Origin : Native to South America, but now found in the US and the West Indies.
Background : Pink root contains certain alkaloids that are used in the herbal treatment of heart disease.
Preparation : The dried aerial parts are macerated in alcohol.
Remedy Profile : A sad, forgetful, “blank” temperament is characteristic of those who respond most effectively to this remedy. They are responsible people who suffer intense pain, causing great nervous agitation. It is given chiefly for problems of the heart and the nervous system, especially if symptoms affect primarily the left side of the body, and if there are intense, violent pains. Spigelia may be given for frequent palpitations that are violent, visible, and audible, for heart murmurs or valve disorders, and for rheumatic heart disease. It is also used for angina with constricting chest pains that extend down one or both arms, into the chest, and up to the throat. In addition, the remedy may be used for headaches, migraines, sinus infections, or neuralgic or rheumatic pain, especially if the symptoms are worse on the left side.
Symptoms Better : For breathing in; for lying on the right side with the head higher than the body; for steady pressure on the affected area.
Symptoms Worse : For changes in the weather; for touch; for lying on the left side; for movement; for tobacco.