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Spigelia was named by Linnaeus in 1737 after Adrian van der Spigel, a Belgian professor of anatomy who lived some 100 years earlier around 1625. The anthelmia part of the name comes from anthelmintic which means a worm destroyer and it was this characteristic which formed the main use for the plant by doctors of the old school. However worm infestation is usually only a secondary condition it being the resultant manifestation arising from a much deeper primary illness. Homeopathic use for Spigelia consequently centres on a combined  objective for both the removal of the parasites as well as elimination o0f the primary affectation.



Irritability and restlessness as a result of extreme coldness.
Aggravated anxiety about, the future, health, respiratory and heart concerns, death and delusions, sharp pointed objects (pins, needles etc).
Mental weakness and aversion for work. Confused and lacking in the ability to concentrate.
Silent, taciturn, introspective.


Pressing internal left sided tearing, stitching and burning neuralgic pain as a result of inflammation. Symptoms aggravated at sunrise, by walking, by movement and touch. Ameliorated at sunset. Intolerance of pain, tender in the affected area, sensitive to noise and touch are keynotes.

Left sided semi-lateral neuralgic headaches. One stream of pain starts at the base of brain spreads over the head and finally locates in left eye, orbit and temple resulting in a sensation of a band around the head. A second pain stream extends from the base to the brain down the neck also involving the cheek, trigeminal nerve, face, gums and teeth. Headaches start at sunrise reach maximum effect at noon and decline at sunset. They are of a sharp, shooting, burning and tearing nature which is violently aggravated from motion, noise and touch.

Eyes (usually the left) feel too large for their orbit with violent pressing pain upon moving them and again they are worse from touch, motion, noise, as well as from cold, damp and rainy weather.

Nasal catarrh, first dry, then fluent profuse coryza with hoarseness but without thirst or sweat This affection is preceded by chill and shivering.
The peculiarity of the Spigelia nasal catarrh is this: The discharge through the anterior nares is only slight whjilst that through the posterior nares is great and constant and of a generally tough, stringy nature in such quantity as to threaten suffocation unless frequently hawked thus preventing sleep.
Swelling in the fauces, with enlarged and painful cervical glands. Pain on swallowing, with difficulty in opening the mouth. Stitches in the region of the larynx relieved by swallowing.

complaints are associated with inefficient valvular heart function growing out of pericarditis and endocarditis of rheumatic character.
Violent stitch in the left side, just under the heart, so violent as to arrest respiration; stitches in the epigastria. very violent pulsation with tremulous motion of the heart, audible to the patient and visible to the by-stander. Palpitation increases by sitting down, bending forward and by deep inspiration and retention of breath especially after rising in the morning. Heaviness in the pericardial region as if a heavy, painful pressing load was causing constriction and anxiety, with cutting and griping, as from wind in the abdomen. These two series of symptoms (palpitation and pain) point clearly to an organic affection of the heart or pericardium for which Spigelia has proved to be curative.
For shock and disturbance of the heart it comes second only to Acon and before Bry, Spong, Lach, Ars and Lith.

Epigastrium:- Feeling of pressure relieved by hand pressure at the affected spot. Left sided epigastrial stitch aggravated by respiration and relieved by lying down compelling the patient to bend forward. In contradistinction the stitch in the right hypogastria is relieved by respiration.
Abdomen:- Cutting pinching pain with chill and diarrhoea in the umbilical area as if the intestines were twisted up. Hernia. Sensitive to touch. 
Rectum:-  Itchy irritation and a sensation of crawling (caused chiefly by worms) with stools of solid or soft faeces followed by a tough yellow mucus.

Pains, aching, restlessness, isolated tingling and numbness similar to those already described.
Upper Extremities:- T
he shoulder, arm and forearm, sticking and pressing pains, with a sensation of lassitude and weakness. These two symptoms (pain and weakness) indicate the dual action of the drug upon the nervous (of pain) and fibrous tissues (of inflammation) Such a condition results from pressure on a nerve like as when the hand or arm "goes asleep." Lower Extremities:- As with the upper extremities there is pain and weakness but in addition there is very great restlessness of the limbs, especially at night, preventing sleep and causing constant motion and flexion and extension of the limbs.
On walking there is pain in the knees, worse with continued use, and with boring pain in the ankles and tendons.

Male:- Frequent erections with discharge of mucus from the urethra at stool. Itching and burning in the right testis and penis with tingling in the scrotum.
Urinary Organs:-  Copious discharge with white sediment Incontinence when rising from a seat followed by burning in the urethra.

Lying on back
Movement, walking, touch, noise

Lying on right side
Head held high

Chronic catarrh
Ciliary neuralgia (Headache involving the eye)
Trigeminal affectations
Neuralgic pains of inflammation
Angina, Pericarditis, Congestive heart (valves)  



Kingdom: Plant
Latin Name: Spigelia amthelmia
Common Name: Pink Root
Spigelia amthelmia

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