The oak is mighty and composed. It takes its time to reach its imposing height. It is 60 to 80 years before the oak flowers for the first time and forms acorns. This slowness reveals the play of two polar forces: in the oak the exuberant vitality and growth is suppressed, kept in check, by a forming, contracting component which appears to have materialised in the tannin. The oak leaf with its partial indentations appears to be a symbol of this process. Likewise the tree's gnarled and twisted growth. Forming is important in all inflammatory and allergic processes. The tannin suppresses the exuberant metabolic process and directs it back into calmer channels. Inflammation, allergic reactions and itching subside.
A soothing oak bark extract is contained in Dr.Hauschka Body Powder. The extract is prepared from dried and ground bark which is extracted with water and spray dried.
In WALA medicines potentised oak bark formulations are contained in remedies for haemorrhoids, fissures and eczema, e.g. in Quercus Essence* (Quercus-Essenz*), Quercus Haemorrhoid Suppositories* (Quercus Hämorrhoidalzäpfchen*) and Quercus Ointment* (Quercus Salbe*). Calcium Quercus* helps in allergies, eczema and other forms of dermatitis. In Aesculus/Prunus comp. Essence* (Aesculus/Prunus comp. Essenz*) the oak bark is combined with horse chestnut and blackthorn to relieve swollen and heavy legs. In Cornea Levisticum comp. Eye Drops* (Cornea Levisticum comp. Augentropfen*) oak bark helps treat clouding of the refractory media in the eye, e.g. in cataracts.
* Prescribing information for the preparations mentioned (the indications are derived from the anthroposophical understanding of man and nature):
Aesculus/Prunus comp., Essence
Indications: Invigoration and toning of the fluid organism in conditions where there is a weakness of the life organisation in the region of the peripheral circulation, e.g. pressure ulcers (decubital ulcers), superficial venous inflammation with development of thrombosis (peripheral thrombophlebitis), disorders associated with varicose veins (varicose symptom complex), accumulation of fluid in the tissues (oedema), feeling of heaviness in the legs.
Warning: Contains 25 % (v/v) alcohol.
Calcium Quercus Globuli velati
Active ingredient: Quercus robur/petraea e cortice cum Calcio carbonico solution = D6
Indications: Stimulation of the ego organisation in dystopic activity of the sensitivity organisation with disturbances of the anabolic metabolism, e.g. allergy, eczema, inflammatory skin conditions (dermatitis), excessive menstrual flow (menorrhagia).
Warning: This medicinal product contains sucrose.
Cornea Levisticum comp. Eye drops
Indications: Vitalisation of the metabolic processes in clouding of the refractive media (cornea, lens and vitreous body) in the eye.
Active ingredient: Quercus robur/petraea e cortice, Decoctum LA 10%
Indications: Stimulation of the formative powers in the region of the connective tissue, impaired boundary formation with exudative inflammatory processes, e.g. disorders associated with varicose veins (varicose symptom complex), haemorrhoids; tears of the skin or mucous membranes (fissures), cracks in the skin (rhagades), dry and weeping eczema, disposition of the body to develop an allergy (allergic diathesis).
Warning: What should you know if you are pregnant or breast-feeding? There are no data on use of this medicine during pregnancy or breast-feeding. During pregnancy, medicines containing tannins should only be applied to small areas of skin (not more than twice the size of the palm of the hand). Haemorrhoids should only be treated after consulting a doctor. In the case of application in the region of the nipples in a woman who is breast-feeding the skin should be carefully cleansed before feeding. Contains 25% (v/v) alcohol.
Quercus Hämorrhoidalzäpfchen (suppositories for the treatment of haemorrhoids)
Indications: Stimulation of the anabolic and structuring forces in deforming and chronic inflammatory changes in the anal region, e.g. haemorrhoids, inflammation of the area around the anus (anitis).
Quercus Salbe (ointment)
Indications: Stimulation of the anabolic and structuring forces in deforming, chronic inflammatory changes of the mucous membranes, skin and subcutis, particularly where there are signs of congestion or stasis, e.g. haemorrhoids, disorders associated with varicose veins (varicose symptom complex), stasis dermatitis.
* For information on risks and side-effects please read the pack insert and ask your doctor or pharmacist..