Phytolacca: what are its uses in alternative medicine?

The homeopathic strain of Phytolacca is obtained from American grapes. It is a plant of the botanical family of Phytolaccaceae and which comes mainly from the Mediterranean basin and the northern part of America.

In nature, it is easy to recognize this plant thanks to its berries arranged in clusters. Moreover, this is what is at the origin of its name “grape of America”. When ripe, these berries display a purple-purple, almost black coloration. The leaves are oval in shape and quite large. As for the flowers, they are whitish-green in color. The flowering period is between summer and autumn.

In terms of its chemical identity, American grapes contain many bioactive components. We distinguish, among others, proteins, trace elements, mineral salts and phytolaccine. The latter is at the origin of the toxicity of the plant. In fact, in humans and in certain mammals, the ingestion of this plant causes death. Therefore, for medicinal uses, especially in pregnant and breastfeeding women, only homeopathic dilutions are allowed.

What health problems can Phytolacca respond to?

In homeopathy, this medicine acts on several spheres.

In otolaryngology:

At the level of the ENT sphere, the main indication for this homeopathic remedy isred angina. The main symptoms are:

  • Tonsils dark red in color
  • Pains and burning that radiate to the neck and ears
  • Pain when swallowing
  • Dry mucous membranes

Other indications are pharyngitis, laryngitis as well as parotid inflammation. In some cases, these disorders are accompanied by fever and flu-like symptoms.

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In rheumatology:

In this domain, Phytolacca treats muscle pain, joint pain and bone pain.

At the level of muscle mass, it reduces pain and contractions. It is also used to relieve aches.

Concerning the nerve painits indications are inflammation of the nerves such as sciatica.

On the bone and joint level, it improves the situation in case of lumbar pain, back pain and heel pain. The latter refers to pain that occurs in the heels.

In gynecology:

In female subjects, this remedy is effective in the premenstrual syndrome treatment. In particular, it relieves sensitivity and breast congestion.

Its other indications are cysts in the breasts as well as chapping due to breastfeeding.

For conditions of the Phytolacca type, the conditions of aggravation are cold, night and hot drinks. Symptoms improve in dry weather.

How to dose it?

  • Red angina: take up to 5 granules in 5 CH every 2 hours, space out the doses once the symptoms have improved
  • Pain: take 3 to 5 granules in the morning and evening until the pain disappears

For sore throats, the granules should take effect 48 hours after administration. If necessary, contact a doctor.


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