by H. C. Allen
Black Cohosh (Ranunculaceae.)
Actaea Racemosa has Puerperal mania; thinks she is going crazy (compare, Syphilinum); tries to injure herself. Mania following disappearance of neuralgia. Sensation as if a heavy, black cloud had settled all over her and enveloped her head so that all is darkness and confusion. In Actaea Racemosa Illusion of a mouse running under her chair (Lac caninum, Aethusa). Ciliary neuralgia; aching or sharp, darting, shooting pains in globes, extending to temples, vertex, occiput, orbit, < going up stairs, > lying down. Heart troubles from reflex symptoms of uterus or ovaries. Heart’s action ceases suddenly; impending suffocation; palpitation from least motion (Digitalis).Actaea Racemosa Menses: irregular; exhausting (Alumina, Cocculus indicus); delayed or suppressed by mental emotion, from cold, from fever; with chorea, hysteria or mania; increase of mental symptoms during. Spasms: hysterical or epileptic; reflex from uterine disease; worse during menses; chorea < left side. Severe left-sided infra-mammary pains (Ustilago). Sharp, lancinating, electric-like pains in various parts, sympathetic with ovarian or uterine irritation; in uterine region, dart from side to side. Pregnancy: nausea; sleeplessness; false labor-like pains; sharp pains across abdomen; abortion at third month (Sabina). During labor: “shivers” in first stage; convulsions, from nervous excitement; rigid os; pains severe, spasmodic, tedious, < by least noise. After-pains, worse in the groins. When given during last month of pregnancy, shortens labor, if symptoms correspond (Caulophyllum, Pulsatilla). Excessive muscular soreness, after dancing, skating, or other violent muscular exertion. Rheumatic pains in muscles of neck and back; feel stiff, lame, contracted; spine sensitive, from using arms in sewing, type writing, piano playing (Agaricus, Ranunculus bulbosus). Actaea Racemosa Rheumatism affecting the bellies of the muscles; pains stitching, cramping. Rheumatic dysmenorrhoea.
Actaea Racemosa Relationship. Similar: to, Caulophyllum, and Pulsatilla in uterine and rheumatic affections; to, Agaricus, Lilium tigrinum, Sepia
Aggravation. During menstruation; the more profuse the flow the greater the suffering.