(Actea-aktea, aktea, the elder tree, from the resemblance of he leaves. Spicata-spica, a sprinkle, having the form of a spike?)
The plant, first proved by Dr. Petroz of Spine, is a native of Europe, having black berries (the American varieties have white or red berries). We use the root to prepare out tincture.
Allen says: “Almost the only use of this drug has been for sub-acute rheumatic gout (84) of the small joints (161) associated with sour stomach.”
Hering gives as its most prominent symptom: “Rheumatism showing itself partly in the small joints; pains in the wrists or finger-joints, very tender to the touch, excruciating, worse a night.”
I use Actea 3rd.