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Samuel Hahnemann

Samuel Hahnemann
1755 - 1843
German Physician,
founded homoeopathy
around 1800.

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Spider remedies in homoeopathy

by Sabine Friedrich

Spider remedies, amongst other animal remedy groups, have had quite a career in homoeopathy lately.

In order to understand the homoeopathic aspects of the spider remedies, we would like to first say a few words about spiders in general, similarly to the doctrine of signature in plant remedies.
The number of known spider species is gigantic: With a current number of 39.112 it is approaching 40.000. 110 families with a total of 3.618 genera are listed today and the findings of new families and genera is not unusual. There are about 1.000 species in Germany alone, of which about 20% are in danger of extinction. It seems certain that due to the proceeding destruction of natural habitat many species became extinct even before they were scientifically recorded. This resulted in a big gap in biological science on the one hand, but also in a loss of bioactive substances which may have become useful to mankind eventually.
Not only the spiders' silk has been attracting technology┬┤s interest, but also the spiders' venoms, which offer an enormous reservoir of highly interesting agents. Currently science is investigating the use of psalmtoxins I and II in malaria, coming from the venom of Psalmopoeus cambridgei (Choi et al. 2004). Other venoms that science is investigating are derived from spiders know as Grammostola rosea, Ornithoctonus huwena oder Paraphysa scrofa. Other venoms, such as the ones of the genus loxosceles (brown spiders) and latrodectus (widow spiders) or of other genera being dangerous to humans, can already look back on a long history of scientific research.
But spider venoms do not only play an important role in pharmaceutical research, they are also being used successfully in classical homoeopathy (Mangialavori, 2005). All spiders, despite very few groups such as the European hackled orbweavers, have venom glands, but only few of them are actually dangerous to human beings (Maretic 1987; Mebs 2000).


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Spiders

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Acanthoscuria geniculata Giant white-kneed tarantula
Aranea diadema Papal cross spider
Araneus sclopetarius Bridge orbweaver
Araneus umbricatus Bridge spider
Araniella cucurbitina Cucumber green spider
Avicularia metallica Metallic pinktoe tarantula
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Brachypelma smithi Mexican redkneed tarantula
Brachypelma vagans Mexican red rump, Mexican black velvet
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Citharischius crawshaiy King baboon tarantula
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Diaea dorsata Green crab spider
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Grammostola rosea Chilean rose tarantula
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Latrodectus mactans Black widow
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Marpissa muscosa Jumping spider
Misumena vatia Goldenrod crab spider
Mygale lasiodora Black cuban spider
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Phalangium opilio Harvestman
Pholcus phalangioides Daddy long-leg
Pisaura mirabilis Nursery web spider
Psalmopoeus pulcher Panama blonde tarantula
Pterinochilus murinus Mombassa starburst tarantula
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Salticus scenicus Zebra jumping spider
Scytodes thoracica Spitting spider
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Tarantula hispanica Spanish tarantula
Tegenaria domestica House spider, family: funnel weavers
Tetragnatha extensa Stretchspider
Theraphose leblondi Goliath bird eater
Theridion tepidariorum American house spider, family: cobweb spider

Scorpions

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Androctonus australis Fat tailed scorpion
Hadogenes paucideus Olive keeled flat rock scorpion

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