Terebinthinae oleum | Renal Congestion

Terebinthinae oleum | Renal Congestion

“The real pathological condition of the kidneys in these cases is not one of acute Bright’s disease, nor one of croupous formation in the kidneys, but one of renal congestion, with oozing of blood into the pelvis of the kidney. The condition is not infrequently the result of living in damp dwellings. When its urinary symptoms are present, you may give Terebinthina with confidence, no matter what the patient’s disease may be.”

E.A. Farrington, Clinical Materia Medica

Latin: Terebinthinae oleum

Common: Oil of Turpentine, distilled from different species of Pinus


Terebinthinae has definite affinity to bleeding mucous surfaces. The remedy affects the kidneys, the bladder, the mucous membranes of bronchi and intestines; the blood.

Symptoms aggravate from dampness and cold and we see that the kidneys disorders are often accompanied by rheumatic complaints.

Typical for the remedy are the hemorrhages.

Urinary Disorders

Terebinthinae cure serious inflammations of the kidneys with strangury, dark passive hemorrhages, dropsy and drowsiness. The urine is scanty because it’s formation is suppressed. Nephritis following acute diseases like scarlet fever or neglected cases of influenza.

Not rare the renal symptoms are accompanying, or appear after serious conditions like metritis, peritonitis, pneumonia, scarlatina.

The region of kidneys is highly sensitive, with dull pain all over. In the kidneys there is burning pains which radiate from the kidneys downward through the ureters; this is felt in both sides of the lower abdomen and resembles Berberis.

The urination is very painful, with burning at every drop. The urine is of small quantity, it is hardly passing; urine has sweet odor, like violets; it contains albumen and blood, and looks dark, smoky, vague.

In the cases of Terebinthinae we are facing congestion of blood in the kidneys.

Respiratory Disorders

Terebinthinae is indicated in bronchitis with thin secretion which is difficult to expectorate; in humid asthma, caused or maintained by living in damp conditions, and accompanied by scanty dark urine; in broncho-pneumonia with much mucus in lungs,great drowsiness and the urinary symptoms of Terebinthinae.


The quote from Farrington’s Clinical MM in the beginning clearly shows the most important principle in homeopathy, and namely the principle of similarity. It doesn’t matter what the name of the disease is (or the diagnosis in medical language). The important point here is, that morbid feelings and manifestations in a patient (which we call ‘symptoms’) must be similar to those which are cured by certain homeopathic remedy.

Therebintinae is almost an organ remedy, with marked action on mucous membranes and a tendency to hemorrhaging. It is indicated as main remedy in serious diseases, where urinary symptoms may look as concomitant to the main disease but in fact are part of the picture.

It is indicated in patients prone to hemorrhages; hematuria, hemorrhoids, purpura hemorrhagica, unbroken chilblains.

The energy level of the patient is very low, and the condition in most cases is live threatening. Therefore the remedy should be repeatedly and frequently given, until the amelioration – general and of main complaints – grows visible.

Therebinthinae is also known as a remedy for homeopathic treatment of worms in children. It removes tape worms, which pass on segments. Children start and screem in their sleep. They also manifest other characteristic symptoms of verminous children, namely picking at nose and dry hacking cough. The remedy is sometimes indicated in teething toddlers.

***Bibliography: E.A. Farrington, Clinical MM and Lesser Writings; W. Boericke, Pocket Manual of Homeopathic MM; C.M. Boger, Synoptic Key of the MM