The symptoms of the Chinese and the American Ginseng are taken together, as the two are probably identical. The name is said to signify “the resemblance of a man” or man’s thigh. The root is forked like that of the mandrake. Fabulous prices are given for it in Manchuria, as much as £40 per pound being paid for certain qualities of it.
The wild Ginseng of Siberia is said to be the best. The natives along the Ussuri river use it boiled for headaches, colds, fevers, stomach pains. In America it is a domestic remedy for the after-pains of labour.
The shape of the root might indicate an action on the pelvis and lower limbs, and J. H. Henry (H. R., xi. 493) says it acts on the lower part of the spinal marrow; is indicated by “bruised pains in small of back and thighs (on rising from bed), and great languor, with paralytic, rheumatic pains in lower limbs, arthritic swelling of the foot, which had been exerted a long time, violent pain in big toe.” He mentions also “Nightly digging in right lower limb from hip to big toe, cramp, pains from right hip to toes; lancinating, tearing in right tarsal joint.” He considers it specific in lumbago, sciatica and chronic rheumatism, with frequent desire to urinate, and sexual excitement. Lembke and others have proved it.
It is an aromatic stimulant and removes feelings of fatigue, imparting a joyous sense of vigour and elasticity to the limbs, especially the upper limbs, and clearness of mind. The opposite condition of malaise is also produced. Yawning, and drowsiness. Drowsiness with headache. Feeling of extreme heat and intense coldness, longing to expose the body to cool air. The right side of the body is most affected. There is pain in right side. of hypogastrium, extending into groin. Dry mouth, tongue, and lips. Vertigo. The respiratory organs are affected as with Aralia racem. Mouth and throat are sensitive to the ordinary air of room; are
Mood quiet and contented, with good courage.─Mind generally calm; but impatient impulses, fear of accidents.─Thinking difficult.─Memory weak.─Disposition to weep; anxious about the future.
Vertigo, cloudiness, confusion, giddiness, and heaviness of the head.─Vertigo on going down winding stairs.─While standing, the ground seems to waver.─Reflection difficult; tendency to forgetfulness.─Reeling sensation in occiput.─Reeling sensation in occiput, with grey spots before eyes.─Head seems at times enlarged and to sway to one side.─Pressure in longitudinal sinuses.─Drawing in r. side of frontal bone; in muscles of neck and loins.─Drawing in occiput; he involuntarily bends head backward.─Painful sensitiveness of the head.─Semilateral cephalalgia.─Lancinations from r. side of the forehead as far as the orbit, with heaviness of the eyelids, irrepressible inclination to sleep, heat of the head, and heaviness in the temples.─Sudden shock in occiput, followed by pain, as of a bruise.
Pressure on the eyes, which seems to force them inwards; the upper eyelids fall (esp. r.).─Great difficulty in opening the eyelids, which are heavy and painful; itching of the eyelids.─Biting and itching in margins of lids.─Unpleasant sensation of coldness on surface of eyeball.─Pupils alternately large and small.─Vision indistinct.─Sensation of fatigue when exposed to the light; objects appear double when looked at fixedly; in reading, the characters become confused.
Alternation of redness and paleness.─Burning erythematous redness on r. cheek, on the ala nasi, on the chin; following chapping of the parts, with itching and heat; afterwards an eruption of small miliaria, with tingling; after this, mealy tetters on the skin, with desquamation at the end of fifteen days.─Lips red, dry, rough, thick, cracked and bleeding, esp. the lower lip; by emission of flatus downwards; inflated abdomen, painful, with pain, as of a fracture, in the loins; bruise-like pain in the iliac region, while walking.─Contractive pain across lower thorax.
Aching and oppression in the chest, with great difficulty of respiration.─Oppression of the chest, with anxiety and lancinations in pit of stomach, and in lumbar region.─Prostration of strength, and lassitude in the limbs.
Severe pain; dagger-like lancinations and stitches in præcordia.─Some violent beats while sitting, and followed by sensation of floundering of heart, with rapid, small, indistinct pulse.─Pulse very irregular.
Frequent cracking in upper cervical vertebræ on moving head.─Heaviness and stiffness in nape.─Drawings in cervical muscles.─Pulsation in vessels of r. side of neck.─Painful lassitude along back, with bruised feeling down to and in sacrum.─Stiffness in back.─Pressure in dorsal vertebræ.─Deep lancinations around loin &-Lancinations between the shoulder-blades, extending to r. shoulder, or else along the dorsal spine to the sacrum, esp. on standing upright, accompanied by difficulty of respiration.─Weight in nape of neck, with contusive pain along back of sacrum.
Much cracking in joints on moving.─Peculiar lightness, vigour, and flexibility of limbs in spite of much walking or a bad night.─Painful lassitude in limbs.─Bruised pain in limbs alternating in different parts.
Pain in shoulders, with cracking in them.─Peculiar sensation of coldness and crawling in r. elbow and parietal eminence.─Violent compressing pain in muscles of lower l. forearm, as if a hoop were tight around them.─Object dropped from hands easily, hastiness in his movements.─On closing hands sensation as if they were swollen and the skin tight.─Contraction of the fingers of r. hand and stiffness in their joints.
Retraction of muscles of r. leg; great weakness of r. leg.─Staggering gait.─Sticking in r. tibia.─Lancinating tearing in r. ankle joint.─Lancinations alternately in both great toes.─Painful stiffness of l. thigh, from the hip to knee.─Heaviness of the lower limbs, contraction of the muscles of l. leg, with bruise-like pain in the coxo-femoral articulation.─Difficulty in walking, tingling and stiffness from the thigh to the foot; pain in the knee, and violent incisive pain in the r. hip, which extends to the abdomen, and occasions writhing of the body.─Contusive pains in the thighs and loins, with great lassitude in the morning on rising, with rheumatic and paralytic pains in the lower limbs.─Nocturnal digging pain in r. leg, from the hip to the great toe, in which are experienced violent lancinations.─Violent lancinations in l. great toe, already suffering from arthritic swelling.─Alternate lancinations in one of the great toes.─Cramp-like pain, extending from r. hip, along the leg, to the points of the toes.─Lancinating tearing in the articulation of r. foot.
Painful lassitude of the extremities, superior and inferior.─Coldness, trembling, and numbness of the hands, with deadness of the fingers.─Tendency of the symptoms to show themselves more particularly on r. side.─As during fever, uneasiness, with inclination to sleep; internal shivering, with heat externally, tingling in the fingers, yawning and stretching, trembling, shivering, thirst, dryness of the mouth, draggings in the stomach, and weakness of the legs, as after a severe illness.─Great sensitiveness to cold, and tendency to feel bruised all over.─After a walk, inability to obtain warmth.─Pulse natural.
Itching pimples on the skin of the neck, and of the chest.─Itching below r. foot.
Much yawning and drowsiness.─Awakens with difficulty or else with a start.─Pleasant voluptuous very vivid dreams, constantly repeated every time he takes the drug.
Coldness, numbness, trembling of hands, fingers white.─Chilliness through the back extending into arms.─Coldness pierces into interior of occiput.─Coldness in back extending into bones of back, cold hands, blue nails.─Coldness in spine.─A small glass of Malaga wine caused remarkable heat of body, esp. back, with distended veins.─Violent burning heat in tips of fingers.