In homeopathy there are creams with similar effect to corticosteroid or cortisone creams. They are natural creams containing the active substance Cardiospermum halicacabum in a mother tincture.
This natural cortisone is very effective in treating skin problems with itching, redness, hives, or rashes caused by medications or detergents, first-degree burns, infectious or allergic dermatitis, eczema or rheumatic diseases.
Surprisingly it is also very effective against bites from the dreaded tiger mosquito.
This homeopathic remedy has anti-inflammatory, anti-redness properties and decreases itching rapidly.
It can be taken orally in the form of pellets, drops and tablets. The Cardiospermum halicacabum is a plant belonging to the family Sapindaceae.
It is also known as the “balloon vine” or “love in a puff”, it is a climbing plant widely distributed in tropical and subtropical regions of Africa, India and South America.
It is often found as a weed along roads and rivers.
The species name of “Cardiospermum” comes from the small-sized, black-brown coloured seed, which have a white heart-shaped spot.
The term “halicacabum” is translated from Greek meaning “salt barrel”. The appearance of the fruit that looks inflated is where its name is derived from in German “Ballonrebe” (balloon-vine).

Dr. Willmar Schwabe collected this plant in Africa. There, Cardiospermum halicacabum is used in folk medicine.
It has several applications: as an anti-rheumatic, for digestive disorders, respiratory disorders, joint pain, back pain, sprains, strains and inflammation.
The surface part of the plant Cardiospermum halicacabum contains as active ingredients phytosterols, saponins and alkaloids and a smaller amount of long chain fatty acids.
Phytosterols have anti-redness properties, they relieve itching and pain because they act as modulators of inflammation by reducing the amount of enzymes and pro-inflammatory peroxides.
This gives the Cardiospermum halicacabum inflammatory and antipruritic properties, hence, we dare say it is the homeopathic cortisone, but without causing the negative side effects of cortisone.
It can be used for a long period of time because of its high tolerance without causing cutaneous capillary fragility and therefore does not contribute to the formation of haematomas.
Cardiospermum halicacabum is a homeopathic medicine that is suitable for the treatment of inflammatory and pruritic skin diseases.
It alleviates itching and contributes to rapid remission of inflammation and redness of the skin.
In particular, it has proven effective in subacute and chronic stages in neurodermatitis-type illness or dry eczema caused by allergies, atopic dermatitis, in cases of scaly skin and skin allergies. This preparation can also be alternated with other medications.

Eczema (contact dermatitis, allergic, toxic-degenerative, congestion, seborrhoeaic).
Neurodermitis, solar dermatitis.