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Conium, or hemlock, is a plant used in homeopathic medicine for treating a wide variety of issues. It is thought to be useful in the treatment of cysts and tumors, particularly breast cancer. Both men and women suffering from sexual problems may benefit from taking conium, and it is also sometimes helpful for menstrual and prostate problems. People suffering from nervous disorders may find relief by using it, as can those with vertigo, eye problems, or upper respiratory issues. It is important to note that hemlock is very poisonous and can be fatal if too much is taken, so it is important to talk to a professional and follow the correct dosage when taking it.
One of the main medical uses of this medication is treating tumors and cysts. It is thought to help clear up the growths themselves, as well as relieve the pain or itching associated with them. Breast cancer in particular is often treated with hemlock, as well as cancers of the reproductive organs such as the testicles, ovaries, and uterus.
Sexual problems are typically treated using conium. It may relieve impotence or premature ejaculation in men, excessive vaginal discharge in women, and excessive sexual excitement in both. Men with enlarged prostates, which can cause trouble with urination, are sometimes helped by taking this medication. Women may use it to help regulate their menstrual cycles, relieve issues associated with menstruation like swollen, painful breasts, or reduce the effects of menopause.
The sedative and paralytic properties of conium make it a useful treatment for certain nervous disorders. People who are prone to extreme physical agitation or muscle spasms can be calmed with its use. It is sometimes used to treat epilepsy. Hemlock is also thought to help patients suffering from progressive muscle paralysis, particularly when it starts in the feet and moves up the body.
In addition to the issues above, conium can be used for a variety of other ailments as well. People who have a tendency to become dizzy or get vertigo might be treated with it. Those who have eyes that are extremely sensitive to light may find that conium helps relieve this issue, and it can also help treat injuries to the eyes. Since it helps reduce muscle spasms, it can also be inhaled to reduce the severe coughing associated with upper respiratory diseases such as bronchitis, asthma, and whooping cough.
@Glasis - That is a good question. Even if it does work in certain dosages, it is still a little scary that something that dangerous can be prescribed to the general public.
Let's face it, everybody has accidentally forgotten a dose or taken too much of one pill or another at some time in their lives. Hopefully, that is taken into account when the drug is prescribed, especially to an elderly person who may not have the best memory.
It's interesting that a plant that is extremely poisonous can be so beneficial in smaller doses.
It makes you wonder how long doctors and pharmaceutical companies had to experiment with the correct dosages before the drug was put on the market and how many test subjects, human or otherwise, may have gotten extremely ill or died in the process.
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