm.

Aggravation

WORSE, on application of hot water.

Amelioration

BETTER, from eating, when lying on side, from rubbing.

Relationship

Antidote: Grindeleia; Coffea; Juglans; Rhus; Eucalyptus.

Compare: Anacard. occidentale (cashew nut) (erysipelas, vesicular facial eruptions), anaesthetic variety of leprosy; warts, corns, ulcers, cracking of the skin on soles of feet). Rhus.; Cypriped.; Chelidonium.; Xerophyl. '

Platina follows well. Cereus serpentina (swearing).

Dose

Sixth to two hundredth potency.