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Know Your Remedies: Hypericum Perforatum (Hyper.)

Hypericum - 1Common Names: Hypericum; St John’s Wort.

General Information

Hypericum Perforatum (Hyper.) is especially useful for injuries to nerve-rich areas such as fingers, toes, and the spine (especially the coccyx). It relieves the intense pain – either sharp, or shooting upwards along the nerve –  that follows crushes, blows, cuts, grazes, or puncture wounds to these areas. It also helps some types of phantom pain, and shock, or ailments that follow shock. Those needing Hypericum usually want warm drinks.

Bites and Stings

  • Shooting pains up nerve pathways following animal bites and stings. 


  • Puncture wounds.
  • Injuries to finger-tips.
  • Shooting pain following injuries to the spine – worsened by raising arms.
  • Severe shooting pain upward along nerve pathways following injury (e.g. following a toenail or fingernail torn off, a finger jammed in a door, standing on a nail.)
  • Sore, bruised, shooting pains in tailbone (coccyx) following injury or childbirth. 

Dental Problems

  • Shooting nerve pain after dental. 


  • Shooting nerve pain following surgery.
  • Painful scars. 

For Pets

  • Puncture or crush wounds.
  • Insect bites and stings which are very sensitive to touch. 

Where do I find it?

Hypericum Perforatum (Hyper.) is available from our online store as a single remedy, and as part of the following Complex (combination remedy): Sprains and Strains. 


While above self-limiting or acute complaints are suitable for home treatment also contact your healthcare provider during emergency situations or if symptoms worsen or fail to improve. Chronic or persistent complaints, which may or may not be mentioned above, require a different treatment and dosage protocol so are best managed by a qualified homeopath for good results.

Dosage Instructions (suitable for babies to adults)

For the home treatment of acute and self-limiting complaints take one pill or five drops of the remedy every 1 minute to 4 hours (1 minute for intense or emergency symptoms (plus seek emergency help), 4 hours for milder ones). Once an improvement is noticed, stop dosing and repeat the remedy only if symptoms return. If there is no improvement at all by three doses, choose a different remedy or seek professional guidance.

Note: Chronic symptoms or complaints require a course of professional treatment by a qualified homeopath to manage the changes in potencies and remedies that may be required.

More Information

Guidelines on which potency to use

From Past Masters

Homeopathy is a 200-year system of medicine. Early medical homeopaths recorded initial provings, remedy relationships, and their early experiences with each remedy in great detail.

These writings were then shared with others to advance homeopathic knowledge and practice.

Today, these same writings give a fascinating insight into the symptoms and clinical conditions for which each remedy was used.

The following extract, with minor editing, is one example.

Leaders In Homoeopathic Therapeutics by E. B. NASH M.D.

Hypericum Perforatum (Hyper.)

Is the remedy “par excellence” for wounded or injured nerves; from simple punctures from nails, splinters, pins, rat bites, etc., to severe concussions of the spine and brain, and especially to parts rich in sentient nerves.

It is to this kind of injuries what Arnica, Hamamelis, Ruta, etc., are to bruises, and Calendula to lacerated muscular tissue, and Staphisagria to cuts with sharp instruments.