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Hypericum Perforatum - General symptoms

St. John's-wort, Hypericum, Hypericum Perfoliatum, Hypericum perforatum, millepertuis, Hyper.

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HPUS indication of Hypericum Perforatum: Shooting pain
Hypericum Perforatum
Common symptoms: Shooting pain, Bug bites, Burns.

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Below are the main rubriks (i.e strongest indications or symptoms) of Hypericum Perforatum in traditional homeopathic usage, not approved by the FDA.



(Evening), depression.

weakness in head. stitches in temporal regions.

tearing in vertex. pressive pain, etc.

in occiput. tearing in occiput.

tearing in eye. stitches through ear.

distension of abdomen.

after coffee, pain in abdomen, etc.

drawing etc. in back.

tearing in arms. tearing in thumb.

sticking in toe. lameness, etc., in muscles.

biting on fingers. shuddering.

heat, etc..

Defective memory. can hardly arrange ideas, and cannot execute her intentions.

forgets what she wanted to do (fourth day). There have been several letters omitted in her written statement of symptoms, especially on the first and second days.

the same state caused this as made her so forgetful, but it existed in a less degree,.



Frequent starting up as from affright, always with rising of great heat into the neck (fifth day),

Lameness and stiffness with spasmodic restlessness in the muscles and tendons, especially in the evening and at night, often waking from sleep,

Weariness on waking from sleep,

Weak, distracted, in the afternoon, after a short walk (first day),

Weakness when walking, was obliged to walk slowly; when walking, but not when sitting,

Weakness even to falling down,

Great weakness (tenth day), ; continuing after the proving,

Great weakness and trembling, on waking in the morning (eighth day),

Great weakness, with violent thirst, on waking in the morning (second day),

Extremely weak (third day),

Exhaustion (ninth and tenth days),

Great exhaustion (fifth night), and for three weeks after the proving,


Sensitive to the cold, for some time after the proving,

General nervous and vascular excitement (first to fourth day),

Inclined to great activity (fifth day),

Disinclined for mental and physical labor (fourth day),

Feeling of weakness (after one hour and a half),

The whole body feels affected as after a course of medicine,

Feeling, on waking at 4 A.M., as though she were not lying in bed, at another time as though she were lying very heavy in bed (second night),

The great remedy for injuries to nerves, especially of fingers, toes and nails. Crushed fingers, especially tips. Excessive painfulness is a guiding symptom to its use. Prevents lockjaw. Punctured wounds. Relieves pain after operations. Quite supersedes the use of Morphia after operations ( Helmuth.) Spasms after every injury. Has an important action on the rectum; hemorrhoids. Coccydynia. Spasmodic asthmatic attacks with changes of weather or before storms, better by copious expectoration. Injured nerves from bites of animals. Tetanus. Neuritis, tingling, burning and numbness. Constant drowsiness.

LACERATED, injured or inflamed nerves; mashed fingers, etc

Injury to or reflected from brain or cord Very painful, sore parts; occiput, coccyx, etc


Intolerably violent, shooting, lancinating along nerves; toward trunk; down sides of head or chest; in epigastrium; interscapular spine; finger-tips, etc, with crawling and numbness

Neuritis, as an outcome of injury

Neuralgia of stump




Heaviness or formication in brain

Head feels drawn to a point Bubbling at navel

Dry rectum

Heart seems to drop

Painfully sensitive spine

Commotio spinalis

Pains in hips and small of back after labor

Limbs feel detached

Aching in l

sciatic, after long sitting

Feet seem furry or bones ache

Gaping wounds

Laborious dreams

Hypericum perforatum, H. perfoliatum. St. John's Wort. N. O. Hypericaceae. Tincture of whole fresh plant.

The leaves of various species of Hypericum are sprinkled with pellucid dots and black glands which contain an essential oil.

These, which are most conspicuous in H. perforatum, have evidently given the signature which has led to the chief use of the plant in medicine, namely, as a remedy for wounds or perforations of the integuments.

The leaves, moreover, are lance-shaped.

The leaves of H. androsaenum, commonly called Tutsan (toute saine), were applied to fresh wounds from olden time.

The word Hypericum means "sub-heather" (ύπό and έρείκη), indicating its manifest relation to the heaths, which at once leads us to think of Ledum Palustre Ledum.

The proving of Hyp. by Müller and others is very complete and brings out the relation of the drug to wounds and their consequences and also its applicability in maladies of other kinds.

Crawling sensations in hands and feet; they felt fuzzy; sticking in them as from needles.

Tearing, rheumatic, shaking pains; paralytic weakness.

One of the provers had on waking at 4 a.m. a feeling as though she were suspended and not lying in bed, at another time as though she were lying very heavy in bed.

The former condition has led to cures in effects of accidents attended with the sensation "as if being lifted high into the air.

and great anxiety lest she should fall from this height." The particular kinds of wounds for which Hyp. has been found of signal service are wounds of parts rich in nerves, brain, spine (spinal irritation from falls), coccyx, finger-ends.

wounds from stepping on nails, or any punctured wounds.

The characteristic of the Hyp. wounds is that they are very sensitive to touch (Led. punctures are not particularly sensitive).

W. J. Guernsey (H. R., x. 475) relates the following case A boy, nine, was bitten by a pet rat on the first finger of left hand.

Nothing particular was observed at the time, but some time after, he became ill, and when Dr.

Guernsey was called his state was alarming.

The boy could talk with great difficulty; teeth firmly locked; conscious; neck so stiff the head could scarcely be moved.

There was more tenderness about the wound than the appearance would indicate.

Hence Hyp. was preferred to Led.

It was given (8 p.m.) in the 500th, dissolved in water, at first every fifteen minutes; later every two hours.

At 3 a.m. there was improvement, he fell asleep, and the next morning was practically convalescent. Hyp. is called for in nervous depression following wounds; effects of shock, fright and mesmerism.

Ulceration and sloughing of wounds.

Hard, dry, yellow crusts form on healing wound.

Bunions and corns when the pain is excruciating.

Not only is the pain sense exalted, there is exaltation of the senses of hearing and smell.

Violent labour-pains and after-pains.

Tympanitic distension of abdomen, cutting pains.

Gilchrist says Hyp. 3x, given at intervals of twenty minutes for twelve hours or longer, seems to control perfectly the pain following laparotomy.

But it must not be thought that Hyp. has no sphere outside wounds and their effects.

Like Arnica Arnica it has many uses in the respiratory sphere.

It has cured asthma agg. in foggy weather; the attacks were amel. by copious expectoration.

Whooping-cough agg. 6 to 10 p.m.

Tightness of chest; stinging agg. on moving.

Summer diarrhoea with eruption.

Palpitation and local congestions, with or without haemorrhage and nervous depression, following wounds.

Roehrig (H. R., xii. 40) considers Hyperic. externally and internally the nearest thing to a specific in bleeding piles.

He gives it to pneumonia patients who have piles; it cures the pneumonia and prevents the arrest of the flux, always a dangerous symptom in these cases.

Ussher (H. W., xxvii. 500) confirms this; "pain, bleeding and tenderness" are his indications. "It seems to suit the plethoric, with great soreness." He uses the 1x.

Toothache amel. lying on affected side and keeping quiet. Hyp. is sensitive to cold agg. in cold air; in damp; in fog.

The hacking cough is agg. from heat as well as by cold air.

All symptoms agg. by least exposure. agg.

From touch.

St. John's Wort. C. Hering. Hypericaceae.

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One who makes a study of the proving of Hypericum will be reminded of a class of injuries involving sentient nerves and it is not surprising that Hypericum Perforatum has come into use for the results of such injuries.

Injuries The surgery of Homeopathy largely involves the use of Arnica Arnica, Rhus Tox Rhus tox., Ledum Palustre Ledum, Staphysagria Staphysagria, Calc Carb Calcarea and Hypericum These remedies are used in a routine way when a physician runs into semi-surgical conditions, or the results of injuries.

For the bruised, "black-and-blue," sore appearance and sensation Arnica Arnica comesinto use it corresponds especially to the acute stage until the soreness and bruised condition have disappeared from the parts injured or from the whole body.

but for the strains of muscles and tendons Arnica Arnica proves insufficient and a thorough study of Rhus Tox Rhus will show that that remedy is suitable for the resultant weakness of tendons and muscles, and the bruised, rheumatic feelings that come on in every storm and often wear off on continued motion.

For the final weakness that persists even after Rhus Tox Rhus we have Calc Carb Calcarea carb In these three remedies we have a series, but to distinguish these from Hypericum is the important thing. Hypericum is only a minor remedy for bruised and strained tendons and muscles.

it goes into a different class of complaints.

Hypericum and Ledum Palustre Ledum run close together, and they have to be compared. Ledum Palustre Ledum, as much of the sore bruised feeling of Arnica Arnica and will often take its place.

but Hypericum and Ledum Palustre Ledum come together for consideration when an injury to a nerve has taken on inflammatory action. Instead of the muscles and bones and blood vessels, as in Arnica Arnica, Rhus Tox Rhus and Calc Carb Calcarea, the nerves are the sphere for these two remedies.

In this condition Hypericum is above all the remedies to be thought of and hardly any other medicine is likely to come in. It hardly need be said that lock-jaw is threatening.

Sometimes a vicious dog will take bold of an individual through the thumb, or through the hand or the. wrist and run one of his great teeth through the radial nerve or some of its branches in the hand, causing a lacerated wound. You may not find in the earlier stages the symptoms of Hypericum, but they will develop gradually and you will have them to treat. Do not cut the off, but cure it. We cure all these injuries with medicines-punctured, incised, contused and lacerated wounds, painful wounds.

A wound will sometimes yawn, swell up, no tendency to heal, look dry and shiny on its edges, red.

inflamed. burning, stinging, tearing pains.

no healing process. That wound needs Hypericum It prevents tetanus. Every practitioner knows that lock-jaw way develop after an injury to sentient nerves. The old school doctor is frightened by these shooting pains up the arms after an injury. A shoemaker may stick his awl into the end of his thumb or a carpenter may stick his finger with a brass tack and he does not think much of it, but the next night shooting pains extend up the arm with much violence.

The allopathic physician looks upon that as a series matter, for he sees lockjaw or tetanus ahead. When these pains come on Hypericum will stop them, and from this stage to advanced states of tetanus with opisthotonos and lock-jaw Hypericum is the remedy. It is full of just such symptoms as are found in tetanus and such symptoms as lead to tetanus and it is full of all the manifestations of an ascending neuritis.

Again, you may have an old scar, and it comes in contact with a hard body and is injured, bruised, torn internal) smashed, and stinging, tearing pains come in that cicatrix, and it burns and stings, and there is no relief, and the pain runs toward the body along the course of nerves. A painful cicatrix with pain shooting up toward the centre of the body following up the nerves.

Hypericum is the medicine for that.

Now there are other remedies - all know about Arnica Arnica, but be sure you keep it in its place. The first stage of the injury, where much bruising has been done, and there are none of these pains that I have described, for the first hours for bruised conditions and concussions and shocks Arnica Arnica is routine, because it produces states upon the human body like it had been bruised. But you will find Arnica Arnica only fits into that one place.

Arnica Arnica should never be used for wounds the way the lay people use it, because if it is used in full strength it may bring on erysipelas.

Again, for bruised of bone, cartilages, tendons, insertion of tendons, bruises about cartilages and about joints, Ruta Graveolens Ruta is better than any other remedy; and if we study the proving of Ruta Graveolens Ruta we will not be surprised, because it produces symptoms like those found in such conditions.

Lingering, sore, bruised places on bones, in joints and upon cartilages. But Ledum Palustre Ledum comes in very often as a preventive Medicine. It is a preventive medicine when an accident happen to the ends of the fingers, if a patient steps on a nail or tack or sticks a splinter under a finger-nail or into the foot. If a horse pick up a nail, pull it out and give him a dose of Ledum Palustre Ledum.

there will never be trouble, he will, not have lock-jaw.

These punctured wounds, rat bites, cat bites, etc-, are all made safe by Ledum Palustre Ledum.

i.e., Ledum Palustre Ledum prevents the shooting pains that naturally come and the nerves will never be involved. We will have no trouble if we can give it at once. Again, if the pain is a dull aching in the part that was injured, in the wound Ledum Palustre Ledum is stillthe remedy.

if it shoots from the wound up the nerve of the arm it is more like Hypericum.

A sensitive nervous women steps on a tack during the day, and she feels all the day where the tack went in, lies down in bed and it aches so violently she cannot keep it still. Ledum Palustre Ledum willprevent any further trouble, but if that goes on until the morning the pains will be shooting up the leg, calling for Hypericum

I mentioned the use of Ledum Palustre Ledum when a horse picks up a nail. Now, if a nail goes through the thin part of the hoof and strikes the coffin bone that horse is almost sure to die with tetanus.

the veterinarians know nothing for it.

though they paultice it and put on liniments, etc., that horse will die with tetanus.

but if a dose of Ledum Palustre Ledum is given before the tetanus comes on it will save the animal from tetanus.

after the jerking comes on it will save the animal from tetanus.

after the jerking comes on Ledum Palustre Ledum willnot do, but Hypericum must be given.

Hypericum belongs to lacerated wounds and when there is laceration of parts that are full of small nerves, sentient nerves, give it at once. Do not waste time with Arnica Arnica because there is soreness, for the soreness is of much less importance than the danger from nerves in lacerated wounds. In punctured wounds give Ledum Palustre Ledum at once. Whatever sequences come on, of course, have to be met in accordance with the, state and symptoms of the case.

Spine injuries Injuries of the spine give us another class of troubles requiring Hypericum

I remember a case such as has been met with quite often and such as we read of and hear about, one, however, that was not saved. A sudden lurch of the car caused a man who was standing on the rear end of the car to be hurled back on his coccyx. He did not think much of it, went home, bad pains in the head and various pass of the body.

Several physicians were called; nobody could find out what was the matter with him, and at the end of ten days he died. They turned him over and found that his coccyx was black and an abscess was threatening in the muscular region. If it had been known Hypericum would have saved his life.

Many times I have seen Hypericum cure similar conditions. Injuries of the coccyx are among the most serious and troublesome injuries that the physician comes in contact with; injuries just like that, falling back and striking a stone, or something that bruises the coccyx.

Very little is found immediately in the coccyx; close examination reveals nothing more than soreness upon pressure, but many times we do have the description of pains shooting up the spine and down the extremities, shooting pains over the body and often convulsive movements.

When such symptoms are present any physician ought to be wise enough to find out an injury, but even very astute physicians are blinded over injuries of the coccyx. Many a woman sustains an injury of the coccyx during labor, and however, slight, soreness remains for years afterwards, and she is always in trouble, always hysterical and nervous, from this injury of the coccyx.

Such injuries, if taken early, can be cured by Hypericum It is in the remedy. Slight inflammation or irritation of the lower part of the cord.

it feels lacerated, and sore, and aches and never passes over until the results of the injury right in the spot have been removed. These injuries have been cured in after years by Carbo Animalis Carbo animalis, Silicea Silica and Thuja Thuja and other remedies as indicated.

It is related also to injuries of the spine higher up. It is not an uncommon thing for a man. while going down stairs, to fall backward, his feet to slip from under him and he strikes his back upon one of the steps and undergoes a sharp injury.

Some will at once give Rhus Tox Rhus tox.

I have known others to give Arnica Arnica Hypericum is to be given at once to prevent the kind of inflammation that may come from such an injury. Then there will be other tendencies, such as drawings and rheumatic symptoms, that will come on, calling for Rhus Tox Rhus and finally Calc Carb Calcarea.

Old weakness of the back, with painfulness on rising from a seat, are often cured by Rhus Tox Rhus, followed by Calc Carb Calcarea, but Hypericum must first of all take care of the condition of the fibres of the cord and meninges. Meningeal troubles are common from injuries of that class, with drawing of the muscles of the back, a feeling of contraction or tightening. Stitching, shooting pains in the back in various directions.

they shoot down the limbs. Injuries of the back are not so likely to end in tetanus as the injuries of the sensory nerves.

but they are sometimes even more troublesome because they linger so long.

Persons who have been injured in the spine or about the coccyx linger along for years with symptoms that would lead to many remedies. We find in the provings such symptoms as occur after these injuries, and, of course, Hypericum Perforatum will cure anything that its proving justifies. Hypericum Perforatum's action is upon the nerve sheaths and meninges, with stitching, tearing, rending pains along the nerves, wherever there are injuries.

Now, there is another remedy that we want to know. If you have a clear-cut or incised wound made with a sharp instrument, or if you have made such an opening with your knife while practicing surgery, if you have opened the abdominal cavity and the walls of the abdomen take on an unhealthy look, and there are stinging, burning pains, Staphysagria Staphysagria isthe remedy that will make granulation come immediately.

Sphincters Staphysagria Staphysagria is also a wonderfully useful remedy where the sphincter stretchers have been.

Staphysagria Staphysagria is the natural antidote to stretching. When the urethra of a woman has been stretched for stone in the bladder, Staphysagria Staphysagria is useful. I remember a case of stretching of the urethra.

after the operation the patient was in great distress, screaming and crying, bathed in a cold, sweat. head hot and body in cold sweat.

After a surgical operation, where there has been much cutting, a great state of prostration, coldness, oozing of blood, almost cold breath, of course the Materia Medica man, if there is one around, will say,

"Why give him Carbo Veg Carbo veg., of course."

Yes, you will, but it will not help him. It may disappoint you. But if you are a surgeon, know your surgical therapeutics better than a Materia Medica man, you will say,

"No, Strontium carb. is what I want."

It relieves that congestion all over the body; he gets warm and has a comfortable night. Strontium carb. is the Carbo Veg Carbo veg. of the surgeon.

Lastly, we sometimes have to antidote Chloroformium chloroform, and because there are pains and aches you will get no action from these medicines.

you can antidote your Chloroformium chloroform almost instantly by a dose of Phosphorus Phosphorus, because it is the natural antidote of Chloroformium chloroform. Phosphorus Phosphorus will stop the vomiting, Phosphorus Phosphorus has vomiting like that of Chloroformium chloroform Phosphorus Phosphorus likes cold things, cold water in the stomach, and vomits as soon as water has become warm in the stomach. So does Chloroformium chloroform Why should they not antidote each other?.

Is the remedy "par excellence" for wounded or injured nerves; from simple punctures from nails, splinters, pins, rat bites, etc., to severe concussions of the spine and brain, and especially to parts rich in centient nerves. It is to this kind of injuries what Arnica Arnica, Hamamelis Virginica Hamamelis, Ruta Graveolens Ruta, etc., are to bruises, and Calendula Officinalis Calendula to lacerated muscular tissue, and Staphysagria Staphisagria to cuts with sharp instruments.


Tincture, to third potency.



Inter-scapular Meninges