Spartium scoparium [Saroth.]
Sparteine sulphate increases the
strength of the heart, slows it and reduces the blood pressure. It continues the
good effects of Veratrum and Digitalis without any of the undesirable effects of
The effect of Sparteine sulphate
(the alkaloid of Broom) is to cause a LOWERING of the systolic and diastolic
pressures of the provers. Sphygmograms also show a condition of lowered
blood-pressure. It depresses the heart by poisonous action exerted on the
myocardium and this, with the stimulating action of the drug upon the vagus,
accounts for the lowered blood pressure and reduced pulse rate. It weakens the
cardiac contraction. The total amount of urine is increased. The drug has,
therefore, diuretic properties and is useful in dropsy.
respiration. Irregular heart following grip and various infections. Hypotension.
Used palliatively in physiological dosage to combat arterial hypertension,
arteriosclerosis. Very useful hypodermically 1/10 to 1/4 grain in sustaining
heart after stopping habit of Morphia. Spartium is indicated when primarily the
muscles of the heart and especially the nervous apparatus is affected. Acts
rapidly and lasts three to four days. Does not disturb digestion. Nephritis.
Tobacco heart. Angina pectoris.
Irregular action, disturbed rhythm due to gas, etc., feeble in nervous
hysterical patients. Myocardial degeneration, failing compensation. Hypotension.
Sparteine in 2 gr. doses for water-logged cases, cannot lie down. Here it
produces much comfort. Has specific action upon the kidneys, enabling them to
eliminate and relieve the stress upon the heart.
Great accumulation of gas in
gastrointestinal canal, with mental depression.
Burning along urinary tract or in
pudendum. PROFUSE FLOW OF URINE.
For non-homeopathic use (palliative
as above), one or two grains t.i.d. by mouth, exerts a definite action upon the
kidneys that will enable them to relieve the distress upon the heart. It is a
safe drug and prompt in its action. Hypodermically, not less than 1/4 of a
grain. Doses as high as 2 grains by mouth three times a day are safe (Hinsdale).
Homeopathically. First to third