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Traditional name

Horse Meconium
     English: Amniotic Fluid of the horse

Used parts

The dried substance is triturated


Animalia; Chordata / Vertebrata - Vertebrates; Mammalia - Mammals; Perissodactyla - Uneven-toed Ungulates


Original proving

It was introduced into our Materia Medica by Dr. Hering.

Description of the substance

Hippomanes is NOT allantoic fluid or meconium, as homeopathic literature (since Boericke) has it.
And it has nothing to do with the remedy Manchinella, with which it is confused sometimes because of a similar common name in English language.

But Hippomanes are soft putty-like aggregates of urinary calculus (deposits or stones) which form throughout pregnancy and are present in all placentas in the allantoic cavity.  Fragments can sometimes be found in the urachus.  They vary in colour and size and have a layered appearance when cut. Occasionally there are accessory small hippomanes either free in the fluid or attached to the chorio-allantoic membrane.
The hippomane is about 14 x 1.5 cm and contains high concentrations of nitrogen, calcium, phosphorus, sodium, potassium and magnesium. The hippomane occurs singly in the allantoic fluid and is passed during or after second-stage delivery (this is the stage of delivery in which the foetus is expelled).
The hippomane is first found in the allantoic fluid at about Day 85. The only contribution from the foetal membranes is desquamated epithelium which provides a nucleus of tissue debris for the subsequent formation of a soft allantoic calculus.