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Cimicifuga is predominantly a female remedy, with symptoms often being related to an abnormal condition of the uterus or ovaries. It also has a strong effect on the cerebrospinal and muscular system.
- Plant: Actea racemosa
- Other names: Cimicifuga Racemosa, Black Cohosh, Black Snake-root
- Short Form: Cimic.
The following are the main indications for Cimicifuga.
- Hysteria associated with labour pains and epileptic spasms during menses.
- Dysmenorrhea which is severe and worse as the flow increases.Dysmenorrhea associated with strong, labour-like pains.
- Ovarian neuralgia Pain across pelvis, from hip-to-hip.
- Muscular rheumatism affecting the bellies of the muscles. Pain associated with neck and back areas mostly. Smaller joints of the hands and wrist may be involved.
- Headache which spreads to the back of the head. Headache is generally of uterine origin or the effect of suppression of uterine discharges. It is increased by the slightest movement of the head and eyes. Headache associated with shooting and throbbing after mental worry, overstudy, or reflux of uterine disease.
- Eye pain. Deep-seated throbbing and shooting pains in the eyes with photophobia. Pain from eyes to top of head.
Other common conditions: neuralgia in eyes, spinal irritation.
- Triggers: threatened miscarriage with pains like real labour, mental worry
- General: puerperal mania, delicate and nervous females suffering from rheumatism or neuralgic pains as a result of utero-ovarian irritation.
- Worse: during menses, morning, cold (except headache), with noise during labour.
- Better: warmth, eating
- Psychological: great depression with dream of impending evil, delirium tremors, mania following disappearance of neuralgia, incessant talking.
- Other symptoms: left-sided chorea, shivering or convulsions of nervous origin during labour, pains like electric shocks here and there, sensation of a clouding enveloping her, bruised, sore or heavy, aching muscles.
- Food and drink: nausea of alcoholism, no appetite for dinner.
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 Cimicifuga include:
- Cimicifuga best used in 15C or 30C potency when contractions have begun.
- Normally start at lower dose that is able to elicit desired effect.
- Hershoff Asa (1999) Homeopathic Remedies: a quick and easy guide to common disorders and their homeopathic treatments Avery Publishing Group, New York.
- Boericke W (1997) Pocket Manual of Hemoeopathic Materia Medica and Repertory, a Chapter on Rare and Uncommon Remedies. B. Jain Publishers, India.