Secale Cornutum

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Secale Cornutum


Secale cornutum, also known by its botanical name Claviceps purpurea, doesn’t have direct synonyms in homeopathy. However, it’s sometimes referred to by its common name: Ergot of Rye.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • Natrum Mur. 
  • Pulsatilla. 
  • Secale Cor. 
  1. Adoptability

  • Women of thin, scrawny, feeble, cachectic appearance: irritable nervous temperament. 
  • Pale, sunken countenance. 
  • Women of very lax muscular fibre, everything seems loose and open; no action vessels flabby. 
  1. Character

  • Haemorrhagic diathesis copious flow of thin, black, watery blood, the corpuscles are destroyed.  
  • The slightest wound causes bleeding for weeks. 
  • Discharge of sanious liquid blood with a strong tendency to putrescence. 
  • Tingling in the limbs and great debility: especially when the weakness is not caused by previous loss of fluids. 
  • During menses, continuous discharge of watery blood until next period.[3] 
  • Cina. 
  • Lycopodium. 
  • Secale Cor. 
  • Enuresis of old people. 
  •  Urine, pale, watery or bloody. 
  •  Suppression of urine. 
  • Discharge of black blood from the bladder. (Ref. Boericke). 

Labour pain of secal cor:

  • During labor pains are irregular, too weak. 
  • Pain: feeble or ceasing. 
  • Everything seems loose and open but no expulsive action. 
  • Fainting during labor. 
  • After pains too long, too painful; hour-glass contraction. 

Abortion of secal cor:

  • Threatened abortion. 
  •  Especially at third month 
  •  Prolonged, bearing down, forcing pains.

a) Causation

  • Master Kent says women who have taken ergot to produce abortion or dosed with it to facilitate parturition. 
  • Kent refers, patient will say, ‘I have had no health since I aborted’. 

b) Time

  • Irregularly regular. (Which means the interval of cycle may be short or prolonged i.e. irregular, but in that way, it is repeated regularly.) 

(c) Duration 

  •  Long lasting, continuous discharge of watery blood until the next period. 

(d) Quantity 

  • Profuse 

(e) Character of blood

  •  Thin, dark, black. 
  •  Brown fluid and of a disgusting smell. 
  •  Kent says, flow is, blackish then dark, watery flow, changes to thick, black and offensive discharge. 
  • Considerable flow on the first day, fluid and blackish, this goes for a couple of weeks and then dark, watery flow comes, which lasts until next period. Then comes thick, black fluid, horribly offensive flow again. 

(f) Before menstruation

  •  Agg. of all her complaints. 
  • Great weariness and dread of death. 

(g) During menstruation

  • Violent crampy pain due to excessive uterine contractions. 
  • Dread of death. 
  • Labor like pain in the abdomen. 

(h) After menstruation

  •  Great anxiety and fear of death. 

(i) Modalities

  •  Agg. Before menstruation. 
  •  From moving about. 

(j) Concomitants

  • Very hot patient cannot cover up. 
  • Skin feels cold to touch, yet patient cannot tolerate coverings. 
  • Craves acids and lemonades 
  • Extensor type of cramps may occur. 

a) Subjects

  •  Thin, scrawny women who suffers from excessive menstruation. 
  •  Women of very lax muscular fibre; every- thing seems loose and open, no action. vessels flabby. 

b) Character of leucorrhea

  •  Brownish and offensive leucorrhea 
  • Discharge is greenish in colour. 
  • Jelly like, creamy, sanious discharge. 

(c) Concomitant

  • Leucorrhea alternates with metrorrhagia. 
  • Sadness, anxiety, anguish of mind.  
  • Excessive uterine contractions cause crampy pain.  
  • Eyes sunken and surrounded by a blue margin. 
  • Burning in all parts of the body, as sparks of fire were falling on the patient. 

(a) Causation

  •  Due to summer heat. 
  •  From gastric derangements. 

(b) Character of stool

  • Profuse, painless, putrid, (P₂), watery, greenish (olive-green) or brownish stool.  
  • Stool passes with great force. 
  •  Involuntary, as if anus is wide open. 

(c) Concomitants

  • Every stool was followed by great prostration. 
  • Very hot patient skin icy cold yet cannot tolerate covering. 
  • Craves sour, cold drinks, acids and lemonades. 


  • Summer weather. 
  • Supression of discharge, like sweat etc. 


  • Cholera Asiatica and Cholera Infantum.

Look up of the face

  • Face pale, pinched, ashy, sunken, Hippocratic, drawn with blue ring around the eyes. 
  • Scrawny and cachectic appearance. 
  • Emaciated and debilated (Ref. Boericke). 
  • Facial and abdominal muscle twitches (Boericke). 

Character of stool

  • Profuse. 
  • Anus remained wide open. 
  • Watery. 
  • Olive-green stool. 
  • Brownish and bloody. 
  • Exhausting. 
  • A ravenous appetite accompanies exhausting diarrhea. 
  • Offensive stool. 
  •  Involuntary. 

Note: In Cholera infantum: Secale Cor. is indicated more particularly by profuse undigested stool which are watery and very offensive and followed by intense prostration. Stools ejected with great violence (Ref. Farrington). 


  • Complete collapsed condition. 
  • Skin feel cold to touch yet cannot bear covering. 
  • Cramp: Extensor type of cramps. 
  • Pulse: Small rapid, often intermittent, and contracted, can be expressed by following tips: 
    •  Rapid 
    • Extensor cramp. 
    • Constitution is characteristic. 
    • Oversensitiveness 
    • Ravenous appetite. 


  • Agg. from heat, Amel. from cold. 
  • Boils Small painful with green contents, mature very slowly and heals slowly. Very debilitating. 
  • Gangrene Dry, aggravation from external heat.  
  • Large ecchymoses and blood-blisters often commencement of gangrene. 
  • The skin feels cold to touch, yet the patient cannot tolerate covering. 
  •  Master Kent says, the toes become black and gangrenous; vessels close-up, vasoconstriction, no blood to the toes, they become numb and black, devoid of sensation (Ref. Kent). Skin wrinkled, shrivelled, as if it had not been washed. 
  • Mottled, dusky, blue tinge (Ref. Boericke). 
  • Varicose ulcers, with burning sensation, better by cold; wants the parts uncovered, though cold to touch. (Ref. Boericke).  
  • The slightest or trivial wound continues to bleed. (Ref. Boericke) 
  • Kent says, eruptions abscess, boils carbuncles, all have discharge of green pus with a green purplish appearance. 
  • Dr. Clarke refers to injury gangrene.
  1. Intolerance to covering

  • The skin feels cold to the touch, yet the patient cannot tolerate covering. 
  •  Icy coldness of extremities yet throws of covering. 
  1. Physical make-up

  •  Adopted to women of thin, scrawny, feeble, cachectic appearance. 
  1. Diathesis

  • Haemorrhagic diathesis. 
  • The slightest wound causes bleeding for weeks. 
  • Discharge of sanious blood, with a strong tendency to putrescence. 
  1. Relaxation

  • Women of very lax muscular fiber. 
  • Everything seems loose and open no action, but no expulsive action, especially in labor. 
  1. Burning

  •  Burning in all parts of the body. 
  •  As if sparks of fire were falling on the patient. 
  1. Desire and Aversions

  •  Craves acids, lemonade 
  •  Unnatural ravenous appetite. 
  •  Unquenchable thirst for a very large quantity of cold water. [3] 

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