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

What is Hyoscyamus niger?

Hyoscyamus niger is used in homeopathy for severe muscle spasms and twitches, as can occur in epilepsy. It is used for spasmodic, dry coughs, intestinal cramps and severe hiccups that occur frequently, as well as for urinary and fecal incontinence.

As a remedy for children, it is used to treat behavioral and sleep disorders, anxiety, and over-excitability as a result of lack of sleep. It has proven itself in patients with dementia.

Leading symptoms

  • Nervous cough, tickling cough
  • jealousy
  • Dry cough at night
  • Involuntary passage of urine and stool
  • confusion
  • hallucinations
  • physical restlessness
  • Muscular spasms with twitching, trembling
  • talkativeness
  • gesturing
  • Curse

Information about the agent

How do you recognize patients who need hyoscyamus?

Hyoscyamus people are extremely restless, jealous and suspicious. They scold and curse a lot, fall into the faecal language, are short-tempered, hysterical and unpredictable. They articulate with gestures, laugh grimacing. Your fingers are constantly in motion and tremble (“flake reading”). Her perception is distorted, bordering on paranoia and schizophrenia with obsession, hallucinatory sensations and fear of poisoning.

The mood swings to the opposite within minutes. The behavior is often the result of psychological trauma. Children are nervous, demanding and nagging, waking up screaming at night.


Hyoscyamus niger is indicated for all typical symptoms that improve or worsen through the following modalities:


  • warmth
  • bend over
  • Bend your head forward while sitting


  • Lie
  • contact
  • Menstruation
  • cold

What are typical areas of application for Hyoscyamus niger?

  • tickling cough
  • whooping cough
  • alcohol abuse
  • urinary incontinence
  • cramps
  • nightmares
  • fainting spells
  • dysphagia

Areas of application in detail

Cough/ bronchitis

Tickling sensation in the larynx region, which can turn into excessive clearing of the throat or coughing spasms, caused by nervousness. Frequent inflammation of the larynx with dry, irritating cough and spasms of the respiratory tract.

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

Irritability, anger

The patient shows an excessive need for control, strong jealousy and angry envy. He tends to contradictory emotional outbursts and extreme self-expression, pushing for an unrestricted center position. Displayed predominantly in children with striking, self-promoting behavior that tends toward exhibitionism.

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

Application information

Dosage forms of Hyoscyamus

Black henbane requires a prescription up to and including potency D3. In addition, it is usually treated with potencies up to and including D6, both globules and ampoules.

High potencies C9 to C15 are also used in children.

Hyoscyamus niger dosage

To treat negative moods, Hyoscyamus D30 is given twice a week with 5 globules over a period of 1-2 months. The therapy of sleep disorders in adults includes 5 globules Hyoscyamus before going to bed, in children 3 globules, each D12. In the case of spasmodic coughing fits, also at night, as well as repeated spontaneous hiccups, immediate intake of Hyoscyamus D6 is suitable.

Hyoscyamus niger effect

Hyoscyamus niger acts mainly on the respiratory tract and the central nervous system.

Hyoscyamus in pregnancy

Hyoscyamus is suitable in a higher potency (from D30) for pregnant women with severe mood swings, irritability and emotional outbursts.

Hyoscyamus niger for the baby

Hyoscyamus niger is an important agent for behavioral disorders in children. It is given for tics, stuttering and behavioral problems. The children attract attention through obscene behavior. They twitch, scream and tremble in their sleep. They wake up terrified several times a night.
Hyoscyamus niger is also commonly used for whooping cough. The children start coughing as soon as they lie down. The coughing only stops when the children sit up. The cough is dry and spasmodic. It can escalate to shortness of breath.

Hyoscyamus niger for dogs, horses and cats

Hyoscyamus niger can be very helpful in controlling aggressive behavior in dogs. The animals are usually jealous and therefore react aggressively. The behavior is very violent and the dogs can hardly be calmed down.

Hyoscyamus side effects

The drug can temporarily cause swallowing difficulties and severe dry mouth when taken for the first time. The pulse could accelerate. These symptoms should not occur longer than an hour after ingestion as part of an initial aggravation. If it occurs regularly, the drug should be discontinued.

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Typical potencies: Hyoscyamus niger is often used in the potencies 6X, 12X and 30C. More rarely it is used in the potencies 4X or 200C.

Prescription: Hyoscyamus niger requires a prescription up to and including potency D3.

fabric type: poisonous plant


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