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About Hypericum Perforatum Homeopathy Dilution
Commonly known as St. John's wort, God's wonder plant, Witches Herb, Devil's Scourge, goatweed or Klamath weed
Hypericum Perforatum is a Homoeopathic dilution prepared from the herb St John’s Wort and is helpful in injuries to the nerves especially to the extremities. It is also helpful in cases of coccygodynia, punctured wounds, nausea, hemorrhoids, sciatica, neuritis and hyperidrosis.
It is helpful in emotional and nervous complaints such as crush injuries, shock, and nervousness. It was found useful in cases of mild to moderate depression. Excessive pain is a guiding symptom. The complaints are worse in foggy and damp weather, especially the asthma, in a closed room and by touch.
Specific remedy for injuries to nerves, especially of fingers, toes and nails. Crushed parts from injuries especially tips. Excessive painfulness is guiding. Helpful after operations, in cases of haemorrhoids, asthma and in cases of animal bites. Constant state of drowsiness is characteristic.
- Hypericum perforatum is a herbaceous perennial plant native to Europe, Central China, Western Himalayas, Northern Africa.
- It is a member of the Hypericaceae family.
- The name Hypericum comes from the Greek words hyper meaning above and eikon meaning picture, as in olden days flowers were kept above pictures, images, windows as it was thought that the evil spirits hated this plant and it would send them off.
Hypericum has a history. This European plant in the medieval period was considered to have power to repel evil. Medicinally, it was used to treat emotional and nervous complaints. Homoeopaths normally use it for nerve injuries, intense headache and pain. In late twentieth century research studies found that 67% of patients with mild to moderate depression improved with Hypericum extract. Hypericum & Hypericin are found effective in many viral infections. Scientists started working on it for HIV and AIDS but found that it is a drug for monotherapy for mild to moderate depressions (it has interactions with other antidepressants). It was also established that mode of action of Hypericum is different from that of conventional antidepression drugs which elevate brain serotonin and evoke negative feedback control of serotonergic neurons. In another study favouring the drug for mild to moderate depression it was stated that it has favourable side effect profile and lower rate of drop-outs, another study showed that it has growth inhibition and apoptosis in human malignant cells. In another study on gene expression it was found that chronic antidepressant treatment by drug of various classes have common pathways of changes in gene expression.
The phytochemicals in flowers and leaves are hypericin and hyperforin. They are biologically active and are responsible for its effects and actions. Many studies prove that Hyperforin inhibits the synaptic reuptake of certain neurotransmitters like serotonin, noradrenaline, dopamine, GABA. This mechanism is mainly responsible for its antidepressant and therapeutic activity. But pure hyperforin is a potent antidementia agent than an antidepressant.
Hypericum plant has been in use since the ages as a herbal treatment for external and internal ailments. The flowers are used to make herbal tea, concoction to relieve the ailments. Because of its antiviral action, it is used to promote wound healing.
Hypericum perforatum uses are principally for wounds, burns, inflammation, skin disorders And also to relieve anxiety, depression, insomnia etc.
Hypericum extracts are also said to have memory-enhancing properties.
Homoeopathic perforatum Therapeutic Use
In homoeopathy, the whole plant is used to make the mother tincture. Potentized medicine can be used to treat several health problems. Hypericum perforatum homeopathic medicine is an excellent injury remedy, and the main areas of action are Cerebrospinal system, Venous system, joints of the body.
It is especially used in cases of mechanical injuries to the spinal cord and the nerves at their peripheral extremities. Its is said to be a nerve healer remedy. It seems to have a specific action upon the spinal nervous system. When the nerves have been lacerated, wounded or torn with excruciating pain. The homeopathic hypericum perforatum benefits, as in the hallmark of it, are soothing the sharp-shooting type of pains. It can help to prevent tetanus or lockjaw disease.
Homoeopathic hypericum perforatum can ease emotional and nervous turmoil. It has been studied and confirmed its mono-therapy uses in mild to moderate depression. It has ameliorating effects in hyperhydrosis and intense headaches. The actions are favourable with a minimal rate of dropout cases.
Apart from this, it can be used for the bad effect of fright, depression following wounds, shock after an operation, melancholic state. It can also be used in cases of haemorrhoid, neuritis, tingling and burning. Next to the nerves, it affects the joints where all the articulations feel bruised. Excessive painfulness is the guiding symptom for its use. Hence, it can also take the place of Morphine after surgical operations.
Hypericum Patient profile
Mind: Mind feels lifted high in the air with anxiety of falling from a height. Makes mistakes in writing. After shock. Melancholic.
Head: Head feels heavy as if had been touched by an icy cold hand. Throbbing is felt in the vertex; which is made worse in a closed room. Head feels compressed. Pain in right side of the face. Weakness of the mind after over exertion. Pain in the face along with toothache. Falling out of hair.
Stomach: Great craving for wine. Thirsty with nausea. Tongue coated white at the base, but tip is clean. Lump is felt in the stomach.
Respiratory: Difficulty breathing made worse in foggy weather and relieved by excessive perspiration.
Skin: Profuse perspiration with sweating of scalp, made worse in the morning after sleep. Intense itching from eruptions that seem to be under the skin.
Modalities: Worse, in cold; and in dampness; in a fog; in a closed room; from least exposure; and by touch. Better, by bending head backwards.
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Dosage: Please note that the dosage of single homoeopathic medicines varies from drug to drug depending upon the condition, age, sensitivity and other things. In some cases they are given as regular doses as 3-5 drops 2-3 times a day whereas in other cases they are given only once in a week, month or even in a longer period. We strongly recommend that the medication should be taken as per the physician's advice.
What are the side effects of Hypericum Perforatum?
No known side effects reported.
What precautions to take before using Hypericum Perforatum?
They should not be used with other anti depressant drugs.
Is Hypericum Perforatum suitable for children?
How long should I take Hypericum Perforatum?
Until the symptoms improve or as per the Physicians prescription.
Is it safe to use Hypericum Perforatum during pregnancy?