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Ranunculus bulbosus

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Ranunculus bulbosus

In early English medicine the acrid "Crowfoot" was recommended for a multitude of disorders. Salmon (1710) scarcely excluded any skin ailment which the sharp and biting remedy did not relive. His list of clinical uses included Scurvy, Morphew, Leprosy, Freckles, Spots, Yellowness, Roughness, Scabs, Hard scab, Itch, Warts, Corns, Ruggedness of the nails, and other like deformities of the Cutis. When applied as a head wash it kills head worms which eat the root of the hair causing it to fall off. Nevertheless he did add a cautionary note Neither juice nor essence, by reason of their violence, are ever used inwardly."

Two species of Ranunculaceae are used in Homeopathy;
R. bulbosus (Buttercup) and R. sceleratus (Marsh Buttercup)

Ranunculus bulbosus is an erect herbaceous plant, growing about a foot high. It is very common in fields so much that when in bloom the fields present a mass of yellow. The characteristic of the plant is the bulbous base, which is well shown in the engraving. This differs from true bulbs in that this is really the base of the leaves and stems, grown together and enlarged by the accumulation of nutritious juices. This is the storehouse of the plant, in which is stored each summer the nutriment that the plant uses to grow and produce flowers next spring.

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Ranunculus sceleratus differs in appearance in that the flowers are small and inconspicuous, the fruit-heads are cylindrical and the leaves are all three-parted, or three-lobed, with few-toothed lobes. As its common name, Marsh Buttercup, suggests it grows in wet boggy places and is probably the most acrid of the species for which it gains the additional accolade of Cursed Crowfoot.
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Although significant botanical differences exist the Homeopathic differences are only of degree. R. sceleratus is the most acrid of the Ranunculaceae family and consequently all its symptoms are more acute, irritating and severe. Head pain is more gnawing and frightful in character. Chest pain is a burning soreness rather than the bruised weak feeling of R. bulbosus. Skin eruptions are large sore blisters with an extending and surrounding area of soreness caused by acrid discharges from the eruptions as opposed to the smaller herpetic nature of R. bulbosus. Mentals are more extreme and violent displaying the frenzied, maniacal symptoms of delirium tremens as opposed to the anxious, irritable, restlessness of R. bulbosus.

Mentals & Generals
R. bulbosus gives off a very poisonous  acrid ethereal vapor the effects of which have been many times mistaken for Rhus poisoning. Te remedy is not used as often as it is indicated which is probably due to it is not being as well known as many other remedies.

Upon waking in the morning the patient finds that the Particulars (chest, gastrics and skin) have assuaged somewhat as a result of rest and sleep. It is at sich time however that the Mentals are at their zenith. The illness the patient suffers in the morning seems to concentrate its action mainly on the myalgic areas of the brain producing pressing pains from within outward in the forehead, scalp and eyes accompanied with day blindness, earache and nasal congestion. These myalgic/ rheumatic pains are weather sensitive worsening with wet, damp conditions and result in a hasty, abusive, confused, irritable, quarrelsome, oversensitive and restless humour.

There is a general amelioration of the overactive mental symptoms as the day progresses with at the same time an aggravation of physical symptoms. By the time evening arrives the illness has transferred its main action from the mind to the physicals which are now at their zenith. At the same time the mentals wane into a weary, tearful, timid, discontented disposition, devoid of courage and resolution and griped with varied fears; of health, of their illness, of death, of being alone, of the dark, of the night and particularly of ghosts, etc.

In terms of Generals on the one hand there is an overall sudden weakness even to fainting and on the other an extreme sensitivity and excitability. This contrasting symptomology of uncertainty, weariness and anxiety counterpointed with restlessness, fright and fear
resembles that of a much broken and uncoordinated state.

Ran-b is used very successfully in rheumatic neuralgia or myalgic (muscular) headache which is aggravated by or brought on by a change of weather from warm to cold and damp. These headaches closely resemble neuralgia, but will not be relieved by the purely neuralgic remedies. This is because neuralgia affects the nerve rather than the nerve sheath whereas rheumatic nuralgia affects the nerve sheath.

All head pains are outward pressing and centred in the forehead, scalp and eyes and are worse with changing temperature from either a cold or warm room. Modalities for the head are the exact opposite to that of other Particular symptoms. Head pains are worse lying, and in the morning and better from motion, standing and in the evening. All other Particulars are better from rest and in the morning and worse from motion and in the evening. The head is thus the notable exception.

 Pressure and burning in the eyes.Great pains in the eye, especially the right. Soreness and burning in right lower lid. Burning and soreness in outer canthus of the right eye. Bluish-black herpetic vesicles over the eye. it has cured hemiopia during pregnancy.

It has cured hay fever with burning in eyes and itching of the soft palate (like Wyethia), worse in the evening, pressing in the root of the nose. The skin of the nose is red much inflamed.

Stitching pains in the ears, especially the right, worse in the evening.

It has cureded vesicular eruption on the face with great burning, epithelioma of the face, prickling of the face, nose and, chin and twitching of the lips.

Burning and soreness and redness in the throat, smarting and itching of the soft palate.

It is a rheumatic remedy of great usefulness when the chest muscles are involved. Pain in the spinal nerves, pleura and costal muscles always with extreme soreness. It is as sensitive to motion as Bryonia, and to the cold, damp weather as Dulcamara.

It is a useful remedy for pleural effusion especially when there is extreme soreness along the ribs, especially the lower ribs. When affecting the chest they are often mistaken for pleurisy. It is one of our best remedies in pleurodynia, intercostal rheumatism and myalgia. The thoracic pains extend to the back, and take the form of lumbago.

Chronic costal rheumatism. Soreness describing the attachments of the diaphragm. Inflammation of the diaphragm and pleura. Hydrothorax pains in chest from adhesions of the pleura. Sensitive as if inner parts were adhered. Pain worse from motion, in cold air, from becoming cold, on inspiration. Sensation of a cold wet cloth on going into cold air. Stitching pains every change of the weather from warm to cold. Sore spots here and there on the ribs.

Pain in the region of heart from motion and inspiration and lying on left side. Rheumatic swelling of pectoral muscles with extreme soreness to touch. Pleurodynia with most violent cutting pains from inspiration, pressure, turning the body and cold air. Pulse full, hard and rapid in the evening and slow in the morning.

Heavy, short breathing with oppression of chest in the evening. Sighing breathing. Pressure and constriction of the chest. Pressing pains in the walls of the chest. Violent stitching pains in the chest walls. Stitching pains in the region of fifth and sixth ribs. Painful soreness on touch or pressure on the floating ribs. Rheumatic pains in the chest.

It is an important remedy in rheumatic affections of the muscles of the abdomen and back. The stitching pains in the abdomen are often mistaken for colic.

In the abdomen there is much flatulence, colic, burning and great soreness on pressure. Stitching pain in right side of abdomen under the ribs. The pains are much worse from motion, breathing and walking. Many stitching pains in abdomen. It has a watery diarrhoea and dysentery. It has herpes zoster with violent pains.

Sore bruised feeling in the short ribs, stitching pains in the liver, jaundiced. Soreness in liver on deep pressure; symptoms worse in the evening.

There is much thirst in the afternoon. It hag cured many times the weak and tottering condition of patients suffering from prolonged use, of stimulants, such as whisky and brandy. It is a great remedy for weak and tottering condition of patients suffering from prolonged use of alcohol. Delirium tremens when he is besotted, has hiccoughs and is more or less convulsive. Epileptiform convulsions from alcoholic liquors. The hiccough is violent and convulsive Frequent eructations. Burning in the stomach and especially in the region of the cardiac orifice. Stomach is very sensitive to touch. Paroxysms of neuralgia of the stomach.

Rheumatic pains, paroxysmal in character in the upper limbs.

Stitching pains along the nerves in arms and hands. Tearing pains in forearm and hand. The pains are worse from cold, and worse from Motion. Bluish vesicles in the palms and fingers. Seed warts on the, thumb.

Great weakness in lower limbs in forenoon. Stitching burning from the spine along the sciatic nerve in cold, wet weather and in stormy weather, worse from motion and in cold air. Drawing pain in the thighs. Rheumatic pain in knees, stinging and soreness in foot and toes. Corns very painful, sore to touch, sting and burn. He suffers from complaints like chilblains.

Excoriating leucorrhoea and sharp pains in the ovaries every cold change in the weather, from motion, and in the evening.

Ran-b is called for in the case of Vesicles (small blisters), Bullae (large blisters) and Pemphigus (skin blisters which cover a wide area of skin and of autoimmune origin. This occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks and separates skin cells by destroying their bonding agent. This in turn allows fluid to collect between the skin layers forming blisters.) 

All eruptions are attended by violent stitching pains similar to that of herpes zoster. .
The vesicles upon the skin are dak blue in colour. Horny scurfs forms after the vesicles have opened. Ulcers are burning and stinging with horn-like excrescences. Skin affectations which Ran-b has been used for include vesicular eruptions; burns; herpes zoster; pemphigus; and eczema.

The secondary effects of this drug on the skin take the form of obstinate ulcers, and even cutaneous abscesses. One finds here in both the primary and secondary skin effects of Ran-b similar symptomology to that of Rhus-t.

Markedly worse physical symptoms (chest, gastrics & skin) in the evening
Changes in the weather.particulary to cold & wet.
Exposure after overheating
Movement (except head symptoms)
Lying (head symptoms only)

Movement (head symptoms only)
Lying & sleep (except head symptoms)

Neuralgic myalgia
Back pain


Ranunculus bulbosus (Buttercup)
Ranculus bulbosus

Ranunculus scleratus
Ranunculus bulbosus

Ranunculus scleratus flower
Ranunculus scleratus flower head

Leaf og Ran-b
Leaf of Ran-b

Bulb of Ran-b
Bulb of Ran-b

Kingdom: Plant
Latin Name: Ranunculus bulbosus 
Common Name: Buttercup
Homeopahtic: Ranunculus bulbosus

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