Rectal and anal problems, such as fissures and hemorrhoids
Origin : Native to Europe and Asia.
Background : Culpeper, the 17th-century English herbalist, claimed that the root of this herb would prevent epilepsy in children if hung around their necks.
Preparation : The fresh, finely chopped root, dug in spring, is steeped in alcohol.
Remedy Profile : This remedy is given mostly for problems in the rectum and anus such as fissures and hemorrhoids, although it may also help to treat terrifying nightmares, particularly those involving ghosts. It is used for intense, burning pain in the anus during and after passing stools, followed by a chilly sensation. The pain may be very severe during the night and eased only by walking, rolling on the floor, or lying for hours with the buttocks spread apart.
Symptoms Better : For warm compresses on the affected area.
Symptoms Worse : At night; for touch or pressure on the affected area.