Origin : Native to India, although now found in Asia and tropical Africa.
Background : Indian Ayurvedic doctors have long used the poisonous venom of this snake for nervous and blood disorders.
Preparation : The venom is dried and triturated with lactose sugar.
Remedy Profile : People who respond best to Naja feel unfortunate and deeply wronged, but tend to exaggerate or take their problems out of context. They often feel confused, with a sensation of duality, forgetful, sad, tremulous, weak, and chilly. Naja is prescribed chiefly for heart symptoms, particularly those affecting the valves. Symptoms typically include heart murmurs, a slow or racing pulse, violent palpitations with choking and an inability to speak, a valvular lesion (abnormality of the structure or function of the valve), and angina with pain extending down the left arm and up to the throat and neck. Naja may be used for a heart that has become enlarged due to being forced to work harder in order to push blood through damaged valves. The internal organs feel as if they are drawn together or screwed up. Sleep may be restless or inhibited by a sense of suffocation at night.
Symptoms Better : For driving in the open air; for lying on the right side.
Symptoms Worse : For cold air; for the pressure of clothes, especially collars; for stimulants; for lying on the left side.