CROCUS SATIVUS AND ITS PROPERTIES
This is a beautiful yet under-used remedy.
We are all familiar with saffron, as in, the spice. Italy has a famour rice-based dish called “risotto allo zafferano”, which is saffron flavoured risotto.
Saffron is known as one of the most expensive spices, as it has to be picked and worked on by hand and it takes 150 flouwers to make one signle gram of the spice.
Other than its culinary use, saffron has been used for thousands of years as medicinal herb too.
The flower is native of South Asia: Kashmir, Iran, although it is now grown in Europe too.
In ancient times it was used as a relaxant, mixed with other herbs or mushrooms in religious cerimonies in order to reach altered states of mind.
Recently, modern medicine and herbology has “re-discovered” this flower:
“A 22-week multicenter, randomized, double-blind controlled trial of saffron in the management of mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s disease published in 2010, showed 15 mg twice a day was as effective as donepezil (Aricept) at 5 mg twice a day, with significantly less vomiting as a side effect. Another 16-week, randomized and placebo-controlled trial also published in 2010, showed that 15 mg of saffron twice per day was both safe and effective in mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease. This study is all the more powerful when you consider that Aricept, while the standard of care for the management of Alzheimer’s symptoms, is actually a highly toxic chemical: Declaring Chemical Warfare On The Brain: Alzheimer’s Drugs Are Neurotoxicants.” (Wakeup-world.com)
It is also being used as anti-depressant and has other anti-inflammatory properties.
What about the homeopathic properties?
It is given when the patient experiences mood swings: from happy to sudden anger, think bipolar disorder. It is a very good remedy where there is pulsating pain in the head which worse during menses.
There is various sensation is eyes. Feeling as if there is an appearance of electric sparks. Sensation as if there is mucus or water in the eyes, must wipe the eyes. The sensation is seen after violent crying. There is a feeling as if she had been looking through very sharp spectacles. Eyes feel as if in smoke. Lids feel heavy. Pain in the eyes extending to the top of the head. Sensation as if cold air was rushing through the eye.
It is indicated for any kind of blood discharge from the nose which is dark, stringy, clotted. Strings of dark blood hanging down the nose or uterine bleeding.
It is given in cases where the patient has a sudden feeling of coldness in the back as if cold water was thrown over him.
It is given in cases of spasmodic contractions and twitching of a single set of muscles. The entire upper extremity falls asleep. There is cracking in the hip joint and knees. It is a very good remedy for weakness in the knees and legs. There is a pain in the ankles and soles.
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