Background : The poison from this plant is thought to produce marked dullness and stupor, hence its common name of fool’s parsley.
Preparation : The whole flowering plant, with the root and unripe fruits, is chopped and macerated in alcohol.
Remedy Profile : People who respond best to Aethusa are often characterized by poor concentration and a tendency to be easily distracted. They are generally reserved, alienated, reclusive, and irritable. Key symptoms associated with Aethusa include a confused state of mind with scattered thoughts; those affected may talk to themselves and behave foolishly. Other typical symptoms can include marked dullness and a sluggish mental state, possibly linked with an inability to study. These symptoms may be accompanied by prostration with a sense of staleness, or anxiety with associated nervous diarrhea. Aethusa is also appropriate for children with milk intolerance, notably babies who are prone to sudden vomiting after feeding, and who may have diarrhea. Lack of nutrition may set up a cycle of hunger, frequent feeding, and subsequent violent vomiting. This may result in a state of extreme exhaustion and collapse, causing the baby’s face to appear drawn, agonized, and aged. It may also seem as though the baby’s whole body has enlarged, particularly in the heart area.
Symptoms Better : For open air; for walking; for company and conversation; for rest.
Symptoms Worse : For warmth and hot weather; between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m.; for overexertion; for eating frequently; for milk.