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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.

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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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Homeopathy for acne is different from conventional treatment in that a homeopathic remedy is individualized to the person. Because every person is different, no single homeopathic remedy will work for everyone. A remedy is selected based on a person’s unique set of symptoms, including (but not limited to) their acne symptoms. Therefore, seeking care with a homeopathic healthcare provider will likely result in the greatest success when treating acne.

Below are just a few of the many possible remedies that homeopaths consider for treating acne:

  • Hepar sulph: pimples that are very painful; they may feel like a splinter in the skin. Lesions are very sensitive to touch and possibly cold. They may cluster in crops on the forehead and tend to form pustules and whiteheads easily. Discharge may smell like old cheese. In general, the person may be very chilly and oversensitive to pain, touch, cold, and slight causes.
  • Calcarea sulph: severe cystic acne. Lesions persist in one place for weeks and do not heal quickly. Yellow, creamy pus drains for a long time. Unhealthy-looking skin with yellowish scabs. Pimples on face and near ears and hairline. Tendency to infections of the sinuses, ears, and tonsils that persist a long time. Person may be warm-blooded and feel worse in warm rooms.
  • Kali bromatum: acne begins in the teen years and continues relentlessly into adulthood. Bluish, red pustules on the face, chest, and shoulders that leave scars, purple spots, or a depression in the skin. Pimples may have a depressed center or be painful, large red cysts with a white or yellow center. In females, the acne may be worse near the menstrual period. The person may have fidgety hands and feed, unpleasant dreams, restless sleep, and teeth grinding. They may be worse from warmth.
  • Pulsatilla: acne in young girls that is associated with the onset of puberty. Acne that is associated with the menstrual period (especially when the period is irregular or absent) or with pregnancy. The person tends to have little thirst; to be weepy and like comfort and consolation; and to be chilly but like open, cool air and gentle motion.
  • Silica: deep, hard cystic acne, like boils on the face, especially the cheeks; pimples often to do not come to a head or show pus. Pimples are very slow to heal and leave pitting scars. The person tends to get infections easily and frequently. They may be chilly with sweaty hands and feet. They may be fatigued and lacking in strength and confidence, while also being obstinate with fixed ideas.
  • Sulphur: acne with very oily skin. Blackheads are plentiful. Pimples and whiteheads are very large but not that deep. The face, especially the nose, is generally affected and tends to become reddened. Pimples may be painless but itchy. The skin may be rough and worse from washing. The acne may also be worse from heat, before the menstrual period, and from eating fatty foods. (This remedy is especially indicated for rosacea, a reddening of the face that causes acne-like eruptions.

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Note: Allergic respiratory swelling can be a life-threatening emergency if there is any indication that breathing may be obstructed. Call an ambulance immediately. After you call an ambulance, you may administer the remedy below.

  • Apis mellfica: sudden swelling of the tongue or tissues of the throat. Use the highest potency you have.

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The flowers are blooming, the grass is growing, the spring winds are blowing. Sounds wonderful unless you happen to be one of the unlucky ones who dreads the onset of allergies. Homeopathy can help alleviate both short-term and long-term allergy symptoms. Long-term allergy relief is best accomplished with the help of a homeopathic professional. For short-term allergy relief, try one of the remedies below:

  • Allium cepa: Burning discharge from nose, bland discharge from eyes, light hurts the eyes, sicking/pricking sensation in larynx.
  • Euphrasia: eyes very swollen with thick, burning discharge, bland discharge from nose, coughing up phlegm, feels worse indoors.
  • Sabadilla: violent sneezing, itchy nose, red, and swollen eyelids, runny eyes, headache as if head is shrinking, chilly, person’s thinking is dull and slow.
  • Nux vomica: stuffiness and blocked breathing, itchiness inside ears, the eyes burn and are sensitive to light, person is irritable.
  • Pulsatilla: bland yellow discharge from the nose and eyes, weepy or tearful disposition, persona feels better in open air.
  • Arsenicum album: wheezing and tightness in lungs, burning throat, person is restless and worried.
  • Arundo: early in hay fever season with tickly nose and sneezing, no discharge, roof of mouth itchy.

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Is there any difference in the homeopathic remedies we give anxious ­animals versus anxious people? No, it’s just a little harder to deduce the right remedy for an animal—not unlike choosing a remedy for an infant or young toddler. You can help animals suffering with mild or short-term, acute anxiety by using one of the homeopathic remedies described below. For animals with serious, ongoing anxiety problems, it’s best to consult a qualified homeopathic veterinarian.

  • Aconitum:  Fear and restlessness following a frightening event. This remedy may help gun-shy dogs who were not properly habituated to gunfire, or
    dogs who had a frightening experience at the kennel or the vet’s office.
  • Argentum nitricum: Anticipatory anxiety, often with trembling and loose bowels. This is useful for “show nerves” in horses and dogs (and people).
  • Belladonna:  Extreme fear with dilated pupils and aggressive behavior. This
    is the classic picture of a feral cat caught in a trap, or an agitated animal crouched in the corner of a room or an animal carrier.
  • Ignatia: Hypersensitivity, muscle twitches, and moodiness; the animal may have a history of recent grief, loss, or rehoming (i.e., changing families). These animals may sigh or whine a lot, and they can be irritable.
  • Lachesis: Restless, sensitive to all stimuli, “talkative,” and jealous. Some ­animals, especially dominant ones, behave like this with a new addition ­(animal or human) to the household.
  • Natrum muriaticum: Moody outbursts, depressed, and withdrawn. The ­animals don’t play well and often have a history of rehoming or loss.
  • Nux vomica: Impatient, fearful, and sensitive to stimuli. These animals may be the “boss” of the house in many situations, bullying the other animals and being demanding of people; yet a thunderstorm or a strange package
    in the house can cause them to tremble.
  • Staphysagria: Gentle animals with angry or fearful outbursts. They are ­typically the low animal on the totem pole that wouldn’t hurt a fly, so their outburst is all the more surprising.

It should go without saying that many frightened dogs and cats will use those sharp pointy teeth. If in doubt, be safe and don’t intervene directly. Homeopathic remedies can be added to drinking water or sprayed on animals in a trap or on feral cats.

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It’s okay to use homeopathic remedies at home to help yourself through an acute bout of ­anxiety resulting from a known cause (e.g., a recent trauma, shock, or loss). But the best way to heal chronic, ongoing, or disabling anxiety is a comprehensive consultation with a professional homeopath, along with supportive psychotherapy as needed. Treatment may change as you heal and grow. Here are some remedies that homeopaths often use to help people with anxiety:

  • Aconite: For acute situations when sudden fears overtake us rapidly. Intense fear (or ­presentiment) of death, as well as ­palpitations, shortness of breath, flushed face, and trembling.
  • Argentum nitricum: Fearfulness and anxiety about many things especially bridges, closed spaces, heights, and personal health. Speaks quickly, in a big hurry, and tends to have diarrhea (everything is in a rush!). Everyday ­scenarios cause worry, leading to obsessive-compulsive behavior. This can become abject terror, leaving the person feeling lost and insane. Warm blooded, craves sweets and salt, and complains of ­anxiety in the morning and before appointments.
  • Arsenicum album: Pacing to and fro, fretting over what may or may not happen, anguishing over their health and that of family members, and needing company. Chilly and thirsty for sips of water, they feel worse at or after midnight. Controlling, fastidious, and critical, particularly when in ill-health. Worries about robbers, insanity, or security and especially about money matters. Burning pains are relieved by heat.
  • Calcarea carbonica: Craves stability, protection, and status (as a form of protection, not ambition), and dreads disaster. Anxious when things are left undone or not going according to plan. Neatness out of concern for contagion and a need for order (vs. Arsenicum “neat freaks”). Listmakers. ­Anxiety may manifest as anger, envy, hatred, withdrawal, unresponsiveness, despair, or indifference.
  • Gelsemium: Apprehensive and timid, these people feel they haven’t the resources to do what they’d like to do. They dread performances of any kind, for fear they’ll lose control or something terrible will happen. Vertigo, weakness, trembling, chills, diarrhea, drowsiness, and even speechlessness from fright. When trembling, they want to be held. They fear falling, crowds, and fainting (or heart attack); they desire light and quiet.
  • Ignatia: Acute, recent grief or loss. Sensitive, refined, and heartbroken people who are biting their lips or cheeks, repeating to themselves, “I just can’t believe it, I can’t believe it...” Averse to consolation, they may appear defensive, sigh frequently (as if to ground themselves back into their bodies), and experience ­radical mood swings—bursting into tears or laughter.
  • Lycopodium: Any new challenge creates anxiety due to a severe lack of confidence. They may have an emotional swagger but are easily intimidated by anyone perceived as more powerful. Responsibility in work or relationships can create ­debilitating anxiety and fear of failure, which may manifest in ­sexual difficulties, irritability, digestive ­complaints, and claustrophobia.
  • Natrum muriaticum: Considered the “stiff upper lip” remedy, people who need it are profoundly ­sensitive and inhibited due to many ­anxieties; silent with grief after a loss. They are fearful of tight, narrow spaces, anxious at night, worried about robbers, and secretly terrified of being humiliated or rejected. Anxieties are often cloaked by migraines, ­tingling in the extremities, palpitations, insomnia, and isolation or feigned indifference.
  • Phosphorus: People needing this may be bright-eyed, social, loving, and empathic—but when frightened, they are excitable, suggestible, “spaced out,” easily vexed, fearful of robbers, and in need of reassurance. They gulp cold water (but then either vomit it or get nauseated by it) and are much worse at night. Their anxiety often has something to do with love; they worry endlessly about the object of their attachment not returning their affections. They can be very angry about rejection and obsess on it.
  • Pulsatilla: Sensitive, easily upset people who need a great deal of consolation and reassurance and are as changeable as an April day. They tend toward childish rumination and pouting if they don’t get the attention and emotional security they crave, quickly becoming fearful of rejection. Dependent on others for reassurance. Worse in warm rooms, being covered in bed, and after eating rich foods; better from fresh air, mild exercise, and consolation.
  • Silica: Lack self-confidence and fearful of new undertakings, especially speaking in public. Yielding, yet obstinate. Overly conscientious/anxious about trifles (obsessive); they overwork and exhaust themselves to avoid failure. Chilly, thirsty, chronically constipated, and ­better with consolation and sympathy.
  • Stramonium: Night terrors, both in sleep and waking states. The person is anxious, obsessive-compulsive, and feels forsaken or alone in the wilderness (similar to Pulsatilla); but a mild demeanor may mask violence of thought or action. Mania, delirium, or diabolical delusions may be present.

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The homeopathic treatment of chronic arthritis, whether osteoarthritis, rheumatoid, or another form, can be quite effective. The best time to initiate homeopathic treatment of arthritis very early in the course of the disease. It is typically a complicated process that requires the expertise of a professional homeopath to assess the whole person. The most severe cases of arthritis, where the damage to the joints is too substantial to be reversed, are incurable. In some instances, however, it is possible to successfully treat arthritis at home.

Try the remedies below for treatment at home, but be sure to follow up with a homeopathic professional if you don’t see any improvement:

  • Bryonia: pains are worse from the slightest motion, better after rest. Pains are also better from pressure or by lying on the painful side.
  • Caulophyllum: arthritis in women, of the small joints, particularly the fingers, hands, toes, and sometimes the ankles. Pain and stiffness can alternate from one joint to another every minute. Small joint problems plus uterine difficulties.
  • Colchicum: arthritis worse during warm, wet weather, although sometimes cold, damp weather can cause complaints. Worse with the change of seasons. The hands and fingers are most affected; the pains are worse from slight motion. Often associated with other ailments, like nephritis, blood in the urine, and pericarditis. Aversion to the odor of eggs and fish is a strong symptom sometimes seen.
  • Guaiacum: rheumatic affections of the small joints, especially the wrists and fingers, worse from warmth, and better from cold applications.
  • Kali bichromicum: periodic arthritis and arthritis alternating with other complaints (e.g. sinusitis, asthma, digestive disorders). Periodicity is often fixed (e.g. every spring or autumn, etc.). The pain is often in one small spot, and may wander to different sites and come and go suddenly; pain may occur every day at the same time; pain is worse between 2 and 4am.
  • Ledum: painful swelling relieved by cold applications and made worse by warmth. Areas especially affected are ankles, feet, ball of the first toe, and left shoulder and right hip together. “Rheumatism” starts in the legs and extends upwards.
  • Rhus tox: pain and stiffness. Stiffness is very characteristic. The pain is worse when at rest, with weather changes, especially to cold, damp; by cold; and by initial motion (e.g. rising from a bed or a seat). The pains are helped by warmth and continued motion (once “warmed up”). Restlessness with the pain. Complaints are often left-sided.
  • Rhododendron: all symptoms are much worse before a storm. Restlessness of the legs. Crosses legs in sleep.
  • Ruta: especially useful for arthritis beginning after trauma (fracture, sprain, bruise). A “lam” feeling in the joints. Ankle and wrist are often involved. Person has marked restlessness and wants to frequently change position. Leg pains on rising from sitting (as if broken). Back pain better lying on back. Pains are better from motion, but person may become exhausted after walking.

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Asthma attacks occur for a variety of reasons. You can help treat asthma attacks with homeopathic remedies based on the type of attack that it is.

  • Arsenicum album: anxiety, restlessness, unable to lie down because of feeling of suffocation shortly after midnight.
  • Carbo vegetabilis: asthma attach occurs after long, spasmodic coughing spell with gagging or vomiting; patient feels worst after eating or talking; worse in the evening.
  • Ipecacuanha: sudden onset of wheezing and feeling of suffocation; coughs constantly, but unable to bring up mucus; feeling of weight on chest.
  • Nux vomica: attack often follows stomach upset with much belching; patient very irritable.

Note: Seek medical attention immediately for any severe shortness of breath, and if shortness of breath is accompanied by severe sort throat with difficulty in swallowing, or if you notice that a wheezing child is drooling a great deal.

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Mild lower backache results from gravity as the body changes. “Round ligament pain” is usually felt as a brief, sharp pain or a longer-lasting dull ache in the groin or lower abdomen, as your ligaments stretch and thicken to support the growing uterus. Make sure to sleep on a firm bed and wear comfortable, low-heeled shoes. Try one of the following remedies for additional relief:

  • Belladonna: Pain comes on fast and disappears just as quickly; its worse from sudden jarring movements and from touch. You’re very restless. You may have a flushed, red face with dilated pupils, and be thirsty for lemonade. Older women with their first pregnancy respond very well to Belladonna for backache.
  • Bellis perennis: This remedy can stop the pain of sciatica of pregnancy or any pain in the groin extending down the legs that makes walking difficult, which often comes on during the last months of pregnancy.
  • Kali carbonicum: You have a bruised, dragging feeling with sudden, sharp pains up and down your back, buttocks, and thighs. Pain in the hip joint is common. Hard pressure over the painful area offers relief, but your feel worse from touch. You’re very sensitive to changes in weather, cold, and drafts; you want to be warm, but not overheated. You may feel irritable, touchy, and domineering.
  • Sepia: Your back feels tired with an aching, dragging pain in your lower back, possibly worse on the left. You have a sensation of heaviness or bearing down in your pelvis as if everything might fall out. You may be depressed and chilly.

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While there are many possible choices in the homeopathic treatment of low back pain, here are some of the most common remedies:

  • Belladonna: for violent, acute low back pain. The pain is severe and can be burning, throbbing, shooting, or spasmodic. The intense spasms come on suddenly and leave just as quickly. Might be worse from motion or jarring, touch, taking cold, or a draft of air. The person is also worse from lying on the painful side, at 3 p.m., and after midnight, and is better sitting up.
  • Bryonia: the person is in extreme, even violent pain, and the pain has a stitching quality. They are worse from the slightest motion and much better from rest and hard pressure. In fact, they often lie on the painful side to maximize the amount of pressure they can apply to the area, while simultaneously minimizing motion. They are worse from warmth and better from cold air and cold applications. Although the back pain is intense, it comes on relatively slowly. The person may also have great thirst for cold drinks and may be irritable with a desire for quiet.
  • Kali carbonicum: a sense of exhaustion in the back, or the back may feel broken. Perhaps most important, the pains have a stitching nature and are much better from pressure, yet are worse lying on the affected side. Those symptoms may be enough to successfully prescribe this remedy. The person may also have to walk stooped over, and the low back pain may extend down the thighs. In women, back pain may occur during labor or the menstrual period. They are chilly, may develop a cold sweat on the forehead, and are worse from slight exertion. The pain is worse from cold and better from warmth; and worse from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. or 5 a.m. They are afraid of being alone and greatly desire company; however, they often treat their company poorly, even though they desire their presence. 
  • Natrum muriaticum: The person feels as if the small of their back is broken, and they feel better lying on a hard surface or firm support. In sadness, the person dwells on past events and is often resentful or hateful toward someone that caused them grief. They cry alone because they are averse to company and consolation and, oddly, they may laugh over serious matters. They are intolerant of sun and often crave salt.
  • Phosphorus: The pain is often as if the back is broken, or it may be a burning pain. The person is often chilly and is anxious about their health or worries about others. They are much better when someone is sitting right there with them, giving them sympathy, and their back pain is better from rubbing/massaging. They have great thirst for ice-cold water.
  • Pulsatilla: The person has back pain that is worse from first motion and better from continued motion and rest. But back pain is much better from cold applications and worse from warm ones. The person tends to be warm-blooded and worse in a warm stuffy room; yet, oddly, they are thirstless with a dry mouth. The person may be timid, weep when telling their symptoms, feel lonely, and be better from consolation.
  • Rhus toxicodendron: for the person whose back pain comes on after overexertion, especially from lifting something too heavy. The pain is aching and the low back is stiff. It is worse from first motion, yet better from continued motion as well as better from hard pressure such as lying on something hard. The person is restless from the pain, which compels them to move constantly or to frequently change positions. The pain may come on with exposure to cold wet air, cold drafts, or before storms, and it is much worse from cold applications. Pain is better from warm applications (often as hot as possible).
  • Sepia: The person needing this remedy has a weak feeling in the low back, and the pain is better with hard pressure, from lying on something hard, from warmth, and, most characteristically, from vigorous exertion. Their symptoms are often worse in the late afternoon from 3 to 5 p.m. The person can be indifferent to their loved ones and desire sour or vinegary foods. They love the sun. They can also love thunderstorms and dancing, yet they are intolerant of contradiction and are very sensitive to music.

Bedwetting is also known as nocturnal enuresis. While it is most often a problem for children - it can affect people of all ages.

Here are a few remedies that can be considered for patients large or small that are challenged by this problem:

  • Arsenicum album: Bed wetting in nervous, anxious, restless and fastidious children. Can be very chilly patients. Can wet the bed from 1-2:00AM.
  • Causticum: Can be useful in children who wet the bed especially in first sleep. Often the urine passes so easily that the patient is unaware of it. Can also leak urine on laughing or coughing.
  • Kreosotum: Sudden urging to urinate - can't go quick enough. Sudden urging during first, very profound sleep. Wets the bed. Frequent urging at night - at night can't get out of bed quick enough. Wakes with urging but cannot retain urine or dreams he is urinating and wets the bed. Urine flows during first deep sleep, from which the child is roused with difficulty.
  • Lycopodium: Involuntary urination during sleep.  Passes enormous quantities of clear urine.  Can also have red sand in urine. The typical Lycopodium patient craves sweets, likes hot drinks, has aggravations from 4-8PM, especially for many complaints. Can be a bit cross and in an ugly mood on waking.
  • Sepia: The patient feels she must keep her mind on the bladder or she will lose her urine.  Involuntary urination as soon as the child goes to sleep at night. The bed is wet almost as soon as the child goes to sleep. Child is often indifferent, does not like sympathy, wants to get away alone.

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  • Arnica: injury, shock.
  • China: loss of blood.
  • Carbo vegetabilis: steady oozing of dark blood; cold breath, cold limbs; cold, clammy sweat; air hunger.
  • Ipecac: gushes of bright red blood, nausea, cold sweat.
  • Sabina: threatened abortion and uterine hemorrhage.
  • Phosphorus: profuse nosebleed, especially after vigorous blowing, or any hemorrhage; when small wounds bleed profusely.

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A boil (furuncle) is a localized skin infection starting in an oil gland or a hair follicle. It first appears as a small, hard, tender, red bump, which then over several days fills with pus and forms a head, becoming more painful as it grows. Eventually, it bursts open and drains. Boils are most common on the face, neck, armpits, buttocks, and shoulders but may appear anywhere.

Boils usually resolve on their own, but here are some signs that you may need to seek professional care:

  • A boil occurs on the spine or middle of the face.
  • The surrounding skin becomes red-streaked, warm, and very swollen.
  • More boils develop near the original one.
  • You develop a fever.
  • The boil does not drain on its own after 10 days.
  • Lymph nodes are enlarged.

The following homeopathic remedies can be very helpful in healing boils:

  • Arnica Montana: addresses small boils that come in crops, one after another, that are extremely sore, especially when touched. The most important indication for this ­remedy: The pain is more severe than the swelling.
  • Belladonna: Consider this ­remedy when a boil comes on ­suddenly with a fiery-red or inflamed appearance; there may be swelling of the glands under the arms or in the groin. The person may be overexcited and feverish with great ­sensitivity to noise, jar, light, and touch.
  • Hepar sulphuricum: When the person with a boil is irritable, even violent. They may be oversensitive mentally and physically—to a word, to contact, to pressure of dressings, etc. They are very chilly and want to be wrapped up. The boil is exquisitely sensitive and sharply painful. Can help move the process along if a boil’s discharge is too slow and scanty, or the boil has not opened in a timely manner. 
  • Lachesis: This remedy can help with very painful boils that become bluish and form rapidly. The person is worse from heat and very excitable. They are so sensitive to touch that they cannot tolerate any covering on the boil. Boils may occur mainly on the left side of the body and/or start on the left and progress to the right.
  • Silica: Boils may be hardened, and their discharges can be offensive. They can also be accompanied by swollen glands. Silica is useful after Hepar sulph has acted well but not finished the healing. Can be used to promote opening of the boil and discharging. People needing both of these remedies tend to feel chilly; is a bit slower to develop and not as sharply painful.
  • Sulphur: This remedy can be useful in cases where there is a frequent return of boils. Symptoms include burning, redness, flushes of heat, and boils that come in groups. Some homeopaths have noted that by giving Arnica while the boil is inflamed and swollen, and a dose of Sulphur occasionally after it has healed, the predisposition to boils may be gradually removed.

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Over 70% of all women with newborns in the U.S. currently breastfeed their babies and that percentage is growing- and for good reason. There is a tremendous amount of evidence that breastfeeding improves immune function in infants. According to the U.S. Surgeon General’s 2011 report, compared with breast fed infants, babies who drink formula are more prone to ear infections and diarrhea in the first six months and face a higher lifetime risk of asthma, obesity, type 2 diabetes and other health problems.

However, breastfeeding often presents challenges for new moms, such as nipple pain/cracking, engorgement (swelling and discomfort with soreness of the nipples), mastitis, and/or inadequate or excessive milk supply. These challenges can be incredibly frustrating and even result in new moms discontinuing breastfeeding entirely. Introducing homeopathy to breastfeeding moms can be tremendously helpful in addressing these challenges and help to make the breastfeeding experience more enjoyable for all. Plus, homeopathic remedies are safe for breastfeeding moms and infants, without a risk of negative or dangerous side effects.  

When choosing a remedy one should examine the breasts to see if there is any discoloration or visible swelling or anything unusual about the nipples. The texture and appearance of the milk produced should also be examined. Finally, observe whether the child has any problems with feeding.

Here are a few of the breastfeeding challenges new moms may struggle with and some of the common remedies to consider for them:

Cracked/Sore Nipples

  • Graphites: the cracks are itchy; may be oozing a honey-like discharge.
  • Nitricum acidum: for bleeding and painful cracks.
  • Phytolacca: For sore, cracked nipples, which hurt when the baby nurses. One of the most commonly used remedies for mastitis, especially where the pains radiate from the affected area and the breast is hard and lumpy.  The patient may feel heavy with flu like symptoms, or may have a breast abscess threatening.

Mastitis/Painful Breasts/Clogged Ducts

  • Belladonna: Sudden onset with intense symptoms. Worse on the right side. Breast(s) is red, hot and hard and can be marked by red streaks. The patient is very uncomfortable being touched or jarred and may have a craving for lemons or lemonade.
  • Bryonia: Breasts are very painful with motion and the patient is quite irritable. While the breasts are hot and painful as well as hard they are not as red as with Belladonna. Problem can be worse around 9:00PM. Mucus membranes of patient may also be dry (lips, etc.) and they may complain of pains and aches all over. They are worse from any motion and better from pressure to the breast. They also tend to be very thirsty.
  • Calcarea carb: Breasts can be hot and swollen but pale in color. The patient will complain of being chilly with a tendency to perspire in fact they can perspire even when cold. There may be production of excess watery milk or deficiency of milk. The milk may also disagree with the child. The woman is worse from exertion or a cold room and has a strong craving for eggs and a strong desire for dairy including cheese. Warmth makes the patient feel better.
  • Phytolacca: For sore, cracked nipples, which hurt when the baby nurses. One of the most commonly used remedies for mastitis, especially where the pains radiate from the affected area and the breast is hard and lumpy.  The patient may feel heavy with flu like symptoms, or may have a breast abscess threatening.
  • Pulsatilla: Breast milk can be watery, suppressed or blocked or flow profusely. The flow may also be quite variable. The patient tends to have symptoms that change often. They also tend to be yielding in nature and easily brought to tears with a warm personality. They can cry while nursing the baby. Patient is worse in a warm room and much better in open air. They are also thirstless.
  • Urtica urens: No breast milk is produced at all and there does not seem to be a cause for the problem. Breasts can be swollen with stinging pains like the sting of a bee. The breasts may also itch. Patient can also experience a stinging or itching rash. There is an aggravation from cold and cold bathing.

Milk Supply Problems

  • Calcarea carb: Breasts can be hot and swollen but pale in color. The patient will complain of being chilly with a tendency to perspire in fact they can perspire even when cold. There may be production of excess watery milk or deficiency of milk. The milk may also disagree with the child. The woman is worse from exertion or a cold room and has a strong craving for eggs and a strong desire for dairy including cheese. Warmth makes the patient feel better.
  • Lac caninum: will address milk flow issues that switch from side to side.  The patient may feel a conflict between nursing and the sexuality of her breasts.
  • Pulsatilla: Breast milk can be watery, suppressed or blocked or flow profusely. The flow may also be quite variable. The patient tends to have symptoms that change often. They also tend to be yielding in nature and easily brought to tears with a warm personality. They can cry while nursing the baby. Patient is worse in a warm room and much better in open air. They are also thirstless.
  • Ricinus communis: can help increase milk secretion. Make sure to use in the right potency because different potencies of Ricinus act differently in the body - 6C improves milk secretion while 30C reduces milk supply and is used for weaning.
  • Urtica urens: No breast milk is produced at all and there does not seem to be a cause for the problem. Breasts can be swollen with stinging pains like the sting of a bee. The breasts may also itch. Patient can also experience a stinging or itching rash. There is an aggravation from cold and cold bathing.

Weaning

When to wean is a personal decision. To allow both mom and baby to adjust physically and emotionally to the change, weaning should be a gradual process. Weaning is easier and painless if you take homeopathic medicines. They decrease the milk supply, thus relieving the swelling of the breasts and the pain. The most commonly used homeopathic medicines for weaning include:

  • Lac caninum: use a 30C potency.
  • Pulsatilla: use a 30C potency.
  • Ricinus communis: Use a 30C potency. Make sure to use in the right potency because different potencies of Ricinus exert a different action - 6C improves milk secretion while 30C reduces milk supply and is used for weaning.

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Below are the more common homeopathic remedies used after an acute fracture. Each remedy also has many other applications in practice, but I am only describing the things related to broken bones. Keep in mind that a person could need any one of a much larger number of remedies—you have to match the patient and their symptoms to the best possible remedy at that moment in time. So always take a full case, prescribe for the whole person, and don’t limit yourself to choosing from this group of remedies alone!

  • Arnica: brings down pain and swelling that accompanies any injury or wound; try to give it as soon as possible after the injury. Remember that after Arnica is taken, the swelling can be so reduced that it might be difficult to tell from observation alone that there is a fracture.
  • Hypericum: I will use this remedy for fractures to areas that are rich in nerves especially the fingers, toes, and spine. Can help when there is great pain in those areas directly around a break.
  • Bryonia: This remedy might be indicated some days after the accident, when the shock and trauma have passed but any motion brings on tremendous pain. The person wants to stay perfectly quiet and still to help prevent jarring, which can cause pain in the area of the broken bone, even after it has been set. The person is usually irritable and cranky, and prefers to be left alone.
  • Calcarea phosphorica: useful if, after an appropriate amount of time in the cast, an X-ray shows that the bone healing has not come as far as it should have; think of this remedy when there is slow healing to bone. People needing it tend to be irritable, restless, and in a sour mood.
  • Eupatorium perfoliatum: use when there is deep or aching pain at or near the site of a fracture. Can use it at the time of the break, but also some weeks later if the pain has persisted. The person may also have general aching in the body, even in areas far from the break.
  • Ruta graveolens: helps to heal injuries to the periosteum—a rather dense, fibrous material that covers bones and is the place that tendons and muscles attach. When a bone breaks, these areas are also impacted, and the bruised painful feeling can remain. People needing Ruta tend to be restless.
  • Symphytum: helps broken bones rejoin and heal. Some homeopaths give it routinely after a bone is set. Also good when pain remains in older, already healed fractures.

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We all get bruises from time to time. But your bruises can heal much faster with the help of the following remedy:

  • Arnica: first remedy for bruises and trauma; use in high potency for severe accidents/when concussion is suspected/diagnosed; use in lower potency for less dramatic injuries. Cream form should only be applied to unbroken skin.
  • Aconite: muscle weakness, numbness, lameness in limbs after injury; good for a person experiencing great fright or terror after trauma.
  • Bellis perennis: Deep trauma, bruising to soft tissue, internal organs; blows to the breasts, abdomen, pelvis; abdominal, pelvic trauma.
  • Bryonia: bruising and aching so the injured person can barely stand to be still, but movement worse with movement; pain improves from pressure.
  • Hypericum: first choice for nerve injuries/injuries in nerve-rich areas (like hands and skin); sharp pains radiating centrally from wound, especially from fingertips, tailbone, nailbeds, toes, soles of feet; useful for prevention of infection, including tetanus; pain seems out of proportion to injury severity; severe bites or any laceration to the tongue.
  • Ledum: puncture wounds – stepping on nails, staples, needles, etc; mottled, purplish bruising with excessive swelling; injured part often feels icy cold to the touch; injured area feels better for ice cold applications – cannot stand to remove the cold pack, no tolerance for warm applications or exposure to heat; wounds with threatened infection with superficial redness surrounded by paleness, often with coldness of the area.

Note: if the bruise is due to an injury to the head or face, careful observation for 24 hours is indicated. If the injured person's mental status (alertness, ability to reason, memory, orientation) worsens, it may be a sign of injury to the brain, and professional medical help should be sought today. If the person becomes unconscious, has increasing head pain, or begins repeated vomiting, seek professional medical help immediately.

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When insects bite and your body reacts with pain, discomfort, swelling, and itching, consider these remedies:

  • Apis mellifica: probably the most commonly used remedy for bug bites, especially if the ­discomfort is stinging in nature and there is quite a bit of swelling. Usually the area is warm or hot to touch, and you will feel relief with ice or a cold application. The area may also look more like hives, with a spread of the swelling
    and redness.
  • Ledum: for bites when cold applications bring some relief, but the affected area is generally cold (rather than warm). There may be a slight bluish tinge to the site of the bite.
  • Hypericum:  can be used for bites or stings that cause sharp and/or shooting pains, especially in areas rich in nerves like the fingers or toes.
  • Staphysagria: when there are many mosquito bites, and the individual bite areas spread out into welts.
  • Urtica urens: helpful when there are red, swollen bites that itch and sting, or when the area has become more like hives due to the bites.

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Chicken pox can be uncomfortable and painful (for both the child and the parent) and the only way to deal with it is to wait for it to run its course. However, homeopathy can help speed up the healing process – and quickly calm the itch and irritation of this childhood illness.

Let's look at the handful of remedies that are often called for in cases of chicken pox:

  • Aconite: Early cases, with restlessness, anxiety and high fever.
  • Antimonium tart: Delayed or receding, blue or pustular eruptions. Drowsy, sweaty and relaxed; nausea. Tardy eruption, to accelerate it. Associated with bronchitis, especially in children.
  • Belladonna: Severe headache: face flushed; hot skin. Drowsiness with inability to sleep.
  • Mercurius: To be used should vesicles discharge pus.
  • Rhus toxicodendron: Intense, annoying itching. Generally the only remedy required; under its action the disease soon disappears.
  • Sulphur: like with Rhus toxicodendron, rash is extremely annoying; very thirsty and hungry but takes more than can eat.

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Homeopathy works beautifully to speed healing and relieve pain after birth so that you can enjoy mothering your new baby.

  • Arnica: This is the number one remedy for the pain and “bruised all over” feeling that many women feel after birth. Take 1 to 2 pellets of Arnica 30C every 2 to 3 hours for the first day, and then take a dose 2 or 3 times a day for the next 2 or 3 days as needed. It will help to stop pain and bleeding and ease the effects of physical and mental shock.
  • Hypericum: This is an excellent remedy for relieving pain in areas rich in nerve endings, such as the intense pain that may follow an episiotomy, a forceps or vacuum delivery, or an epidural or other IV injection. Shooting pains, and pain in the tailbone or perineum may also be relieved by this remedy.
  • Staphysagria: This remedy will relieve pain from deep surgical incisions after Cesarean sections or episiotomies. It will also help severe pain and sensitivity of the genital organs that is worse after sitting. This mother may have feelings of anger, shame, or humiliation from the birth experience.
  • Bellis perennis: This remedy will help the mother who has deep aching pain and bruised soreness in the pelvis following a Cesarean section, forceps delivery, or similar trauma, especially if Arnica hasn’t helped.
  • Calendula: This remedy has a reputation for healing infected wounds (e.g. incisions). It can be taken orally in the 6c, 12c, or 30c strength, but it also works wonders in cream or gel when applied directly to the inflamed area (e.g. perineum). Calendula gel or cream is also excellent for diaper rash and sore, cracking nipples – both as a healer and as a preventative.
  • Phytolacca: A woman needing this remedy may have painful, inflamed, or red breasts; lumps in the breast; or cracked nipples. When the baby nurses, pain radiates from your nipple all over your body. You feel exhausted with aching muscles or joints, as if you have the flu. This remedy is a rapid healer for certain kinds of mastitis.

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Note: Choking is a life-threatening emergency. If someone is choking, immediately administer the Heimlich Maneuver and call an ambulance. Take a Red Cross or American Heart Association CPR Course to learn how to administer this potentially lifesaving maneuver. Once the person is out of danger, you may administer the remedy below.

  • Aconite: for fright after a choking episode.

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Ever had a colicky baby - or know someone who does?  It's a problem that is painful for the child and exhausting for the parent. Some colicky children literally cry most of the time they are awake. But homeopathy can be an extraordinary gift - bringing quick relief.

There are a large number of remedies that can relieve a child with colic.  Here are a few to consider:

  • Chamomilla: Child is very irritable and fretful. Must be carried. Distress after nursing.  Sleepless. When they do sleep they start and jerk the limbs.
  • Colocynth: The child writhes in every possible direction, doubles itself up and seems in great distress. It cries very hard.
  • Ipecacuanha: There is much sickness of the stomach. The more constant the nausea, the more certainty Ipecac is the remedy.
  • Magnesia carb: Much colic, which is finally relieved by a green, liquid stool. This occurs many times day and night.
  • Nux vomica: Much colic with constipation. The child cries much, draws its feet up and kicks them out again.  May be indicated if mother eats lots of spicy and stimulating food.
  • Podophyllum: An attack of colic at daylight every morning. Severe colic, causing an absolute retraction of abdominal muscles.
  • Stannum: The child's colic is relieved by pressing firmly upon its abdomen. When it is crying with colic, relief is at once obtained by carrying it with its abdomen resting on the point of the mother's shoulder.

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Normal bowel patterns vary a great deal from person to person. One person’s normal pattern may be a bowel movement two to three times daily, while another person may move their bowels once every 3 days without problem. It is not essential to have a daily bowel movement to maintain good health.

The information here is for the treatment of occasional bowel difficulties. If problems recur frequently or persist, your practitioner should be consulted, as this can indicate an internal imbalance that should be addressed.

  • Alumina: for difficulty passing soft, sticky stool requiring great quantities of toilet paper.
  • Bryonia: great difficulty passing large, hard, dry stools; feces dark as if burned; person is irritable and ill-tempered.
  • Graphites: no urge to defecate; may go for days without bowel movement; feces shaped like round balls stuck together with mucus, painful to pass; rectal fissures or cracks, hemorrhoids that burn and itch; anus aches after passing stool and becomes sore from wiping; person gloomy.
  • Natrum muriaticum: hard, crumbly stool that causes rectal bleeding, smarting and soreness; constriction of the anus, bleeding, and pain.
  • Nux vomica: to help break a “laxative habit” where the person is unable to move their bowels without taking a laxative; one done is used before bedtime for several days.
  • Silica: “bashful stool” that starts out and goes back in; soreness around anus and often oozing of mucus.
  • Sulphur: for painful stool from rectal fissures; ineffectual urging, with anal burning; may alternate with diarrhea; feces hard, dark, and dry; tendency to hemorrhoids.

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We all suffer from coughs and colds at one time or another. Sometimes the symptoms are mild and sometimes they knock us off of our feet for several days. Homeopathy can help to shorten the duration and severity of your cold symptoms, as well as improve how you feel during the process.

Below is a list of commonly used remedies for coughs and colds. To choose a remedy, remember that the sick person does not need to have all of the symptoms listed for a particular remedy, but most of the symptoms the person has (including all of the prominent symptoms) should be listed.

  • 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 Allium cepa); 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.

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Croup can be very scary for parents... your child awakens at night coughing and gasping for air. Homeopathy works very well for these young patients.

There are a number of great homeopathic remedies to consider first when you confront this condition late some night:

  • Aconite: This remedy should always be given at the first; it will often prove to be the only one needed, if given right, unless some other remedy is strongly, indicated. Aconite will be called for if there is a high fever, skin dry, much restlessness and distress. Cough and loud breathing during inspiration. Every expiration ends with a hoarse hacking cough.
  • Bromine: Spasms of the larynx, suffocative cough, horse whistling, croupy sound with great effort; rattling breathing; gasping; impeded respiration, heat of the face, much rattling in larynx when coughing.
  • Hepar sulph: If there is a rattling, choking cough, becoming worse particularly in the morning part of the night. Patient tends to be chilly. Cough can be worse from cold drafts or cold room - better warm moist air.
  • Spongia: The cough is dry and silibant; or it sounds like a saw driven through a pine board, each cough corresponding to a thrust of the saw.

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There are many homeopathic remedy options to help heal cuts, scrapes, and other types of open wounds quickly and naturally. Choose from the remedies below the next time you or your family gets a cut or similar injury:

  • Calendula: open wounds with capillary bleeding (like in hands, feet, etc.) – use compression to stop flow of blood; raw, open, and inflamed wounds whenever fever is present; early stages of infection with whitish pus draining from closed wound.
  • Staphysagria: incisions, stab wounds, clean cuts; lacerations and incisions that are slow to heal; wounds and lacerations to globe of eye.
  • Phosphorus: wounds which bleed freely, heal, then break open and bleed again; nosebleeds, especially due to a blow; any profuse bleeding with bright red blood; patient might have extreme thirst.

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Diarrhea affects most people at one time or another and can be quickly and easily eased by homeopathy. The following are some remedies to consider for treating a person with diarrhea.

  • Arsenicum: person is restless, exhausted, fearful, chilly; thirsty; a great deal of burning and/or cramping pain in abdomen; stomach feels heavy; thirsty for small amounts of water; worse when eating or drinking, especially cold food or drink; rectal burning with bowel movement; when something has been eaten that doesn’t agree with the person, or from eating spoiled food.
  • Colocynthis: cramping, abdominal pain, better strong pressure and warmth; pain is worse upon eating or drinking; vomiting when pain is severe; after anger or suffering insult to his/her sense of justice.
  • Cuprum arsenicosum: burning, crampy, colicky pains in lower bowels, with vomiting sensation of collapse.
  • Gelsemium: from anticipation of even an enjoyable event; from fear of an ordeal; may follow a fright.
  • Podophyllum: profuse, offensive smelling yellow or yellow-green stools, often completely liquid, forcefully squirted out, worse in early AM or after eating; not terribly sick; painless, or cramping relieved by warmth and bending double.
  • Sulphur: stools changeable (sometimes yellow and watery, sometimes slimy with undigested food); urgent need to defecate drives person out of bed first thing in the morning.
  • Veratrum album: violent diarrhea, usually with vomiting, ejected forcefully in great quantity; colicky abdominal cramps temporarily better from diarrhea; may purge from mouth and rectum at same time; severe chilliness, cold perspiration (especially on forehead); cramps in extremities; great weakness; body and even breath cold; thirst for large quantities of cold water.

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