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Hypericum

St. John's Wort

Hypericum perforatum

St. John's wort is known for its effectiveness as an herbal medication to treat depression. In addition, presently scientists are studying St. John's wort to find out whether it may also be used to treat specific types of somatoform disorders (a condition distinguished by symptoms that imply a physical problem but for which there are no definite organic findings or identified physiological systems), Parkinson's disease and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Since long, St. John's wort has been recognized by people for the health benefits possessed by the herb. For instance, it possesses wonderful anti-viral as well as antiseptic characteristics and is also effective when used as an analgesic. Long back, health benefits of this herb was discovered by homeopaths and over the years it has developed into a very useful homeopathic medicine. Precisely speaking, an extract obtained from the St. John's wort is administered to patients suffering from depression. Nevertheless, it needs to be mentioned that unlike in herbal medication, in homeopathy this medication prepared from this herb works somewhat in a different way. Like in the instance of any other homeopathic medicines, preparation of the homeopathic medication hypericum is very crucial.

Hypericum is prepared using the freshly obtained complete plant (St. John's wort) and chopping it into fine pieces. The chopped pieces are then soaked in alcohol for a period of time and the resultant solution is filtered. This solution is the homeopathic medicine hypericum. It needs to be mentioned that the solution or homeopathic medication prepared in this manner does not retain even the slightest trace of the plant itself.

The homeopathic medicine hypericum is beneficial to people who are vulnerable to become depressed, scared and traumatized particularly following any accident or injury of any kind. Such people have a tendency to appear panicky or become explicitly keyed up. In addition, people may also abruptly feel lethargic and even fall asleep while they are in the midst of any conversation. They also tend to be forgetful while speaking. Moreover, these people are also likely to experience a continuous feeling of being in an elevated position or falling down.

The main physical symptoms that may be effectively healed with this homeopathic medicine include wounds or injuries that make one feel more pain than it may appear to be. Such injuries or wound cause awfully piercing pains, which possibly affect the areas that have a concentration of nerves, for instance the base of the spine or the fingertips. Hypericum is very useful when it is used to provide relief from pain after any surgery and/ or accidents. This homeopathic medicine is also administered to patients having injuries or wounds to prevent the occurrence of tetanus (an acute infectious disease which caused through an open wound by bacteria resulting in continuous muscular spasm, contraction and seizure). In addition, the homeopathic medicine hypericum may also be helpful in alleviating nervous pains in the phantom limbs following an amputation, toothaches or any uneasiness following dental treatment.

St. John's wort has been held in high esteem for its remedial properties since the classical times and for years people believed that this herb also possessed magical properties. An extract obtained from this plant is administered to people suffering from depression. In fact, it has been proved that St. John's wort is an effective medication for treating depression and other mental disorders. Presently, studies are being undertaken by scientists at various places to determine if this herb can also be given to patients suffering from Parkinson's disease and/ or ADHD.

Parts used

As aforementioned, the fresh flowering parts of the St. John's wort plant are used to prepare the homeopathic medicine hypericum. This homeopathic mother tincture is obtained by a process known as ethanolic extraction.

Uses

Hypericum has several remedial purposes in homeopathy. Usually, among other conditions, homeopaths prescribe this medicine for healing physical injuries, but hypericum is also used for its soothing properties. Administration of this medicine to patients who have any wound or injury or have just had a surgery has a calming effect on the damaged nerves instead of just following any conventional practice. In homeopathy, the entire plant - St. John's wort, is used. The plant is generally harvested during summer when they are blossoming with yellow flowers. After harvesting, the fresh plant is chopped into fine pieces, crushed into a pulp and then macerated in an alcoholic solution till it is diluted to the preferred potencies by means of a dilution method.

In homeopathy, hypericum is prescribed to alleviate sharp pains in the nervous system that generally moves upwards as well as for healing any nerve injury - for instance, following any surgery or accident. This homeopathic medicine is most effective when used to treat any injury in any part of the body where the nerves are highly condensed or having a rich concentration of nerve endings - for instance, the head, spine, fingertips, toes, nail beds, lips and eyes. In addition, hypericum is also useful for treating concussion (any shock caused by the effect of a collision or blow) which is accompanied by sensations in the head, for example, an eye injury or an ice-cold feeling. This homeopathic medicine prepared from St. John's wort works wonders with the spinal nerves and is, therefore, recommended by homeopaths for treating acute back pains that may move up and down the spinal cord.

In addition, hypericum is a wonderful first-aid medication that may be used to heal any type of piercing wound, such as crushed fingers or toes, splinters in the nails or bites. Other than the ailments mentioned thus far, hypericum is also a useful medication for several other problems, such as toothache with tearing or pulling pain and asthma that worsens in foggy weather.

Hypericum, the homeopathic medication prepared by ethanolic extraction of St. John's wort, is also prescribed to treat indigestion and nausea, especially when an individual's tongue is coated having a clear tip. In addition, this medication is used to treat diarrhea, painful hemorrhoids, bleeding, throbbing nerves in the rectum as well as delayed menstruation that is usually accompanied by headaches. As aforementioned, hypericum is also highly beneficial for people suffering from depression as well as drowsiness.

As discussed earlier, homeopathic medicine has been found to work effectively in healing injuries or wounds that are extremely painful, more than what they may seem to be. Although it may appear that the pain is nothing tremendous, the sufferer actually feels the intensity of the soreness. Usually, extremely sharp pains are associated with these conditions and they may even occur at the core of the nerves. In addition, hypericum is frequently prescribed for healing punctured wounds caused by any bites or splinters - especially injuries on the nails.

Moreover, hypericum is also frequently recommended by homeopaths to provide relief from pains following a surgery. It needs to be mentioned that this homeopathic medicine is especially useful after an amputation, where the sufferer experiences severe phantom pain and throbbing nerves. The homeopathic medicine hypericum is extremely effective in providing quick relief from such abnormal tenderness that not only affects one physically, but also causes intense mental agony. Additionally, hypericum is also useful in alleviating pains and other discomforts caused by toothaches or the problems arising out of dental surgery. It is also effective in providing relief from toothaches that precedes dental surgery.

Source

According to rough estimates, as many as 370 species of the genus Hypericum are found in different regions of the world. These species are distributed according to the conditions prevailing at any geographic location - especially the temperate and the sub-tropical regions of the world. They are found growing naturally in places like Europe, North America, China, Russia, India and Turkey.

Comments

From D - Mar-04-2013
Why would homeopathic Hypericum help those who are vulnerable to becoming depressed? Isn't that what the allopathic administration of Hypericum (St. John's wort) is supposed to do? Therefore, shouldn't homeopathic Hypericum have the opposite effect on depression and possibly make it worse? According to my understanding of homeopathy, because allopathic doses of hypericum cure depression, then homeopathic doses could possibly cause it (like cures like). This materia medica on hypericum seems like a case of contributing any possible positive association to the substance (the ability to cure depression in this case) to the homeopathic dilution, irrespective of theoretical consistency with Homeopathic theory. As an aside, hypericum works amazingly well for an ocular nerve inflammation issue that I have, possibly due to it's ability to clear serotonin from my nervous system, but after taking it two days in a row I feel noticeably more (but not too intensely) depressed.
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