Plant-based homeopathic remedy: Anacardium/Arnica

In homeopathy, ailments are treated according to the law of equals. This law, devised by Hipocrates, means that it is assumed that a substance that makes healthy people sick can heal the sick. Most homeopathic remedies are made from plants. These plants have been extensively researched by homeopaths in the past for various properties. Two of the plants that are often used in homeopathy are anarcardium and arnica


Anacardium, common

  • The Dutch name for the anacardium is the ink tree.
  • The anacardium is mainly found in Malaysia, India and Indonesia where it grows on dry, wooded slopes.
  • Long ago, the Arabs used the sap of the fruit of the tree to treat people suffering from memory loss, paralysis and cramps.
  • In India, the juice of the anacardium is applied to the skin as a remedy for warts.

Appearance of the anacardium

What is interesting about the anacardium is not the tree itself, but its nuts. These are black and heart-shaped.

Anacardium in homeopathy

The name given to the anacardium is Latin, but was derived from the Greek word Kardia. This word means heart. The name is appropriate when looking at the heart-shaped, black nuts that the plant bears. These nuts contain a milky sap that turns black when exposed to air. When the sap is mixed with lime, an indelible ink is formed. This was done in Southeast Asia. That is why the tree is also called the ink tree. It was homeopath Hahnemann who started researching the anacardium in 1835. Since then, the drug has been used as a remedy for both psychological and physical complaints.

Traditionally, anacardium has been prescribed to those who suffer from confusion and memory disorders. People who have to deal with a lot of inner conflicts in particular benefit from it. These people often also have low self-esteem or can exhibit very bad attitudes. In addition to these psychological complaints, these people often also suffer from physical complaints; the intestines and anus appear to be clogged. These complaints can also be treated with anacardium. The drug is also used for skin irritations.


Arnica, general

  • Arnica has many different names in Dutch. First of all, arnica, then woundwort, arnica, holy lady’s herb and wild marigold.
  • Arnica grows in the Alpine meadows and in the Pyrenees. It is also found in Siberia, but especially in Germany and Switzerland.
  • In the past, it was already known that the herb had healing powers. It was used against bruises, strains and muscle pain.

Appearance of arnica

The arnica plant grows 20 to 45 centimeters high and has few leaves on the stem. These leaves are slightly hairy and about 2 to 4 centimeters in size. In June and July the plant has golden yellow flowers. An example of arnica is visible in the photo.

Arnica in homeopathy

The medicinal properties of arnica have been known for over 400 years. Arnica inhibits inflammation and promotes healing. The herb was used externally because the plant is poisonous. It is a remedy for muscle pain, bruises and strains. Since Hahneman studied the plant, the plant has also been used internally, namely to treat gout and dysentery.

Arnica is often used as a first aid after an accident, surgery or emotional loss. It is used against joint pain and skin problems. People who are prescribed arnica are often irritable and may suffer from morbid fantasies.