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SPIGELIA

(spig)

(Pinkroot) Spigelia is an important remedy in pericarditis and other diseases of the heart, because the provings were conducted with the greatest regard fur objective symptoms and the subjective symptoms are by innumerable confirmations proved to be correct (C. Hering). Has marked elective affinity for the eye, heart, and nervous system. Neuralgia of the fifth nerve is very prominent in its effects. Is especially adapted to anaemic, debilitated, rheumatic, and scrofulous subjects. Stabbing pains. Heart affections and neuralgia. VERY SENSITIVE TO TOUCH. PARTS FEEL CHILLY; SEND SHUDDER THROUGH FRAME. A remedy for symptoms due to the presence of worms. CHILD REFERS TO THE NAVEL AS THE MOST PAINFUL PART. (GRANAT.; NUX MOSCH.)

Mind
Afraid of sharp, pointed things, pins, needles, etc.

Head
PAIN BENEATH FRONTAL EMINENCE AND TEMPLES, EXTENDING TO EYES. (ONOS.) Semi-lateral, involving left eye; pain violent, throbbing; worse, making a false step. Pain as if a band around head. (CARBOL. AC.; CACT.; GELS.) Vertigo, hearing exalted.

Eyes
Feel too large; PRESSIVE PAIN ON TURNING THEM. Pupils dilated; photophobia; rheumatic ophthalmia. SEVERE PAIN IN AND AROUND EYES, EXTENDING DEEP INTO SOCKET. Ciliary neuralgia, a true neuritis.

Nose
Forepart of nose always dry; DISCHARGE THROUGH POSTERIOR NARES. CHRONIC CATARRH, with post-nasal dropping of bland mucus.

Mouth
Tongue fissured, painful. Tearing toothache; worse, after eating and cold. FOUL ODOR FROM MOUTH. Offensive taste.

Face
PROSOPALGIA, INVOLVING EYE, ZYGOMA, CHEEK, TEETH, TEMPLE, worse, stooping, touch, from morning until sunset.

Heart
Violent palpitation. Precordial pain and great aggravation from movement. Frequent attacks of palpitation, especially with foul odor from mouth. Pulse weak and irregular. Pericarditis, with sticking pains, palpitation, dyspnoea. Neuralgia extending to arm or both arms. Angina pectoris. Craving for hot water which relieves. Rheumatic carditis, trembling pulse; whole left side sore. DYSPNOEA; MUST LIE ON RIGHT SIDE WITH HEAD HIGH.

Rectum
Itching and crawling. Frequent ineffectual urging to stool. Ascarides.

Fever
Chilliness on the slightest motion.

Modalities
WORSE, from touch, motion, noise, turning, washing, concussion. BETTER, lying on right side with head high; inspiring.

Relationship
Compare: SPIGELIA MARYLANDICA (maniacal excitement, paroxysmal laughing and crying, loud, disconnected talking, vertigo, dilated pupils, congestions); ACON.; CART.; CIMICIF.; ARNICA (Spigelia is a chronic Arnica); CINNAB. (supra-orbital pain); NAJA; SPONG. (HEART); SABAD.; TEUCR.; CINA (worm symptoms). Antidote: PULSAT.

Dose
Sixth to thirtieth potency for neuralgic symptoms; second to third potency for inflammatory symptoms.