Animal metamorphoses: butterflies and orchids in homeopathy.
Orchids, with approximately 20 to 30,000 species, form the largest group of plants after the daisy family (Asteraceae). Despite their staggering number, they are still largely unknown in homeopathy. It is also interesting to note that, although they have long been cultivated for their attractive appearance, they have rarely been used in folk medicine. The mere idea that the plant’s root nodules, in the genus orchis, could – on account of their testicle-like signature – increase potency, has left its stamp on the whole family’s name.