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Cicuta virosa

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Cicuta virosa

1. Description

Latin Name:
Cicuta virosa
Cicuta virosa

Cicuta virosa, cicuta aquatica, northern water hemlock, water hemlock

2. Source & History

The curiously patchy distribution of Cicuta virosa, which centres around central Ireland, is unusual and for which there is no explanation. It grows in wet meadows along stream banks and other wet and marshy areas. There has been some dispute whether it was a hemlock of the genus Cicuta or Conium which was used in ancient Greece as a state poison. Socrates drank a cup of some kind of hemlock infusion at his execution in 399 BC. Cicuta virosa is however primarily a northern European species, rare or absent from the Mediterranean region, making its use in Greece unlikely. Its main symptoms are spasms and jerkings together with acute abdominal pain accompanied with moans, groans and great agitation.
The Homeopathic tincture is produced from the root.

3. Mentals & Generals

Anxious, discontented, ill humoured, suspicious, mistrustful with a predominant demeanour of sadness.
At times can be delirious with singing, dancing, laughing, ridiculous gestures all with a great desire for wine.
Dementia, can even forget their name, absentminded, confuses past and present events, they sometimes think they are children again.

4. Particulars

Whirling vertigo, falling forward
Eyes contracted or dilated with burning pain. Strabismus
The face is cold even though it is red. Pustules and scabs around jaw. Grinding of teeth. 
Temporo Mandibular jaw stiffness. (TMJ)
Neck spasm which is bent backwards.
Tightness and pressure on the chest with difficulty breathing.
Burning, cutting stomach colic with desire to eat coal.
Distended abdomen with much gas. Moans and groans with pain.
Jerkings, spasms and involuntary movements of the extremities.

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Touch, jarring, turning
Highly sensitive to noise
After food

Rest in dark room

6. Keywords

Convulsions (epileptic, spasms & choreic)
Grinding teeth, lockjaw
Eczema on face
Sensitive to touch and sound
Breathing appears to stop.
Violent pain from gastrointestinal tract.
Desires chalk/ coal

7. Clinicals

Cerebro spinal meningitis, convulsions
Convulsion after head injury
Facial eczema

8. Constitutional Prescribing

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Cic-v is usually used as an acute remedy and hence its employment is traditionally reserved to symptomatic non constitutional prescribing

Notwithstanding the above, high potency Constitutional prescription may be used as background together with a concurrent lower potency symptomatic remedy administered according to the Law of Similars in situations where two or more non acute symptoms occur together eg
Facial eczema with Grinding of teeth or TMJ
Depraved appetite with Oppressed breathing
Loss of memory and childish behaviour with head concussion (maybe some time ago)

In terms of Nebel's Constitutional classification its grouping is shared between Carbonic (skin and psoric symptoms) and Fluoric (gastrointestinal and convulsive symptoms)

9. Relationships

up to 40 days
Arn, Bell, Dulc, Lyc, Merc, Op Rhus-t, Stram, Verat.
Aeth (spine), Con (spine), Hell (neck), Hydr-ac (neck), Hyos (jerks), Hyper (spine), Nux-v (tetanus), Strych (tetanus).
Remedies that Follow Well
Bell, Hep-s, Op, Puls,Rhus-t, Sep.

10. Posology

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11. Further Information

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Sylvian Cazalet Homeopathe International Reversed Kent's Repertory
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Cicuta virosa
Cicuta virosa

Cicuta virosa
Cicuta virosa

Kingdom: Plant
Latin Name: Cicuta virosa 
Common Name: Water Henlock  
Homeopahtic: Cicuta virosa 

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