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Chelidonium Majus




Chelidonium Majus


Common Name: Tetterwort, Garden Celandine, Great Celandine, Chelidonium


Medicinal Parts: Herb and root


Description : The mother tincture  is made with  the expressed juice of the root of Chelidonium majus, mixed with equal parts of alcohol.. It is commonly indicated in the following types of ailments:-


Hepatic disorders -Tigeminal neuralgia(right side)- Muscle sprains


Constitutional Taint: A fairly deep-acting constitutional remedy, when disorder of liver are involved.  It corresponds to tubercular diathesis.


Typical subjects: Blondes. Ghin, spare, irritable. Subjects in whom spleen, liver and even kidney he been affected.  It has spasmodic pain in right kidney and liver. It has stitches in liver and spleen.  Enlarged liver. Liver tender to touch.


Notes and features: 1. Yellowness. Dirty-yellow color of face. "Face forehead, noise, cheeks remarkably yellow." Stool yellowish or bright yellow. Yellow urine (which may be foaming like beer). Jaundice.


Coldness: Icy coldness of right foot. Tips of fingers cold. Icy cold occiput.


Sluggishness: Incapacity for mental work, for thinking. Indolent ; indisposition to work.  Weak heart. Weak circulation.


Dyspnoea: Short quick breathing with opppression and sensatio of constriction of chest. Fan-like motion of the wings of the nose. (Lyc.). This found in pneumonia.


Characteristic peculiarities & Action of the Medicine:-The centre of action of this remarkable remedy is in the liver, and its most characteristic symptom is a fixed pain (dull or sharp) under the lower inner angle of the right shoulder blade..This very characteristic symptom may be found in connection with general jaundice, cough, diarrhoea, pneoumonia, menses, loss of milk, exhaustion, etc.,in fact no matter what the name of the disease this symptom present should always bring to mind Chelidonium and close scouting will generally reveal hepatic troubles or complications as would be naturally expected with such a remedy. It is a remedy more suitable for acute diseases, though it also cures certain chronic conditons.



Dr.Nash describes that Chelidonium is like Lycopodium, by preference, a right sided remedy, right supra-orbital neuralgia, right  hypochondirium < pressure ; right sided

pneumonia and shoulder painful; shooting pain in right hip extending into abdomen ; drawing pain in hips thigs, legs or feet, more right-sided, right foot cold as ice, left natural.  Further study will show that Chelidonium not only is a right sided remedy, but in

many other paoints stands close to Lycopodium and as per  Dr. Nash's experience one is often found indicated after the other.


Mind : Aversion to mental exertion and conversation. Aversion to move, feels tired on least exertion.


Head: Icy coldness of occiput from the nape of neck; feels heavy as lead. Heavy, lethargic; drowsiness very marked, with general numbness; vertigo, associated with hepatic disturbance. Inclination to fall forward. Right-sided headache down behind ears and shoulder-blade.Neuralgia over right eye. right cheek-bone and right ear, with excessive lachrymation, preceded by pain in liver.

Nose:-Flapping of alŠ nasi (Lyc.).


Eyes:-Dirty yellow color of whites. Sore sensation on looking up. Tears fairly gush out. Orbital neuralgia of right eye, with profuse lachrymation; pupils contracted, relieved by pressure.


Face:   Yellow, worse nose and cheeks. Wilted skin.


Chest /Respiratory: Chelidonium is one of the leading remedies in pneumonia, which is complicated with liver symptoms. In Pneumonia there is very quick and short inspirations; pain on deep inspiration. Dr. Kent says , "Do not get confused with Bryonia, another wonderful remedy for Pneumonia. Both are violently worse by motion. Bryonia wants to lie on the painful side, or wants to like on the back if the Pneumonia is on the posterior part of right lung. Chelidonium is < touch and motion.  Sometimes coughs which are persistent with much pain through right side of chest and into shoulder, Chelidonium helps us out and saves the patient from what might easily terminate in consumption. The chronic cough is violent ,spasmodic, dry, coming in paroxysms.  Dyspnoa.  Whooping-cough;


Stomach:-Tongue yellow, with imprint of teeth; large and flabby (Merc; Hyd.) Taste bitter, pasty. Bad odor from mouth.Prefers hot food and drink.. Nausea, vomiting; better very hot water.   Pain through stomach to back and right shoulder-blade. Gastralgia. Eating relieves temporarily,  especially when accompanied with hepatic symptoms.


Abdomen:- Jaundice due to hepatic and gall-bladder obstruction. Gall-colic. Distention. Fermentation and sluggish bowels. Constriction across, as by a string. Liver enlarged. Gallstones (Berberis). [The liver troubles range from simple congetion and inflammation

of the organ, to the more severe and deep-seatead affections like fatty liver, gall stones etc. Dr. Kent says , "this has cured many patients suffering from  gall-stone colic. Practitioners, who know how to direct a remedy; relieve gall stone colic in a few minutes.  But it should be properly indicated.  In a perfect statae of health, of course, there are no stones in the buile tht is held in the gall-bladder, but this little cystic duct opens its mouth and a little gall-stone engages in it and it creates an irritation byg scratching along the mucous membrane of tht little tube.  When this pain is a shooting, stabbing, tearing, lancinating pain, extending through to the back, Chelidonium will cure. The instnat it relieves the patient says: "Why, what a relief; the pain has gone."  The rmedy has relieved tht spasm, the little duct opens and the stone pases out through the ductus communis choledochus. Every remedy tht is indicated by the symptoms will cure gall-stone colic.


A patient lying in bed, with great heat, extreme sensitiveness, cannot have the body bouched, screaming with pain, red face and hot head, with gall stone colic, will be relieved in three minutes by Belladonna, but tht is not at all like this remedy. Natrum sulph. and many other remedies have gall-stone colic in few minutes, when the symptoms agree."


Urine:-Profuse, foaming, yellow urine, like beer(Chenop.) dark, turbid.


Stool:-Constipation; stools hard, round balls, like sheep's dung, bright yellow, pasty; clay-colored, stools float in water; alternation of diarrhoea and constipaton. Burning and itching of anus (Rathanh; Sulphur).


Female:- Menses too late and too profuse.spasmodic cough; loose, rattling; expectoration difficult. Pain in right side of chest and shoulder, with embarrassed respiration. Small lumps of mucus fly from mouth when coughing. Hoarse in afternoon. Constriction of chest.


Back:-Pain in nape. Stiff neck, head drawn to left. Fixed pain under inner and lower angle of right scapula.  Pain at lower angle of left scapula.


Extremities:-Pain in arms, shoulders, hands, tips of fingers. Icy coldness of Icy coldness of tips of fingers, wrists sore, tearing in metacarpal bones. Whole flesh sore to touch. Rheumatic pain in hips and thighs; intolerable pains in heels, as if pinched by too narrow a shoe; worse, right. Feels paralyzed. Paresis of the lower limbs with rigidity of muscles.


Skin:-Dry heat of skin; itches,yellow. Painful red pimples and pustules. Old, spreading, offensive ulcers. Wilted skin. Sallow, cold, clammy.


Modalities:- Worse:- Right side, motion, touch, change of weather, very early in morning. Better: after dinner, from pressure.


 Drug Relationship:-Lycoposium and Sulphur follow well and are often needed to complete a cure.


Comparison: Pain about the region of scapula pertaining to Chelidonium has already been noted. Now then, the following different pains are worth mentioning. Pain below angle of Scapula: Juglans cin.   Slight dull pain a little lower down than the point of right, but nearer to spine:  Chenopodium .  Pain along whole inner edge of left scapula; through to chest: Rab.b. Painful  heaviness in the nape of neck, and between the shoulders; Angustura vera.


Antidote: Chamomilla.


Compare: Nux ; Sulph; Bry; Lyc. Opium; Podophylum; Sanguinaria; Arsensic.


Potency: 3x, 30, 200.


Summary of Indications: Hepatic disorders - Trigeminal neuralgia - Muscle sprains.



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