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Physiological
uses for
Secale cornutm

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Affinities
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New Rubrics
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Physiological
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In Animals

Uterine Contractions
With monogastrics Secale cornutum never fails to stimulate the uterus to renewed or increased action producing considerable effect, even when the uterus has been previously exhausted by continued and violent efforts.
In the case of ruminants including the cow, the sheep, and the deer the uterus has in many cases responded to a greater or less degree with renewed action. A possible reason why response failed in some cases could, in my opinion, have been because of too rapid an administration of the drench resulting in the remedy entering the rumen instead of the stomach. The drench needs to be introduced slowly so that the remedy by-passes the rumen by means of the esophageal groove and thus enter the stomach directly to produce the desired effect.

In Humans 

Uterine contractions
The action of Secale cornutum on the uterus, when labour has actually commenced, is usually observed some ten to twenty minutes after administration of the remedy. There is an increase in the violence, the continuance, and the frequency of the contractual pains, which never cease until the child is born. This is the main difference between natural contractions and those induced by ergot. The latter are continuous with scarcely any interval. There is rather a sensation of one continued forcing effort. Another difference with ergot induced contraction is that in many cases they continue for a few minutes after birth of the infant thus helping to promote a speedy separation of the placenta and a firm uterus. Finally there is usually much less hemorrhage after delivery with a reduction in lochial discharges.
Experience shows that care needs to be exercised when ergot is administered. This is because of the continuous nature of the contractions induced which continue regardless of any obstacle or hindrance which may prevent the orderly expulsion of the unborn. Such continued pressure when opposed by resistance can result in rupture or death of the infant and thus be counterproductive. Circumstances which especially contraindicate or preclude the use of this medicine are those in which there is an unusual resistance to the passage of the child: such as a disproportion between the size of the head and of the pelvis, great rigidity of the soft parts, or extraneous growths within the womb.  Administration of ergot is indicated when first, there is a proper conformation of the pelvis and soft parts; secondly, the os uteri, vagina, and os externum are properly dilated and lubricated and, lastly, that the child presents naturally head first (ie not breech) so to avoid any mechanical impediment to delivery.
To summaries Secale cornutum may be used in any normal birthing situation where uterine contractions are too weak or inadequate and it is necessary for their intensity to be increased in order to hasten foetal expulsion. Such situations might include miscarriage, or when miscarriage is inevitable, increasing the intensity of contractions to facilitate normal birthing, aiding the efficient expulsion of after-birth and minimisation of the period for lochia discharge.  

In the words of Dr. H. N. Guernsey
"It is useful when labor pains are weak, suppressed or distressing,
in weak, cachectic women,
in the 200th dilution,"

Circulatory Disorders/Gangrene
Secale cornutum is also used for circulatory disorders, in which the muscle fibers of the arteries constrict to cause spasms. This leads to severe blanching and coldness of the extremities with numbness, similar to Raynaud's syndrome, intermittent cramp in the calf muscles, and, in severe cases, gangrene. Typical symptoms include skin that feels ice-cold to the touch with great coldness of the skin surface but with an internal sensation of burning heat as a result of which the patient cannot bear to be covered. The feet and toes may be objectively as cold as an iron wedge, but the patient is distressed beyond endurance by having them covered This is oftenest found in cholera and cholera infantum; but it is also found in senile gangrene..

Haemorrhages
Secale cornutum has power to control haemorrhages that few other remedies, if any, can surpass. It is said to do this by contracting the capillaries. If there is a tendency to passive haemorrhage, when the blood is dark, liquid and flowing everything open and loose, there is no remedy like it,
The constitution, temperament and age of the patient are of equal importance as the nature of the haemorrhage. It is particularly adapted to feeble, decrepit, thin, scrawny, cachectic women of lax muscular fibre who are subject to passive haemorrages.

Mentrual Disorders/Miscarriage
Secale Cornutum is called for in metrorrhagia (irregular menses) menrorrhagia (heavy & long lasting menses) or dysmenorhoea (excessive menstrual pain). It can also be of assistance in menstrual colic where labour like pain with coldness and intolerance of heat is experienced. Also conditions of greenish, brown and offensive leucorrhoea are usually responsive to Sec treatment.
Finally it is used with threatened miscarriage of the 2nd and 3rd month brought about by overlifting, overstraining and/or excessive manual labour.

Skin Conditions
Secale Cornutum is also useful in skin conditions. It helps in dry, senile gangrene following injury with burning as if sparks of fire were falling on parts affected. It is worse from external heat and relieved by cold application inspite of coldness of the parts. Secale Cornutum also helps in large ecchymosis and blood blisters. Skin feels cold to touch, yet the patient cannot tolerate any covering. Icy coldness of the extremities. Skin is pale, with sunken eyes and blue rings around the eyes.

Gastro-intestinal Conditions
Secale Cornutum also helps in gastro-intestinal troubles. It produces a picture very much like that of cholera  infantum and cholera morbus where there is profuse undigested stools, which are watery,  very offensive, discharged in fits and starts and followed by intense
prostration. The abdomen is very sensitive to touch with burning
sensation all over.  There is unnatural ravenous appetite even with the exhausting diarrhoea with craving for acids, lemonade, bread and undiluted wine. Vomiting of bilious matter, mucus, dark brown, coffee ground fluid or all the food and drink. Secale cornutum also helps in diarrhoea with icy coldness of the parts. Again there is profuse, watery, painless, involuntary, stool passes with great force.

Convulsions
Secale cornutm  produces convulsions in healthy people which are peculiar and constitute a prominent symptom of ergotism, that of chronic poisoning. The chronic nature of the condition is associated more with the long time consumption of ergot (ie from contaminated bread) than from any short term therapeutic use. At times the body is rigid and at others the rigidity alternates with relaxation, particularly apparent in the fingers. The hands are clenched, or else the fingers are spread wide apart. The facial muscles twitch. The muscular twitching commences in the face and spreads over the whole body. The abdomen is violently contracted and drawn in by the contraction of the musculi recti abdominals. There is retention of urine from spasmodic contraction of the neck of the bladder. There is a great deal of spasmodic retching but not much absolute vomiting.

 

Affinities
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Arsenicum
Observations by the manufacturer of an Arsenic factory revealrd that the exuding fumes of arsenic destroyed all the surrounding vegetation with the exception of rye which grew more luxuriantly than ordinarily.
A Homeopathic comparison of symptoms between Sec and Ars shows many commonalities. Both produce shriveling up of the system, both produce gangrene, both produce choleric symptoms, and they follow each other well. In cholera, both remedies have profuse, offensive, watery. stools, which are very exhausting.
In contradistinction Ars symptoms are worse from cold and better from warmth. The Secale patient finds relief from cold. This is the crucial distinction. Arsenicum has relief from warmth whereas Secale has relief from cold.

Bovista
Bovista can be used for uterine haemorrhage when the uterus is engorged similar to Sec particularly when there is flow of blood between the menstrual periods. The menstrual flow of Bovista however is characterised by a flow which occurs chiefly at night or in the early morning. Bov has the neurological action of relaxating the capillaries such that haemorrhaging results.  Apparently movement during the day tightens the capillaries (the opposite effect to Bov) which in turn diminishes the likelihood of haemorrhage.

 

Camphora officinarum
Camphor can be used in preference to Sec for the initial stages of collapse when the body is icy cold, with cold sweat on the forehead, and also like Sec there is a dislike to being covered. However it is effective only in the early stages before further symptoms such as watery diarrhoea or vomiting have occurred. If the latter is the case another remedy must be sought.
 

Carbo vegetabilis
Both Carb-v and Secremedies exhibit similar symptomologies of collapse:-  Great prostration so great that the patient lies quiet too weak to move with passive haemorrhage from the nose and bowels. The body is characteristically cold. There is also similarity in the symptom of epistaxis. The flow goes on day after day apparently not lessening in the least the blood being dark and non-coagulable.
However the Carb-v patient is aggravated by cold and requires constant fanning to augment their oxygen supply (not for coolant purposes).  Additionally Carb-v does not exhibit the cold sweat on the forehead symptom of Secale.

Ferrum phosphoricum
Ferr-p is an excellent remedy for haemorrhage at the early inflammatory stage. However it has little application when secondary symptoms have established themselves (ie diarrhoea, vomiting, collapse, exudations of mucus/pus etc).

Hamamelis
Ham is well know for treating haemorrhages which like Sec are passive, dark and venal accompanied by great exhaustion and weakness. However Ham does not share the same temperature modalities as Sec or the cold sweat on the forehead characterics of Sec.

Trillium pendulum
Tril is another remedy used for haemorrhage but it is indicated more by the active acute haemorrhage rather than by the passive, chronic, slow, oozing calling for Secale.

Ustilago
Ustilago like Secale is a cereal fungus but in this case grows on corn and is similar in action to Ergot. The haemorrhages in which it is the most effective are those from the uterus when the flow is bright red, partly fluid, and partly clotted. In this situation use Ustilago whether it occur at climaxes or during labor or abortion, or menstruation. A further difference is that Ustilago is generally used on low potencies compared to the high levels recommended for Secale by Guernsey

Veratrum album
Resembles Secale in the coldness and blueness of the surface, with profuse watery stools; but again differs in the absence cold sweat on the forehead and is aggravated by cold and ameliorated with warmth.

 

New Rubrics
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Secale cornutum

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Here is a list of Rubric additions for Secale cornutum.
This information was presented by
Dr. Alfons Geukens
at the
American Institute of Homeopathy (AIH) conference
in Chicago, IL, June 28-July 1.

Interpretation of LEGENDS

ADD Add Sec to the existing rubric
NEW Create a New rubric for Sec
KEY Keynote rubric for Sec

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RUBRIC

sub RUBRIC

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HEAD Pain warm room - aggr ADD

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going to a warm room from cold air ADD

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occiput, extending to, eyes ADD

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foreheasd, eye, above ADD

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Hair painful, touched, when ADD
EYE Pain rotated, as if NEW
HEARING Impaired accompanied by noise ADD
NOSE Epistaxis old people KEY

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in drunkards NEW

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profuse ADD

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Pain sore, touch ADD
FACE Hippocratic +++

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ADD

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Risus sardonicus +++ (facial muscle spasm) ADD

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Twitching spreading all over body NEW

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Discolouration pale lips ADD
MOUTH Spasms tongue ADD

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Discolouration brown yellow middle but sides clean NEW
THROAT Dryness oesophagus ADD

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Pain sore, left external to ear KEY

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Inflammation follicular ADD

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Paralysis, post diphtheritic ADD
STOMACH Appetite ravenous, diarrhoea, with ADD

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Vomiting coffe grounds, like ADD

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worms ADD

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Pain touch ADD

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Constriction ext to, spine ADD

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Eructation burnt NEW

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Coldness warm drinks aggr NEW
ABDOMEN Gangrene liver ADD

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Covering aggr KEY

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Thrombosis abdominal bvessels NEW

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Pain bending double, must ADD

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Pulsation umbellicus KEY

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Aneurysm

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STOOL Forcible

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ADD
RECTUM Flautus stool, during ADD

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Paralysis

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ADD

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Urging colic, during ADD

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Diarrhoea weather, warm ADD

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Cholera infantum ADD

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- morbus cholera ADD

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Open anus

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Fullness

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ADD
EXTREMITIES Cramp leg calves, in +++ ADD

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cholera, with ADD

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colic, with ADD

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diarrhoea, with ADD

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night, at ADD

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bed, in ADD

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foot, in ADD

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Coldness diarrhoea, with ADD

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warm bed unendurable, yet KEY

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hnads, smokers, in ADD

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night, at ADD

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Heat foot, burning ADD

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touch, but cold to ADD

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uncovers them ADD

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hands, burning NEW

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Gangrene +++ Diabetic ADD

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foot, burning, tearing pain, with ADD

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cold ADD

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toes, senile ADD

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Tingling finger, third ADD

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finger, fourth ADD

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Jerking paralysed parts ADD

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Paralysis lower limbs painless ADD

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Walking gressus vaccinus ADD

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Numbness warmth, aggr ++ ADD

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Contraction fingers, spasmodic ADD

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hysterical ADD

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periodic ADD

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joints ADD

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Abducted fingers spasmodically KEY

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Sensitive fingers ADD

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fingers, cold to +++ ADD

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Pain burning, foot sole cold to touch, but ADD

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cold applications amel KEY

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Formication +++ hands +++ ADD

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fingers ADD

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lower limbs +++ ADD

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Wooden sensatiuon lower limbs ADD

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Ematiation paralysed limbs ADD

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Perspiration foot, excoriating ADD

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destroys shoes ADD
FEMALE Cancer Uterus ADD

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Prolaspse

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ADD

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Metrorrhagia active ADD

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black, liquid ADD

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continuous, slow, but ADD

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dark blood, clots, with ADD

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delivery, during ADD

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delivery, after ADD

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fobroids, from ADD

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fluid ADD

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gushing ADD

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injuries, from ADD

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menopause, during ADD

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offensive ADD

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painless ADD

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perspirsation, cold with ADD

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nursing, when ADD

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Abortion month, second ADD

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month, third ADD

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Tendency to flabby womenr, in ADD

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weakness, from ADD

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Placenta retained, abortion, after ADD

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Pain labour pain ceasing ADD

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convulsions come on, and ADD

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Contractions uterus ADD
EXPECTORATION Bloody +++ bright red ADD

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uncoagulated ADD

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viscid ADD
CHEST Enphysema

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ADD
Inflammation bronchial tubes  ADD
THROAT EXTERNAL Pulsation carotids ADD
BACK Formication extending to fingers & toes ADD

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Pain stitching, dorsal region, scapular, between extending to hands NEW

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Inflammation spinal chord ADD

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Coldness spine ADD
VERTIGO Accompanied staggering, by ADD
SLEEP Disturbed dreams, frightful ADD

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nightmares ADD
SKIN Ulcers cold air amel ADD

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Coldness icy ++ ADD

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uncover, must ADD

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shivering, with NEW

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Eruptions petechiae ADD

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Purpura haemorrhagica ADD

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senilis +++ ADD
CHILL Icy colness of the body covered with clammy sweat & bluness, unbearable ADD

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uncover, with desire to KEY

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Bed turning over in ADD
FEVER Internal heat burning ADD

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cold to the touch, whole body feels ADD

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Insidiious

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ADD
MIND Guestures swaying arms to and from head NEW

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loathig, life, of ADD

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despair ADD

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disturb, averse to being, ADD

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answering, averse to ADD

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Dullness

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ADD

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Consciousness death, until NEW

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Memory weakness, names, numbers, members of family ADD

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Forebodings

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ADD

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Fear misfortune ADD

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mania, in KEY

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Mocking relatives, of his KEY

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Fights wants to ADD

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Indifferent exposure of her person, to +++ ADD

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Suspicious +++

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ADD

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Contemptuous relatives, of ADD

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Rage kills people, tries to ADD

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Forsaken feeling ADD
GENERALS Food fat, aversion ADD

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sour, desire ADD

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lemonade, desire ADD

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fright, from ADD

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Convulsions colic, during ADD

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fright, from ADD

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birthing, after ADD

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Weakness diarrhoea, from ADD

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stool, after ADD

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Anaemia metrorrhagia, from ADD

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Development foetus arrested NEW

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Paralysis one side, apoplexy after ADD

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convulsions, after ADD

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Emaciation affected parts of ADD

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single parts ADD

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Fanned desire to be ADD

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fanning amel ADD

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Covers aggr

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ADD

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Uncovering amel

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ADD

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Arteriosclerosis +++

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ADD

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Secale cornutum
Ergot of Rye

Ergot mould (nosode)
Ergot mould (nosode)

Kingdom: Plant
Latin Name: Secale cornutum
Common Name: Ergot
Homeopahtic
Secale cornutum

 

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