Artemisia abrotanum
Southernwood, lady’s love, old man.

Key Uses:
  • Chest symptoms that develop after skin eruptions have failed to come out
  • Emaciation and debilitation of the lower limbs, possibly in children who fail to thrive, or due to polio
  • Heart disease following the suppression of rheumatic symptoms
  • Mumps transferred from the parotid glands to the testes

    Origin : Native to southern Europe.

    Background : Containing a strong, volatile oil that repels insects, this plant’s leaves have long been used as a moth repellent when placed among clothes.

    Preparation : The fresh, finely chopped leaves and shoots are steeped in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : People for whom Abrotanum is best suited tend to be anxious and depressed. They may feel dull of mind and become easily fatigued when speaking or studying. Alternatively, they can be irritable, excited, and violent, and have an urge to shout.
    Key symptoms include emaciation and debilitation of the lower limbs, possibly in children who fail to thrive, or due to polio. A classic feature of Abrotanum is that certain symptoms die away rapidly and are immediately replaced by other symptoms. For example, chest symptoms may develop after skin eruptions have failed to come out, heart disease develops following the suppression of rheumatic symptoms, or mumps is transferred from the parotid glands to the testes.

    Symptoms Better : For passing loose stools; for movement.

    Symptoms Worse : For cold and damp air; if secretions are suppressed (for instance, by taking drugs to suppress diarrhea).
  • 2. ABIES NIG
    Resina piceae
    Pine resin.

    Key Uses:
  • Indigestion, with a knotted sensation and stomach pains after eating
  • Hiatus hernia, gastritis, peptic ulcer

    Origin : Resin from the black spruce (Picea mariana), found in northern North America, from Alaska to Newfoundland.

    Background : The oil distilled from the wood of this tree is used largely in the manufacture of paints.

    Preparation : The resin from the tree is dried and macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : Low-spirited, nervous people who are unable to concentrate or settle are best suited to Abies nig. They are lethargic and dull by day, yet cannot sleep at night. Abies nig. is mainly associated with a sense of “blockage.” It is often used for indigestion with a knotted sensation, as if an egg or stone is lodged in the stomach. The stomach pain always develops after eating and, in an attempt to relieve the discomfort, there may be frequent belching, possibly with constipation, foul-smelling breath, and mild fever with alternating chills and fever. Tea and tobacco are often causative factors behind the Abies nig. symptom picture.

    Symptoms Better : For movement; for walking.

    Symptoms Worse : For tobacco; for tea; for eating.
  • 3. ACETIC AC
    Acidum aceticum
    Acetic acid, glacial acetic acid, ethanoic acid.

    Key Uses:
  • Breathlessness
  • Diabetes
  • Fainting
  • Hemorrhaging
  • Postoperative exhaustion
  • Severe burning pains and tenderness in the stomach
  • Water retention

    Origin : Chemically prepared.

    Background : Dilute acetic acid is a principal component of vinegar, and is used in the herbal and culinary traditions of many diverse cultures.

    Preparation : Acetic acid is dissolved in alcohol, diluted, and succussed.

    Remedy Profile : People who benefit most from Acetic ac. often sigh due to feelings of depression, anxiety, or irritability, and are also prone to forgetfulness. They are often anemic, with pale, waxy, clammy skin and intense thirst. Despite profound sleepiness, they may find it difficult to sleep.
    Debilitation and emaciation are the key factors linked to this remedy. It is often prescribed to treat fainting, breathlessness, water retention, diabetes, or great exhaustion following an injury, an operation, or hemorrhaging.
    Severe burning pains and tenderness in the stomach can also be treated using Acetic ac., if they are accompanied by symptoms such as sour-tasting belches, vomiting, and profuse salivation, or by the classic debilitation symptoms.

    Symptoms Better : For lying on the stomach; for belching; for potatoes.

    Symptoms Worse : In the morning; for movement; for overexertion; for lying on the back; for bread and butter; for vegetables; for cold drinks; for wine.
  • 4. ABIES CAN
    Abies canadensis syn. Tsuga canadensis
    Hemlock spruce, Canada pitch, Canada spruce.

    Key Uses:
  • Digestive disorders associated with inflamed mucous membranes in the stomach and poor absorption of food
  • Palpitations caused by nausea, bloating, and severe burning pain in the abdomen

    Origin : Native to North America and eastern Asia.

    Background : As early as 1535, native Americans used this plant internally for indigestion, and externally (mixed with castor oil) for gonorrhea.

    Preparation : The fresh bark and young buds are macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : Abies can. is best suited to people who tend to be either fretful or quiet and careful. Often weak, nervous, and lightheaded, they may lie down frequently, especially with their legs drawn up, to avoid fainting.
    Classic physical characteristics include chilliness and clammy skin, a sensation that the blood has turned to cold water, or a feeling that there is a wet cloth between the shoulder blades.
    Abies can. is given primarily to treat digestive disorders associated with inflamed mucous membranes in the stomach and poor absorption of food. Overeating is common in such cases; even after eating there are hunger pains and rumbling in the bowels. Nausea, bloating, and severe burning pain in the abdomen may cause palpitations to develop in the heart.

    Symptoms Better : For pressure on the affected area; for passing gas.

    Symptoms Worse : After standing for long periods; for sitting; for drinking tea.
    Artemisia absinthium
    Common wormwood, green ginger.

    Key Uses:
  • Fits, seizures, and epilepsy in children
  • Nervousness in children
  • Terrible dreams and insomnia in children
  • Trembling, grimacing, and unsteadiness, possibly linked to alcoholism
  • Vertigo in children

    Origin : Native to Europe, but now grows wild in central Asia and the eastern US, and is widely cultivated in temperate areas.

    Background : Common wormwood was originally a primary flavoring in vermouth, and the basis of absinthe, an addictive drink popular in 19th-century France but now illegal in many countries.ARGENTUM METALLICUM (Silver)

    Preparation : The fresh flowers, young leaves, and shoots are steeped in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : Those who respond best to Absinthium are prone to nervous overexcitement, experiencing terrifying, horrible dreams and dreadful hallucinations. A kind of brutal stupor or stupidity may even be apparent in them.
    Absinthium is primarily associated with the nerves, and key symptoms include trembling, grimacing, and unsteadiness, possibly linked to alcoholism. In children the remedy may be given for terrible dreams, nervousness, insomnia, vertigo, fits or seizures, and epilepsy.

    Symptoms Better : For movement.

    Symptoms Worse : For rising from bed or from a seat; for staying still.

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