Latin, Zoological, Botanical and mineralogical name/s:
||Woody nightshade, Bittersweet, Felonwood
General description and domicile:
This plant is a member of the solanacea family of plants, which includes
potato, tomato and tobacco as well as the most deadly of plants like henbane and
Dulcamara is a perennial shrub is native to Britain, Europe and North America.
It is almost creeper-like in that it throws out these long slender branches that
grow over things for several feet. The branches are initially green but mature
into greenish tinted dark brown. The flowers are purple and the fruit are red
berries. If chewed (a serious mistake seeing that the plant is very poisonous)
initially tastes bitter but then turns sweet - hence the name bittersweet.
Warning: Extreme care must be taken when handling this
plant as very little contact with it can be fatal.
Part used and extraction:
The leaves and still green stems are gathered before flowering.
Chopped and steeped in alcohol to obtain mother tincture
The history of this plant, called Woody Nightshade to differentiate it from
Deadly Nightshade although the distinction is moot as they are both deadly,
dates back to Ancient Greece and Rome
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
Dulcamara people are sensitive to damp and cold. They are domineering,
impatient, irritable and scatter brained.
Illness is generally caused by a sudden drop in temperature and then they just
do not seem to be able to get warm again. They are very prone to asthma or hay
fever and other chest infections.
Susceptibility to cold changes, domineering, asthmatic.
Used for treatment of:
Low milk in breastfeeding
Cystitis (after cold or damp)
General Symptoms Worse for:
Factors/Conditions that make the symptoms worse
General Symptoms Better for:
Factors/Conditions that improve symptoms
Warm, dry clothes
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