Hedeoma

Natural History.
      Hedeoma pulegioides.
      American Penny royal (the British "Penny royal" is Mentha pulegium, also a Labiate).
      N. O. Labiate. Tincture of whole fresh plant.

Clinical.
      Amenorrhea.
      Dysmenorrhea.
      Leucorrhea.

Characteristics.
      Both the American and the British Pennsylvanians have a popular reputation as "female regulators," which is by no means undeserved.
      Homeopaths have verified the relation of the drug to uterine ailments, and an observation by Dr. Toothaker of a case of poisoning affords valuable ground for homeopathic prescribing.
      Bearing-down pains were most marked, worse by any movement, and accompanied by almost paralytic weakness of the legs.
      Nervous symptoms were very prominent, jerkings and twitchings.
      Weak, faint, better lying down, inability to sit up.
      Pains in abdomen worse after eating or drinking.
      Worse By touch and pressure.

Relations.
      Compare: Mentha pulegium, Sep., Sabi., Lil. t. Veratrum antidoted some of its effects.

Head.
      Dull, heavy feeling in head in morning, not continued through day.
      Sore pain in temporal ridge, as of a cut or wound, lasting about six weeks.

Throat.
      Sensation of something rising in throat, or as if her breast were coming up into her mouth.
      Great difficulty in swallowing, it nearly took her breath away.

Stomach.
      Nausea, a rising-up sensation from stomach, producing occasional retching.
      Excessive retching, nausea and straining.

Abdomen.
      Abdomen very sore and sensitive to touch and pressure.

Stool and Anus.
      Obstinate constipation, painful evacuations every four or five days.

Urinary Organs.
      Frequent urgent desire to pass water, passes very little, cutting, burning pain with tenesmus of sphincter urinarius.

Female Sexual Organs.
      Excessive bearing-down pains with pressure outward towards vulva, from whole lower abdomen, accompanied by almost unendurable pains in back, drawing down from upper sacral spine, extending also to epigastrium and stomach, like veritable labor-pains, returning with regular periodicity if she remained at rest, greatly worse by the least movement, she lay on the floor on a small mattress, and could not be removed, on account of the aggravation, until the following day, worse by the least food or drink.
      Leucorrhea with itching and burning (commenced sixth day and lasted some weeks).

Respiratory Organs.
      Shortness of breath as if from an asthmatic attack.
      Frequent, periodical dyspnea with oppression of thorax.

Back.
      Unendurable pains in back, especially in sacral spine near the upper vertebrae, dragging down from that point to uterus.
      Excessive pains in back and head.

Limbs.
      Semi-paralysis of limbs, could not stand or move, or bear the pain of movement.
      Pain and coldness of limbs, especially of feet.

Generalities.
      Affected all her nerves, nervous twitchings and jerkings in all the fibres of the body, sensible in the pulse or wherever the observer’s fingers touched the flesh.
      Semi-paralysis.
      Prostration following retching.
      General soreness.