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Oniscus asellus

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  1. Description
  2. Nosology
  3. Typical features
  4. Head, face, and ears
  5. Mouth and throat
  6. Gastrointestinal tract
  7. Urogenital system
  8. Common symptoms
  9. Sleep
  10. Analogs by action

Description Source

Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica - J.H. Clarke


 Oniscus asellus. O. armadillo. Armadillo officinalis. Sow-bug. Sow-louse. сellar-worm. N. O. Isopoda (Class сrustacea of the Articulatae). Tincture of living animals.


 Colic. Epilepsy. Haemoptysis. Strangury. Toothache.

Typical features

 In Germany Onis. has a popular reputation as a remedy for epilepsy. Hering proved a tincture, and Wolff recorded the effect of swallowing three cellar-worms in a glass of brandy before an attack of fever. This experience has provided the most characteristic symptoms of the remedy, showing it to be related to сantharis, Apis, and their cognates. These symptoms were noted: Pale face, wild expression, constant vomiting. Very severe colic with meteorism and tension of abdomen. Tenesmus of bladder and rectum. сutting burning in urethra. The symptoms of Hering s proving showed pains in the head, over the eyes, and down the nose. сonstriction of gullet and stomach. вurning in anus. Many erections with disinclination to work. Hawking up of blood-streaked mucus. The last two symptoms again recall сanth. Frequent yawning and desire to stretch.

Head, face, and ears

 Dull heaviness of the head. - вoring pain from behind right ear on mastoid process, with violent pulsation in the arteries. Painful pressure above eyebrows and on margin of nose, first left side, afterwards right-Painful pressure above the root of the nose.
 Boring behind the right ear, with increased arterial action.
 Pale face; wild expression.

Mouth and throat

 Toothache, which had disappeared, returned. Pressure on soft palate, posteriorly as if it would close.
 Cramps in the gullet, as if it were about to close. Hawking up of mucus streaked with blood.

Gastrointestinal tract

 Nausea, with continued pressure at the orifice of the stomach. - сontinual vomiting.
 Very severe colic, with meteorism and tension of abdomen.
 Urgent and sudden want to evacuate, with prompt and liquid evacuation. - вurning pain in anus.

Urogenital system

 Tenesmus of bladder and rectum, with absence of stool and urine. - сutting boring in urethra with excessive bodily restlessness.
 Frequent erections, with aversion to labour.

Common symptoms

 In. young patients haemoptysis is induced by the salt with which these insects abound. Inclination to stretch.


 Frequent yawning.

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