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Hysteria, over-sensitiveness, nervous affections, when
apparently well-chosen remedies fail. Hysterical spasms and
affections generally. Hysterical flatulency. Feels light, as if
floating in air. Over-sensitiveness (Staph). Hallucinations at
night. Irritable. Tremulous.
Sensation of great coldness. Pressure in forehead. Feeling of
Sensation of strong light in front of eyes enabling sight in the
Earache from exposure to draughts and cold. Nervous noises.
Sensation as if a
thread were hanging down throat. Nausea felt in throat. Pharynx
Hunger, with nausea. Eructations
foul. Heartburn with gulping of rancid fluid. Nausea, with
faintness. Bloated. hysterical cramp in abdomen. Spasms in bowels
after food and at night in bed.
In children thin, watery
diarrhoea with lumps of coagulated milk. Greenish, papescent, bloody
stool. with violent screaming Infant vomit curdled milk in large
lumps after nursing
Choking on falling asleep. Spasmodic asthma; convulsive
movements of the diaphragm. The chest is oppressed and feels
obstructed. Frequent jerks and stitches.
Menses late and scanty (Puls) Menopause.
pains in limbs. Constant jerking. Heaviness. Pain in shoulder,
elbows and knees after walk. Sciatica; pain worse standing and
resting on floor (Bell); better walking. Pain in
heels when sitting.
Sleepless, with nightly itching and muscular spasms. Worse on
waking. Insomnia especially during pregnancy and
Long lasting heat, often with sweat on face. Heat
predominates. Sensation of icy coldness (Heloderma; Camp; Abies c).
Feeble, hysterical nervous patients.
Amm, Asaf; Croc; Castor; Ign;(in
neuralgia, gastric disturbance, and great nervous agitation).
Open air, draft
Brought to you by:
Dr Peter Darashah
For nervous and excitable
subjects and the complaints of the hypochondria. Symptoms include
great nervous excitability, exaltation, hysterical contractures,
trembling, palpitation, sense of levitation, paroxysmal respiration,
stitching pains, tension in the limbs, jerking, twitching,
All these symptoms are aggravated during rest and over
exertion but are ameliorated by gentle motion and moving about. Also
all symptoms move about and wander from place to place like
The mental state is at such times is worse by night often
ecstatic, hysterical, of extreme activity, tension and excitement
with rapid changes in disposition and ideas passing from one subject
The imagination is overactive with various images of
animals, people and happenings. Moves to the edge of the bed to make
room for some imaginary other person else. All mental symptoms are
worse in the dark, come on during rest, while sitting and lying, and
abate with walking about.
2. Anxiety, Stress &
It has been said that Valeriana is the Mother Teresa remedy for
those suffering from Anxiety, stress & tension. The connection
between mental anxiety (which covers irritability, poor
concentration, paranoia, mild depression, loss of humour lack of
direction etc) and various physical stress maladies is well
documented of which stress sufferers are living proof. The body
under stress sends out signals to this effect whether by headaches
or diarrhea, or through cramps or loss of libido or sleeplessness or
nervous twitches or spasms or comfort eating and drinking, or an
increased intake of coffee or substance abuse etc etc
reactions to stress are as varied as the people who have them, but
what is known is that Valeriana has the effect of nullifying stress
so that the stress sufferer gets through a rough patch actually
strengthened in mind and body, unlike with chemical
teams have long searched to find what makes Valeriana so effective.
Their investigations show that the plant possesses various chemicals
with opposing actions that lead to a balancing effect on the nervous
system. One chemical has been found to suppress nervous activity,
while another has been found to stimulate the central nervous
system. The net effect of this is that the remedy can relax those
that are hyperactive or alternatively stimulate those that are
exhausted ie Valerian can go either way.
foregoing research has also shown that valerian relaxes muscles in
the digestive tract including those in the stomach, which
classically clench up under stress and strain. Furthermore alkaloids
found in valerian have a definite and marked ability to act as a
hypotensive lowering the blood pressure and
Violent nervous headaches with tension and
tightness of the scalp in the evening. Stupefying, stitching,
tearing pains with sensation of great coldness in head. There may be
(especially at night) flashes of light before eyes which take on a
wild appearance. There can also be hissing and ringing in the ears.
The face becomes red and hot with facial neuralgia worse from rest.
All symptoms are worse during rest, in open air and draft but
ameliorated by gentle motion.
Nervous asthma particularly if it is with
spasmodic and convulsive movement of the diaphragm and occurs upon
going to sleep
5. Gastro Intestinal
Eructation with foul taste every bit
as bad as the remedys natural odour of spoiled eggs. Nausea,
faintness, body ice cold, distended abdomen, cutting colic pain in
abdomen with cramps of a drawing digging nature in evening, after
dinner and in bed. At the same time voracious hunger.
Child vomits curdled milk in lumps as
soon as it has been fed. Worse if mother has been angry. The stool
is watery with greenish curds containing worms and blood. Prolapse
of the anus from straining to pass urine.
Drawing, jerking of limbs, and twitching of
muscles during rest. There is an inability to move the limbs due to
a feeling of heaviness
Darting, stitching, drawing pain in the
muscles of the arms and shoulders. Darting, tearing, intense pain
like an electrical shock, repeatedly through the humerus. Cramp in
biceps, wrist and hands when writing.
Pain along the sciatic with
tearing, drawing pain in thigh upward to hip and in the muscles of
thighs Violent drawing, jerking pains in lower limbs during rest.
Drawing in legs and Achilles when sitting. Tearing in the calf and
ankle and heel muscles.especially when ascending stairs. Drawing pain in tarsal joints
when sitting. All these symptoms are aggravated by standing and when
at rest but ameliorated with gentle walking.
One of the reasons tranquilisers are so
popular is that they are an effective means for those who are too
stressed out to sleep. As most people now realise, there are several
stages of sleep all of which are essential for a sense of physical
well being. The fifth and deepest sleep stage is known as REM or
rapid eye movement sleep. During REM sleep the functions of the body
are completely shut down (a natural form of paralysis) with the
exception of brain
activity which becomes exceptionally active
and intense. It is during this period of sleep that the brain is
refreshed. REM sleep is also called paradoxical sleep due to
the contrast between the high brain activity and the immobility of
other bodily functions.
Tranquillisers all act in a similar way by
stimulating an amino acid called GABA which functions by inhibiting
nerve transmission thereby calming the nervous system much like the
effect of excess alcohol. Unfortunately GABA is non selective and it
also sedates the brain thereby precluding REM sleep with the result
that the brain cannot fully refresh itself. The net outcome is that
on rising in the morning the subject is not fully refreshed, the
mind may feel tired, slow and confused, difficulty may be
experienced in concentrating, there may be a sensation of
disconnection and floating the pulse is slow, there is a general
hang over feeling (like that experienced from too much alcohol) in
which zest, vitality and get up and go seems to be
Valeriana has been
clinically proven to make it easier for people to slip into sleep
and to rest deeply without any after effects the next day. Unlike
chemical sleeping pills Valeriana does not interfere with the normal
sleep stages and is especially useful for neurasthenic subjects who
cannot sleep before midnight.
Menses delayed, scanty, suppressed.
The remedy is also suitable for the menopausal state. In all cases
the modalities should fit of worse at night and at rest and better
with movement. Typical mentals include sexual fatigue, anxiety,
headache, neuralgia and depressed mood.
Blood pressure is regulated by a highly
complex system and fluctuates constantly according to our level of
stress and physical activity.
A diagnosis of high blood pressure with no direct cause is
often attributed to lifestyle habits such as poor eating, smoking
and stress and is referred to as essential or primary
Valariana is considered appropriate for individuals
who exhibit a nervous, irritable, restless personality and who find
their overall physical symptoms improve (such as dissipation of
dizziness, which is a common symptom of high blood pressure) when
they are active and tend to worsen in the early afternoon or late
evening, and when resting or sitting still.