Substances & Homeopatic Remedies

    Anacardium orientale

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    Semecarpus anacardium Linn. f.


    The nut of Anacardium Orientale is heart shaped (hence its name: Semecarpus).
    sema =  sign,mark and carpus = fruit, because it was used to mark linen. (Tintenbaum)
    The name Anacardium is derived from two Greek words: "ana" without, and: "kardia", a heart: because the pulp of the fruit, instead of having the seed enclosed has the nut growing out at the end of it.


    Traditional name

    German: Malakka-Nuß-Baum, Ostindischer Tintenbaum, Ostindischer Elefantenlausbaum, Ostindischer Merkfruchtbaum

    Used parts

    The resinous juice of the seed. (Murphy): Preparation: layer of nut between shell and kernel triturated


    Plantae; Spermatophyta, Angiospermae - Flowering Plants; Dicotyledonae; Rosiflorae / Rosidae; Rutales; Anacardiaceae - Poison Ivy Family



    Original proving

    The common tincture of the whole nut was proved by Hahnemann
    The provings were arranged and published by E. Stapf, in the second volume of his Archives, in 1823. The next edition was made by Hahnemann, in his Chronic Diseases, in 1835, where he condensed the 484 symptoms of the first publication, and added (without having another prover) 158 new symptoms

    Description of the substance

    It is an ever - green tree up to 7 meter in height with rough and ash coloured bark and numerous spreading branches. The leaves are petiolate, alternate, about 45 cm long and 10 or 13 cm broad. The flowers are small and of a green - yellow colour.
    Macroscopical: The fruit is borne on a pear shaped receptacle and ripens in January or February. It is a blackish brown, heart shaped nut, with a some - what reddish tinge, containing a corrosive resinous juice in cells, between the hard outer shell and the sweet kernel. The juice is at first of a light colour, of the consistency of honey, becoming blackish brown on drying. It is not soluble in water, and only so in 90 per cent alcohol after it has been made alkaline.

     Geographic distribution  Asia, native of the East Indies, and found in mountainous dry forests