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Sabina has been employed in medicine since the time of the Greek physicians. Dioscorides,
who says, ” Cum vino potu sanguinem per urinas educunt et partus expellunt, id ipsum turn appjsitu, tum etiam suffitu prsestant.”

Pliny says : ” Savine, the hearbe called by the Greeks Brathy. It driveth and keepeth down all swellings, irapostumes ; it represseth all those ulcers which be corrosive and cauterous. Made in a linament it healeth St. Anthony’s fire and carbuncles. Drunke with honey and wine, it cureth the
jaundice. It is said that the very fume or smoke of this hearb will rid hens and such like pulleen of the pip.”
It was employed by the Arabian physicians for the same purposes as mentioned by Dioscorides.

Stapf {Add. to the Mat.Med.) says : ” Sabina has been heretofore employed in two different affections of the same organ, partly to bring on the
catamenia, and, in general, to stimulate the circulation (hence in chlorosis), partly to suppress bad hemorrhages from the uterus. It is evident that Sabina could not be the proper remedy in two such opposite affections, and that in one of them it must have been administered improperly. We now know from experience, that it cures hemorrhages from the uterus, as has first been remarked by Wedekind {De Usu Sahince, Marhurg, 1816, p. 27).

This view has been confirmed by the provings which homoeopathic physicians have instituted with Sabina upon the healthy organism, and which show, on the one hand, that Sabina has a tendency to excite the arterial circulation of the uterus ; and, on the other hand, they confirm the truth of the homeopathic law, inasmuch as hemorrhages from the uterus are cured even by allopathic doctors by the use of Sabina.

How different were the results obtained by the use of Sabina in stoppage of the catamenia. In such cases it has either never or but rarely done any good ; and even in cases where the catamenia were restored by Sabina, the result was merely palliative, and frequently followed by the most disagree
able consequences.

” The hemorrhages occasioned by Crocus seem to differ from those of Sabina, in more than one respect, especially in that of colour and consistence. The blood of the former is characterised by a dark colour and consistence ; the blood excited by the latter is distinguished by a brighter redness and fluidity, from which we may perhaps infer that Crocus acts especially upon the veins, and Sabina upon the arteries ; this supposition, however, requires confirmation.

” Next to the pathogenetic action of Sabina upon the sexual organs, there are many symptoms which show its great power to affect morbidly the periosteum, the joints, mucous membrane, and other analogous parts. Eau recommends Sabina against chronic articular gout. A writer in Hufeland’s Journal, against a kind of gout which he calls arthritis fixa apyretica, even when nodosities have begun to form, and when anchylosis threatens to set in.

Hufeland praises it in any kind of gout, not only nodous gout, but also arthritic pains in the head and chest.

” Of course, such general recommendations and definitions as the foregoing are not sufficient for the homoeopathic practitioner. To use Sabina and any other drug successfully, we have not only to specify with the utmost care the finest shades of morbid action which it is capable of exercising upon the organism, but we have also to investigate the minutest shades of morbid symptoms which we intend to cure.”

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