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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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The following are common remedies for sciatica:

  • Magnesia phosphorica: The person needing this will have a classic sciatica pattern of nerve pain extending from the low back down the back of the buttocks and leg. The pain can be cramping (often from overexertion) or sudden, violent, and neuralgic such as cutting, shooting, or sharp, lightning-like pains. When the sciatica is on the right side and is better from warmth and pressure, yet the warmth is more relieving than pressure, consider this remedy.
  • Colocynthis: This is another classic sciatica remedy. When sciatica is left-sided and the pain is better from warmth and hard pressure, but pressure gives the most relief, Colocynthis will often help. In their state of violent pain, the person may be angry, indignant, impatient, and easily offended, and they may want to be alone because their friends irritate them; yet these mental-emotional symptoms are not as necessary to the prescription of Colocynthis as are the physical symptoms.

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There are many possible remedies to help a person with shingles. But remember, if you're treating yourself at home and your symptoms do not get better, please seek advice from a professional homeopath. Here are a few of the more common remedies for shingles:

  • Rhus toxicodendron: Skin is red, hot, swollen, with intense itching and blister-like vesicles. Better from hot water and worse from cold drafts or cold applications. Burning and neuralgic pains after shingles that are worse from rest and beginning to move, but better with continued motion; they are also better from heat or a hot bath (compare to Arsenicum because both have the symptom of being better from a hot bath). Worse from exposure to cold wet weather, and better from warm dry weather.
  • Ranunculus bulbosus: Eruption or post-herpetic neuralgia pain is often on the torso, chest, and in the intercostal spaces between the ribs. Stitching pains in the chest and between the shoulder blades. Skin eruptions are often bluish or dark blue. Burning with intense itching; worse from touch, wet weather, motion, taking a deep breath, and turning the body. Shooting pains with thickening of the skin and formation of hard scabs. Worse from cold and changes of temperature; better from rest, warm applications, and warm weather.
  • Arsenicum album: Burning, itching red blisters; the burning is better from hot applications or a hot bath. Painful, shooting or burning neuralgia. Symptoms are worse after or around midnight, in open air, and in cold air. In general, people needing this remedy are chilly, anxious, and restless.
  • Mezereum: Eruptions itch violently and burn like fire; when dry scabs form, they cause great pain if torn off. Neuralgic burning pains after shingles. The ­person is very chilly and very sensitive to cold air (even a fan), yet they have internal burning pains and are worse at night, worse from warmth and warm applications, and better from cold applications to the skin.
  • Iris versicolor: Herpes zoster on the right side of the body. Fine eruption, showing black points after scratching, with great itching at night. Vesicular ­eruption, becoming pustular, on arms, abdomen, back, buttocks, and left knee; much itching in evening.
  • Mercurius: Skin eruptions are vesicular, moist, burning when touched, and ­surrounded by dry scales that easily bleed. They itch more when the person is warm and in bed (compare to Sulphur, which has similar indications). Itching is worse from perspiration; the person perspires easily; the sweat may be oily, have a foul odor, and stain clothing yellow.
  • Sulphur: Skin eruptions with violent itching and burning that are worse from scratching and from washing/bathing. Worse from becoming warm, from the warmth of the bed, and from warm applications/bathing.

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  • Arnica: pale, cold, clammy skin; rapidly rising pulse, restlessness; shallow breathing; feeling of impending disaster.
  • Aconite: instead of arnica if patient is extremely fearful, agitated, restless.

Note: Get medical care immediately if shock is suspected.

Common in kids between the ages of 5 and 15: begins with a low-grade fever/chills with headache, body ache, sore throat, and cold-like symptoms like a runny nose. After these subside, a distinctive rash that looks like a ‘slapped cheek’ appears. The rash spreads to the trunk, arm and legs.

  • Ferrum phosphoricum: Slow onset; low grade fever; nosebleed.
  • Chamomilla: Fever stage has flushes of heat in head and face; fiery red rash on face; burning; cold limbs with burning heat of face; perspiration is hot with fever; behavior is key; whining restlessness; wants many things, then refuses them; aversion to touch but wants to be carried; very sensitive to pain; ugly behavior.
  • Apis: Chill stage of fever: worse from any warm coverings; better open air and from uncovering; heat stage of fever: extremely drowsy with great thirst; barely any perspiration; want cool cloths on red cheeks; ‘slapped’ face looks swollen, shiny and feels stinging & hot (just like a bee sting would look and feel); possibly with sore throat; fear of being alone and possessive of the mother (jealousy).

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Homeopathic remedies can be an important adjunct or even curative intervention in the treatment of a snakebite victim. This should attempted only while getting as quickly as possible to the nearest emergency medical facility. Here are some remedies to consider for snakebites:

  • Aconite: useful at the initial stages, when the person has great fear of death, with anxiety or panic and restlessness.
  • Arsenicum album: may help chilly, anxious, restless people, who fear death and desire company. They may have burning pains that are relieved by heat.
  • Carbo vegetabilis: useful for bite reactions that have progressed into shock, coldness, blue discolorations, weak pulse, clammy sweat, and collapse.
  • Cedron: known in herbal and homeopathic medicine for its “powers of antidoting snakebites”.
  • Echinacea: indicated for dullness, weakness, exhaustion, and marked drowsiness; the wound may be infected, septic-looking, and painful.
  • Hypericum perforatum: indicated for neuralgic, shooting pain around wounds of nerve-rich areas, such as fingers and toes.
  • Lachesis: may help the individual who has prostration, restlessness, painful swelling, bruising, and possibly bleeding; the person typically cannot bear anything tight around them (e.g. tight necklines or waistbands) and may be very talkative.
  • Ledum: useful for puncture wounds, especially when the wound feels cold and is relieved from cold applications. The person may have muscle twitches or spasms near the area of the bite.

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Also known as a stye.

  • Apis mellifica: a pinkish sty with stinging and burning pain. Edema and pain are relieved by cold compresses.
  • Belladonna: a tender red sty on with throbbing pain, the eye is sensitive to light.
  • Euphrasia: sensation of sand in the eye, eyelids are stuck together
  • Hepar sulph: an extremely painful sty in a child prone to acute suppurations, eyelids stuck together with purulent discharge; the child is irritable and touchy. A warm compress speeds the rupture and relieves the pain.
  • Pulsatilla: inflamed eyelids, stuck together with yellowish discharge; symptoms are alleviated by cold compresses; sty is painless or with mild pain; stye is almost always on the upper eyelid; shy and timid child prone to recurrent stys.
  • Silicea: also works well for preventing recurrent styes; a child prone to lingering suppurations
  • Staphysagria: the main medicine for chalazion (a lump in the eyelid that is not painful).Fits best children who tend to suppress their emotions.

Even the most devout sunscreen user can miss a spot or forget to reapply after having too much “fun in the sun.” If the sun has scorched your skin, homeopathy offers several remedies that can ease pain and prevent complications such as blisters and infection.

  • Arnica: Because there is often an element of shock present with sunburn over a large area, many homeopaths suggest taking one dose of this remedy before giving one of the following.
  • Cantharis:  Painful burning, possibly with itching, raw sensation. The burn feels better from cold applications and the person cannot remove the cold pack for even an instant. If taken immediately, it can prevent blistering.
  • Causticum: Burns that blister and ooze (like “chemical” burns). This remedy can be used for old burns that do not get well, and for ill effects from burns.
  • Urtica urens: Intense burning or stinging pain, often with violent itching. The burn feels worse from cold water, heat, exercise, and after sleeping.

Immediately after getting burned, apply a cool compress, which is preferable to ice packs that can damage skin and nerve endings. You can soak the compress in an herbal tincture for added benefit. Refresh compresses frequently, as soon as they “warm up” against the sunburned skin. Dilute one part tincture in ten parts sterile water. A spray bottle is another helpful way to apply diluted tinctures.

  • Aloe vera gel: A tried and true burn reliever; it should be applied to unbroken skin.
  • Hypericum tincture: Relieves pain on sunburn and unbroken blisters.
  • Calendula tincture: Helps prevent infection and blisters.
  • Urtica urens tincture: Soothes the sting of the burn.

Take a dose by mouth every 2-4 hours, as needed, but for no longer than 2 days. Sunburn can lead to heat exhaustion or heat stroke, so seek medical attention when in doubt.

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Know someone who's having surgery? Pass along these tips on how to recover/heal more quickly after surgery:

  • First, give Arnica – one dose of 200C given before surgery and immediately after. Arnica helps remove shock.
  • Next, after surgery, wait for return the patient to wake up and gauge their pain. As soon as pain is felt, give a dose of Arnica 200C. After 5 minutes, ask about the pain. If it is better give Arnica 200C every 20 minutes, or as needed.
  • After that only give another dose as needed – whenever there is pain.

If there is pain after Arnica is given immediately following surgery, 90% will not feel better with Arnica alone. Also give Hypericum 200C / 1 dose every twenty minutes for 6 doses, then as needed when pain returns.

  • You can also use a Hypericum tincture on gauze over the incision.

Here are indications for 5 remedies that are useful for patients suffering with primary focal hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating).

  • Sulphur: Excessive sweating on palms, soles, and underarms. Hot, sweaty hands. Warm-blooded, thirsty for large quantities; milk disagrees. Worse with heat, worse with washing and bathing, worse with standing. Body orifices are red (eg. red lips, red anus). All discharges are acrid, excoriating whrever they touch. Prone to itchy, burning, flaky, dry skin diseases. Itching from warmth. Feels good to scratch, but scratching causes burning.
  • Calcarea carbonica: Cold, sweaty hands and feet. May also have excessive sweating on chest and upper body. Calcarea cabonica patients tend to be chilly, obstinate, constipated, often desire eggs (especially hard boiled), milk, and cheese. They are chubby babies with cold feed who often have cradle cap and atopic eczema. Their heads may sweat profusely at night. They are late with the eruption of teeth and have difficulty with teething.
  • Silica: Profuse sweating of head, hands, feet, and underarms. The sweat of the feet can be quite offensive. (Remember Silica when parents complain of their child's stinky feet.) Silica patients tend to be cold, chilly, and lacking in vital heat. People who need this remedy may also have white spots on the nails and in-grown toenails. They tend to be very thirsty. Children who need this remedy are rather weak, yielding, faint-hearted, and anxious. THey tend to thave large heads and distended abdomens, and they can be slow to walk.
  • Lycopodium: Sticky and offensive perspiration of the feet and underarms. People needing this remedy are worse between 4pm and 8pm, worse with heat, worse in a warm room, and worse from warm applications (exception: throat and stomach problems are better with warm drinks). They may have numerous gastrointestinal disorders, including heartburn, flatulence, and liver problems. They may have premature graying of the hair.
  • Ignatia: Excessive sweating of the palms. This remedy is one of the premier remedies for grief. Especially suited to nervous, sensitive, easily excited persons who are quit to perceive and rapid in execution. Rapidly alternating emotions. It is a remedy of great contradictions (eg. people with hyperhidrosis whose sweating decreases with vigorous exercise). In general, people who need this remedy are worse with coffee and smoking.

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