Know Your Remedies: Laurocerasus (Laur.)
Common Names: Common laurel; cherry laurel; English laurel.
Laurocerasus (Laur.) is a remedy for weakness or collapse with lack or reaction and coldness – symptoms typically associated with cardiac (heart) and respiratory disorders.
These disorders may include congestive heart failure and congenital heart diseases such as septal defects (hole in the heart) and transposition (incorrect entry points into the heart for major heart vessels).
The person (or infant) will be cold, sleepy, and hard to rouse. The feeling of coldness is not improved by heat.
Head and Face
- Face pale with blueness of lips.
- Perspiration on the nose.
Heart and Circulation
- Palpitations with a rapid weak pulse.
- Debility and weakness from congenital heart problems such as septal defects and transposition.
- Collapse and coldness associated with cardiac problems.
- Respiratory disorders with collapse and coldness.
- Breathlessness on slight exertion.
- Short, dry spasmodic coughs, especially with cardiac disorders.
- Lingering pneumonia, bronchitis or influenza.
- Cyanosis (blueness) of newborns.
- Episodes of deep or prolonged sleep with stertorous breathing (loud, deep snoring).
Where do I find it?
Laurocerasus (Laur.) is available from our online store as a single remedy in either pills or liquid.
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 may be required.
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.
Suffocative spells about the heart, < sitting up, > lying down; cardiac cough; gasping, twitching and jerks.
Lack of re-active power, low vitality, with blueness or cyanoses, especially in heart troubles.
Drink rolls audibly down through the esophagus and intestines; very low pulse.
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“Want of energy, of vital power; want of reaction, especially in chest and heart affections.”
And there is another characteristic symptom under this remedy in heart troubles: “The cyanosis, dyspnea, etc., are worse when sitting up.” Only one other remedy has this aggravation, and that is Psorinum.
“Want of nervous reaction; the well-chosen remedy does not act.”
“Capsicum, lack of reaction in persons of lax fibre.”
Opium, in patients where there is no pain; stupidity and drowsiness.
Valerian and Ambra in nervous affections, well chosen remedies fail.
Carbo vegetabilis, collapse, coldness of knees, breath; perfect indifference.
Sulphur and Psorinum, where Psora complicates and hinders reaction.
Each one of these remedies may he called for in defective reaction, and there may be many more, and in each case, as with all remedies elsewhere, symptoms must decide which one.