C H A M O M I L L A
Botanical name:German Chamomile.
Common name: Matricaria Chamomilla,(Aster
Medicinal Part: The flowers.
This is a perennial herb with a strong
fibrous root. The stems in a wild state are prostrate,
but in gardens more upright, about , about a span long,
round, hollow, furrowed and downy; the leaves pale
green, pinnate, sessile, with thread shaped leaflets.
The flower heads terminal, rather smaller than the
daisy, and of yellow color or whitish.
Chamomile is indigenous to Southern
Europe, we have also a common or wild Chamomile (Anthemis
Cotula) growing in the United States, but it is not
considered as good as the German Chamomile for medicinal
purposes. The white flowers are the best; they have an
aromatic, agreeably bitter taste and peculiar odor.
They yield their properties to alcohol and water.
The herbalists use this herb for
flatulency, colic, cramps in the stomach and as mild
Homeopathically, it is a well proved
and widely used drug.
That Chamomilla is a constitutional
remedy is often not known. But it corresponds to sycosis
and is suited to arthritic diathesis. Swelling of
prepuce(sycosis). Excoriation at the edge of
prepuce(sycosis). So it has a sycotic taint.
The general constitutional state of
Chamomilla is great sensitiveness;
sensitive to every impression, sensitive to
surroundings; sensitive to persons and, above all,
sensitive to pain. The constitutional irritability
is so great that a little pain brings forth
manifestations as if the patient were in very great
suffering. It naturally belongs to the woman's
nervous system when she is wrought up and extremely
sensitive and in pain.
The mental state goes along with this.
Sensitiveness of the mind. Great
irritability. These two run through Chamomilla so
closely that they are inseparable. Easily affected by
mortification (humiliation or indignation), by chagrin(a
feeling of embarrassment or humiliation caused by
failure or disappointment),so that the nerves become
extremely sensitive from these causes and pains,
convulsions, colic, headaches and other kinds of nervous
symptoms set in. The nervous child when punished will
go into convulsion. The oversensitive nervous women will
suffer from chagrin. Jerking and twitching of muscles
from mortification and excitement. Excessive
sensibility of the nerves, so excessive that only a few
remedies equal it, such as Coffea, Nux Vom, and Opium.
Convulsions of children. Dr. Kent says
is not an uncommon thing, even now-a-days, and
especially when practicing in the country,for the young
mothers and nurses to give Chamomile tea for colic, and
the baby goes into convulsions. No one attributes it to
Chamomile tea, but the doctor will see at once; if he
knows Chamomilla, that these convulsions are due to
Chamomilla is particularly suited to
light or brown haired persons. It is suitable to
new-born children, and in particular to children
during the period of dentition. It is adapted
to diseases of pregnant woman- she says ,"Oh;
I cannot bear the pain,"
during labor pains and a single dose of Cham200 do the
job. Children who are mischievously disposed. Persons
who are urgently inclined to remain lying . A Chamomilla
patient is so sensitive to his ailments that he would
rather die than to suffer from them.
Charles J. Hempel called this
catnip of Homeopathy",
because it was particularly adapted to nervous
affections, especially children. This is one of the
remedies that finds its leading characteristic symptoms
in the mind of the patient. To
all the different ways in which the Chamomilla mind can
be and is expressed:"
The patient is cross ugly, spiteful,
She knows it, admits it, and so do every one also. She
will return mean, uncivil, spiteful answers to her best
friends, and then confess her fault, to repeat it again
and again, and stoutly affirms she cannot help it, she
This state of mind is always present in the marked
Chamomilla case whether it be adult or child. Of course
the young child cannot give vent to its feelings by
talking so it comes as near to it as it can by whining
and crying, sometimes it seems without cause, and also
when it shows by fever, diarrhoea, teething and many
other complaints that it is actually sick and suffering.
It wants this or that thing, put out its little hand for
it, and when it is offered pushes it away and points to
something else, to reject it in turn. Now the child
does not know what it wants, but he homeopathic
physician does. It wants a dose of Chamomilla. This
peevish disposition in which nothing pleases, takes
possession of the child, mother, father or any and all
grades and classes of subjects when Cham, is the remedy,
and it is could in connection with all kinds of
diseases. It is also especially adapted to ailments
brought on by fits of anger. In short, it is the
leading anger remedy of the Materia Medica. The other
leading anger remedies, or for ailments brought on by
anger, are Aconite,
Bryonia, Colocynth, Ignatia, Lycopoidium, Nux Vomica,
Notes and features:
This condition relates to pain and to the patient; pains
seems intolerable and drives him or her to
Numbness with pain. Numbness in affected parts.
Soreness of skin in children. Excoriation(raw,chapped)
about anus(in children). Corrosive leucorrhoea (watery,
acrid). Excoriation at the edge of prepuce
In nutshell Chamomilla is sensitive,
irritable, thirsty, hot, and numb. Oversensitiveness
from abuse of coffee and narcotics.
Boerricke says that A disposition that is
mild, calm and gentle; sluggish and constipated bowels
sudden, or uncivil irritability."
So irritable that the patient can hardly return a
civil answer. Child exceedingly fretful,
wants to be carried all the time to be quieted.
Oversensitive to pain (thinks that the pain is
too severe to be borne) associated with great
irritability. Disposition to weep, and be angry, with
great sensitiveness to offence. Whining restlessness.
Impatient , intolerant of being spoken to or
calmness contraindicates Chamom.
Yellow color of the skin of the face. Lips cracked ,
excoriated and ulcerated. One cheek red,
The other pale."One
cheek red and hot, the other pale and cold"
Face hot, rest of bold cold. Red miliary eruptions on
cheeks. Wrinkles on the forehead. Wrinkled skin of nose.
Throbbing headache in one-half of the brain. Inclined to
bend head backward. Warm sweat about head.
Almost specific in infantile earache; the pains are
violent, worse from warmth, the cheeks are red, the
patient is restless, fretful and there is great
hyperaesthesia and much suffering. Patient < at night
and from slightest cold.
There are pains in the eyes.
Inflammation of the eyes with bleeding. Oozing of a
bloody water from eyes of the new born infant.
Chammomilla will cure if there is irritability of the
temper. Profuse acrid discharges; pressure in the
to all smells. Sneezing , watery coryza with loss of
smell . Loss of smell lasting while the cold lasts.
Coryza with inability to sleep.
Toothache, if anything warm is taken> taking cold
things. from coffee. During pregnancy. Nightly
salivation. Teeth feel too long. Swollen gums.".
The little one has inflamed gums, painful gums , the
coming forth of the teeth is painful, and it seems to
want to prolong the cold in the mouth; when it is so
young you would not think it would realize the good of
making use of the cold edge of the glass.
Spasms of the throat. Sore and inflamed. Cham. Cures
sore throat when the throat is of a uniform redness
spreading pretty evenly over the whole throat, with
considerable swelling. Inflammation of tonsils. Much
redness; when the mental state is present. It will
never cure a sore throat except in these irritable
constitutions, such as suffer from pain, such as are
easily angered, in a constant fret. The Cham. Mental
state determines when you are to give Cham. In sore
of appetite. Great thirst for cold water and desire for
acid drinks. Unquenchable thirst."
Aversion to coffee, warm drinks, to soups
and liquid foods. The aversion to coffee is a strange
thing. Cham. And coffee are very much alike in the
general sensitivity of the economy. They antidote each
other. When persons have been overdrinking coffee,
nurses drinking coffee to keep up at night to take care
of the patients; persons overdrinking coffee when tired
and overworked, Cham. Is its antidote.
Cham. Has much vomiting. Eructations of
gas which smells like sulphuretted hydrogen.
Regurgitaion of food. Buitter, bilious vomiting.
Pressive gastralgia as from a stone. Tongue yellow,
Colic, especially in the little ones, in the infants.
Pain in the stomach and abdomen. The child doubles, up,
and screams, and kicks; wants to be carried; is
extremely irritable ; attack comes on one the evening;
one side of the face is red, the other side pale, wants
things and when they are given does not want them and
you have a Cham colic.
Stools green,( like grass green) watery,
corroding, like chopped eggs in spinach; hot, very
offensive, like rotten eggs with colic.
Diarrhoea during dentition. Haemorrhoids, with
The woman, as already described above, arre
oversensitive to pain, snappish, suffering intensely
from a little pain, takes on many symptoms at the
menstrual perilod. The menstrual flow is black,
clotted, offensive. Cramping pains in the uterus,
clutching and griping, > by heat. Menstrual colic
following anger. It is a very useful remedy in
membranous dysmenorrhoea. It, perhaps has existed from
the first menstrual period.
In pregnancy the woman has also Cham.
conditions. Irregular contractions; false labor pains.
Labor pains that are felt in wrong places. Labor pains
that are felt too much in the back. Contractions that
are most painful, cutting , tearing, bringing our
screams. So irritable, she scolds the pains, she scolds
the doctor, she scolds every body; drives the doctor of
the room, drives the nurse off, and then calls for her
again; refuses things that are offered. Here is the time
when Chammomila help. After confinement ., after
pains. Post partum haemorrhage. Every time the child is
put to the breast cramping of the uterus; cramp in the
back. The two principal remedies you will have to rely
on for these two conditons, cramping in the back and
cramping in the abdomen every time the child is put to
the breast, are Chammomilla and Pulsatilla.
They two decidely different remedies in the mental
sphere. One is mild and gentle, though whimsical; and
the other is snapish and irritable. Both are sensitive
to pain but Chamommila is far more sensitive to pain
than Pulsatilla. Nipples inflamed. Infants breasts
tender. Yellow acrid leucorrhoea (Ars.Sep.Sulph.).
Irritable, dry tickling cough- with tickling in
supersternal fossa < at night. The child goes to sleep
at night and coughs and does not wake up. It is a
little feverish, has taken cold and one side of the face
is flushed. Most of the complaints of Chamomilla are >
after midnight, getting warm at the bed.From 9 o'
clock to midnight they are worse. It is common remedy
for whooping cough when the child wants to be carried ;
keeps nurse busy all the time.
says that you can now easily detect the chest symptoms.
They go with the mental symptoms and the irritability
Insupportable pain in loins and hips. Backache,
stiffness of neck muscles.
Violent rheumatic pains in the limbs[which drive him out
of bed at night; compelled to walk about] and sometimes
in other parts, but deadness, pains accompanied by a
benumbed feeling, sometimes almost complete loss of
sensation of the skin, yet the pains in the long nerves,
in the extremities are very violent and patient seems
just as sensitive to pain as at other times. Extremely
sensitive to pain, but the pains themselves cause a
benumbing feeling to follow them.It has been called
in the older books as
in the legs and calves. Tearing pains in the feet
following a severe chill. Burning of the soles at night;
puts the feet out of bed(Sulphur)All the
routine prescribers whenever the patient is known to put
the feet out of bed give Sulphur, yet
there is a large list of remedies with hot feet, burning
soles and all of them will put the feet out of bed, of
course, to cool them off. There is no reason why they
should all get
paralytic loss of power in the feet, unable to step on
them. Ankles give way in the
with moaning, weeping and wailing during sleep; anxious,
frightened dreams, with half-open eyes.
The Chamommila patient in general state, is chilly and
is better by heat. The pains in general are better by
heat. In particulars the pains of teeth and jaws are <
thirst for cold drinks
Want of appetite and dislike to food.
Worse from damp; cold weather, Dreads wind to a great
extent. The patient is better by heat, although
warmth aggravates most symptoms.
The patient is better from warm, wet weather. Desire
for open air and yet oversensitive to itChild is
happy when carried about.
Chammomilla has one cheek red and hot, the other cold
and pale. This is like Acon., Mosch., Nux v.
It is only Digitalis which has one hand hot, the other
foot hot, while the other is cold."
is a peculiar symptom which belongs to Lycopodium.
Complementary to Bell., Mag. Carb.