Dulcamara - The Homeopathic Remedy

Remedy profile of Dulcamara, Origin, Preparation,  Symptoms explanation and other information

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Remedy Name/s: Common Name/s: Latin, Zoological, Botanical and mineralogical name/s:
Dulcamara, Dulc. Woody nightshade, Bittersweet, Felonwood Solanum Dulcamara

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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 nightshade.
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.

Remedy preparation:
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 these Pages

Remedy profile:
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.

Key Symptoms:
Susceptibility to cold changes, domineering, asthmatic.

Used for treatment of:





Hay fever



Low milk in breastfeeding


Joint pain



Cystitis (after cold or damp)

General Symptoms Worse for: Factors/Conditions that make the symptoms worse
Cold weather
Damp Weather
Getting wet
At night

General Symptoms Better for: Factors/Conditions that improve symptoms
Warm, dry clothes

See also our Herbal page on Dulcamara.


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