Actaea Spicata

Actaea Spicata signs and symptoms of the homeopathy medicine from the Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica by J.H. Clarke. Find out for which conditions and symptoms Actaea Spicata is used…

      Bane berry. Herb Christopher. (Europe and Asia.) *N. O. Ranunculaceae. Tincture of root obtained in autumn.


Cancer of stomach. Fright, effects of. Hepatitis. Pleurisy. Rheumatism. Toothache.


This is a rheumatic remedy like the other Actea, but affecting more prominently the small joints and wrists. I have several times cured wrist-rheumatism with it. The joints swell after slight fatigue. The pains are tearing, drawing. The right arm and right wrist are specially affected, and there are pains like rheumatism in face. Pains are of a violent, tearing, drawing character, worse by touch or movement. Pains of this kind running from decayed tooth to temples. Swelling of the joints from slight fatigue may be regarded as very characteristic. It is especially suited to men (*Actear. to women). worse from motion, from change of temperature, cold air.


*It follows well: Nux-v. *Compare: Other Ranunculaceae, Arnica, Bryonia, Caulophyllum (Rheumatism of fingers); Lycopodium, Rhus t., Sal-ac., and Stict. (Small joints).


Fright. Fatigue.


Fear of death, especially at night in bed. Furious delirium, also during the fever. Effects of exertion of mind, fright, mental anxiety.


A kind of drunkenness. Dizziness, forehead feels empty when stooping. Twitching in temples, pain from a decayed tooth to temples. Pressure in forehead after having been in sun. Head symptoms worse at night, from walking, return periodically, also after fever. Warm sweat on head. Small pimples on scalp.


Objects seem coloured blue. Sharp pains through eyes into head.


Twitching pain in ears when blowing nose or sneezing.


Pains as of rheumatism in face, violent tearing and drawing pains in the upper jaw, pulling, tearing from a decayed tooth to temples, worse from slightest touch or movement of the muscles. The cheek he lies on sweats. Yellow round mouth. Lips chapped. Submaxillary glands hurt when chewing.


Increased salivation. Fetid odor.


Throat sore when speaking, when breathing cold air.


After drinking, shuddering. Sour vomiting. Tearing, darting pain in epigastric region with vomiting. Cancer of the stomach, with characteristic pains: tearing, drawing, etc.


Pain and tenderness in liver region.

Urinary organs

Throbbing in region of kidneys. Urine deposits a white sediment. Urinary calculi.

Female Sexual Organs

Menses suppressed by fright, by cold.

Respiratory organs

Difficult inspiration, stitches in epigastrium during deep breathing or a painful shock, or pain in the hip.


Urging sensation in heart towards abdomen and region of liver, with great anxiety at night. Pulse 120.


Swelling of joints after slight fatigue (after walking). Rheumatism of small joints (ankle, toe-joints, and especially joints of hands). Pain as from paralytic weakness of hands. Lameness of right arm. Right wrist pains intolerably, swollen, red, touch intolerable, motion impossible, pressure on palm intolerable.


Shuddering after drinking. Belching during the chill. Shuddering followed by heat, during which vomiting supervenes.

John Henry Clarke
John Henry Clarke MD (1853 – November 24, 1931 was a prominent English classical homeopath. Dr. Clarke was a busy practitioner. As a physician he not only had his own clinic in Piccadilly, London, but he also was a consultant at the London Homeopathic Hospital and researched into new remedies — nosodes. For many years, he was the editor of The Homeopathic World. He wrote many books, his best known were Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica and Repertory of Materia Medica