“Weakness in the reproductive system of the woman. From weakness she is sterile, or she aborts in the early months of gestation. During parturition the contractions of the uterus are too feeble to expel the contents, and they are only tormenting.”
James T. Kent, ‘Lectures of Homeopathic Materia Medica’
Caulophyllum is extensive remedy for female complaints related to menses and delivery. Its prominent characteristic is debility, which is observed mainly in uterus but also in limbs, back, nerves and memory.
Monthly Period Complaints
Female sexual organs are deeply influenced by this remedy. Uterus is week, in atony. The monthly period is marked with sensation as if uterus was congested, with fullness and tension in hypogastric region, which is bellow umbilicus, lower part of the abdomen.
The menses is absent or attends too soon, with spasmodic pains in uterus lasting several hours. It may be preceded by pain in small of back. The flow is very scanty, blood is light. There is nausea and vomiting. The feet are cold.
It is important to remember that pains of Caulophyllum are spasmodic and affect not only uterus but also the bladder, stomach, groins, chest and limbs. Pains are also wandering, changing places (Puls). The ultrasound may show retroversion of uterus.
Vagina is irritable, may develop aphthae. Caulophyllum will cure habitual leucorrhea, even in little girls, with discharge of acrid profuse mucus and bearing down pains in abdomen and in legs.
Pregnancy & Delivery
Caulophyllum is excellent remedy for threatening abortion with spasmodic bearing down pains in uterus, back and loins but week uterine contractions and slight blood flow, with ceased movements of the child. False labor pains during the last months of pregnancy.
The remedy is also indicated for threatening abortion in early months of pregnancy, with profuse hemorrhage. The remedy will cure women who had many spontaneous abortions and will help them to bear a child.
During labor, when labor pains are so severe that woman has to support herself, leaning to furniture and people, Caulophyllum will help reducing the pains. It is also possible the opposite situation, where labor pains are too weak because of uterine debility; the uterus lacks tonic and cannot contract. The labor is delayed, labor pains are short, irregular, and the woman is very weak and irritable, exhausted due to the protraction.
After delivery, there are spasmodic bearing down pains in the lower abdomen, after this protracted labor. Placenta is retained, there is profuse hemorrhage. Lochia is protracted, the uterus is unable to contract; it is relaxed and blood just oozes from it passively.
Rheumatism & Weakness
Caulophyllum is valuable in rheumatic conditions affecting the small joints, especially of the wrists, ankles, fingers and toes. Usually those complaints are accompanying the derangements into the reproductive system of women. Often are observed during pregnancy.
In neck and back there is severe drawing, rheumatic stiffness of nape of neck, dull pains in lumbar region and severe pains in back and loins. Arms and hands are aching with drawing in wrists and fingers, rheumatic swelling of wrists and finger joints, cutting in joints when closing hands. Pains are sharp and flying from place to place (Kalmia). In all the joints of lower extremities there are drawing pains. Knees are weak when walking, with sharp pains.
There is tremulous weakness over whole body.
Caulophyllum is quite similar to Gelsemium and follows it well.
*Bibliography: C. Hering, ‘Guiding Symptoms of Our MM’; J.T. Kent, ‘Lectures on Homeopathic MM’; H.A. Roberts, ‘The Rheumatic Remedies’.