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 medicines are made from plants. Two of the most important herbal remedies in homeopathy are Artemisia Cina and Belladonna.
Artemisia Cina, common
- The Dutch name of the Artemisia Cena is sea wormwood.
- Artemisia Cena is mainly found in countries with a moderately dry climate. This is a relatively large area of the Earth: from the Mediterranean Sea to Siberia.
- In the past, the plant was used against intestinal worms and to promote digestion.
Appearance of the Artemisia Cina
The artemisia Cena has blue-gray leaves, which, when crushed, have a strong scent. However, if you taste them, they taste very bitter. The plant also has flowers, which are small round balls.
Artemisia Cina in homeopathy
This plant most likely owes its name to the Persian queen Artemisia who reigned in the 4th century BC. She was known for her botanical knowledge. Artemisia Cena was known throughout much of the world, including the Roman Empire and China. The ancient Greeks knew that the plant helped against worms, and today the plant is still used for this purpose. In 1829 Hahnemann examined the plant and found that the plant was very important in homeopathy.
Artemisia Cina is mainly prescribed to children who suffer from intestinal worms and convulsions. These children generally do not like to be touched, are restless and excited. The drug is also often prescribed to children with tantrums and sleeping problems.
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- The Dutch name of the Belladonna is deadly nightshade, belladonna or belladonna
- The plant is native to Europe, North Africa, West Asia and North America, but is now grown everywhere. The plant grows best on a calcareous soil in the shade.
- Belladonna has been known for a long time. The plant is already described in the Canterbury Tales, where it is used in a sleeping aid. The plant was also used against swelling, inflammation, colic and boils. Today the plant is still used as a narcotic.
Appearance of the Belladonna
The plant is very poisonous, especially in the roots. These are therefore preferably not used in medicines. The less poisonous leaves of the plant are suitable for this. The plant has purple bell-shaped flowers in summer that produce dark berries in autumn. The belladonna belongs to the nightshade family.
Belladonna in homeopathy
The highly poisonous plant (the poison it contains can easily kill you) is named after the Fates Atropos from Greek mythology. The full name of the plant is Atropa Belladonna. Strangely enough, wealthy Italian ladies dripped belladonna juice into their eyes because they discovered that it dilated their pupils. That’s where the second part of the plant’s name comes from: bella donna, the Italian translation of beautiful woman. In 1799, Hahnemann investigated the plant after discovering that the symptoms of people with belladonna poisoning were very similar to the symptoms of people with scarlet fever.
Belladonna is mainly given to people with acute pain, inflammation and infections, especially in the respiratory tract. Furthermore, the symptoms associated with belladonna are high fever, red skin, dry skin and enlarged pupils.