Meadow saffron, fall crocus, naked ladies.
Key Uses:Joint-membrane problems, especially in the small jointsMuscle tissue disordersNausea with colicky pains and painful distension of the abdomenOversensitivity to external stimuliRheumatoid arthritisUlcerative colitis
Origin : Found wild in Europe and Africa, and cultivated in North America.
Background : During classical times, the plant was considered too toxic for use. Arabian physicians used it in the Middle Ages for joint pain and gout.
Preparation : The fresh bulb, dug up in spring, is chopped and steeped in alcohol.
Remedy Profile : Those who respond well to Colchicum are typically weak and restless. They may be depressed or irritable, and have poor concentration and memory, so that they appear dazed even though they may answer questions correctly. There is a marked absence of any apprehension and no discernible fear of death.
The key symptoms linked with Colchicum focus on the muscle tissues and joint membranes, especially the membranes in the small joints. The joints may be painful, hot, and swollen, and the muscles extremely relaxed and even limp. Arthritic joint pain or gout may be so severe that it causes screaming if the joints are touched or jolted. There may be a twitching, tingling sensation all over the body.
Colchicum is also considered a useful remedy for ulcerative colitis and for nausea with colicky pains and painful distension of the abdomen. Illness is typically accompanied by a feeling of icy coldness in the stomach.
In addition to any other symptoms, the body may feel cold inside, with extreme oversensitivity to external stimuli such as bright lights, strong odors, physical contact, and even other people’s behavior.
Symptoms Better : For warmth; for rest; after passing stools.
Symptoms Worse : For cold and damp; for changeable weather; for vibrations or jarring.