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Cuckoo-pint, lords and ladies.
Key Uses:Respiratory tract problems, such as asthma, profuse catarrh, violent cough, and nasal polyps
Origin : Native to central and western Europe, growing in woods and hedgerows.
Background : The arrow-shaped leaves and bright red flowers of this plant are poisonous. Insects are trapped by the flowers and digested by the plant.
Preparation : The fresh, finely chopped tuber is macerated in alcohol.
Remedy Profile : Arum mac. is associated with severe, violent inflammation or irritation of the mucous membranes, and is frequently used for respiratory tract problems. Typical respiratory symptoms treated by the remedy include asthma, catarrh, nasal polyps, and constant swallowing. The gums may bleed, and the tongue and throat may be swollen and sore, so that swallowing becomes difficult. There may be tickling in the throat, hoarseness, and a desire to cough. The chest may feel tight, and there may be a violent cough and profuse, possibly blood-streaked catarrh.
Symptoms Better : None known.
Symptoms Worse : For pressure on the affected area; for stretching; on the left side of the body.