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

What is Gnaphalium?

Gnaphalium polycephalum is used in homeopathy to treat sciatica, joint, back and rheumatic pain. A characteristic symptom is alternating or consecutive numbness or heaviness in the affected areas.

Other uses of Gnaphalium include arthritic toe pain, tingling feet and calf cramps, or foul-smelling, watery diarrhea. The symptoms increase from cold and dampness and when climbing stairs and walking; Improvement occurs when sitting or by bending the limbs in the so-called stepped position.

Leading symptoms

  • Sciatic pain on the right side of the body
  • Pain and numbness in the area of ​​the sciatic nerve
  • gout
  • Increased uric acid formation
  • Cold and wet lead to an increased urge to urinate, diarrhea and abdominal cramps

What are typical uses for Gnaphalium?

  • sciatic pain

Areas of application in detail


lancinating, cutting pains extending into the foot. Numbness, tingling and pins and needles in the legs often associated with cramps in the calves or feet.

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

Dosage forms of Gnaphalium

Ruhr herb is used in potencies between D2 and D6.

Botanical Gnaphalium

The homeopathic remedy Gnaphalium is made from the plant Gnaphalium obtusifolium. In the vernacular, the plant is also known as the multi-headed dysentery herb. Gnaphalium belongs to the daisy family (Asteraceae). The plant is native to North America. The fresh, blooming herb is used to produce the homeopathic medicine.

Effect of Gnaphalium

The homeopathic Gnaphalium acts on the gastrointestinal tract, the urinary tract and the peripheral nervous system.

Gnaphalium’s main area of ​​application is sciatica, which also causes numbness. Gnaphalium is also used for diarrhea with colicky symptoms and for gout and rheumatism.

Gnaphalium in children

The homeopathic remedy Gnaphalium can be helpful in children with digestive problems. It is used for colicky pain, rumbling in the intestines and diarrhea. The diarrhea is particularly bad in the morning, but returns periodically throughout the day. At the same time, it is noticeable that the amount of urine excreted is reduced. The children have no appetite and suffer from a loss of taste. Gnaphalium is particularly useful for treating indigestion in cranky and irritable children.

Dosage of Gnaphalium

Gnaphalium is usually taken in the potencies 6X and 12X. 3 globules of the potency D6 are taken up to five times a day. The improvement that occurs is awaited and a new dose is only taken when the improvement decreases again. The remedy can be taken in the potency D12 once or twice a day.

In the course of treatment, the intervals between doses become larger and larger with increasing improvement. When you start treatment with Gnaphalium, you may experience a temporary worsening of your symptoms. In homeopathy one speaks of an initial reaction or initial aggravation. The drug is then no longer taken. You wait until the worsening of the symptoms subsides and improvement begins.

Gnaphalium side effects

There are no known side effects of the homeopathic Gnaphalium. Since the starting substance belongs to the daisy family, the remedy should only be used from a potency of D6 if you have a known allergy to daisy family.

Improper intake can lead to an unwanted drug proving. This is the case when Gnaphalium has been taken too often for too long or despite improvement. Existing complaints worsen or solidify. The drug should then no longer be taken until the symptoms improve.

Typical potencies: D2 – D6

fabric type: medicinal plant


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