Actaea Racemosa
Black Snake - Root

This remedy is also called Cimicifuga. It is extraordinarily effective in women’s diseases, especially those complicating pregnancy. Normally, if during menstruation copious bleeding occurs, most menstrual complaints cease automatically. But in the case of Actaea Racemosa, the more the bleeding, the more is the pain and associated discomfort. Sometimes, the symptoms continue even after the cessation of the menstrual period.

Actaea Racemosa is very useful for joint pains. The tissues hurt like an abscess. There is a lightning type of pain in the muscles of the neck and back, spreading in all directions. Rest relieves the discomfort, while movement makes it worse. Cold and humidity relieve the symptoms. In Actaea Racemosa, there is also shifting of the disease from one part of the body to another, like Abrotinum. Generally, the physical illnesses transform into mental illnesses. If the physical illnesses in children are suppressed by some kind of treatment, mental symptoms appear and can produce conditions like hysteria. A sensitive girl of a touchy disposition will become totally silent. If called in a loud voice, she will simply start crying. She
would be indifferent to the rest of the world, and seem totally lost in herself. In such a case, Actaea Racemosa is the best possible remedy.

This remedy is deeply related to sadness. Grief and sorrow can result in physical illnesses. Mental shock in sensitive women can result in irregularity of the menstruation, joint pains or other physical illnesses. Mental shock will make them fearful and superstitious. They will not even like to take any medicine in case it is mixed with poison. If there is preponderance of suspicion in addition to other symptoms, two doses of Actaea Racemosa can clear the symptom of suspicion and make the patient well again.
In Actaea Racemosa, there are symptoms of two apparently opposing remedies. In some aspects, it is like Bryonia, and in another aspect, like Rhus Tox. In Bryonia, it is movement, and in Rhus Tox, it is rest
which aggravates the discomfort. In Actaea Racemosa, the person will feel discomfort on whatever side he or she lies. There would be twitching of the muscles. The headache is mostly behind the eyeballs
and the back of the head, which is relieved by pressure, but movement makes the headache worse. The person feels dizzy and there is heaviness in the head. The vision becomes dim. Engrossed deep in studies, worry and bladder symptoms cause headache.

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Like Abrotinum, in Actaea Racemosa, constipation and diarrhoea alternate with each other. There is severe pain in the stomach, which gets better on bending forward. Due to pressure on the backbone and
over the reproductive organs, there is a tendency towards nausea and vomiting. Young girls experience severe vomiting during their first pregnancy, which does not seem to be relieved by any medicine. In
such a case, one should study carefully the temperament of the patient and the symptoms of the ailment before prescribing any remedy. If the patient is of Actaea Racemosa type, then she would definitely get
better with Actaea Racemosa.
In feeble-minded women, at the time of delivery, the labour pains, instead of pushing down to facilitate the childbirth, scatter right and left, causing spasms over the hips. This is the main feature of Actaea
Racemosa. Actaea Racemosa, when given in time, will normalise the direction of labour pains and facilitate the childbirth. Caulophyllum is another very important remedy at the time of child delivery. In
Caulophyllum, instead of pains bearing down, they scatter down inside of the thighs and the mouth of the uterus does not open. Sometimes, physicians and midwives try to alleviate this problem by
using ergot but instead this closes the mouth of the uterus tightly and makes the woman suffer further. Unfortunately, some women die in such circumstances. Homoeopathic medicines should not be taken
lightly. Their timely use can save from potentially serious complications.

Women with weak uterine muscles and associated organs abort repeatedly or conceive after great difficulty. Colophylum may be very useful in such women. At the time of labour, Gelsemium should also be kept in mind, like Actaea Racemosa and Colophylum. If during labour, the pains remain localized at the back and after bearing down return to the back, then Gelsemium would be very useful in such a case. In Kali Carb, instead of bearing down, the labour pains scatter to the outer side of the thighs. In Pulsatilla, due to nervous disability or fear, the labour pains are very weak and rare.

In Actaea Racemosa, the periods are irregular or delayed. There is severe spasmodic pain at the uterus and in the back. The organs feel heavy. A typical Actaea Racemosa woman is very lazy, sad and confused. Her mind is clouded. She observes dreadful dreams, speaks constantly but does not concentrate on anything. She becomes easily frightened; especially the fear of death prevails in her mind.
This reminds one of Aconite.
In Actaea Racemosa, there is irritation of the throat, a dry cough is very bothersome at night and becomes worse on talking. The heartbeat is fast while the pulse is weak and irregular. There are
symptoms of angina, like numbness of left arm, which is typical of Actaea Racemosa. The muscles and bones of the back hurt a lot. The neck and the upper part of the back are very stiff. There is sense
of discomfort and restlessness of the arms and legs. The person feels itching, and there is jerking of the limbs. There is lack of sleep and the mind remains perturbed and undulating. The person feels as if his
head has grown bigger in size. The ears are very sensitive to noise. The symptoms of Actaea Racemosa are aggravated in the morning and in cold weather, except the headache, which gets better in hot weather and by taking food.