Rhus toxicodendron is an herbal remedy which is considered an unusual treatment as it is derived from a plant known as poison ivy. However, it can treat many symptoms and ailments and is one of the top used homeopathic remedies today.
In case you are questioning the poison ivy plant being classed as an herbal remedy, the definition of an herb in medicinal terms is one where any part of the plant’s leaves, flowers or seeds are used in treating health conditions and the leaves are certainly used off this plant.
Rhus tox Used for Skin Irritations
Due to its ability to relieve skin irritations, it can be used as a topical agent to relive stinging and to soothe the associated pain and itchiness. Rhus toxicodendron is used for treating many skin rashes and conditions, including:
- Rashes that look similar to a poison ivy rash
- Chicken pox blisters
- Rashes from hives and allergies
It is also effective in treating eczema and mumps and other skin conditions exhibiting inflammation and soreness.
Poison ivy is toxic in nature and exposure to its natural oil can cause rashes and irritation, and in extreme cases can cause anaphylactic shock in some patients.
Studies have shown that the medicinal properties of poison ivy are more potent at night, therefore it is often gathered at night for the preparation of natural medicines.
Why Is It Used for Rashes? In Homeopathic Terms, “Like Treats Like”
Poison ivy is used as an effective remedy against various skin conditions, although you may be wondering how can that be if the poison ivy plant can be a major cause to painful rashes and irritation when touched in the first place.
It all dates to the 18th century when it accidentally healed a patient’s rash when it was exposed to the poison ivy plant, instead of causing a rash as would have naturally been expected.
This is how homeopathic remedies work. It is where “like treats like”. A homeopath administers “Rhus tox” when a treatment for skin rashes is required. The same ‘ingredient’ that can cause a problem, can actually be used to ‘treat’ the problem.
Menstrual Pain and Cramps
It is also widely prescribed for women suffering with menstrual pain and cramps. It relieves pain caused by different menstrual problems including excessive blood flow, nausea and vomiting.
Arthritis Pain and Back Pain
One of the most common uses for this herbal remedy is for treating arthritis pain, such as osteoarthritis and rheumatism and back pain. Even acute forms of these conditions can be treated, as it numbs the pain in the joints and nerves. Muscle strain is also treated by administering Rhus tox.
Flu and Viral Infections
Another use of Rhus toxicodendron is in treating influenza and other viral infections. It doesn’t just attack the virus, it also aids in treating the associated symptoms, such as high fever, hallucinations, dizziness, and vomiting. Other symptoms are also helped, which include nasal congestion and irritating coughs.
Anxiety, Depression and Insomnia
Anxiety and depression symptoms and the associated sleepless nights and mood swings are also treated using Rhus tox. It helps make the patient feel more relaxed and in doing so calms their anxiousness and helps provide a more relaxed sleep.
Despite its unusual source, Rhus toxicodendron is relatively safe to use when used as directed. It can be purchased over-the-counter and can be taken in tablet or capsule form or applied as a gel or liquid.