Ictodes Foetida.

Pothos foetidus. Symplocarpus foetidus. Skunk-weed. Skunk Cabbage. N. O. Orontiaceae (Calliaceae, Orontoidae, allied to Araceae). Tincture of whole fresh plant-including root.

Clinical.-Asthma. Catarrh. Cough. Dropsy. Herpes. Hysteria. Rheumatism.

Characteristics.-The Treasury of Botany thus epitomises the traditional uses of this plant in medicine: "The roots in cases of asthma; the leaves as an application to ulcers. The seeds are also considered to be anti-spasmodic, and useful in coughs." Hering and others proved it, and largely confirmed its popular reputation, as also its clinical relationship to the Arum family. Burning sensations from fauces down throat; enlarged glands of throat; swelling of nose and sneezing; spasmodic cough and skin affections are common to Ictod. and the Arums. Motion in open air. Asthma is < or caused by dust.

Relations.-Compare: Arum t., Asaf., Meph.


1. Mind.-Cross; impetuous; inclined to contradict.-Absence of mind and inattention; enters sick-room without knocking, does not listen to patient.

2. Head.-Vertigo and dimness of sight.-Headache in single places, lasting a short while, then changing place; dulness; pressing in temples, now more in one, then more in the other, with violent pulsation of arteries.-Drawing in forehead in two lines from protuberances to glabella, where it draws outward as from a magnet.

5. Nose.-The nose is swollen as far as the nasal bones extend, red like a saddle, sore to touch, < l. side.-Cartilage cold and bloodless, with red spots on cheeks and small pimples on l. side of face.-Violent sneezing, with pains in palate, fauces, and oesophagus to stomach, hurting for a while after in cardiac end of stomach.

6. Face.-Swollen submaxillary glands.

7. Teeth and Gums.-Scurvy.

8. Mouth.-Numbness of tongue, cannot touch teeth with it.-Papillae elevated.-Tongue red and sore on tip and edges.

9. Throat.-Burning from fauces downwards through chest.-Å’sophagus painful on sneezing.

10. Appetite.-Inclined to smoke, but it does not taste good.

11. Stomach.-Nausea and vomiting.-With every firm step, pain in pit of stomach as from something breaking loose.

12. Abdomen.-Expansion and tension in abdomen.-Pain in abdomen here and there in single spots.-When walking, sensation as if the entrails were hanging loose and flabby without any pain.

14. Urinary Organs.-Great urging; urine darker.

15. Male Sexual Organs.-Titillation, voluptuous but painful, around corona glandis.

16. Female Sexual Organs.-Amenorrhoea.

17. Respiratory Organs.-Spasmodic asthma.-Sudden anxiety, with dyspnoea and sweat, followed by stool and relief of that and other complaints.-Inclined to take a deep breath: with hollowness of chest; with constriction in fauces and chest.-Asthma, < or caused by dust.-Heaves in horses from dusty hay.-Spasmodic cough.-Senile catarrh.

18. Chest.-Pain in chest and in axillae; seems to have a connection with burning in oesophagus.-Pressing pain in sternum.

23. Lower Limbs.-Aching along r. crista tibiae.

24. Generalities.-Hysterics.-Epilepsy.-Erratic and spasmodic pains.

25. Skin.-Herpes and cutaneous affections.