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Cicuta virosa

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Robert Field
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Cicuta virosa

Materia Medica

The toxic herb Cic-v (water hemlock) is indigenous to the temperate climatic regions and is found growing in the humid meadows, along the banks of streams and other humid and marshy regions. Water hemlock is believed to be among the most toxic plants found and is extremely poisonous for the humans due to the extremely poisonous resin cicutoxin present in the Cicuta plant which disturbs the central nervous system. In the event of consumption ther will be symptoms of excruciating pain in the abdominal region in just an hour's time. Subsequently, the individual may also experience convulsions/ spasms, tremors, delirium and/ or seizures. The poison has the potential to cause respiratory paralysis and death.

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One of the common reasons why Cicuta-v is consumed is because of its smell which bears the resemblance to that of wild parsnips. There have been several reports that people have consumed the roots believing it to be that of a parsnip.


The general pathological picture calling especially for this remedy includes spasmodic affections of the central nervous system eg hiccough, trismus (TMJ), tetanus, and convulsions. Whenever these are further characterised by the more individual symptoms of the drug including backward bending of the head, neck, and spine with frightful distortions, violent, strange desires, sensation of internal chill, moaning and groaning, absurd actions and skin eczema its employment is confirmed.



Delirium with singing, dancing and abnormal gestures. Everything appears strange and peculiar. Mistrustful. Confuses present with the past. Acts like a child. Feels stupid Absence of thought, difficulty in recollection, lack of the senses.

Anxiety with melancholia and indifference from which the patient is greatly affected displaying a sad disposition accompanied with moaning, whining and groaning.



Vertigo when walking. Feels like falling forward to the left or falling to the ground.

Imagines swaying from one side to the other, or that the objects around her are moving to and fro. It seems that nothing is standing still but that everything swings backwards and forwards like a pendulum



Head turned or twisted to one side. Cerebro-spinal meningitis. Cervical muscles contracted. Tension in the cervical muscles on bending the head backwards. A sore tension in the left cervical muscles. Drawing pains in the left side of the neck Swollen neck.
Sudden, violent shocks through head. Pressive stupefying headache externally on the forehead  Symptoms relieved by flatus and sitting upright. Convulsions from concussion of brain.
Stares persistently at objects. Thick, yellow scabs on head.



When reading, letters disappear. Objects recede, approach, and seem double At first eyes contract afterwards pupils dilate. Eyes sometimes stare vacantly and sometimes twitch spasmodically. Strabismus which occurs after a fall or a head blow or concussion.



Difficult hearing. Sudden detonations especially on swallowing. Hemorrhage from ears.



Pustules which run together forming thick, yellow scabs on face (similar on head) corners of mouth and chin, with burning pain. Although the face is red it feels cold. Trismus (TMJ); disposition to grind teeth, teeth firmly closed, lock-jaw.



Internally the throat feels dry as if clung together. Externally it pains as if bruised from being grasped too tightly. Spasms of esophagus; cannot swallow. Feels like swallowing a sharp bone. .

Loud hiccup, Much waterbrash and saliva brought up from the stomach Qualmish and hot feeling all over.



Thirst; burning pressure; hiccough. Throbbing in pit of stomach (scrobiculus cordis) which has become raised and inflamed . Desire for unnatural things, like coal, alum, chalk.



Flatulence with anxiety and crossness.. Distended and painful with much rumbling. Colic



Diarrhea in morning, with irresistible desire to urinate. Itching in rectum.


Very frequent  urination  with violent emission..



Chest feels tight; can hardly breathe. Tonic spasm in pectoral muscles. Heat and tightness in chest. Sensation in the chest and in the throat of something sticking there, as big as a fist. Feeling that it would burst the throat - worse sitting. 




Spasms and cramps in muscles of nape of neck, and spasmodic drawing backward of head. Curved limbs cannot be straightened nor straight ones bent. Back bent backward like an arch. (opisithotonos) Jerking, tearing in coccyx, especially during menses.
Painful scapula especially the right one. Very painful when toughed On raising it the arm there are such violent pains in the shoulder causing much loud screaming so much so that the subject is unable to bring the arm on to the head.

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Burning shooting in the left hip-bone. Pain in the thighs immediately after rising from a seat which increasae like a deep seated stiffness. Tearing pain in the thighs when walking. Painful tense and stiff feeling in the muscles of the lower extremities that impede the ability to walk. Bruised pain in the knee; on walking.  the pain in the thighs increases.


Frightful epilepsy, recurring first at shorter, then at longer intervals, the limbs, head, and upper part of the body are moved in a grotesque manner, with closed jaws. The upper part of the body, and head, with bluish complexion and in some instants there is interrupted respiration accompanied with foam from the mouth. After the convulsions the breathing becomes free but the patient is usually unconscious and lies as if dead giving no sign of sensation when called by name or pinched.



Eczema; no itching, exudation forms into a hard, lemon-colored crust. Suppressed eruption causes brain disease. Elevated eruptions, as large as peas. Chronic impetigo.


Frequent awakenings with much perspired all over.

Vivid but umremembered dreams about events that had occurred during the day.



Worse, from touch, draughts, concussion, tobacco smoke.



Opium; Arn.


Cicuta Maculata-Water Hemlock--(Effects very similar; the most prominent symptoms being; Falls unconscious, tetanic or clonic convulsions. Body covered with sweat. Consider in epilepsy and tetanus. Tincture and lower potencies). Hydrocy acid; Con; Oenanth; Strychnia; Bellad.



Sixth to two hundredth attenuation.

Cicuta virosa

School of Homeopathy
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Robert Field
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In the course of the last 10 years I have found that there are about 700 different remedies that I have prescribed. Some remedies only once and others much more often. But on occasion there will be a time when after years of not prescribing a remedy it will be indicated two or three times in one week. Each time this happens I carefully examine myself for prejudice. But it seems there will be times when the energy of a remedy will be "in the air". This is a good time to learn more about a remedy. Lately Cicuta Virosa has been coming around.

Cicuta Virosa is commonly called Water Hemlock. It is very poisonous and even if a very small amount is ingested can lead to convulsions and death. Its most common homeopathic indications are convulsions from epilepsy causing  stiffness, vomiting and the head twisting to the side during convulsions.  Rather than repeat Materia Medica I want to share some observations of cases of Cicuta.

In all the cases I have seen most recently there have been some unique qualities shared by all of them. Each case had a quality of childishness to them, each case the person was of an odd character, and each suffered a loss of memory when suffering their condition.

Case 1
One case is of a 17 year old girl who had been diagnosed with epilepsy. Her attacks were hardly noticeable though. There wer no convulsions. Just a staring off look for a few seconds and no memory of the event. She had suffered a fall and hit her head very hard several years before. She cannot remember if she lost consciousness at the time. She had at times a cluster of these events and will feel off. She reported that if she went to bed she could wait it out. But on other occasions will feel nausea and end up vomiting. She had a little different character and there was a kind of childish quality to her.

Case 2
Another case is of a woman in her early 60's who complained of headaches. These headaches were debilitating. They were typical of migraine with visual auras preceding the pain. She could hardly remember the events but struggled to share what she knew. She said it was hard to articulate and speak during the attack. She wouldl have numbness in the extremities and would get confused doing her task often finding herself in another room. She claims that there was something odd in her reach perception. When reaching for items she found that she would fumble with the item and it would not be the right distance that she perceived. She also was very different and had purple colored dyed hair and loved to disco dance with young people. She cannot stand sad stories and when she finds that others are not doing as she thinks she would be upset. All of these are classic Cicuta symptoms even though she has never had a head injury.

Case 3
Another case was of a young woman in her early 20's with epilepsy. Her seizures came on only at night. They were extremely severe and would last for up to 20 minutes. She has no recollection of the event and was a very odd person. Her speech was always effected and it sounded as if she were from a foreign country. Her dress was a little provocative and often inappropriate for the activity. She admited to kleptomania. All of these are classic Cicuta symptoms.

Cicuta effects the nervous system and seems to scramble the wiring of the brain. This leads to a confusion and lack of memory. I have found this in all Cicuta cases. Teste described a case of a 58 year old woman who was "of a robust constitution, irritable, nervous and excessively fanciful and odd". This I have also found in almost all of the cases. There is an awkward, childish and oddness to their character.

Study Cicuta Virosa from all of the Materia Medica sources that you have.  There are many other symptoms of this remedy. But always keep in mind that it effects the brain and it's wiring leading to confusion of speech, location and loss of memory. Also the person will often have a childish character and be a little odd. This will help you to never miss another Cicuta case again.

P.S. Since writing this newsletter the Homeopathy Today magazine has arrived with an article by my good friend Dr. Timothy Dooley. He shares a case of Cicuta Virosa. This I believe is not co-incidental even though I knew nothing of his article when I wrote this one. Like I said before, when a remedy energy is in the air, it appears often.

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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Cicuta virosa

1. Indicated in convulsive and spasmodic affections (chorea, puerperal convulsions), with drawing back of the head and neck, even to opisthotonos (opisthognathous retreating jaws).

2. Particularly valuable in cerebro-spinal meningitis and in the sequels of concussion of the brain and spinal marrow.

3. Red face.

4. Pupils dilated, insensible, squinting.

5. When reading, letters seem to go up or down or to disappear.

6. Spasms of the oesophagus.

7. Sudden violent shocks in the head and in other parts.

8. Contraction of cervical muscles; cramps and spasms in the muscles of the back.

9. Eczema, with hard, lemon-colored crusts, whitish, moist scurf on the chin and upper lip.

10. Worse from touch; from concussion.






















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