Amygdalae amarae aqua / communis / Prunis Dulcis (Amyg-am)

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Amygdalus communis. Bitter Almond. N. O. Rosaceæ. An ounce of alcohol is added to a pound of bitter almonds; then add six pounds of water-and distil down to three pounds. (Hydrocyanic acid is formed by the action of water oil the amygdaloids.

Clinical: Asthma. Coma. Diphtheria. Epilepsy. Headache. Syncope. Tetanus. Urticaria

Characteristics: The symptoms of Amygdalae amarae aqua / communis / Prunis DulcisAmyg are not very distinguishable from those of Hydrocyanicum acidumHydr-ac, but these may be taken as indicating its use: An excessively brilliant appearance of the eyes without corresponding mental expression. Heaviness in forehead (also LaurocerasusLaur). Dulness of l. half of the head (Hydrocyanicum acidumHydr-ac, right). Head drawn backward. Eyes drawn to left side. Burning heat in laringo-pharyngeal region. Lancinating pains through tonsils (Farrington). Palate end fauces dark reel. Swallowing impossible. Vomiting of undigested food and bile. Convulsive and at intervals very short respiration, with fear of suffocation. Jerking, hesitating speech: "What's the mat matter with me?" Cough with soreness of chest extending down to stomach. Stitches under left nipple, going deep in, making exhalations more difficult. Opisthotonos. Snoring. Surface cold, clammy, pallid or blue. Urticaria

Relations: Compare: The Prunæ and Pomæ of the Rosaceæ; LaurocerasusLaur, Hydrocyanicum acidumHydr-ac, Opium (crudum)Op (spasms, stertor, slow pulse, stupor), StramoniumStram, TabacumTab, Antimonium tartaricumAnt-t, Lachesis mutaLach, Naja tripudiansNaja (heart). Antidoted by: Opium (crudum)Op (convulsions); strong coffee; cold water poured over head