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Sepia

The Homeopathic Remedy Sepia is most widely used by women, though men benefit from is as well. Sepia is derived from the ink given off by cuttlefish.

Sepia can be used to relieve symptoms related premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and reduce the symptoms of menopause. It helps with hot flashes experienced during menopause and for painful or excessively heavy menstruation.

The Homeopathic Remedy Sepia also treats common ailments such as relieving constipation, indigestion, and abdominal tenderness. Other uses of Sepia include treating headaches, nausea, exhaustion and skin conditions such as acne, dandruff and scaly patches of skin.

Sepia is commonly used for:

Gynecological Complaints:

This is perhaps what sepia is best known for within the world of homeopathy.

Sepia works on issues related to the uterus, vagina, or ovaries. It can be used to relieve symptoms related premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and reduce the symptoms of menopause. It helps with hot flashes experienced during menopause and for painful or excessively heavy menstruation. Sepia may also offer help for yeast infections suffered during or after pregnancy, and may even help with painful sexual intercourse.

Exhaustion:

Though everybody suffers from exhaustion at some point in their life, there are very real symptoms that may come about as a result of this. Symptoms that can benefit from the use of sepia include aching back and sides, and even muscle weakness.

Digestive Disorders:

Sepia may offer help for those who have difficulties in digesting certain foods such as dairy products or fatty foods. Related symptoms as a result of this such as gas, tender abdomen, nausea, and dizziness may all be helped with the use of sepia as well.

Headaches:

Sepia may work well for a variety of headaches. It may be particularly helpful for those headaches that are accompanied by nausea or that tend to be quite frequent or intense in nature.

Skin Conditions:

Skin conditions that tend to benefit the most from sepia include and focus around discolored and itchy patches found across the body. A very recognizable skin condition that many people may turn to sepia for help is the common brown chloasma found across the nose and cheeks during pregnancy.

Poor Circulation:

Sepia is used for poor circulation issues such as the development of varicose veins and profuse sweating brought about as a result of this health issue. The hot flashes experienced during menopause may also be assisted with the use of sepia on a regular basis

Sepia’s Personality Profile:

Those who benefit the most from sepia tend to be almost two different people.

The people that may benefit the most tend to be strong in their opinions and do not like to be contradicted on any count. They do not like sympathy, even when they aren’t well.

They may be quite irritable at home, and yet may be quite extroverted and kind in the company of others. They tend to withdraw if they feel that they are getting undue sympathy as they want to remain normal and happy.

They can be easily transformed and be made much happier when in the company of or doing something that they love.

Sepia’s Materia Medica:

Mind – Indifferent to those loved best. Averse to occupation, to family. Irritable; easily offended. Dreads to be alone. Very sad. Weeps when telling symptoms. Miserly. Anxious toward evening; indolent.

Head – Vertigo, with sensation of something rolling round in head. Prodromal symptoms of apoplexy. Stinging pain from within outward and upward mostly left, or in forehead, with nausea, vomiting; worse indoors and when lying on painful side. Jerking of head backwards and forwards. Coldness of vertex. Headache in terrible shocks at menstrual nisus, with scanty flow. Hair falls out. Open fontanelles. Roots of hair sensitive. Pimples on forehead near hair.

Nose – Thick, greenish discharge; thick plugs and crusts. Yellowish saddle across nose. Atrophic catarrh with greenish crusts from anterior nose and pain at root of nose. Chronic nasal catarrh, especially post-nasal, dropping of heavy, lumpy discharges; must be hawked through the mouth.

Eyes – Muscular asthenopia; black spots in the field of vision; asthenic inflammations, and in connection with uterine trouble. Aggravation of eye troubles morning and evening. Tarsal tumors. Ptosis, ciliary irritation. Venous congestion of the fundus.

Ears – Herpes behind ears on nape of neck. Pain as if from sub-cutaneous ulceration. Swelling and eruption of external ear.

Face – Yellow blotches; pale or sallow; yellow about mouth. Rosacea; saddle-like brownish distribution on nose and cheeks.

Mouth – Tongue white. Taste salty, putrid. Tongue foul, but clears during menses. Swelling and cracking of lower lip. Pain in teeth from 6 pm till midnight; worse on lying.

Stomach – Feeling of goneness; not relieved by eating (Carb an). Nausea at smell or sight of food. Nausea worse lying on side. Tobacco dyspepsia. Everything tastes too salty (Carbo beg; Chin). Band of pain about four inches wide encircling hypochondria. Nausea in morning before eating. Disposition to vomit after eating. Burning in pit of stomach. Longing for vinegar, acids, and pickles. Worse, after milk, especially when boiled. Acid dyspepsia with bloated abdomen, sour eructations. Loathes fat.

Abdomen – Flatulent, with headache. Liver sore and painful; relieved by lying on right side. Many brown spots on abdomen. Feeling of relaxation and bearing-down in abdomen.

Rectum – Bleeding at stool and fullness of rectum. Constipation; large, hard stools; feeling of a ball in rectum, cannot strain; with great tenesmus and pains shooting upward. Dark-brown, round balls glued together with mucus. Soft stool, difficult. Prolapsus ani (Pod). Almost constant oozing from anus. Infantile diarrhœa, worse from boiled milk, and rapid exhaustion. Pains shoot up in rectum and vagina.

Urinary – Red, adhesive, sand in urine. Involuntary urination, during first sleep. Chronic cystitis, slow micturition, with bearing-down sensation above pubis.

Male – Organs cold. Offensive perspiration. Gleet; discharge from urethra only during night; no pain. Condylomata surround head of penis. Complaints from coition.

Female – Pelvic organs relaxed. Bearing-down sensation as if everything would escape through vulva (Bell; Kreoso; Lac c; Lil t; Nat c; Pod); must cross limbs to prevent protrusion, or press against vulva. Leucorrhœa yellow, greenish; with much itching. Menses Too late and scanty, irregular; early and profuse; sharp clutching pains. Violent stitches upward in the vagina, from uterus to umbilicus. Prolapse of uterus and vagina. Morning sickness. Vagina painful, especially on coition.

Respiratory – Dry, fatiguing cough, apparently coming from stomach. Rotten-egg taste with coughing. Oppression of chest morning and evening. Dyspnœa; worse, after sleep; better, rapid motion. Cough in morning, with profuse expectoration, tasting salty (Phos; Ambr). Hypostatic pleuritis. Whooping-cough that drags on. Cough excited by tickling in larynx or chest.

Heart – Violent, intermittent palpitation. Beating in all arteries. Tremulous feeling with flushes.

Back – Weakness in small of back. Pains extend into back. Coldness between shoulders.

Extremities – Lower extremities lame and stiff, tension as if too short. Heaviness and bruised feeling. Restleness in all limbs, twitching and jerkings night and day. Pain in heel. Coldness of legs and feet.

Fever – Frequent flushes of heat; sweat from least motion. General lack of warmth of body. Feet cold and wet. Shivering, with thirst; worse, towards evening.

Skin – Herpes circinatus in isolated spots. Itching; not relieved by scratching; worse in bends of elbows and knees. Chloasma; herpetic eruption on lips, about mouth and nose. Ringworm-like eruption every spring. Urticaria on going in open air; better in warm room. Hyperidrosis and bromidrosis. Sweat on feet, worse on toes; intolerable odor. Lentigo in young women. Ichthyosis with offensive odor of skin.

Modalities – Worse, forenoons and evenings; washing, laundry-work, dampness, left side, after sweat; cold air, before thunder-storm. Better, by exercise, pressure, warmth of bed, hot applications, drawing limbs up, cold bathing, after sleep.

Relationship – Complementary: Nat mur; Phosph. Nux intensifies action. Guaiacum often beneficial after Sepia.

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