Jaborandi is the tenth letter of the alphabet in our series of ABC’s of homeopathy for Mauimama magazine. Jab. is the abbreviation used in homeopathy for the remedy Jaborandi.
Jaborandi is a plant remedy made from the woody shrub, Pilocarpus jaborandi, which is native to Brazil. This plant is also the source used to make the allopathic drug pilocarpine which interestingly is used to treat dry mouth and increased pressure inside the eye.
In homeopathy we use this remedy for a few different ailments.
It is a great remedy to take for eye complaints, especially with those with profuse tears, twitching and smarting of the eyes with visual disturbances.
Jaborandi is also a glandular remedy, making it a remedy indicated in mumps.
Miranda Castro writes in her book, Homeopathic Guides for Mother and Baby; “Mumps: with face red. Glands swollen. Pains spread to breasts, ovaries. Copious saliva. Profuse sweating.”
Miranda Castro goes on to say; “Given early enough, Jaborandi prevents involvement of other glands (breasts, ovaries, and testicles). This sweaty stage is accompanied by an acute thirst, followed by prostration and drowsiness and a general feeling of dryness”.
Dr. Christopher Hammond supports this application in his book, Homeopathy – An illustrated encyclopedia of safe and effective remedies, and states; “As a glandular remedy it may be useful in mumps if the picture fits.” Dr. Hammond continues; “The mouth produces much saliva, even when the throat feels dry. Similarly there is a lot of sweating, even though the skin is dry and sometimes red. Coughing produces much thin mucus. Jaborandi is a remedy that is useful in glandular complaints, but it does not have a wide application.”
Dr Hammond continues, “The Jaborandi state is one that can occur pre-menstrually and maybe accompanied by hot flushes.”
So, we see in his description that Jaborandi can be useful, in not only helping our children in relieving symptoms of mumps, but also for women and our experiences with pre-menstrual hot flushes. And it can help with eye complaints accompanied with a lot of tears.
This remedy will need to be ordered with your homeopath and, as always, please consult your homeopath for advice if symptoms persist. Homeopathy is not intended to replace your medical treatment, so please seek medical advice and see your doctor.
Wishing you all a joyful, healthy Spring.