Hepatica is named from its leaves, which, like the human liver (Greek hepar), have three lobes. It was once used as a medicinal herb. Owing to the doctrine of signatures, the plant was once thought to be an effective treatment for liver disorders. Although poisonous in large doses, the leaves and flowers may be used as an astringent, as a demulcent for slow-healing injuries, and as a diuretic.
In Homeopathy, it is used in low potencies, in pharyngeal catarrh, with profuse, serous sputa and hoarseness. Tickling and irritation of the throat. Scraping rough sensation. It induces free and easy expectoration.Viscid, thick, tenacious phlegm caused by continous hawking. Sensation about the epiglottis as if particles of food remained. Sputa is sweet, profuse and creamy.
All our definite knowledge of it began with an experiment made by Dr. D. G. Kimball, who chewed the leaves every day for “a chronic irritation of the throat and lungs.” A few symptoms were produced, and the symptoms he complained of were removed, notably: tickling irritation in throat and sensation about epiglottis as of particles of food remaining. Accumulation of viscid, tenacious phlegm, with frequent hawking. Lungs became much stronger and digestion more perfect.
Hale, experiencing an attack of circumscribed pneumonia, with bloody expectoration; or else, profuse, yellow, creamy, exceedingly sweet, some pain and constriction in right chest, tickling in fauces SYMPTOMS.
Eyes somewhat sensitive to light; itching and smarting; slightly agglutinated in morning.
Bloody mucus frequently blown from l. nostril for three or four days in succession.─Soreness of end of nose at entrance of nostrils.
Rough scraping, irritative and tickling sensation in throat and fauces disappears, also sensation about epiglottis and larynx as of particles of food remaining.─Accustomed accumulation of phlegm, sometimes thick, viscid, and tenacious, inducing frequent hawking and disposition to hawk disappears.─Pharyngeal catarrh, with profuse serous expectoration and hoarseness.─An exceeding, annoying irritation of fauces (with pneumonia), tickling, itching, scraping, almost constant;