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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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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.
  • Arsenicum album: For croup with suffocative attacks at night; especially after midnight; croup before or after rashes or hives; patient cannot breath through nose; complaints with much restlessness and thirst, but for less quantity of water; aggravation after drinking.
  • 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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