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Hydrastis Canadensis
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Hydrastis Canadensis

Golden Seal, Hydras, Hydrast, Hydrastis

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HPUS label indication: Sinuses

Below are the strongest indications of Hydrastis Canadensis in traditional homeopathic usage, not reviewed by the FDA.

Acts especially on mucous membranes, relaxing them and producing a Thick, yellowish, ropy secretion. The catarrh may be anywhere, - throat, stomach, uterus, urethra, - it is always characterized by this peculiar mucous discharge. Hydrastis Canadensis is especially active in old, easily-tired people, cachetic individuals, with great debility. Cerebral effects prominent, feels his wits sharpened, head cleared, facile expression. Weak muscular power, poor digestion and obstinate constipation. Lumbago. Emaciation and prostration. Its action on the liver is marked. Cancer and cancerous state, before ulceration, when pain in principal symptom. GOITRE of puberty and pregnancy. Smallpox internally and locally. The power of Hydrastis over smallpox seen in modifying the disease, abolishing its distressing symptoms, shortening its course, lessening its danger and greatly mitigating its consequences ( J.J. Garth Wilkinson.)
Antidote: Sulph.
Useful after too much Chlorate of Potash for sore throat.
Compare: Xanthorrhiza apifolia; Kali-bich.; Conium; Ars. Iod.; Phytol.; Galium (cancer - nodulated tumor of the tongue); Asterias; Stann.; Puls. Also Manzanita (diarrhoea, gonorrhoea, gleet, leucorrhoea, catarrhal conditions). Hydrastinum Muriaticum - Muriate of Hydrastis Canadensis ( Locally, in aphthous sore mouth, ulcers, ulcerated sore throat, ozaena, etc. Internally, third Dec. trit. Is a uterine hemostatic and vasoconstrictor; metrorrhagia, especially from fibroid tumors; hemorrhages, In dilatation of the stomach, and chronic digestive disorders). Hydrastin Sulph 1x (hemorrhage of bowels in typhoid).
Marrubium - Hoar hound - (a stimulant to mucous membranes, especially laryngeal and bronchial; chronic bronchitis, dyspepsia, and hepatic disorders; colds and coughs).
Tincture, to thirtieth attenuation. Locally colorless Hydrastis Canadensis, mother tincture, or fluid extract.

    EXPECTORATION (click for more)


Thick; and sticky


    MIND (click for more)

Depressed; sure of death, and desires it.

    HEAD (click for more)

Sinusitis, after coryza.

Dull, pressing frontal pain, especially connected with constipation

Myalgic pain in scalp and muscles of neck ( Cimicif.) Eczema on forehead along line of hair

    EAR (click for more)

Eustachian catarrh, with high-pitched voice.


Discharges from ear; thick

Muco-purulent discharge


    NOSE (click for more)

Thick, tenacious secretion from posterior nares to throat

Discharge from nose; thick and sticky, tough
Discharge from nose; thick
Discharge from nose; yellow
Discharge from nose; yellow; from behind nostrils
Discharge from nose; yellowish-green

Ozaena, with ulceration of septum

Tends to blow nose all the time.

Watery, Excoriating discharge

    MOUTH (click for more)

Peppery taste

Tongue white, swollen, large, flabby, slimy; Shows imprint of teeth (Merc.); as if scalded; stomatitis

Ulceration of tongue, fissures toward the edges.

    THROAT (click for more)

Follicular pharyngitis

Goitre of puberty and pregnancy.

Hawking of yellow, tenacious mucus ( Kali-bich.) Child is aroused suddenly from sleep by this tenacious post-nasal dropping

Raw, smarting, excoriating sensation

    ABDOMEN (click for more)

Gastroduodenal catarrh

Pain as from a hard-cornered substance

Bitter taste

Anxiety; after stool

Noises from abdomen; rumbling; as if diarrhoea would come on

Pain; as if diarrhoea would come on


Sensation as if diarrhoea would come on

Stomach; indigestion
Stomach; ulcers

Atonic dyspepsia

Cannot eat bread or vegetables

Dull dragging in right groin with cutting sensation into right testicle.



Gone feeling


Liver torpid, tender

Pulsation in epigastrium

Stomach; Sore feeling in stomach more or less constant

Ulcers and cancer

Weak digestion

    RECTUM (click for more)

Constipation, with sinking feeling in stomach, and dull headache

After stool, long-lasting pain ( Nit-ac.) Hemorrhoids; even a light flow exhausts

Contraction and spasm.

During stool, smarting pain in rectum

Prolapsed; anus fissured

Constipation; inactivity of rectum

    URINE (click for more)

Urine smells decomposed.

Gleety discharge

    GENITALS (click for more)

Female; Erosion and excoriation of cervix

C.); acrid and corroding, shreddy, tenacious

c.; Kreos.; Sep.) Sexual excitement

Female; cancer; womb
Female; vaginal discharge; ropy, stringy, clinging
Female; vaginal discharge; thick
Female; vaginal discharge; yellow

Leucorrhoea, worse after menses (Bov.; Calc

Male; Gonorrhoea, second stage; discharge thick and yellow.


Pruritus vulvae, with profuse leucorrhoea ( Calc

Tumor of breast; nipple retracted.

    RESPIRATION (click for more)

Frequent fainty spells, with cold sweat all over

Bronchial catarrh, later stages

Bronchitis in old, exhausted persons, With thick, yellow, tenacious expectoration

Chest raw, sore, burning

Dry, harsh cough

Feels suffocating when lying on left side

Pain from chest to left shoulder.

    BACK (click for more)

Dull, heavy, dragging pain and stiffness, particularly Across lumbar region, must use arms in raising himself from seat.

    SKIN (click for more)

Eruption like variola

General tendency to profuse perspiration and unhealthy skin ( Hepar.)

Lupus; ULCERS, cancerous formations

    GENERALITIES (click for more)

Mucous secretions increased
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Entries on a white background are from Boericke's Materia Medica. Entries on a green background are from a reversed Kent's repertory, with some alterations to modernise the language. Uses are based on traditional homeopathic practice and have not been reviewed by the FDA.