Dirca belongs to the same family as Daphne Indica and Mezereum, and is the only American member of the family.
Its symptoms show its relationship to the other two, but it has not been used extensively in practice. It produces much vital depression; neuralgic pains in the head, trunk, and extremities, many of the pains proceeding from without inward. Digestion is disordered, there is weight at the stomach, and a peculiar white tongue, the coating being moist and even. Rumbling of flatulence. Colic > by bending forward, diarrhœa and tenesmus, later constipation. Oppression and pains in the chest, sweetish expectoration, and excitability of the heart’s action from the slightest motion. Hot and restless at night; cannot sleep; dreams of dead bodies. Motion by bending forward; headache > by pressure. Pains in the bowels are > by stool.
Time seemed to pass slowly.─Absent-minded.
Vertigo on walking; seems as if he would fall to l.─Pains all through the head, vertex, and occiput, extending down into spine.─Sensation as if lobes of cerebrum were drawn forward towards frontal sinuses.─Headache in temples extending inwards; > by hard pressure.─Headache, throbbing, and beating in l. half of head, bending forward; and > by stool, but smarting in anus remains.─Burning and uncomfortable sensation in bowels.─Pain in bowels on walking, also painful on pressure.─Dull ache low down in pelvis; bearing down, not > by sitting or lying, but > when headache >.
Throbbing, stitching pains in anus.─Soreness and smarting,