Substances & Homeopatic Remedies

    Cyclamen europaeum

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    Cyclamen europaeum, L


    cyclamen from Gk. kyklaminos, from kyklos "circle" . So called in reference to the bulbous shape of the root.





    Traditional name

    Ciclamino (ita),

    Sowbread (eng)

    Alpenveilchen (germ.)

    Used parts

    Tincture of root gathered in spring.


    Plantae; Spermatophyta, Angiospermae - Flowering Plants; Dicotyledonae; Dilleniidae; Primulales; Primulaceae - Primrose Family


    Original proving

    Proved and introduced by Hahnemann: Materia Medica Pura, Vol. I. 541; Allen Encyclop. Mat. Med Vol. IV, 46; Hering: Guiding Symptoms Vol. 63.

    Description of the substance

    It occurs rarely in hedge banks and copses, flowering in September. The tuber, 1 to 3 inches in diameter, is turnip-shaped, brown in colour and fibrous all over. The nodding rose-coloured or white flowers, which appear before the leaves, are placed singly on fleshy stalks, 4 to 8 inches high. The corolla tube is short, thickened at the throat, the lobes are bent back and are about an inch in length and red at the base. As the fruit ripens, the flower-stalk curls spirally and buries it in the earth. The name of the genus is derived from the Greek cyclos (a circle), either from the reflexed lobes of the corolla, or from the spiral form of the fruit-stalk. The leaves, appearing after the flowers, are somewhat heart-shaped, five to nine angled, in the manner of ivy leaves, dark green, with a white mottled border, often purple beneath, and spring straight from the root on longish stalks or petioles. They continue growing all the winter and spring till May, when they begin to decay, and in June are entirely dried up.