Seneca snake root, rattlesnake root.
Key Uses:Chest and catarrhal conditions, such as bronchitis, tuberculosis (especially in the elderly), and coughs
Origin : Native to North America and now cultivated in western Canada.
Background : The Seneca Indians of North America valued this plant as an antidote to snake bites, hence its common name. It was used herbally by native Americans for bronchitis, asthma, and whooping cough.
Preparation : The root is unearthed in fall and dried. It is then powdered and macerated in alcohol.
Remedy Profile : Senega is most appropriate for people whose mood is dull and depressed. They have a tendency to fly into sudden rages.
The remedy has a strong affinity with the respiratory tract, and is typically used for chest and catarrhal conditions such as coughs, bronchitis, and even tuberculosis, particularly in the elderly. The classic symptom picture includes chest pain, thick profuse clear mucus that is difficult to expel, and a sensation as though the lungs are pushed back against the spine. The throat may be raw and sore. There may be mucus in the throat that causes a scraping sensation on talking. Breathing may be short or hurried, with a painful, oppressed feeling in the lungs, as if they are being squeezed.
Symptoms Better : For perspiring.
Symptoms Worse : For windy weather; for walking in and breathing in cold, open air; for touch and pressure on the affected area.