Chenopodium ambrosioides var. anthelminticum
American wormseed, Jesuit’s tea, Mexican tea, Jerusalem oak.
Key Uses:Effects of strokes, particularly those involving right-sided paralysisRight-sided migraines
Origin : Native to the Caribbean and to Central and South America, and cultivated in China and the US.
Background : This plant was widely used from the middle of the 18th century by native Americans to expel worms.
Preparation : The seeds or whole, fresh plant are macerated in alcohol, or the oil from the seeds is diluted with alcohol.
Remedy Profile : The classic use of Chenopodium is in treating the effects of a stroke, particularly if they involve right-sided paralysis.
Typical symptoms include repeating words or using inappropriate words, or repeating the same actions over and over again. The limbs may spasm and contract, and the hands may flex. These symptoms may be accompanied by very heavy breathing with a rattling sound, as if there is a ball rolling loose in the trachea. The remedy is also used to treat right-sided migraines with giddiness, loss of sight, roaring in the ears, and dull pain in the liver area that may extend to the right shoulder blade.
Symptoms Better : None known.
Symptoms Worse : For movement.