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Know Your Remedy: Clematis Erecta

Overview: A remedy for toothache and hard swollen glands. Primary areas of action are the mucous membranes, urogenital system, the skin and glands.

Clematis Erecta, also known as ground virgin’s bower, is a freestanding shrub rather than a climbing plant as is typical of other Clematis species. The shrub is native to Europe and can produce a painful pustular, eczema-like eruption on the skin that may ulcerate.

Common Uses

When the remedy matches the symptom profile, Clematis treats conditions such as orchitis (swollen testes), toothache, gonorrhoea, cystitis and urethritis.

Lippe says:

Low-spirited and fear of approaching misfortunes.
Aversion to talk.
Fear of being alone, but disinclined to meet otherwise agreeable company.
Memory impaired.

Great emaciation.
Twitching of the muscles.
Great debility and weakness (3-5 P.M.).


Hering says:

Difficulty in thinking.
Fear of being alone, but disinclined to meet even agreeable company.
Low-spirited and fear of approaching misfortune.
Irritable, taciturn, does not want to go out.
Ailment from homesickness or contrition of spirit.

Skin and muscles lax.
Hot, painful swelling of glands.

Light hair.

Torpid, cachectic conditions.

 Nash says:

This is a good remedy for gonorrhœa when there are on account of slow or intermittent flow of urine indications of formation of a stricture, and will, if given early (high), often prevent it So much pain and suffering often necessitating operation for the relief of stricture has been experienced that everything possible should be done to avert it. In the first place the cauterization method, or fashionable local treatment, is responsible for nearly, if not quite, all strictures. I know that such practice is neither scientific nor curative in the remotest sense, and on the other hand I know that constitutional treatment alone is adequate to cure (not simply suppress) the worst cases, and that in the shortest possible time. Another use for Clematis is for curing the orchitis arising from the suppression of gonorrhœa, or when it may have extended to the testicles without such suppression, which latter condition seldom occurs. The testicle becomes greatly swollen, and if not promptly relieved becomes indurated and hard as a stone. I have cured this very promptly with Clematis. Pulsatilla is undoubtedly the remedy oftenest indicated in orchitis from suppressed gonorrhœa, but if after it has reduced the pain and restored the discharge it fails to reduce the swelling or induration, Clematis will do the rest. It has not disappointed me. Clematis has a symptom similar to Coffea, viz., “Toothache relieved by holding cold water in the mouth.”

More Information

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Textbook of Materia Medica by Adolph Lippe M.D. 1886 Publishers: AJ.Tafel

Constantine Hering. 1877. Condensed Materia Medica. Publishers: Boericke and Tafel

E. B. NASH. 1899 Leaders In Homoeopathic Therapeutics. Publishers: Boericke and Tafel


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