Jatropha is one of the most active of the Euphorbians and strongly resembles Croton in its action, especially in the urgent gushing stools and the irritation and pimples of the skin. One of the most notable characteristics of Jatropha is the very marked and peculiar gurgling it causes: “Much noise in abdomen as if a bottle was being emptied, followed later by a thin stool.” “Sudden desire for stool, and constant noises as of liquids in abdomen, especially on left side.”
The diarrhœa is very often associated with coldness; with mottled blue surface; with cold sweat. At times the purging is accompanied by copious (and easy) vomiting of watery albuminous ropy liquid. Sudden desire for stool is marked. Water is almost immediately vomited. It corresponds more to the earlier than the collapse stage of cholera. Cramps are predominant; griping cutting pains; sensation as if balls were rolling together in abdomen. The patient writhes about in bed with pain.
Kent (H. P., vi. 355) describes the sphere of Jatr. in cholera thus: “The characteristic is a rice-water discharge; it has vomiting and purging; more or less sweat; more or less cramps; suppression of urine, the great prostration, syncope and rapid onset peculiar to cholera; and it has this to differentiate it from all other remedies─the vomit and purging and evacuations are thick, albuminous, lumpy, instead of thin and watery.” Walking in open air less rumbling; = pain in heels; > headache. Open air > headache; = rumbling. In room, headache <. patient seeks to cool himself by throwing off covers and lying on ground. touch pressure at night: mouth dry itching between toes. after midnight: profuse watery diarrh in morning: stools headache metallic bloody taste much spitting of saliva. summer diarrhea occurring suddenly. symptoms. great anxiety. with burning pain stomach coldness the body. anxiety night constricting chest preventing sleep till morning. mind indifference pain. general prostration strength. feeling lively warmth etherial lightness during painful giddiness followed unconsciousness delirium. heaviness head. hot stupefaction yawning nausea. head face ears. nausea vomiturition beginning pressing temples ceasing open air reappearing when entering a room. muscles forehead neck. smarting margins lids. l. upper lid. dark spots before eyes. points ears heat back part nose while eating. chilliness back. blue round cracked lips. saliva morning accumulation thin tongue. tongue dryness mouth. without thirst feels as if scalded. fauces throat. throat dryness. constriction ascending from stomach. violent unquenchable not satisfied drinking water. drink account air. large mass dark-green bile. water almost immediately vomited. vomiting quantities albuminous substances same time spasmodically contracting pains cramps calves body viscid sweat pregnant women. intestines. sinking pit dull deep abdomen behind navel. swollen sore touch. balls were rolling together abdomen. stinging colic. covering thrusts umbilicus lumbar region. colic> when walking in the open air.─Noise like the gurgling of water coming out of the bung-hole of a barrel during the fecal discharge.─Noise in the intestines, as if a bottle were emptied, or as if a fluid were running in the intestines; not > by a loose stool.
Sudden desire for stool, and constant noises as of liquids in abdomen, esp. l. side.─Watery diarrhœa; it gushes from him like a torrent.─First stage of cholera, before collapse.─Very copious mushy stools with quantities of lumbrici and threadworms.─Stool watery and in gushes.─Stools like rice-water.─Profuse watery diarrhœa, from a cold, weakening patient greatly.─Constipation.─Stitches in anus and rectum.
Frequent desire to urinate; urine, pale yellow, frothy.
Aching in genitals as after excessive sexual intercourse.─Drawing in genitals, extending along inner side r. thigh to navel.
Vomiting of pregnancy.
Painful pressure r. side of larynx, at night, waking him, not by rubbing.
Excessive drowsiness.─Restlessness at night on account of rush of thought and palpitation.─Attacks of anxiety at night did not permit sleep.
Chilliness in the back, with heat in the face and head.─Chilliness, with cold hands and blue nails.─Coldness of the whole body; mottled blue; chilliness and clammy perspiration.─Cold hands, with heat in the mouth and throat.─Heat in head, face, and ears.─General cold, clammy perspiration.