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This pretty little flower, the common daisy, is also known as woundwort or bruisewort [1]. From it originates a valuable homeopathic remedy that I suggest should not be lacking in the homeopathic home remedy kit.

 

A keynote for this remedy is bruising. Its main action is upon the muscles and blood vessels, but it is also indicated for tumorous growths coming from a blow or injury [1], [3].

 

Therefore, its homeopathic indications are for ‘consequences of’ Trauma, bruises, contusions, hematoma and muscular pain from over-exertion [2], [3]. There is a sensation of soreness and exhaustion following Trauma [2]. This ‘jewel’ to the remedy kit has been termed a ‘gardeners-drug’ as it is effective for “the aches and pains of old gardeners” [1, p.140]. Further action of Bellis is for cases of gastroenteritis, dysmenorrhea and eczema [2], [4].

 

According to Clark [3] it is also a remedy that follows where a patient has been subjected to excessive heat which was followed by sudden cooling down. Clark further mentions its efficacy for cases of varicose veins, mammary and uterine swelling. Much like Arnica it is a remedy recommended for use prior to and following surgical interventions. Its action radius is similar to that of Arnica and Calendula [3].

 

Rehman [4] particularly stresses that Bellis is a collateral remedy to Arnica in the treatment of contusions and ecchymosis. He and Clark [3] further stress that Bellis perennis is a remedy that should not be administered in the evening, as this may cause the patient to awaken early in the morning without being able find sleep again.

 

I have used this remedy for cases where the dental enamel has been damaged. In combination with Mercurius solubilis and Symphytum, Bellis perennis has been useful for cases of tooth decay, where the tooth ached and its surface had become discoloured. I could witness that the sensitivity and pain subsided, and the tainted surface retained its normal colour.

 

 

 

References:

 

[1] Bartram, T. (1998) Bartram’s encyclopedia of herbal medicine London: Constable & Robinson Ltd.

 

[2] DHU (2011) Homöopathisches Repetitorium Karlsruhe: Deutsche Homöopathie Union.

 

[3] Clarke, J. (1994) A Dictionary of practical materia medica New Ddelhi: B.Jain publishers Ltd.

 

[4] Rehman, A. (2000) Handbuch der homöopatischen ArzneibeziehungenHeidelberg: Haug.

 

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