This section is from the book "The Chronic Diseases, Their Specific Nature And Their Homeopathic Treatment", by Samuel Hahnemann. Also available from Amazon: The chronic diseases, their specific nature and their homeopathic treatment.
Rush of blood to the head.
Rush of blood to the chest.
Varices, varicose veins in the lower limbs (varices on the pudenda), also on the arms (even with men), often with tearing pains in them (during storms), or with itching in the varices.1
Erysipelas, partly in the face (with fever), partly on the limbs, on the breast while nursing, especially in a sore place (with a pricking and burning pain).
Whitlow, paronychia (sore finger with festering skin).
Chilblains (even when it is not winter) on the toes and fingers, itching, burning and lancinating pains.
Corns, which even without external pressure cause burning, lancinating pains.
Boils (furuncles), returning from time to time, especially on the nates, the thighs, the upper arms and the body. Touching them causes fine stitches in them.
Ulcers on the thighs, especially, also upon the ankles and above them and on the lower part of the calves, with itching, gnawing, tickling around the borders, and a gnawing pain as from salt on the base of the ulcer itself; the parts surrounding are of brown and bluish color, with varices near the ulcers, which, during storms and rains, often cause tearing pains, especially at night, often accompanied with erysipelas after vexation or fright, or attended with cramps in the calves.
Tumefaction and suppuration of the humerus, the femur, the patella, also of the bones of the fingers and toes (spina ventosa).
1 The swellings of the arteries (aneurismata) seem to have no other origin than the Psora.
Thickening and stiffening of the joints. Eruptions, either arising from time to time and passing away again; some voluptuously itching pustules, especially on the fingers or other parts, which, after scratching, burn and have the greatest similarity to the original itch-eruption; or nettlerash, like stings and water-blisters, mostly with burning pain; or pimples without pain in the face, the chest, the back, the arms and the thighs; or herpes in fine miliary grains closely pressed together into round, larger or smaller spots of mostly reddish color, sometimes dry, sometimes moist, with itching, similar to the eruption of itch and with burning after rubbing them. They continually extend further to the circumference, with redness, while the middle seems to become free from the eruption and covered with smooth, shining skin (herpes circinatus). The moist herpes on the legs are called salt-rheum; or crusts raised above the surrounding skin, round in form, with deep-red, painless borders, with frequent violent stitches on the parts of the skin not yet affected; or small, round spots on the skin, covered with bran-like, dry scales, which often peel off and are again renewed without sensation; or red spots of the skin, which feel dry, with burning pain; somewhat raised above the rest of the skin.
Freckles, small and round, brown or brownish spots in the face, on the hands and on the chest, without sensation.
Liver spots, large brownish spots which often cover whole limbs, the arms, the neck, the chest, etc., without sensation or with itching.
Yellowness of the skin, yellow spots of a like nature around the eyes, the mouth, on the neck, etc., without sensibility.1
Warts on the face, the lower arm, the hands, etc.2
Encysted tumors in the skin, the cellular tissue beneath it, or in the bursoe mucosoe of the tendons (exostosis), of various forms and sizes, cold without sensibility.3
Glandular swellings around the neck, in the groin, in the bend of the joints, the bend of the elbow, of the knee, in the axillae,4 also in the breasts.
Dryness of the (scarf) skin either on the whole body with inability to perspire through motion and heat, or only in some parts.5
1 After riding in a carriage, yellowness of the skin conies on most quickly, if it is not yet constant but only occasional.
2 Especially in youth. Many remain only a short time and pass away to give place to another symptom of Psora.
3 The fungus hematodes, which has lately become such a dreadful plague, has, according to the conclusions I am compelled to draw from several cases, no other source than Psora.
4 At times they pass over, after lancinating pains, into a sort of chronic suppuration, in which, however, instead of pus, only a colorless mucus is secreted.
5 Especially in the hands, the outer side of the arms and legs, and even in the face; the skin is dry, rough, parched, feels chapped, and often has scales like bran.
Disagreeable sensation of dryness over the whole body (also in the face, around and in the mouth, in the throat, or in the nose, although the breath passes freely through it).
Perspiration comes too easily from slight motion; even while sitting, he is attacked with perspiration all over, or merely on some parts; e. g., almost constant perspiration of the hands and feet,1 so also strong perspiration in the axillae2 and around the pudenda.
Daily morning sweats, often causing the patient to drip, this for many years, often with sour or pungent-sour smell.3
One-sided perspiration, only on one side of the body, or only on the upper part of the body, or only on the lower part.
Increasing susceptibility to colds, either of the whole body (often even from repeatedly wetting the hands, now with warm water, then with cold, as in washing clothes), or only susceptibility of certain parts of the body, of the head, the neck, the chest, the abdomen, the feet, etc., often in a moderate or slight draught, or after slightly moistening these parts;4 even from:
1 The latter is usually very fetid and so abundant that, after even a short walk, the soles of the feet, the heels and toes are soaked and sore.
2 Not infrequently of red color or of a rank smell like that of he goats or that of garlic.
3 Here belongs the perspiration of Psoric children on their head after going to sleep in the evening.
4 The ailments following from it, immediately afterwards, are then considerable and manifold: Pains in the limbs, headaches, catarrh, sore throat, and inflammation of the throat, coryza, swelling of the glands of the neck, hoarseness, cough, dyspnoea, stitches being in a cooler room, in a rainy atmosphere, or with a low barometer.