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Dr Peter Darashah
Juniperus sabina is a
popular ornamental shrub in gardens and parks, with numerous named
cultivars. It is very variable in shape, reaching 1- 4 m in height
with needle like leaves Female cones are berry-like some 5 - 7
mm in diameter and are blue-black with a whitish waxy bloom whilst
their male counterparts are 2-4 mm long, shedding their pollen in
early spring. Both the leaf tips and berries have a foetid,
offensive odor with a bitter, hot, and acrid taste.
homeopathic remedy is obtained from crushing the leaves in
order to extract the essential oil which is the active element of
the plant. The oil is a yellowish fluid, becoming colorless when
rectified, has a penetrating odour of the fresh plant and a burning
taste. All parts of the plant are poisonous due to several toxic
compounds including ethereal oils.
Constitutionally it is suited to
women with chronic ailments who are lean, shrivelled, scrawny,
hungry who never put on weight and are delicate and not robust. They
require an open and cool atmosphere even in cold weather.
the mental sphere there is much irritability, hysteria, and
hypochondriasis. A peculiar feature is that music is intolerable. It
produces weeping and numbness that goes through bone and marrow.
Generals include inflammatory and haemorrhagic symptoms
bright red partly fluid and partly clotted principally of kidneys,
bladder, uterus, rectum and anus.
The circulatory system is
excited with violent pulsations all over the body. The patient is
disturbed by heat, is worse in a warm room or from too much
clothing, requires the windows open and prefers to be in the open
air. There is associated great burning and throbbing of affected
areas especially in the region of the kidneys.
Great dryness of
throat accompanied by a lumpy feeling.
Craves lemonade, lemon,
Much rheumatism and
gout of body joints or gouty nodosities in the joints which are
burning hot so much so that hands, feet, arms or legs must be
extended out of the bed. When there is gout the haemorrhages
are absent, and when there are haemorrhages the gout will be
relieved. An alternation of states as the gouty condition of the
veins is in fact a haemorrhagic state
The heel is another
area of Sab influence. Farrington says it is suited to "plethoric
women who suffer from what they call rheumatic inflammation of the
heels. The pain is intermittent, occurs suddenly and is intense
while it lasts.
Drawing pain in small of
back, from sacrum extending to pubes.
Drawing pain from pubes
extending upwards through vagina into uterus.
haemorrhages (or may also be due to fibroids) bright red in colour
and intermingled with clots. Exhausting pains from the sacrum
extending from the back to the front pubes and from the pubes
extending upwards to the uterus. Anaemic from constant haemorrhages.
The menses may be too copious (flooding) or even be continuous and
not stop at all before the next period begins (menorrhagia). Too
frequent and prolonged copious menses.
A striking feature of
this remedy, as in a few others, is that of the flow, which is
bright red and intermingled with dark (black) clots. The clots
appear dark due to their lack of tone as a result of retention in
the uterus. The haemorrhaging is characterized by its freqwunt
repeated but intermittent nature and is always accompanied with
dysmenorrhoea (great pain).
Causation for repeated
haemorrhaging is the passing of large partially decomposed clots
which ripen and then slough off in an intermittent fashion; a
situation which can be occasioned by miscarriage, long labour or
fibroids as also can excessive general stress and overwork and being
in a state of low vitality possibly as a consequence of much
child bearing. An aggravating modality is too much movement.
As a medicine to prevent miscarriage in the
third month of pregnancy it is one of the first to consider
especially if the characteristic pain from back to the pubes is
present. The woman becomes very nervous and hysterical. There is a
yellowish, ichorous, fetid leucorrhoea with painful discharges of
fetid blood every two weeks inclining to be corrosive, with itching
of the vulva. Copious, starch-like leucorrhoea, with drawing pains
in the broad of the back through to the pubes.
It is also an important remedy during
miscarriage because its symptoms are such as come during a
miscarriage when the membranes have ruptured or the ovum passed or
when the placenta is about to be expelled. Its usefulness is
paramount to establish the normal activities of the uterus so that
it will expel whatever membranes are left behind. The curetting is
never necessary with this homeopathic remedy.
Instead of blood
clots as is the case with the female we have warts or condylomata on
the prepuce in the case of the male accompanied with difficult
retraction of the foreskin (phimosis). Urethritis together with a
purulent yellow discharge and a burning soreness in the glans may
Sexual desire is increased with violent
Burning and throbbing in the region of the
kidneys and bladder. Haemorhaging in bladder and kidney. Haematuria.
Inflammation of the bladder with continuous urging to
urinate which after much effort is finally expressed slowly on a
drop by drop basis.
Bell and Sab,
according to Kent, are the two most important remedies for abortion
at three months. Bell has similar pains which expel a clot followed
by a copious, bright red flow.
Tthe Bell state differs
from Sab in two ways. Firstly the Bell patient is extremely
oversensitive to touch, feeling, light, sound etc. A jolt of the
bed, a slight touch on the body, a too strong beam of day light, the
noise of movement around the room will all aggravate the patient in
keeping with the oversensitive nature of Bell.
the Bell patient the bright red blood flow appears hot, so much so
that it is very noticeable by the oversensitive patient who feels an
intense hot burning scalding effect from the parts over which the
Ipec also has a gush of bright red blood
fully as copious as Sab but at the beginning of that gush, before it
has kept on long enough to produce exhaustion, the face becomes
pale, there is nausea and a feeling of faintness, syncope, all out
of proportion to the amount of blood lost.
Sec can look like Sab
in that it has the expulsive labor-like pains with the expulsion of
large clots and copious flow, but unlike Sab the flow is dark and
offensive and after a short time it becomes thin and watery, leaving
a brown stain difficult to wash out. Also the thin and watery
discharge is continuous due to the absence of contractions and the
establishment a paralytic uterine state.
Phos is somewhat like Sab
in that it has a copious bright red flow, which may or may not
contain clots. The distinguishing characteristics however lie
outside the flow. There is an extremely dry tongue and mouth with a
violent, unquenchable thirst and craving fro ice-cold water.
Sab stops the gush at the acute
stage of old troublesome lingering haemorrhages which start up fresh
at the slightest provocation. The stoppage does not hold
however and the haemorrhage recurs. At this stage an antipsoric
is needed and Sul is very commonly the
After Sul has exhausted its effect, according to
Kent, Psor, though not laid down in text books for haemorrhages,
will often follow successfully in cases of continuous oozing and
Genital Condylomata and Warts
(Sab is complementary with Thuj to which it is botanically
Both are great anti sycotic remedies.)