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Eryngium Aquaticum

NAT. ORD., Umbeliferae.

COMMON NAMES, Button Snakeroot. Water Eryngo.

PREPARATION.--The fresh root is pounded to a pulp and macerated in two

parts by weight of alcohol.

(Although a well-known remedy, the following concerning

its early history may not be out of place here. It is

from Thomas' Additions.)

"For spermatorrhoea properly so ca
led, or emission of semen without

erections, there is no remedy which has yet received the sanction of


"We have one, however, to propose for trial--it is the Eryngium

aquaticum, which has two remarkable cures, reported by Dr. Parks

(Pharmacentist, Cin.), to recommend it.

"CASE I.--A married man injured his testicles by jumping upon a horse;

this was followed by a discharge of what was considered semen for

fifteen years, during which time he was treated allopathically and

homoeopathically. Dr. Parks exhibited a number of the usual remedies

without permanent benefit. He then gave a half-grain dose, three times a

day, of the third decimal trituration of the 'Eryngium aquaticum.' In

five days the emissions were entirely suppressed, and have not returned

to this time (over two years ago). The emissions were without erections

day or night, and followed by great lassitude.

"CASE II.--A married man, not conscious of having sustained any injury,

was troubled for eight or ten years with emissions at night--with

erections. The semen also passed by day with the urine. The loss of

semen was followed by great lassitude and depression, continuing from

twelve to forty-eight hours. There was also partial impotence. Had been

treated allopathically. Dr. Parks gave him Phos. acid for two weeks,

without material benefit. He then exhibited the Eryngium aquaticum, as

above, with the like excellent and prompt result."[I]

[I] Drs. Hill and Hunt, Homoeopathic Surgery.

I used this remedy with a patient who was quite broken down from

spermatorrhoea; the emissions left him, but he suffered from vertigo

and dim-sightedness whenever he took a dose of the medicine. He is now

well through the use of other medicines. Our English Eryngo--the E.

maritimum, is noted as an aphrodisiac, and is very similar in

appearance to the Eryngium aquaticum.