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Cina - General symptoms

Worm-seed, Cina.

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Below are the main rubriks (i.e strongest indications or symptoms) of Cina in traditional homeopathic usage, not approved by the FDA.



Artemisia Vulgaris Artemisia maritima, var. Stechmanniana, Besser; (A Lecheana, Karel et Kiril; A. maritima, var. pauciflora, Weber).

Nat. order, Compositae; Common names, Flores Cinae (Semen Cinae), Wormseed, Wurmsamen.

Preparation, Tincture of the flower heads (commonly called seeds).

(Morning), Headache, etc.

weakness of eyes. after rising, agglutination of canthus.

hawking, etc. dryness of throat.

fasting, eructations. colic in ileum.

after rising, hollow cough.

gagging cough. after rising, mucus in larynx.

after rising, on stretching out arms, pain in forearm.

on rising, weakness, etc.

cold hands, etc..



Trembling of the body, with shivering sensation while yawning,

Paralytic jerkings in various parts of the body, especially in the limbs,

Paroxysms of spasmodic stretching out of the body at 4 P.M., followed by trembling of the whole body, with blue lips and weeping complaints about pains in the chest, throat, and all the limbs,

Before coughing, the child raises herself suddenly, looks wildly about, the whole body becomes stiff, she loses consciousness, just as if she would have an epileptic spasm; then follows the cough,


General convulsions (after ten minutes), lasting an hour.

they consisted of distortions of the limbs in all directions, except that the fingers and toes remained unaffected.

the head and trunk were drawn now backward, now forward, now to one side, while the arms and legs were thrown about.

then from time to time violent shocks through the whole body, with motion downward like stamping the feet, with jerking of the head upward and backward.

the shocks were felt by the hand to be especially violent in the lower portion of the chest and upper part of the abdomen.

the face, at first pale, became gradually livid, and at last quite blue.

the eyeballs were turned convulsively upward, so that only the whites were visible, then again they were directed staringly forward.

pupils moderately dilated and insensible.

at times the tongue was contracted to a cylinder, and spasmodically protruded between the lips, without any effort being made to vomit,.

Dull stitches, sometimes like a cramp, sometimes like a pressure, sometimes like a blow or jerk, sometimes like an itching, here and there in the body, now in the limbs, arms, feet, toes, now in the side or back, now in the nasal bones, but especially on the posterior portion of the crest of the ilium, on the hip.

the places are painful on pressure, as if sore or bruised,.

Slight twitchings of facial muscles. After midnight severe convulsions set in, more like tetanus.

throwing the head backwards, eyes rolling about, countenance distorted, body sometimes nearly curved, with legs turned back. At intervals grasping at everything.

gnawing of fingers. Burning pains apparently torment her, as she forces everything in her mouth. After four convulsions she died about 2 A.M. (second night),.

Cina is a children’s remedy, - big, fat, rosy, scrofulous, corresponding to many conditions that may be referred to intestinal irritation, such as worms and accompanying complaints. An irritability of temper, variable appetite, grinding of teeth, and even convulsions, with screams and violent jerkings of the hands and feet, are all within its range of action. The Cina patient is hungry, cross, ugly, and wants to be rocked. Pain in shocks. Skin sensitive to touch.


The greater the emaciation the greater the hunger

Bruised soreness

Painfully sore to motion and touch

Stiffens out; worse if crossed, looked at, during cough, etc

Twitchings Spasms; worse worms; unilateral



Ugly, cross, petulant and dissatisfied

Wants to be rocked

Dilated pupils


Colored vision

Eyes fatigue, better rubbing

Nostrils drawn in


Dark rings about eyes


Sickly, pale face; during cough

GRINDS TEETH; during sleep Chews and swallows in sleep

Noisy swallowing

Canine or gnawing hunger; after eating; after vomiting; alternating with anorexia; precedes chill or follows sweat

Hard, distended abdomen

Twisting at navel, better pressure

White, watery stool

Bed-wetting; worse every full moon


Regularly recurrent, choking cough, then gurgling down throat

Tosses arms and legs from side to side

Restless sleep; lies on abdomen; cries out; wakes in terror

Fever, with pale face (Bryonia Bry)

Cold sweat about nose and forehead

The unexpanded flower-heads (commonly called "seeds") of several varieties of Artemisia Vulgaris Artemisia maritima. Semen cinae. Flores Cinae. Artemisia Vulgaris Artemisia contra. Wormseed. N. O. Compositae. Tincture.

Cina is the source of the alkaloid Santoninum. It is pre-eminently a worm medicine, as it causes all the symptoms which characterise helminthiasis both mental, nervous, and bodily. It corresponds more to the effects of lumbrici than to those of other worms. There is irritation of the nose, causing constant desire to rub, prick, or press into it. In children there is extreme ill-humour and naughtiness. Nothing pleases them for any length of time.

gritting teeth during sleep.

wetting the bed (when accompanied by picking nose, great hunger, restless sleep).

tossing all about the bed in sleep.

crying out as if in delirium Sherbino has found "getting on hands and knees in sleep" a strong indication for it. But Cina is much more than a mere worm-medicine. Many symptoms appear to be reflex from abdominal irritation. A characteristic feature is Extreme sensitiveness of mind and body offended by the slightest thing.

peevish and obstinate.

aversion to be caressed. Over-sensitiveness of surface cannot endure to be approached, touched, or pressed upon.

touch induces or aggravates spasms. Child cannot bear to have head combed or brushed. Aversion to light. Strabismus.

with sickly look and dark circles round eyes.

yellow vision. Asthenopia, defective accommodation.

yellow vision. Ravenous hunger.

sinking immediately after a meal. Difficult swallowing of liquids.

clucking noise from throat to stomach. Nocturnal enuresis.

urine white, turbid, at times fetid. Larynx extremely sensitive, touching it causes suffocative spasm. Cough excited by sensation of feather down in throat. Reflex cough.

caused by writing or reading (to oneself). In fever there is thirst with chill.

face pale and cold. hands warm.

nausea or vomiting of bile or ingesta. Charles Mohr (H. M., January, 1898) commends it for anaemic persons suffering from indigestion and non-assimilation of food.

or after acute illness when they have headache, vertigo, and neuralgia. In the cachectic who have pains in the belly and deranged abdominal functions, and suffer nervously. For asthenopia from onanism, when reading by artificial light is next to impossible.

the fever came on very irregularly. The symptoms of Cina are agg. night.

before midnight child wakes up frightened. agg. From open air.

cold air. cold water. agg. Yawning. Child lies on belly, or on hands and knees, during sleep. Guernsey says Cina is suited to complaints which are concomitant to yawning, which come on whenever one yawns.

in the morning without expectoration, in the evening with difficult expectoration of white, occasionally blood-streaked mucus, which is tasteless.

worse in the morning and in the evening.

better during the night, aggravated by drinking, walking in the open air, pressing on the larynx, when lying on the right side, in the cold air, and when awaking from sleep.

Wormseed. Hahnemann. Compositae.

Cina is pre-eminently a child's remedy, but it is suitable for conditions in adults that are seldom thought of. A marked feature running through is touchiness, mental and physical.

Child The child wants something, but does not know what. The child is aggravated by touch and even by being looked at, and is worse from seeing strangers. The skin is sensitive to touch. The scalp and back of the neck, the shoulders and arms are so sensitive, that it is almost a soreness as if bruised. The hyperesthesia is both mental and physical. The old routine of giving Cina for worms need not go into your notes, for if you are guided by symptoms the patient will be cured and the worms will go.

Cina patient is disturbed by everything, worse after eating even a moderate meal. The child takes a moderate supper and dreams all night, jerks and twitches in sleep, rouses up in a fright, talks excitedly about what he has dreamed, thinks it is real, and sees dogs, phantoms, and frightful things lie has dreamed about.

The dream is prolonged into the wakeful hours. Screams and trembles, with much anxiety on waking.

whines and complains. While this little patient is aggravated by being handled yet he wants to be carried and kept busy, like Chamomilla Chamomilla.

although not so intensely irritable as that remedy, yet he must be carried. At first on taking him out of the crib he screams when taken bold of.

the first touch aggravates.

Cina aggravation from touch and sensitiveness runs through the convulsions and fevers, with delirium, glassy eyes, drawn mouth and white ring around the nose and mouth. With a disordered stomach he has convulsions after eating, with the head drawn back and glassy eyes.

The stomach is sour and the child is always spitting up sour milk and belching sour wind. The child smells sour.

The mother says that

"Baby has a worm breath," but the same odor is present when there are no worms. In the convulsions there are loss of consciousness and frothing at the mouth.

Hallucinations of smell, sight and taste, in the delirious state, after taking cold, or on waking from sleep; wakes up with the delusion. Things taste and smell differently. The senses of taste and touch are exaggerated or perverted.

In some cases of internal hydrocephalus, not with enlarged skull but with increase of the fluid in the ventricles and central canal of the spinal cord, the patients take on Cina symptoms. Rolling of the head frequent headaches.

sensitiveness to jar. cannot be touched or tapped along the spinal cord without headache always worse in the sun - the head is hot and the feet are cold in the sun.

Cina will cure some of these cases. They cannot stand any kind of disturbance.

it produces a convulsion. They cannot be punished because they go into convulsions. If the iter a tertio ad quartum ventriculum is closed they will be incurable, the internal pressure will go on and they will die from it. Such congenital states are incurable.

Dull headache with sensitiveness of the eyes. Headache before and after epileptic attacks and after intermittents. Before and during the headache sensitiveness of the skull. Cina children cannot have the hair combed, and the Cina woman must have her hair down in head and nerve complaints.

There is coldness of the, extremities and also some itching of the skin, but the head symptoms are predominant. From slight disturbances of the mind he cannot digest, and he has diarrhoea. The complaints are aggravated in summer.

the heat affects the brain, arrests his functions, and on comes diarrhoea with green, slimy stools or white stools, and the child vomits.

It is pre-eminently brain in Cina; the orders are not received from the brain and so stomach symptoms develop, and worms hatch out. If he is cured the healthy gastric juice will chase the worms out

The child turns his head from side to side.

The pains are sometimes better from turning the head from side to side. You will see this in sensitive women, who must have their hair down; rolling the head relieves, not shaking as in the text, that is too violent.

Rubs the eyes and can then see more clearly. On rising from the bed blackness before the eyes; different colors, especially yellow. Strabismus when worms are present, depending really on brain trouble because the worms are dependent upon that.

"A sure sign of worms," the mother says.

Child rubs its nose with the hands or on the pillow or on the nurse's, shoulder. Child bores into the nose until the blood come. The sickly aspect is striking, but it is representative of brain trouble, central trouble. The brain symptoms are the highest and most important. It frightened, whipped, or scolded, the brain is disturbed and the stomach disordered.

They get indigestion and breed worms; white or blue appearance about the mouth, grinding of the teeth during sleep. Before the child has teeth it has a chewing motion, a side to side movement. Sensitiveness of the teeth to the cold air and cold water.

Bleeding from the mouth, and nose. Inability to swallow liquids; they gurgle down the oesophagus before and after convulsions. When the head symptoms are present, the milk or water gurgles down the oesophagus with a gurgling cluck. This is present in diarrhoea and vomiting with brain symptoms.

Arsenicum Album Ars. and Cuprum Metallicum Cupr are also prominent in gurgling down the oesophagus when swallowing. Choreic movements extend to the tongue.

The child or adult is not relieved by eating, is still hungry. The stomach is loaded and yet he is hungry. After vomiting you would expect there would be, an aversion to food, but there is in Cina, the same empty, hungry feeling.

When there is gnawing in the stomach after eating, or when the child has taken all it can hold yet cries for the bottle, or empties its stomach by spitting up and vomiting the food and then reaches out whining and crying for more, think of Cina Shuddering when drinking wine as if it were vinegar.

If you had a child with copious, gushing, violently foetid stool, ameliorated by lying on the abdomen, and it would have another stool if lying any other way, Podophyllum Peltatum Podoph would be the remedy. That would not be Cina The Cina stool is not very copious, and often white.

Gagging cough in the morning. Short, hacking cough at night. Spasmodic cough. Whooping cough.

Oversensitiveness to touch; trembling, spasms, chorea. Spasmodic yawning. Child cannot sleep unless on the belly or in constant motion.

The child is cross and ugly, kicks and strikes, wants to be carried or rocked or don't want to be touched or looked at; wants things and pushes them away when offered.

Frequently boring the nose with the fingers.

Pale sickly look about the eyes, or white and blue about the mouth.

Frequent swallowing as if something came up in the throat.

Alternate canine hunger or no appetite at all.

Urine turns milky on standing.

Frequent sudden attacks of very high fever, with glowing red hot face, with paleness around mouth and lips, or sometimes alternates with pale face with dark bluish ring around the eyes.

Here is a truly unique remedy that none but the homoeopathist knows how to use.

The old school chagrined at our success with it, and not willing to resort to our small doses, have bungled with its alkaloid, doing more harm than good, and at last have come to sneer at the idea of children being troubled with worms at all.

I have known of several instances of the kind and it has become so common in the region where I practice that the people often ask me -"Doctor, do you believe in worms? Old school doctors don't.

I have found several worms that my child has passed, and have come to you to see if you can do anything for them." It is of great advantage to us Homoeopaths to cure the little patients, whether we believe in worms or not.

But Cina is not always the remedy for worms.

But it is perhaps the oftenest indicated remedy for complaints arising from lumbricoides, or children infested with the animal.

Another thing I have proven to my entire satisfaction, and that is, that it is more efficacious for these cases in the 200th or highest potencies than in the alkaloid or lower potencies.

Now I say this in order to induce those who have lost faith in the remedy to try it high, according to well-known indications as laid down in our Materia Medica.

So many "lose the good they oft might win by fearing to attempt." Let us look at a few of the leading symptoms.

The wormy child will be very restless nights, "screams out sharply in its sleep," making one think of Apis Mel Apis, but other symptoms appear which rules Apis Mel Apis out. The child is cross and ugly like Chamomilla Chamomilla, kicks and strikes the nurse, wants to be carried (Chamomilla Chamomilla) or rocked, or don't want to be touched or looked at (Antimonium Crudum Antimonium crud.), desires things and then refuses them when offered (Bryonia Bry. and Staphysagria Staphisagria), or, unlike Chamomilla Chamomilla, it cries if any one tries to take hold of or carry it.

Isn't that a perfect picture of the mind of a wormy child? When these symptoms appear in a child we may sometimes be at a stand between Cina and Chamomilla Chamomilla, but close watching will generally decide.

For instance, if you watch or inquire of the nurse you will find that it alternates between a red-hot face, glowing with a bright redness of both cheeks, and a pale, sickly face, with dark rings or circles around the eyes; or, again, red face with great paleness around the mouth and nose.

Cina is Cina. If the face is frequently red and hot on one side and pale and cold on the other, it is Chamomilla Chamomilla.

Then again, on inquiry, or we may observe ourselves, the child is boring or picking its nose a great deal of the time, grinds its teeth when asleep, and jumps and jerks in its sleep, frequently swallowing as if something came up into the throat, or even choking and coughing for the same cause.

Such a combination is not found under any other remedy.

Both Chamomilla Chamomilla and Cina have profuse and pale urine, but Cina urine becomes milky after standing awhile. Cina has alternating canine hunger and no appetite at all.

Cina is one of our best remedies for whooping cough, also jerking, trembling, twitching and even convulsions; but in all these affections I have found it efficacious when the aforementioned worm symptoms were present.

There was no mistake about the diagnosis, and I speak thus positively, because some think. that a child under the age of six years cannot have this disease.

Cina child, five years of age, was the last one of the family attacked with the disease, and it persued the same course as the others in its regular rise and fall of temperature, bloating of abdomen, diarrhoea and other symptoms common to this disease.

I knew perfectly that she had Cina symptoms all mixed in with those already mentioned, and as the case "got no better fast," I resolved to give a few doses of Cina anyway, and to my surprise I found my patient much better every way at my next visit and the improvement progressed right along to complete recovery.

I had to learn several such lessons as that was in my "kittenhood" of homoeopathic practice before I learned for good, that, for purposes of prescribing, the name of the disease was of little account.

Since I settled that question, I have had frequent opportunities to help my younger brethren out of difficulties along the same line, and they have been as much astonished as I was.


For nervous irritable children, thirtieth and two hundredth preferable. Santonin


Abdomen, distended. Anaemia. Anus, irritation of. Asthenopia. Asthma. Bronchitis. Borborygmi. Chorea. Colic. Convulsions. Cough. Dentition. Diarrhoea. Enuresis. Eyes, affections of. Hydrocephaloid. Intermittent fever. Leucorrhoea. Neuralgia. Remittent fever. Scarlatina. Sight, affections of. Spasms. Strabismus. Twitchings. Urine, milky. Whooping-cough. Worms.


NERVES Cerebro-spinal ABDOMEN

Digestive tract


Mucous membranes


(Left side)