Bulbous buttercup, bulbous crowfoot.
Key Uses:Muscle, joint, and skin problems, possibly occurring simultaneouslyHerpes zoster (shingles)
Origin : Native to Europe, but now also common throughout North America.
Background : The buttercup has been used medicinally since the time of ancient Greece. Toxic and irritant, it was mostly used externally for skin growths such as warts and blemishes.
Preparation : The whole plant in flower is finely chopped and steeped in alcohol.
Remedy Profile : This remedy is most suited to those who are irritable, depressed, and quarrelsome. They feel weepy and inadequate, and worse for thinking about their symptoms. Restlessness and insomnia are common characteristic traits.
The classic symptom picture for Ranunculus bulb. includes muscle, joint, and skin problems, possibly occurring simultaneously. Typical muscle problems include soreness, deep, bruising pain, and, particularly, chest pain between the ribs. The classic skin symptoms for this remedy focus on eczema or herpes, especially herpes zoster (shingles), with intense burning and itching.
Symptoms Better : For warm weather; for warm compresses; for rest; for standing; for sitting bent forward.
Symptoms Worse : For drafts or open air, especially damp, cold air; for stormy weather; for changes in temperature; for movement, particularly of the arms; for thinking about symptoms; for alcohol.