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Urginea maritima var. rubra syn. Drimia maritima var. rubra
Sea onion, sea squill.
Origin : Native to the shores of the Mediterranean region.
Background : The bulb of this plant is cultivated for the drug industry, since it contains scillarin, which affects the heart. Highly toxic, it has also been used in the manufacture of rat poison.
Preparation : The fresh bulb is steeped in alcohol.
Remedy Profile : Squilla is most appropriate for people who are irritable, weak, and weary. They tend to sleep badly, and definitely prefer to sit up rather than lie down.
This is a slow-acting remedy, used for conditions that take several days to develop. It can be used for chronic bronchitis in the elderly, or for childhood measles, but its primary use is for chronic respiratory conditions, including bronchitis, pleurisy, coughs, and asthma with panting. Squilla is typically prescribed for symptoms such as a dry, loose, short, violent cough that comes from deep in the lungs, sharp pain in the lower left side of the chest, and involuntary passing of urine.
Symptoms Better : For rest; for sitting up; for coughing up even a small quantity of mucus.
Symptoms Worse : In the early morning; for movement.
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