Ledum Palustre; Uses/ Indications, Dosage, Side Effects

Ledum Palustre; Uses/ Indications, Dosage, Side Effects

Ledum Palustre also was known as Marsh Tea or Wild Rosemary, is a flowering evergreen shrub that grows to a height of 1 meter. Past uses have been in beer brewing, treatment of puncture wounds, and as a moth deterrent.
Homeopathically, Ledum is used for insect bites, puncture wounds, and cold swellings or bruises which feel much better for ice-cold applications. Chronic complaints such as rheumatism and gout start in the feet and lower limbs first, moving up the body. They also improve with ice-cold applications. Ankles sprain easily. The person may be cross and surly.

Materia Medica of Ledum Palustre

  • Mind – Irritable; holds everything in contempt. Full of desires, for what they know not.
  • Head – Bones of skull feel crushed or bruised. Pain extends to teeth and root of the tongue.
  • Eyes – Inflamed, red. Pain through eyeballs. Profuse lachrymation. Cornea dim. Eyes tire from near vision. State of vision constantly changing. Spasm of accommodation from the irritable weakness of the ciliary muscle. Nausea from looking on moving objects.
  • Face – Blue rings around eyes. Periodical orbital neuralgia, with lachrymation, photophobia, and smarting eyelids.
  • Nose – Coryza, with stoppage of nose and nausea. Epistaxis.
  • Stomach – Tongue usually clean. Mouth, moist; much saliva. Constant nausea and vomiting, with pale, twitching of face. Vomits food, bile, blood, mucus. Stomach feels relaxed as if hanging down. Hiccough.
  • Abdomen – Amebic dysentery with tenesmus; while straining pain so great that it nauseates; little thirst. Cutting, clutching; worse, around the navel. Body rigid; stretched out stiff.
  • Stools – Pitch-like green as grass, like frothy molasses, with griping at the navel. Dysenteric, slimy.
  • Female – Uterine hæmorrhage, profuse, bright, gushing, with nausea. Vomiting during pregnancy. Pain from navel to the uterus. Menses too early and too profuse.
  • Respiratory – Dyspnœa; constant constriction in chest. Asthma. Yearly attacks of difficult shortness of breathing. Continued sneezing; coryza; a wheezing cough. A cough incessant and violent, with every breath. Chest seems full of phlegm but does not yield to coughing. Bubbling rales. A suffocative cough; the child becomes stiff, and blue in the face. Whooping-cough, with a nosebleed, and from the mouth. Bleeding from lungs, with nausea; feeling of constriction; rattling cough. Croup. Hæmoptysis from slightest exertion (Millef). Hoarseness, especially at end of a cold. Complete aphonia.
  • Fever – Intermittent fever, irregular cases, after Quinine. Slightest chill with much heat, nausea, vomiting, and dyspnœa. Relapses from improper diet.
  • Sleep – With eyes half open. Shocks in all limbs on going to sleep (Ign).
  • Extremities – Body stretched stiff, followed by spasmodic jerking of arms towards each other.
  • Skin – Pale, lax. Blue around eyes. Military rash.
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Indications of Ledum Palustre

  • Animal, insect, or tick bites and stings that become cold, puffy and mottled.
  • Pain and swelling of the muscles and joints (rheumatism)
  • A whooping cough
  • Bronchitis
  • Colds
  • A cough
  • Fluid retention
  • Stimulating milk flow
  • Increasing sweating
  • Causing an abortion
  • Pain from puncture wounds (such as nails in the sole of the foot) or cuts to hands and feet which are relieved by cold compresses and worsened by warmth.
  • Septic states of wounds with swelling, mottling, and coldness.
  • A person may feel cold but cold applications relieve joint pains while warmth aggravates them.
  • Pain and stiffness in joints – better for cold applications and worse for warmth.
  • Rheumatism or pain starts in the small joints of lower limbs and moves upwards.
  • Rheumatism worsened by getting warm in bed.
  • Gout, especially of feet and knees, relieved by cold.
  • Sprains of joints, especially ankles.
  • Itching of feet and ankles.
  • Black eye – pain in eyeball relieved by cold compresses

The Dosage of Ledum Palustre

  • Adult and children 2 years of age and older – Dissolve 5 pellets under the tongue 3 times a day until symptoms are relieved or as directed by a doctor.
  • Adult and children 2 years of age and older – Dissolve 5 pellets under the tongue 3 times a day until relieved or as directed by a doctor.


Ledum Palustre


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