Monday, 23 September 2013



Since the time of ancient Rome, nightshade has been used to treat a wide range of ailments. One such ailment, abscesses called ''felons'' on the fingertips, inspired one of the plant's common names, felonwort. They 18th century Swedish naturalist Carolus Linnaeus prescribed the plant to treat fever and inflammatory infections. the homeopathic remedy, proved in 1811 by Hahnemann, is traditionally associated with people who are highly susceptible to damp and chills.


Dulcamara is typically given to people who are sensitive to cold and damp, with symptoms caused by rapid temperature changes or cold, wet weather. 

In the symptom picture for Dulcamara, these physical factors outweigh psychological traits, but some confusion, irritability, impatience, and restlessness may be evident, possibly with a domineering attitude, notably toward family members. Susceptibility to respiratory infections causing thick, yellow mucus is typical. Hay fever and other allergic reactions are also common, so are head and joint pain, eczema, and diarrhea.

Colds & coughs

Symptoms: Sore throat, with a thick, yellow discharge from the nose and the eyes. Thick mucus may be due to sinusitis, as may painful pressure and congestion in the head. A stiff neck is common, perhaps with back and limb pain. There may also be conjunctivitis, a rattling cough, bronchitis, or even pneumonia.

Symptoms better: warmth, dry, settled weather, movement.
Symptoms worse: cold, damp weather, at night.

Hay fever & asthma

Symptoms: Nasal congestion, with profuse, watery discharge from the eyes and constricted breathing. Exposure to animal fur, grass pollen, dust mites, and other allergens may aggravate the severity of symptoms.

Symptoms better: warmth, dry settled weather, movement.
Symptoms worse: cold, damp weather, at night.

Head & facial pain

Symptoms: Pain in a specific part of the head, or with a sensation of heaviness, nausea, or confusion. Neuralgic face pain, perhaps caused by Bell's palsy, may be treated, or pain due to sinusitis.

Symptoms better: dry, fine weather, keeping still, expelling catarrh.
Symptoms worse: cold, damp weather, in winter.

Skin conditions

Symptoms: Thickened, crusty, itchy skin, notably on the scalp, which bleeds when scratched. Dulcamara is also used to treat urticaria (hives) brought on by sweating in humid conditions; large, flat, smooth warts, especially on the palms of the hands; and ringworm, often found on the scalps of children.

Symptoms better: warmth, dry weather.
Symptoms worse: cold, damp weather, before menstruation.


Symptoms: Slimy, yellow or green stools, maybe nausea, and pain before passing stools. In children, symptoms may be triggered during teething.

Symptoms better: warmth, movement.
Symptoms worse: cold, damp, rest.

Joint Pain

Symptoms: Stiffness and pain in joints, aggravated by damp.

Symptoms better: warmth, movement
Symptoms worse: cold, damp, extremes of temperature, inactivity.


Native to North Africa, Europe, and Northern Asia, and naturalized in North America. Grows in moist, shady soil.


Has a long history of use as an anti-inflammatory and a liver tonic. Stem extracts have been used for warts and eczema.


Fresh green stems and leaves are picked just before the plant flowers, then finely chopped and macerated in alcohol.

Common Names

Nightshade, woody nightshade, bitter nightshade, felonwort.

Reference: Encyclopedia of Homeopathy, Andrew lockie, MD

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