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Schwabe News Volume 1 | Issue 1 | October 2010

Ammi visnaga

Ammi visnaga is also known as Visnaga, Khelle or picktooth. It grows in the dry regions of theMediterranean. It is indigenous to Egypt and widely cultivated in South America. It is an annual plant 1 to 1.5m high with ovate fan shaped leaves. It develops first of all its whitish elongated root, like anise, but soon coming out with a most abundant, curly feathered foliage, divided into thin threads; more finely divided than the carrot leaf, but not as finely as the funnel leaf. This foliage is filled with air to an extraordinary degree, evidence that the formative forces of the airy element are very active but also combine harmoniously with the juicy, watery element. At the top this plant forms a generous inflorescence, large umbels with numerous radii bearing secondary umbels and abundance of white flowers combining to form huge umbrellas. Resin formation is strong through out the plant. After the flowering period, the radii of the umbel lignify – hence the name picktooth1.

Its homoeopathic employment in potencies is not yet fully established. The fruits have been used against spasms of uterus, kidney stones, and as a diuretic. It is also used to promote the elimination of menstruation. It dilates the coronary vessels and relieves spasms in this area1. Its antispasmodic action on small bronchial muscles helps in the disorders of the airways passages2. It is safe for children when given in breathing troubles, and prevents recurrences3.

In urinary troubles, it relaxes muscles of the ureter and relieves pain caused by trapped stones. By relaxing the ureter, it eases the stone down into the bladder3. Other indications are angina pectoris, rheumatism and chronic bronchitis4. It is known for its external use in vitiligo (leucoderma) 5,6.

Recommended potency: MT/Q/1x to 3x
References:
  1. The British Homoeopathic Journal, The Umbelliferae, Volume LX, 1971, Pg. No. 211.
  2. Dr. Kellar, Greiner, et. Al., Homoopathische Arzneimittel, Einschliesslich 6th ed. 1995.
  3. Andrew Chevallier’s The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants, 1st ed. 1996, Pg. No. 59.
  4. Dr. med. Karl Stauffer, Klinische Homoopathische Arzneimitellehr, 1955, Pg. No. 66-67
  5. Abdel-Fattah, Aboul-Enein MN, Wassel GM, El-Menshawi BS. An approach to the treatment of vitiligo by khellin.Dermatologica 1982;165:136–40
  6. Orecchia G, Sangalli ME, Gazzaniga A, et al. Topical photochemotherapy of vitiligo with a new khellin formulation: preliminary clinical results. J Dermatol Treat. 1998;9:65–69