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Sepia officinalis
Sepia - Cuttlefish

The cuttlefish is a soft-bodied mollusk with eight arms that is closely related to the squid and octopus; it propels itself by squirting jets of water from special organs in its body. When threatened, it releases spurts of dark ink called sepia that cloud the water and camouflage its retreat. Sepia has been used for artistic purposes, although its ingestion, such as when a painter licks the brush, can bring about unpleasant side effects. Homeopathic physicians prescribe Sepia to patients with conditions whose symptoms include apathy, moodiness, and weakness. The cuttlefish ink is collected for the homeopathic preparation and diluted with large quantities of milk sugar for final use.

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Pure pigments in the ink.

Sepia acts on the uterus, ovaries, and vagina and is mainly used for gynecological complaints, for example, PMS, painful or heavy menstruation, hot flashes during menopause, emotional and physical symptoms during and after pregnancy, candidiasis, and a sagging or prolapsed uterus. It is an excellent remedy for women who are averse to, or suffer pain during sexual intercourse and feel exhausted afterward. Women who dislike being touched either premenstrually, during menopause, or as a result of emotional problems are also helped by this remedy.

Sepia is effective for complaints accompanied by exhaustion, such as an aching back and sides due to muscle weakness. It is also good for the following: indigestion from milk and fatty foods, with gas and tenderness in the abdomen; headaches with nausea; dizziness; hair loss; salty-tasting mucus due to a cold or allergy; brownish yellow, itchy, discolored patches of skin; profuse sweating; and sweaty feet.

This remedy is also good for circulatory problems, for example, hot and cold flashes, and varicose veins.

Found mainly in the Mediterranean Sea.

Sepia is a predominantly female type, and like Ignatia, Pulsatilla and Natrum Muriaticum, it constitutes its own unique 'version' of woman. One could say that each of these types represents a different 'archetype' (literally, ancient impression) of the feminine, and when combined their collective attributes and essences constitute the whole realm of woman.

Sepia's natural independence sets her apart from other women. She seeks to be herself, unfettered by the expectations of others, especially those of men. In this she differs from Natrum women, who generally seek independence as a reaction against the hurt they have received, a protective mechanism. Sepia is naturally independent. She is not running away from anything like Natrum-she is just being herself, and refusing to let other people mould her personality to their own ends. This independence of Sepia sometimes gives her a certain masculine appearance to others, since we expect men to be more independent than women, but it is not really masculinity. The hardened exterior of a defensive Ignatia or Natrum woman is masculine-an efficient, aggressive front which protects the sensitivity beneath. The average Sepia woman has less of a front, and her independence results from her celebration of her own uniqueness, and the sense of power she receives from her own connection with her body and the Earth. This sense of power is feminine, since it depends upon being sensitive to one's body, and centered in it, and upon a natural wisdom which has little to do with the intellect. Masculine power, in contrast, is more dependent upon aggression, brute force, and intellect. The difference is like that between karate, which is an extremely offensive, 'cutting' martial art, which can cause a great deal of harm to an opponent, and aikido, the 'soft' martial art which is entirely defensive, and depends upon flexibility and the ability of the practitioner to 'go with the flow' of his opponent's movements.

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Sepia officinalis

& the Doctrine of Signatures

Sepia is derived from the ink of the cuttlefish a type of cold water ocean squid.
Symptomology equates to coldness of extremities particularly of feet and hands.

Cuttlefish readily use their ink as a means to escape their enemies through confusion and by remaining still and hiding within the dense discolouration of the liquid which is dark brown/black in colour and contains a high level of Sulphur.
Symptomology equates to a subject in a black cloud of despair, anxiety, weariness, sadness, apathy and inertia. They disengage (escape) from society preferring to remain inactive and still in the background. In contradistinction they do not like being totally alone but require the presence of someone unobtrusively near by.

A second method of escape employed by the cuttlefish is by changing colour. It is said that it exhibits this ability more than any other cephalopod; more even than its famous chameleon cousin. Symptomology equates to extreme mood changes irritable, sweet, kind, spiteful etc all within a brief period of time. Subjects use changeability as a form of smoke screen with which to hide behind (escape). Their mood displays are hard to analyse and understand which results in people to give up on them and hence not disturb them

Yet a third method of escape is employed by this creature. It has the propensity to pump water through itself under pressure thereby providing a sort of jet propulsion of sufficient velocity as to enable to it to break with the surface water and "fly" in the air for some considerable distance before reentering. It has often been mistaken for flying fish
Corresponding symptomology is threefold. 
1. Below the waist there is a bearing down sensation of the uterus as of a prolapse. Subjects keep their legs crossed to resist the feeling of downward pressure. At the same time the stomach has a feeling of emptiness or goneness Above the waist sensations are translated into an upward surge as of a rising ebullition that continues up into the head. 
2. There is great relief of symptoms following rapid exercise, quick walking or dancing 
3. The escapism syndrome translates itself into a strong desire to fly somewhere else away from their present situation. Anything for a change of surroundings.

Although the cuttlefish has a soft exterior it nevertheless has a hard bony boat shaped inner shell The characteristic white boat shaped bone is easily identified in flotsam and jetsam on a beach edge.
Symptomologically this shape has been translated by observers as confirmation of the remedys main site of action as the uterus to which it has been likened in shape. Secondly the hard inner shell belies the soft external front presented to the world by the subject. There is a herd inner core to the individual which displays a determination not to succumb to present events but to battle on until a cure is found to their dilemma.

Finally the cuttlefish is said to shamefully neglect its young.
Symptomologically this reveals itself in an indifference to spouse, family, relations and friends.


Photo Cuttlefish
Kingdom: Animal
Latin Name: Sepia officinalis
Common Name: Cuttlefish
: Sepia
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1. Tall, slim (not conspicuously thin) women with narrow pelvices dark hair, yellow complexion and characteristic "saddle" ; "washerwoman's remedy".

2. Marked indifference even to family ; no enjoyment in life ; sits and say, nothing ; occasional fits of temper, then spiteful, obstinate and touchy. Melancholy, inspired by proud, stoical self-pity ; < consolation and company ; dreads meeting friends especially men ; lachrymose, weeps when detailing symptoms ; anxiety and fear about real and imaginary evils so dreads being quite alone : disinclination to mental and physical labour.

3. Hypersensitiveness to external stimuli especially noise and music ; often causes the irritability.

4. Atony of digestive organs ; sinking feeling at about 11 a.m. not > eating ; nausea at the smell of food ; hates fats, likes acids and pungent things ; < milk ; constipation from inactivity of rectum ; with protruding piles.

5. Atony of female pelvic organs ; irregular menses of nearly every form ; great pressure and bearing down, must cross legs to prevent protrusion ; char. headache, extreme exhaustion and faintness in a.m.. during menstrual period. Disorders during pregnancy and after.

6. Irregularities of circulation especially at climaxis ; e.g. flushes run upward and end in sweating and faintness ; hands and feet hot alternately.

7. Micturition ; frequent urging even at night ; urine turbid, offensive, leaving adhesive red sediment ; enuresis of children during first sleep. Old gonorrhoeas.

8. Chronic skin conditions ; yellow patches on face and body especially chest and abdomen ; chloasma ; ringworm in isolated spots especially on upper part of body ; itching, especially of genitalia, not > scratching. Easy sweating especially between folds of skin ; great falling of hair ; warty growths.

9. Sensation as of a ball in various organs (spasmodic contractions).

10. Lack of vital heat ; very chilly yet < stuffy rooms ; < before thunder ; sultry, moist weather ; < laundry work ; many symptoms > violent exertion ; < excitement.

Notes : Inimical to Lachesis and Pulsatilla.
A chronic of
Nux Vomica. A single dose often acts curatively for many weeks.
Keynote : Atony.


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