Amphisbaena vermicularis (Amph)

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Amphisbæna vermicularis. N. O. Lacertilia. The jaw containing the poison is removed and triturated

Clinical: Constipation. Cramps. Headache. Hernia. Jaw, pains in. Toothache

Characteristics: Amphisbaena vermicularisAmph is a snake-like lizard, without limbs, and progressing (as its name implies) either backwards or forwards. Mure is the authority for its effects. It is prepared from the jaw as well as the poison of the animal, and has symptoms indicating action on bone like that of Silicea terraSil It acts most markedly on the jaws, causing swelling and pain, especially in the right jaw, < by air and dampness. Many kinds of severe headaches are complained of, one with a sensation "as if the feet were in the head." Lancinating pains are frequent. Eruptions of vesicles and pimples. It is a right-side medicine. There is generally < from motion

Relations: Compare: Heloderma horridum & suspectumHelo, Silicea terraSil


1. mind: Ennui. Sadness and lassitude in the morning. Impatience

2. head: Vertigo. Tendency to fall to one side and then to the other; < when turning round. Horrible headache, with sensation as if the feet were in the brain. Beating as if from hailstones r. side of forehead. Lancination and pain all through r. side of head. Sweat about head

3. eyes: Constriction of r. eye, as if strung together with a cord. Constant twitching of upper eyelids, esp. l

4. ears: Pain in meatus auditorius, as if air were rushing in

6. face: Painful large pimple l. side of upper lip, suppurating. Pains in r. lower jaw with swelling < by air and dampness

8. mouth: Teeth feel elongated and set on edge, esp. r. lower molars. Toothache < afternoon and evening. Chewing is painful, but not contact with liquids

11. stomach: Chilliness and pains at epigastrium

12. abdomen: Protrusion of umbilical hernia. Tearing pain at navel; lancination as from stiletto. Suppuration of inguinal hernia. Hernia is painful and air is felt in it

13. stool and anus: Constipation

20. neck and back: Violent pain in whole of vertebral column, < walking, moving arms, or stooping

22. upper limbs: Breaking out of little pimples, esp. on forearm. Painful swelling of arm

23. lower limbs: Painless drawing up of the legs. Cramp in l. leg; it remains behind in walking, as if paralysed

26. sleep: Wakes at midnight for ten consecutive nights