ELEIS GUINEENSIS. (JACQ.)ELE.-PALM-TREE
This species is spread all over South-America; it prefers cultivated and sunny regions. Its trunk, which is from 25 to 30 feet high, is covered by the persistent bases of the leaves. The top leaves form a thick tuft; they are large, pennate, with numerous folicles, ensiform, alternate and sessile, attached to a strong rachis or spike the petioler portion of which is garnished with long and sharp prickles. The flowers are monocious with a papyraceous perianthus having six divisions. The male flowers have six stamens and three internal, erect and converging folioles. They form ramose spathes in fusiform masses, placed between the bases of the leaves. The female flowers are scattered; the ovary is sub-cylindrical, surmounted by a short style with a bilobate stigma. The fruit is oval, oleaginous, of a reddish yellow, surrounded by a hard and angular pericarp. We have had it drawn of a large size in comparison to the tree. The fruit is triturated.
First day (in the morning). -1. Ennui when alone. Bitter eructations. Nausea. Drowsiness in the daytime. 5. Heat in the face. Throbbing pain in the nape of the neck. (In the afternoon): pain in the middle of the chest, as if pricked by pins. The breathing is embarrassed. Hammering pain all through the head. 10. Vacillating gait. Loss of appetite. Beating at the left arm, as if drumming on it with the finger.
Second day. Swelling of the right leg. Pain at the foot when walking, whenever the foot touches the ground. 15. The same pain is felt when touching the sole of the foot with the hand. Itching all over. He feels strong and healthy. Small vesicles on the swollen leg. They break when pressed upon, a little fluid spirting out. 20. Similar vesicles break out on the left leg, arm and on various other parts of the body, without any swelling. Merry mood, and laughter, even when alone. Remembrance of a former shipwreck. Pain at the right knee as from a blow. Pains at the right leg as if stung. 25. Continual itching all over. Pain as if contused at the right side of the chest. Swelling, roughness and itching of the skin of the right leg. The skin seems to be thicker. Acute pain at the lower part of the left leg, as if a penknife had been thrust in.
Third day. -30. The leg is less swollen. Colic after taking a cold drink. Sadness. Pain at the bend of the knee, as from a blow. Desire to vomit. 35. Violent colic. Weakness of the legs. At candle light the sight becomes confused; when writing he makes the letters much larger than usual. Throbbing pain in the calves. Breathing embarrassed, with a sigh. 40. Hammering pain at the tibia, nape of the neck and right foot. Pains in the right shoulder, as from a blow. The sight is weaker than before. Shuddering. White urine. 45. Blackish stool. Constrictive pain around the neck as if a string were tied round. Good appetite. Out of humor. Disobedient. 50. Wants to cry (weep).
Fourth day. The foot swells up more and more. Hammering pain in the foot all the time. Lancinations in the throat when swallowing. Pain in the abdomen, with sensation as if bruised. 55. Throbbing toothache. Prickling in the larynx when drawing breath. He approaches his hand to the fire without burning himself, whereas another person got burnt at the same distance. An hour after, he feels very keenly that he had been burnt. Stinging pain in the throat when swallowing saliva.
Fifth day. -60. Bad smell in the mouth, after drinking water. Cough with lancinations in the sides. Heat in the tongue when taking dinner, so violent that he was obliged to stop eating.
Sixth day. The swelling of the leg increases. The vesicles on the right leg and foot have dried. Other vesicles break out on the left leg and arm.
Tenth day. 65. After a complete disappearance of all the symptoms, he smells of the drug and afterwards takes 10 drops of the mother-tincture. After taking them, bad smell in the mouth. Foul eructations. Merry mood. Hammering in the temple. 70. Lancinations in the right side of the chest, every 5 minutes, less during rest. Breaking out of vesicles which are full of water and larger than the former ones. Itching every 5 minutes, especially at the legs. On each side of the pit of the stomach the skin appears thicker, with pain in the last false ribs as if a peg were stuck in there.
Eleventh day. Swelling of the right eye. 75. He is unable to look at an object steadily. Lancinations in various parts of the body, especially when going down-stairs. Tumor at the left arm. No sleep at night in consequence of the violent itching. Swelling of the left eye. 80. Frequent diarrhoea. He vomits up a cake as soon as he had eaten it.
ARRANGEMENT ACCORDING TO HAHNEMANN.
MENTAL AND MORAL: 1. Out of humor. Sad. Ennui when alone. Merry.
HEAD, &c.: 5. Hammering in the temple. Hammering in the head. Hot face.
EYES, EARS, NOSE: Swelling of the left eye. Swelling of the right eye. 10. Unable to look at an object steadily. Confused sight at candle-light. Throbbing toothache. Bad smell in the mouth, after drinking water. Violent heat in the tongue when taking his dinner.
GASTRIC: 15. Foul eructations. Colic, after taking a cold drink. Desire to vomit. Nausea. Bitter eructations. 20. Loss of appetite. He throws up cake immediately after eating it. Shootings in the throat when swallowing. Bruising pain in abdomen.
STOOL: Black stool. 25. Frequent diarrhoea. White urine. Prickling in larynx when drawing breath. Cough, with lancinations in the sides. Lancinations in the right side of the chest, less during rest. 30. Contusive pain at right side of chest. Embarrassed breathing. Pricking pain in middle of chest. Constrictive pain around the neck. Throbbing pain in nape of neck.
EXTREMITIES: 35. Swelling at the left arm. Beating at the left arm. The hand gets burnt when holding it near the fire. Swelling of the right leg. Throbbing pain in the calves. 40. Sharp sticking pain at lower part of left leg. Swelling, roughness and itching of right leg. Pain at the right leg as if stung. Bruising pain at the bend of the knee. Bruising pain at the right knee. 45. Pain at the foot when walking or touching the sole. Drowsy. Shuddering. Itching all over. The skin on each side of the stomach appears thicker, with sticking pain in the last false ribs. 50. Itching every few minutes, especially at the legs. Vesicles here and there, containing a fluid. Vesicles on the swollen leg, containing a fluid. Hammering pain at the tibia, nape of the neck and foot. Vacillating gait. Lancinations in various parts, especially when going down-stairs.