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Conium is one of the oldest remedies, dating back to Plato's graphic description of its use in the death of Socrates. It is excellent remedy for ascending paralysis and difficulties with gait, trembling, and sudden loss of strength while walking.
- Plant: Conium maculatum
- Other names: Poison Hemlock
- Short Form: Con.
The following are the main indications for Conium.
- Ascending paralysis associated with difficulty rising from squatting. Muscular weakness, especially of the lower extremities.
- Sexual debility
- Heartburn with acrid eructations, painful spasms
- Dysmenorrhea with pain down thighs, painful nipples with enlarged breasts, ill effects of repressed sexual desire
- Triggers: trauma
- General: feeling as if bruised by blows
- Worse: in the morning, lying down, turning or rising in bed, celibacy, before and during menses, bodily or mental exertion
- Better: while fasting, in the dark, letting limbs hand down, motion and pressure
- Psychological: mental depression from excitement, afraid of being alone, lack of interest
- Other symptoms: weakness of body and mind trembling, induration of glands
Homeopathic remedies are prescribed based on homeopathic principles and after a detailed case taking. The prescription recommendations below are provided only as a guide. It is always recommended to consult with a naturopathic doctor or homeopathic practitioner prior to taking any homeopathic remedies, especially if your health is compromised or if your symptoms do not resolve in a timely fashion. The general recommendations for Conium include:
- Best in higher potencies given infrequently.
- Conium can be dosed more frequently for acute cases
- Boericke W. (1997) Homoeopathic Matria Medica and Repertory, B. Jain Publishers, India.