Dr KRUITI SARASWAT 1 , Dr SANJAY VERMA1
ABSTRACT: “In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.” – Aristotle
Since our BHMS days, we all are reading as well as using Doctrine of signature in practice. Here is a quick overview of the same, to polish our dear readers knowledge about some well known as well as lesser known remedies related to Doctrine of signature.
KEYWORDS: Signatura rerum, doctrine of signature, well known, lesser known remedies
Natural things sometimes resemble to part/system of the human body. To know the similarity between natural things and human being we needs a sort of index. Index can be external feature of natural things. To love nature, we must be able to understand its laws and to study its ways.
Doctrine of signature is a boon to humans from the superpower “The God” himself. Its our prime duty and responsibility to understand these clues from nature and use them for favour of mankind.
Enlisted are few of the examples of doctrine of signature and its practical application while prescribing:
|Scientific name||Common name||Doctrine of signature
( Signatura rerum)
|Sphere of action (related to doctrine)|
|Arisaema triphyllum ( Arum triphyllum)||Jack-in-the-Pulpit||Calcium oxalate crystals in its root, or corm, caused painful stinging when handled raw.||Effective in treating painful boils and bites, including snake bites.|
|Asclepias syriaca||Pleurisy root, Milkweed||Leaf of milkweed and sticky white sap oozes out.||Stimulate milk production in new mothers, catarrh with sticky discharge.|
|Blatta orientalis||Indian cockroach||Lives in cracks, cellars and damp places.||Asthma of people living in damp basements and cellars.|
|Bovista||Puff Ball||On ripening, filled with blackish dust that breaks its husk with slight noise.||Bloatedness, flatulence, distension.|
|Bryonia alba||Wild hop||Roots are fleshy, bitter in taste, nauseating smell, yellowish, acrid.||Similar discharges.|
|Chelidonium majus||Celadine||Yellow colored latex.||Bilirubin dyscracias.|
|Colchicum autumnale||Meadow saffron||Bulb looks like gouty toe.||Gout of great toe.|
|Crocus sativus||Saffron||being brikck red in colour||produces hemorrhages of dark colour.|
|Digitalis purpurea||Foxglove||Flowers with blood colored dots.||Blood dyscrasias.|
|Eupatorium perfoliatum||Boneset||Leaves fuse around the stem, like broken bones knit back together with a scar.||Fever with breaking bone like pains.|
|Euphrasia officinalis||Eyebright||Black spot in corolla.||Eye symptoms marked.|
|Juglans regia||Walnut||Human brain.||Confusion of mind, sensation as if head floating in air.|
|Pulmona vulpis||– Fox’s lung||– Woxes were long winded||Asthma&Lung diseases|
|Pulsatilla nigricans||Wind flower,
|Changebility according to weather.||Changebility of symptoms.|
|Rhododendron||Snow Rose||Grows in fogs and stroms of Siberian mountains.||Sensitivity to stroms.|
|Scrophularia nodosa||Common Figwort||Node-like thickenings of the roots.||Lymph nodes.|
|Sticta pulmonale||Lungwort||Lungs||Pulmonary complaints.|
|Taraxacum officinale||Dandelion||Stem yields a liquid when broken,
Yellow color flower.
|Diuretic, Jaundice, Liver disorders.|
|Tarentula hispanica||Spanish spider||Sensitive to drum beats.||Oversensitive to music.|
|Saxifraga paniculata||Saxifrages||Plants that could break rock in order to grow.||To break renal stones.|
“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you”
- Olaniran A.D. et al. The Doctrine of Signatures in herbal prescriptions in Ikale and Ilaje communities of Ondo State, Southhwestern Nigeria. Journal of Medicinal Plants Research. 2018; 12(18): 222-227.
- Boericke William. New Manual Of Homoeopathic Materia Medica.New Delhi: B.Jain Publishers(P)Ltd; 2011.
- Farrington EA. Clinical Materia Medica. New Delhi: B.Jain Publishers(P)Ltd; 2016
- Tyler ML. Homoeopathic drug pictures. New Delhi: B.Jain Publishers(P)Ltd; 2000