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Helleborus Niger
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Helleborus Niger

Snow-rose, Helleborus, helleb

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HPUS label indication: Pale skin

Below are the strongest indications of Helleborus Niger in traditional homeopathic usage, not reviewed by the FDA.

Produces a condition of Sensorial depression. Sees, hears, tastes imperfectly, and general Muscular weakness, which may go on to complete paralysis, accompanied by dropsical effusions. Hence, a remedy in low states of vitality and serious disease. Characteristic worse from 4 to 8 P.M ( Lycop.) Sinking sensation. State of effusion in hydrocephalus. Mania of a melancholy type.
WORSE, from evening until morning, from uncovering.
(Hellebor. foetidus or, Polymnia - Bear’s foot - Acts especially on spleen (Ceanothus); also rectum and sciatic nerve. Splenic pains extend to scapula, neck and head, worse left side and evening; chronic ague cake; hypertrophied uterus; glandular enlargements; hair and nails falling off; skin peeling.) Hellebor. orientalis (salivation).
Antidote: Camphor; Cinch.
Compare: Threatening effusion; Tuberc.; Apis; Zinc.; Opium; Cinch.; Cicuta; Iodoform.

    MIND (click for more)

Involuntary sighing
complete unconsciousness

Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; indecisive
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; indifference, apathy, etc.
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; indifference, apathy, etc.; to loved ones
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; indifference, apathy, etc.; to pleasure
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; indifference, apathy, etc.; to relationships
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; unhappy; despair
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; unhappy; sadness, mental depression

Intellectual faculties; ideas; deficiency of ideas
Intellectual faculties; impaired thinking; absent-minded (see forgetful)
Intellectual faculties; impaired thinking; difficulty concentrating
Intellectual faculties; impaired thinking; difficulty concentrating; while studying, reading, etc.
Intellectual faculties; impaired thinking; dull, sluggish

Memory; weakness of memory
Memory; weakness of memory; for what has been said
Memory; weakness of memory; for what has heard
Memory; weakness of memory; for what was about to say
Memory; weakness of memory; for what was read

Perception; senses; dull

Preoccupied; absorbed, buried in thought


Talking, conversation; answers not lucid; reflects long
Talking, conversation; speech; slow


picks lips and clothes.

Slow in answering

Thoughtless; staring

    HEAD (click for more)

Bores head into pillow; beats it with hands

Rolls head day and night; moaning, sudden screams

Cold sweat

Dull pain in occiput, with sensation of water swashing inside

Forehead wrinkled in folds

Brain; inflammation of brain; meningitis

Congestion (see pulsation)

Headache culminates in vomiting.

Stupefying headache

    EYE (click for more)

Eyeballs turn upwards; squinting, vacant look

Eyes wide open, sunken


Pupils dilated

    NOSE (click for more)

Dirty, dry nostrils

Nose pointed.

Rubs nose

Smell diminished

    FACE (click for more)

Cold sweat

Neuralgia on left side; parts so tender he cannot chew.

Pale, sunken


    MOUTH (click for more)

Greedily swallows cold water, though unconscious

Lips dry and cracked

Meaningless picking of lips

Chewing motion

Falling of lower jaw

Horrible smell from mouth

Child nurses greedily, with disgust for food

Grinding of teeth

Dryness; tongue

Taste; tasteless, lacks taste; tastelessness of food

Ptyalism, with sore corners of mouth.

Tongue red and dry

    ABDOMEN (click for more)

Bladder; urging to urinate (unhealthy desire); ineffectual
Bladder; urination; feeble stream (slow)

Stomach; sinking (see emptiness)
Stomach; without thirst

Gurgling, as if bowels were full of water

Swollen, painful to touch.

    STOOL (click for more)

Jelly-like, white mucus; involuntary.


Mucous, slimy
Mucous, slimy; clinging
Mucous, slimy; colourless (see transparent)
Mucous, slimy; transparent

    URINE (click for more)

Bladder over distended.

Child cannot urinate

Frequent urging

Suppressed; scanty, dark; coffee-grounds sediment

Albuminous (white, thick)

Colour; dark

Scanty; while perspiring

Sediment; like coffee beans

    GENITALS (click for more)

Female; fluid build up (see swelling); womb

    RESPIRATION (click for more)

Chest constricted; gasps for breath

Frequent sighing

Hydrothorax ( Merc

Respiration irregular

    CHEST (click for more)

Lungs; fluid build up in chest cavity (pulmonary oedema)

    BACK (click for more)

Stiffness; neck

    EXTREMITIES, LIMBS (click for more)

Limbs heavy and painful

Automatic motion of one arm and leg

Awkwardness; hands; when required to speak

Heaviness; tired limbs

Pain; stitching, sudden, sharp; joints
Pain; stitching, sudden, sharp; joints; during chill

Stretching of limbs

Thumb drawn into palm ( Cupr.) Vesicular eruption between fingers and toes.

    SLEEP (click for more)

Cannot be fully aroused.

Cri encephalique

Soporous sleep

Sudden screams in sleep

    CHILL (click for more)

Beginning in particular area; arms

Internal; evening; lying down

    FEVER (click for more)

Continued fever; dazed from fever
Continued fever; in complete daze

Perspiration with heat

With chill

With shivering

    SKIN (click for more)

Pale, dropsical, itching

Angioneurotic oedema.

Falling off of hair and nails

Livid spots on skin

Goose bumps

Swelling; fluid in tissues

Sudden, watery, swelling of skin

    GENERALITIES (click for more)


Convulsions; children

Emaciated (extremely thin)


Fluid build up; external
Fluid build up; internal

Inflammation; thin, watery membranes

Lack of irritability

Lack of reaction

Pain; sudden, sharp; bones

Swelling; puffy

Temperature (felt and effects of temperature); cold air

Weakness (see lethargic, weariness); paralytic
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Homeopathic remedies are prescribed on the basis that in a tiny dilution like cures like, so while the very dilute homeopathic remedy may help, the raw product is often best avoided.

Entries on a white background are from Boericke's Materia Medica. Entries on a green background are from a reversed Kent's repertory, with some alterations to modernise the language. Uses are based on traditional homeopathic practice and have not been reviewed by the FDA.