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Key Uses:Flows of watery blood between menstrual periodsHypercontraction of the muscles in the uterusMenstrual crampsPuerperal sepsisUterine bleedingWeak contractions during laborCirculatory problems
Origin : From the fungus Claviceps purpurea, which grows mostly on cereal crops in Europe, North America, and Asia.
Background : This fungus, largely found on rye, is used in a drug prescribed by Western medicine to halt bleeding.
Preparation : Ergot is collected while still immature, then dried, powdered, and macerated in alcohol.
Remedy Profile : People who benefit most from Secale often feel confused, suspicious, and fearful, and may even doubt their own sanity.
A key affinity for Secale is with uterine problems in women. It is often used for uterine bleeding and hypercontraction of the muscles in the uterus. Secale is given to strengthen weak contractions during labor, and for puerperal sepsis (infection in the genital tract after childbirth). It may also help menstrual cramps with dark, irregular bleeding, and a flow of watery blood between menstrual periods.
Symptoms Better : For cold; for bathing; for stretching; for uncovering the body.
Symptoms Worse : For warmth; for touch, even of sheets; before or after menstruating; in pregnancy; after miscarriage or labor.