Latin, Zoological, Botanical and mineralogical name/s:
|Baptisia, Baptisia Tinctoria
||Wild Indigo, False Indigo, Horsefly weed.
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.
significant doses the plant is poisonous if ingested.
Part used and extraction:
Only the root is used.
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
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
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.
Extreme fevers and chills, Exhaustion, Confused stupor, foul smelling
discharges, a feeling of lack of unity.
Used for treatment of:
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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