Hypericum Perforatum - The Homeopathic Remedy

Remedy profile of Hypericum Perforatum, Origin, Preparation,  Symptoms explanation and other information

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Remedy Name/s: Common Name/s: Latin, Zoological, Botanical and mineralogical name/s:
Hypericum, Hypericum Perforatum St. John's Wort Hypericum Perforatum

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General description and domicile:
Commonly known as St. John's Wort, this herbaceous perennial is native to Britain, Europe and parts of Asia. It grows to around a meter high, has dark green leaves and bright yellow flowers.
The herbal use of the plant is well known especially in recent years when it has become popular as an antidepressant.

Part used and extraction:
All of the plant is used, harvested in the flowering season.

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

The name of the plant refers to the oil glands in the flowers that release a red oil when bruised. Symbolically that was related to the blood of John the Baptist because the plant flowers in August, around the anniversary of his death by beheading.

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:
Hypericum people are depressed, nervous and fearful, particularly after a physical trauma or other shock. They could be drowsy and tired while still anxious, restless and fretful.
This remedy is mostly for injuries and skeletal pain. Symptoms are tearing, stabbing pain that travels from extremities to the trunk. Wounds feel more painful than they appear.

Key Symptoms:
Shock, injury, painful limbs and back.

Used for treatment of:

Insect bites and stings

Animal bites



General Symptoms Worse for: Factors/Conditions that make the symptoms worse
Cold weather
Damp Weather
Sudden movement

General Symptoms Better for: Factors/Conditions that improve symptoms
Resting quietly

See also our Herbal page on Hypericum Perforatum.


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