Actea Spicata in homeopathy: properties, benefits and uses (all you need to know)

What is Actaea spicata?

The homeopathic remedy Actaea spicata is mainly used for rheumatism and gout. It is indicated for reddened and swollen joints with tearing and drawing pains. The small joints of the hands or feet are particularly frequently affected. The slightest movement and touch aggravates the pain.

leading symptoms

  • Tearing, tingling pains in the joints
  • Swelling of the joints after slight exertion

information about the agent

How do you recognize patients who need Actaea spicata?

Actaea spicata adults are headstrong and stubborn. They often overestimate themselves, are selfish and very self-centered. Their moods are very changeable, ranging from irritability and sadness to great impatience and indecisiveness. Patients often whine about trifles.

Actaea spicata children are very jumpy. They startle at noises, especially when they are alone. That’s why they prefer to be in company. The children are moody, stubborn and have good self-confidence.


Actaea spicata is indicated for all typical symptoms that are ameliorated or worsened by the following modalities:Deterioration:

  • contact
  • smallest effort
  • Move

What are typical areas of application for Actaea spicata?

  • rheumatism
  • gout
  • nerve pain
  • stomach pain

Areas of application in detail

Gastrointestinal complaints

Cramping pains in the upper abdomen with vomiting and shortness of breath. Patients feel suffocated. After eating, they suddenly become very tired.

Dosage: 3 times a day 3 globules in the potency D6

nerve pain

Pain emanating from the upper jaw and then traveling through the teeth and down the cheekbones to the temples. At the same time, the patients sweat on the head and face.

Dosage: 3 times a day 3 globules in the potency D6 


Swelling and deformity in the small joints of the hands and feet. The wrists are particularly affected. Tearing and tingling pains. The pain is aggravated by touch and the slightest physical exertion.

Dosage: 3 times a day 3 globules in the potency D6

application information

Dosage forms of Actaea spicata

Actaea spicata is used in the form of globules.

Dosage of Actaea spicata

In the case of acute pain, Actaea spicata 6X can initially be taken at intervals of ten minutes until the pain subsides. Then the remedy is taken less often. Overall, the drug in potency D6 can be taken up to five times a day. Actaea spicata D12 potency is usually taken once or twice a day. Actaea spicata C30 is taken only once. If necessary, the intake can be repeated after several weeks.

Effect of Actaea spicata

Actaea spicata acts on the central nervous system and the stomach.

Actaea spicata during pregnancy

The remedy is not prescribed for typical pregnancy symptoms, but can be given for rheumatic pains or gout attacks during pregnancy if the symptoms match.

Actaea spicata for the baby

The homeopathic remedy is not usually prescribed for infants and children.

Actaea spicata for dogs, horses and cats

Actaea spicata is given to animals with rheumatism. The small joints in particular are reddened, swollen and extremely painful. Touch is not tolerated at all. Any movement, no matter how small, makes the pain worse. The animals react particularly to temperature changes with rheumatic flare-ups.

Side effects of Actaea spicata

So far, no side effects have been observed when taking Actaea spicata. Only at the beginning of treatment with Actaea spicata can the symptoms worsen as part of a homeopathic initial reaction, which usually does not last long.

Similar means


Cimicifuga is similar to Actaea spicata in rheumatism. In Actaea spicata, the small joints are more likely to be affected. Cimicifuga is used for rheumatic pain in large muscles associated with twitching, stiffness and heaviness.


Actaea spicata and Caulophyllum are used for rheumatic complaints in the small joints of the hands and feet. Caulophyllum is characterized by pain that changes location every few minutes and travels from joint to joint.


Ledum , like Actaea spicata, is a remedy given for gout. Typical of Ledum is shooting pain through the affected joint. The small joints, which are pale and overheated, are particularly affected. Ledum is given for gouty nodules and in acute attacks of gout, which usually occurs in the metatarsophalangeal joint of the big toe. Movement and heat make the pain worse.

Typical potencies: Actaea spicata is mainly prescribed in the potencies 6X, 12X and 30C, more rarely in the 4X or 6C potencies.

fabric type: plant


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