As aforementioned, the fresh flowering parts of the St. John's wort plant are used to prepare the homeopathic medicine hypericum. This homeopathic mother tincture is obtained by a process known as ethanolic extraction.
Hypericum has several remedial purposes in homeopathy. Usually, among other conditions, homeopaths prescribe this medicine for healing physical injuries, but hypericum is also used for its soothing properties. Administration of this medicine to patients who have any wound or injury or have just had a surgery has a calming effect on the damaged nerves instead of just following any conventional practice. In homeopathy, the entire plant - St. John's wort, is used. The plant is generally harvested during summer when they are blossoming with yellow flowers. After harvesting, the fresh plant is chopped into fine pieces, crushed into a pulp and then macerated in an alcoholic solution till it is diluted to the preferred potencies by means of a dilution method. In homeopathy, hypericum is prescribed to alleviate sharp pains in the nervous system that generally moves upwards as well as for healing any nerve injury - for instance, following any surgery or accident. This homeopathic medicine is most effective when used to treat any injury in any part of the body where the nerves are highly condensed or having a rich concentration of nerve endings - for instance, the head, spine, fingertips, toes, nail beds, lips and eyes. In addition, hypericum is also useful for treating concussion (any shock caused by the effect of a collision or blow) which is accompanied by sensations in the head, for example, an eye injury or an ice-cold feeling. This homeopathic medicine prepared from St. John's wort works wonders with the spinal nerves and is, therefore, recommended by homeopaths for treating acute back pains that may move up and down the spinal cord. In addition, hypericum is a wonderful first-aid medication that may be used to heal any type of piercing wound, such as crushed fingers or toes, splinters in the nails or bites. Other than the ailments mentioned thus far, hypericum is also a useful medication for several other problems, such as toothache with tearing or pulling pain and asthma that worsens in foggy weather. Hypericum, the homeopathic medication prepared by ethanolic extraction of St. John's wort, is also prescribed to treat indigestion and nausea, especially when an individual's tongue is coated having a clear tip. In addition, this medication is used to treat diarrhea, painful hemorrhoids, bleeding, throbbing nerves in the rectum as well as delayed menstruation that is usually accompanied by headaches. As aforementioned, hypericum is also highly beneficial for people suffering from depression as well as drowsiness. As discussed earlier, homeopathic medicine has been found to work effectively in healing injuries or wounds that are extremely painful, more than what they may seem to be. Although it may appear that the pain is nothing tremendous, the sufferer actually feels the intensity of the soreness. Usually, extremely sharp pains are associated with these conditions and they may even occur at the core of the nerves. In addition, hypericum is frequently prescribed for healing punctured wounds caused by any bites or splinters - especially injuries on the nails. Moreover, hypericum is also frequently recommended by homeopaths to provide relief from pains following a surgery. It needs to be mentioned that this homeopathic medicine is especially useful after an amputation, where the sufferer experiences severe phantom pain and throbbing nerves. The homeopathic medicine hypericum is extremely effective in providing quick relief from such abnormal tenderness that not only affects one physically, but also causes intense mental agony. Additionally, hypericum is also useful in alleviating pains and other discomforts caused by toothaches or the problems arising out of dental surgery. It is also effective in providing relief from toothaches that precedes dental surgery.
According to rough estimates, as many as 370 species of the genus Hypericum are found in different regions of the world. These species are distributed according to the conditions prevailing at any geographic location - especially the temperate and the sub-tropical regions of the world. They are found growing naturally in places like Europe, North America, China, Russia, India and Turkey.