Leycesteria formosa = Flowering nutmeg/= Elisha’s tears/= Purple Rain/= Himalayan honeysuckle/= nutmegtree/= Buntdachblume/= Karamellbeere/= Lakritzpflanze/= Schöne Leycesterie

Vergleich: Siehe: Dipsacales


Negativ: Startling from fright - Rheumatic symptoms - Menstrual symptoms


[Sevar Raymond]

The honeysuckle family Caprifoliaceae contains 5 genera – Leycesteria, Lonicera, Symphoricarpus, Triosteum and Heptacodium, and about 220 species of mostly

shrubs and vines, rarely herbs. The homeopathic representatives of the family are 4 species of Lonicera, Symphoricarpus racemosus [snowberry], Triosteum perfoliatum

[feverfew], and Leycesteria formosa.

The family has been recently expanded with Valerianaceae and Dipsaceae. In addition, Adoxa, Sambucus and Viburnum have been almost invariably classified in

homeopathy in the Caprifoliaceae, in accordance with the old literature. Strictly taken, this may be incorrect from a current botanical point of view. In terms of homeopathic

symptomatology, however, it does make sense. Here the remedies of the various former families are all categorised in one group, the order Dipsacales.


An erect, deciduous shrub with soft, hollow, green stems, 1–2 m [3.3–6.6 ft] tall, which only last for 2–5 years before collapsing and being replaced by new stems from the roots.

Native range is NW Himalaya, eastward to India, Nepal, Burma, Bhutan, Assam, SW Tibet and W. China. It is widely cultivated and naturalised.

Habitat is in moist shady places as forest undergrowth between 1500–3000 m [4921–9842 ft]. It has fragrant white flowers, tinged with purple and subtended by purplish

bracts, in pendulous racemes to 10 cm [3.9 inch] long. The fruit is a red-purple berry.

A garden escape ‘jumping the garden fence’ and deemed a significant weed and increasing problem in SE Australia and New Zealand, L. formosa spreads easily and speedily by

animal dispersed seed and water dispersal of fruit and seed. One fragment of root or stem, moreover, can sprout into a whole new plant on contact with moist soil. New plants

quickly form dense thickets. It colonises light wells, slips and other gaps, replacing native species that are trying to establish and causing invasion by other exotic species (vines

by getting rid of native competition).

A good many Dipsacales readily wander away from their native region, their home. Escapees from cultivation, they aggressively invade new regions, colonising, developing

self-sustaining populations, becoming dominant and disruptive and displacing indigenous floras. In this category of noxious invaders we find Sambucus, Lonicera, Dipsacus,

Centranthus and others. They just can’t seem to stay at home. These botanical tendencies come through in the symptoms.

Both Sambucus nigra and Valeriana officinalis have ‘Mind, Attempts to escape’.

Issues related to home, domestic matters, comfort and discomfort warrant attention in the Dipsacales, as is indicated by at least 4 or 5 remedies in this group. Feelings of

estrangement in regard to one’s family were elicited in the proving of Leycesteria formosa. Dipsacus sylvestris is nostalgic for old friendships and old buildings.

An important indication for use of Bach Flower Honeysuckle (= Lonicera caprifolium), is homesickness, combined with far too great preoccupation with the past.

Similarly, feelings of homesickness occur in the proving of Triosteum perfoliatum. Valeriana produces a feeling of comfort. Herbalist Dorothy Hall states that Valeriana patients

don’t like to be away from home. “Many are afraid to sleep, especially in strange surroundings,” she says.

M Feeling distant from family; cannot reach out and connect with them, as if they are somebody else’s family.

M Over the top, singing and jumping around with lots of energy.

G Return of pain and stiffness in sites of previous fractures and joint/spine injuries.

Rapid healing of current injuries.

G Clumsiness; dropping and breaking things, < before menses.

G Overwhelming sleepiness at 16 h.

G Falling asleep easily but starting and startling from sleep through first few hours of being asleep.

G Increase in appetite – cannot stop eating till all the food is gone. “I feel as if I need to eat a lot all the time and store up fat for winter.” “I don’t feel hungry, yet when

food is in front of me I cannot stop eating. I am eating vast amounts of bread, butter, cheese and pasta. I cannot say exactly that each is a specific craving – I do not seek it out or

fancy it. I seem to have lost the ability to leave food on the table.

If I see food I just have to eat it. I feel fat, bloated and miserable. My clothes are getting tight and I am still eating.”

G Surges in energy and inner physical buoyancy (during menses).

S Stomach as if expanding like a balloon.

S Abdomen as if rippling with waves passing from stomach to pelvis, < lying on back, > lying on abdomen.

L Frontal headache with tightness around temples and eyes aching deep in sockets, and thirst.

L Green, watery diarrhoea in morning. Stools explosive, sputtering.

L Low back pain, very severe, < standing up or beginning to move; low back feels jarred.

L Aching pain at base of right thumb, < keeping it still/writing/washing in warm water; > stretching/hard pressure/bathing in cold water;

Remedy Overview

The disposition to startle with fright at night and to startle out of sleep is similar to the startling of Sambucus nigra:

† ‘I fall asleep easily but have starts and startling from sleep through the first few hours that I am asleep. There will be a frightening image in my mind and I either

say or scream something and sit up in bed. Once I thought I saw someone standing in my room and screamed, but when I properly woke and focused, I saw it was my

wardrobe. I had had this kind of startling from sleep since I was 16, occurring several times a week. During the proving they became intense for a few days and

then I didn’t have one for over 3 months.’

The menstrual cramps and changes to menstrual flow of 4 of the 5 provers of show similarity to symptoms of Viburnum opulus:

† ‘I have had a lot of menstrual flooding without any other symptoms.’

† ‘I have had massive bright red menstrual bleeding just flooding out for 3 days. On the fourth day the colour began to change to dark red and the flow to slow down

and three days later the bleeding had stopped.’



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