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What is Histaminum?

Deanna Baranyi
Updated Feb 18, 2024
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Histaminum, also known by its complete name, histaminum hydrochloricum, is a popular homeopathic treatment for allergies, insect bites, and rashes. It works by fighting and reducing the number of histamines in the body to relieve symptoms, such as sneezing, congestion, itching, and burning. It is the homeopathic equivalent of an antihistamine. Although it is quite popular in homeopathic medicine, research has not been completed to indicate whether it actually works to alleviate allergy symptoms.

Typically, histaminum is made from purified chemicals, called histidines, that are collected and synthesized from living substances, such as plants. It was first identified in 1910 in soy bean oil. When it is collected and purified, it forms white crystals. These crystals are then converted to pellets for homeopathic use.

Generally, histaminum works to reduce the symptoms related to allergic reactions. The allergic reactions can be due to an airborne allergen, a food allergy, a contact allergy, or an insect sting or bite. Homeopathic medicine practitioners consider it to be an effective way to help people open their airways, reducing nasal congestions and bronchial asthma due to allergens. If a food allergen is the culprit, it may be used to reduce rashes, gastric discomfort, swelling, and redness. If a person is suffering from contact allergens or insect stings, histaminum may relieve itching, burning and swelling on the skin, eczema, and hives.

In most cases, histaminum can be purchased at a homeopathic pharmacy, health food store, or online. It is generally sold in the form of a pellet, but a homeopathic medicine practitioner can typically recommend the proper dosage. Usually, if it is being used as a first aid device, it may be administered more frequently. If it is being used to treat general allergies, it may be used a few times a day. It may be used prior to allergen exposure, as a preventative measure as well.

Many homeopathic practitioners believe that histaminum is absorbed by the digestive track. As a result, some practitioners may recommend that their patients receive it intravenously or through muscle injections. Although it may be absorbed by the body more effectively by injection, most people prefer to use it in pellet or tablet form.

As with any homeopathic remedy, it is best to consult an experienced practitioner or medical provider before using histaminum. Specifically, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should ask their doctors whether this remedy is safe for them. It has not yet been well evaluated for safety nor researched for effectiveness.

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Deanna Baranyi
By Deanna Baranyi
Deanna Baranyi, a freelance writer and editor with a passion for the written word, brings a diverse skill set to her work. With degrees in relevant fields and a keen ability to understand and connect with target audiences, she crafts compelling copy, articles, and content that inform and engage readers.
Discussion Comments
By anon965065 — On Aug 09, 2014

In the Netherlands, they sell urtizon for sun allergy. This worked amazingly well for me. I have used all kinds of medication which did not help. Urtizon also got rid of my rashes and eczema.

It contains histaminium muriaticom. I would like to recommend it.

By anon279127 — On Jul 11, 2012

How can histaminum work with hives?

By Perdido — On Jun 28, 2011

@seag47 - A big selling point for histaminum is that it has no known side effects. It also is not known to cause any drug interactions. It has no contraindications and causes no masking of symptoms.

By seag47 — On Jun 26, 2011

Does anyone know of any potential side effects of histaminum? I can’t find any listed on the package. This is probably a good thing, but I just wanted to check with people who have used it before I take it.

By Perdido — On Jun 24, 2011

I bought some histaminum tablets at a health food store for my allergies. Whenever I mow the yard, I take histaminum beforehand to stave off the sneezing and watery eyes that usually follow. It works pretty well.

The lady at the health food store is an expert in all things homeopathic. She informed me of other histaminum uses. Other than the uses listed in the article, histaminum is good for relief of hay fever and the nausea that accompanies a bad sunburn.

I have never experienced a sunburn that bad, but I can definitely vouch for its effectiveness in allergy prevention.

By orangey03 — On Jun 22, 2011

My brother is somewhat allergic to mushrooms. If he eats something with just a trace of them in it, he gets diarrhea and cramps and may even vomit.

I bought some frozen egg rolls that contained chicken and cabbage, among other things. Neither of us thought to check the package ingredient list for mushrooms until he bit into one.

We had some histaminum pellets on hand. Our aunt, who is majorly into homeopathic remedies, had given them to us. Though we had never used them, we had never thrown them out, either. He took a dose, and he never developed his usual mushroom allergy symptoms.

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