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Schwabe News Volume 2 | Issue 1 | February 2011

Yerba santa (Eriodictyon glutinosum)

Commonly known as Eriodictyon glutinosum, it is found in California (USA) and Mexico. Proved and introduced by Pease, it is covered by both Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia of India and German Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia. It is a low shruby evergreen plant up to 1.5m in height.  Stem, smooth, usually branched near the ground and covered with a peculiar glutinous resin, which covers all the upper side of the plant.  Leaves thick and leathery smooth yellow in colour with a prominent midrib, alternate, with short petioles. Flowers bluish in terminal clusters of 6-10 in one-sided raceme, corolla funnel-like calyx sparsely hirsute. It contains volatile oils, flavonoids like eriodictyol and resin. Its mother tincture is made from the whole plant excluding root.1,2,3

It is a remedy for bronchial affections.  It is indicated especially in chronic bronchitis, bronchial tuberculosis and asthma. Bronchial secretion is usually a profuse, easily raised mucous that brings relief. Bronchial phthisis, with night-sweats and emaciation are also covered.  Asthma relieved by expectoration.  Clinical reports confirm that it has relieved the cough that remained as a sequela of influenza. There is usually a thickening of the bronchial mucous membrane. The appetite is poor and the digestion is impaired. J. Perry Seward gave it with great success. G. M. Payne's proving brought out marked preference for the right lung.4,5,6

Recommended dose: Ø/1x.
Reference:
  1. P. N. Varma, Indu Vaid, Encyclopaedia of Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia, Volume II, Updated edition 2007, B. Jain Publishers, New Delhi.
  2. Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia of India.
  3. Homöopathische Arzneibuch (HAB).
  4. A. L. Blackwood, A Manual of Materia Medica, Therapeutics and Pharmacology.
  5. R. Murphy, Homeopathic Remedy Guide, Encyclopedia Homeopathica 2.5.
  6. W. Boericke, New Manual of Homoeopathic Materia Medica & Repertory [with Relationship of Remedies], Second Re-Augmented & Revised Edition Based on Ninth Edition, Reprint Edition 2002, B. Jain Publishers, New Delhi.
  7. J. H. Clarke, Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica.