Lesser known homoeopathic mother tinctures and their specific indications

Lesser-known homoeopathic mother tinctures and their specific indications

Dr Bikash Biswas , Dr Sanjukta Mandal

Abstract:  Mother tinctures are most commonly used in our day to day practice of homoeopathy. But there are thousands of rarely prescribed marvellous tinctures we are not aware of & how they act & when.
Keywords: Homoeopathy, Mother Tincture.

Abbreviations: Q- Mother Tincture

Introduction: The recent era has seen a rapid increase in the use of mother tinctures, very commonly used in DM, hyperacidity, DUB, any many more.  Homoeopathic mother tinctures play a vital role for its overall therapeutics. Although the scientific basis for its applicability is still lacking.

Literature Review:
In a study published in the IJRH, it seen that few mother tinctures prescribed for RA had analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties[1]. Another study was conducted by CCRH to find out if there are any toxic effects on using mother tinctures[2]

Disease wise

ACIDITY

  • Aegle Marmelos Q:

Stomatitis, waterbrush from mouth[3].

  • Carica Papaya Q:

Acidity from meat & milk[3].

  • Cephalandra Indica Q:

Flatulence, acidity,DM[3].

  • Embelia Officinalis Q:

Acidity and Gastritis. Flatulence,Milk is not digested. Great antacid[3].

  • Cinchona Q:

Milk disagrees, <Fruits warm drinks impede digesion[3].

  • Cornus Florida Q:

Dyspepsia, heartburn[4].

  • Populous Tremuloides Q:

Belching of gas, acidity. Nausea and vomiting bile[4].

  • Robinia Q:

Pronounced acidity. Accompanied by frontal headache[3].

  • Sinapis Alba Q:

Throat symptoms marked, especially ,with obstruction in esophagus. Belching of bile[4].

ACNE

  • Eugenia Jambos Q:

Pimples on the face with painful sensibility of their circumferences[3].

  • Hydrocotyle Asiatica Q:

White and bloody dysentery of both adults and children. Decided action upon stomatitis, the stomach, chronic diarrhea, white and bloody dysentery[3].

FOR ANGINA PECTORIS

  • Amylenum Nitrosum Q:

Arterial hyperaemia

throbbing in head, violent palpitations, Tumultuous action of heart with great oppression in precordial area. open air.constant streching amel.

Dialated veins. Pulsation felt in tip of finers[3].

  • Cactus Q:

Constrictions, Congestion and Contraction. Icy coldness of hands. Oedema of hands. Clasped and unclasped rapidly by an iron band[3].

  • Glonoine Q:

Angina pectoris,  pain in left biceps. vertigo[3].

ABUSE OF ALCOHOL 

  • Angelica Q:

Produces disgust for liquor ,dyspepsia, nervous headache.

  • Aralia Hispida Q:

Acute alcoholism ,diuretic. After beer[4].

  • Asarum Europum Q:

Hypersensitive. Desire for alcohol[3].

  • China Q:

Removes craving for alcohol in drunkards[3].

  • Ichthyolum :

Alcoholism when nothing will stay in the stomach[3].

  • Quercus Glandium Spiritus Q:

Takes away craving for alcoholics[3].

  • Ranunculus Bulbosus Q:

Bad effects of Alcohol,delirium tremens[3].

  • Sterculia Q:

The remedy for the drinking habit[3].

  • Strophanthus Hispidus Q:

Nausea with special disgust for alcohol, dispomania[3]

  • Trinitrotoluene Q:

Worse: alcohol (falls after one or two drinks of whisky) [3].

ASTHMA

  • Aralia Racemosa Q:

Asthma Lying agg , night[3].

  • Aspidosperma Q:

Want of breath during exertion Cardiac asthma. Increase oxidation[3].

  • Blatta Occidentalis Q:

Asthma with bronchitis. Agg damp basement[3].

  • Eriodictyon Q:

Whezzing asthma[3].

  • Eucalyptus Q:

Moist asthma. Expectoration white, thick mucus. Bronchitis in the aged. Bronchorrhoea[3].

  • Juncus Effusus Q: 

Asthmatic symptoms in haemorrhoidal subjects[3].

  • Linum Usi Q:

Severe allergic asthma. Intense irritation in the nose and eyes.

  • Lippia Mexicana Q:

Asthma with bronchitis.

  • Lobelia Inflata Q:

Senile emphysema. Asthma. < exertion[3].

  • Passiflora Incarnata Q:

Asthma , 10-30 gtt few doses[3].

  • Pothos Foetidus Q:

Asthmatic symptoms are better by passing stool, < dust, shoots[3].

  • Sambucus Nigra Q: 

millers asthma. Child cant expire. sitting up in bed, motion>[3].

  • Senega Q:

Asthenic bronchitis , bending head backward>[3].

  • Solidago Virga Q:

Asthma with nightly dysuria[3].

  • Tela  Aranearum Q:

Dry asthma , Nervous asthma and sleeplessness[3].

  • Viola Odorata Q:

Hysteric asthma, Dyspnoea during pregnancy[3].

  • Viscum Album Q:

Asthma, if connected with gout or rheumatism[3].

  • Cassia Sophera Q:

Asthma & dyspnea[4].

  • Justicia Adhatoda Q:

Whooping cough like asthmatic attacks[3].. 

  • Ocimum Sanctum Q:

Asthmatic attack, wheezing and rattling sound is felt in the chest [3].

BOIL

  • Echinaceae Q:

Boils, Corrector of blood dyscrasia[3].

  • Scolopendra Q:

Malignant pustules with itching[4].

  • Achyranthes Aspera Q:

Malignant lupus erythematous ,burning pains[4].

FOR MEMORY

  • Avena Sativa Q:

Tonic for mental, physical & sexual debility after exhausting disease[3].

  • Scutellaria Q:

Nervous fear predominates[3].

  • Brahmi Q:

Weakness of short-term memory[3].

BRONCHITIS

  • Balsamum Peruvianum Q:

Bronchitis, and phthisis, with muco-purulent, thick expectoration[3].

  • Grindelia Robusta Q:

Bronchorrhoea, with tough, whitish, mucous expectoration[3].

  • Inula Q:

Chronic bronchitis, palliative in tubercular laryngitis[3].

  • Myosotis Symphytifolia Q:

Chronic bronchitis and phthisis[4].

  • Myrtus Chekan Q:

Chronic bronchitis, emphysema[4].

  • Phellandrium Q:

A very good remedy for the offensive expectoration and cough in phthisis, bronchitis, and emphysema[3].

  • Prunus Virginiana Q:

Chronic bronchitis, cough < lying down[4].

  • Squilla Maritima Q:

Broncho pneumonia[3].

CANCER

MOUTH:

  • Condurango Q:

Nodulated growth. Ulcerative stage of carcinoma cutis. Epithelioma of lips or anus[3].

  • Hydrastis Canadensis Q:

Cancer and cancerous state: before; Pre-cancerous: Liver Cancer[3].

AXILLA:

  • Asterias Rubens Q:

Nightly lancinating breast pain.. Mammary cancer with axillary metastasis[3].

BLADDER:

  • Taraxacum Q:

Cancer of urinary bladder[3].

BREAST:

  • Asterias Rubens Q:

Mammary cancer with axillary metastasis[3].                                                                 

  • Chimaphila Q:

Painful tumors of breast , large breast[3].

  • Cistus Q:

Carcinomatous diseases of the glands in the neck[3].

  • Hoang Nan Q:

Cancer of glands. Removes fetor and haemorrhage in cancer[3].

  • Scrophularia Nodosa Q:

Hodgkin’s disease.

Associated Cancer Symptom[3].

  • Sempervirum  Tectorum Q:

Breast CA.

  • Sempervirum Tectorum Q:

Cancer of Tongue[3]

  • Taxus Baccata Q:

Ca stomach[3].

CAECUM:

  • Ornithogalum Q:

Remarkable action on the pylorodeuodenal sphere[3].

CERVIX:

  • Hydrocotyle Q:

Induration & hypertrophy. Ulceration. Pains of cervix, cancer Cervix[3].

  • Ustilago Maydis Q: 

Ca of Cervix & Uterus[3].

COLON-RECTUM:

  • Carduus Marianus Q:

Diarrhoea due to the cancer of rectum. Abuse of alcohol[3].

  • Hydrocotyle Asiatica Q:

A useful remedy for treatment of rectal cancer and reducing its pain[3]

  • Ornithogalum Umbellatum Q:

Cancer of caecum and appendix[3].

  • Ruta Q:

Carcinoma affecting the lower bowel[3].

INTESTINE:

  • Condurango Q:

Painful cracks in corner of the mouth. Nodulated growth. Ulcerative stage of carcinoma cutis. Epithelioma of lips or anus[3].

  • Sedum Repens Q:

Cancer: specific action on abdominal organs[3].

LIVER:

  • Carduus Marianus Q:

It reduces pain of the cancer of the liver[3].

LUNG:

  • Geranium Mac Q:

Vomiting of blood due to the bleeding from lungs in case of cancerjn[3].

LYMPHOMA

  • Aconitum Lyconum Q:

Hodgkins Disease; Generalised lymphadenitis[4].

  • Corydalis Formosa Q:

In advanced cases of swollen lymphatic glands, CA gastric[4]

SKIN:    

  • Cannabis Sativa Q:

melanom[3]..

  • Galium Aparine Q:

Basal cell carcinoma[3].

  • Lobelia Erinus Q:

Epithelioma of face[4].

STOMACH:

  • Eucalyptus Globulus Q:

ca of stomach when there is vomiting of blood mixed with sour fluid and fetid smell[3].

THROAT:

  • Nymphaea Odorata  Q:

Cancer of throat with offensive ulcers[3].

TONGUE:

  • Sempervirum  Tectorum Q:

Cancer of Tongue[4]..

  • Viburnum  Prunifolium Q:

Cancer of Tongue: Haemorrhagic[4].

  • Lobelia Erinus Q:

Tongue CA[4].

UTERUS:

  • Cinnamonum Q:

Pains in the uterine cancer accompanied by bleeding with offensive odour[4].

  • Ficus Indica Q:

Hemorrhage (bright red) from uterus[3].

  • Fraxinus Q:

Uterine Cancer[4].

  • Helonias Q:

ca uterus[3].                                             

  • Psoralea Q:

Uterine cancer accompanied by foetid leucorrhoea and pruritus[4].

  • Thlaspi Bursa Q:

Cancer or fibroma of uterus [3]

  • Ustilago Maydis Q:

ca Cervix & Uterus[4].

CANCER PAIN RELIEVERS:

  • Asterias Rubens Q[3].
  • Calendula Q [3].
  • Echinacea Q [3].
  • Galium Aparine Q[3].
  • Hydrastis Canadensis Q[3].
  • Hydrocotyle Asiatica Q[3].

CONSTIPATION:

  • Aesculus Glabra Q:

portal congestion. It produces hard, knotty stools; very painful[3].

  • Cascara Sagrada Q:

Introduced as a palliative for constipation (non-homoeopathic) [3].

  • Collinsonia Canadensis Q:

Constipation during pregnancy[3].

  • Paraffine Q :

Obstinate constipation in children[3].

  • Aegle Folia Q:

symptom of constipation

It sometimes acts as a laxative while constipation exists[3].

  • Momordica Charantia Q:

Constipation the mother tincture 5 to 10 drops every day 4 times should be used[3].

  • Nyctanthes Arbor-tristis Q:

Constipation of children[3].

  • Ocimum Gratissimum Q:

Costiveness[4].

  • Staphysagria Q:

2 drops of tincture relieve constipation[3].

  • Terminalia Chebula Q:.

medicine in piles, constipation[3].

CORN:

  • Ranunculus Bulbosus Q:

Horny Frequent and violent itching[3].

URINARY TRACT INFECTION:

  • Cantharides Q:

Urine: Retention, Frequnt,In drops; Scalding : like molten lead[3].

  • Chimaphila Umbellata Q:

Cystitis[3].

  • Copaiva Q:

Catarrh. Burning. Smarting, hematuria[3].

  • Epigea Repens Q:

Dysuria. Calculi. Cystitis[3].           

  • Equisetum Hyemale Q:

Enuresis. Dysuria. Retention. Enuresis from habi[3].

  • Juniperus Virginianus Q:

pyelitis and cystitis[3].

  • Pareira Brava Q:

Cystitis. Dysuria[3].

  • Populus Tremuloides Q:

Vesical troubles after operations & pregnanc[3].

  • Terebinth Q:

cystitis[3].

  • Uva Ursi Q:

Cystitis with hematuria[3].                   

  • Vesicaria Q:

void urine often with strangury. Cystitis, irritable bladder[3].

  • Coleus Aromaticus Q:

Painful micturition Cystitis, vesical catarrh, and gonorrhoea[3].

DANDRUFF

  • Cochlearia Armorac Q:

Locally cures dandruff[3]..

  • Nyctanthes Arbor-Tristis Q:

used locally to remove the scurf from the head[3]..

DIABETIS MELITUS

  • Curare Q:

Debility of the aged. Nervous debility. Glycosuria[3].

  • Rhus Aromatica Q:

Urine: Polyurea (frequent urination and profuse) heriditory diabetes[3].

  • Cephalandra Indica  Q:

Diabetes mellitus and insipidus[3].

  • Gymnema Sylvestre Q:

It diminishes the sugar in the urine in no time[3].

  • Syzygium Jambolanum  Q:

The keynote indication is diabetes associated with skin symptoms like prickly heat, redish acne, ulcer etc[3].

DIARRHOEA

  • Chapparo amg Q:

Chronic diarrhoea[3].

  • Euphorbia Corollata Q:

Copious watery evacuations of the bowels[3].

  • Gambogia Q:

Diarrhoea, with sudden and forcible ejection of bilious stools[3].

  • Gratiola Q:

Cramps and colic after supper and during night[3].

  • Jatropha Q:

Diarrhoea forced discharge; loud noise in abdomen[3].

  • Opuntia Q:

Diarrhoea, with nausea. smelling like strong drugs.

  • Trombidium Q:

Symptoms are worse by food and drink[3].

  • Aegle Marmelos Q:

Dysentry[3].

  • Atista Radix Q:

Cases of blood dysentery[3].

  • Holarrhena Antidysenterica Q:

For all cases of dysentery[3].

  • Luffa Amara Q:

Profuse painless diarrhoea[3]..

DYSMENORRHOEA

  • Aquilegia Vulgaris Q:

Dysmenorrhoea of young girls, hysteria[3].

  • Aralia Hispida Q:.

Dysmenorrhoea with constipation[3].

  • Castoreum Q :

Pain commences in middle of thighs[4].

  • Glycerinum Q:

Dysmenorrhea. General sense of exhaustion[3].

  • Guaiacum Q:

Ovarities in rheumatic patients, with irregular menstruation and dysmenorrhea[3].

  • Heliotropium Q:

Uterine displacement, membranous dysmenorrhoea[3].

  • Helonias Q:

Profuse messes with dysmenorrhea[3].

  • Polygonum Aviculare Q:

Dysmenorrhoea. Phthisis pulmonalis[4]..

  • Senecio Aureus Q: 

Anaemic dysmenorrhea with urinary disturbances[3].

  • Viburnum Opulus Q:

Scanty, delayed menses. Bearing down pain in the pelvic region with aching in sacral region[3].

  • Xanthoxylum Q:

Ovarian pain with profuse or scanty menses. Neuralgic dysmenorrhea[3].

  • Abroma Augusta Q:

Severe pain of the pelvis during menstrual discharge, DM[3].

  • Abroma Radix Q:

Scanty menses and colicky pains[3].

  • Janosia Ashoka Q:

scanty menses resulting in headache, dysmenorrhoea[3].

ECZEMA

  • Anagalis Q:

Dry, bran-like eruption, especially on hands and fingers. Palms especially affected[3]

  • Clematis Q:

Itches terribly, worse, washing in cold water[3].

  • Cornus Alternifolia Q:

Vesicular eczema in face , in children[3].

  • Geranium Mac Q:

Tinea capitis, locally for pyogenic membrane[3]..

  • Hydrocotyle Q:

Great thickening of epidermoid layer and exfoliation of scales. Psoriasis gyrate. Extreme itching on sole[3].

  • Viola Tricolor Q:

Impetigo, eczema of face[3].

FEVER

  • Baptisia:

For typhoid fever[3].

  • Canchalagua Q:

Fever remedy and bitter tonic , antimalarial and antiseptic. Of use in severe type of intermittent fever[4].

  • Eucalyptus Q:

Continued typhoid fevers. Scarlet fever.

  • Andrographis Paniculata Q: 

Intermittent or remittent fever[3]..

  • Atista Indica Q:

Fever of alternate day[3].

  • Azadirachta Indica Q:

Anti-malarial, fever[3].

  • Desmodium Q:

Intermittent or remittent fevers of children , and sleeplessness[3].

  • Nyctanthes Arbortristis Q:

  Fever >vomiting[3].

GOUT

  • Benzoicum Acid Q:

Rheumatic gout & deposite[3].

  • Berberis Vulgaris Q:

Arthritic affection, with urinary disturbance[3].

  • Fraxinus Excelsior Q:

Gout[3]

  • Urtica Urens Q:

Acute pain of gout Deltoid rheumatism[3].

HYPERTENSION

  • Crataegus Q:

High arterial tention. HTN, arteriosclerosis[3].

  • Polygonum Aviculare Q :

Arteriosclerosis, HTN[3].

  • Spartium scoparium Q:

Anti-hypertensive & diuretic[3].

  • Strophanthus Hispidus Q:

Arterio-sclerosis, rigid arteries of aged, increasing the systole, heart tonic[3].

  • Sumbul Q:

Sclerosis of arteries, hypertention[3].

  • Lycopus Q:

Lower the blood pressure. Heart rate reduces[3].

JOINT DISORDER

  • Gaultheria Q:

Inflammatory rheumatism[3].

  • Guaiacum Q:

shoulder joint  rheumatism[3].

  • Rhamnus Californica Q:

Rheumatism with inflammatory swellings. Migratory pains[3].

  • Stellaria Media Q:

Stiffness of joints. Synovitis , shifting in nature[3].

  • Trifolium Pratense Q:

Estrogen deficiency joint pain in aged[4].

  • Urtica Urens Q: 

Gout. Deltoid rheumatism[3].

LEUCORRHOEA

  • Aletris Farinosa Q:

Weakness & anemia with leucorrhoea[3].

  • Cocculus Q:

Leucorrhoea: bloody[3].

  • Helonias Q:

Leucorrhea: offensive[3].

  • Origanum Majorana Q:

Leucorrhoea, sterility [3].

  • Senecio Aureus Q:

Leucorrhea in little girls[3].

UTERINE BLEEDING

  • Arnica Q:

Uterine haemorrhage from mechanical injury[3].

  • Cinnamonum Q:

Menorrhagia, Metrorrhagia due to sub-involution of uterus[3].

  • Crocus Q:

Hemorrhage: dark, stringy[3].

  • Erigeron Q:

Bleeding with sudden gush, stop again[3].

  • Erodium Q:

Haemorrhage from uterine polyp[3].

  • Hamamelis Q:

Venous, Uterine haemorrhage[3].

  • Ipecac Q:

Uterine haemorrhage: profuse, bright[3].

  • Mangifera Indica Q:

Passive haemorrhages, uterine, renal, gastric, pulmonary and intestinal[3].

  • Millefolium Q:

Hemorrhage from uterus, painless[3].

  • Polygonum Q:

Metrorrhagia in young girls[3].

  • Sabina Q:

Haemorrhage: where blood is fluid, thin[3].

  • Sanguisorba Q:

Long lasting, profuse menses[3].

  • Thlaspi Bursa Pastoris Q:

Haemorrhage from uterine fibroid[3].

  • Trillium Pen Q:

Uterine haemorrhage, with sensation as if hips & back were falling to pieces[3].

  • Ficus Indica Q:

Anti-haemorrhagic properties[3].

  • Ficus Religiosa  Q:

Menorrhagia with bright red blood[3].

  • Jonosia Asoka Q:

To control copious haemorrhages during menses[3].

HEADACHE

  • Amyl Nitrosum Q:

Congestive headache[3].

  • Chionanthus Virginica Q:

Dull, fontal headache[3].

  • Cistus Canadensis Q:

Migraine worse slightest[3].

  • Coccinella Q:

Headache with toothache[3]..

  • Iris Versicolor Q:

Headache every Sunday[3].

  • Kalmia Latifolia Q:

Sun headache[3].

  • Melilotus Q:

Frontal throbbing relieved by epistaxis[3].

  • Onosmodium Q:

Headache from eyestrain and sexual weakness[3].

  • Scutellaria Lateriflora Q:

hemicrania[3].

  • Usnea Barbata Q:

Congestion from Sunstroke[3].

NASAL POLYP

  • Formica Rufa Q

Nasal polypi[3].

  • Lemna Minora Q:

Nasal polypi wollen turbinates[3].

  • Teucreum Q:

Nasal Polyp[3].

  • Agraphis nutans Q:

Adenoids, tonsil enlarged[3].

LIVER

  • Carduus Mar Q:

Liver stimulant. Left lobe of liver[3].

  • Cascara Sag Q:

Liver congestion: tonic effect[3].

  • Chaparro Am Q:

Promotes liver function[3].

  • Chelidonium Q:

Liver tonic: effacious in painful liver diseases[3].

  • Cinchona Q:

Ill effects of tea, liver disease[3].

  • Hydrastis Can Q:

Liver stimulant. Loss of appetite[3].

  • Leptandra Q:

Black stool , portal congetion[3].

  • Carica Papaya Q:

Liver tenderness, dyspepsia < from milk & meat[3].

SEXUAL

  • Agnus Castus Q:

Premature ejaculation[3]..

  • Caladium Q:

Premature ejaculation. Impotency; relaxation of penis during[3].

  • Nuphar Luteum Q:

Premature ejaculation. Weakness[3].

  • Yohimbinum Q:

Premature ejaculation,Strong and lasting erections[3].

  • Gymnema Syl Q:

Sexual power: gone.

  • Saussurea Lappa Q:

Seminuria[3].

  • Turnera Q:

Sexual neurasthenia, impotency[3].

WORMS

  • Ailanthus Glandulosa Q:

Tape worm[3].          

  • Calotropis Q:

Highly efficacious medicine for tape worms[3].

  • Chelone Q:

Every kind of worm[3].

  • Chenopodium Anthelminticum Q:

Oil of Chenopodium for hook-worm and roundworm[3].      

  • Filix Mas – Aspidium Q:

A remedy for worm symptoms, especially with constipation[3].

  • Granatum Q:

expulsion of tape worm[3].

  • Kousso Q:

To expel tape worm [4].

  • Ratanhia Q:

Small worms with hic-cough[3].

  • Teucreum Marum Varam Q:

Pin worms[3].

  • Thymol Q:

Specific for hook-worm disease[3].

  • Embelia Ribes Q:

Very useful in diseases of children associated with from worms[3].

THYROID DISEASE

  • Ephedra Q:

In exophthalmic goitre[4].

  • Fucus Vesiculosus Q:

Obesity with thyroid enlargement[3].

URTICARIA

  • Astacus Fluviatilis Q:

Urticaria. Erysipelas[3].

  • Copaiva Q:

Hives, with fever[3].

  • Terebinth Q:

Haemorrhagic Vesicular, eruption[3].

  • Urtica Urens Q:

Gout & Urticaria[3].

  • Hygrophila Spinosa Q:

Urticaria in summer[3].

Conclusion:The therapeutic effects of these mother tinctures are astonishing. Also these are widely used due to its easy accessibility and availability. Subsequent studies should be made to test their effectiveness and also to establish a scientific theory behind its usefulness.

References:

  1. Singh S, Kumar R, Karswara R, Kalra P, Rani S, Nayak D, et al. Role of Homoeopathic Mother Tinctures in Rheumatoid arthritis: An Experimental study. Indian Journal for Research in Homoeopathy. Vol 9/Issue 1/Jan-Mar 2015.
  2. Singh S, Kumar R, Karswara R, Kalra P, Rani S, Nayak D, et al. Evaluation of Safety Profile of Homoeopathic Mother Tinctures. Indian Journal for Research in Homoeopathy. Vol 8/Issue 2/Apr-Jun 2014.
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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

  1. Dr. Bikash Biswas, BHMS, MD (2nd year), Mahesh Bhattacharyya Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital.
  2. Dr. Sanjukta Mandal, BHMS, MD (3rd year), Mahesh Bhattacharyya Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital.

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