Drosera rotundifolia is also known as the round-leaved Sundew and belongs to the Droseraceae family, a family of insectivorous plants found growing in Europe and Northern California, usually in acid bogs and waterlogged soils. This plant is most interesting as the leaves are covered in long fine red glandular hairs which are tipped with small drops of sticky fluid. The hairs entrap and digest insects by secreting enzymes, while the leaves can fold in to cover the trapped insect. The nutrients from the insect are absorbed by the plant and aid in its growth and reproduction. The whole fresh plant is used to make the homeopathic remedy Drosera (Dros.).
In the 16th and 17th century the Sundew was made into a liquor which was popular in Britain, France and Germany. In Scandinavia, this plant was respected for its calming effect on coughs.
Today Drosera is a remedy that is helpful for coughs, which are barking and deep and which can be dry and worst at night and when laying down. The breathing can be very difficult with a ticking in the larynx. The coughing is so aggressive that there may be pain in the chest (the chest can feel sore and bruised and some patients will hold the chest while they cough with the pressure helping to relieve the pain). The voice can be hoarse and there maybe nosebleeds with the retching of the cough, which may also result in vomiting of mucus.
The coughing fits can come quickly in succession, making breathing difficult. The breathing can also speed up during coughing. Drosera has been used to treat whooping cough which typically starts with a ticking in the throat stimulating a coughing fit.
Drosera has also been used for sore throats in babies, especially when the sore throat pains are worst for swallowing.
Drosera affects the respiratory organs, the larynx, chest and lungs.
Dr Samuel Hahnemann developed homeopathy in the late eighteenth century in Germany. Homeopathy is based on the principles of the ‘Law of Similars’ which can be found in the Hippocratic writings from the fourth century BC. “Through the like, disease is produced and through the application of the like it is cured”, written by Hippocrates.
Samuel Hahnemann writes, “Like cures like. Any substance which can produce a totality of symptoms in a healthy human being can cure totality of symptoms in a sick human being.”
Homeopathic remedies were tested or “Proved” on healthy humans and any change in health was noted in detail, this was known as a “proving”. With the Drosera proving Dr Hahnemann noted; “Tightness of the chest, especially whenever he speaks, even at every word-the throat was contracted; he felt no tightness of chest when walking”. This then suggested that Drosera would cure these symptoms per the principles of like cure like.
During the cough and cold season Drosera in a 30c potency is a great remedy to reach for when the cough is dry and persistent, violent with spasmodic coughing and pain in the chest results from coughing so hard and from a lot of coughing. Remember this cough is worst at night after midnight and especially when laying down. The keynote note sound being that barking cough.
Drosera has also been indicated in Asthma where there is a history of tuberculosis and has been used to treat tuberculosis in children.
In all Drosera is a good homeopathic to have in your medicine cabinet.
As always please consult your Doctor or Homeopath if symptoms persist. Homeopathy is not intended to replace medical care.