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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Whooping cough cases in the U.S. are rising at what the CDC describes as "an alarming rate". If your child develops whooping cough, consider one of the following remedies:

  • Arnica: Every coughing spell is announced with crying.
  • Arsenicum: When there is great prostration with waxy paleness and coldness of the skin.
  • Belladonna: The child gets very red in the face with every coughing spell.
  • Bryonia: Worse with motion. Cough worse after eating or drinking with vomiting.
  • Carbo veg: Great exhaustion after every coughing spell, with blueness of the skin, hot head and face. Patient wants to be fanned.
  • Causticum: A very dry cough remains a long time. Does not get entirely well.
  • Chamomilla: The cough is dry; child is very fretful, must be carried to be appeased, one red cheek.
  • Coccus cacti: Every coughing spell is terminated by spitting of large quantities of ropy mucus.
  •  Cuprum: With every coughing fit, the child coughs itself into a cataleptic fit - it appears as if the child were dead.
  • Drosera: When the child is worse, particularly after 12AM, with high fever, cough in violent spasmodic spells as if it would suffocate, sometimes bleeding at the nose and mouth.
  • Hepar:  When the cough seems complicated with croup; worse towards morning; the cough sounds croupy and it seems as if the patient would choke.
  • Ipecac:  Strangling with the cough till blue in the face.
  • Lachesis: Child always awakens in a coughing fit; it seems very faint and weak.
  • Mercurius: The child sweats very much at night. Can bleed from nose and mouth with each coughing spell. Either by day only or by night only, the child ALWAYS has double coughing spells, which are separated by intervals of perfect rest.
  • Nux vomica:  Hard dry cough with constipation.  Worse after 4:00PM.  The child becomes blue in the face and bleeds from the nose and mouth.
  • Pulsatilla:  Child is weepy. Cough very loose, with vomiting of mucus; diarrhea; cough worse at night.
  • Sepia: Cough always much worse in the morning when it is loose and terminates in an effort to vomit.
  • Squilla: During the cough the child sneezes, waters at the eyes and nose; the child constantly rubs its eyes, nose and face with its fists during the cough.

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