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It’s easy to get started using homeopathy at home. You don’t need to be an expert in anatomy, physiology, or pharmacology. You only need to be able to observe your and your family’s symptoms and any changes you might see in those symptoms.

By using the information on this site you can quickly learn enough about homeopathy to use it at home to care for yourself and your family to address minor illnesses and injuries that don’t necessarily need a doctor’s care. Check out the Getting Started with Homeopathy page to learn more.

Treating at Home

Below is a searchable database of common illnesses and injuries that can be quickly and easily treated with homeopathy at home. To search the database, simply type in the symptom, illness, or injury for which you'd like to find a remedy in the search box below.

We recommend supplementing this database with a book or two about treating homeopathy at home, such as:

  • Homeopathic Medicine At Home by Maesimund B. Panos MD, Jane Heimlich and Dr Robert Mendelsohn
  • The Family Guide to Homeopathy: Symptoms and Natural Solutions by Andrew Lockie
  • The Complete Homeopathy Handbook by Miranda Castro
  • Everybody's Guide to Homeopathic Medicines by Stephen Cummings and Dana Ullman
  • Easy Homeopathy by Edward Shalts, MD

These and many other books about homeopathy can be purchased online or at your local bookstore.

And remember, if you are experiencing a serious medical condition or a medical emergency, be sure to consult a professional homeopath.

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Menstrual cramps affect many women. Some mildly and some more seriously. Homeopathic remedies can help ease the pain of menstrual cramps naturally – and sometimes need to be taken very frequently at first (even as often as every 2-3 minutes) to achieve relief. If this is the case, five tablets or globules of the remedy can be dissolved in one-half glass of water and the water can be sipped, each sip serving as one dose.

Below is a list of remedies that should be considered when looking to relieve the symptoms of menstrual cramps:

  • Apis: stinging pain in the area of the ovaries; violent bearing-down pains as if in labor; scanty, dark red mucus and scanty dark urine.
  • Belladonna: acute pain, beginning and ending suddenly, with menses; may feel like cramps or labor pains; intense pressure and weight in the lower abdomen; may feel as if the pelvic organs will fall out; pressure to genitals or abdomen will help with pain; pain worse from potion, walking, or being jarred, sitting from bent over; better from sitting or lying with abdomen straight.
  • Caulophyllum: cramps especially bad before flow starts, less immediate relief from start of flow than with Lachesis; pain in small of back or dizziness also may precede menstruation.
  • Chamomilla: remedy choice based on mental symptoms; marked irritability; fault finding and snapping over little things; cries out from pain; cramps feel like labor pains; sensation of weight and bearing down in pelvis; pain worse from anger and better from warmth.
  • Cimicifuga: sharp pains that dart from side to side in abdomen and cause doubling up; lower back pain during flow, aggravated by motion.
  • Colocynthis: cramps relieved by warmth, hard pressure and bending forward; may include sharp pains in ovaries which may occur before flow begins; the woman who finds relief from her cramps by bending over the back of a chair (hard pressure) is likely to be helped by this remedy.
  • Lachesis: symptoms relieved when flow begins; may see spotting or light flow first and cramps, ovarian pain, back pain, dizziness, headache, diarrhea; all symptoms improve when true flow begins; worse with tight clothing around the abdomen; symptoms begin or worsen during sleep or upon waking.
  • Magnesia phosphorica: similar to Colocynthis, but prefers more gentle pressure for cramp relief (weight of book on abdomen, pressing with hands); also relief from warmth and bending forward; pain centered in uterus and may radiate in all directions.
  • Pulsatilla: irritable, but not as angry as Chamomilla; sensitive, changeable moods, weepy; appreciates gentle comforting; pains cause her to cry out or moan, may have dizziness, fainting, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, back pain and headache before or during flow; thirstless, worse from heat, better from the open air.

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There are many natural tips out there to help ease the discomfort and unpleasantness of morning sickness. Try eating a dry cracker before getting out of bed. Avoid rich, high-fat foods. If the nausea is worse when you’re hungry, eat frequently, but in small amounts. Stay hydrated and drink ginger or pepermint tea. One of the following tried-and-true remedies also may help:

  • Colchicum: You are extremely sensitive to the smell of food and may gag at the very thought of food, particularly the smell of fish and eggs. Your nausea can last all day and is worse from motion. You want carbonated drinks. You prefer to lie with your knees drawn up, since stretching out your legs can cause nausea.
  • Cocculus indicus: Your nausea is worse with the thought, smell, and sight of food. You have no appetite, feel fatigued, and tire easily. You feel chilly and your symptoms are worse in the afternoon. Often the nausea is accompanied by vertigo and loss of sleep because of other worries.
  • Ipecacuanha: Your severe, constant nausea is not even relieved by vomiting. You salivate profusely and may have to spit frequently. (Note: This remedy is homeopathically prepared and diluted Ipecacuanha and is NOT interchangeable with the common drugstore Ipecac used to induce vomiting.)
  • Nux vomica: Your nausea is strong, especially in bed on waking, but you’re unable to vomit. You are very hungry, but feel worse after eating, with indigestion and cramping. You may be irritable and oversensitive to noise and light.
  • Pulsatilla: Your nausea is worse in a warm, stuffy room, better in the open air, and better from walking slowly. You crave rich, sweet, fatty foods, but they make you feel worse. You are not thirsty. You tend to be weepy with changeable moods; you want comfort and reassurance. Eating the wrong foods can bring on headaches with a bursting pain over your eyes.
  • Sepia: Your nausea is worse from the smell and thought of food. You have a sinking feeling in the stomach that makes you feel faint; eating may relieve it but only temporarily. You crave vinegar and pickles, as well as sweets. You have a sensation of heaviness or sagging in the pelvis. You may feel indifferent to your loved ones because you’re exhausted; but physical exercise makes you feel better overall.
  • Tabacum: You have incessant nausea that is worse in a warm room and from the smell of tobacco. Intense seasickness or motion sickness in the car that is better in fresh cold air, so the woman may want to open the car window to get the fresh air or go up on the deck of the boat. She wants to uncover the abdomen.

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There is nothing more miserable than motion sickness on a long journey. If you are prone to this malady, make sure you find a good remedy and test it on a short trip before you try it on any longer trips – like on a vacation. One of the following remedies is likely to help:

  • Borax: you fear downward motion, and feel worse when the plan is landing or the boat lurches downward suddenly.
  • Cocculus: you have much nausea and dizziness and a strong desire to lie down. The symptoms are worse from watching moving objects or from seeing or smelling food.
  • Kali bichromicum: this can help seasickness; severe nausea and dizziness that are worse from standing up. You may feel weak and achy, especially in the bony areas of the face or head; if you vomit, it may be bright yellow.
  • Nux vomica: you have severe nausea with difficulty vomiting, and an intense headache at the back of your head or over one eye. You are chilly and feel worse from the smell of food, tobacco, and coffee.
  • Petroleum: you have persistent nausea with excessive salivation, stomach pain, and stiffness at the back of the head or neck. You may feel worse from light, noise, or when trying to sit up.
  • Rhus tox: this is helpful for airsickness with nausea and vomiting. Your mouth and throat are dry, and you have an unquenchable thirst.
  • Tabacum: you are nauseated. Others say you appear almost green. You feel better from cold, fresh air.

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Cases of mumps may start with a fever of up to 103°F (39.4°C), as well as a headache and loss of appetite. The well-known hallmark of mumps is swelling and pain in the parotid (salivary) glands, making the child resemble a hamster with food in its cheeks. The glands usually become increasingly swollen and painful over a period of 1-3 days. The pain gets worse when the child swallows, talks, chews, or drinks acidic juices (like orange juice). One or both sides may be affected.

  • Jaborandi: Almost specific for mumps and can be used as prevention in an outbreak; lots of saliva that resembles egg white in consistency with profuse perspiration; great thirst after the sweat and salivation have stopped with drowsiness; saliva can be difficult to swallow if in a state of stupor; face red/flushed; when there is a possibility of the mammary glands or testes swelling; pain or swelling in the breast/ovaries or testes
  • Pulsatilla: Lots of mucus and there may be a sensation of a lump or plug when swallowing; pain when swallowing and even when not swallowing and a constant desire to swallow; thirstless and chilly generally; weepy; want to be carried; clingy; warm rooms and becoming warm aggravate; open air ameliorates; low fever and the itchy skin/eruptions are worse for heat; eruptions itching and worse for warmth with white or yellow discharge
  • Phytolacca: Throat sensitive to slightest touch; throat sore and pain extends upward toward the ears on swallowing; throat may hurt on sticking out the tongues; glands are hard, painful and swollen; copious saliva/sweating; smelly breath; pains spread to the ovaries/breasts, testes.
  • Mercurius solubis: All the discharges are smelly: breath, sweat, stool, urine, saliva; worse at night, in bed; sensitive to extremes of temperature so resting in bed in a moderate temperature gives the greatest relief; intense thirst in spite of a lot of saliva; may even drool; bitter, metallic taste; glands hard, swollen and painful; right side; copious saliva and sweating; mumps pain worse for blowing nose; worse at night; bones in face might aches; similar to Jaborandi but smellier.

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Homeopathy can be effective in treating patients with painful conditions, but unlike conventional pain medications where the same ones are used for most all patients with a given condition, homeopathic remedies must be individually prescribed for good results. Visit a professional homeopath to treat a chronically painful condition. But the following are a handful of remedies that might help in patients with a few, selected conditions when treating at home:
  • Arnica: Patients needing this remedy have a sore, lame, bruised feeling. It is the most commonly indicated remedy after any trauma, bruises, overuse of organs, or strain. It is helpful after childbirth, surgery, and often helps those suffering from jet lag. 
  • Bryonia: The grand keynote of this remedy is "worse from any movement." Bryonia is indicated for pains that are stitching, sticking, or tearing in quality, for example, a patient with an inflamed knee that has a stitching or tearing quality that must be kept still. This remedy is also often indicated in patients with sinusitis, pleurisy, appendicitis, headaches, and the flu. Patients needing this remedy are often irritable, thirsty, and constipated.
  • Chamomilla: Patients needing this remedy are characteristically oversensitive, irritable, thirsty, hot, and may have numbness with the pain. They are so irritable, the pain is unendurable. This remedy is often indicated in children for painful conditions such as teething and middle ear infections. The children must be carried, one cheek is often red while the other remains pale, and they may throw down objects which they demanded just moments before. I have also seen it help a number of times with women enduring a difficult labor. 
  • Ledum palustre: This remedy is on my mind since an elderly female patient of mine with a terribly painful attack of gout responded so well to it just this week. It is commonly indicated in cases with painful soles of the feet, such as plantar fascitis. The patient is often chilly, the injured or ill part is cold (but it also may be red and hot), and the pain is relieved somewhat by cold applications. This is the main remedy for puncture wounds. 
  • Magnesium phosphoricum: This is a leading remedy for patients suffering from severe pains, often cramping or neuralgic (nerve) in origin. The pains are relieved somewhat by warmth. Consider it in patients with toothache, teething, or cramping abdominal pain (such as menstrual cramps) forcing the patient to bend double, place warm applications on the abdomen, and press on the abdomen. 
  • Nux vomica: Patients needing this remedy are irritable, oversensitive, and usually chilly. They often have constipation with ineffectual urging. They often cannot bear noises, light, odors, etc. This remedy is commonly indicated in patients with hangovers and digestive disturbances after dietary indiscretions (i.e., over-indulging). 
  • Rhus tox: This remedy is frequently indicated in patients with musculoskeletal problems that have pains and stiffness on beginning to move, but they limber up with continued movement and feel better. This may be an injury to a limb (such as a sprain) or a back strain/injury. 
The fact of the matter is that almost any homeopathic remedy may be indicated and give relief in patients with painful conditions. The list above merely reflects some commonly indicated remedies in common conditions. Many other remedies such as Aconite, Belladonna, Coffea, and others might be indicated, so don't be afraid to check a more complete source, such as a homeopathic home health book, for other possibilities. Always pay close attention to the character of the pain, the location of the pain, and the modalities (those things that make the pain better and worse). Always observe and check for other symptoms the patient is having which may seem unrelated to the condition but may be the clue for choosing a curative remedy.

In general, the remedy you would give to a human for a particular medical issue is the same remedy you would give to a pet for a similar medical issue. You must simply observe your pet to determine the correct remedy to give. For example, you might notice that your sick dog, who usually prefers to sleep on the couch cushion, is lying on the cold tile floor in front of the door which is leaking a winter draft. You could conclude that the dog feels better from the moving air and might consider Pulsatilla. Or you might consider Acconite after noticing that your pet is coughing and sneezing in the evening after a long run outside in especially cold, windy weather.

Below is an abbreviated list of some of common pet medical concerns and remedies you might consider when treating them:

  • Aconite: scratched eye, especially from fights; beginning colds/coughs/fight after labor and delivery.
  • Arnica: injury; after labor and delivery; exhaustion during prolonged labor.
  • Arsenicum: vomiting/diarrhea/stomach upset; “cat flu”; a gastroenteritis.
  • Calcium phosphorica: epileptic seizures; fall on side, clamp jaws, foam at mouth.
  • Calendula: external treatment for wounds.
  • Ferrum phosphorica: bleeding wounds, after phosphorus.
  • Hepar sulphur: inflamed, infected wounds; ear canker, abscess in middle ear.
  • Ignatia: grief after owner’s death or absence; homesickness being left at kennel.
  • Phosphorus: bad chest cold; hoarse sore throat; fear of thunderstorms; cheerful temperament; bleeding wounds; any profuse bleeding.
  • Pulsatilla: after birthing to help empty uterus.
  • Ruta: joint stiffness.
  • Silica: infected wounds if Hepar sulphur has not helped; slow wound healing.
  • Veratrum album: stomach upset if Arsenicum has not helped.

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It happens to most parents: your child wakes up in the morning with one (or two) gooey, red eye - classic symptoms of conjunctivitis or “pink eye” - an inflammation of the conjunctiva (the thin membrane that covers the inner surface of the eyelid and the white part of the eyeball). 

Homeopathy has long been used to safely, gently, and successfully treat pink eye. Here are a few remedies to consider if your child wakes up in this state:

  • Apis mellifica: Puffy swelling of the eyelids. The eyes feel better from cold applications. Stinging, burning pain may be experienced, and the eyelids may stick together. A person who needs this remedy often feels irritable.
  • Argentum nitricum: With this remedy there can be swelling of the eyelids with yellowish or pus-like discharge as well as redness of the whites and inner corners of the eyes. The person’s eyes may be tired and achy, worse from light and warmth, and better from cold compresses and fresh air. 
  • Belladonna: Patients needing this remedy often have intense redness of the eyes, including bloodshot appearance to the whites. There may be throbbing pain or the eye may feel hot. Bright lights and even loud noises may increase the discomfort. The patient may also have a fever. Belladonna is useful when there has been a rapid onset of symptoms.
  • Euphrasia: This remedy is frequently called on when the patient has symptoms that center on the eyes. There is often a large quantity of tears that burn the eye and surrounding skin. At times a greenish or whitish discharge may form with a feeling as though a foreign object, such as sand, is in the eye. There can also be a profuse bland discharge from the nose.
  • Hepar sulphur: When this remedy is called for, the eyes feel sore or bruised, with inflammation and burning pain.  Yellow discharge can stick the eyelids shut, especially in the morning. Warm compresses and warmth in general, often make the patient feel better. The patient is often extremely sensitivity to cold - a chilly patient - and can also be sensitive to light and noise. Irritability can also be a feature of the case.
  • Mercurius solubilis: Patients needing this remedy often feel lousy and are sensitive to both heat and cold. Discharge is greenish-yellow and can irritate the lids and margins of the eyes. A person who needs this remedy often has very offensive breath and lots of salivation with thirst. There can also be eruptions around the eyes and on the lids of someone who needs this remedy.
  • Pulsatilla: This remedy is often called for when there is a great deal of thick, yellow, itchy discharge from the eye.  The discharge generally doesn't irritate the skin. The person needing this remedy can be needy as well as worse in a warm room. They are also often thirstless. Cool compresses applied to the eyes are often soothing. 
  • Sulphur: This remedy may be helpful for patients whose eyes are red with burning and itching. The whites of the eyes look red and bloodshot, and the tears feel hot. Symptoms are worse from heat.

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So you’re having a baby…congratulations! This is an exciting time as you prepare for the arrival of your new little one. Now more than ever, it’s essential to take good care of yourself: eat wholesome foods, drink enough water, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and see your doctor or midwife for check-ups. These measures will go a long way toward ensuring a healthy pregnancy and a happy baby.

But even the healthiest mom-to-be can develop a few annoying discomforts, like morning sickness, heartburn, or constipation. How can you find relief? You know its best to avoid most drugs because they may place your baby’s health at risk. Homeopathy can help you feel better and stay as healthy as possible.

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It is okay for the home prescriber to treat an acute post-traumatic reaction, but serious and/or chronic cases should be treated by a professional. Here are some of the most commonly-indicated homeopathic remedies for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Remember, there are many other remedies that might be chosen to help a patient with PTSD, so if one of the remedies below doesn’t fit the situation, do some more research or seek professional help.

  • Aconite: extreme fear, frequently accompanied by an unexplainable, vivid sense—even certainty—of imminent death, along with restlessness and agitation. The victim looks scared and has very small pupils. Most helpful during the first hours after a traumatic event (especially disasters), it might also be helpful many years later.
  • Arnica: for people who suffer from PTSD as a result of a terrible car or motorcycle accident. They may be morbidly afraid to ride a bike or drive a car.
  • Arsenicum album: victims are anxious, restless, and fidgety. They constantly call for help, need to be reassured, and crave company. They may become chilly and may feel much worse after midnight. They’re unable to sleep and may develop diarrhea from severe anxiety. They’re also thirsty for small amounts of cold drinks.
  • Stramonium: for people with nightmares (when a child wakes up terrified and remembers the dream) and night terrors (when a child wakes up morbidly frightened but doesn’t remember the dream). Some children develop violent behavior after a terrorizing experience. This violence seems to come in outbursts, without any apparent premeditation. They may become afraid of the dark, of dogs or other animals, and of water. Some children begin to stammer; others may exhibit various grimaces and twitches.

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Rubella infection may begin with 1-2 days of mild fever (99-100°F, 37.2-37.8°C) and swollen, tender lymph nodes, usually in the back of the neck or behind the ears. A rash then begins on the face and spreads downward. As it spreads, it usually clears on the face.

  • Gelsemium: Slow onset of Rubella with fever and headache; pains in back of head, spreading to forehead; head feels heavy; vision blurred; heaviness, drowsiness, and lack of thirst with chills; trembling, weakness and dizziness; heavy feeling in legs; drugged feeling; head pain at the back of the neck; no thirst even though feverish; fear of ordeals, exams, and speaking events.
  • Pulsatilla: Can be used as prevention; thirstless; clinging and weepy; warm rooms and becoming warm aggravate; open air ameliorates; low fever and the itchy skin/eruptions are worse for heat; eruptions itching and worse for warmth with white or yellow discharge.
  • Coffea: Recommended by when the child is overly excitable, extremely sensitive to pain, sleepless because of sensitivity to all noises. Can be used for teething when desires ice/cold drinks.

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The following are common remedies for sciatica:

  • Magnesia phosphorica: The person needing this will have a classic sciatica pattern of nerve pain extending from the low back down the back of the buttocks and leg. The pain can be cramping (often from overexertion) or sudden, violent, and neuralgic such as cutting, shooting, or sharp, lightning-like pains. When the sciatica is on the right side and is better from warmth and pressure, yet the warmth is more relieving than pressure, consider this remedy.
  • Colocynthis: This is another classic sciatica remedy. When sciatica is left-sided and the pain is better from warmth and hard pressure, but pressure gives the most relief, Colocynthis will often help. In their state of violent pain, the person may be angry, indignant, impatient, and easily offended, and they may want to be alone because their friends irritate them; yet these mental-emotional symptoms are not as necessary to the prescription of Colocynthis as are the physical symptoms.

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There are many possible remedies to help a person with shingles. But remember, if you're treating yourself at home and your symptoms do not get better, please seek advice from a professional homeopath. Here are a few of the more common remedies for shingles:

  • Rhus toxicodendron: Skin is red, hot, swollen, with intense itching and blister-like vesicles. Better from hot water and worse from cold drafts or cold applications. Burning and neuralgic pains after shingles that are worse from rest and beginning to move, but better with continued motion; they are also better from heat or a hot bath (compare to Arsenicum because both have the symptom of being better from a hot bath). Worse from exposure to cold wet weather, and better from warm dry weather.
  • Ranunculus bulbosus: Eruption or post-herpetic neuralgia pain is often on the torso, chest, and in the intercostal spaces between the ribs. Stitching pains in the chest and between the shoulder blades. Skin eruptions are often bluish or dark blue. Burning with intense itching; worse from touch, wet weather, motion, taking a deep breath, and turning the body. Shooting pains with thickening of the skin and formation of hard scabs. Worse from cold and changes of temperature; better from rest, warm applications, and warm weather.
  • Arsenicum album: Burning, itching red blisters; the burning is better from hot applications or a hot bath. Painful, shooting or burning neuralgia. Symptoms are worse after or around midnight, in open air, and in cold air. In general, people needing this remedy are chilly, anxious, and restless.
  • Mezereum: Eruptions itch violently and burn like fire; when dry scabs form, they cause great pain if torn off. Neuralgic burning pains after shingles. The ­person is very chilly and very sensitive to cold air (even a fan), yet they have internal burning pains and are worse at night, worse from warmth and warm applications, and better from cold applications to the skin.
  • Iris versicolor: Herpes zoster on the right side of the body. Fine eruption, showing black points after scratching, with great itching at night. Vesicular ­eruption, becoming pustular, on arms, abdomen, back, buttocks, and left knee; much itching in evening.
  • Mercurius: Skin eruptions are vesicular, moist, burning when touched, and ­surrounded by dry scales that easily bleed. They itch more when the person is warm and in bed (compare to Sulphur, which has similar indications). Itching is worse from perspiration; the person perspires easily; the sweat may be oily, have a foul odor, and stain clothing yellow.
  • Sulphur: Skin eruptions with violent itching and burning that are worse from scratching and from washing/bathing. Worse from becoming warm, from the warmth of the bed, and from warm applications/bathing.

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  • Arnica: pale, cold, clammy skin; rapidly rising pulse, restlessness; shallow breathing; feeling of impending disaster.
  • Aconite: instead of arnica if patient is extremely fearful, agitated, restless.

Note: Get medical care immediately if shock is suspected.

Common in kids between the ages of 5 and 15: begins with a low-grade fever/chills with headache, body ache, sore throat, and cold-like symptoms like a runny nose. After these subside, a distinctive rash that looks like a ‘slapped cheek’ appears. The rash spreads to the trunk, arm and legs.

  • Ferrum phosphoricum: Slow onset; low grade fever; nosebleed.
  • Chamomilla: Fever stage has flushes of heat in head and face; fiery red rash on face; burning; cold limbs with burning heat of face; perspiration is hot with fever; behavior is key; whining restlessness; wants many things, then refuses them; aversion to touch but wants to be carried; very sensitive to pain; ugly behavior.
  • Apis: Chill stage of fever: worse from any warm coverings; better open air and from uncovering; heat stage of fever: extremely drowsy with great thirst; barely any perspiration; want cool cloths on red cheeks; ‘slapped’ face looks swollen, shiny and feels stinging & hot (just like a bee sting would look and feel); possibly with sore throat; fear of being alone and possessive of the mother (jealousy).

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Homeopathic remedies can be an important adjunct or even curative intervention in the treatment of a snakebite victim. This should attempted only while getting as quickly as possible to the nearest emergency medical facility. Here are some remedies to consider for snakebites:

  • Aconite: useful at the initial stages, when the person has great fear of death, with anxiety or panic and restlessness.
  • Arsenicum album: may help chilly, anxious, restless people, who fear death and desire company. They may have burning pains that are relieved by heat.
  • Carbo vegetabilis: useful for bite reactions that have progressed into shock, coldness, blue discolorations, weak pulse, clammy sweat, and collapse.
  • Cedron: known in herbal and homeopathic medicine for its “powers of antidoting snakebites”.
  • Echinacea: indicated for dullness, weakness, exhaustion, and marked drowsiness; the wound may be infected, septic-looking, and painful.
  • Hypericum perforatum: indicated for neuralgic, shooting pain around wounds of nerve-rich areas, such as fingers and toes.
  • Lachesis: may help the individual who has prostration, restlessness, painful swelling, bruising, and possibly bleeding; the person typically cannot bear anything tight around them (e.g. tight necklines or waistbands) and may be very talkative.
  • Ledum: useful for puncture wounds, especially when the wound feels cold and is relieved from cold applications. The person may have muscle twitches or spasms near the area of the bite.

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Even the most devout sunscreen user can miss a spot or forget to reapply after having too much “fun in the sun.” If the sun has scorched your skin, homeopathy offers several remedies that can ease pain and prevent complications such as blisters and infection.

  • Arnica: Because there is often an element of shock present with sunburn over a large area, many homeopaths suggest taking one dose of this remedy before giving one of the following.
  • Cantharis:  Painful burning, possibly with itching, raw sensation. The burn feels better from cold applications and the person cannot remove the cold pack for even an instant. If taken immediately, it can prevent blistering.
  • Causticum: Burns that blister and ooze (like “chemical” burns). This remedy can be used for old burns that do not get well, and for ill effects from burns.
  • Urtica urens: Intense burning or stinging pain, often with violent itching. The burn feels worse from cold water, heat, exercise, and after sleeping.

Immediately after getting burned, apply a cool compress, which is preferable to ice packs that can damage skin and nerve endings. You can soak the compress in an herbal tincture for added benefit. Refresh compresses frequently, as soon as they “warm up” against the sunburned skin. Dilute one part tincture in ten parts sterile water. A spray bottle is another helpful way to apply diluted tinctures.

  • Aloe vera gel: A tried and true burn reliever; it should be applied to unbroken skin.
  • Hypericum tincture: Relieves pain on sunburn and unbroken blisters.
  • Calendula tincture: Helps prevent infection and blisters.
  • Urtica urens tincture: Soothes the sting of the burn.

Take a dose by mouth every 2-4 hours, as needed, but for no longer than 2 days. Sunburn can lead to heat exhaustion or heat stroke, so seek medical attention when in doubt.

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Know someone who's having surgery? Pass along these tips on how to recover/heal more quickly after surgery:

  • First, give Arnica – one dose of 200C given before surgery and immediately after. Arnica helps remove shock.
  • Next, after surgery, wait for return the patient to wake up and guage their pain. As soon as pain is felt, give a dose of Arnica 200C. After 5 minutes, ask about the pain. If it is better give Arnica 200C every 20 minutes, or as needed.
  • After that only give another dose as needed – whenever there is pain.

If there is pain after Arnica is given immediately following surgery, 90% will not feel better with Arnica alone. Also give Hypericum 200C / 1 dose every twenty minutes for 6 doses, then as needed when pain returns.

  • You can also use a Hypericum tincture on gauze over the incision.

The process of developing and cutting teeth is something we all go through. For many children that process can be painful and disruptive. Some children suffer with sleeplessness, some pain, others diarrhea, vomiting, fever and/or skin rashes. Homeopathy is a great tool for parents to use to alleviate the suffering of the littlest among us. 

Here are some of the remedies you can consider for your teething son or daughter:

  • Aconite:  When the child has much pain with restlessness and biting of fingers, sleeplessness, crying, fever and heat of the head
  • Belladonna: Much moaning. Awakens from sleep and looks frightened.  Staring eyes.  Face and eyes red with dilated pupils and hot head. Violent starting and jumping while sleeping and at other times.
  • Calcarea carbonica: The head perspires greatly during sleep – wetting the pillow far around. Stools can be hard and chalky. Child tends to be fair skinned and plump.
  • Chamomilla: The child starts and jumps in sleep. It is very cross and insists on being carried everywhere – and only carrying the child seems to relieve him or her. One cheek may be red and the other pale. Can have diarrhea that is watery, slimy and green.
  • Cina: The child rubs its nose a great deal and is restless in sleep. Can also be very hungry. If teeth have already cut through – they may grind these during sleep.
  • Coffea crudum: The child is very excitable and sleepless. It cries and laughs easily. Child can be in a state of exhaustion.
  • Magnesia carb: Green, frothy and foul smelling diarrhea during teething – diarrhea lasts a long time. 
  • Magnesia mur: Teeth are slow to cut through. Child may have distended abdomen and be constipated.  The stools are often large and crumble.
  • Mercurius solubilis: Copious salivation with slimy diarrhea or green stools with much straining on the toilet.
  • Podophyllum: Painful diarrhea with screaming; stools often green. Child can grind whatever teeth have already cut through.
  • Silicea: Weak children with profuse salivation. Frequent or almost continued grasping at gums. Fever towards evening and heat in the head. Often has feet that perspire profusely – the perspiration can have a strong odor. Also sweat from the head during sleep.

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A handful of remedies can help during the majority of common dental emergencies. These first aid remedies can help alleviate pain or discomfort, at least temporarily, until proper dental measures can be received. These remedies are not intended to replace good dental care.

  • Belladonna: take every 30 to 60 minutes when the toothache throbs and is worse from touch or motion (chewing).
  • Magnesia phosphoricum: when a toothache is worse from cold and better from warmth.
  • Coffea cruda: when the toothache is worse from heat and relieved by holding ice in the mouth.
  • Chamomilla: when the toothache is worse from any warmth, but not better from cold. The pain is intolerable and makes the patient peevish.

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Some people say toothaches are the worst pain ever. Why? A toothache is usually a sign of inflammation in the nerve root – the result of decay, tooth trauma, or gum disease. If you have a continuous toothache that prevents sleep, or a tooth that is very sensitive to heat, cold, or sweet things, see your dentist as soon as possible. In the meantime, try one of these remedies to ease the pain, but be sure to follow up with a dental exam:

  • Belladonna: helps throbbing pain that is worse from touch or motion (e.g. chewing) and worse at night. The mouth may be dry. The person may be irritable, excitable, and feverish with a flushed, hot face.
  • Chamomilla: helps the toothache that is worse from any warmth (whether taking warm food or drink in the mouth or upon entering a warm room) but not better with cold. The pain in unbearable, may radiate to the ears, and is worse at night. The person is irritable and oversensitive.
  • Coffea cruda: helps pain that is worse from heat and relieved by holding ice or cold water in the mouth. The person may be extremely excitable and hypersensitive.
  • Hepar sulph: can help with an abscessed tooth as well. The tooth is hypersensitive to touch, and the pain is worse from the least draft of air and worse from cold. The person is irritable.
  • Hypericum: can help in any condition where a nerve has been injured. Pains are excessive and sharp, shooting, tearing, or drawing. Tingling, burning, and numbness may also be present. This remedy can be used for pain and sensitivity after root canals or other procedures that impact the nerve or nerve tubules.
  • Magnedia phosphoric: helps pain that is worse from cold, better from warmth and warm fluids, and better from pressure; the shooting pains may feel like electric shocks.
  • Mercurius: may help a toothache from an abscess or decaying teeth. The pains are tearing, shooting, and often extending to the ears. They are worse at night and worse from eating or drinking anything hot or cold. The person may have bad breath or a metallic taste in the mouth with excessive salivation.
  • Plantago: can help a toothache that is hypersensitive to the lease touch, worse from cold air, and worse from both cold and warm drinks. The cheek may swell, the tooth may feel too long, and the person may have excessive salivation. Rubbing Plantago tincture directly on the affected tooth may also give relief.

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For many, traveling is a pleasant, albeit sometimes stressful, undertaking. For some, however, the thought of getting on an airplane or leaving familiar territory can cause feelings of anxiety or even outright terror.

  • Gelsemium:  This remedy is perhaps best-knownto home prescribers as a remedy for those suffering from the flu. But it is also very useful if you are experiencing anxiety from anticipation—specifically the type of anxiety where you have diarrhea, your mouth may feel numb, and you can't think because of a kind of mental numbness.
  • Argentum nitricum: While those needing Gelsemium will experience symptoms of mental prostration, the Argentum nitricum patient will be more tremulous and impulsive. The travel anxiety makes them want to walk for relief. People needing this remedy often crave sweets and have a strong fear of heights.
  • Aconite: When travel anxiety spills over into frank panic, Aconite often saves the day. The anguish is extreme—as if one is facing imminent death. The person is restless with extreme fear.

People afflicted with trigeminal neuralgia endure not just the excruciating pain of the illness but also the uncomfortable and sometimes intolerable side effects of the drugs given to try to stop their pain. But the drugs don’t always work, so beleaguered sufferers turn to surgery—which may or may not help. Homeopathy offers a safe alternative!

Homeopathy can help with both the chronic condition and acute flare-ups. Remedies used to treat acute flare-ups may also help the person’s chronic condition—that is, it will reduce their underlying chronic tendency toward having trigeminal neuralgia flare-ups in the first place. In other cases, a different remedy may be needed to treat the chronic tendency toward flare-ups; if so, this remedy would be given after the acute flare-up had passed and would be aimed at more than just the trigeminal neuralgia symptoms. (Note: For the treatment of chronic conditions, seek the expertise of a trained homeopath.)

The homeopathic remedies below are those used most often to relieve an acute flare-up of this painful condition.

  • Aconite: Pains appear suddenly and are worse on the left side. They are accompanied by ­restlessness and an anxious look on the face. Pains are intense and are accompanied by anguish. Pains may come on after exposure to or may be worsened by dry cold winds.
  • Arsenicum: Pains feel drawing or burning, as if from ­needles. They are ameliorated by warm applications and aggravated by cold air; they may be worse after midnight. The person is anxious, restless, and thirsty.
  • Belladonna: Pains are right-sided with a red face. Muscles of the face may twitch with pains, which are severe and intense. Pains are worse with drafts and motion, especially when chewing. Pains appear and disappear rapidly and may worsen at 3 p.m.
  • Bryonia: Pains are worse with the slightest motion, so the person cannot speak or eat. They are ameliorated by cold and pressure and lying on the painful side. The person has dry mouth and lips, and is likely very thirsty.
  • China: Pains are mostly left-sided. The skin on the face is sensitive to any light touch or draft, as well as to motion and can be worse with noise. Hard pressure ameliorates the pain. Attacks may come on at the same times every day.
  • Colocynthis: Pains feel tearing or ­stitching, mostly on the left side. Pains are better with ­pressure, rest, and warm ­applications. Location of pain may be worse around the eye. Attacks can be worse in evening around 10 p.m.
  • Magnesium phosphoric: Pains worse on the right side, worse if body gets cold or if area is exposed to cold, especially cold wind. Pain is better with warm applications and can be better with pressure. Pains come on like lightning.
  • Pulsatilla: Pains are worse on the right side, with a drawing or tearing sensation. They are worse from chewing, warmth, and lying on the painful side. The mouth feels dry, but the person does not drink. Pains are ameliorated by cold applications and open air.
  • Spigelia: Left-sided pains, worse from stooping or moving the head, from noise, during perspiration, from cold water and air, and from chewing. Lightning-like pains come on from morning until sunset. The person has a flushed red face on the affected side, and pains come on at certain times of day.
  • Verbascum: Left-sided pains with a pinching sensation as if parts were being crushed by tongs. Pains brought on by clenching teeth, change of temperature, pressure, open air, and motion. Pains involve the chin and lower jaw.

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The handful of remedies below are often successful in helping people find relief from ulcers. A consultation with a homeopathic professional is recommended for the treatment of chronic ulcers.

  • Arsenicum album: indicated in individuals who are meticulous to a fault, chilly, restless, and obsessed about their health. Their ulcer symptoms are worse from stress and anxiety. The pain may be described as a burning sensation, better from heath and from warm food and drinks.
  • Kali bichromicum: useful for people who like to go into great detail with everything. They also seem to look at the world in “black and white” and have high moral values, referring often to duty and rules. Sharp, knife-like pains that radiate to the loin, with a sensation of a specific sore spot in the stomach, may accompany their ulcer. The individual also feels as if the entire digestive process has stopped and feels worse immediately after eating.
  • Mercurius corrosivus: suits anxiety-prone, restless individuals who may develop delirium and stupor during illness. These people may feel detached or disconnected from others. Often indicated in chronic, long-standing ulcers with severe pain and sometimes with bleeding, it may be chosen to address ulcers that have gone untreated or have been inappropriately treated.
  • Mercurius solubilis: for people who pine for solidity and harmony. The ulcer may give stabbing pain. People who need this remedy are chilly, but also sensitive to heat; they may have weak digestion, with continued hunger. There may be a continued urging or a “never-get-done” feeling on defacating.
  • Natrum phosphoricum: for individuals who find it difficult to delegate; they are friendly and caring, but highly self-reliant. They may find it difficult to speak about their problems. Effective in ulcers with sour burping and vomiting.
  • Nux vomica: for workaholic people who drive themselves crazy with stress and dietetic excess. They are known as go-getters who thrive on challenges – most often entrepreneurs or managers. With the ulcer, they may have abdominal bloating and flatulence. Dietetic overindulgence triggers emotional stress and sleeplessness, often leading to peptic ulcers when the body can no longer cope with the individual’s hectic lifestyle. May be most effective when taken in the evening.
  • Phosphorus: Best for people who love being the center of attention. These people are oversensitive, artistic, expressive, and affectionate, and give more than they can manage. Their desire for attention can make them dependent on others. Their ulcers tend to be accompanied by flatulence or a distended, bloated feeling in the abdomen, with cramping pain. They feel better from cold food and drink, although they may vomit once it warms up in the stomach.
  • Robinia: “homeopathic antacid”. Addresses peptic ulcers with hyperacidity. Person might have frontal headache accompanied by sour belching and greenish vomiting.

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Urinary tract infections (UTI), also known as bladder infections or cystitis, are a common problem for women. Symptoms of a UTI include a burning pain before, during, or after urination; a frequent and urgent need to urinate, although only small amounts of urine may come out; and cloudy or bloody urine. A person with a UTI may experience pain or tenderness in their lower abdomen or back, fever, and a sense of being ill.

Allopathic physicians treat UTIs with antibiotics. These control the acute infections quickly, but do not prevent repeated infections. A person with a UTI should be under the care of their health professional, but they may not need to take antibiotics immediately if they follow good self care guidelines and use homeopathic remedies appropriately.

A woman who begins to experience burning or frequent urination should immediately begin drinking more liquids to dilute the bacteria and flush them out. Cranberry juice or other acidic juices (not sweetened with sugar) can also help prevent a bacterial infection from beginning.

In addition, homeopathic remedies can be helpful. Below is a list of remedies that are frequently used for UTIs:

  • Aconite: during the earliest stages; first have difficulty passing urine, then burning pain during urination develops with general symptoms of fear and anxiety.
  • Apis: severe burning and stinging pain in the urethra before, during , and after urination with a sensation of swelling in the urethra; violent urging to urinate, but must strain to pass urine, and it come out in only tiny amounts; abdomen sensitive to slightest touch; burning and stinging worse from heat and at night and better from cold.
  • Berberis: pains during or after urination; cutting, or shooting pains from the bladder to the urethra or from the urethra to the pelvis, thighs, or back; pains worse from motion; pain in kidneys or ureters (tubes from kidneys to bladder) that worsen from pressure, motion, or jarring.
  • Cantharis: most commonly used remedy for UTIs; frequent strong need to urinate, with much burning during urination; urgent need to empty bladder, and may lose urine even while rushing to the toilet; urine passes in small amounts; may feel urging just after or even during urination; tremendous burning, cutting, or stabbing pains in urethra and bladder before, during, and after urination, or whenever the urge to urinate is felt; restless, frantic with severe pain; sexual desire may be increased.
  • Mercurius: burning, uncontrollable urge to urinate; dark urine passing in small amounts; burning pain worse when patient is not urinating; burning may also be severe just before, when beginning or at end of urination; worse at night.
  • Nux vomica: burning or pressing pain in bladder during urination, pain in urethra before or during urination, sometimes with a strong urge to move bowels; needle like pains in urethra extending toward bladder; may occur after excesses in eating, alcohol, coffee, or drugs.
  • Pulsatilla: pain not as intense as with Cantharis or Apis, but has significant smarting and burning; worse lying on back; urine may pass in dribbles, and may be involuntary at slightest provocation (cough, sneeze, laugh, surprise).
  • Sarsaparilla: the most severe pain in urethra is at the end of urination; pain may not be burning; pay need to stand to urinate freely.

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