Phytolacca - The Homeopathic Remedy

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

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Remedy Name/s: Common Name/s: Latin, Zoological, Botanical and mineralogical name/s:
Phytolacca Pokeroot, Virginian poke. Phytolacca Americana, Phytolacca Decandra

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General description and domicile:
Also called Phytolacca root, American Nightshade as well as a score of other local names in The United States this very toxic plant is regarded as one of the most significant American plants by herbologists.
It is native to North America but has become common in Europe and the Mediterranean.
It is a very attractive plant with white flowers and purple berries.
Overdose causes vomiting and diarrhea and in extreme cases respiratory failure will lead to death. 

Part used and extraction:
The root is used fresh, harvested in autumn.

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

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:
As with most minor remedies there are scant emotional and physical properties associated. The remedy is mostly used for ailments of the throat and women's breasts.
Emotional symptoms when ill are irritability, lethargy and tearfulness.
Physical symptoms are a draining fatigue that saps the energy and inhibits clear thought. Pain characteristically comes and goes abruptly. There may also be halitosis. In breastfeeding women pains are worst during feeding and are sharp and stabbing but not steady.

Key Symptoms:
Shooting pains, bad breath, fatigue.

Used for treatment of:

Mastitis - hard breasts with shooting pains into the body

Cracked nipples

Breast infections

Sore throat




General Symptoms Worse for: Factors/Conditions that make the symptoms worse
Cold weather
Hot drinks

General Symptoms Better for: Factors/Conditions that improve symptoms
Cool drinks
Fresh air

See also our Herbal page on Phytolacca.


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