Homeopathy Tips for 3/17/09 Cicuta Virosa

        In the course of the last 10 years I have found that there are about 700 different remedies that I have prescribed. Some remedies only once and others much more often. But on occasion there will be a time when after years of not prescribing a remedy it will be indicated two or three times in one week. Each time this happens I carefully examine myself for prejudice. But it seems there will be times when the energy of a remedy will be “in the air”. This is a good time to learn more about a remedy. Lately Cicuta Virosa has been coming around.

      Cicuta Virosa is commonly called Water Hemlock. It is very poisonous and even if a very small amount is ingested can lead to convulsions and death. Its most common homeopathic indications are convulsions from epilepsy causing  stiffness, vomiting and the head to twisting to the side during convulsions.  Rather than repeat Materia Medica I want to share some observations of cases of Cicuta.

       In all the cases I have seen most recently there have been some unique qualities shared by all of them. Each case had a quality of childishness to them, each case the person was of an odd character, and each suffered a loss of memory when suffering their condition.

       One case is of a 17 year old girl who has been diagnosed with epilepsy. Her attacks are hardly noticeable though. There are no convulsions. Just a staring off look for a few seconds and no memory of the event. She had suffered a fall and hit her head very hard several years before. She cannot remember if she lost consciousness at the time. She has at times a cluster of these events and will feel off. She reports that if she goes to bed she can wait it out. But on occasion will feel nausea and end up vomiting. She has a little different character and there is a kind of childish quality to her. 

        Another case is of a woman in her early 60’s who complains of headaches. These headaches are debilitating. They are typical of migraine with visual auras preceding the pain. She could hardly remember the events but struggled to share what she knows. She says it is hard to articulate and speak during the attack. She will have numbness in the extremities and will get confused doing her task often finding herself in another room. She claims that there is something off in her reach perception. When reaching for items she finds that she will fumble with the item and it will not be the right distance that she perceives. She also is very different and has purple colored dyed hair and loves to disco dance with young people. She cannot stand sad stories and when she finds that others are not doing as she thinks will be upset by this. All of these are classic Cicuta symptoms even though she has never had a head injury.

       Another case of a young woman in her early 20’s with epilepsy. Her seizures come on only at night. They are extremely severe and will last for up to 20 minutes. She has no recollection of the event and is a very odd person. Her speech is always effected and it sounds as if she were from a foreign country. Her dress is a little provocative and often inappropriate for the activity. She admits to kleptomania. All of these are classic Cicuta symptoms.

       Cicuta effects the nervous system and seems to scramble the wiring of the brain. This leads to a confusion and lack of memory. I have found this in all Cicuta cases. Teste described a case of a 58 year old woman who was “of a robust constitution, irritable, nervous and excessively fanciful and odd. ” This I have also found in almost all of the cases. There is an awkward, childish and oddness to their character.

     Study Cicuta Virosa from all of the Materia Medica sources that you have.  There are many other symptoms of this remedy. But always keep in mind that it effects the brain and it’s wiring leading to confusion of speech, location and loss of memory. Also the person will often have a childish character and be a little odd. This will help you to never miss another Cicuta case again.

p.s. Since writing this newsletter the Homeopathy Today magazine has arrived with an article by my good friend Dr. Timothy Dooley. He shares a case of Cicuta Virosa. This I believe is not co-incidental even though I knew nothing of his article when I wrote this one. . Like I said before, when a remedy energy is in the air, it appears often.

20 comments so far


    Dear Doctor,

    It is a beautiful experience you shared with us. Thanks for the information. Please share us more.


    Joseph Sadique

  2. Gerald Field on

    Hi Dr Robert. Thanks for your articles. At first I wondered what you meant by different character, but reading further, understood. My mother had grand mal seizures. She also believed that dad was controlling her by telling others about her. She was childish. Many dishes were salted so much that we couldn’t take a second bite. She frequently had a confused look, like where am I and what am I doing. Another characteristic is that she would stand completely motionless, not staring really, but with a perfectly contented look, like she was within her own world. Although with some dementia, she lived to be 84 and with white tennis shoes and pink shoelaces. Alas, my dad never tried homeopathy.

    Hi Gerald, Artemesia Vulgaris has the symptom of stopping and staring motionless. It may have been a good remedy for her.
    Thanks for the comment,

  3. solarajac on

    sir,thank u very much for the information send me.

  4. Pat on

    I have a better understanding of why you had the thought of cicuta at some point for Ryan. He has several of the characteristics described in your article. Also,Ryan will often just stop and stand motionless and not really stare but have a somewhat vacant look. When asked about it, he says he forgot what he was doing, sort of chuckle about it and move on. He used to get “lost” while brushing his teeth. Although we were never advised of a specific head injury, he did fall out of a moving car just before he was three.
    This made me think of some of the things I might not have mentioned before in talking about Ryan. Thanks

  5. K. Rajagopala Kurup. on

    I am happy to know the combination of childishness & head injury!
    Thanks a lot!

  6. Dr. Poonam Batra on

    hello Roberts, this is a better way of learning a remedy, by sharing your cases, thank you for that. I have a case of cerebral palsy, one yaer old girl, used to have frequent jerkings of head, forward and shrieking also at the same time. I prescribed cicuta 30 wih remarkable reduction in the frequency of the jerks, and gradual disappearance. The case is still under observation.

  7. dr.geeta on

    thank u dr.for this information.i had the same case as u told the 1st case of 17yrs old girl.i know it differs from case 2 case.but it has exactly the similar complaints.will try this case.ok thanks for the information.

  8. Venkatappaiah Paravastu on

    Thank you very much for the information sent. Looking forward for such informative tips in future too.

  9. Theodore Ugwu on

    I appreciate your lectures. Please keep sending them to me.
    Thank you so much.

  10. Dr.Nritiya on

    Hello Dr. Robert

    this is indeed the most intersting thing bout cicuta , great information & i certainly symapthize with Mr.Gerald !! its an unforgettable lesson !!

  11. Dr M.Supriya on

    Hello Dr.Robert
    thanks a lot for ur information

  12. ginni on

    interesting. first time I’ve come across this remedy. thank you

  13. Dr.H.C.Malaker on

    Dear Dr.Robert thank you for this very valuable tips on cicuta virosa.It will surely help to treat certain type epilepsy no doubt.May God bless you happy and peacful life so that we can receive information of remedy in the day to come.Warm regards,malaker

  14. Dr.H.C.Malaker on

    Dear Dr.Robert a patient of mine aged 1year 6month male boy since his birth it was seen that his right leg and hand is week,after gradual growth he was attcked in cramp on right hand and leg and frequency of attack was at least 7 to 8 times in a day.After applying Cupram met 30c to 200c his cramp has been reduced to a remarkable stage and 2 to 3 times in a day he suffers from cramp and duration of cramp has been reduced.Presently the cramp started after hearing sudden knock,loudly shout or ringing any thing near to him.He cnt hold anything with his right hand and cnt walk giving load on right leg.I have used causticum 30c to 200c but no change.Presently i have been using Argentum nitricum 30c.After Argentum nitricum it is seen that he can walks geting support of other his heel still not touched the ground.Cramp has reduced remarkably.No other problem has been found.Mentally the boy is very jolly.No family history of such disease.Only attending nurshing female while his birth told me that he got injury of table on his head.Can i use Cicuta Virosa?Kindly suggest me.Warm regards,malaker

    Hi Malaker, Look at the remedy Lathyrus. It may be more useful.
    Good luck, Robert Field

  15. kazmi on

    slam to all pl ad about the nossods and antibiotic use and side effects for skin . and olon cancer

  16. Dr.H.C.Malaker on

    I also invite other doctors and visitors of this forum to please share their best clinical achievement in any cases cured by homeopathy.Regards,malaker

  17. mah-jabeen on


  18. Anil kumar on

    My 10 year old daughter suffering from seizures last one year.I start cicuta virosa 30
    4 drop x2 Times. Medicine start from 20 August 20016
    Please advice me how much time to continue this medicine.
    Your faithfully
    Anil Kumar

  19. Roop on

    I have been prescribed Cicuta for my 5 year old grand daughter who squints her eyes only some times could be when she is tired ! Has no eyesight problem and is mentally perfectly normal ! Wondering if this is the correct remedy ?

  20. Venus Phiri on

    Hi Doc,very interesting article.My daughter aged 3 and a half has seizures of head drops for the past 1 year.In a day she has 9 to 12 head drops on the forehead,on the sides and sometimes on the back of the head.Often times before the attacks occur she has some temper.These head drops happen as she is either walking or seated and thereby suffers injuries.We tried cuprum but it just stopped the night frightening she also had.
    Take note these head drop seizures only started when she was 2 years old.
    Kindly advise if cicuta virosa and other homeopathy can be of help for head drops seizures? Further can you supply or source and send to Zambia,Africa and we will try and raise the funds accordingly.
    Please let me know ASAP.

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