Aconite: sudden onset, often after exposure to cold weather or dry, cold wind; the very beginning of illness, within the first 24 hours; fearfulness, high fever, restlessness, sensitivity to light, thirst; watery runny nose, sneezing, headache; early stages of croup.Allium cepa: clear, burning nasal discharge that burns the skin and upper lip; eyes red and burning with profuse bland tearing; tickling in larynx, painful dry cough; thirst.Arsenicum: profuse watery nasal discharge that burns the skin, nose feels stopped up; irritation and tickling in the nose, frequent and violent sneezing; nasal discharge may be thick and yellow; dull throbbing frontal headache; cough from tickle in larynx or from deep in chest, may be loose or dry; burning chest pain; chilly, anxious, restless, and fearful.Belladonna: sudden onset; high fever, dry flushed hot face, enlarged pupils, “strawberry tongue”; mentally dull but unusually sensitive to light, odors, noise, etc.; anxious; throat raw and sore; headache and/or earache with throbbing pain; painful barking and short cough, producing a little thin mucus.Bryonia: when cold has moved into chest; dry, painful, spasmodic cough, worse with deep breathing, eating, drinking, in warm rooms and during the day; better from the open air or a swallow of warm water; pain worse with any movement, so person may hold painful area to prevent movement, lie on painful side, put pressure on painful area, lie perfectly still with shallow, painting respirations; thirsty, irritable, watnts to be left alone; looks sick, tired and heavy; dusky, dark skin color.Chamomilla: often used for earache; very irritable and sensitive, child wants to be carried; severe pain; one cheek red and hot, the other cool and pale; thirsty.Eupatorium perforliatum: deep ache of back and limbs, bursting headache, eyeballs sore; afraid to move because of pain; very thirsty, then chills and fever; vomiting may follow thirst; great weakness.Euphrasia: bland watery discharge from the nose and copious burning tears (opposite of Alliumcepa); nasal discharge worse in the morning, in open air, and lying down; loose shallow cough, worse during the day; may cough up large amounts of mucus formed in the upper airways.Ferrum phosphoricum: beginning stages of all inflammatory problems; gradual onset; pale with red cheeks; red burning eyes; hoarse, restless sleepless, weak, tired, thirsty, apathetic; better from cold applications.Gelsemium: gradual onset; sensation of heaviness throughout the body, drooping eyelids; great fatigue, but feels restless; chills up and down spine, worse slightest draft; headache; sneezing and dry sensation in the nose despite irritating watery nasal drainage; better with continued motion and open air if not chilled; worse from damp weather, anticipation (even of pleasurable events).Hepar sulphur: rarely used in the beginning stages; cold may have started with watery, runny nose, but now nasal discharge is thick, yellow and may be bad smelling; sneezing at the slightest exposure to cold; wants to be wrapped up, especially the neck and head, with the ears covered; rattling throat cough possibly with croupy sound, may cough up thick yellow phlegm; cough worse from cold air, cold food, exposure to wind, deep breathing and uncovering; sensation of splinter in throat; earache may begin with sensation of poking pain from throat to ear on swallowing; chilly, hoarse; irritable, sweating with sour odor, extremely sensitive to drafts; worse from slightest touch.Kali bichromicum: used during later stages of cold; discharge thick, yellow or greenish, and stringy, difficult to remove from nose; thick post-nasal drip; sinus headache with pressure at root of nose; head or face pain that can be pointed to with one finger; hoarse voice; better from heat and lying down.Kali muriaticum: to clear Eustachian tube following earache; snapping noises in the ear, impaired hearing following earache; worse from motion, rich foods, and fats.Mercurius: cold begins with creeping chilliness; violent sneezing; thick green or profuse watery nasal discharge, making nose and upper lip sore; raw sore throat, difficult swallowing; coated tongue, heavy salivation, bad mouth odor; ticking ear pain, worse at night; very thirsty, weak and trembling; whole person smells sick; worse at night, lying on right side, with wet and damp weather, sweating, a warm room, or a warm bed.Natrum muriaticum: cold begins with much sneezing; nasal discharge like raw egg white or boiled starch, with copious flow, or nose may be stopped up; loss of smell and taste; lips try and cracked, skin split at corners of mouth, may have cold sores around mouth; blue mood, weepy, worse, from or irritated by sympathy or comfort; worse from heat, lying down, noise; better from open air, cold bath, going without regular meals.Nux vomica: illness after exposure to cold or cold dry weather; onset not sudden; dry, tickling and scraping sensations in nose; nose stuffy and dry at first, then develops a watery and often irritating discharge with sneezing; nose may alternate between stuffed up and runny; “stuffiness predominates at night and outdoors, runniness in warm rooms and during the day” (Cummings and Ullman); throat raw and rough, tickle in larynx; teasing dry cough leads to soreness in chest; cough worse in morning (especially on waking), from 12AM to sawn, after eating, or mental work and in cold air; cough may end in retching; warm drinks relieve; chilly and unable to get warm despite piles of covers, every little motion causes chills; irritable and easily offended, extremely sensitive to noises and odors; better with warmth, in the evening, lying down, and an uninterrupted nap.Phosphorus: laryngitis and hoarseness, violent tickling in throat while speaking, worse in the morning or evening; cough dry or loose, croupy or deep, increases when talking, eating, laughing, or breathing cold air; cough worse lying down, especially on left side; cough aggravated by liquids, especially cold drinks; phlegm of any color or consistency, may be streaked with blood; chest pain, worse from motion, better from pressure; sensation of tightness or constriction, or of a weight in the chest; chilly and craves ice cold drinks; nervous when alone or in the dark.Pulsatilla: for a “ripe” cold; thick, creamy, bland yellow to yellow-green nasal discharge, with stuffiness alternating with fluent discharge; nose may run in the open air and the evening, and stuff up in a warm room; lips are chapped and peeling; dry mouth with a lack of thirst; both dry and loose coughs, may be dry in the evening, loose in the morning; sensation of weight on chest; coughing spasms may end in gagging or vomiting; cough worse when lying down, with exertion, a warm room,; better with open air; red, swollen external ear with an earache, with severe throbbing pain, worse at night; feels as if the ears are stopped up; weepy, wants sympathy and attention, feeling its useless to do anything to feel better; craves open air.Rumex crispus: for cough provoked by breathing cold air or by minute changes in air temperature from warm to cooler; extremely sensitive to inhaling cold air; variation in air flow may excite cough, so person carefully regulates breathing; cough dry and shallow, set off by tickling in airways or pressing hand to throat; worse evening (11PM) and lying down; may have fluent, watery nasal discharge with sneezing, or tough stringy mucus difficult to cough up; hoarse.Spongia: loud, dry, barking cough and hoarse, rasping respirations; breathing sounds like saw being driven through a board; cough worse from excitement, talking, alcohol, lying down, and cold drinks; hoarse, breathing difficult, as if there’s a plug in the throat; wakes with sensation of suffocating from throat constriction; anxious, warm, exhausted after slight exertion; better from eating or drinking, especially warm drinks.
Monthly Archives: February 2020
By Em Colley
Homeopathic medicines (also called remedies) can be a wonderful addition to any first aid cabinet. For years before I trained as a homeopath I used the Helios and Ainsworth’s kits (I’m UK based) and travelled many miles with these. During my time in Australia I remember handing out remedies for hangovers (Nux Vomica), splinters (Silica) and bruising (Arnica) to name a few. There were things outside of my remit – I didn’t know how to help a friend with severe tinnitus, and I would have loved to – but I was pleased to be able to help others with minor ailments.
The kits are a tremendous assistance to anyone starting out – I always seem to be recommending them to clients particularly where there are children in the household, and indeed they’re helpful for everyone. To be able to rapidly and effectively help where fingers have been trapped in the door (Hypericum is your go to here), where a toddler has taken a tumble (back to the Arnica) or where food poisoning has hit (Arsenicum Alb is worth thinking of) is a joy.
To those new to homeopathy, the handy booklet included with the kit is a godsend and worth (more than) it’s weight in gold. I’ve clients who start off unsure but then are happily browsing the booklet, learning more about the remedies and prescribing them with confidence. My aim of this article is to cater for those new to homeopathy and to enable you to start out with a few remedies or add to your awareness of what’s in the kit if you’ve got one. I don’t want to overload you so have divided it into two halves and here in part 1 there’s 14 remedies discussed here that I’d want in my house, or even in my car. I’ve a kit in the car and have frequently been grateful of it being there.
As with any home based health advice, if the issue is serious, seek help from a medical professional. The following suggestions are only intended to help in minor ailments and also if you feel you need more homeopathic assistance we strongly recommend working with a practitioner.
I’ve given a flavour below of each remedy, and if you’re intrigued there are many places to go and learn more. The Australian website Homeopathy Plus has lots of Materia Medica (descriptions of the homeopathic medicines), and the British Homeopathic Association website has a wealth of information and cases in their How We Can Help section. Lastly, but by no means least, the National Centre for Homeopathy has many helpful collections with lots of information about remedies.
Without further ado, here goes…
Aconite is a brilliant remedy for shock. It’s also a great remedy to think of at the very start of a cold, which may have come on after being outside in a cold wind.
Arnica for bruising. It’s the one remedy everyone has heard of. I’ve heard people say, I don’t believe in homeopathy but arnica is brilliant. Hmmm. Anyway, moving on… I’d give immediately after a fall, bump or where a bruise is developing.
Arsenicum Album as mentioned above is the first one to think of in cases of food poisoning. People needing it may be anxious and restless. Often there is thirst and the person wants sips of ice cold water.
Bellis Perennis is great for deep tissue bruising. Interestingly a small scale study worked with Bellis Perennis in a hospital setting in Tanzania and found where the women took the remedy they were able to go home in much quicker time as healing happened so much faster.
Bryonia is one to have on hand for those dry coughs. Movement makes things worse for someone needing bryonia and I’ve heard it described as a remedy for a ‘bear with a sore head’. There can be irritability observed and they may wish to be left alone.
Calendula can be great for helping skin to heal. I often give this after operations or if the skin is cut and my observation is that it helps it mend so much quicker.
Cantharis is your top homeopathic medicine to remember for burns. It’s good to have on stand-by in the kitchen just in case, perhaps next to the Aloe Vera plant which is also brilliant in those instances.
Carbo Veg for indigestion following a meal – particularly when there is also flatulence. It’s also a remedy that can be helpful with low vitality, burnt out feeling, and has been known as ‘the corpse reviver’. We’re not suggesting in any case looking that serious you’re looking for your homeopathic kit – get on the phone to an ambulance. But whilst you’re waiting there are remedies that may be helpful – we’ve heard of appendicitis cases sorted with bryonia whilst waiting to get to the hospital, then there’s been nothing to see. It’s not unheard of. But always steer on the side of caution.
Drosera coughing often incessantly, as if it’ll never stop, they can feel persecuted by the cough. The cough is irritating, it can lead to retching and vomiting and may also trigger nosebleeds.
Euphrasia is the first remedy to think of in eye issues. Its herbal name is Eyebright and it kind of does what it says on the tin. A good one to think of in cases of conjunctivitis.
Ferrum Phos – brilliant in fevers. Often useful to give at the first sign of a fever. The tissue salt (which is not homeopathic remedy albeit prepared in the same method, it’s not diluted as far) can also be really helpful for the same thing.
Gelsemium is a brilliant remedy for flu, as well as for performance anxiety or stage fright. The UK journalist Stacey Dooley talks about how it’s a good remedy for nervousness and anticipatory anxiety.
Hypericum, which you may better know as St John’s Wort, is fantastic for nerve pain. You know that one where you trap your fingers in the door, or worse still, your toddler does? Hypericum is the one to go for here.
Ignatia is a great remedy to think of for grief. That hamster that died and your 5 year old is so desperately sad about? The ignatia may help bring things back into balance a little.
At some point in your life, you have probably walked down the aisle of a health food store and seen rows of small, stacked blue bottles with exotic names and the word homeopathy on their labels.
Seeing them in a health food store leads some to think homeopathic remedies are just another form of herbal medicine. Actually – they bear no relation to herbal medicine and instead are used in a unique and very popular system of medicine called homeopathy.
So what is homeopathy exactly? Well, we are now learning that homeopathy is a form of nanomedicine. The word Homeopathy is derived from the Greek words homeo, meaning “similar,” and pathos, meaning “suffering” (such as the pathology of a disease). Homeopathy operates on a law of nature – “like cures like”, and has been used clinically for more than 200 years.
So what does “like cures like” mean?
Hippocrates talked about it. It means that a patient suffering from symptoms can be treated and cured by doses of a substance (mineral, animal or plant) capable of producing similar symptoms in a healthy person.
Five hundred million people use homeopathy around the world – which according to the World Health Organization makes it the 2nd most commonly used form of alternative medicine.
The clinical results achieved by homeopaths are truly astounding with cures confirmed of patients with deadly acute diseases as well as chronic disease often believed to be incurable . In fact, because of its clinical results, homeopathy experienced a period of very rapid growth during the deadly epidemics of the 19th century – a period that saw untreated and conventionally treated patients die at alarming rates.
So why, you ask, is homeopathy not the primary form of medicine practiced around the world?
Homeopaths use medicines made from extremely small quantities of nanoparticles created when the medicines are made. In fact, these ultra-molecular preparations (UMPs) from which the remedies are made are so dilute that some scientists have expressed skepticism about whether homeopathic remedies are anything more than plain water. This skepticism has been the primary obstacle to homeopathy’s acceptance in conventional medical and scientific circles.
If this is the major obstacle, what does current research show?
For more than sixty years, scientists, using ever more refined spectroscopic equipment, have discovered unexpected properties of the remedies used by homeopaths. They have also been able to detect in these remedies the original medicinal substances in the form of nanoparticles, despite the preparations having been so diluted.
Scientists are now able to differentiate one remedy from another as well as one potency from another of the same remedy, illustrating that it is not “plain water”.
Not only that, but scientists are now able to measure physiological changes in a great number of experimental cell, plant, animal and human studies.
One might ask – could that be just a placebo effect of some kind?
Actually – no. The placebo response can’t explain objectively measurable changes such as infertility reversal, stillbirth prevention, or worm eradication observed in randomized placebo controlled trials in farm animals. Similarly, the innumerable cures reported in infants and unconscious people also cannot be explained by the placebo response.
So what’s the big deal about nanoparticles and how could such a small amount of anything affect health?
Science now knows that nanoparticles have properties quite unique from ordinary bulk materials (like OTC and prescription drugs), including greater bioavailabilty with improved rates of absorption and enhanced catalytic ability for chemical and biochemical reactions . What that means is that less of something is actually more in many ways!
Homeopathic nanoparticles can initiate a process in nature called hormesis. Hormesis is a term from pharmacology, toxicology and physiology that refers to
the way the body adapts over time to low levels of stressors or toxins. The effects of hormesis have been demonstrated in over 8,000 scientific studies .
Disease, though, can be the result of this is adaptive capacity of the body. When faced with an infectious agent or cumulative stress, the body can change from a healthy state to an unhealthy one. The symptoms we express when we are ill are a result of that adaptive state.
Homeopathic remedies seem to work by hormetically signaling your body to reverse the many adaptations it has made to combat infection or chronic stressors. In short – the remedies trigger your body’s innate ability to heal.
For more about homeopathy, visit http://www.homeopathic.org. Learn what the research shows and how you can use homeopathy to treat yourself and those you love.
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