Burt, who made a heroic proving of this remedy, says: “The grand sphere for the use of Dioscorea is among neuroses of the bowels and stomach; where the cœliac and umbilical plexuses are in a state of great hyperæsthesia, the pain and spasm being unbearable.” Hale considers as characteristic: “A constant pain, aggravated at regular intervals by paroxysms of intense suffering.”
Any kind of colic or neuralgia with these characteristics may indicate Dioscor., which stands in the highest rank among stomach and abdominal remedies, with important actions in many other spheres. Dioscorea causes pain in the bowels; spasmodic; twisting; writhing; drawing; lancinating; pulsating; burning. Pains radiate upwards and downwards. Frequent sharp, darting pains from one part to another. Pains spread, especially from abdomen to distant parts. Great faintness at stomach. Morning diarrhœa. Pains
Seminal emissions (passive) with weakness of knees. According to Cushing’s proving the primary effect of Diosc. was to cause strong-smelling perspiration of the genitals; constant excitement with strong and frequent erections day and night; amorous dreams with emissions. Afterwards came relaxed genitals, absence of desire, and emissions without erections. In the female sphere it has frequently cured dysmenorrhœa, uterine colic, and after-pains; also gastric disorders during pregnancy and the menses. J. B. Bell has pointed out how closely the throat symptoms of Dios. resemble the initial stage of a cold when it has attacked the fauces and before it has spread to the nose or chest. Peculiar sensations are: As if top of head was lifted off. As if temples were in a vice. As if head tied with a band (also neck). As if sticks, &c., in eyes; as if hot air streamed out of them. As if tongue burnt. As if a stone were in stomach. In small spot in abdomen sensation as if drawn forcibly upward and backward to spine. Diosc. resembles Coloc. in colicky pains, but differs in the Conditions: whilst Coloc. has > bending double and by stretching out and by moving about. Some of the symptoms of Diosc. areby touch and pressure. Many symptoms appear, or are in open air. Pains are remittent and paroxysmal. It is one of the first remedies in whitlow; and in biliary and renal colic. Suited to persons of feeble digestive powers, old or young, with flatulence after meals, in stomach or bowels, unattended with liver or bowel derangement, who from some excess in eating, or from fasting, or from some error in diet, as eating old cheese, or uncooked fruit, pastry, &c., especially if they are great tea-drinkers, may be suddenly seized with violent colic.
Mind.─Calls things by wrong names; writes down r. arm or leg when he means l.─Aversion to company.─Irritable; feels cross and troubled.─Great depression of spirits.
Head.─Vertigo and dizziness; goes to r. while walking; inclined to fall backward.─Faintness by belching; tastes food eaten; > of symptoms.─Faint, uneasy feeling at stomach.─Headache by pressure; pressure on rectum, paroxysmal colic.
Male Sexual Organs.─Constant excitement of genital organs, with frequent erections.─Genitals cold and relaxed.─Strong-smelling perspiration on scrotum and pubes.─Diminished sexual desire.─Emission of semen during sleep.
Female Sexual Organs.─Dysmenorrhœa; spasmodic uterine colic; pains suddenly fly to distant parts.─After-pains.─False pains.─Cramps in fingers and toes alternating with uterine pains.
Respiratory Organs.─Hacking cough from irritation and tickling low down in the throat.─Sharp cutting pain from l. axilla to nipple and down side deep in lung.─Cough with pain in region of umbilicus and temples, brown tongue, weak knees.─Dull, aching, or sharp cutting pains in both lungs, from front to back, or vice versâ.
Heart.─Sharp pain in region of heart, arrests breathing; by motion.─Severe backache.─Sharp deep pain in lower portion of l. scapula, followed by sharp pain through centre of r. lung.─Itching over r. scapula.─Drawing pains in sacrum: in sacro-iliac joint.─Spinal hyperæsthesia.─Spinal cord feels bruised all the way up and down.─Sharp pains in the back.
Upper Limbs.─Pain in l. shoulder.─Grinding in elbows.─Hard aching pains in bones of forearm, and in wrist and hands.─Numbness of l. hand.─Panaritium, early stage; pain, pricking, sharp, agonising.─Paronychia.
Lower Limbs.─Hard, dull, or tearing pains in the hip.─Pain in r. leg from point of exit of sciatic nerve, felt only when moving the limb, or when sitting up.─Knees lame, weak, and painful; trembling.─Hard, dull, or sharp pains in leg.─Ankles weak and painful.
Generalities.─Restless, trembling, faint feeling.─Languid, tired feeling.─Rheumatic pains