Acanthia lectularia syn. Cimex lectularius Bed bug.
Anxiety, especially after a chill or drinking alcohol, and possibly followed by a fever
Joint or muscle ache
Origin : Found in unsanitary environments in temperate regions.
Background : The ancient Greeks and Romans crushed bed bugs with salt and human milk to make an eye ointment. When powdered they were used for fevers and as a preventative remedy for plague.
Preparation : Live bed bugs are steeped in alcohol, diluted, and succussed.
Remedy Profile : Cimex is most appropriate for those who are prey to anxiety, especially after a chill or drinking alcohol. They may adopt a crouching position, desiring to creep into their own body because they are unable to curl themselves up sufficiently. A chilly stage may develop prior to fever, during which they may be violent, wanting to tear everything to pieces or clenching their hands in rage. Cimex is typically prescribed for certain types of joint or muscle aches accompanied by a strong compulsion to stretch and, sometimes, chills and fever. Muscles and tendons such as hamstrings may feel too short for the limbs.
Symptoms Better : For sitting huddled up; for passing gas; for avoiding alcohol.