Arum Maculatum – Cuckoo-pint

Arum Maculatum – Cuckoo-pint

The mother tincture is prepared from the fresh tuber, gathered before the leaves develop. The plant Arum maculatum L. is found in damp woodlands of Central and Southern Europe. N.O. Araceae.

The main indications are as follows:

Pharyngitis, laryngitis. Hay fever. Bulbar palsy with inability to swallow. Exces- sive salivation. Cramps. Paralyses (with bulbar involvement). The nose, mouth and pharynx are hot and inflamed, raw and painful.

Contact of the freshly-pressed juice of this plant with the skin produces redness, swelling and blistering. If it is injected intravenously, death follows, with paralysis and spasms. This gives the symptoms which also emerged in the provings, such as swimming in the head, sleepiness, flushing of the face in sleep, catarrhs of the mu- cosa of eyes and nose, stomatitis with bleeding of the gums at the slightest touch, tongue swollen and painful. In the gullet there is a sensation of tickling, stinging and burning, and difficulty in swallowing, linked with pain.

The mucosa of the respiratory and digestive tracts are also affected, with burning, contractive stomach pain. There is vomiting of mucus and blood, cramping intestin- al colics, and also copious menstrual bleeding.
The German Monograph-Preparation Commission for the Homoeopathic Field of Therapy has, under the Preparation-Monograph for Arum maculatum, published the following indication(s) in the German Bundesanzeiger (German Federal Gazette) for arum maculatum: inflammation of the upper respiratory passages; nasal polyps.