Hydrastis Canadensis

Hydrastis Canadensis


Hydrastis Canadensis grows in the United States, from New York to Minnesota and southward, its common name is Golden Seal.

Mother tincture is prepared from the fresh root, gathered as the plant is budding to blossom or in the fall.

It has the property of contracting the blood vessels, especially of the pelvic organs, thus producing a relatively anæmic condition of the same, and it is, therefore, useful in many conditions of the female organs which are accompanied with hæmorrhage.

 It acts on mucous membranes, relaxing them, producing a thick, yellowish, ropy secretion. I

t also produces a condition of marasmus, and is particularly active in old, easily tired people, cachectic individuals, with great debility, emaciation, prostration and weak digestion.

 Watery, excoriating coryza, with burning and rawness in the nose and a sensation as if a hair were in the nose, the discharge being more profuse out of doors; later, thick, yellow, tenacious discharge and a constant dropping from the posterior nares into the throat.

 Adenoid vegetations that are bathed constantly in a thick tenacious secretion.

With Kali bichromicum there is a tendency to deep ulceration, and the mucus is even more tenacious and stringy than with Hydrastis.

There is, a more superficial ulcerative process than that under Kali bichromicum.

 A sinking, gone feeling at the pit of the stomach; an empty, gone feeling, as if the patient had suffered from a diarrhœa for a long time; there are also putrid or sour eructations and some nausea.

Atonic dyspepsia; tongue large, flabby, slimy.

In ulceration, cancer and chronic gastric catarrh. It will often remove the pain and improve the general health.

 It corresponds to the diathesis, the worn jaded look, the sallow complexion, the hide bound skin and the melancholy.

After the use of purgatives, when there is present the sinking, gone feeling at the epigastrium, with symptoms of gastro-duodenal catarrh, such as a torpidity of the liver, yellow skin and tenderness in the hepatic region and light colored stools.

Nux vomica is also useful for constipation resulting from abuse of purgatives.

Like all the secretions of Hydrastis leucorrhoea is thick, yellow and tenacious, and is accompanied with great weakness and constipation.

It was used as a "tonic" in digestive complaints.

Here it is distinctly homœopathic, as it produces a general weariness, excessive weakness, painful sensation of tiredness even early in the morning on rising.

Muscular pains in the lumbar and sacral regions and lower extremities, inclination to lie down and to stretch and yawn.

Exhaustion of intellectual functions.

Muco-purulent discharge, roaring in the ears and catarrhal deafness, with heavy, dull condition of the head.

In nasal catarrh, secretions more from posterior nares; thick, tenacious, air feels cold in the nose.

Stomatitis in nursing women or weakly children, especially after mercurius or chlorate of potash.

Faintness at stomach, sinking, gone feeling.

Gonorrhoea, second stage, thick, yellow discharge.

Leucorrhoea, tenacious, ropy, thick, yellow.

All mucous secretions tenacious, thick, yellow, erosions of mucous surfaces.

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