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Hyoscyamus niger

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Hyoscyamus niger

1. Description

Latin Name:

Hyoscyamus niger

Altercum, Banj Barry, Banotu, Bazar Bang, Black henbane, Cassilago. Cassilata, Cassilato, Common henbane, Devil's eye, Fetid nightshade, Gabhann, Giusguiamo, Henbane, Henbell,  Hen bell, Hiyosu, hogbean, Hog bean, Hogs-bean, Hyos, Hyoscyami folium,  Hyoscyamus, Hyoscyamus biennis, Hyoscyamus niger, Insane root, Jupiters-bean, Jusquiame, Poison tobacco, Stinking nightshade, Stinking roger, Sukran, Symphonica,

2. Source & History

This poisonous plant has a heavy, oppressive, nauseous odour and grows essentially in areas of rubbish dumps, garbage, refuse or offal (corpses). The plant contains a high concentration of the tropane alkaloids atropine, hyoscyamine and scopolamine. It induces an intoxication followed by narcosis in which its effects occur during a transition state between consciousness and sleep and was the main plant witches used to facilitate hallucinogenic communication with the supernatural. In common with other members of the Solanaceae family (eg Bell & Stram) its physical effects include dilated pupils, restlessness, and flushed skin.
The mother tincture is obtained from the whole plant.

3. Mentals & Generals

Unlike many hallucinogenic drugs Hyos disturbances are not just confined to the psyche but its influence extends also to the physical and those of the central nervous system.
Hallucination is the main area of mental affectation the nature of which varies from patient to patient. One may wallow in self reproach, another may curse and swear and yet another may talk loquaciously about subjects they know little about. They may be raving and hyperactive one moment and the next just sit on the bed like a statue. Such delusions may progress to the point of paranoia.
Loquacity, jealousy, suspicion, mania, rage and silly absurd behaviour may all be involved.
Emotions associated with unrequited love.
. Bed covers and clothing may be thrown off. Acts of exhibitionism and shamelessness. Speech may be lewd, profane, emotional and incoherent.
In mentals it is mid way between Bell (it lacks the congestive bright redness) & Stram (where it lacks the fierce maniacal rage).
Physical appearances includes sparkling eyes, a pale face, muscular twitching of eyes, toes and hands. There is a lack of muscular coordination and the patient may constantly bump into objects.

4. Particulars

Great prostration & restlessness
Unconscious fits, spasms, convulsions
(cf Nux-v when they are conscious)
Headaches, vertigo, tinnitus, eye disturbances
Bites tongue, difficulty in swallowing
Dry spasmodic cough
Impaired digestion
Muscular incoordination
Loss of bladder control
Cramp in legs

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After food
Lying down

Sitting up

6. Keywords

Hysteria/ delusions/ delirious
Excitability/ restlessness
Fears of: being alone, poisoned, bitten, being deceived and betrayed.
Loss of muscular tonicity
Unconscious spasms/ convulsions
Shameless acts

7. Clinicals

Behaviour disorders
Ciliary neuralgia

8. Constitutional Prescribing

The symptoms of hysterical spasms and convulsions coupled with muscle incoordination are all representative of 
Nebel's Fluoric Constitution and affords a good example of Constitutional treatment.
It is the patient picture that is important here especially the mental & general manifestations that are the key determinants for its Constitutional use.
High potency Constitutional prescription may be used as background together with a concurrent lower potency symptomatic remedy administered according to the Law of Similars. 

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9. Relationships

up to 14 days
Bell, Cina, Cupr, Op, Phos-ac, Plum, Stram, Valer, Verat.
Am (enuresis),  Cin (convulsions), Dros (lying & sitting), Op (enuresis), Phos (after food)
Remedies that Follow Well
Bell, Puls, Stram, Verat

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11. Further Information

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Sylvian Cazalet Homeopathe International Reversed Kent's Repertory
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Hyoscyamus niger
Hyoscyamus niger

Black seeds of Hyoscyamus niger
Black seeds of Hyoscyamus niger

Kingdom: Plant
Latin Name: Hyoscyamus niger
 Comman Name: 
Black Henbane
: Hyoscyaminum

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