Substances & Homeopatic Remedies

Paris quadrifolia

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paris quadrifolia


from L. par, equal, referring to the regularity of the leaves, or named after Paris, the son of the King of Troy


Traditional name

English: True Love, Herb Paris, Fox Grape
Italian: Uva di volpe

Used parts

Mother Tincture Q


Plantae; Spermatophyta, Angiospermae - Flowering Plants; Monocotyledonae; Liliiflorae / Liliidae; Liliales; Liliaceae - Lily Family


Original proving

Introduced by Dr. Staf, Archiv, f. Hom. 8, 1, 177 (1829); Allen: Encyclop. Mat. Med. VII, 282; Hering: Guiding symptoms, VIII, 266, Clarke: A Dictionary of Practical Mat. Med. II. 723.
 It was first proven by Hahnemann.

Description of the substance

---Description---This singular plant gets its generic name of Paris from par (paris), equal on account of the regularity of its leaves. In olden times it was much esteemed and used in medicine, but to-day its use is almost confined to homoeopathy. It is a herbaceous perennial plant found in moist places and damp shady woods. It has a creeping fleshy rootstock, a simple smooth upright stem about 1 foot high, crowned near its top with four pointed leaves, from the centre of which rises a solitary greeny-white flower, blooming May and June with a foetid odour; the petals and sepals remain till the purply-blackberry (fruit) is ripe, which eventually splits to discharge its seeds.

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in late summer in a cold frame. Sow stored seed in a cold frame as soon as it is received. The seed is very slow to germinate. It produces a primary root about 7 months after sowing, this pulls the seed deeper into the soil. Leaves are produced about 4 months later[137]. Sow the seed thinly so that it does not need to be thinned and grow the young plants on undisturbed in a shady part of the greenhouse for their first two years of growth. Give an occasional liquid feed in the growing season to ensure the plants do not become nutrient deficient. At the end of the second year's growth prick out the young plants into individual pots and grow them on for another year or two in a shady part of the greenhouse before planting them out in the spring.