(High altitudes in Ecuador, S. America.) N.O. Asclepiadacae. Tincture and trituration of the dried bark of the stem.
Anus, rhagades of.
Breast, tumors of.
Stomach, affections of.
Cundurango belongs to the "Milk-weed" family, and is thus related to Asclepias Syriaca, and Tuberosa, and also to Calotropis. The action of the latter in syphilitic conditions may be compared with the power of Cundurango Over cancer. The Condor plant was introduced into medicine as a cancer remedy by Dr. Bliss, of Washington. Clotar Muller cured with it several cases of "old, obstinate, foul-smelling, ichorous ulcers," one case of "carcinoma of the lips, an unclean and sinus ulcer." Burnett, who proved it, and whose symptoms were of a severe nature, observed that it produced "a painful crack in the right corner of the mouth." These cracks he has seen produced in several patients who were taking the drug, and he has cured similar cracks with it.
He regards them as a keynote indication, and has cured patients of tumors, some undoubtedly cancerous, who had that symptom as a concomitant.
In this opinion Cund. is antipsoric (Tumour of the Breast, p. 28).
Dudgeon (H. W., xxiv. 543) has recorded as cure with Cund. I of an undoubted case of cancer of left breast in a women of sixty-nine.
The nipple was so retracted as to be invisible.
A hard tumour the size of an egg on the outer side of the nipple was the center of lancinating pains radiating from it, the whole breast being very tender to touch.
The tumour increased steadily under Hydr., and Phyt., and was only checked temporarily by Conium. Under Cund. it entirely disappeared.
Cundurango has found its chief use as a cancer remedy, especially in cancers originating in epithelial structures.
Rhagades at muco-cutaneous orifices and warty excrescences are a leading indication for it.
Cutting, stinging, burning, tingling, constrictive, and piercing pains are complained of.
The skin manifests much of the action of the remedy: blotches, eczema, pimples, pustules, indolent ulcers, lupus, varicose ulcers, syphilitic affections, epithelioma, and scirrhus.
Burnett considers it has a very strong affinity for the tongue.
He cured with it a jagged ulcer of the tongue (doubtful whether cancerous or syphilitic), tongue and lips red.
One prover had a slight creeping pain along periosteum of right humerus, and I observed "a creeping sensation up the back, and headache in right temple" in a patient taking it in the IX tincture. An old-school authority, Dr. Guyvenot (Bull. Gen. de Therap. No. 32, 1890) credits Condurango with causing a "veritable locomotor ataxia." It appears late, and he thinks it is due to the formation of some toxic substance by the splitting up of the alkaloid in the organism.
Compare: Ant-t. (pustular eruptions), Arum-t. (corner of mouth cracked, sore throat), Bapt. (sore throat, open cancers with very offensive discharges), Ars., Con., Hydr., Phytol., Trif-p., Kreos. (Cancer, especially) of breast), Hydr., Kali-s., (rodent ulcer, lupus, cancer of stomach), Thrka (epithelial cancer, fissures at muco-cutaneous outlets), Sil. (fistulous ulcers).
Severe dull headache all day.
Violent pain in left temple, cutting in left temple and through ball of left eye.
Sensation as if forehead were broad and high, as if left half were bigger than right (left
half feels heavy, right clear).
Appearance of objects before yes.
Flat epithelioma on lower eyelid.
Much glairy mucus from nose alternating with unusual dryness.
A state of nose giving a nasal sound to voice.
Stiffness in nose.
Pressive full feeling in bridge.
Flat epithelioma left side of nose.
Deep crack in corner in corner of mouth, warty growths occupying edges.
Ulcer on chin, right side perforating to gums.
Slight pain in left half of tongue.
Small painful pustule on right side of tip of tongue, on upper surface towards edge.
(Cancer of tongue.)
Aching in throat, extending to stomach, with great burning in stomach.
Persistent sore throat.
Sore throat with burning and aching, and a husky feeling which causes a dry, hacking cough.
Slight nausea arising from right hypochondrium.
Cancer of stomach.
Pain in right hypochondrium.
Stool and Anus.
Rhagades at anus, terrible pains when bowels are moved, cracks at angles of mouth.
Incontinence of urine.
Urine scanty, high-colored, loaded with phosphates.
Ulcer on false ribs as large as hand, apparently carcinomatous.
On right wall of thorax, especially round nipple, several swellings in size from pigeon’s to hen’s egg, some suppurating, nipple being, on a hard, painful swelling, axillary glands swollen, emaciation.
Tumour of breast on either side.
On rising in morning sharp, distinct pain in heart, followed by passage of flatus.
Dull, heavy, continuing pain in left scapula.
Soreness all over body, like rheumatism, worse through left shoulder and under left scapula (burning).
Rhagades on hips and in bends of knees.
Some small congenital warty excrescences enlarge and look fresh.
Blotches, pimples, and boils in many parts.