What are sarcodes in homeopathy?

glass bottles and homeopathic sugar pills on table

Not to be confused with the flowering plant of the same name, sarcodes are a particular type of remedy used in homeopathy. Homeopathy is a holistic technique that uses small doses of diluted substances to stimulate the body’s healing mechanisms.


Sarcodes are believed to bring about healing and balance in the body to help treat the root causes of diseases and health concerns. Let’s learn more about what sarcodes are, how they are thought to work, and how to work with a health practitioner to see if they might be right for you.


What are sarcodes?

Sarcodes are a type of remedy used in homeopathic medicine. The word “sarcode” is the Greek word for “fleshy.” This is because sarcodes come from the flesh of animals. They are made from healthy animal tissues and secretions such as organs, glands, hormones, neurotransmitters, and enzymes.1 2 3 4


As with other homeopathic remedies such as nosodes, sarcodes are prepared using a multi-step process which may involve crushing, shaking, filtering, and dissolving the original substance (the animal tissue or secretion), and then thoroughly diluting the solution. The end-product that is used as the homeopathic medicine is an extremely diluted solution, containing just a very small dose of the original substance.


Some examples of specific types of sarcodes used in homeopathy include:

  • Thyroid gland
  • Pituitary gland
  • Insulin
  • Cortisol
  • Adrenalin
  • Pancreas
  • Cholosterinum
  • Spleen1 2 3 4


Sarcodes, and other medicines created from the organs of animals, have a long history of use in traditional medicine practices. They were even used in ancient times, for example in Greek and Roman civilizations.1


How do sarcodes work in the body?

man holding homeopathic pill

The practice of homeopathy is based on the idea of “like cures like.” The remedies used in homeopathic medicine, including sarcodes, aim to stimulate the body’s natural healing mechanisms.


The theory behind using sarcodes is to present the body with healthy tissue so that the body can use the healing potential of that healthy tissue to get better. When presented with the healthy biological structure of an organ or secretion, it is believed that the body will resonate with the energy of it and that will ultimately bring about healing.1


So, when there is disease or imbalance in a certain organ, a homeopathic practitioner aims to provide the body with the healthy version of the organ (the sarcode) to help bring about healing and balance in the diseased organ.


Homeopaths will choose very specific sarcodes to use depending on what type of disease is being addressed and the root causes believed to be at play in a person’s symptoms. The benefits of using sarcodes will differ from person to person depending on their health condition and the homeopathic treatment plan goals.


Do sarcodes actually work?

Sarcodes and homeopathy in general is not well supported in scientific literature. In some trials, homeopathy has appeared to offer more benefit compared to placebos, but in others no positive effects have been seen. There are many factors making research in this field difficult. More research is needed to better understand the possible benefits of homeopathy in general and sarcodes in particular.5 6 7 8


That being said, there are many anecdotal and clinical reports of the benefits of using sarcodes as remedies for healing. Two clinical cases, for example, found that patients who were given mitral valve sarcodes experienced improved quality of life.9 Additionally, another case study found that sarcodes benefitted patients with macular degeneration.10


Experts suggest that one of the best ways to use homeopathy is as a complementary medicine, in addition to conventional treatment plans, as an alternative when other treatments aren’t working, and to aid in reducing the side effects of other medicines. Similarly, sarcodes may provide the most benefit, and be safest, when used as complementary and prophylactic remedies rather than as first-line acute treatments.2 5


If you choose to try homeopathy and sarcode remedies, it is important to work with a well-trained medical professional. Even advocates and practitioners of homeopathy advise use of caution with sarcodes, as they are less proven and aren’t right for everyone. They should never be used without the guidance of a qualified practitioner.1 3


Which sarcodes are right for you?

doctor preparing homeopathic sarcodes

With sarcodes, and homeopathic remedies in general, it is vital to follow recommendations from a healthcare provider. No medicines or supplements, even ones that are considered natural, should be taken without the oversight of a trained professional.


Work with a homeopath who can create a care plan that is right for you, and who can determine which sarcodes might be useful and safe for your specific condition. You can search for a homeopath in your area using this Practitioner Directory from the National Center for Homeopathy.


Looking for a practitioner with credentials and extensive training can help you ensure you are getting the best care possible. For example, you can find many homeopaths who are also medical doctors (MDs) or osteopathic doctors (DOs).5 Be sure to coordinate with your primary care provider as well, and inform all your doctors of any new treatments you are considering.



Learn how ZYTO can help you choose the best sarcodes and other wellness options based on the body’s unique energetic responses.


What should I expect when visiting a homeopathic practitioner?

A good homeopathic practitioner will treat the whole person, not just your illness. For this reason, you should expect to spend ample time with a practitioner during your visit as they review an extensive medical history, ask many questions, and perform a thorough physical examination.5


They will use all of this information to better understand your mental, physical, and emotional health, and determine the root causes of your health concerns. From there, they will create a tailored homeopathic treatment plan that is right for you and that aims to bring about healing and balance to your body.


Often, the homeopathic remedies that will be prescribed to you come in the form of small sugar pills that are simply dissolved under the tongue. In addition to the homeopathic remedies, your homeopath may also provide other recommendations to support your health such as lifestyle changes or other therapies.




About Chelsea Clark
Chelsea Clark is a writer and certified health and wellness coach who is passionate about supporting others along their own health journeys. She enjoys helping people make positive, lasting changes so that they can live the happiest, healthiest life possible.





1. Odell, J. “Homeopathic Sarcodes – Organotherapy.” Dr. James Odell, ND, OMD, LAc. Biologicalmedicineinstitute.com.

2. Sankar, K., & A.P. Jadhav. “Nosodes and Sarcodes.” Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge 16, no. 1 (2017): 158-163.

3. “An Abridged Study – Nosodes and Sarcodes.” Homeopathy 360. Homeopathy360.com.

4. Narendran, Merra. “The Sarcodes in Homeopathy.” Homeobook. Homeobook.com.

5. “Homeopathy.” Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Mountsinai.org.

6. Mathie, R.T., N. Ramparsad, et al. “Randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials of non-individualised homeopathic treatment: systematic review and meta-analysis.” Systematic reviews 6, no. 1 (2017): 63.

7. “Homeopathy: What You Need to Know.” U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Nccih.nih.gov.

8. “Is There Good Scientific Evidence for Homeopathy.” Regents of The University of Minnesota. Takingcharge.csh.umn.edu.

9. Wadhwani, G.G., & S. Kara. “Two Clinical Experiences with a New Sarcode: Potentised Mitral Valve in LM Potencies.” Homeopathic Links 31, no. 4 (2018): 241-247.

10. Kondrot, Edward. “Three Cases of Age-Related Macular Degeneration: A Homeopathic Medicine Case Series Report.” American Journal of Homeopathic Medicine 110, no. 4 (2017): 20-25.


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