Remedies for Colds
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Aconitum Napellus (Acon.)
A state of fear, anxiety;
anguish of mind and body. Restlessness. Sudden and great sinking
of strength. Complaints and tension caused by exposure to dry,
cold weather. Eyes feel dry and hot, as if sand in them. Pain at
root of nose. Tingling in cheeks and numbness. Gums hot and
inflamed. Tongue coated white. Vomiting, with fear, heat,
profuse sweat and increased urination. Bitter taste of
everything except water. Intense thirst. Cough, dry, short,
hacking; worse at night and after midnight. Tingling in chest
Allium Cepa (All-c.)
Watery and acrid nasal discharge which becomes worse in warm
room. Oppressed breathing. Tickling in larynx. Eyes sensitive to
light. Burning in nose, mouth, throat, bladder and skin.
Sneezing, especially when entering a warm room.
Respiratory problems, rattling of mucus but little
expectoration. Thirst for cold water but little and often. Great
Arsenicum Album (Ars.)
Cold with thin, watery and excoriating nasal discharge.
Sneezing. Photophobia. Restlessness. Intolerance of smell of
Sudden and violent complaints and inflammations. Headaches with
pains which come and go suddenly. No thirst. Redness of affected
organs. Skin sore and sensitive. Eyelids red and swollen.
Bryonia Alba (Bry.)
irritability. Dryness of all mucous membranes. White tongue. Great thirst for
large quantities of water. Constipation. Dry cough. Joints red
and swollen. All complaints are aggravated by motion.
Dryness, rawness, hoarseness, cough hard, and racks the
whole chest. Chest feels full of mucus, feels as if only they
could cough a little deeper it would raise up the mucus, must
swallow the sputum raised, inability to expectorate. Cough with
involuntary emissions of urine. Much better drinking cold water.
Intensely sympathetic, sensitive, individuals who take a great
interest in the welfare of others.
Excessive irritability and impatience specially in children.
Violent earache. Diarrhea of children during dentition. Tickling
Drosera Rotundifolia (Dros.)
Spasmodic, dry, irritating, choking cough (much like
whooping-cough) with hoarseness of voice. Nose bleed.
Refuses to speak because talking creates breathing
difficulties. Spasmodic, nervous and sympathetic cough, deep
sounding, hoarse and barking, with pain in the hypochondrium,
must hold the part with the hands. Cough with paroxysms
following each other very rapidly, can scarcely breath, chokes.
Harassing and titillating cough in
children which commences as soon as the head touches the pillow
at night. Worse immediately on lying down, after midnight,
warmth, drinking, laughing, singing, weeping.
Allium in all respects with profuse bland nasal
discharge and acrid, scalding tears which is reverse with
conjunctivitis with violent attacks of profuse secretion
stinging eyes, dust
or sand in the eyes.
Ferrum Phosphoricum (Fer-ph.)
Headache better by cold applications. Eyes red, inflamed, with
burning sensation. Face flushed; cheeks sore and hot. Ulcerated
sore throat. Tonsils red and swollen. Eustachian tubes inflamed.
Congestions of lungs. Expectoration of pure blood in pneumonia.
Palpitation; pulse rapid. Restlessness and sleeplessness.
Hepar Sulphuris Calcareum (Hep.)
Cough when exposed to dry and cold wind. Croupy cough, with
loose, rattling phlegm in windpipe. Rattling, choking cough,
worse after midnight. Severe laryngeal catarrh, with roughness
and pain in the upper part of throat. Can not bear to be
uncovered, least exposure of cold excites cough (Rumex).
Anxious, hoarse, wheezing respiration. Worse cold, dry weather.
Better in warm, moist weather. Suits thin, irritable,
impatient, chilly, oversensitive individuals.
Dry spasmodic cough,
especially at night when lying down, relieved by sitting up,
from itching in the throat, as if uvula were too long. Suited to
hysterical females and young girls.
Dry spasmodic cough
in the evening, feels as if there is fumes or dust in the throat
pit. The longer they cough the more irritation
they feel. Suited to nervous, young people or women with
hysterical tendencies. Cough due to emotional difficulties such
as grief, unrequited love, and sadness.
Kali Bichronicum (Kali-bi.)
Thick, ropey, sticky secretions. Loss of smell. Loose cough,
with rattling in chest. Cough with thick, heavy expectoration of
bluish, yellow, or white lumpy mucus. Cough with expectoration
of tough, stringy, mucus which adheres to the parts and can be
drawn out in long strings. Catarrhal laryngitis, coughs have a
brassy sound. Suits far, light-haired persons, or fat, chubby,
short-necked children disposed to croupy affections.
asthmatic, must lean forward with head on knees. Cough with
cutting or stitching in chest with respiration and between the
breath (Bryonia, stitching on breath only). Sputum of small,
white, round lumps that fly from the mouth when coughing or
hawking. Edema, above the eyes, morning, disappearing during
day, constipation. Suits conservative, rigid, possibly dogmatic
individuals, who dislike change. Never quiet or contented,
desires to be with people but treats them outrageously.
Aggravated on the right side. Symptoms go from right to left.
Aggravated 4 to 8 pm., afternoon, in morning on waking, on
fasting. Ameliorated in evening and in open air. Ear infection
(Otitis media) aggravated on the right side. Sinusitis which is
aggravated on the right side. Complete stoppage of nose,
breathes with open mouth and protrudes the tongue; frontal
sinuses involved. Obstruction is aggravated at night.
Snuffles of infants. Pharyngitis and Tonsillitis. Aggravated or
starts on right side, ameliorated by warm drinks. Cough is a
chronic, dry tickling cough. Bronchitis, pneumonia, aggravated
on the right side.
Mercurius Vivus - Mercurius
Yellow, bloody discharge from
ears. Sneezing in sunshine. Swelling of nasal bones. Intense
thirst for cold drinks.
Sublimatus Corrosivus (Merc. Cor)
soreness of eyes. Red, swollen and painful throat.
Ear infections either
chronic or acute. Nose has chronic coryza with offensive,
greenish discharge. Sneezing ameliorated by lying. Cough is
aggravated at night, by warmth of bed, lying on right side.
Mouth ulcers or canker sores. Throat INFLAMMATION, acute
or chronic. Pharyngitis, tonsillitis. Swelling of glands.
Diarrhea with strong urging. Stool is offensive, greenish,
Nux Vomica (Nux-v.)
Initial stage, caused by dry cold weather or by sitting on cold
steps or in cold places. Headache in sunshine and on
waking in the morning. Right sided complaints. Sneezing, nose
stuffed up at night and in open air but fluent in a warm room
and during day, with scraping rawness in the throat. Dullness or
oppression in the frontal sinuses and watering of the eyes.
cough, arising from tickling in the throat and chest, excited by
reading aloud, talking, laughing, drinking (Bryonia., Drosera,
Pulsatilla). Dry tickling in the evening, with tightness across
the chest. Trembling of the whole body with the cough. Sputum
frothy, bloody, rust colored, purulent, white and tough, cold
mucus, tasting sour, salty or sweet. Cannot lay on left side or
with head low, pains in the chest compel them to sit up. Desire
for cold water and cold food. Suits tall, slender individuals,
who are open, bright, sympathetic, suggestible, and lively in
the beginning of an illness but become slow, tired and apathetic
as the disease
advances. Worse physical and mental exertion, twilight, change
of weather, in evening, lying on left or painful side, during
thunderstorm. Better lying on the right side, cold food, cold
open air, sleep.
Phytolacca Decandra (Phyt.)
Dark redness of throat with swollen tonsils.
Profuse, painless, watery, gushing diarrhea.
Pulsatilla Nigra (Puls.)
Mouth is dry but no thirst. Taste of mouth keeps changing.
Secretions from eyes, nose and mouth are all thick. Measles.
"Ripe cold" in which the discharges are green and bland, not in
the least excoriating; bad smell in the nose, as of old catarrh.
Secretions from eyes, nose and mouth are all thick. Measles.
Rhus tox (Rhus-t.)
Stiff, weak and bruised feeling on first motion which passes off
with continued motion until the person becomes weak and must rest –
then restlessness and uneasiness drive the person to move
again. Illness following exposure to cold damp weather; from
cold damp when perspiring. Restlessness; intense fever; thirst;
great prostration. Can have achiness in the bones as well.
Rumex Crispus (Rumex)
Conditions are aggravated by cold, open air,
undressing or uncovering, or change of temperature. Violent
sneezing, aggravated in evening, night. Throat has a scraping,
raw feeling, aggravated by open air.
Spongia Tosta (Spong.)
hacking, croupy, barking cough,
day and night, exhausting the person. Worst at
midnight. Better with hot
From exposure to dry cold winds. This remedy is
indicated when a cough is loud, harsh, dry, and sounds like
barking or sawing wood. The person may wake up feeling
suffocated, as if the throat is plugged or the breathing
passages are dry. Problems are usually made worse from being in
a room that is too warm, or from lying down with the head too
low. Talking aggravates the cough, and so does exposure to cold
air and smoke. Sitting up usually helps, and drinking something
warm or eating small amounts brings some relief. This
remedy is often helpful during croup and asthma.
Loose cough, with heavy, green, sweet or salty sputum. Sensation
of great weakness and emptiness in the chest, worse from
talking, laughing, reading aloud, singing. so weak they can
hardly talk. Sad, despondent, feels like crying all the time,
but cry makes her worse.
cough, suffocating at night, wants the doors and windows open.
Congestion of blood to the head and chest with burning chest,
head, face and soles of the feet at night, must stick them out
from under the covers. Worse bathing.
Veratrum Album (Verat.)
Extreme coldness, blueness and weakness. Pale face. Painful
diarrhea followed by great weakness.