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IPECAC.

ephaelis ipecacuanha

A Portuguese friar living in Brazil in the early 17th century first recorded the medicinal properties of ipecacuanha, a traditional remedy used by Brazilian Indians. Its name is from the Portuguese for “sick-making plant,” since in large doses it causes nausea, vomiting, and even cardiac failure.In conventional medicine, drugs derived from the root are used to loosen phlegm in the respiratory tract and to induce vomiting. Ipecac. was proved by Hahnemann in 1805 and is used especially to relieve persistent nausea.

REMEDY PROFILE
Irritability is common in those who respond best to Ipecac., and children suited to the remedy may scream and howl. When unwell, these people can be capricious and hard to please, asking for things and then changing their minds. Illness can prompt them to become morose, depressed, impatient, and contemptuous of those around them. Physical symptoms generally linked with Ipecac. are persistent nausea, with or without vomiting, and a tendency to hemorrhage. Despite any vomiting, the tongue is clean and unfurred. There is often oversensitivity to movement and a constant feeling of being hot on the inside and cold on the outside. These symptoms appear rapidly, are generally intermittent, and may also include coughing fits and breathing difficulties. Ipecac. is also used for headaches, migraines, and gynecological problems linked to the general tendency to bleed very easily.

Nausea & vomiting
SYMPTOMS Persistent nausea that is not necessarily relieved by vomiting is a key symptom associated with Ipecac. There is a bloated, swollen feeling in the abdomen, and cramping, colicky pain that may be most severe around the navel, while the stomach may seem to “flop” inside the abdomen. Vomit consists mostly of undigested food or bile. Belching and excess saliva production are common, the mouth remains moist, and there is little thirst. The tongue tends to be clean and unfurred. If gastroenteritis is the cause, there may be copious, watery, greenish-colored diarrhea that contains undigested food. If the skin is itchy, with sweat forming on the brow, then the symptom picture may indicate gallbladder problems. The nausea is very enervating, and may be accompanied by a weak pulse and fainting.

Coughs & wheezing
SYMPTOMS An irritating, dry, rattling, loose cough, usually triggered by warm, humid weather. Breathing may be wheezy and asthmatic, and the chest may feel constricted.Although little phlegm may be produced,coughing may be violent and accompanied by nosebleeds, retching, gagging, nausea,vomiting, or coughing up of blood. These symptoms may be indicative of conditions such as bronchitis, whooping cough, and childhood asthma.Symptoms better For fresh air; for sitting up.Symptoms worse For heat and warmth; in the winter; for lying down; for movement.

Migraine
SYMPTOMS Migraine pain in the whole head,with severe nausea and vomiting. The pain extends to the face, teeth, and tongue.The face is pallid, or blue around the lips and eyes.Gynecological problems SYMPTOMS Extremely heavy menstrual flow,possibly with nausea and fainting. Between menstrual periods there may be irregular spotting or a sudden, gushing flow from the uterus of bright red blood that proves slow to clot. Ipecac. may also be prescribed for morning sickness, for hemorrhaging in connection with a displaced placenta, and for bleeding and nausea in the aftermath of a miscarriage.

S O U R C E D E TA I L S
O R I G I N
Native to Central and South America and cultivated particularly in Brazil; this plant’s preferred habitat is tropical rainforest.

B A C K G R O U N D
A traditional Brazilian cure for dysentery that was brought to Europe in 1672, it is still used today by herbalists for amoebic dysentery.

P R E PA R AT I O N
The root is dug up and the ?rmest dark rootlets dried, powdered, and macerated in alcohol. They are then ?ltered, diluted, and succussed.

C O M M O N N A M E
Ipecacuanha.

CARBO VEG.

Carbo vegetabilis

Charcoal’s hardness and durability have in the past made it a popular material for staking out land boundaries. Its ability to absorb gases and toxins in the body gained charcoal a reputation as a “purifier,” and in the 18th and 19th centuries it was used in dressings for skin ulcers and in mouthwashes. Hahnemann proved and published the homeopathic remedy in his Chronic Diseases (1821–34). It became known as the “corpse reviver” for its ability to restore severe collapse.

REMEDY PROFILE
People who need Carbo veg. may be in a state of physical and mental collapse. It is used for debilitated states ranging from a simple faint or fatigue to exhaustion or more serious collapse. Those affected may never have fully recovered from a previous illness. Symptoms include extreme weariness on making the least effort, indifference, and anxiety at night, along with a fear of the supernatural. Typical physical symptoms include a cold, clammy body, a sallow face, weakness, and numbness or burning pain in the limbs.A tendency to suffer from trapped gas is common. Despite usually feeling cold, people who respond to Carbo veg. like fresh air,especially if it is fanned over their faces. They may crave junk foods, coffee, sweets, and salt, and long for alcohol although it makes them feel unwell. In common with herbalists, homeopaths often give the remedy for flatulence and weak digestive functioning. Carbo veg. may also be taken for respiratory problems, or for a poor, sluggish constitution, particularly in the elderly.

Fatigue
SYMPTOMS Weakness, severe exhaustion,or low vitality. The skin is cold and pale, but the body feels hot inside, and there is a bitter taste in the mouth. Carbo veg. can be used for loss of vitality, fatigue, or shock during convalescence.

Chronic fatigue syndrome
Aching, burning pains all over the body, and swollen, tender glands. Confusion difficulty in concentrating, and anxiety may be evident, along with other symptoms of fatigue.

Indigestion & flatulence
SYMPTOMS Indigestion and flatulence that occur regardless of diet. Regurgitation of food may be accompanied by sour burps, smelly gas, diarrhea, and bloating so that the skin of the stomach is stretched taut. Overeating may trigger nausea, dizziness, fainting, and morning headaches where the head feels heavy and hot.Symptoms better For cold, fresh air; for passing gas; for burping.Symptoms worse In the morning; for lying down; for rich, fatty foods; for milk, coffee, or wine.

Breathing problems
SYMPTOMS Spasmodic cough, whooping cough, asthma, and bronchitis in the elderly.There may be cold perspiration and weakness, choking, gagging, and vomiting of mucus. A desire for fresh air is common, as is a feeling of suffocation.

Poor circulation
SYMPTOMS Reduced energy and lack of coordination due to poor circulation of oxygen around the body. The skin on the face, hands, and feet may be cold and blue.Hoarseness and a cold tongue and breath are common, and there may also be cold, puffy legs with a tendency for bleeding varicose veins to form.

S O U R C E D E TA I L S
O R I G I N
Made from silver birch, beech, or poplar trees, which grow on moors, heaths, woodlands, and mountains throughout the Northern Hemisphere.
B A C K G R O U N D
Used in traditional and conventional medicine for ulceration, septic diseases, ?atulence, and indigestion. Also known for its deodorant and disinfectant properties.

P R E PA R AT I O N
Fist-sized bits of wood are cut, heated until red hot, and sealed in an airtight earthenware jar. The resulting ash is then triturated, diluted, and succussed.

C O M M O N N A M E S
Charcoal, wood charcoal.

CANNABIS IND.

Cannabis sativa ‘Indica’

First mentioned in a Chinese herbal dating to 2700 BCE, marijuana has long been an important medicine in the herbal repertories of many cultures. By the 19th century, marijuana had become a standard painkiller in Europe. More recently, it has been prescribed as a conventional medicine in some countries to relieve nausea caused by chemotherapy and spasms due to multiple sclerosis. The plant is also an illegal recreational drug, and its prohibition extends to medicinal uses in many countries. The homeopathic remedy Cannabis ind. was proved by the American Provers’ Union in 1839 and introduced by Dr. Trinks in 1841.

REMEDY PROFILE
The behavior of those who benefit most from Cannabis ind. alternates between sweet and gentle, and desperate or even paranoid. Typical physical symptoms include a marked increase in appetite and thirst, especially for sweet foods and cold drinks. Cannabis ind. is prescribed primarily to treat abnormal psychological states, such as confusion, disorientation, loss of memory,overexcitement, unwarranted fears, or paranoia. The remedy is also given for physical conditions such as headaches, urinary-tract infections, and pain in the legs.

Disordered mental states
SYMPTOMS Marked swings in thought and mood between a gentle state and paranoia.The gentle state is marked by mild euphoria, an overactive brain, and headstrong views,particularly about esoteric subjects such as astrology and UFOs. Wonderful and enlightening ideas occur in rapid succession,but they are equally quickly forgotten. The slightest thing may trigger hysterical giggling.Prophetic dreams, out-of-body experiences, or an apparent ability to predict the future may also be experienced. In the paranoid state, there is generally fear and anxiety, particularly a fear of losing control and becoming insane. There may be disorientation, memory loss, and confusion, even when in well-known environments. Travel or relocation may cause distress. Hallucinations that distort time, space, and distance are not uncommon.

Headaches
SYMPTOMS An opening and closing sensation at the top of the head, as if shock waves are passing through the brain. The head may shake involuntarily and feel as if it is separate from the body. A stooping posture may be adopted due to a sensation of heavy pressure on the brain or to a migraine.

Urinary-tract infections
SYMPTOMS A dull, burning, aching, or stitch-like pain in the right kidney. Urine may be profuse and colorless, with erratic flow due to obstructed urination. There may be urethritis (inflammation of the urethra) with mucus discharge and burning, stinging pain.

Pain or paralysis in the legs
SYMPTOMS Shooting pains that rise up the legs when walking. Exhaustion may follow even a very short walk. Alternatively, there may be a sensation of paralysis in the lower limbs. These symptoms are frequently accompanied by a backache.

S O U R C E D E TA I L S
O R I G I N
Native to China and central western Asia,but now grown worldwide, although usually subject to legal restrictions.

B A C K G R O U N D
Important in cultures such as ancient Egypt, China, and India, as a strong analgesic, sedative, and anti-in?ammatory.

P R E PA R AT I O N
The ?owering tops and seeds are ?nely chopped, macerated in alcohol for ten days, then ?ltered, diluted, and succussed.

C O M M O N N A M E S
Marijuana, hashish, cannabis, Indian hemp, bhang bhanga.

BRYONIA

Bryonia alba

Dioscorides, the famous Greek physician of the 1st century CE,advocated bryony for gangrenous wounds, and the ancient Greeks and Romans also used it for epilepsy, vertigo, paralysis, gout, and coughs. In 17th-century England the herbalist Culpeper found bryony useful for phlegm, coughs, and shortness of breath. In 1834 Hahnemann proved the homeopathic remedy, which is used mostly for slow-starting ailments accompanied by pain on the slightest movement.

REMEDY PROFILE
Bryonia is mainly used for people who are highly irritable when ill. Often clean-living,meticulous individuals, they can be contrary and capricious if ill, wanting things that, when given, are promptly rejected. They may feel tired, taciturn, languid, and angry if disturbed. Anxiety is common, especially about financial security.The chief physical symptom treated by Bryonia is pain felt on the slightest movement.It is often accompanied by infrequent spells of great thirst, and dry lips, mouth, and eyes.Illness sets in slowly, typically after overexposure to heat or cold. Bryonia is useful for chest inflammation, pneumonia,bad headaches, and rheumatic pains. It may also be taken for some forms of constipation and breast pain.

Dry coughs
SYMPTOMS Great dryness in the mouth, throat,chest, and mucous membranes, with a tickly cough and sharp chest pains. Pressing the chest during a coughing fit may alleviate pain in the head, chest, or rib cage, as may lying still and breathing gently. Coughs may be linked to colds, pleurisy, or bronchitis.

Colds & influenza
SYMPTOMS Red, sore, swollen nose, a hoarse,constricted throat, and a dry cough. The lips are often cracked and itchy,and the mouth is dry, with a white-coated tongue. Sharp, shooting ear pains may develop, as may sore eyes with sensitivity to movement and heavy eyelids. There may be an intense, aching headache,raging thirst, and copious perspiration.

Headaches
SYMPTOMS Bursting, splitting headache over the forehead or left eye, so that even moving the eyeball hurts. Pain extends to the back of the head, then the whole head, often lasting all day. The mouth may be dry, and there may be great thirst.

Joint pain
SYMPTOMS Joints and muscles are hot, swollen,stiff, and prone to stabbing pain, usually due to gout, tenosynovitis, or arthritis, or after an injury.

Constipation
SYMPTOMS Large, hard stools that look black or burned. The rectum may be particularly dry, with burning pain after passing a stool. Rumbly,colicky pains in the abdomen are common.

S O U R C E D E TA I L S
O R I G I N
Grows mainly in hedges and woodlands of southern England, and in central and southern Europe.

B A C K G R O U N D
Used traditionally for shortness of breath,coughing, and the clearing of phlegm from the chest.

P R E PA R AT I O N
The fresh root is unearthed before the plant ?owers, chopped, pulped, macerated in alcohol for ten days, diluted, and succussed.

C O M M O N N A M E S
Bryony, white bryony, wild hops.

CANTHARIS

Cantharis vesicatoria syn. Lytta vesicatoria

The iridescent body of this beetle contains an irritant called cantharidine, which has a long, if dubious, reputation in traditional medicine, due in part to its alleged aphrodisiac properties. If taken in large doses, cantharidine is a powerful poison that attacks the urinary system. It causes vomiting, diarrhea, burning pain in the stomach and throat, and kidney damage, and can lead ultimately to death. The remedy Cantharis, proved by Hahnemann in 1805, is given for complaints accompanied by burning pain.
REMEDY PROFILE
Those who benefit most from Cantharis usually have high sex drives, which may become uncontrollable during certain illnesses. They can be restless, querulous, and difficult to get along with when ill. Irritability or insolence can even explode into paroxysms of violence or rage. In extreme cases, this may escalate into psychological problems such as intense mental confusion or mania. Cantharis is prescribed for conditions that deteriorate very rapidly. Typical symptoms are loss of appetite, burning pain in the throat or stomach, and raging thirst with an aversion to
drinking, since even a small amount of water makes the bladder pain worse. Burning cystitis and urinary tract inflammation are the main disorders for which Cantharis is used. Tenderness in the area of the kidneys, renal colic, kidney inflammation such as nephritis and pyelonephritis, and some other urinary disorders may also be eased by the remedy. It is given for sunburn, scalds, and burns if the skin has blistered, and is also used for insect bites and stings. Some digestive-tract disorders, such as gastritis, severe diarrhea, or dysentery, may respond to the remedy, as may an excessive libido.
Severe cystitis

SYMPTOMS Constant, urgent desire to urinate, with violent, spasmodic pains in the lower abdomen. Urine is scanty, hot, and bloody, and is passed drop by drop, with violent burning or cutting pains in the bladder and urethra. After urinating there is a sensationthat the bladder is not actually empty. There may be long-term urine retention, which results in a loss of muscle tone in the bladder. Inflammation of the genital area may overly stimulate the libido.
Burns & scalds

SYMPTOMS Burns, sunburn, and scalding, if the skin blisters. Cantharis is also prescribed forblisters that resemble burns.
Insect bites & stings

SYMPTOMS Unusually sharp pain at the site of a sting or bite, which has a black center. Anger, restlessness, excitability, or aggravationmay also be evident after the bite or sting.
Gastritis, diarrhea & dysentery
SYMPTOMS Violent, burning pain, distended abdomen, and possibly diarrhea accompanied by a scalding sensation. There may be an urge to empty the bowels when urinating, a loss of appetite, and irritability.
Excessive libido

SYMPTOMS Uncontrollable, inappropriatesexual arousal. An inflamed genital area, due to urinary tract infection, may stimulate sexual activity. Sexual fantasies may bestrong enough to disturb sleep.
S O U R C E D E TA I L S
O R I G I N
Found in southern Europe, notably in Spain and southern France, as well as in western Asia. Feeds on the leaves of white poplar,ash, privet, elder, and lilac trees.
B A C K G R O U N D
Traditionally used for warts, baldness, arousing the libido, and inducing miscarriage. The Greek “father of medicine,” Hippocrates, advocated Spanish fly for dropsy in the 5th century BCE.
P R E PA R AT I O N
Whole, live beetles are killed by heating. They are then macerated in alcohol and left to stand for five days, before being filtered, diluted, and succussed.
C O M M O N N A M E S
Spanish fly, blister beetle.

APIS

Apis mellifera


A 9,000-year-old cave painting depicting a figure taking honey from a hive is the oldest record of our relationship with the honey bee. Bees provide us with more than just honey, however: beeswax is refined and used in ointments and polishes; propolis (a resin collected by bees from tree buds) is used medicinally; and royal jelly is taken as a nutritional supplement. The homeopathic remedy, proved in 1852 by Dr. Frederick Humphries, is often used to treat insect bites and stings.


REMEDY PROFILE


Homeopaths easily recognize people likely to benefit from Apis because, in some ways, their behavior echoes that of bees. They tend to be fussy, restless, irritable types who are hard to please. Frantic hours spent cleaning and sorting, sometimes clumsily, often accomplish little. A vulnerable side reveals oversensitivity, sadness, weepiness, and an aversion to being alone. This need for company gives this type of person a reputation as a “queen bee” who organizes everyone. They reserve a sting in their tails for those who upset them. Fiercely territorial, they can be highly jealous or suspicious of newcomers. Apis is prescribed generally for symptoms that start on the right side and move to the left side. Ailments treated with Apis include urticaria (hives), insect bites or stings, and burns. It is used for urinary infections such as cystitis, and for edema or urine retention, especially in newborn babies. Inflammation of the eyes, mouth, or throat, and fever may also be helped.


Urticaria, bites & stings


SYMPTOMS The skin is itchy, swollen, and highly sensitive to touch, with stinging pain. It may be puffy and blotchy, with raised bumps that seem full of water. Urticaria maydevelop after a chill or fever.


Cystitis


SYMPTOMS Burning, stinging pain in the urethra and bladder on passing urine. The need to urinate is frequent, but only meager amounts of urine are passed. Kidney inflammation with puffy eyes and a lack of thirst may also respond to Apis.


Edema


SYMPTOMS Swelling of body tissues due to fluid retention. The swelling may be associated with arthritis (accompanied by the typical burning or stinging pain), meningitis, pleurisy, or peritonitis.


Inflammation of the eyes, lips,mouth, or throat


SYMPTOMS Inflammation of the eyes, mouth, or throat. The eyes are red, sore, and sensitive to light. They may water profusely with hot tears. The mouth and throat are swollen, and are subject to burning pains. Any swelling in the throat may obstruct breathing. There is a marked lack of thirst.


Fever


SYMPTOMS Fever with a total lack of thirst and possible sore throat. There may be a severe headache with stabbing pains, in which the head feels hot. There may also be chills, and the skin is dry and sensitive.


S O U R C E D E TA I L S
O R I G I N
Made from the native European honey bee, which can today be found throughout Europe and in Canada, the US, and many other countries.
B A C K G R O U N D
Bee-derived substances such as beeswax and honey have long been used in many medicinal traditions, including ancient Greek, Western, Chinese, and Unani.
P R E PA R AT I O N
The remedy is made from the whole female bee, including the stinger, or from the stinger alone. The insect is crushed, dissolved in alcohol, diluted, and succussed.
C O M M O N N A M E
Honey bee.

ARNICA

Arnica montana

The healing properties of this aromatic perennial have been recognized for over 400 years. Arnica is anti-inflammatory and promotes tissue repair. It has been used extensively in European folk medicine as an external remedy for muscle pain, and was once also prescribed as an internal treatment for dysentery and gout. Potentially toxic, its internal use is now largely limited to homeopathy. Proved by Hahnemann and published in his Materia Medica Pura (1821–34), Arnica is used to promote healing and help control bleeding. It is used mostly for shock, injury, and pain.


REMEDY PROFILE


People who respond best to this remedy may actually deny that they are ill, ignoring the severity of their condition. They generally prefer to be left alone and tend to be agitated, restless, and morose. Poor concentration and forgetfulness are typical, as are nightmares and a morbid imagination.Arnica is usually given as a first-aid remedy following an accident, surgery, bereavement, childbirth, or dental treatment. It is also used for joint pain, fever, and some skin problems.


Shock, injury & postoperativecare


SYMPTOMS Acute and chronic consequences of shock, injury, or surgery, particularly bleeding, bruising, swelling, and aching pains. The body may feel battered and highly sensitive to discomfort, to the point where even a bed seems too hard. Arnica may also be prescribed to treat injuries such as a black eye or a foreign object in an eye, concussion, and nosebleeds.


Post-childbirth pain
SYMPTOMS Bruised, aching pain in the vagina that may be especially distressing at night.

Tooth & gum pain


SYMPTOMS Pain in the teeth or sore, bruised, and bleeding gums following injury or dental work may be treated with Arnica.


Joint & muscle pain


SYMPTOMS Arthritic pain, sprains, or strains to the joints, which feel bruised, sore, and sensitive. Arnica is also taken to ease swelling, bruising, and pain after a ligament tear or bone injury. Alternatively, it is used for aches in the muscles due to cramps, unaccustomed exercise, or overexertion.


Fever


SYMPTOMS A hot head, cold body, and exhaustion. Stools, flatulence, and perspiration tend to have a characteristic odor of rotten eggs, and there may be incontinence of stools and urine. Arnica is also prescribed for recurring fevers such as typhoid or malarial fever.


Skin conditions


SYMPTOMS Hard, dry, swollen skin due to insect bites, bed sores, small, painful boils, red, blistering skin eruptions, or varicose ulcers.


S O U R C E D E TA I L S


O R I G I N

Grows in alpine pastures and woodlands of the Pyrenees, Siberia, and central Europe, especially Switzerland and Germany.
B A C K G R O U N D
Traditionally used externally as an ointment to improve local blood supply and speed healing in the treatment of bruises, sprains, and muscle pain.
P R E PA R AT I O N
The whole flowering plant, including the root, is steeped in alcohol, filtered, diluted, and succussed.
C O M M O N N A M E S
Arnica, leopard’s bane, sneezewort, mountain tobacco, mountain daisy.

ANACARDIUM OR

Anacardium orientale syn. Semecarpus anacardium


The Latin name of this shrub derives from the ancient Greek kardia, or “heart,” inspired by the plant’s heart-shaped, shiny, black nut. The nut yields a milky juice that turns black after it is exposed to air. In southeast Asia this juice is combined with chalk to make an ink for marking patterns on fabric, hence the plant’s common name, the marking-nut tree. The homeopathic remedy Anacardium or. was proved by Hahnemann in 1835. It is prescribed for both psychological and physical disorders.


REMEDY PROFILE


Anacardium or. is traditionally used for memory disturbance and a disturbed psychological state. It is considered especially apt for those who feel they are experiencing a conflict of will or are trapped between extremes of good and evil, sometimes described as “a demon sitting on one shoulder, an angel on the other.” These individuals are typically prone to low self- esteem, or may exhibit hard, angry, cruel behavior. They may suspect that they are being pursued, or experience dreamlike states. Typical physical symptoms include a feeling of constricted pain, as if bands are wrapped tightly around the body, or as if the gut or anus is plugged. In this connection, the remedy is used for certain conditions of the digestive tract. It is also used for skin irritations marked by severe itching and burning, and for minor chest pain.


Psychological problems


SYMPTOMS A state of inner conflict expressed in contrary and changeable behavior. This conflict may provoke behavior that is cold- hearted, violent, and cruel, with a compulsive urge to curse. Exaggerated affection toward a person or pet may be followed by cruelty or violence. An inferiority complex may be evident . There may be an extremely poor memory, a lack of concentration, and general absent-mindedness, especially at times of stress— for example, when studying for exams. In extreme cases, symptoms may be linked to a mental illness, such as depression, manic depression, or schizophrenia.



Low self-esteem


SYMPTOMS Great feelings of unworthiness, irresolution, and low self-confidence, possibly with an inferiority complex, due to an inner conflict of will. Depending on the severity of the mental state, there may even be infrequent or ongoing self-abuse. Behavior patterns may be associated with prior subjection to abuse,violence, humiliation, or oppression.



Digestive disorders


SYMPTOMS Hemorrhoids, indigestion, and constipation with a painful constricted feeling, as if the gut or anus were plugged and the body wrapped by tight bands. The pain may stop after eating but resumes a few hours later.



Skin conditions

SYMPTOMS Eczema and possibly patches of blistered skin, often on the forearms, causing intense itching and burning. The skin is highly sensitive. Warts are also treated with the remedy.



Chest pain


SYMPTOMS Sharp or pricking pain in the heart, possibly with a sense of pressure in the chest,as if it is bound by tight bands or weighed down by a small plug. An uneasy sensation may develop in the chest, possibly involving palpitations.


S O U R C E D E TA I L S
O R I G I N
Native to Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Indian subcontinent, and found growing in dry, mountainous forest areas.
B A C K G R O U N D
Arabian physicians traditional y used the juice of the marking nut to treat mental il ness, memory loss, paralysis, and spasms.
P R E PA R AT I O N
The ripe, dried fruit is macerated in alcohol for at least five days, before being filtered and then repeatedly diluted and succussed.
C O M M O N N A M E
Marking-nut tree.

ALOE

Aloe ferox
The medicinal properties of the various species of aloe have been exploited for centuries. The ancient Greeks and Romans considered aloe to be a valuable tonic and purgative. The purgative quality of dried aloe gel is still valued today in herbal medicine, but the plant is probably more familiar now as the source of a soothing and effective skin lotion. The Aloe remedy was proved by Buchner in 1821 and by the homeopath Dr. Helbig in 1833, and is used today mainly for digestive complaints, particularly diarrhea.
REMEDY PROFILE
Homeopaths consider Aloe when the psychological traits exhibited include weariness, a reluctance to work, and great irritability, especially in cloudy weather. Dissatisfaction and anger are commonly directed internally, possibly producing constipation. Moreover, the person may dream about stools or involuntary soiling. Beer is a typical craving, despite the fact that it usually exacerbates any physical symptoms. Aloe is most frequently prescribed for disorders of the large intestine. It may be taken for congestion in the pelvic organs and the head, and is also thought to counter fatigue, hemorrhoids, and the possible consequences of a sedentary lifestyle, particularly in the elderly.
Diarrhea
SYMPTOMS A sudden urge to pass stools, which is at its strongest particularly early in the morning, possibly forcing an early rise from bed at around 5 a.m. Accompanied by hot, explosive gas, the stools may contain mucus or jellylike lumps. They may be passed involuntarily, giving rise to a feeling of insecurity in the rectum (this may also be an indication of colitis). Diarrhea may alternate with constipation. It is marked by incomplete, unsatisfactory stools and heavy
pressure in the lower abdominal area. Symptoms generally tend to be worse prior to menstruation, or may primarily affect the elderly or those with sedentary habits.
Hemorrhoids
SYMPTOMS Hemorrhoids that resemble small bunches of grapes and protrude from the anus. They are typically accompanied by soreness and tenderness. There may be a painful, burning sensation in the rectum and anus, and flatulent diarrhea.
Hepatitis
SYMPTOMS A sensation of congestion and heat in the liver. There may be rumbling and distention in the abdomen, causing it to feel full, heavy, bloated, and hot. An accumulation of gas may accompany this feeling of distention, as well as strain and tension that is felt in the area between the pubic bone and the coccyx.
Headaches
SYMPTOMS Severe, painful headaches that seem to trigger a sensation of congestion in the face
and in the head. These headaches frequently appear to alternate with the occurrence of hemorrhoids or diarrhea, or may be associated with pain in the lower back.
S O U R C E D E TA I L S
O R I G I N
Native to southern Africa, particularly the northern, eastern, and western Capes, but now cultivated throughout the world. Found in fertile, well-drained areas with sandy soil and direct sunlight.
B A C K G R O U N D
Traditional y, aloe gel has been used as a laxative and purgative. Various research trials
conducted between 1979 and 1995 found that extracts from the plant boost immune- system functioning, and may even help to treat cancer and irritable bowel syndrome.
P R E PA R AT I O N
The juice is extracted from the plant and dried to make a hard resin, which is then powdered and steeped in alcohol. The mixture is left to macerate for at least five days, after which it is filtered, and then repeatedly diluted and succussed.
C O M M O N N A M E S
Aloe, Cape aloe.

ALLIUM CEPA

Allium cepa
In ancient Greece, the onion was esteemed and eaten in vast quantities. One of the oldest cultivated plants, its decongestant, diuretic, and other medicinal properties have been utilized by many cultures over the centuries. In the Middle Ages its strong smell was thought to prevent infection, and it was hung outside houses to ward off the plague. Onion causes the eyes and nose to water, and is used homeopathically to treat conditions that cause the same reaction in the body, such as colds and influenza. The remedy Allium cepa was proved in 1847
by Dr. Constantine Hering.

REMEDY PROFILE
Melancholy, anxiety, f ear of pain, and dullness of mind are not uncommon in individuals who respond well to Allium cepa, but there are no marked emotional symptoms indicative of the remedy. Allium cepa is used primarily for the treatment of coughs and colds characterized by profuse, watery catarrh that leaves the skin irritated and sore. Symptoms usually develop following exposure to cold weather and damp winds. They may be associated with hay fever,especially if accompanied by sensitivity to the scent of flowers. Allium cepa is also used to treat burning neuralgic pain that alternatesfrom one side of the body to the other.
Catarrh
SYMPTOMS Profuse, watery catarrh that burns the skin of the nose and upper lip, causing it to become raw, red, and painful. The nose may literally “drip like a faucet.” Constant, violent sneezing is common, as is congestion that alternates between nostrils or affects only one nostril. Allium cepa is used for these symptoms in influenza, colds, and hay fever, but further remedies are needed to treat any actual susceptibility to hay fever itself.
Eye irritation
SYMPTOMS An irritating discharge that causes an urge to rub the eyes. The eyes are red, swollen, and itchy, and possibly extremely sensitive to light.
Throat & chest infections
SYMPTOMS Laryngitis with hoarseness and a raw, sore throat, or a cough characterized by a splitting, tearing sensation in the throat. There may be an urge to repress the cough, as it constantly irritates the throat. Pain may extend to the ear. Symptoms may develop rapidly on exposure to cold air, or after a coldaccompanied by labored, wheezy breathing.
Neuralgic pains
SYMPTOMS Sharp, burning pain on alternating sides of the body, mainly in the face, head, neck, and chest. It may be due to an earache, headaches behind the brow, or a toothache in the molars. Allium cepa is also used forphantom limb pains after amputation.
S O U R C E D E TA I L S
O R I G I N
Native to the Northern Hemisphere, and cultivated for centuries in the Middle East. Now grown worldwide as a vegetable.
B A C K G R O U N D
Widely used in traditional medicine: as a poultice for chilblains, infections, and arthritis; internally for gastric and bronchial infections; and to thin and purify the blood.
P R E PA R AT I O N
The whole, mature bulb is gathered in summer and chopped finely. It is steeped in alcohol for ten days and shaken repeatedly, before being filtered, diluted, and succussed.
C O M M O N N A M E
Onion.

AGARICUS

Agaricus muscarius syn. Amanita muscaria


This toxic toadstool’s common name, fly agaric, is derived from its traditional use as a fly poison. Fly agaric contains hallucinogens that were used by Siberian shamans to induce visionary states, and it may have formed the basis of the ancient Hindu soma drink and the Zoroastrian haoma drink, due to its ability to increase strength and stamina. The fungus has sedative properties in small doses but is highly toxic: a severe overdose can be fatal, while a mild overdose can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, breathing problems, and confusion, although recovery usually takes place within 24 hours. The homeopathic remedy was proved in 1828 by Dr. Stapf, and it remains the only medicinal use of fly agaric.


REMEDY PROFILE


Those in need of Agaricus may be anxious, insecure, or fearful, and have morbid thoughts about death. Anxiety about health may lead to an obsessive fear of having conditions such as cancer. Symptoms typically include great lethargy and an aversion to conversation, or delirium and loquacity to the point of ecstasy, elation, or hypomania, and disturbed sense of perspective.People for whom Agaricus is most suitable are particularly sensitive to the cold when ill. Some symptoms are worse prior to thunderstorms and after sexual intercourse. Agaricus is taken as a remedy for disorders of the nervous system that cause trembling, itching, and twitching and jerking of the limbs. Such conditions include epilepsy, chorea, and multiple sclerosis. Agaricus can be prescribed for the treatment of the delirium tremens associated with alcoholism, and for the effects of senile dementia. It is also used to treat chilblains.


Nervous-system disorders


SYMPTOMS Twitching and spasms in almost any muscle group in the body, caused by degenerative neurological disorders such as senile dementia or multiple sclerosis. Symptoms tend to manifest themselves diagonally from one side of the body to the other, and may be accompanied by pain that is out of proportion to the clinical condition. There may also be sharp, shooting pains, with possible convulsions and spasms. Movementsmay be very shaky, with clumsiness, awkwardness, and a staggering gait. Further symptoms may include facial tics or Bell’s palsy, fainting, chorea, neuralgia, and sciatica.


Chorea


SYMPTOMS Twitching, erratic, unpredictable limb movements and a sensation that thelimbs are detached from the body.


Parkinson’s disease


SYMPTOMS General weakness with trembling and twitching limbs that exhibit the typical nervous symptoms. The spine may be particularly sensitive to touch. Further symptoms may include a mental decline intogreat anxiety, despair, fear, and hypochondria.


Chilblains


SYMPTOMS Chilblains with burning and itching. The skin shows signs of redness and swelling.


Alcoholism


SYMPTOMS Delirium tremens with marked giddiness and an impulse to fall backward. The face is puffy and red, but not hot. There may be a marked increase in appetite.


S O U R C E D E TA I L S


O R I G I N

Grows in dry pastures and woods during summer in Scotland, Scandinavia, and other parts of Europe, as well as in Asia and the US.


B A C K G R O U N D


Has been used throughout history as a hallucinogen, as a method of contacting the spirit world, and as a means of increasing human strength and endurance.


P R E PA R AT I O N


The whole, fresh fungus or the dried cap is washed thoroughly and ground into a mash. It is then steeped in alcohol before beingstrained, diluted, and succussed.

ACONITE

Aconitum napellus
Historically, the deadly juices derived from this plant were used as an arrow poison, hence the name aconite, from the Greek acon, or “dart.” Until the homeopathic remedy was proved by Hahnemann in 1805, aconite was used only externally in medicine. Aconite became a popular alternative to the contemporarypractice of blood-letting for the treatment of acute fevers and inflammations.
REMEDY PROFILE :-
Homeopaths consider using Aconite for people who are excitable, generally healthy, and strong but develop illness rapidly and exhibit a marked sinking of strength. Physical and mental symptoms are like a great storm, arising suddenly but also subsiding quickly. Patterns of behavior are characterized by intense fear, anxiety, and restlessness, with susceptibility to extreme phobias, panic attacks, and a fear of death. Physical symptoms often develop as a result of shock, fear, or exposure to cold, dry winds or, occasionally, intensely hot weather. Acute infections, such as colds and coughs, can be treated with the remedy, particularly at their onset. Aconite may also be prescribed for anxiety states, and for mothers and infants during or immediately after childbirth.
Acute respiratory infections
SYMPTOMS Cold or influenza symptoms that set in fiercely and rapidly, especially after exposure to cold, dry winds. There may be catarrh or phlegm and a sore throat, possibly a fever that makes the skin hot and dry. Croup and other acute chest infections may give rise to breathlessness, burning heat in the chest, and a hoarse, dry, barking cough. Sleep is frequently
restless and agitated; at such times, the face may be hot, flushed, and swollen, although upon
rising it may become very pale. Severe headaches may develop, accompanied by raging thirst, often for cold drinks. The mouth may taste bitter, so that everything except water tastes bad. The skin is hypersensitive, causing a marked aversion to being touched.
Eye & ear infections
SYMPTOMS Inflamed eyes with aching, burning pain, typically due to injury or conjunctivitis. The eyes may be oversensitive to light. Ear infections develop rapidly, causing intense pain, bright red ears, and hypersensitivity to noise. Symptoms may be accompanied by a high fever and restless, fearful agitation.
Fear, shock & anxiety
SYMPTOMS Acute fear and anxiety accompanied by great restlessness and shocked, staring eyes with dilated pupils. Symptoms may be due to shock after witnessing a violent or frightening event, or may be triggered by phobias, such as a fear of flying, of heights, or of enclosed spaces. The fear or anxiety may trigger recurrent panic attacks, with palpitations, numbness, and tingling in the body. They may accompanied by a fear of death and a fear of people, with a strong desire to avoid company.
Problems in labor
SYMPTOMS Strong fear of impending death experienced by a mother during labor. There may be urine retention in either the mother or baby, or in both the mother and baby, immediately after the birth of the child, especially if the mother experienced fear during labor.
S O U R C E D E TA I L S
O R I G I N
Grows in damp, shady, mountainous regions of Europe and Central Asia. Also cultivated as a garden plant.
B A C K G R O U N D
Used externally, except on broken skin, to ease bruising and joint pain, but rarely used internally due to its toxic nature.
P R E PA R AT I O N
Whole plant, including the root, is unearthed during the flowering season, chopped, and macerated in alcohol.
C O M M O N N A M E S
Aconite, monk’s-hood, wolf’s-bane, blue rocket, friar’s-cap.