Insight into Lesser known remedies of Papaveraceae family with a case of Migraine treated with Sanguinaria Canadensis Dr.Gaurang Gaikwad (BHMS)

Insight into Lesser known remedies of Papaveraceae family with a case of Migraine treated with Sanguinaria Canadensis  Dr.Gaurang Gaikwad (BHMS)

Insight into Lesser known remedies of Papaveraceae family with a case of Migraine treated with Sanguinaria Canadensis

Dr.Gaurang Gaikwad (BHMS)

Edited by- Dr. Alifiya Dedanwala

I first came across Papaveraceae family while reading Farrington’s clinical Materia Medica. The manner in which the author analysed every remedy of the family and then clinically differentiated it with other remedies fascinated me to understand and apply it in practice.

The following is a case of a 40 year old female who saw me for hypertension and migraine. Her headache originated from the occipital region extending to her right eye. She described her pain as hell like. She had to resort to painkillers for relief. Her headache was so intense that she felt she would pass into a comatose state followed by that she would fall asleep. The pain was almost a torture for her, she quoted, ‘As if many people are killing me. There’s so much pain, I can’t even describe’. During headache, she often had a dream of dying. She feels extremely painful while seeing the dream.

Her Blood pressure ranged 170/80 mm Hg previously.

She described herself as an extremely sensitive person affected by smallest things. Her husband being an alcoholic, she was always troubled by him. She was unable to tolerate his temper tantrums and alcoholism. He was also a chain smoker, very careless and selfish by nature. She disliked him smoking in front of children and it annoyed her a lot. One day in a fit of anger, she took a lit up cigarette and shoved it in him mouth. She had kept telling him for a while to quit and he wasn’t listening to her. She wanted him to experience the pain she felt within.

She was a giving person by nature. She liked helping people out of the way. She was sensitive to the suffering of others and could not see them in pain. When asked about her fears she said she was not scared of anything in particular, the only thing she was afraid of was injuries and injections. She said she could not tolerate pain, her pain threshold was very low.

She had dreams of falling. In her dream, she was scared. Another dream was of death. She experiences lot of pain in the dream. She felt once she died she will be finally relieved of all the pain. She was also sensitive to cruelty, pain and suffering of people.

Analysis of the case:

In this case, characteristics are seen at physical and mental level. If we simply repertorize them we get:

The main remedy which came up was Sanguinaria canadensis. Let us learn a little about the remedy from the Materia medica.

On studying Phatak’s Materia Medica, we find an exact match to the symptom of the patient.

The key to a definitive prescription is being sure and exact. This makes us more confident of the remedy in question.

We have understood Sanguinaria from the symptom point of view. Let us know understand from the System or family point of view. Sangunaria comes from PAPAVERACEAE

The main experience of the patient was that – of Pain , Suffering , Torture , death , sleep , cruelty.


Sensation keywords:

  • 1] Intense pain, intense suffering, agony, hell, misery, fright, shock, intense fear, punish, war, murder, execute, violence, anguish, cruelty, nightmare terror, torment, torture, aggression, hostility, assassinate, battle, bloodshed, brutality, carnage, combat, fighting, confrontation, hostilities, kill, killing, massacre, homicide, put to death, slaughter, sadism, slay, slaying, stun, take aback, jolt.

Passive reaction keywords:

  • 2] Analgesia, painlessness, anesthesia, anesthetic, blunt, hibernation, insensitive, no feeling, no sensation, anesthetized, numb, deadening, deaden sedate, sedating, put to sleep, black out, catalepsy, collapse, coma, comatose, dead, dizzy, fainting, fall, unconscious, giddy, insensitive, lifeless, loss of consciousness, black out, narcolepsy, unconscious.

Compensation keywords:

  • Bold, brave, bravery, courage, courageous, daring, defy, endure, fearless, heroic, stand up to, take on, meditation, appease, calm down, calm, calmness, composed, composure, cool, coolness, harmony, pacify, peace, peaceful, quiet, down, quiet, quietness, relaxed, serene, serenity, settle down, soothe, still, stillness, tranquil, tranquility, unruffled.


  • Pain, intense pain, pain of any sort but with great intensity.
  • Torture, intense suffering
  • Punished
  • War
  • Murdered, executed
  • Violence
  • Fright and shock. The fright and shock of intense pain and torture. It is hell; the torture chamber of hell.

Passive reaction

  • Analgesia, coma, anaesthesia
  • Fainting
  • Catalepsy
  • Narcolepsy
  • Painless and numb.
  • Alive yet dead. Hibernation. Meditation.

Active reaction

  • Pain causing rage
  • Violence
  • Spasms, convulsions, colic.
  • Numbness alternating with pain.


  • Peaceful, serene, tranquil Untouched by pleasure or pain

PC: Sankaran’s Plant Sensations in pictures

She received Sanguinaria canadensis 1M, 1 dose every month for 7 months. 

Follow up summary after 11 months in general

Within the first dose of the remedy her headache reduced. Earlier she had to take painkillers 2-3 times a day, whereas in the past 6 months she had not taken a single pain-killer.

Her hypertension medication was also discontinued over a period after starting with Homeopathic medication. Her state of mind had changed. She was not getting affected by husbands behavior. She would let him be by himself.

Her dreams had changed. They were no longer violent and torturous. Her headache was 80-90% better.

After 1 year of treatment

The Homeopathic treatment was stopped. She continued to be in good health and free of headache. Her blood pressure was regularly monitored and it continued to remain within normal limits.

Some of the lesser known remedies from the family; guiding indications of Different remedies in the Above Family


(Morphine Alkaloid)

Alkaloid from decomposition of Morphine by Hydrochloric Acid. Apomorphine contains the emetic properties of Opium. The main clinical keynote of the remedy is Morning sickness with salivation. The chief power of this drug lies in the speedy and effective vomiting that it produces, which becomes a strong guiding symptom to its homeopathic use. It causes very rapid vomiting, most rapid when injected subcutaneously. Vomiting without previous nausea.

Alcoholism with constant nausea, constipation and insomnia. Drowsiness. Faintness.


Codeine phosphoricum. Codeine sulphuricum. Alkaloid from Opium.

The main clinical indication – Twitching, convulsive, of muscles of limbs, but especially of the eyelids, preventing sleep at night.

Knerr Repertory

  • Lids: twitching: left, in: involuntary of, sometimes better by rubbing. 0>1>0
  • Lids: twitching: read or write, whenever he attempts to. 0>1>0

In worst form of cough, at night, a kind of short night.

  • Night, at: sleep: disturbs. 0>1>0
  • Short: night, worse at. 0>1>1


Morphinum sulphuricum. Morphia.

Morphine bears a similar relation to opium as atropine is to belladonna, that is, it represents its nervous side. It is less stimulating, less convulsive and more decidedly hypnotic. Constipates less and affects contractility of the bladder more.

It is clinically a very important remedy for Vertigo

Where especially vertigo aggravates slightest motion of head, even after eating and drinking , there is feeling if suddenly fainting with great anxiety, along with feeling of restless internally. One of the important concomitant – Constipation; stools large, dry, knotty, with tendency to bruise and fissure.


The main indication of the remedy is – Chronic follicular pharyngitis. With Lachrymation, pains in eyes and head, sore scalp, sense of obstruction.

Williard Peirce Plains talks on materia medica –

Rawness of the posterior nares, burning and rawness in the larynx, with hoarseness and rawness and soreness behind the sternum at the bifurcation of the bronchi, with violent convulsive cough, which causes additional rawness, and expectoration of thick yellow, or bloody mucus.


Dr. Gaurang Gaikwad (BHMS)

He is a one of most popular teacher and practitioner of Homeopathy all across India leading and motivating the youth. He is also the youngest Homoeopath to be invited to Europe to teach Classical Homeopathy and Repertory. He has been working for ‘the other song’ academy and with Dr. Rajan Sankaran who has inspired and mentored him. He has worked on his world-famous books including Synergy in Homeopathy, Synergy Synopsisand From Similia to Synergy, and the Art of Follow Up. He has been closely associated with Dr Sunirmal Sarkar and compiled his book – JUST YOU SEE on Dr. Sarkar’s experience. He also contributed to the publication ‘Pathological Factor in Remedy Selection’ by Dr. Ashok Borkar. He has been working with Dr. Sankaran in his private clinic and also his own private clinic in Dadar, Shivaji Park, Mumbai. He has written 4 Books recently namely; Pysche of Homeopath for beginners, Homeopathic approach on Thyroid disorders, Art of Repertorisation, How to use BBCR and Phatak’s Repertory. He is current working on 2 Books, on Mind Rubrics and How to use different repertories in practice.



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