Conium Maculatum (poison hemlock, hemlock, conium maculatum L.) is an herb and flower used historically in homeopathic preparations to help with swelling, sprains and strains.
Poison Hemlock is the common name for the Conium Maculatum plant. Poison Hemlock is a species that has been used primarily in homeopathic medicine for generations in order to support the bodies healing abilities. The conium maculatum plant is poisonous to both humans and animals alike. In Ancient Greece, Socrates died from hemlock poisoning. However, as a homeopathic preparation, Conium Maculatum is safe for consumption.
Conium Maculatum is a member of the Apiaceae family. Apiaceae is also referred to as the carrot family. This species is native to Europe and North Africa. Some of the common names for this plant include poison hemlock, British hemlock, eastern hemlock, poison parsley, and many more. It has also been referred to as just hemlock. There are 4 main species in the conium family with c.maculatum being the most dangerous of the hemlocks.
What does the C.Maculatum flower look like?
Poison Hemlock or hemlock is a species of plant that grows throughout Europe, Asia, North America, Australia and New Zealand. It has thin green stems that may be red or purple-spotted on the lower half. As the plant grows taller the stems will divide into various stems with small bunches of delicate white flowers on the ends. Parts of the plant include the leaves, roots, seed, stem and flower. Caution should be taken as the poison hemlock flower and leaves have various look-alikes including carrot or parsley. This can be a problem as poison hemlock when ingested is very dangerous whereas carrot or parsley is very safe.
Where does the name come from?
Conium is derived from Ancient Greek word meaning hemlock which in turn is part of the common of C. Maculatum (poison hemlock). The c. maculatum species can have various common names depending on the region where it is growing but most often there are all some derivative of the name hemlock.
The Conium plant is poisonous both to humans and animals alike this is why it is often prepared as a homeopathic.
In general homeopathic remedies work by stimulating the body's innate healing mechanism to bring us back into balance and to relieve symptoms or dysfunction. Each remedy has its own profile or symptom picture. The presenting symptom picture of the patient is matched to the symptom picture of the remedy. That remedy is then used in various doses to treat the presentation of the patient.
Homeopathic preparations are also very diluted so they contain the energy of the plant only. This makes them very safe for use on just about anyone. A plant prepared homeopathically does not have the same side effects or potential for harm as ingesting any part such as the root or seed of their botanical counterpart.
Properties of Conium in homeopathic medicine
As a homeopathic remedy conium can be used topically or internally to help with the following things
- healing of sprains and strains
- pain related to injuries
- swelling from injuries
- swollen glands or other glandular swellings that are hard
- promotes lymphatic movement
- mental exhaustion
- gouty pains
- headaches, head injuries, concussions
Conium maculatum is actually poisonous hemlock and should not be ingested as a fresh or dry herb. The poisonous nature of this plant comes from its alkaloid content that is mainly found in its flower beds. The main alkaloid found in the maculatum species is y-coniceine. In the fruit of the plant, it then becomes coniine. Coniine is a piperidine alkaloid which has much more dangerous impacts on the body. Coniine is one of the piperidine alkaloids along with conhydrine, gamma-coniceine and pseudoconhydrine found in this plant and acts on the central nervous system. In large enough amounts it can cause respiratory collapse and death. As well it impacts the ability of our body to regulate temperature and can have detrimental effects on the body. In addition ingestion of alkaloids can cause muscles to stop firing properly. This results in potentially fatal dysfunction including respiratory failure and ultimately hemlock poisoning due to the ingestion of alkaloids. Even small amounts of this poisonous plant can have this impact.
Socrates demonstrated this many years ago when he used conium maculatum concoction to induce his own death. C. Maculatum as herbal medicine is a poisonous plant and should not be used, however as a homeopathic it can have major healing benefits for the body. The homeopathic preparation does not contain the same constituents as the herb. Instead, it embodies the energy of the plant and works to stimulate the body's innate healing mechanism. This makes the poison hemlock homeopathic extremely safe and healing.
As a homeopathic C. Maculatum works on harmonizing the entire body. It stimulates our bodies healing abilities to bring us back into balance in order to heal the dysfunction and sensations we are experiencing. In this sense, Conium can provide lasting change to how you are feeling instead of just suppressing or masking what is happening. At the same time, it acts on more than one part of the person at the same time working to treat both the mind and body. The large symptom profile of the remedy makes it an excellent remedy for many different conditions and sensations in both the body and mind. It is a medicine that treats the whole person. In addition, it is a very gentle and safe medicine because of its mode of preparation. It can also come in different strengths depending on the person.
As a homeopathic preparation Poison Hemlock does not have any known adverse effects or side effects, however as a plant it can cause severe side effects including poisoning the individual who is taking it. This can result in respiratory failure and death.
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