Euphrasia officinalis is a well-known homeopathic remedy that is also known simply as 'Euphrasia'.
The homeopathic remedy euphrasia officinalis is particularly associated with treating the eyes. Indications for its use include
- eyes that are red, sore, and inflamed
- extreme cases of allergic reactions (e.g. hayfever), such that the eyes are the most severely affected part of the body and especially the face
- watery eyes (dacryops)
- sore watery eyes due to over-strain, e.g. due to use of a computer monitor for long periods of time.
More about the substance used to prepare euphrasia officinalis homeopathic remedy:
The homeopathic remedy euphrasia officinalis is derived from the flowering plant of the same (botanical) name, which is more commonly known as 'eyebright'.
It is a meadow plant with small attractive flowers that open in sunlight and can be found growing wild in many parts of Europe including in alpine or sub-alpine meadows and grasslands.
The sketch belowon the upper-left is a representation of two eyebright flowers showing the shapes of the petals in detail.
The image belowbelow-left illustrates the thin delicate nature of the plant on which the flowers emerge at the top of fine stalks. Although there are only a few flowers in these pictures, sometimes many flower heads (often 4 to 6 or more at once) appear together at the top of these thin stalks.
The remedy is prepared from all parts of the fresh eyebright plant, which is harvested for this use when it is flowering. Even the roots of the plant are used.
Homeopathic preparations are usually supplied in either liquid or pill form. Regardless of the physical form in which the remedy is taken, its preparation will have involved a series of dilutions during which the original substance was repeatedly diluted and succussed (shaken) in a solvent such as water and/or alcohol.
There are very many (over 2,000) homeopathic remedies, some of which are available from chemists and health food shops. These pages feature some of the most popular homeopathic remedies and are for general interest only: This is not medical advice. Consult a qualified homeopathic practitioner for advice about use of this and any other homeopathic remedy. Bear in mind that homeopathic remedies are very dilute; even if a homeopathic remedy is beneficial, the substance from which it is derived may be harmful.
More about Homeopathy:
- Introduction to Homeopathy
- List of pages about specific Homeopathic Remedies
- Bach Flower Remedies, including a list of the Bach Flower Remedies and the Latin names of the Bach Flower Remedies
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