Baneberry, herb Christopher.
Key Uses:Rheumatoid arthritis with pain that may be severe enough to make the limbs feel paralyzedRheumatism of the small joints of the hands and wrists
Origin : Native to Eurasia, although now found in many temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere.
Background : Herbalists use this plant to treat rheumatic symptoms, especially those occurring in minor joints. Its purplish-black berries are used in dyes.
Preparation : The fresh root, collected after the shoots emerge and before bloom, is chopped and macerated in alcohol.
Remedy Profile : Actaea spic. is most suited to sad, absentminded people who are easily startled and often prey to fear or anxiety. They are prone to a fear of death, particularly when in bed at night. Their judgment is generally poor, and they may feel hopeless, confused, impatient, and restless, especially if they experience a shock. They may even think that they are going insane. They may be egotistical and unreliable in relationships.
Actaea spic. is usually given for this state of mind in conjunction with rheumatoid arthritis that is accompanied by tearing pains, especially if minor joints such as the wrists are affected. The pain may be so severe that the limbs actually feel paralyzed, causing crying out, weariness, and possibly eventual lameness.
Symptoms Better : None known.
Symptoms Worse : For changes in the weather or temperature; for cold air; at night; for touch; for the slightest fatigue; for the slightest exertion; for mental exertion.