Clinical.─Anasarca. Biliousness. Chilblains. Convulsions. Erysipelas. Gonorrhœa. Psilosis (or Sprue). Tapeworm. Tongue, strawberry; swollen. Urticaria. Weaning.
It is well known that many persons are unable, to eat strawberries, and the poisonous effects resulting from them on those who are sensitive to their action have been utilised in homœopathy. Faintness; suffocation like apoplexy; convulsions and death have resulted; general anasarca, and especially swollen tongue. The well-known “strawberry tongue” is an indication for its use. Dr. Burnett gives it as “pippy tongue.” An infusion of the root is used for drying up the breasts in women who wish to wean their children; it diminishes the size of the breasts and dries up the milk. Profuse viscid sweat has been observed. Lippe mentions: “Tapeworm. Pain in chilblains in hot weather.” In old physic Fragaria vesca (in decoctions of leaves, root, or fruit ripe or unripe, or combinations of these) had a very large place assigned to it. It is commended by W. Salmon as a wash for sore-mouth; as a hæmostatic arresting the menses and stopping “bloody-flux;” swelling of the spleen; many forms of skin eruption and for “clearing the complexion.” In two instances I have known indulgence in strawberries to revive symptoms of gonorrhœa in men who thought themselves cured. A number of cases of sprue or psilosis have been cured by a diet of strawberries ad libitum (H. W., xxxiv. 440).
Acts on digestion and mesenteric glands. Prevents formation of calculi, removes tartar from teeth and prevents attacks of gout. The fruit has refrigerant properties. Strawberries produce symptoms of poisoning in certain susceptible individuals, such as urticarial rashes (strawberry anaphylaxis). Here give Fragaria high potency.
Chilblains; worse during hot weather. Lack of mammary secretion. Psilosis (Spruce).
Mouth.–Tongue swollen; strawberry tongue.
Skin.–Urticaria; petechial and erysipelatous eruptions. Swelling of whole body.
Reference: Materia Medica of Boericke and Clarke.
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