Belladonna

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Commentary:

  • The deadly nightshade plant is characterized by the black very poisonous fruits containing alkaloids (atropine). Rudolf Steiner points out that this is a sign that the plant “greedily” draws in the inappropriate astral forces that are animal like and goes beyond the plant stage into almost becoming an animal. The remedy reverses this. The potentized remedy is the opposite of the atropine picture: fights red, congested, feverish, dry states. 
  • The person type likely to be interested in spirituality, be a night worker, bossy and domineering, paranoid tendencies.

Indications

(From the anthroposophic and homeopathic literature and from clinical experience):

Physical complaints:

  • Fever, acute inflammation
  • Intense dryness
  • Cramping pain
  • Hot sweats
  • Redness of the face
  • Circulatory congestion
  • Sensory hyperesthesia, sensitive to touch
  • Worse by bright light
  • Hiccups
  • In areas of hardness in the body (or cysts)
  • Throbbing pains
  • Cramps
  • Relief of menstrual spasms
  • Gall bladder complaints

Emotional complaints:

  • Dissolves islands of disturbance in the soul life (not being able to forget some hurts)
  • Calming the mind
  • Promotes deep and restful sleep, relaxation 
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