Digestive disorders

symptoms Variable, including indigestion, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and painful, itchy hemorrhoids. No two stools are alike. The mouth is dry but there is no thirst and a craving for, or aversion to, rich foods that exacerbate the symptoms. Symptoms better For fresh air; for gentle exercise.

Symptoms worse For heat; for lying on the left side; in the evening; for rich, fatty foods.

See also Respiration, pages 180, 224; Digestion, pages 189, 234; Styes, page 220; Women's health, page 256

Solanum dulcamara

DULCAMARA

KEY SYMPTOMS conditions that are affected by weather changes from hot to cold • domineering nature • sensitivity to cold and damp • asthmaurticaria in humid conditions

Since the time of ancient Rome, nightshade has been used to treat a wide range of ailments. One such ailment, abscesses called "felons" on the fingertips, inspired one of the plant's common names, felonwort. The 18th-century Swedish naturalist Carolus Linnaeus prescribed the plant to treat fever and inflammatory infections. The homeopathic remedy, proved in 1811 by Hahnemann, is traditionally associated with people who are highly susceptible to damp and chills.

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