THE JUNIPEROUS SABINA OF SOUTHERN EUROPE – THE TRUE SAVIN.
Sabina was first proved by Stapf, Hahnemann contributing to the symptoms.
The tops of the tree or shrub, or the younger branches, contain the volatile oil or official savin, and are used to prepare our tincture.
Sabina was named from the Sabines, one of the ancient people of Italy. According to tradition, Romulus induced his men to carry off the Sabine virgins, thus robbing the people of future wives. As though it might be in revenge, we find the drug Sabina ready to rob us of our children, for in toxic doses it will originates uterine action and cause abortion.
Hughes is responsible for this wording: “Sabina causes strangury in front, bloody stools behind, and between the two metritis with haemorrhage, and (in pregnant women) abortion,” and “this action of the drug has given it is chief therapeutic application.”
In many of the conditions calling for Sabina the symptoms cease on going into the open air (9) and return on entering the house,. The applies, among other things, to the vertigo, headache (92), facial neuralgia and perhaps the toothache.
Allen speaks of a “general rush of blood to the head (103), with alternating flushes to head and face.”
There may be diarrhoea or constipation, with hard and difficult stools; in both conditions with pain extending from the back through to the pubes, and in either, with bloody discharge, especially when associated with haemorrhoids (85).
Burning during micturition is spoken of in the pathogenesis of the remedy, and Hering gives, “vesical irritability, depending on gouty diathesis.”
Menstruation under Sabina is too early, too profuse (135) and too long-lasting (1350, the discharge bright red and flowing in paroxysms (137), attended with colicky pains and pains extending from the back, forward. We may also have irregular menstruation that becomes almost incessant.
It is of value in menorrhagia, especially in plethoric women and at the climacteric (135); the flow may be dark (136) but is usually bright red, and it is paroxysmal, or coming in gushes. The flow is increased from any motion (134) and is accompanied by pain, drawing, dragging or aching, extending from sacrum through to pubis. Sometimes in Sabina, the haemorrhage from the uterus ceases on walking about.
Hughes considers that accompanying “rectal and vesical irritation adds weight to the indications for the choice of Sabina” in uterine haemorrhages.
In dysmenorrhoea Sabina is useful, not only when we find the characteristic pain from the small of the back extending through to the genitals, but also with pains in the back shooting down the thighs (139). It is of value of threatening miscarriage (13), especially at the third month.
Hughes speaks of the use of this remedy for “retained placenta (150) due to atony of the uterus, with tendency to discharge of fluids and clots with each pain,” also it “promotes the expulsion of moles.”
It is to be thought of for acrid leucorrhoea (126) during pregnancy, with much biting and itching and for offensive leucorrhoea (126) following profuse menstruation.
Sabina is of value of chronic arthritis (161) and gout, with nodosities (161), the pains involving any or all the joints and often accompanied by pulsation in different blood vessels. The pains are better in the open air and and from “cool applications” (Hering), and worse from warmth (160).
Dunham says, the uterine haemorrhages calling for Sabina are “always attended by pains in the joints.”
I use Sabina 1st.