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Calluna vulgaris – Schwabe News Jan – Jun 2020

Calluna vulgaris


It is known as Erica. It is a small plant with small leaves of pink and purple flowers. It is found in the temperate regions of different countries. It is widely distributed in Europe. It contains arbutin, tannins, an alkaloid erocodin, which have been proved to have antibacterial effect. Other constituents are flavonoids and volatile oils.CallunaVulgaris.jpg

A homoeopathic tincture is made from the flowering tops and leaves. It is covered by German Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia. 

The constituents of the plant have antiseptic properties and is used in herbal medicine as urinary antiseptic and diuretic. In homoeopathy, it is used as detoxifying agent, helpful in rheumatism, arthritis and gouts. There are reports that it helps treating cystitis and inflammatory bladder conditions including that of kidney and bladder stones. Urinary antiseptic. Studies have established its effectiveness as photoprotective agent.


Recommended dose: 1x/Q, 10-20 drops.



  1. Maria Perde-Schrepler, et al, Photoprotective Effect of Calluna vulgaris Extract Against UVB-Induced Phototoxicity in Human Immortalized Keratinocytes, Journal ofEnvironmental Pathology, Toxicology and Oncology, Issue 4, 2011, pages 323-331.

  2. Dr. P. N. Varma, KusumYadav,RamachandranValavan, A Compendium of Rare and Clinically Established Mother Tinctures, 4th Edition, Dr. Willmar Schwabe India Pvt. Ltd., A-36, Sector 60, Noida.

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