3Conium maculatumConium maculatum also known as poison hemlock or spotted hemlock is a member of the umbeliferae family of plants.
4Conium maculatumThis plant family, also called Apiaceae or Carrot family, is one of the best-known families of flowering plants, because of its characteristic inflorescences and fruits and the distinctive chemistry reflected in the odor, flavor and even toxicity of many of its members. The Umbelliferae seems to be the first flowering plant family to be recognized as such by botanists about the end of the 16th century.
5Conium maculatumConium maculatum is a native of Europe, western Asia and North Africa, and common in low waste places, along roadsides, edges of cultivated fields, railroad tracks, irrigation ditches, stream banks, etc. It was brought to the U.S. from Europe as a garden plant.
6Conium maculatumConium maculatum, known as poison hemlock, was ingested by Socrates because of his “negative” influence on the youth of Athens.
7Conium maculatumIt was introduced first into our homoeopathic pharmacopoeia by Samuel Hahnemann.
8Conium maculatumMind NERVES MUSCLES GLANDS MAMMAE Ovaries Sexual Organs Respiration
9Conium maculatumConium affects very strongly: - The sexual sphere. - The mental sphere. - The central nervous system.
10Conium maculatumThe major idea of Conium maculatum is sclerosis, of becoming hard, especially the glands, which become swollen and indurated. A gradually progressing weakness with the formation of indurations during the decline, is the perfect picture found in the patient needing this remedy for their pathological condition.
11Conium maculatumThis process develops on all three levels. On the mental level, we observe a gradual decline of the intellectual capacities. The patient becomes more and more dull; he has more difficulty in comprehension.
12Conium maculatumConium causes paralysis of the motor nerve filaments of the cerebrospinal system.
13Conium maculatumThe key to the weakness and paralysis in Conium maculatum is that it is very gradual.I’ve been feeling weak and listless for quite a while.
14Conium maculatumThe paralysis and weakness spreads from below, the lower giving out before the upper.
15Conium maculatumAs the action increases, other and more vital organs are involved. The lungs are attacked; there is dyspnea; the pulse is irregular, implicating the heart muscle. Finally the patient dies from paralysis of respiration.
16Conium maculatumIt may also be used after severe diseases, such as diphtheria and typhoid fever, and also for complaints from excessive masturbation.
17Conium maculatumIt is useful in the weakness of old people and to diseases that are caused by a blow or fall.
18Conium maculatumOne of the indications that stands out prominently in Conium is its dizziness. It is brought on and aggravated by turning the head sidewise. There is aggravation when lying down, but this aggravation is more the effect of movement necessary in the act of lying down which causes the problem in the patient needing Conium maculatum.
19Conium maculatumWe use it for swelling and induration of glands after contusions and bruises; tumors coming on after injury, are also helped by Conium.
20Conium maculatumThe thing to remember is that the glands wherever affected are of stony hardness. These indurations are quite common in the breasts, in the testicles, and in the uterus.
21Conium maculatumConium patients can develop severe problems such as cancer, especially cancer of the breast or of the uterus. Cancer of cervix uteri is also often seen. The idea is that a hard tumor develops, mostly of the glands, but it can be located anywhere in the body as well. Conium is one of our most important remedies in the treatment of cancer.
23Conium maculatumIt is indicated in ophthalmia - a characteristic symptom being intense photophobia, disproportionate to the level of inflammation.Oh no!!!
24Conium maculatumConium maculatum has a strong tendency for a type of paralysis of the urinary bladder.
25Conium maculatumIt is often indicated in weakness of the sexual organs, due to bad effects from suppressed sexual desire or from excessive indulgence.
26Conium maculatumConium is used in patients who used to have a normal/intense sexual life and who stopped: • the loss of a partner • the idea that sex is a sin • exaggerated meditation or people who suddenly stop their way of life for spiritual reasons and suddenly follow a guru. • people who are strictly religious and who are thus celibate (priests, nuns, for other complaints.)
27Conium maculatumWe frequently use this remedy in old bachelors, in old women and in widows, who suffer from ill effects of suppressed sexual instinct and non-gratification of sexual appetite.
28Conium maculatumAlso we may see hypochondria in unmarried men with strict principles of sexual morality.MIND - HYPOCHONDRIASIS - sexual - abstinence, fromCON. mosch.
29Conium maculatumIn spite of the sexual desire, the sexual powers are weak. Men often have pre-ejaculation.
30Conium maculatumConium is the main remedy for the gland that is affected greatly by sexual activity in man: the prostrate. If a suppression of sexual urge occurs in a Conium man, the first gland to be affected is the prostrate. It can even cause prostate cancer. In addition, Conium is an important remedy in indurated and malignant swelling of the testes.
31Conium maculatumThe characteristic prostate gland symptom of Conium is a constant urge to urinate with little or no result. The patient has to get up at night because of this strong urge, he has to push hard to urinate a bit. The urination stops, while the urge remains. This situation can be so serious that the patient becomes desperate and anxious, so that he starts to perspire and he gets a headache and vertigo.
32Conium maculatum Interruption of urination is a keynote of Conium. It keeps starting & stopping
33Conium maculatumThe peculiarity of the sweat is, that it comes on as soon as the patient sleeps or even whenever he closes his eyes.PERSPIRATION - CLOSING THE EYES; onbell. Bry. calc. carb-an. caust. chin. CON. graph. Lach. mag-m. puls. sanic. sep. sulph. thuj.
34Conium maculatumConium patients are relieved by letting the affected limb hang down (unlike Vip.)I feel much better!
35Conium maculatumAnother keynote is tremulous weakness after every stool, that ceases in the open air.I have to get outside into the fresh air right away!!!
36Conium maculatumIn the context of the menses, there is also sensitivity, tearfulness and restlessness.
37Conium maculatumWeeping fits which turn into vertigo and weakness are very characteristic of Conium.
38Conium maculatumDullness and inability for sustained mental efforts, dislike for society, disinclination to business, complete indifference, great depression of spirit and anxiety and irritability of temper, are some of the symptoms to follow sexual excesses, and are quite well remedied by Conium.
39Conium maculatumOn the physical and mental plane, Conium will have slowly developing deteriorating conditions, especially leading to senility.
40Conium maculatumThe typical Conium patient is quite materialistic. They are people who will not be involved with philosophical, spiritual or religious matters.
41Conium maculatumThere is strong element of attachment to other people and especially to their partner, in a rather materialistic or ownership way.
42Conium maculatumConium is one of the main remedies that will suffer on the loss of the husband or the wife, due to lack of ability for the sexual outlet.I just can’t date again!
43Conium maculatumFemale Conium patients depend on regular sexual activity but if the husband dies they do not easily start a new relationship.
44Conium maculatumThe problem from lack of sex will usually start with vertigo & then go to trembling & weakness.
45Conium maculatumConium patients are fixed on their sexual patterns – not at all flexible. They are also not oversexed and do not tend toward promiscuity or extra-marital relationships.
46Conium maculatumThe materialism of Conium is different from that of Platina (ego based). Conium’s attachment is to the material world – their property, habits & family. This is what they worry about.
47Conium maculatumThe Conium patient feels that the good things which are given to us are our right to enjoy. They do not feel guilt about this.
48Conium maculatumAs with the indurations occurring in the cancers, there seems to be an induration in a certain part of the mind. And they develop fixed ideas and especially superstition.MIND - SUPERSTITIOUSagar. arg-n. aster. bell. carc. Con. granit-m. haliae-lc. kali-ar. lach. lap-a. LYCPS-V. manc. med. op. rat. rhus-t. stram. syph. tritic-vg. tub. zinc.
49Conium maculatumConium patients tend to have compulsive thoughts and to execute compulsive actions.Must not step on a crack!
50Conium maculatumThe Conium patient tends to have compulsive thoughts but only in a specific area of their life while the rest of the brain works perfectly.
51Conium maculatumConium’s fixed ideas often, but not always, center around the need for absolute quiet. This is especially true regarding toilets.
52Conium maculatumOn the emotional plane we also see a hardness developing - indifference, depression. Alienation from the family or loved ones.MIND - AVERSION - family; to members ofam-c. am-m. aran. aur. borx. Calc. calc-s. cit-ac. con. Crot-h. Fl-ac. haliae-lc. ham. hep. iod. kali-c. kali-m. kali-p. kola lac-h. lyc. MERC. Nat-c. nat-m. nat-ox. phasco-ci. phos. plat. plb. senec. SEP. spong. tax.
53Conium maculatumThe emotions are gradually weakened and paralyzed until it is impossible to bring them to the surface and express them.
54Conium maculatumIf they get a present, they cannot be happy, and they are also unable to cry when they would like to; their feelings may still be there but there are petrified and indurated, they cannot be moved. Then they become gloomy and unhappy; they do not want company and they feel unable to communicate with anybody in the world, even to people who are close with them.
55Conium maculatumConium can be useful when there is an alternation of manic and depressive stages.
56Conium maculatumThey will be loyal to you as long as they feel you can help them and as long as you are not hurting them. But if there is a stage where, in their opinion, you are not helping them enough, they will immediately let you know, demanding their rights. In this way, they can appear similar to remedies such as Arsenicum album and Nitricum acidum
57Conium maculatumFinally, very severe mental retardation will occur. There can also be premature senility.
58Conium maculatumA frequent and characteristic symptom is an inability to sustain mental effort.
59Conium maculatumConium is an important remedy in chronic recreational drug users, not for the acute consequences of high doses of drugs, but for people who are more careful with drugs.
60Conium maculatumConium patients are also very sensitive to alcohol. Hering writes, “The slightest spirituous drink intoxicates him.”
61Conium maculatumConium patients are affected by cold and exertion. They are generally chilly. They tend to have complaints from over-lifting.