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being taken by millions of people around the world today and
so I wanted to be sure to include it on "NATURALLY...YOU!",
Homeopathic Solutions so that people who are taking it can
refer to this document to see what the symptoms of Saint
John's Wort are from homeopathic provings.
The homeopathic references for this
compilation of Hypericum symptoms are at the bottom of this
page as is the discussion and conclusion. Here follows the
mental and somatic symptoms which can be produced from
Hypericum (Hypericum is the name by which it is listed in
homeopathic materia medicas.):
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Remedy Headers - Hypericum
On waking from sleep at 4:00 AM,
feels as if she is not lying on the bed (when she is).
Feels as if lifted high into the air; or anxiety lest he
should fall from a height/fear of falling.
writing; omits letters, puts left for right and vice versa;
Forgets what she wanted to say.
Great nervous depression following wounds.
think; brain tired out; neurasthenia.
fright, shock or hypnotism.
Talks wildly at night after
4:00 AM while asleep with apprehension and gasping for breath.
Mental excitement as after drinking tea.
Confusion of the mind.
spectres, ghosts and spirits.
Excitement in the evening.
Startled, frightened easily.
Weeping in the evening.
Unconsciousness after exertion (fainting).
Head feels longer or larger.
Feels as if elongated to a point. Feels as if touched by an
icy cold hand. Peculiar awareness of the brain organ; feels as
if compressed, alive or loose. Heaviness and crawling in the
brain. Scalp sweaty, aggravated in the morning after sleep,
the rest of the body can be burning hot. Throbbing in the
vertex aggravated in a close room. Falling out of the hair.
Lies back and jerks head backwards.
Often indicated after
injuries to the brain, spinal chord and nerves in general
(when the symptoms match the patient's condition, of course).
[N.B.: Homeopathic remedies are best never
given taken on what is called keynote prescribing which means,
for example, that you have a nerve injury situation and so you
automatically give Hypericum. This is not homeopathy, but
routinism and is very inaccurate prescribing.
of the symptoms of the person must be accessed first before
deciding on the remedy needed. Hypericum is not the only
remedy frequently indicated after nerve injuries. In the
Kunzli Repertorium Generale under: generalities, injuries,
nerves, very painful there is listed Hypericum as well as
Phosphorus and Xanthoxylum (Prickly Ash). As always, take the
entire case and employ the rules of Classical Homeopathy.
Another remedy may be more appropriate than these.]
Sticking pain through R. eye. Sty on L. lower lid.
Sticking pain through R. ear in the evening. Sensitiveness
of hearing during the menses.
Eruptions on R. ear.
Facial neuralgia and toothache with sadness. Eczema of the
face and hands. Face hot and bloated. Right side of face
aches. Tension in the cheeks. Yellowish green scabs with
cracking and moisture. Eruptions around the mouth.
of lips and mouth. Burning heat in the mouth with thirst.
Insipid or bloody taste.
Continually picking at itching
sore inside the nose. Sore bridge on rising. Dryness.
Acute sense of smell.
Tongue: white coating at the
base, clean at the tip. Thirst with a feeling of heat in the
mouth. Throat feels as if there were a worm moving in it. A
feeling of heat rising in the esophagus after a fright or with
an anxious feeling. Belches while drinking water.
of a lump in the stomach.
(N.B.: This reminds me of a case of Hypericum poisoning
that I attended. She had the restlessness, anxiety and fear of
Arsenicum album with the attacks which centered around a lump
feeling in the stomach attended with horrible nausea and an
inability to either move it up or down. She could neither
vomit nor move her bowels. She needed Arsenicum album for a
few weeks to get rid of these symptoms. These symptoms came on
acutely about two weeks after discontinuing taking a high
potency, fortified Hypericum herbal preparation. This case was
an excellent example of how poisoning symptoms will not
generally rear its head, I've found, until a couple of weeks
after discontinuing a remedy which has been taken daily, every
other or third day or weekly for a long period of time. It
seems that while the remedy is being taken repeatedly it can
both poison and antidote the poisoning at the same time. This
is why you have the acute poisoning ailments coming on a week
or two after discontinuing the remedy. The vital force is no
longer being both poisoned and antidoted daily by stimulation
from the remedy and it therefore goes through the healing
process of trying to eliminate the effects of the drug through
an acute cleansing reaction. It is therefore better, I think,
if one suspects that one is proving a remedy by accident that
has been taken for a long time to gradually reduce the
strength and frequency of the dose until it is slowly
eliminated. This may eliminate the sudden and violent episodes
that this woman suffered through. As always, consult with your
health care practitioner before making any changes to your
Stomach, continued: nausea, vomiting, bubbling sensation at
the navel, desire for wine, warm drinks and pickles (the
traditional place homeopaths list food desires and aversions
is with the stomach symptoms). Tympanitic distention of the
abdomen > (ameliorated) after a stool.
Heart feels as
if it will drop down. Palpitations.
Asthma aggravated by
foggy weather, ameliorated after profuse expectoration. Spells
of short, barking cough. Anxiety in chest in forenoon with
shortness of breath. Stitching pains in the chest.
feels dry. Hemorrhoids with tenderness, pain and bleeding with
shooting pains, usually upwards, person is in agony. Summer
diarrhea with skin eruptions. Loose, bilious yellow stools.
Unusual severe and frequent urging to stool.
urinate with violent tearing pains in the genitals. Swelling
and hardness of the female urethra with burning soreness and
Menses too late; headache, sickening pain in
the abdomen, sensitive to noises. As if a tight bandage around
the uterus. Scirrhus cancer of breasts after injury.
[Conium maculatum is another remedy for breast tumors after
injury. Also Bellis perennis. Bellis for soft tumors after
injuries and Conium for hard ones. There are others, consult
the repertory under: chest, tumors, mammae. Or see the list on
the Breast Cancer Remedies Page.]
Back: pain in the
nape of the neck; pressure over sacrum; jerking and twitching
of back muscles. Consequences of spinal concussion. Pains and
lameness after injury.
pains in the upper and lower limbs; upwardly shooting pains,
they shoot up the limb towards the trunk of the body. Pains in
the fingers and toes. Crawling in hands and feet. Cramps in
calves. Joints feel bruised. Rheumatism in the small joints
and the knees. Darting pains in the shoulders. Pressure along
ulnar side of arm. Jerking and twitching of muscles in
general. Pains with crawlings and numbness. Nerve pains in
general. Limbs feel detached from the body. Hands and feet
seem "furry" or the bones in them ache. Aching in left sciatic
nerve after prolonged sitting. Lacerated, injured or inflamed
nerves; mashed fingers and toes, etc. The wounds are much more
painful than they would seem from their appearance.
Very sensitive to touch, whereas wounds requiring
Ledum are generally not so.
Wounds needing Arnica
generally are more bruised and contused than lacerated and the
person is very fearful of anyone coming near the injury and
typically refuse treatment and want to be left alone like
Compound fractures. Injury to or reflex
symptoms from brain or spinal chord. Pains are intolerably
violent, shooting, lancinating along nerves towards the trunk;
also down the sides of the head or chest; in epigastrium;
interscapular spine; fingertips, etc. with crawling and
numbness. Neuritis as a result of injury. Neuralgia of
amputee's stump. Shuddering, spasms, tetanus. Spasms are
produced after every injury, even just running into a wall,
Shuddering over the whole body during
fever with desire to urinate. Heat with delirium, wild,
staring look; hot head, red, bloated face, sweating scalp,
burning skin, much oppression of the chest and anguish.
Laborious dreams; of activities, travel; vivid,
distressing dreams. Wakes at 4 AM with sense of levitation.
Weary on waking, > noon.
Eczema, eruptions seem to be under the
skin, intensely itching; pain in old scars; shingles (herpes
zoster); skin is rough, as if full of small knots. Smarting
eruption like nettle rash on the hands.
Hypericum has the greatest affinity for the nerves,
especially the spinal nerves affecting the coccyx, the
interscapular nerves and the meninges of the brain. It has a
secondary affinity for the joints.
[N.B.: The affinity refers to the systems and
tissues that the remedy has healing power to primarily
influence. So, for example, if if a person has an ailment that
primarily involves the liver, then Hypericum would not likely
do much for that person, unless there was a specific and
unique reason found by the homeopath to lead him or her to
this remedy. There are no automatic remedies in Classical
Homeopathy, the entire case must always be assessed and remedy
selection must always be individualized.]
Consequences of shock or fright. Prevents lockjaw from
wounds in the sole, fingers or palm. Convulsions from blows or
concussions. After a fall the slightest motion of arm or neck
makes the person cry out. Flesh sore, feels bruised all over.
Noted for its ability to heal injuries to parts rich in
sentient nerves, especially fingers, toes and matrices of
nails. Mechanical injuries, wounds from nails, splinters, in
the feet, needles under the nails, from squeezing injuries,
hammering of the toes and fingers, especially the tips; when
the nerves have been lacerated, wounded and torn with
excruciating pains. Lacerations in general when the
excruciating pains indicates severe nerve damage. Next after
the nervous tissue affinity, the joints are affected.
Sensations as if lifted high up into the air.
Aggravated or worse from: cold, damp, in a fog, in a
closed room, least exposure, touch, injury, jar, spinal
concussion, shock, bruises, exertion, change of weather,
Ameliorations or better from: lying on the face,
bending backward and rubbing.
and Related Remedies: Arnica, Ledum, Rhus toxicodendron.
Antidotal: Arsenicum album, (remember the case described
above) and Chamomilla.
Fright. Bites. Wounds. Shock. Mesmerism.
In Clarke, he lists the
following diseases and ailments (among others) for which
Hypericum may be the curative remedy:
of the breasts, bites, bruises, bunions, compound fractures,
concussion of the brain, corns, coxalgia, diarrhea, gunshot
wounds, hemorrhoids, headache, hydrophobia, hypersensitivity,
impotence, effects of labor, meningitis, affections of the
mind, neuralgia, effects of operations, panaritium, paralysis,
rheumatism, scars, sciatica, spastic paralysis, spinal
concussion, spinal irritation, stiff neck, tetanus,
ulceration, whooping cough and wounds.
I don't know about you, but I'm not likely to
take something this powerful on a daily basis unless I have a
darn good and scientific reason to do so!
Hypericum can eliminate the symptoms presented
here only if the totality of the symptoms matches those of the
person in question. If the person does not have this general
grouping of symptoms, and takes this remedy for an extended
period of time, they can develop some of these symptoms, or
others. In essence, they will be conducting a proving of the
remedy. As always I am interested in information obtained from
first hand experience taking remedies. My contact information
is located on the left side of the Consulting Services Page.
Hypericum is a dyslexia remedy along with many
others such as Stramonium, China, Dioscorea, Lycopodium. It is
also a remedy with much confusion and mental mistakes and some
delirium. The mental condition seems to be sluggish after
waking and more animated as the day progresses with excitement
and weeping in the evening and delirium during sleep. Forgets
what he is about to say, like Baryta carb., Helleborus,
Medorrhinum, Thuja and Cannabis indica and others.
The similarity to Thuja is highlighted when
you consider that it has similar sensations of levitation as
Hypericum. One of the modalities that expresses part of the
essence of this remedy is the aggravation of the respiratory
symptoms in foggy weather. The person seems to be in a fog
mentally. They can become very spacey if they have been taking
this remedy for a long time and appear to need remedies such
as Cannabis indica, Medorrhinum, Thuja, Veratrum album and
others. A person will eventually fully prove the remedy if
they take it constantly, especially if they are taking
potencies, especially the high ones. So you may get a person
proving the remedy who needs to get off the remedy to get back
Or you could see someone who is in this state
naturally who has had a lot of physical and perhaps emotional
injuries and has the rest of the symptoms that go along with
the complete symptom image of the remedy--and that person
needs the remedy. But not every day, only infrequently,
according to classical homeopathic indications. Consult with
me if you have questions about whether Saint John's Wort is
right for you or not. If you start to notice that you are
feeling spaced-out, are making dyslexic mistakes and feel as
if you are floating, flying or hovering in the air or
experience any of the other symptoms listed above, then you
may want to consult a Classical Homeopath to see if you are
proving the remedy or not. As always, check with your primary
healthcare provider before making any changes in your health
with Repertory, Ninth Edition, William Boericke, MD; Boericke
and Runyon, Philadelphia 1927.
Materia Medica of
Homeopathic Medicines, S. R. Phatak, MB, BS; Indian Books and
Periodicals Syndicate, New Delhi 1982.
A Synoptic Key of
the Materia Medica, C. M. Boger, MD, B.Jain Publishers, Ltd.;
New Delhi 1986.
Materia Medica of the Human Mind,
M.L.Agrawal, Pankaj Publications; Delhi 1985.
of Practical Materia Medica, J. H. Clarke, MD, B. Jain
Publishers Pvt. Ltd.; New Delhi
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