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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.

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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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While enjoying a perfectly wonderful child-like moment of rolling down a grassy hill with your niece, you stood up too quickly and proceeded to take tumble, twisting your ankle - ouch! You remembered PRICE (Protect, Rest, Ice, Compress, and Elevate) and have been taking Arnica. They helped, but two days later it’s still swollen and painful. Now what?
Consider these follow up remedies for ankle sprains: 
  • Bryonia: Sprains with severe pain. The pains are stitching and are worse for cold and the slightest movement. The sprained joint is better from rest (for keeping the joint perfectly still) and from pressure (tight bandaging).
  • Ledum palustreSprains with bruising. The joint feels cold and looks bruised (blue-black). Although the joint is cold, it feels better for ice cold compresses—the colder the better.
  • Rhus toxicodendron: Sprains with stiffness and restlessness. The pains are aching and the joint is worse when first moving it after a rest—and then better for a while with continued movement. It's hard to get comfortable in any position so a painful restlessness ensues. A sprained wrist cannot grip anything properly or strongly. Hot compresses and baths provide relief. 
  • Ruta graveolens: Constant pain and lameness. The pains are more bruised than aching. Worse from pressure, standing, or walking, and there's no relief from continued movement (as there is with Rhus tox). The pains are better with heat and wrapping the joint.
  • Strontium carbonicum: Repeated, chronic sprains. For weak, swollen ankles.

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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