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Sanguinaria Canadensis

Tincture  of the root 
Triturations  of the aikaloid  have been  used 

Sanguinaria  is a comparatively  recent addition to the materia medica  but has established  itself as a valuable remedy more especially in acute and  sub acute disorder  . it contains small

Quantities  of alkaloids  , chemically allied  to those of opium , which  paralyse  sensory  nerve 

Ends locally , make the heart beat more slow and tend to excite  the central  nerves system . sanguinaria , for  instance  , can cause  tetanus  and mental excitement , and violent  peristalsis .

It also increase the   secretion of saliva . traces of these actions are  found in the proving  where the whole complex becomes  reasonably clear  and precise enough to prescribe on . in its alkaloidal principals  (which are by no means the only source  of the drug symptomatology )

Sanguinaria   also resembles  chelidonium  and in homoeopathic  practice we find a good many reasons  for associating   the drugs together in the mind . Sanguinaria was used as a   domestic remedies   long before it was proved , mainly for “colds” . It will be seen that the   tests on the healthy  give plenty of warrant  for the use of the drug in some catarrhal  affections of the nose  and bro nchi and deeper diseases  of the lungs . Sanguinaria  is  not a remedy of very long lasting power , and consequently  it is more often prescribed upon  local symptoms than upon general  constitutional  ones . with drugs this class mental and temperamental   symptoms  are relatively of less importance  than with the profound  and searching remedies  of our material  medica. Nevertheless Sanguinaria   shows a not worthy mental peculiarity  in its  pathogenesis  that man  prove a valuable guide . this is a hopeful disposition , an expectation  to recover on the part of the patient , which is sometimes marked in quite grave  cases . it recalls indeed  the the famous  hopefulness  of the  phthisical , for it has no relation to the seriousness one of the most valuable remedies in the acute stages of pulmonary  tuberculosis  on other grounds and the presence of the mental symptom is a  strong additional indication for it  is however true that this  classical symptom is much less frequently observed now than seen   to have been the case in earlier  years , probably  because  there is so much popular knowledge  and half knowledge   disseminated  to day  about tuberculosis , that it is rare to meet a case where  the mental symptoms are not influenced  there by . Sanguinaria is often  indicated in the absence  of this mental symptoms but its presence  is a note worthy  suggestion for the use of it . the respiratory  organs are much influenced by Sanguinaria .The nasal mucous membrane is inflamed with a rather scanty discharge , which is  usually acrid  and causes  very marked burning sensation .Burning  of the nose  and pharynx , burning of the tongue  which is often  red and  not coated , these  symptoms are often marked  enough to  recall arsenicum. If the discharge  is free  it is generally watery  , which suggests  that there is little  or no  leucocytosis  and  often the  nasal condition that need  sanguinaria  are  chronic with thicken9ng  of the mucus  membrane  , and enlargement of the turbinates  . nasal polypus  has been often treated with it locally and constitutionally  . it certainly is suited  to some of the chronic catarrhs  which

Precede   polypus   formation  . te sense  of smell is lost or perverted  and there  may be a great sensitiveness to the  scents  of flowers . hay fever  is a  condition  which  often benefits  from sanguinaria ,  especially  when there is great nasal obstruction and burning sensation  but relatively little discharge . asthma   may need it when there are nasal symptoms , and with this is  and hay fever  there is generally definite disturbances  in the gastric or hepatic  reasons  also before this dug is well indicated . descending the  respiratory  tract there is found a dry burning condition of the throat  , a spasmodic laryngeal , cough  , which often  causes  omitting  (as if droscera)

,and  this is  specially indicating of the remedy when it is worse at night  and accompanied  by diarrhea  . woophing cough  occasionally does well on it and for post influenza  cough in from  epidemics  it is nearly specific since  the sanguinaria cough  can be fairly described as  dry , exhausting  , spasmodic  and  distressing , getting  worse  towards  night and  on lying down  and on exposure  to  cold air  , it will be readily  seen  that the drug has  claims to  consideration  in this most intractable  condition . burning   , indeed  is  almost as much  a future   of , sanguinaria   as  of sulphur or arsenicum  . whenever   there is sensory disturbance in a patient likely to need the drug burning  will be prominent in the description  symptom . it may be complained  of any    where , eyes , ears  palms  and soles , chest and . abdomen .Burning  between  the breasts has been  used  as a special  indication  for the use of Sanguinaria  in pulmonary tuberculosis  , but  beyond  this uncommon symptom the drug  complex is  frequently recalled by the acute  stages  and especially  the  early  stages of  phthisis  . the charectersti cough  has been already  described . it is irritative distressing  and rather in effective  , worse at night  and the sputum is  seldom  excessive  but may be offensive  and blood stained . stitches   of pain may be   pain may be complained of   cheeks   are congested  and classical  localized  hectic  flush  is  often seen  . or there may be a wide spread   rather  dusky  patch recalling those  of opium  to which sanguinaria  is botanically  allied . but  except  for the cheeks  the face  is generally pale . hope fulness  of disposition  has been previously  commented on asa possible addition to the picture sweating  is not as a rule very marked . the cases of tuberculosis   which do well  on sanguinaria  are  nearly always early onces . Here   compete  with   sulphur and phosphorous  It is not  nearly  as profound  in  its action  as  these remedies  . but  for  that reason  it is often preferable  to test the powers of reaction  in tuberculosis   with it  , for it is well  known that  sulphur   or phosphorus incautiously  used may caused dangers   aggravations  of tubercular nung  affections . there is also a well known  smoildering  type of phthisis  , almost incurable  ( though the  patient live  for years )  , and subject to exacerbations  and times of improvement  Sanguinaria is most helpful during the acute stages of this type of disease , and though it will not cure  it those much to  prolong life and make it more endurable  . in such cases the deeper acting remedies  are often dangerous  and careful  discrimination  both of drugs and of potencies  is called for . early cases whom  sanguinaria suits  generally  do well on sanatorium t reatment . damp weather  distresses  them but the  air  is often liked  though  the change from warm to  cold air may start the cough they do not as a rule take kindly to the heavy feeding  of sanatoria , which is , how ever , not nearly so much insisted  on as formerly .as  will be seen presently , gastric and abdominal symptoms . are note  worthy  in the pathogenesis  of . Sanguinaria beside  acute and sub acute tuberculosis , sangeuinaria has a value in some cases of pneumonia . Like  chillidodnium it affects  the right side  most . the characteristic  , cough of t his remedy is  frequently met with in pneumonia  and the burning sensation  may give an additional hint . the symptoms Empty   erructations after coughing “ , is said to the a key note  if  it should occur  . the  “ right sidedness” of . sanguinaria should be remembered in tuberculousis  also .

The  alimentary  canal  in its upper  part is considerably  affected by this drug  The main symptoms are gastric  and hepatic , and with them is  generally associated  a head ache of a kind to the presently  described . the  chief  local symptoms  of dyspepsia  are vomiting  , acrid  and burning  eructation  burning pain  in the  hypogastrium  the tongue  is seldom heavily  coated  , it may be red and generally  burns  as does also the phaynx  . nausea   , is not much relieved   by vomiting , the vomit  is sour  bitter and acrid and frequently  contains  much bile  . the  catarrh  extends  to the duodenum and the secretion of bile appears to be increased  . at the beginning  of a dyspeptic  attack such as  suggests   Sanguinaria  , most of the bile is vomited , but later  it seems to follow the normal course and  produces  a profuse bilious  diarrhea . the lower bowel   is little affected directly by the drug attacks  of this kind are often brought on by indiscretions  in diet , they suggest  an irritated  rather than an inflamed gastro  duodinall  mucus  membrane  and a considerable disturbance in the hepatic  functions  . the body attempts  to get rid of material  that  seems useless  or  harmful to it , and the vomiting and diarrhea  ensue  . frequently  at some stage in the attack there is  shrinking  empty  abdominal  sensation  that is not hunger . Indeed  there is often aversion  from sight  or smell  of food  as with colchicum , but the patient may easily take to alcoholic  stimulants  to , combat  the ‘sinking  ‘ , and sanguinaria as a real place in the treatment of dyspepsia  of drinkers  . during the  gastric attack comes nearly  always the head ache attack and head ache are frequently periodic , as  often  as  every week even  .In women the menstrual period is apt  to be  associated  with a severe  sick head ache . homoeopathist  naturally look at symptom  complexes  as  entities   whose detail are inter dependent  , not  arbitrary  , and the gastric and hepatic  and head symptoms  of Sanguinaria  are  to the considered in relations  to the respiratory  effects   of the ug already  mentioned  . whenever  there is faulty metabolism and  periodical  accumulation  of waste  products  and violent  attempts at  elimination  ( and in some such a  we have to read the  sanguinaria picture in  its gastric aspect )  othr mucus  surfaces   are  apt  to the irritated  and  any infection of  than to become chronic . Similarly   toxins  of respiratory diseases  may react on  metabolism . the  dyspepsia  of early  phthisis  , is notorious  and indication for Sanguinaria in that disease   can be looked  for in the abdominal  as  well as in the chest symptomatology

The   pain in the head usually  precedes  the gastric symptoms . it begins in the morning  and goes  on  day . movement  aggravate as  much as when  brynonia  is to be  thought of , and strong , sensory stimuli  area  hardly  endured  . sensitiveness of the  skin is marked  . above the  right eye is a very  characteristic  spot  of maximum  intensity  , and the pain often begins  in the occiput  and comes  over the  head  to settle there  . sleep   relieves the patient  . further  these  cases of faulty  elimination  almost  invariably  disply pain symptom affecting  nerves  muscles  and joints  with Sanguinaria  , the joints escape  as a rule but pains of a neuralgic  charaeter , severe and tearing  , frequently  met with , also pain and stiffness and hampered movement  of groups  of muscles , especially  about the  neck and sshoulders . stiff neck , pain in the deltoid  reason  ( right sided  probably ) , inability to use  the arm  freely  , pains  extending  up into the head , all these symptoms  are to be  noted in  those  who need  Sanguinaria  . the pain are  severe  aggravated by movement  and at night  the last two symptoms help to distinguish   Sanguinaria  fro ferrum   for  these  complaints  .

It will be seen  that the range of action of the drug is considerable  and  its intensity  also  but as already  been said , it has not a long lasting effect or  one of a profound  and searching  quality . in the earliest  stages of similar  , complaints  it is  curative , in later stages  its palliative  action may be invaluable  when more deeply acting remedies  might  be dangerous . I t  has been  praised  in   all potencies , and like most of the drugs  of shallower  action even high potencies  can be repeated  with benefit  with out very  prolonged intervals between  the doses . but her  , as always , the wise prescriber  follows  the  rule of  taking any improvement  in the patients  condition  as an indication in the mind  with Chelidonium  and Opium , but it seems to antidote the  later .

About the author

Dr B.S Suvarna

B.A, D.I.Hom[Lond.], M.I.H, PhD, PGDPC (Psychotherapy & Counselling, USA)
Jeevan Shanthi
Karnataka State, India