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Drosera rotundifolia

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Drosera rotundifolia

1. Description

Latin Name:
Drosera rodundifolia
Drosera rotundifolia
Dewplant, Moorgrass, Oreille du diable, Red rot, Rosee du soleil, Roundleaf sundew, Round leaf sundew, Round leaved sundew, Sundew, Youthwort, Lustwort.

2. Source & History

The name Drosera is derived from the Greek drosos = dew and droseros = covered in dew which is a reference to the dewy excretion from the glandular hairs on the leaf. The plants common name of Sundew is yet another reference. The unique characteristic of the dewy excretion which does not evaporate in sunlight has long preoccupied humankind's imagination. In the thirteenth century alchemists sought unsuccessfully to make an elixir for longevity from it "ad longam vitam suam." The Latin word rotundifolia means "round-leafed".
Drosera is a carnivorous plant inhabiting bogs, marshes and fens. Any insect alighting on the sharp spiny leaf is entrapped and digested by its dewy excretion. During the Middle Ages it was used as a remedy for coughs, lung infections, whooping cough, consumption (tuberculosis), epilepsy, as well as kidney and bladder conditions.
The homeopathic mother tincture is manufactured from the whole plant.

3. Mentals & Generals

Patients are suspicious, silent, reserved and unduly irritable over trifles. They are restless, uneasy, often with delusions of persecution, a fear of solitude, ghosts, darkness and death with an inclination for suicide by drowning.
In general they are cold with concomitant shivers and shudders. In spite of their cold there is profuse nocturnal perspiration. They exhibit a noticeable stiff lameness with an accompanied reluctance to movement. Patients complain of a feeling of bruised soreness, acute sensitivity to touch and general weakness.

4. Particulars

Violent coughing - must hold the chest
Epistaxsis from cough
Catarrh/ laryngitis with black stringy mucus
Accommodation problems of the eye
Loss of power in limbs
Rheumatic affectations, bone/ joint arthritis

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after 12 midnight
Eating, Drinking
Warmth, Lying down 

Open air, Walking, Movement

6. Keywords

Violent barking cough
Black mucus/ expectoration
Worse after midnight
Face:- Cold left side/ Hot right side
Family history of tuberculosis

7. Clinicals

Bronchitis/ Croup/ Cough
Respiratory infections (tuberculosis/ asthma)
Pertusis (whooping cough)

8. Constitutional Prescribing

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The use of Dros is usually restricted to symptomatic situations. 
However as always it is the patient picture that is important especially the mental & general manifestations that are the key determinants for its Constitutional use.
In this case the destructive respiratory symptoms of tuberculosis place it firmly within
Nebel's Fluoric Constitutional type.
High potency Constitutional prescription therefore 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 of the main symptoms occur together in the patient.
For example 
respiratory affectations (asthma) and/ or rheumatism/ arthritis.

9. Relationships

up to 30 days
Cina, Hep-s, Ip, Nux-v, Sep, Spong, Verat.
Remedies that Follow Well
Calc-c, Cina, Con, Puls, Sul, Verat.

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11. Further Information

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Sylvian Cazalet Homeopathe International Reversed Kent's Repertory
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Drosera rotundiolia (plant)
Drosera rotundifolia
Drosera rotundifolia (flower)
Drosera rotundifolia
Drosera rotundifolia (leaf)
Drosera rotundifolia
Drosera rotundifolis (with partly digested butterfly)

Drosera rotundifolia
(with partly digested butterfly)

Kingdom: Plant
Latin Name: Drosera rotundifolia
Common Name: Round leaved Sundew
Homeopahtic: Drosera rotundifolia 

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