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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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  • Chamomilla: from severe pain.
  • Cinchona (China): from loss of blood.
  • Coffea cruda: from excitement.
  • Hepar sulphur: from slight pain.
  • Pulsatilla: from hot, stuffy atmosphere.

Note: If loss of consciousness is brief (a couple of minutes), get medical care immediately. If unconsciousness is longer than a minute or two, call an ambulance.

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Frequently, patients seek help for lingering fatigue that began after an illness. Typically this is secondary to influenza or mononucleosis, but can occur with strep throat, meningitis, Lyme disease, West Nile fever, malaria, and others.
Prolonged fatigue can also set in after a severe mental/emotional or physical shock. These individuals generally respond more slowly over weeks or months, but they frequently need only one homeopathic remedy to feel significantly better. Consultation with a trained homeopathic professional should be considered. Remedies that might be useful and their associated causes include:
  • Argentum metallicum: when there is a breakdown in the nerves.
  • Gelsemium sempervirens: after a fright, influenza, or a strong chill.
  • Kali phosphoricum: when there has been too much mental exertion or worry, especially in love relationships.
  • Natrum sulphuricum: when weakness occurs after a head or back injury.
  • Nux vomica: when there has been abuse of stimulants and alcohol, and a loss of sleep.
  • Phosphoric acid:  when there has been a strong grief.
  • Picric acid: when exhaustion results from overwork and intense study.
  • Selenium: when there is exhaustion on the sexual sphere from overindulgence.
  • Stannum metallicum: after pneumonia or lung problems.
  • Zincum metallicum: after influenza, or a disease (especially of the skin) that has been suppressed in some way.

Every parent worries when their child runs a fever.

A human body’s oral temperature ranges between 97 and 99 degrees. Anything over 100.4 is technically a fever. A body at a heightened temperature actually fights infection more efficiently than one at a normal temperature. Many parents hit the panic button at 100 degrees. Fever is a friend. Always call your doctor if you are concerned about the cause of a fever - but try to tame your anxiety about the fever itself and avoid using traditional analgesics to bring it down. Tylenol, Motrin, and aspirin all have side effects that can cause serious physical harm to small children. The correct homeopathic remedy will allow you or your child’s body to correct the problem - bringing the fever down in the process.

  • Aconite: sudden onset of symptoms; patient intensely nervous, restless, anxious and fearful; skin is hot, dry; bounding pulse.
  • Arsenicum album: fearful; restless; burning pain relieved by warmth; very thirsty for frequent sips of water; rapid prostration, increasing weakness; worse after midnight.
  • Belladona: sudden onset of symptoms; patient has a flushed face, high temperature; pulse is strong and rapid; they have little to no thirst; may become delirious.
  • Bryonia: “Grumpy bear” patient; patient prefers to lie still as they are worse from very little movement; very thirsty, drink large amounts of water; usually pale and quiet.
  • Ferrum phosphoricum: gradual onset of symptoms; red cheeks, throbbing head, but milder than belladonna; pulse fast and weak, better from cold applications on the head.
  • Gelsemium: “4 Ds” – dull, droopy, dumb, dopey; patient is chilly, aches all over, doesn’t want to move; dull headache, droopy eyes, heavy limbs, chills up and down back; despite fever, no thirst.
  • Phosphorus: patient has fever and chills and nightsweats; a thirst for cold drinks; often needed when a head cold goes into the chest; a child with a temperature of 104 degrees may appear to be perfectly well; patient may be hungry despite fever.
  • Pyrogenium: most indicated in blood poisonings; temperature goes up and down; pulse is weak and rapid; restless, aches all over, has chills, is alternatively hot and cold, and complains bed is hard.

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When to Call a Doctor

Here are a few tips:

  • Your child has a fever with no other symptoms that lasts for three days or more.
  • Your child develops a fever two to three days after surgery.
  • Your child has a fever with abdominal pain, vomiting, chest pains or rash.
  • Your child has a fever and is three months old or younger.


The flu can come on suddenly and stop you in your tracks - but there are many homeopathic remedies that can help bring relief and shorten the duration of the flu.

The following are some remedies that can bring relief during the flu:

  • Arsenicum album: great prostration with extreme chilliness and a thirst for frequent sips of warm drinks. The eyes and nose stream with watery, acrid discharges. Feels irritable and anxious.
  • Baptista: gastric flu with vomiting and diarrhea. Comes on suddenly. Feels sore and bruised all over. Profuse perspiration with a high fever and extreme thirst. Feels (and looks) dazed and sluggish.
  • Bryonia: flu comes on slowly. Aching pains in all the joints are worse for the slightest motion. Painful dry cough that makes the head hurt. Extreme thirst at infrequent intervals. Feels intensely irritable and wants to be alone.
  • Eupatorium perfoliatum: the pains are so severe it feels as if the bones are broken. The muscles ache and feel sore and bruised as well. A bursting headache with sore, aching eyeballs. The nose runs with much sneezing, and the chest feels sore and raw. Thirsty for cold water even though it brings on violent chills in the small of the back.
  • Ferrum phosphoricum: a fever develops, a flu is likely but the symptoms aren’t clearly developed yet (and Aconite didn’t help). Take 3 doses every 2-4 hours.
  • Gelsemium: flu comes on slowly especially when the weather changes from cold to warm. The muscles feel weak and achy. There’s a great feeling of heaviness everywhere-the head (which aches dully), limbs, eyelids, etc. No thist at all. Fever alternative with chills and shivers that run up and down the spine. Feels (and looks) apathetic, dull, and drowsy.
  • Mercurius solubilis: fever with copious, extremely offensive perspiration that doesn’t provide any relief (unlike most feverish sweats). The breath smells bad, there’s more salivation than normal and an extreme thirst.
  • Nux vomica: gastric flu with vomiting and diarrhea. The limbs and back ache a great deal. The nose runs during the day and is stopped up at night. Fever with chills and shivering especially after drinking. Very chilly and sensitive to the slightest draught of air or uncovering. Feels extremely impatient and irritable.
  • Pyrogenium: serious flu with severe pains in the back and the limbs and a terrible, bursting headache. Feels beaten and bruised all over. Very restless and feels better on beginning to move. Chills in the back and the limbs with a thumping heart.
  • Rhus toxicodendron: flu in cold, damp weather. Great restlessness: aching and stiffness in the joints is worse for first motion, it eases with continued motion and then they feel weak and have to rest after which they stiffen and have to move again. Pains are better for warmth. Feels anxious and weepy.
At the first sign of a flu Oscillococcinum® can also be taken right at the very beginning of feeling ill but before any symptoms have developed. 
Flu prevention: Give yourself an increased chance of staying healthy during flu season by eating all the right things, getting enough exercise, rest, and sleep. Washing your hands when around those who are sick will help to reduce your chances of contracting the disease. The homeopathic remedy Influenzinum can be used as a preventative—taken once a month during flu season with additional doses if in contact with someone who has the flu. Many homeopathic pharmacies make it fresh each year from that year's flu vaccine.

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If you are unlucky enough to get food poisoning with vomiting and diarrhea, these remedies can usually speed your recovery:

  • Arsenicum album: Is effective for treating food poisoning caused by consumption of contaminated fruits (particularly melon), fish, meat, ice cream or canned foods; and it works for most food poisoning with vomiting and diarrhea.Those needing it are usually restless and anxious. They often cannot stand the sight or smell of food. They are often thirsty, frequently for sips of ice cold water (which may be vomited shortly after drinking). Simultaneous vomiting and diarrhea may occur, although Arsenicum might be indicated in patients with only one or the other. The stool is often foul and burning while the patient is chilly and desires warmth. These patients sometimes develop a fastidious quality, which may be manifest by something as simple as wanting a bedside basin or other sickroom implement placed "just so."
  • Carbo vegetabilis: Patients needing this remedy often have the characteristic "air hunger"—that is, they want air blowing in their face. They may not be short of breath and they are often chilly, but the cool air fanned on their face feels good. Like those needing China, they tend to be flatulent and may have a colic that is better from bending double. The stool is usually foul with a decomposed quality.

  • China (Cinchona): Patients needing China are often bloated and flatulent. The diarrhea tends to be dark, foul, and watery, and there is often undigested food present. They may have a colicky pain in the abdomen that is better by bending double (also consider Colocynthis if this symptom is present). In patients who need China, debility is marked; they are weak and oversensitive from their exhausting discharges. 

  • Colocynthis: The leading characteristic of Colocynthis is severe abdominal colic that compels the patient to bend double and/or to press into the abdomen. The stools are often frothy or watery. The symptoms are often brought on by anger and the patient is easily vexed. 

  • Ipecac: Homeopathic Ipecac is called for in those whose nausea is severe and relentless, not relieved by vomiting. There may be a griping or drawing pain about the navel, and the stool may be frothy or slimy.

  • Nux vomica: Ineffectual urging with a bowel movement is typical for those needing Nux vomica. They feel they need to go (and they can't), or they go and feel they need to go more. Typically they are chilly and irritable, sometimes downright ugly in their behavior.

  • Podophyllum: Patients needing this remedy generally have a gushing, painless, foul-smelling stool. The episodes are often preceded by a gurgling in the abdomen and may be relieved at times by lying on the abdomen. Podophyllum is a common remedy in cases with gushing profuse stools. 

  • Pulsatilla: Often the rememdy needed after bad fish. Like the Carbo veg patients, those needing Pulsatilla often want cool, fresh air. They often feel "too warm," but have little thirst. Emotionally, they may be whiney and easily offended, but they usually feel "wimpy" (emotional, tearful) and they desire sympathy. The stomach often feels heavy, as if weighted by a stone. The diarrhea can be changeable. 
  • Lycopodium: after bad shellfish (especially oysters).
  • Urtica urens: This remedy, homeopathic stinging nettles, is more commonly used for cases where hives are associated with food poisoning, as is often the case after eating bad fish.

  • Veratrum album: good for vomiting and diarrhea (if Arsenicum album doesn’t help). The skin will be especially pale and feel clammy to the touch. There is also a thirst for cold water, which tends to be vomited up very soon after it has been drunk. Moving around intensifies the nausea.

  • Belladona: allergic reaction to MSG.

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Frostbite is the body’s way of protecting itself from hypothermia and can range from mild to severe. In mild frostbite the skin looks cold and can be numb and stiff. It’s uncomfortable but doesn’t lead to permanent damage. In second degree frostbite the skin turns white or blue and feels hard and frozen. In severe frostbite the skin turns white, blue, or mottled. In severe cases a damaged area may need to be amputated. However, there are several remedies that can be used to quickly heal mild cases of frostbite at home. More severe cases require immediate medical attention.

  • Agaricus muscarius: this is the most common frostbite remedy. The person may feel like hot or cold needles are piercing him. The frostbite can itch and burn, sometimes intolerably, and the pains may be accompanied by a sensation of cold, numbness, and tingling. There may be trembling and/or twitching. The symptoms may appear diagonally, such as right hand and left foot.
  • Carbo vegetabilis: this person may be very sick. He may appear blue, icy-cold, weak, and exhausted. His limbs may feel heavy, stiff, and paralyzed. Although he is terribly cold, he may want the window open or a fan pointed at him. He feels he needs the air in order to breathe.
  • Nitric Acid: the pain of frostbite has a characteristic sticking quality, like pain from a splinter. This person is extremely sensitive to pain. He will not want anyone to touch or move the painful area. He may appear irritable and anxious about his health.
  • Nux moschata: the skin will feel cold, dry, and may have bluish spots. The person may appear very drowsy and seem a little bewildered. Though his mouth and throat will be dry, he is characteristically thirstless.
  • Petroleum: people needing this remedy tend to have skin that cracks in the wintertime. The skin feels thick, tight, and hard. There can be swelling of the extremities with painful cracks or splits in the skin, accompanied by a burning sensation, itching, tingling, and/or numbness. The skin may also appear purple.
  • Pulsatilla: the pain can be shifting in intensity and location. For example, the person may complain of burning in the fingers and throbbing in the toes. The pain is worse if the affected part is hanging down. The person may be weepy and frightened, seeking comfort and sympathy.
  • Silica terra: the person needing this remedy tends to get cold very quickly. You may find him wrapped in blankets sitting by the fire, even if it’s not terribly cold out. Although his feet may feel icy cold, they may be very sweaty. The skin appears delicate, pale, and waxy.
  • Zincum metallicum: the frostbitten area will appear swollen and painful, and feels much worse if you rub it. The tip of the nose is easily frostbitten and will remain red long after it has been frostbitten. The affected areas can feel weak and may tremble and twitch. This person may appear confused and is likely to complain about their discomfort.

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