Latin, Zoological, Botanical and mineralogical name/s:
||Pokeroot, Virginian poke.
||Phytolacca Americana, Phytolacca Decandra
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
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.
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
As with most minor remedies there are scant emotional and physical
properties associated. The remedy is mostly used for ailments of the throat and
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.
Shooting pains, bad breath, fatigue.
Used for treatment of:
Mastitis - hard breasts with shooting pains into the body
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 Phytolacca.
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