CIMICIFUGA RACEMOSA symptoms of the homeopathy remedy from Homeopathic Drug Pictures by M.L. Tyler. What are the symptoms of CIMICIFUGA RACEMOSA? Keynote indications and personality traits of CIMICIFUGA RACEMOSA…

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      SOME confusion may arise because of the different names applied to this remedy, and therefore, the different parts of Materia Medica where it is to be sought. Hughes says he prefers to call it by its Linnaean name-Actea. Hering (Guiding Symptoms) has it as Actea: he says, “It has received so many improper names that the oldest is preferred.” Clarke, H.C. Allen, Kent and Guernsey call it Actea: Nash, Boericke, Boger, Cimicifuga, which name is more familiar. Allen also, in the Encyclopedia, has it under Cimicifuga.

It seems strange that we should never before have tried to Drug- picture CIMICIFUGA: one of the remedies so very useful to physicians brought up on Hughes, rather than on Hahnemann pure and simple,-that painstaking experimentalist and recorder, whose genius, so far as we have seen, is not improved by modification, or in need of apology. Hughes’ Pharmacodynamics, excellent in its way, got the nickname “Homoeopathic Milk for Allopathic Babes”, for his great object was, evidently, to reconcile Homoeopathy, or at least to make it acceptable, to Old School practitioners of his day. But Old School has recently made great strides in its basal conceptions: so much so that the Doctrines of Hahnemann are found to be rather explanatory than antagonistic to present-day thought, and are quite easily swallowed by the latest qualified: indeed we hear that already it is being said among the science teachers of one of the medical schools, “Homoeopathy is the coming medicine”. But the strong meat as well as the milk of Homoeopathy remain not easy of digestion to most of the older men, some of whom shrink from all this new study” at their time of life”, which means so much unlearning and relearning, not only in regard to prescribing, but the plunge into that vast, unknown Materia Medica homoeopathica. “If I had only come across this forty years also!” But the more earnest seekers after truth, the rebellious against inaptitude, are finding in Homoeopathy the explanation of many difficulties, doubts and misgivings: a something that goes deeper than mere palliation; and proves that good work can be done apart from the daring and often dangerous experimentation of the laboratories. Moreover Homoeopathy leaves them no longer subject to the temptations and dictates of the manufacturing chemists, whose samples pour in by every post, to be tried and adopted for further experiment on a hit, or discarded as useless on a miss. Do such things belong to the Reign of Law?-to any Science of Medicine: that Inspiration to which Hahnemann dedicated his life, and for which he wrestled with God and nature during all those long, weary years? Are they not merely a counsel of despair: a terrible acknowledgment of ignorance and failure?

But, to go back to Cimicifuga:

Nerve, or nerve and muscle-myalgias-seem to be the very special sphere of Cimicifuga: as a very interesting case quoted by Dr. Hughes exemplifies. The drug attacks eyes, in a marked degree, but, it is pointed out, that it is through the eye muscles. As Boger gives it, in arresting type, “NERVES AND MUSCLES, Cerebro- spinal, Eyeballs, Ovario-uterine, Heart” and, like caulophyllum, “in females” joints. And everywhere it is better for warmth in every form; for open air; for pressure, and for continued motion.

It is a remedy of crazy feelings, of chorea, and one of the remedies that affect especially, uterus and all the conditions dependent on uterine abnormalities of function. It is a rheumatic, choreaic, spasmodic, hysterical and uterine remedy. It reminds one, as one reads, now of Ignatia, now of Gelsemium, now, as said, of caulophyllum, now of Lachesis. A very useful drug for more or less superficial conditions-through it has also a reputation in phthisis.

Margaret Lucy Tyler
Margaret Lucy Tyler, 1875 – 1943, was an English homeopath who was a student of James Tyler Kent. She qualified in medicine in 1903 at the age of 44 and served on the staff of the London Homeopathic Hospital until her death forty years later. Margaret Tyler became one of the most influential homeopaths of all time. Margaret Tyler wrote - How Not to Practice Homeopathy, Homeopathic Drug Pictures, Repertorising with Sir John Weir, Pointers to some Hayfever remedies, Pointers to Common Remedies.