This website is about the plants and fungi used in homeopathic remedies. A searchable database details hundreds of plants and fungi as well as lichens, brown and red algae.
The Museum is an authority on scientific names and descriptions that are used to identify animals and plants correctly. Scientists use this information in all types of research, ranging from understanding ecosystems, to combating malaria, to tackling environmental pollution.
Scientific names and descriptions are also used in activities such as homeopathy or traditional herbal treatments but this does not mean that they are based on science, explained in scientific terms or based on scientific research in the same way as most modern conventional medicine.
The theories used in homeopathy to explain how treatments work are not scientific and the effectiveness of homeopathic treatment is questioned and investigated from a scientific viewpoint.
This carefully researched database refers to those plants named in the Homeopathic Materiae Medicae and:
The remedies used in homeopathy are mostly derived from angiosperms (flowering plants), though some conifers and ferns as well as fungi, including lichens, brown and red algae are also used. Other homeopathic remedies derive from animals and minerals, but these are not considered here.
Homeopathic remedies have accumulated gradually over the past 200 years. During this time, the plants and fungi recorded in the various Homeopathic Materiae Medicae have received a variety of epithets, although these are mostly Latin names. Often, the naming of these plant remedies has not followed any recognised botanical or medical code and, despite having some resemblance to the modern botanical system, nearly half of these names needed updating with respect to the current International Code of Botanical Nomenclature (ICBN; Greuter et al., 2000; McNeill et al., 2006). In response to this problem, of outdated and often inaccurate nomenclature, a new checklist was prepared (Bharatan et al., 2002; Bharatan and Humphries, 2002). This checklist together with this online searchable database of currently accepted names can provide a standard reference that can be updated in line with the revisions of the Botanical Code that take place every 6 years.
Browse the database for plants and fungi used in homeopathy.
Explanatory notes for the results given by the homeopathy database.
Change in botanical nomenclature is an ongoing process as our understanding of plant taxonomy improves.
Find out more about how the database was put together.
A glossary of botanical terms used in the homeopathy database.
A list of selected references and useful resources.
Contributors to the homeopathy database.
Health concerns should be referred to a qualified doctor.
The site is not informing the use of the plants and fungi in homeopathy or other approaches.
The site is providing information for educational and research purposes only.
The Museum is not endorsing non-scientific perspectives, such as homeopathy or traditional medicines.
Research Associate, Medicinal Plants
Natural History Museum