Because this plant
flowers as the swallows are migrating, Dioscorides, the famous Greek
physician of the 1st century CE, named it after the Greek khelidon,
or "swallow." In traditional medicine its juice was used for skin,
liver, and gallbladder disorders.
Those who tend to
benefit greatly from Chelidonium as a homeopathic remedy tend to be
to mental or physical effort. There is an indolent disposition with
great laziness, lethargy, debility, lassitude and weariness. Such
patients are also drowsy during the day, sleep poorly, perspire
excessively and are continuously cold. Their natural inclination is
more practical than intellectual. There is a feeling of heaviness
with symptoms tending to be right sided.
Conversely because the main organ of dysfunction is the
liver/ gallbladder they may on occasions present an aggressive
domineering personality (as a result of acid imbalance).
The Doctrine of Signatures
yellow juice the plant exudes would infer that it is good for liver
disorders, such as jaundice. Indeed it is used for liver and bile
disorders, for example gallstones, indigestion, jaundice, and
hepatitis. Characteristically there is often a bruised, aching pain
on the lower part of the right shoulder blade associated with an
upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, and possibly distension of the
upper abdomen which is relieved by passing stools. Chelidonium
patients generally feel "liverish" or nauseous, and depressed with a
dull headache and have a sallow, yellowish complexion.
An enlarged liver, with pain extending
to the back and right shoulder blade with jaundice and yellow skin.
The abdomen feels distended and tight, as if bound. Chelidonium may
be indicated in many affections of the liver from a simple
congestion to a positive inflammation. It produces pains in the
right hypochondrium all the way from a simple soreness to the most
aggravating sharp stitching pain, A keynote is that there is a
marked pain under the angle of the right shoulder-blade. In addition
there are the usual hepatic symptoms, swelling of the liver, chills,
fever, jaundice, yellow-coated tongue, bitter taste in the mouth,
tongue taking the imprint of the teeth. The stools are
characteristically profuse bright yellow and diarrhoeic, or they may
be clayey. Desires include a craving for acids, for sour things such
as pickles, vinegar and also cheese.
A sharp, constant pain on the upper
right hypochondria behind the ribs, possibly due to a gallstone
trapped in a bile duct. The pain may resemble that of hepatitis. It
is often exacerbated by fatty foods, and may extend to the back and
right shoulder blade. There may be nausea and vomiting, and
inflammation of the bile duct that may lead to jaundice or
inflammation of the gallbladder.
cured many patients suffering from gall-stone colic but it needs to
be symptomatically indicated. When a gall-stone engages in the
gallbladder duct it creates an irritation by scratching along the
mucous membrane. If the irritation is such that the pain is of a
shooting, stabbing, tearing, lancinating nature, extending through
to the back, and up to the right shoulder Chel will cure. The
gallbladder duct opens and the stone passes through.
however a patient has great heat, red face and hot head, is
extremely sensitive, screams in pain, cannot have the body touched
then Bell is the remedy of choice to relieve this type of gall stone
A sensation of
heaviness on the right side of the head. There may also be facial
numbness and neuralgia (especially above the eye), and a
yellow-coated tongue that retains teeth marks. These symptoms may be
linked to an existing liver disorder.
Eyes with whites that are
dirty yellow in colour. Sore sensation on looking up. Tears fairly
gush out. It can cleans the eye and thereby sharpen the sight.
Orbital neuralgia of right eye, with profuse lachrymation; pupils
contracted, relieved by pressure.
5. Shoulder pain
Shoulder pain with icy coldness in the
fingertips and muscles that feel sore to the touch. There may be
associated nausea and perspiration.
6. Respiratory Pain
A breathlessness and pain on coughing or on breathing deeply
that chiefly affects the right lung with associated liver problems
is indicative of Chel. The inspirations are quick and short with
pain on deep inspiration
The symptoms should not be confused
with Bry. in which the patient lies on the painful side or on the
back. Chel is < touch, motion and pressure. The Chel cough is persistent
with much pain through right side of chest and into shoulder of a
violen, spasmodic, dry, nature coming in paroxysms with
where the skin colour is jaundice/ yellow it is good for old
spreading, filthy, corroding, wrinkled ulcers healing them more
speedily as well as for tetters (any skin eruption with itching),
warts and ring worm.
motion, touch, change of weather, very early in morning.