Cimicifuga

Last modified on January 17th, 2019

cimicifuga homeopathic medicine to prevent abortion

Dr. S.R. Phatak describes the clinically confirmed symptoms of the homeopathic remedy Cimicifuga in his Concise Materia Medica, published in 1977.

Generalities

      This remedy has a wide action on NERVES and MUSCLES. It causes depression of mind with low spirits; and exhaustion along with oversensitiveness esp. for pain. It is a great female remedy. Plump, delicate, sensitive, nervous, chilly women who complain of aching pain in back, neck, here and there; many of the complaints are dependent upon utero-ovarian irritation. General sick feeling, with exhaustion. Many of the symptoms are irregular, changeful or they alternate in groups; alternation of physical and mental effects. Alternate mental and rheumatic symptoms. Pains are violent, achings, shooting, wander here and there, shock like; with cries, faints etc.; go upwards or side to side up the neck; about the throat; from ovary to ovary. Belly of the muscles feel bruised, sore, heavy aching. Trembling, twitching in various organs or of part lain on. Compressive pains. Hysterical and epileptic convulsions at the time of menses. Alternating clonic and tonic spasms. Sore and tender along the tract of pain. Nervous shuddering. Given before the term; it renders labour easier, cures sickness of pregnancy, prevents the after pains. It has also ensured living births, in women who have previously borne only dead children without any discoverable cause. (should be given in daily doses in low 1x potency two months before term). Myalgia. Ovaralgia. Lumbago. Spasms of cerebro-spinal fever. Influenza. Chorea; at puberty; with delayed menses; cardiac. Ill effects of anxiety; fright, disappointed love; over exertion; business failures; child bearing. Children during dentition.

Better

      Warm wraps. Open air. Pressure. Eating. Continued motion. Grasping things.

Worse

      Menstruation; suppressed. During labour. Emotions. Alcohol. Night. Change of weather. Heat and cold. Sitting. Puberty and climaxis. Motion. Damp cold air. Wine. Draught.

Mind

      Desire to wander from place to place. Melancholy. Agitation. Nervous, fidgety, excitable and jerky. Irritable, least thing which goes wrong makes her crazy. Depressed and talkative; with constant change of subjects. Suspicious. Gloomy forebodings; of death; of insanity, of impending evil etc. Thinks she is going crazy. Feels faint in epigastrium when meeting a friend. Fear of riding in a closed carriage. Fears, those in house will kill him. Deathly fear of rats. Vision of rats, mice, various colours and forms. Mania; before menses; alcoholic; tries to injure himself; puerperal; following disappearance of neuralgias. Weak will. Takes no interest in house work. Indifferent. Despondent, seems to feel under a heavy black cloud. Suspicious; would not take medicine. Sits and mopes in, in great sadness; when questioned breaks into tears. Mental symptoms are better by diarrhoea or menses; worse after rheumatism.

Head

      Waving or wild sensation in brain. Head retracted (meningitis). Shooting throbbing pains, after mental worry, over- study or from reflex uterine disease better open air. Head or brain, feels too large. Opening and shutting sensation in brain. Vertex feels as if it would fly off, worse going upstairs, or as if it opened and let in cold air, as if cold air was blowing upon the brain, or heat on. Feeling as of a blow or as if a bolt has been driven from occiput to vertex up to the eyes. (left). Headache of students.

Eyes

      Intense aching in eyeballs or behind it, better pressure worse slightest motion. Pain from eyes to vertex. Eyes feel big; wild look in. Sees red flashes with dark borders. Cannot tolerate artificial light. As if a needle were run into the eyeballs, worse closing eyes. Ciliary neuralgia.

Ears

      Tinnitus. Sensitive to least noise; with spasmodic labour pains. Violent noises in ear with deafness.

Nose

      Sensitive to cold air; every inhalation seems to bring the cold air in contact of brain.

Face

      Pale, hot. Neuralgia affecting malar bones, better night, reappears the next day. Forehead cold. Facial blemishes in young women. Forehead feels cold. Wild fearful expression.

Mouth

      Saliva thick Coppery taste. Hawks up viscid coppery tasting mucus. Trembling of tongue. Thick mucus on teeth. Cannot speak a word though she tries. Tongue and mouth feel warm. Tongue swollen.

Throat

      Burning in. Thyroid aches before menses.

Stomach

      Nausea; in morning; of pregnancy; of alcoholism; felt in bowels; worse pressure on spine and cervical region. Vomits green substance, groans, raves and presses the head with both the hands for relief. Sinking in epigastrium; on meeting a friend. Eructations; with nausea, vomiting and headache (women).

Abdomen

      Colic better bending double and after stools. Frequent thin, dark offensive stools. Morning diarrhoea of children. Sharp pains across hypogastrium. Alternate diarrhoea and constipation.

Urinary Organs

      Profuse clear urine; causing weakness; with yellow sand. Nervous urination.

Female

      Menses; profuse, dark, coagulated, scanty with backache, nervousness; irregular in time and amount; more flow, more pain. Great debility between menses. Ovarian neuralgia; pain across pelvis, from ovary to ovary, or goes upwards or downwards along the thighs. Menses suppressed; from emotions, from cold. Hysteric or epileptic spasms at the time of menses. Uterine atony. Presses mammae as though in pain. Mania. Burning in mammae. Slow labour pains with nervous shivers. Intolerable after pains worse in groins. Leucorrhoea; with a sensation of weight in the uterus. Cardiac neuralgia in parturition. Inframammary pains worse left side. Lochia suppressed by cold or emotions. Nervous, when coughing and urinating. Shudders.

Respiratory organs

      Tickling, short, dry, constant cough worse at night, speaking. Sharp stitches in left chest, motion extorting cries. Pleurodynia. Nervous cough.

Heart

      Sore; swelled; or enlarged as if. Needle like pains at heart. Angina Pectoris-pain spreads all over the chest to the back, and down the left arm which feels numb and as if bound to the side. Heart action ceases suddenly impending suffocation. Pulse weak, irregular, trembling; drops every 3rd, or 4th beat.

Neck and Back:

      Neckache, throws the head back. Stiff neck, pain worse moving the hands. Neck retracted. Spine, cervical and upper dorsal very sensitive worse pressure, which causes nausea and retching. Soreness of all the muscles. Stiff contracted neck and back. Pain in the angle of left scapula. Heavy pulsating lumbar pain, through hips and down the thighs.

Extremities

      Uneasy and restless feeling in the limbs. Left arm feels as if bound to the side; constant irregular motion of left arm (Chorea). Hands tremble while writing. Cramps in limbs; in calves. Tendo-achillis stiff and contracted. Soles itching. Cold sweat on hands and feet. Alternation of rheumatic and mental symptoms. Trembling of legs, can scarcely walk. Numbness of limbs.

Sleep

      Comatose; as if drunk. Sleeplessness. Sleeps; with arms overhead or yawning.

Related

      Baptisia; Caulophyllum; Gel.; Ign;, Pulsatilla

About the author

S.R. Phatak

S.R. Phatak

A pioneer of Homoeopathy in Maharashtra, Dr Shankar Raghunath Phatak was born on 6th September, 1896. He did his MBBS from Grant Medical College, in 1924. Started his practice but somehow not satisfied with Allopathic Treatment.

He was convinced about Homoeopathy while going through Sir William Osler's writings on 'History of Medicine' so switched over to an entirely Homoeopathic Practice in 1932. He also started working on Homoeopathic literature along with his Practice.

He has contributed immensely to homoeopathic literature. He was an ardent follower of Dr Boger. His Repertory is based on Boger's ''A Synoptic key to Materia Medica'.

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