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Spartium scoparium

It is also known as Cytisus scoparius. Its common name is Broom. Broom is a woody shrub from 0.9 to 1.8m high. It has numerous straight ascending branches, which are sharply five angled. Leave are tri-foliate and petiolate. Leaves are reddish hairy when young. Flowers are bright yellow and odorous. Seeds are 10-12 in number and olive coloured.

It is native to Europe. It is also found in India, South America and western North America, Great Britain and Ireland.

It contains quinolizidine alkaloids mostly sparteine, lupanine. It also contains flavonoids tyramine, isoflavones and their glycosides.

It is covered by Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia of India, German Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia as well as Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia of United States. Flowering twigs are used to prepare mother tincture.

Broom is reported to be used in irregular, fast heartbeat. It has property to stimulate urine production and reported as a strong diuretic. It is used in cases of retention of urine. It is useful in bladder and kidney affections, as well as in chronic dropsy. Both clinical and pharmacological investigators found that it has property to produce a transient rise in arterial pressure, followed by a longer period of decreased vascular tension. It has contracting property of muscle hence it is used to prevent blood loss after child birth.

Recommended dose: 1x/Q and higher.

References:

  1. Andrew Chevallier, TheEncyclopedia of Medicinal Plants, 1st Edition, 1996, Dorling Kindersley, London.
  2. P. N. Varma, InduVaid, Encyclopaedia of Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia, Updated edition 2007, B. Jain Publishers, New Delhi
  3. Mrs. Margaret Grieve, A Modern Herb, ISBN: 0486227987 & 0486227995. https://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/b/broom-70.html
  4. W. Boericke, New Manual of Homoeopathic Materia Medica& Repertory [with Relationship of Remedies], Second Re-Augmented & Revised Edition Based on Ninth Edition, Reprint Edition 2002, B. Jain Publishers, New Delhi

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