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Key Uses:Heart disorders with symptoms that include fluttery or noisy heartbeats, palpitations, poor circulation, and water retentionSoreness of the uterus in conjunction with heart palpitations
Origin : Native to Europe, but also found across North America and in northern Asia.
Background : The 16th- century herbalist John Gerard praised this plant for its success in treating gout and heart problems. It is used in modern herbalism, particularly for heart disorders.
Preparation : The fresh, flowering aerial parts are macerated in alcohol.
Remedy Profile : People who respond best to Convallaria have difficulty in thinking, because their brains feel dull. They often find themselves unable to concentrate when reading, and tend to become irritable when questioned. There is a tendency to experience feelings of depression. Convallaria is prescribed primarily for heart problems. Typical heart symptoms treated by the remedy include palpitations triggered by the slightest exertion. The heartbeat may seem to reverberate throughout the whole chest and rib cage, or it may become fluttery and irregular after exercise, possibly causing nausea and breathlessness. Water retention may accompany heart problems, as may poor circulation. The remedy is often given for heart palpitations that occur in conjunction with soreness of the uterus.
Symptoms Better : For open air.
Symptoms Worse : For warm rooms; for lying on the back.