Studied Homeopathic Remedies
- Topical Homeopathic Remedy, containing Echinacea augustifolia , Ledum palustre , Urtica urens , and citronella and eucalyptus oils
- Isopathic Remedies
If humans have any major rival in the natural world, it’s insects. Despite centuries of warfare against them by humans, insects have held their own, and in some cases continue to flourish. Insects remain a major source of crop damage as well as a vector of illness. Besides all that, they are a nuisance! Insect bites and stings are the inevitable result, it often seems, of doing anything outdoors.
In most cases, the consequences of these misadventures are relatively small. However, some people are highly allergic to the stings of certain insects, and can experience severe, even life-threatening, reactions. None of the homeopathic remedies discussed in this section are meant to address such serious problems. Rather, what we discuss here are potential ways to minimize the natural discomforts of outdoor experiences.
Scientific Evaluations of Homeopathic Remedies for Insect Bites and Stings
placebo-controlled studyEchinacea augustifolia Ledum palustre Urtica urens
It may be worthwhile noting that many homeopaths object to the formulation of this gel, because it includes strongly aromatic oils (citronella and eucalyptus). According to the principles of classical homeopathy , these oils would be expected to “antidote” (block) the effects of the homeopathic ingredients.
Classical homeopathy often recommends homeopathic Echinacea for insect bites and stings with venom. Ledum is commonly used for puncture wounds and insect bites, and Urtica as a remedy for itching. Other common remedies for insect bites and stings include isopathic remedies made from the offending insect, such as honey bee (Apis mellifica) or wasp (Vespa crabro) .
For a thorough explanation of homeopathy, including dilution of therapies, see the Homeopathy Overview .
- Reviewer: EBSCO CAM Review Board
- Review Date: 07/2012 -
- Update Date: 07/25/2012 -