Hedera helix

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Hedera helix signs and symptoms of the homeopathy medicine from the Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica by J.H. Clarke. Find out for which conditions and symptoms Hedera helix is used

      Common ivy. *N.O. Araliacee. Tincture of young shoots.


Cataract. Hydrocephalus, chronic. Rhinorrhea cerebro-spinalis. Rickets.


Our knowledge of the therapeutic properties of ivy we owe to Dr. Cooper, whose experience has shown it to have a relation to rickets and rickety conditions. The only published case (*H.W., xxxiv. 489) is that of a girl of twenty, whom he cured of chronic hydrocephalus with a single dose, once repeated after eighteen months on a threatened return of the symptoms. The circumference of the patient’s head, when she was brought to Cooper, was 27 1/2 inches, rendering her an object of wonder and ridicule to street arabs, and reacting on her disposition and nervous state. The condition had existed from childhood and was apparently growing much worse. There were two large oedematous swellings on the nape of the neck, one on either side and immediately below the occiput, evidently the result of intra-hydrocephalic pressure. One drop of *Hed. h. O was placed on her tongue. Next morning clear fluid began dripping from the nostrils, a “cerebrospinal rhinorrhea” in fact. This continued three weeks, between twenty and thirty pocket-handkerchiefs being used in a day. Simultaneously the swellings began to diminish and had completely disappeared when the discharge ceased. Thirteen months later, when being measured for a hat, it was found that the size of the head was reduced to 25 inches, and no longer occasioned remark. When, later on, some symptoms of brain-pressure seemed to threaten a second dose of *Hed. h. completely dispelled them. The disposition of the patient was completely changed,’ from being nervous, unhappy, and diffident, she became lively, cheerful, and active. In cases of rhinorrhea cerebro-spinalis *Hed. h. must be thought of. *Hed. h. has been used as a sternutatory for “clearing the sight” from time out of mind, and Cooper tells me it has cured cases of cataract.


*Compare: Aral. r., Ginseng (botan.), Silica., Natrum mur.

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John Henry Clarke

John Henry Clarke

John Henry Clarke MD (1853 – November 24, 1931 was a prominent English classical homeopath. Dr. Clarke was a busy practitioner. As a physician he not only had his own clinic in Piccadilly, London, but he also was a consultant at the London Homeopathic Hospital and researched into new remedies — nosodes. For many years, he was the editor of The Homeopathic World. He wrote many books, his best known were Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica and Repertory of Materia Medica

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