SENEGA


Homeopathic remedy Senega drug symptoms and indications from Condensed Materia Medica by Constantine Hering, published in 1877….


      Seneca Snake-root. Polygalaceae.

Mind

      Cheerful, but irritable, easily becomes vehement when excited. Phlegmatic.

Anxiety with accelerated breathing.

Sensorium

      Confused feeling in the head.

Dulness, with pressure and weakness of the eyes.

Slight vertigo before the eyes.

Inner Head

      Head feels heavy.

Sort of aching in forehead, sinciput and occiput; comes every day, is felt when sitting in a warm room and accompanied by pressure in eyes, that does not bear touch, though headache is not worse from pressure; better from exercise in open air.

Pressing pain in forehead and orbits after dinner, especially in left side of head; relieved in the open air.

Eyes

      Aching over the orbits, eyes tremble and water when he looks at an object intently or steady; eyes weak and watery when reading.

Weakness of sight and flickering, must wipe the eyes when reading, but they are aggravated thereby.

Evenings, on walking towards setting sun, seems to see another sun beneath the first; on turning eyes outward it appeared like a compressed oval, and disappeared when head was bent backwards and when eyes were closed.

Promotes absorption of lens fragments after operation for cataract.

Paresis of the left oculo-motor nerve, with paralysis of the superior rectus muscle; patient could see clearly only by bending head backwards which relieved double vision.

Drawing and pressure in the eyeballs, with diminution of visual power.

Eyes pain as if pressed out, or as if balls were being expanded, especially in the evening and in candle-light.

Hypopion in scrofulous patients.

Cilia hang full of hard mucus: smarting of the conjunctiva, as if soap was in the eyes; mornings; blepharitis; sometimes lids stick so after sleep, they must be soaked before they can be

separated.

Nose

      Troublesome dryness of the Schneiderian membrane, Smell before the nose as of a malignant ulcer.

Sneezes so often and so violently that the head grows dizzy and heavy; followed by thin coryza.

Tongue etc.

      Coated white, yellowish-white, or slimy in the morning, with slimy, unpleasant taste.

Taste: bad, with rumbling in stomach; metallic; like urine.

Throat

      Mouth and throat dry; tenacious mucus difficult to hawk up; scraping and roughness; constriction in the fauces; hawking.

Nausea and Vomiting

      Eructations, which relieve the mucus and hawking.

Nausea with vomiturition; burning in the stomach.

Stomach

      Pressure below the pit of the stomach; senses of gnawing hunger.

Digging pain in the epigastrium, disposition to flatulence and to outbursts of ill-humor.

Stool etc.

      Purging, vomiting and anxiety; watery stools, spurting from the anus.

Stools scanty, hard, or dry and large, insufficient.

Urine

      Urine diminished, dark colored, foams when shaken.

Urine acrid, increased in amount.

Urging and scalding before and after micturition; mucous shreds in the urine; on cooling becomes thick and cloudy, or deposits a thick sediment, yellowish-red, with upper stratum yellow and flocculent.

Larynx

      Tenacious mucus causing hawking or coughing; often an irritating, shaking cough as in old cases of bronchitis.

Sudden hoarseness when reading aloud.

Hoarse; throat so dry it hurts when he talks.

Breathing

      Short breathing and oppression of the chest on going up stairs.

Dyspnoea as from stagnation in the lungs; also on awaking and during chill. etc.

Cough

      Dry, with oppression of chest and roughness in throat; short, hacking, from mucus or from irritation in larynx, worse in the open air and from walking fast.

Cough often ends in a sneeze (often in common colds).

Shaking cough like whooping cough from burning and tickling in the larynx in the morning, with copious, tough, white, mucous sputum (like white of egg).

Soreness of the chest, dry, cough, throat dry, hoarseness; later much mucus in bronchi and trachea.

Cough worse evenings; at night, during rest. sitting, lying on (left) side, and in a warm room.

Lungs

      Orgasm of blood; oppression with flushes of heat; oppression especially during rest; tightness.

Certain movements cause pain, as if chest was too tight; disposed to expand the chest, this leaves soreness.

Shooting stitches in the chest, worse during inspiration, during rest.

Dull stitches and burning pain in left chest when lying on the right side.

Walls of chest sensitive or painful when touched, or when he sneezes (often as a remnant of colds on the chest).

Burning sore pain under the sternum, especially during motion and on deep inspiration.

Stepping hard, walking fast or running, causes pulling sore pain, as if through mediastinum.

C. Hering
Hering got the degree of M. D. from the University of Wuezburg with highest honours. The theme of his thesis was "De'Medicina Futura" (The medicine of future). Hering left Germany for West Indies and finally arrived at Philadelphia in Jan, 1833. He established a homeopathic school at Allentown, Pennsylvania, commonly known as "Allentown Academy". Soon he became very popular as a physician. He is known as the 'Father of Homeopathy' in America.