Avena sativa

The homeopathic remedy avena is derived from the common oat (botanical name Avena sativa) plant. The common oat is a species of an edible grain that is cultivated for its seeds. Although oats are consumed by humans as oatmeal as well as rolled oats, a major and most common use of this cereal grain is food for livestock.

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In fact, oats comprise an important part of horse's daily diet - approximately 20 per cent of the daily food intake of horses comprises oats. In addition, oats form a regular food for the cattle. Moreover, some brands of dog food as well as chicken feed also contain varying percentage of oats.

For cat enthusiasts, oat seeds are usually marketed in the form of cat grass. This is primarily because cats willingly harvest as well as consume young oat, wheat as well as different other grass sprouts.

In addition to being a major edible item for livestock and also being fit for human consumption, oats have also been used for therapeutic purposes. In fact, in Europe, oats have been used for long to treat an assortment of diseases. Medicinally, oats are commonly used to treat health conditions, such as eczema, weakness and nervous conditions.

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The homeopathic remedy avena is most suitable for people who are inclined to mental as well as physical fatigue together with lack of or poor concentration. Such individuals usually have a tendency to become easily nervous or elderly. On the other hand, they may also be experiencing the side effects of being a drug or alcohol addict.

This homeopathic remedy is very effective in treating symptoms, such an intense weakness as well as an inclination to endure sleeplessness or insomnia. In addition, people who require avena may also be affected by poor libido or lack of cravings for sexual activity. Male impotence, probably associated with too much sexual activity, may also be effectively cured using this homeopathic remedy.

A tincture prepared from the oat plant is often recommended as an herbal therapy to be used in the form of drops, while pills prepared from this plant species are used in homeopathy.

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Parts used

The fresh green aerial parts of the oat plant (Avena sativa) while they are in bloom are used to prepared the homeopathic remedy avena. The sap of these parts of the oat plant is extracted and blended with alcohol to prepare this homeopathic medicine.


As aforementioned, oats are primarily used as food for the livestock. However, some portion of the cultivated oats (Avena sativa) is also processed to make our breakfast foods. As a food material, oats possess high nutritional properties and are also used for medicinal purposes. In homeopathy as well as herbal medicine, oats are used as a stimulant for the nerves.

The homeopathic remedy avena is primarily used in the tincture form to reinforce the nerves in people who suffer from nervous fatigue. In addition, this medicine is also used to treat symptoms like worries and nervous anxiety. It is said that avena also helps to cure male impotency and is extremely effective in healing nervousness and sleeplessness as well as insomnia suffered by alcoholics and people who consume excessive of alcoholic beverages.

Avena is also useful in treating sexual neurasthenia (a condition accompanied by symptoms, such as anxiety, fatigue, headache, depression and neuralgia) and exhaustion and, at the same time, is the most suitable tonic when an individual is recovering from an exhausting ailment. In addition, the homeopathic remedy avena is also very effective in curing the adverse after-effects of drug abuse or addition as well as nervous headaches.

Generally, avena is prescribed to people who may be enduring the side effects of morphine habit, alcoholism, drug addictions and general weakness.

In homeopathy, the extract as well as the tincture prepared from Avena sativa (oat plant) are used as tonics for the nervous system. It may be noted that the homeopathic remedy avena has a direct influence on the brain and the nourishing job of the organism, thereby enhancing the nerve power and also the nourishment of the whole system.

Avena is a wonderful tonic for developing vigorous bones, hair, skin and nails. The rich nutrients, such as manganese, silicon, phosphorus, calcium, zinc and vitamins A, B1, B2 and E, contained in avena are attributed for the nutrition of the organism taking this substance.

In addition, it has been established that avena is also an excellent substance that facilitates the detoxification of the body and, at the same time, diminishes the desire for nicotine. Ingestion of avena also enhances the energy levels and facilitates maintaining the health of the uterus.

The oat plant or Avena sativa is an extremely nutritious herb that may be used to treat any kind of weakness and tiredness. In addition, this herb is also beneficial when used during the period of recovery from any ailment. This herb is especially appropriate as a long-term therapy in conditions, such as nervous debility.

Avena also helps in making slow, but steady improvement in combating shingles as well as other types of herpes, neuritis (inflammation of the nerves), neuralgia (sharp and spastic pain along the course of a nerve) as well as chronic depression or melancholy.

It may be noted that oat bran and, to some slighter degree, oatmeal are rich in inositol (a substance derived from cyclohexane and is extensively distributed in plants and seeds as phytin) content. Inositol is a vital substance for adequate metabolism of fats as well as for lowering the intensity of blood cholesterol.

Oatmeal and oat bran also contain silica that is effective for healing local problems; especially it is useful in curing skin disorders when it is applied locally. Hence, oatmeal and oat bran can also be applied as a poultice for burns, wounds and neuralgia.

Even the oat straw can be used for treating thyroid and estrogen deficiency, degenerative ailments like multiple sclerosis (solidifying or congealing of organs, tissues or vessels from persistent inflammation) and also recurrent colds. People who regularly use oat in their food find it useful in getting relief from constipation.

The homeopathic remedy avena is a wonderful medication for treating loss of nerve power and also weakness of the muscles owing to lack of nerve vitality.

The homeopathic remedy avena is the most appropriate medication to treat sexual neurasthenia since it selectively works on the nerve structure of the genitor-urinary system. Owing to the selective action of avena on the nervous constitution, which actually provides the reproductive organs, this homeopathic remedy is actually found to dispel nervous stimulation, nervous tremor of the heart, mental weakness as well as insomnia.

When used to treat impotency, the homeopathic remedy avena is independent by nature, particularly in the case of short-term impotence of young and recently married men. However, this homeopathic medicine is of relatively lesser value when physicians depend on it completely or partly to treat the irritation of the prostate.

Nevertheless, using this homeopathic remedy helps in making other recommended medications like Staphysagria, Salix nigra and Sabal serrulata more effective in curing the condition. Besides, avena is said to provide relief to people suffering from spasmodic conditions of the narrow part of the urinary bladder.

The homeopathic medicine avena is extremely beneficial in the case of ovarian or uterine problems accompanied by frenzied symptoms. It is also a useful medication for nervous headaches during the menstrual periods in women - particularly those that come together with a burning sensation on the top of the head.

It is also effective in healing the sick headaches that may be apparently caused by stomach disorders during such times. Additionally, avena is also helpful when an individual has sick headaches that occur together with nervous debility. It may be noted that this homeopathic remedy provides prompt relief from all the above mentioned health conditions if the gastric acidity is counterbalanced.

In homeopathy, administration of avena has an influence that is akin to quinine in the wake of prostrating fevers. In addition, it  also possesses the restorative powers that are comparable to the use of coca and phosphorus.

It may be noted that even the medication Zanthoxylum would also augment the common stimulant powers of avena and it may be used in combination with other homeopathic remedies like Gelsemium, Scutellaria and Cimicifuga to treat chorea (an ailment of the nerves distinguished by jumpy, involuntary movements, mainly of the face and extremities).


Hexaploid wild oat is a wild forebear of the oat plant or Avena sativa and is intimately related to an insignificant crop known as A. byzantine. Chromosomal evidence indicates that the familial varieties of A. sterilis grew in the Near East (early civilizations in a region more or less analogous to the modern Middle East).

The cultivated form of oats came into existence comparatively later - much later than the Near East. Precisely speaking, the cultivable form of oats first appeared in Europe during the Bronze Age. Similar to rye, oats are also considered to be a secondary crop.

When the cultivation of the main cereals like wheat and barely were introduced in the western regions where the climatic conditions are cooler and humid, cultivation of oats became a regular practice as these conditions were conducive for the growth of the oat weed. Thus, the wild variety of oat was eventually domesticated as Avena sativa.


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Avena sativa is also very helpful in controlling stress incontinence, if taken daily.
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