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Snake Wort, Senega Officinalis

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HPUS label indication: Chest cold

Below are the strongest indications of Senega in traditional homeopathic usage, not reviewed by the FDA.

Catarrhal symptoms, especially of the respiratory tract, and distinct eye symptoms of a paralytic type, are most characteristic. Circumscribed spots in chest left after inflammations.
BETTER, from sweat; Bending head backwards.
WORSE, walking in open air, during rest.
Compare: Caust.; Phos.; Saponin; Ammon.; Calc.; Nepeta Cataria - Catnip (to break up a cold; infantile colic; hysteria).
Tincture, to thirtieth potency.

    EXPECTORATION (click for more)


Thick; and sticky

Transparent, clear

White; albuminous (white, thick)

    MIND (click for more)

Inclined to quarrel.

Intellectual faculties; impaired thinking; dull, sluggish

Suddenly remembers unimportant regions which he saw long ago

    HEAD (click for more)

Bursting pain in forehead.

Dullness, with pressure and weakness of eyes

Pain, headache; air; open (see walking in open air)
Pain, headache; warm room

Pain in temples

    EYE (click for more)


Acts on the rectus superior

Blepharitis; lids dry and crusty ( Graph.) Dryness, with sensation As if too large for orbits

Pain; pressing

Weak; while reading

Flickering; must wipe eyes frequently

Hyperphoria, better by bending head backwards


Muscular asthenopia ( Caust.) Double vision; better only by bending head backward

Objects look shaded

Opacities of the vitreous humor

Promotes absorption of fragments of lens, after operation.

    VISION (click for more)

Dim; when reading

Exertion of vision

Weak (see eyes, weak); using eyes

    NOSE (click for more)

Coryza; much watery mucus and sneezing


Nostrils feel peppery.

    FACE (click for more)

Burning vesicles in corners of mouth and lips.

Heat in face

Paralysis of left side of face

    MOUTH (click for more)

Taste; metallic

    THROAT (click for more)

Burning and rawness

Catarrhal inflammation of throat and fauces, with scraping hoarseness

Sensation as if membrane had been abraded.

Catarrh; in old people
Catarrh; trachea (wind pipe)

Dryness; larynx

Mucus; in the air passages

Pain; burning; larynx

    URINE (click for more)


    GENITALS (click for more)

Female; period; scanty

    RESPIRATION (click for more)

Greatly diminished; loaded with shreds and mucus; scalding before and after urinating

Urinary Organs.

Hydrothorax ( Merc

Sulph.) Pressure on chest as though lungs were forced back to spine

Cough often ends in a sneeze

Difficult raising of tough, profuse mucus, in the aged

Exudations in pleura

Asthenic bronchitis of old people with chronic interstitial nephritis or chronic emphysema

BACK, bursting distending pain in kidney region.

Bronchial catarrh, With sore chest walls; much mucus; sensation of oppression and weight of chest

Bursting pain in back on coughing

Catarrh of larynx

Emet.) Chest oppressed on ascending

Hacking cough


Hurts to talk

Loss of voice

Old asthmatics with congestive attacks

rattling in chest ( Tart


Thorax feels too narrow

Voice unsteady, vocal cords partially paralyzed.

    CHEST (click for more)

Catarrh; aged people

Constriction, tension

Heat; flushes (see congestion)

Inflammation; lung lining
Inflammation; lungs

Oppressed feeling

Pain; breast bone; when walking fast
Pain; clawing
Pain; during a cough
Pain; pressing
Pain; sore, bruised
Pain; sore, bruised; from coughing
Pain; stitching, sudden, sharp
Pain; stitching, sudden, sharp; sides; left
Pain; when sitting



    SKIN (click for more)


    GENERALITIES (click for more)

Pain; pressing; internally

Temperature (felt and effects of temperature); warmth; warm room

Warmth; warm room
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Homeopathic remedies are prescribed on the basis that in a tiny dilution like cures like, so while the very dilute homeopathic remedy may help, the raw product is often best avoided.

Entries on a white background are from Boericke's Materia Medica. Entries on a green background are from a reversed Kent's repertory, with some alterations to modernise the language. Uses are based on traditional homeopathic practice and have not been reviewed by the FDA.