Baptisia - The Homeopathic Remedy

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Baptisia - Uses, Benefits, Properties, Description, Effects and Details of Baptisia explanation and other information

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Remedy Name/s: Common Name/s: Latin, Zoological, Botanical and mineralogical name/s:
Baptisia, Baptisia Tinctoria Wild Indigo, False Indigo, Horsefly weed. Baptisia Tinctoria

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General description and domicile:
Baptisia Tinctoria is native to North America and Canada. It is a herbaceous perennial (about a meter tall) that is found id drier areas of the forests. The flowers are yellow and the root is dark, woody and grows chaotically often with a number of new shoots with purple tips.

This plant should not be confused with Indigofera Tinctoria, which is a plant native to India and still the major source of Indigo dye.

Warning: In significant doses the plant is poisonous if ingested.

Part used and extraction:
Only the root is used.

Remedy preparation:
Chopped and steeped in alcohol to obtain mother tincture

The Native Americans and early settlers used this herb as an antiseptic for wounds and as a dye.

Proved by Dr. Thompson in mid 19th century.

How to use these pages:
What follows below is a profile of the homeopathic remedy. This profile must be compared with the profile of the person to be treated in great detail before treatment can be commenced. See How to Use these Pages

Remedy profile:
Baptisia is a minor remedy with a limited but important scope of application. It is almost exclusively used for conditions with extreme fevers that are accompanied by fatigue and confusion. Patients are exhausted and confused often dropping off into a semi-comatose stupor in mid sentence. Confused nightmares are accompanied by a sense of a "disassembled" body, causing the person to thrash in sleep to get back together. This lack of unity is present while awake as well and is often very pronounced in children.
High fevers and sudden chills, a darkly flushed face and tongue and unpleasant breath.
Muscular aches and a feeling of being bruised. A sense that the bed is too hard and uncomfortable. The patient tends to curl up in fetal position.
If diarrhea is present it is foul smelling, the rectum is irritated and sore but passing of stools is not painful.

Key Symptoms:
Extreme fevers and chills, Exhaustion, Confused stupor, foul smelling discharges, a feeling of lack of unity.

Used for treatment of:


Gastric infections

Throat infections


General Symptoms Worse for: Factors/Conditions that make the symptoms worse

General Symptoms Better for:
Factors/Conditions that improve symptoms

See also our Herbal page on Baptisia.


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