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Sambucus Nigra - General symptoms

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HPUS indication of Sambucus Nigra: Profuse sweat
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Below are the main rubriks (i.e strongest indications or symptoms) of Sambucus Nigra in traditional homeopathic usage, not approved by the FDA.



Slumber with half-opened eyes and mouth.

on waking, could not catch his breath.

was obliged to sit up, and then the breath was very rapid, with whistling in the chest, as though he would suffocate.

he beat about with his hands.

the head and hands were bluish and puffy.

he was hoarse, without thirst.

when the attacks came on he cried.

all this happened without cough, and especially at night, from 12 to 4,.

Sambucus Nigra acts especially on the respiratory organs. Dry coryza of infants, snuffles, edematous swellings. Profuse sweat accompanies many affections.

Sweats or gets short of breath; with many symptoms




Half open eyes


Bluish, puffy face; worse coughing

SUDDEN SUFFOCATION, or strangling cough, on falling to sleep or waking him after midnight; with violent sweat; worse fright

Whistling breathing

Spasm of glottis

Screeching voice


Icy cold feet

Dry, burning heat during sleep, but copious sweating on waking; worse cough

Debilitating sweats; at night

Sambucus nigra (Linn.). Elder. N. O. Caprifoliaceae. Tincture of fresh leaves and flowers.

The leaves of Samb. n. have an unpleasant odour when bruised, which is supposed to be offensive to most insects, and a decoction of them is sometimes used by gardeners to keep off caterpillars from delicate plants. By village herbalists the inner bark as well as the leaves are employed for making an ointment, and the flowers serve for fomentations, or are made into a medicinal tea.

while the berries are the principal ingredient in Elderberry wine (Treas. of Bot.). If sheep that have the rot can get at the bark and young leaves they will soon cure themselves (Green). Millspaugh says of Samb. canad. that a decoction or ointment of the flowers and leaves was used as an application to large wounds "to prevent deleterious consequences from flies." He also says that the bark contains Viburnic acid, which is identical with Valerianic acid. This no doubt accounts for the odour, and suggests a relationship in action between Sambucus, Valeriana Valerian, and the Viburnums. "Spasm" will be found common to all. In Samb. the spasm affects mainly the respiratory system.

larynx, chest, and nasal passages. Samb. n. was proved by Hahnemann, and appears in M. M. P. One of the chief notes of the remedy is oedema dropsical swellings in various parts of the body, especially legs, instep, and feet. This oedema, when it affects the nose, may give rise to obstruction, as in the "snuffles" of infants with dry coryza, preventing breathing and nursing. When it occurs lower down in the tract it causes dyspnoea the child awakens suddenly nearly suffocated, face livid, blue, sits up in bed.

turns blue, gasps for breath, which it finally gets.

attack passes off but is again repeated.

child inspires but cannot expire.

sleeps into the attack. The breathing is rattling. Croup, whooping-cough, asthma, may all manifest this group of symptoms. Nash once relieved with the 200th a very bad case of asthma, having attacks of suffocation of the above kind. The patient was an old lady. The relief was accompanied by a profuse flow of urine, which carried off a large amount of dropsical effusion in her legs and abdomen.

It was mentioned above that the croupy attack "passes off but is again repeated." This tendency of attacks to recur is another note of the remedy. Another grand characteristic is Profuse sweat during waking hours.

dry heat when asleep. This feature marks Samb. as the remedy in some phthisical cases and many febrile conditions. Other fever peculiarities are Deep, dry cough precedes the fever paroxysm.

fever without thirst. dreads uncovering. The Sensations of Samb. are As if head were filled with water. Skull as if stretched. As if suffocating. The symptoms are amel. by pressure and being tightly bound. Leaning against a hard edge = painful pressure in abdomen with nausea. Contusions = dark red swelling. Rest agg. agg. Lying down.

in bed. on left side. Head low agg.

must sit up to regain breath. Motion agg. generally. Motion of head = tension and dizziness. Sleep agg. agg. About midnight.

after midnight. 2 to 3 a.m. (roused with sense of stoppage of air tubes). agg. Uncovering. agg. Dry, cold air. agg. Cold drink while overheated. agg. From fright or mental emotion. Fright = suffocative attack. Samb. is suited to diseases of scrofulous children which affect the air passages especially.

to persons previously robust and fleshy suddenly become emaciated. Effects of mental emotion, anxiety, grief, excessive sexual indulgence.

Black Elder. Hahnemann. Caprifoliaccae.

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Hollow, dry, at night.

deep and dry before chill.

with regular inhalations, but sighing exhalations.

suffocative, hollow, deep, whooping, caused by spasm of chest, expectoration of small quantities of tough mucus, only during day.

suffocative, with crying, children.

worse about midnight. during rest.

lying in bed, or with head low.

from dry, cold air.


Tincture, to sixth potency.


Angina pectoris. Asthma. Chest, oppression of. Coryza, dry. Cough. Croup. Emaciation. Headaches, catarrhal. Hoarseness. Hydrocele. Ileus. Laryngismus. Perspirations. Phthisis. Scurf. "Snuffles." Starting. Whooping-cough.


Respiratory organs