Phytolacca decandra is a homeopathic remedy that is also known simply as 'Phytolacca'.
Phytolacca decandra is generally used to treat glandular conditions, such as conditions that affect the tonsils or mammary glands (breasts).
Other examples of conditions treated using phytolacca decandra include
- difficulties with breastfeeding
- swollen breasts
- tender breasts
- cracked nipples
- sore throat with swollen tonsils
- joint pain
More about the substance used to prepare phytolacca decandra homeopathic remedy:
The homeopathic remedy phytolacca decandra, or simply phytolacca, is derived from the plant whose botanical name is 'Phytolacca decandra' but which is commonly known as 'poke root', also written 'pokeroot' and 'poke-root'. This plant grows in the northern hemisphere, bearing white flowers followed by berries whose colour ranges from purple to almost black. Although song birds consume the berries, parts of the plant are considered poisonous to humans as well as to some other animals such as agricultural livestock.
A sketch of this plant is shown belowon the left.
The remedy is prepared using only the roots of the the poke root plant, immediately after they have been dug out of the ground during autumn.
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.
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- 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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