Homeopathy

ABROTANUM
1. Artemisia abrotanum
Southernwood, lady’s love, old man.

Key Uses:
  • Chest symptoms that develop after skin eruptions have failed to come out
  • Emaciation and debilitation of the lower limbs, possibly in children who fail to thrive, or due to polio
  • Heart disease following the suppression of rheumatic symptoms
  • Mumps transferred from the parotid glands to the testes

    Origin : Native to southern Europe.

    Background : Containing a strong, volatile oil that repels insects, this plant’s leaves have long been used as a moth repellent when placed among clothes.

    Preparation : The fresh, finely chopped leaves and shoots are steeped in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : People for whom Abrotanum is best suited tend to be anxious and depressed. They may feel dull of mind and become easily fatigued when speaking or studying. Alternatively, they can be irritable, excited, and violent, and have an urge to shout.
    Key symptoms include emaciation and debilitation of the lower limbs, possibly in children who fail to thrive, or due to polio. A classic feature of Abrotanum is that certain symptoms die away rapidly and are immediately replaced by other symptoms. For example, chest symptoms may develop after skin eruptions have failed to come out, heart disease develops following the suppression of rheumatic symptoms, or mumps is transferred from the parotid glands to the testes.

    Symptoms Better : For passing loose stools; for movement.

    Symptoms Worse : For cold and damp air; if secretions are suppressed (for instance, by taking drugs to suppress diarrhea). .....
  • ABIES NIG
    2. Resina piceae
    Pine resin.

    Key Uses:
  • Indigestion, with a knotted sensation and stomach pains after eating
  • Hiatus hernia, gastritis, peptic ulcer

    Origin : Resin from the black spruce (Picea mariana), found in northern North America, from Alaska to Newfoundland.

    Background : The oil distilled from the wood of this tree is used largely in the manufacture of paints.

    Preparation : The resin from the tree is dried and macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : Low-spirited, nervous people who are unable to concentrate or settle are best suited to Abies nig. They are lethargic and dull by day, yet cannot sleep at night. Abies nig. is mainly associated with a sense of “blockage.” It is often used for indigestion with a knotted sensation, as if an egg or stone is lodged in the stomach. The stomach pain always develops after eating and, in an attempt to relieve the discomfort, there may be frequent belching, possibly with constipation, foul-smelling breath, and mild fever with alternating chills and fever. Tea and tobacco are often causative factors behind the Abies nig. symptom picture.

    Symptoms Better : For movement; for walking.

    Symptoms Worse : For tobacco; for tea; for eating. .....
  • ACETIC AC
    3. Acidum aceticum
    Acetic acid, glacial acetic acid, ethanoic acid.

    Key Uses:
  • Breathlessness
  • Diabetes
  • Fainting
  • Hemorrhaging
  • Postoperative exhaustion
  • Severe burning pains and tenderness in the stomach
  • Water retention

    Origin : Chemically prepared.

    Background : Dilute acetic acid is a principal component of vinegar, and is used in the herbal and culinary traditions of many diverse cultures.

    Preparation : Acetic acid is dissolved in alcohol, diluted, and succussed.

    Remedy Profile : People who benefit most from Acetic ac. often sigh due to feelings of depression, anxiety, or irritability, and are also prone to forgetfulness. They are often anemic, with pale, waxy, clammy skin and intense thirst. Despite profound sleepiness, they may find it difficult to sleep.
    Debilitation and emaciation are the key factors linked to this remedy. It is often prescribed to treat fainting, breathlessness, water retention, diabetes, or great exhaustion following an injury, an operation, or hemorrhaging.
    Severe burning pains and tenderness in the stomach can also be treated using Acetic ac., if they are accompanied by symptoms such as sour-tasting belches, vomiting, and profuse salivation, or by the classic debilitation symptoms.

    Symptoms Better : For lying on the stomach; for belching; for potatoes.

    Symptoms Worse : In the morning; for movement; for overexertion; for lying on the back; for bread and butter; for vegetables; for cold drinks; for wine. .....
  • ABIES CAN
    4. Abies canadensis syn. Tsuga canadensis
    Hemlock spruce, Canada pitch, Canada spruce.

    Key Uses:
  • Digestive disorders associated with inflamed mucous membranes in the stomach and poor absorption of food
  • Palpitations caused by nausea, bloating, and severe burning pain in the abdomen

    Origin : Native to North America and eastern Asia.

    Background : As early as 1535, native Americans used this plant internally for indigestion, and externally (mixed with castor oil) for gonorrhea.

    Preparation : The fresh bark and young buds are macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : Abies can. is best suited to people who tend to be either fretful or quiet and careful. Often weak, nervous, and lightheaded, they may lie down frequently, especially with their legs drawn up, to avoid fainting.
    Classic physical characteristics include chilliness and clammy skin, a sensation that the blood has turned to cold water, or a feeling that there is a wet cloth between the shoulder blades.
    Abies can. is given primarily to treat digestive disorders associated with inflamed mucous membranes in the stomach and poor absorption of food. Overeating is common in such cases; even after eating there are hunger pains and rumbling in the bowels. Nausea, bloating, and severe burning pain in the abdomen may cause palpitations to develop in the heart.

    Symptoms Better : For pressure on the affected area; for passing gas.

    Symptoms Worse : After standing for long periods; for sitting; for drinking tea. .....
  • ABSINTHIUM
    5. Artemisia absinthium
    Common wormwood, green ginger.

    Key Uses:
  • Fits, seizures, and epilepsy in children
  • Nervousness in children
  • Terrible dreams and insomnia in children
  • Trembling, grimacing, and unsteadiness, possibly linked to alcoholism
  • Vertigo in children

    Origin : Native to Europe, but now grows wild in central Asia and the eastern US, and is widely cultivated in temperate areas.

    Background : Common wormwood was originally a primary flavoring in vermouth, and the basis of absinthe, an addictive drink popular in 19th-century France but now illegal in many countries.ARGENTUM METALLICUM (Silver)

    Preparation : The fresh flowers, young leaves, and shoots are steeped in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : Those who respond best to Absinthium are prone to nervous overexcitement, experiencing terrifying, horrible dreams and dreadful hallucinations. A kind of brutal stupor or stupidity may even be apparent in them.
    Absinthium is primarily associated with the nerves, and key symptoms include trembling, grimacing, and unsteadiness, possibly linked to alcoholism. In children the remedy may be given for terrible dreams, nervousness, insomnia, vertigo, fits or seizures, and epilepsy.

    Symptoms Better : For movement.

    Symptoms Worse : For rising from bed or from a seat; for staying still. .....
  • ACTAEA SPIC
    6. Actaea spicata
    Baneberry, herb Christopher.

    Key Uses:
  • Rheumatoid arthritis with pain that may be severe enough to make the limbs feel paralyzed
  • Rheumatism of the small joints of the hands and wrists

    Origin : Native to Eurasia, although now found in many temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere.

    Background : Herbalists use this plant to treat rheumatic symptoms, especially those occurring in minor joints. Its purplish-black berries are used in dyes.

    Preparation : The fresh root, collected after the shoots emerge and before bloom, is chopped and macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : Actaea spic. is most suited to sad, absentminded people who are easily startled and often prey to fear or anxiety. They are prone to a fear of death, particularly when in bed at night. Their judgment is generally poor, and they may feel hopeless, confused, impatient, and restless, especially if they experience a shock. They may even think that they are going insane. They may be egotistical and unreliable in relationships.
    Actaea spic. is usually given for this state of mind in conjunction with rheumatoid arthritis that is accompanied by tearing pains, especially if minor joints such as the wrists are affected. The pain may be so severe that the limbs actually feel paralyzed, causing crying out, weariness, and possibly eventual lameness.
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    Symptoms Better : None known.

    Symptoms Worse : For changes in the weather or temperature; for cold air; at night; for touch; for the slightest fatigue; for the slightest exertion; for mental exertion. .....
  • ADONIS
    7. Adonis vernalis
    False hellebore, yellow pheasant’s eye.

    Key Uses:
  • Asthma
  • Headaches
  • Heart degeneration, perhaps following a bout of severe influenza or rheumatic fever
  • Edema

    Origin : Native to Russia and the Black Sea region, and now found in much of Europe, growing on mountain pastures.

    Background : The plant takes its name from Adonis, a Greek mythological figure linked to the seasonal renewal of plant life. In Russia it is used as a heart remedy.

    Preparation : The chopped aerial parts of the plant are steeped in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : People for whom Adonis is suitable tend to be apprehensive and prone to horrible dreams and restless sleep. They generally feel “waterlogged” and uncomfortable.
    The classic symptom picture for Adonis is of heart degeneration, perhaps following a bout of severe influenza or rheumatic fever. There may be pain and palpitations in the area around the heart. The heart rhythms may be abnormally rapid or slow and faltering, possibly because of diseased valves or fatty degeneration. Edema (an irregular accumulation of fluid in the body tissues or cavities), which develops as a result of poor circulation and is accompanied by scanty urine, may be treated by Adonis.
    The remedy is also used to treat asthma with breathlessness, discomfort, or heart disease. Further symptoms may include headaches that move from the back of the head, around the temples, to the eyes.

    Symptoms Better : For exertion.

    Symptoms Worse : For cold; for lying down. .....
  • AESCULUS
    8. Aesculus hippocastanum
    Horse chestnut, conker.

    Key Uses:
  • Dry, rough, burning throat
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Varicose veins
  • Pain in the small of the back

    Origin : Native to southeastern Europe, and grown in temperate areas worldwide.

    Background : The common name is thought to originate from the traditional Turkish custom of feeding the nuts to horses as an antidote to flatulence.

    Preparation : The fresh, ripe, peeled, and finely chopped horse chestnuts are macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : This remedy is best suited to people who are very low, depressed, and irritable, with poor concentration. They may lose their temper easily, tending to brood afterward.
    The remedy is given primarily for treating hemorrhoids, especially when the rectum feels dry and uncomfortable, as though it is full of small sticks, or when the hemorrhoids are internal and associated with constipation and pain in the lower back. Often the anus feels hot, dry, and itchy. Lumpy stools may occur, with stabbing, tearing, or splinterlike pains in the anus. Distension in the bowels may develop, with colicky pain and foul- smelling gas. There may be varicose veins, and a feeling of congestion and tenderness in the liver. The hemorrhoids may be associated with pains and chills in the spine, and a dull, constant backache that makes bending down or rising after sitting difficult, and walking almost impossible.
    In addition, the remedy is given for a dry, rough, burning throat accompanied by sneezing and profuse catarrh.

    Symptoms Better : For cool air (unless it is directly inhaled); for vigorous exercise.

    Symptoms Worse : For bending or getting up from a seat; for walking; for standing; for breathing deeply; for swallowing; for passing stools; after eating; for sleep. .....
  • AGNUS CASTUS
    9. Vitex agnus-castus
    Agnus castus, chaste tree, monk’s pepper, wild lavender.

    Key Uses:
  • Fatigue
  • Impotence
  • Loss of libido
  • Postpartum depression
  • Premature ejaculation

    Origin : Native to the Mediterranean region and western Asia.

    Background : As the name “chaste tree” suggests, this plant was once thought to lower the libido. It was often chewed by monks, and in Italy blossoms are still strewn in the path of novices entering a convent.

    Preparation : The dried, ripe berries are macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : People who respond well to this remedy may be anxious about their health, especially their sexual health, and may have a strong presentiment of their own death.
    Agnus castus is given chiefly to people with low energy levels, depression, poor sexual vitality, and a low libido. It is helpful for fatigue due to menopause, or caused by alcohol or drug abuse, or following excessive amounts of sexual intercourse. In men, the remedy is generally prescribed for sexual conditions such as impotence, premature ejaculation with sexual arousal, or disinterest, particularly in men who formerly had a high libido. In women, Agnus castus may help where there is a loss of libido, especially during menopause, scanty or excessively heavy menstruation, or an enlarged uterus, possibly with a staining vaginal discharge. Postpartum depression and a lack of breast milk following childbirth may also be helped by the remedy.

    Symptoms Better : For scratching or pressing on the affected area.

    Symptoms Worse : For sexual excess; for ejaculating. .....
  • ALFALFA
    10. Medicago sativa
    Alfalfa, lucerne.

    Key Uses:
  • Anorexia
  • Cancer
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Insomnia
  • Malnutrition and weight loss
  • Nervous indigestion

    Origin : Native to Asia, north Africa, and Europe.

    Background : Cultivated for thousands of years as a fodder plant, alfalfa is highly nutritious and detoxifying, and has long been used herbally and in cooking.

    Preparation : The fresh aerial parts are finely chopped and macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : Alfalfa is usually given in the mother tincture form as a tonic for conditions associated with malnutrition or great weight loss, such as cancer, anorexia, nervous indigestion, insomnia, and chronic fatigue syndrome. There may be constant hunger or an increased appetite, particularly in the middle of the morning, and a craving for sweet foods. Further symptoms may include a left-sided headache or a heavy, dull sensation in the back of the head.

    Symptoms Better : None known.

    Symptoms Worse : In the evening. .....
  • AILANTHUS
    11. Ailanthus altissima
    Tree of heaven, shade tree, Chinese sumac, copal tree.

    Key Uses:
  • Fevers with great weakness and congestion of the blood
  • Mononucleosis, with swollen tonsils and neck glands

    Origin : Native to China and India, but can now also be found growing in North America, Europe, and Australia.

    Background : In Australia and Asia, the tree’s bark was used for profuse vaginal discharge, gonorrhea, worms, malaria, and asthma. Chinese herbalists use it to treat diarrhea and dysentery.

    Preparation : The fresh, budding flowers are macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : Ailanthus is best suited to those who feel extremely weak when ill, and frequently behave in a stupid, dull, and confused way. They may feel anxious, odd, or even crazy. Key symptoms indicating that this remedy is suitable are fevers with great weakness and congestion of the blood, which typically gives the skin a purple, mottled, swollen appearance. Ailanthus is often given for acute bouts of mononucleosis with swollen tonsils and neck glands. Pain extends from the neck glands to the ears on swallowing. The tonsils on the left side are mainly affected, and may develop oozing mucus or ulcers.

    Symptoms Better : For lying on the right side; for hot drinks.

    Symptoms Worse : For skin eruptions that fail to develop; for the slightest movement; for sitting up; for the sight of food. .....
  • AETHUSA
    12. Aethusa cynapium
    Fool’s parsley.

    Key Uses:
  • Anxiety with associated diarrhea
  • Confused state of mind with scattered thoughts
  • Marked dullness and sluggish mental state
  • Milk intolerance in children

    Origin : Found throughout Europe.

    Background : The poison from this plant is thought to produce marked dullness and stupor, hence its common name of fool’s parsley.

    Preparation : The whole flowering plant, with the root and unripe fruits, is chopped and macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : People who respond best to Aethusa are often characterized by poor concentration and a tendency to be easily distracted. They are generally reserved, alienated, reclusive, and irritable.
    Key symptoms associated with Aethusa include a confused state of mind with scattered thoughts; those affected may talk to themselves and behave foolishly. Other typical symptoms can include marked dullness and a sluggish mental state, possibly linked with an inability to study. These symptoms may be accompanied by prostration with a sense of staleness, or anxiety with associated nervous diarrhea.
    Aethusa is also appropriate for children with milk intolerance, notably babies who are prone to sudden vomiting after feeding, and who may have diarrhea. Lack of nutrition may set up a cycle of hunger, frequent feeding, and subsequent violent vomiting. This may result in a state of extreme exhaustion and collapse, causing the baby’s face to appear drawn, agonized, and aged. It may also seem as though the baby’s whole body has enlarged, particularly in the heart area.

    Symptoms Better : For open air; for walking; for company and conversation; for rest.

    Symptoms Worse : For warmth and hot weather; between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m.; for overexertion; for eating frequently; for milk. .....
  • AGRAPHIS
    13. Agraphis nutans
    Bluebell, wild hyacinth.

    Key Uses:
  • Ear, nose, and throat infections linked to catarrh and deafness, chills that develop after exposure to cold winds, and swelling of the adenoids and tonsils

    Origin : Found in established woodland areas throughout Europe.

    Background : According to legend, this flower was created by the Greek god Apollo in beloved memory of the youth Hyacinthus, whom he accidentally killed.

    Preparation : The fresh plant, young shoots, and roots are macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : People for whom Agraphis is best suited are low in vitality and prone to catching colds. The classic symptom picture is of ear, nose, and throat infections linked to catarrh and deafness, particularly during childhood. There may be catarrh in the bridge of the nose, obstructing the nostrils, and discharges from all the mucous membranes. Chills develop easily after exposure to cold winds, accompanied by diarrhea with mucus. During infection the tonsils and adenoids may be swollen.

    Symptoms Better : For shelter; for lying on the stomach.

    Symptoms Worse : For heat and humidity. .....
  • ALLIUM SAT
    14. Allium sativum
    Garlic.

    Key Uses:
  • Indigestion caused by a rich diet or by dietary change
  • Tearing pains in the hip area and abdomen

    Origin : Native to central Asia, and now grown worldwide.

    Background : Garlic is one of the most ancient of herbs, used by the Babylonians as early as c. 3000 BCE. It is now a popular culinary herb and an important medicinal plant, valued for its antibiotic properties.

    Preparation : The fresh garlic bulbs are minced and macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : Allium sat. is most appropriate for people who are oversensitive and need company. Although subject to many fears, they have a particular fear of being poisoned. They generally enjoy a rich, gourmet diet, especially one that includes meat, but are prone to indigestion and catarrh problems.
    The remedy is primarily associated with indigestion caused by a rich diet or by dietary change. The digestive process is accompanied by pressure in the upper abdomen, foul- smelling gas, and colicky pains around the
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    navel. Dull pains in the bowels and either constipation or diarrhea may be present. Allium sat. is also used to treat tearing pains in the hip area and abdomen.

    Symptoms Better : For sitting bent over.

    Symptoms Worse : In the evening; at night; for walking; for pressure on the affected area. .....
  • AMBROSIA
    15. Ambrosia artemisiaefolia
    Ragweed, Roman wormwood, hogweed.

    Key Uses:
  • Hay fever, possibly involving eyes that water, smart, burn, and itch, a congested nose or head, watery catarrh, sneezing, or nosebleeds, wheezy coughs, asthmatic irritations, or whooping cough, and diarrhea

    Origin : Found in Europe, Mexico, Brazil, and North America.

    Background : This plant’s green, tassel-like flowers produce large amounts of pollen that can trigger severe hay fever.

    Preparation : A tincture is made from the fresh flower heads and young shoots.

    Remedy Profile : Ambrosia is generally given for hay fever. The whole of the respiratory system may be affected. The nose and head feel congested, and there is sneezing, watery catarrh, and possible nosebleeds. The eyes water, smart, burn, and itch. There may be a wheezy cough, asthmatic irritation, or whooping cough. These symptoms may also be associated with diarrhea, notably in the summer months.

    Symptoms Better : For being indoors.

    Symptoms Worse : For being outside. .....
  • AMMONIUM MUR
    16. Ammonium chloratum
    Sal ammoniac, ammonium chloride.

    Key Uses:
  • Enlarged glands
  • Inflammatory eye conditions
  • Liver complaints
  • Menstrual disorders
  • Respiratory disorders, such as congested nose, sneezing, reduced sense of smell, sore throat, hoarseness, and thick, slimy mucus
  • Sciatica and joint pains

    Origin : Until the 19th century, the only source of this mineral was in central Asia, but now it is also chemically prepared.

    Background : Sal ammoniac is used industrially as an electrolyte in dry cells. Medicinally, it is found in many over-the-counter cold and cough medicines.

    Preparation : The compound is dissolved in alcohol, diluted, and succussed.

    Remedy Profile : This remedy is typically given to people who are grieving, sad, depressed, and tearful, yet are unable to weep. Usually reserved and self-pitying, they may resent feeling alone in the world.
    Ammonium mur. is generally used for these symptoms in conjunction with liver complaints, particularly if they are accompanied by pinching, shooting pains in the stomach, catarrh, and a violent cough that is dry and scraping or loose, and profuse. Inflammatory eye conditions, menstrual disorders, enlarged glands, joint pains, and sciatica are other possible symptoms that may appear, and for which the remedy may be prescribed. Further respiratory symptoms typically associated with Ammonium mur. include a congested nose, sneezing, a reduced sense of smell, a sore throat, hoarseness, and thick, slimy mucus in the nose and throat.

    Symptoms Better : For open air; for rapid movement; for walking bent over.

    Symptoms Worse : For walking erect; for chronic sprains; in the morning (in the case of head and chest symptoms); in the afternoon (in the case of abdominal pains); in the evening (in the case of joint pains). .....
  • ALUMEN
    17. Aluminum potassium sulphuricum
    Potash alum, double sulfate of aluminum and potassium.

    Key Uses:
  • Bleeding hemorrhoids
  • Bowel problems, especially in the elderly
  • Deep anal ache
  • Dysentery and bloody diarrhea
  • Painful ulceration in the rectum
  • Paralytic, sluggish muscle weakness
  • Severe constipation, possibly due to uterine or rectal cancer

    Origin : Chemically produced from sulfates of aluminum and potassium.

    Background : Potash alum is used in the making of chamois leather, and as a dye in the paint industry. It is used medicinally for minor bleeding cuts and mouth ulcers.

    Preparation : Pure crystals of potash alum are triturated with lactose sugar.

    Remedy Profile : People for whom Alumen is best suited are extremely anxious and sad. They are usually very nervous, experiencing tremors on hearing bad news, or palpitations on thinking about any illness that may affect them. They have a fear of falling, and may mistrust others. Sleep is light or elusive, and they tend to stay in bed more than necessary. Illness tends to develop during sleep. Alumen is often given to the elderly.
    The typical symptom picture for Alumen is of bowel problems and paralytic, sluggish weakness of the muscles. Disturbances of the bowel include dysentery and bloody diarrhea, painful ulceration in the rectum, bleeding hemorrhoids, and a deep anal ache. There may be severe constipation, possibly due to uterine or rectal cancer.

    Symptoms Better : For open air.

    Symptoms Worse : For cold; during sleep; for lying on the right side; for bad news. .....
  • AMMONIUM BROM
    18. Ammonium bromatum
    Ammonium bromide.

    Key Uses:
  • Coughs
  • Epilepsy
  • Neuralgic headaches
  • Ovarian problems
  • Sore eyes

    Origin : Chemically prepared.

    Background : This compound exists as colorless prismatic crystals with a salty taste. It is not used commercially.

    Preparation : The crystals are dissolved in alcohol, diluted, and succussed.

    Remedy Profile : People who respond best to Ammonium brom. tend to be timid and lack self-confidence. They fear failure and criticism, and are often resentful of other people. They have a tendency to bite their nails.
    Key symptoms linked with this remedy include neuralgic headaches, sore eyes, ovarian problems, and epilepsy. Symptoms may appear concurrently or individually. The constrictive head pains are like a band above the ears. During the aura (the warning sensation) preceding an epileptic fit, there may be feelings of suffocation and faintness, along with sighing and a need to walk around the room.
    Eye symptoms typically include sore, irritated eyes that feel as if they contain sand. There may be mucus bathing the eyes, swollen eyelids, and possibly a pterygium (a wing-shaped thickening of the conjunctiva). In the evening the eyes feel large, with constantly blurred vision.
    In women, symptoms may be associated with the ovaries. They may include nagging, neuralgic pains, bleeding of the uterus, and hard swelling, especially of the left ovary, possibly in conjunction with eye irritation. Ammonium brom. may also be prescribed for a tormenting, tickly, spasmodic cough, such as whooping cough, or it may be given for a strangling cough with mucus that tends to occur in the morning. Coughing may be incessant at night.

    Symptoms Better : For warmth; for warm drinks.

    Symptoms Worse : For open air or cold air. .....
  • AMYL NIT
    19. Amylium nitrosum
    Amyl nitrite.

    Key Uses:
  • Heart symptoms, such as chest pains and feelings of oppression
  • Hot flashes in conjunction with sunstroke, heart problems, or menopause

    Origin : Chemically prepared.

    Background : A powerful drug that dilates the blood vessels, amyl nitrate is often used in illegal recreational drugs such as “poppers.”

    Preparation : Amyl nitrite is dissolved in purified water, diluted, and succussed.

    Remedy Profile : Amyl nit. is most appropriate for people who are hot and red, feel constricted by their clothes, and have a desire for fresh air. They may be weak, anxious, restless, and weary, often due to disturbed sleep.
    The classic symptom picture is of flushing that spreads rapidly over the skin, followed by drenching sweats and great exhaustion. The remedy may be used for these symptoms in conjunction with menopause, sunstroke, or heart problems.
    Typical heart symptoms treated with Amyl nit. include sharp pains in the heart area and a feeling of oppression, with pain radiating down the right arm.

    Symptoms Better : For open air; for exercising outside; for rest; for drinking cold water.

    Symptoms Worse : For the slightest emotion; for physical or mental exertion; during the menopause. .....
  • ANACARDIUM OCC
    20. Anacardium occidentale
    Cashew nut.

    Key Uses:
  • Exam nerves and phobias
  • Leprosy
  • Muscle complaints
  • Skin eruptions
  • Warts

    Origin : Native to the West Indies.

    Background : The juice inside the shell is a skin irritant that causes blistering. In 19th- century Europe it was used to burn off warts and corns.

    Preparation : The black juice between the outer and inner shell is dissolved in alcohol, then diluted and succussed.

    Remedy Profile : Anacardium occ. is most appropriate for people who are prone to poor memory and willpower, and who feel mentally and physically apathetic and numb. They are prone to exam nerves and phobias.
    The remedy is given for the above state of mind in conjunction with skin and muscle complaints. Skin eruptions initially itch and burn, then become swollen and sore, before producing blisters that may become infected. The ears and face may itch and burn. Anacardium occ. may also be prescribed for warts or leprosy.

    Symptoms Better : None known.

    Symptoms Worse : On beginning to move. .....
  • ANHALONIUM
    21. Anhalonium lewinii syn. Lophophora williamsii
    Mescal buttons, peyote, sacred mushroom.

    Key Uses:
  • Hallucinations with blurred or multicolored vision disturbances
  • Lack of coordination, possibly with muscle tremors, nausea, faintness, giddiness, and neuralgic pains and facial paralysis
  • Mental exhaustion
  • Migraines and other headaches

    Origin : Native to the southwestern US and Mexico.

    Background : For over 3,000 years this cactus has been used throughout America as a hallucinogenic means of deepening spiritual experiences in religious rites.

    Preparation : Boiling water is poured at two intervals on the fresh, chopped root.

    Remedy Profile : This remedy is best suited to people who have lost all conception of time and feel separated from ordinary life. They may be introverted, lethargic, depressed, and resentful and distrustful of others, and can experience irrational changes in mood. A general loss of identity and willpower may affect them, along with an impression that life is meaningless. They may have the strange feeling that their whole being has become transparent, enabling them to see their internal organs.
    The symptom picture for Anhalonium is of mental exhaustion, hallucinations with brilliant- colored vision, migraines, and lack of coordination. Headaches or migraines may occur in the front of the head, or there may be a persistent aching, tired sensation at the back of the head. There may be blurred vision, dilated pupils, or grotesque, multicolored, distracting vision disturbances. Listening to music may trigger the feeling that each note is surrounded by a halo of color that pulses to the music.
    Severe lack of coordination is also associated with Anhalonium; it may be accompanied by muscle tremors, nausea, and faintness, and neuralgic pains and paralysis in the face. The brain is often overactive and prevents sleep.

    Symptoms Better : For lying down.

    Symptoms Worse : For closing the eyes; for movement. .....
  • ANGUSTURA
    22. Galipea officinalis syn. G. cusparia
    Angostura.

    Key Uses:
  • Nervous system disorders
  • Rheumatic conditions

    Origin : Native to the Caribbean and tropical South America.

    Background : The bitter bark of this tree was long used by native Americans as a tonic, and to stun fish and hence increase the catch. Brought to Europe in 1759, it was originally used for aromatic bitters.

    Preparation : Dried bark from the tree’s branches is macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : Angustura is best suited to people who are either timid and weak, or oversensitive, touchy, and “filled with bitterness.” They are often very restless at night, waking for no reason, and unable to get back to sleep. Their dreams are vivid, anxious, and unsettling, and they may crave coffee.
    The remedy is typically prescribed for rheumatic conditions and nervous system disorders, especially those affecting the nerves in the spine or causing paralysis. Symptoms include tension and stiffness in the muscles and joints, making them feel sore and bruised. There may be tearing pains in the bones that lead to difficulty in walking. The tissues may even decay due to painful ulcers that penetrate the bone marrow and cause the bones to crumble, particularly the long bones of the body.

    Symptoms Better : For applying cold fingers or a cold compress to the affected area; for sitting up; for rest.

    Symptoms Worse : For exertion; for stooping; for sitting bent over; for touching the affected area; for noise. .....
  • APOCYNUM
    23. Apocynum cannabinum
    Indian hemp, American hemp, hemp dogbane.

    Key Uses:
  • Edema associated with diseased organs, and possibly linked with Hodgkin's lymphoma or Bright's disease

    Origin : Found in North America.

    Background : This plant has long been known by native Americans as a treatment for chronic heart disease. Its fibers are also made into rope, twine, mats, and baskets.

    Preparation : The fresh underground parts are chopped and steeped in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : Apocynum is most suitable for people who feel confused, low-spirited, and distressed. The remedy is prescribed primarily as a treatment for edema (a collection of watery fluid in the body cavities or under the skin). The edema is characteristically associated with diseased organs, and may be linked with Hodgkin’s lymphoma or Bright’s disease. There is often great weakness, irritation in the digestive system, a slow or irregular pulse, and considerable thirst. Secretions such as perspiration and urine may be reduced, and breathing patterns may become uneasy.

    Symptoms Better : For warmth; for sitting up; after passing stools.

    Symptoms Worse : For cold of any kind; for uncovering the body; after sleep. .....
  • ARANEA DIADEMA
    24. Araneus diadematus
    Papal cross spider, European garden spider, diadem spider.

    Key Uses:
  • Nervous system disorders accompanied by coldness, susceptibility to damp, and numbness

    Origin : Found in Europe and the US.

    Background : The name of this spider derives from the yellow-and-white crosses on its back. After mating the female usually binds, kills, and eats the male.

    Preparation : The whole, live spider is crushed and macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : People who respond best to this remedy tend to be irritable, uneasy, nervous, and restless. Feelings of claustrophobia or confusion may also be present.
    Aranea diadema is most appropriate for problems that affect the nervous system and are accompanied by coldness and a susceptibility to damp. A sensation of great chilliness may occur, as if the bones themselves are frozen, and there may be a fever. All parts of the body may feel heavy, numb, and enlarged (especially on waking); for example, the hands may feel as if they are twice their normal size, and there may be pains that feel like electric shocks. Symptoms tend to occur or recur periodically, or at the same time each day, and are usually on the right side.

    Symptoms Better : For smoking; for open air; for pressure on the affected area.

    Symptoms Worse : For cold; for damp; for rain; for getting wet; at exactly the same time each day. .....
  • ARGENTUM MET
    25. Argentum metallicum
    Silver.

    Key Uses:
  • Arthritis
  • Bleeding between menstrual periods or heavy menopausal hemorrhaging
  • Joint and bone disorders associated with the connective tissues, especially the cartilage
  • Men's reproductive system disorders
  • Ovarian pain, possibly due to cysts or tumors

    Origin : Deposits are widely distributed throughout the world, but are often small.

    Background : This precious metal has been found in ornaments and decorations dating from 4000 BCE, and has long been used to make coins and jewelry.

    Preparation : Ground silver is triturated with lactose sugar.

    Remedy Profile : Anxious, restless, hurried, impulsive people who often act on a whim respond best to Argentum met. When ill, having to concentrate usually makes these people feel worse, and their thoughts are chaotic, so that they constantly flit from subject to subject when talking. Often changeable and deceitful, although normally cheerful and lively, they may be excessively depressed by small upsets.
    Argentum met. is generally used for joint and bone disorders associated with the connective tissues, especially the cartilage.
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    There may be bruising pains that bore into the joints, or pulling, cramping pains in the limbs and bones. Arthritis with paralytic pain and weakness may be present. The remedy may also be prescribed to treat nervous complaints involving spasmodic movements and convulsive shocks in the body.
    Disorders of the reproductive organs may also be treated by Argentum met., especially if they are accompanied by thick, profuse secretions of the related mucous membranes. In men, frequent seminal emissions without sexual excitement at night may be treated. In women the remedy is given for ovarian pain, possibly due to cysts or tumors, and for bleeding between menstrual periods or heavy hemorrhaging during menopause. Argentum met. may also be helpful in treating throat inflammation and voice loss.

    Symptoms Better : For wrapping up; for movement.

    Symptoms Worse : For warmth; for sun; for mental strain; for using the voice; for touch; in the morning. .....
  • ARUM MAC
    26. Arum maculatum
    Cuckoo-pint, lords and ladies.

    Key Uses:
  • Respiratory tract problems, such as asthma, profuse catarrh, violent cough, and nasal polyps

    Origin : Native to central and western Europe, growing in woods and hedgerows.

    Background : The arrow-shaped leaves and bright red flowers of this plant are poisonous. Insects are trapped by the flowers and digested by the plant.

    Preparation : The fresh, finely chopped tuber is macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : Arum mac. is associated with severe, violent inflammation or irritation of the mucous membranes, and is frequently used for respiratory tract problems. Typical respiratory symptoms treated by the remedy include asthma, catarrh, nasal polyps, and constant swallowing. The gums may bleed, and the tongue and throat may be swollen and sore, so that swallowing becomes difficult. There may be tickling in the throat, hoarseness, and a desire to cough. The chest may feel tight, and there may be a violent cough and profuse, possibly blood-streaked catarrh.

    Symptoms Better : None known.

    Symptoms Worse : For pressure on the affected area; for stretching; on the left side of the body. .....
  • ARTEMISIA
    27. Artemisia vulgaris
    Mugwort, wormwood, sailor’s tobacco.

    Key Uses:
  • Chorea
  • Epilepsy
  • Fits and seizures, including petit mal in children
  • Nervous disorders, triggered by bad news, grief, or a blow to the head
  • Sleepwalking

    Origin : Found in temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere.

    Background : Mugwort was traditionally kept in medieval homes to ward off the devil. Chinese doctors use the herb in moxibustion, a traditional treatment.

    Preparation : The fresh root is dug up at the beginning of winter, chopped, and macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : The classic symptom picture for Artemisia is of nervous disorders, possibly triggered by bad news, grief, or a blow to the head.
    The nervous conditions for which this remedy is used include sleepwalking, fits or seizures, chorea (involuntary rapid, jerky body movements), and epilepsy. There may be absentmindedness and stupor. Seizures may be brought on by cooling after exertion, or by flickering lights. Children who benefit from Artemisia may tend to experience petit mal fits or absences rather than full seizures, possibly during teething. They may have been born to mothers who felt great grief during their pregnancy.

    Symptoms Better : At night; for rubbing the eyes; for deep breathing.

    Symptoms Worse : For fright; for grief; for head injury; for menstrual problems; for prolonged dancing. .....
  • ARSEN IOD
    28. Arsenicum iodatum
    Arsenic iodide, iodide of arsenic.

    Key Uses:
  • Asthma
  • Hay fever
  • Influenza
  • Hyperactivity

    Origin : Chemically prepared.

    Background : These orange-red crystals are highly toxic and must be protected from light to prevent the loss of iodine.

    Preparation : Pure arsenic iodide crystals are dissolved in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : This remedy is most appropriate for people who are irritable and restless. Excitable and impatient, they may have sudden, violent impulses. Their bodies are warm.
    The classic symptom picture for Arsen. iod. is of either great restlessness or total exhaustion, possibly associated with chronic chest infection and burning discharges from the mucous membranes. There may be a history of allergic and respiratory conditions.
    Arsen. iod. is most often used for hay fever or influenza that is accompanied by the classic burning discharge, soreness of the mucous membranes, and frequent sneezing. There may be a loose, short, hacking cough or a burning, sore throat associated with inflammation. The remedy may also be given for asthma and shortness of breath with rapid breathing that gradually becomes a wheeze. It may also be used for hyperactivity in children.

    Symptoms Better : For open air; after eating.

    Symptoms Worse : For dry, windy, cold, or foggy weather; for the heat of the bed; for exertion; for tobacco smoke. .....
  • ARUM TRIPH
    29. Arisaema triphyllum syn. A. atrorubens, Arum triphyllum
    Jack-in-the-pulpit, Indian turnip, wild turnip.

    Key Uses:
  • Allergic skin reactions
  • Eczema
  • Hay fever
  • Scarlet fever

    Origin : Found in North America.

    Background : Jack-in-the-pulpit was used medicinally by native Americans. The fresh root is a severe skin irritant, but when dried it was used for a variety of ailments, including headaches, chest problems, and rheumatoid arthritis.

    Preparation : The fresh tuber is chopped and macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : People who respond best to Arum triph. tend to be excitable and nervous. They are often restless and cross. Characteristically, they may bore their heads into their pillows. Key conditions associated with Arum triph. involve irritation and inflammation of the mucous membranes and skin, such as allergic skin reactions, eczema, scarlet fever, or hay fever. Typical symptoms include raw, red, itchy skin, particularly on the face, and a raw, burning mouth and throat, with acute or chronic hoarseness. The lips may be chapped or cracked at the corners. Picking the lips and the nose are further common symptoms, especially if accompanied by delirium.

    Symptoms Better : For warmth; for eating breakfast and dinner.

    Symptoms Worse : For cold and wet; for heat; for cold, northeasterly winds; for overusing the voice; for lying down. .....
  • ARUNDO
    30. Arundo mauritanica
    Reed, cannizzola.

    Key Uses:
  • Allergies, especially hay fever, catarrhal inflammation, and extreme itching inside the nose
  • Blepharitis
  • Wet coughs with breathlessness

    Origin : Found in southern Europe, Africa, and Asia.

    Background : This genus is used in reeds for wind instruments, in wickerwork, and to make windbreaks to control erosion.

    Preparation : The root sprouts are macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : The mental state for which Arundo is most appropriate is one in which laughter comes easily, as do lascivious thoughts. Allergic problems are the key symptoms treated by this remedy. Typical problems include hay fever with sneezing, catarrhal inflammation, and extreme itching inside the nose, accompanied by excessive salivation. There may be a reduced sense of smell, and itching and burning in the back palate of the mouth. Pain at the back of the head may extend to the right eye, with deep-seated pain on either side of the head. The hay fever symptoms may extend to the eyes, causing prickling, itching, and burning of the conjunctiva. The remedy may be used to treat blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelids).
    Arundo may also be prescribed for a wet cough with breathlessness. Bluish-tinged mucus may be coughed up, with a sensation of bruising in the throat and burning pain in the stomach.

    Symptoms Better : For open air.

    Symptoms Worse : For movement. .....
  • ASAFOETIDA
    31. Narthex assa-foetida
    Asafetida, devil’s dung.

    Key Uses:
  • Digestive disorders
  • Nervous twitching
  • Sensation of a lump rising from the stomach

    Origin : Native to Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.

    Background : In the 7th century BCE the Charaka Samhita, an Ayurvedic medicine book, advocated this foul-smelling plant for bloating and flatulence, for which it is still used in India and the Middle East.

    Preparation : Gum resin from the living roots is macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : People who respond best to this remedy tend to be in a rather nervous, hysterical, hypersensitive, and hypochondriac state. This nervous state extends to the physical symptoms, which generally focus on digestive disorders and on nervous twitching. The stomach may feel as if it is pushing upward so that everything will burst into the mouth, or there may be a sensation as if a lump in the stomach is rising upward into the throat.

    Symptoms Better : For open air; for movement; for pressure on the affected area; for scratching.

    Symptoms Worse : At night; for rest; for sitting; for touch. .....
  • ASTACUS
    32. Astacus fluviatilis
    Freshwater crayfish, river crab.

    Key Uses:
  • Enlarged and inflamed glands, especially in children and the elderly
  • Inflammation in the liver area
  • Urticaria, particularly if the rash is accompanied by cramps and pain

    Origin : Found in the Gulf of Mexico and on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean.

    Background : The common name of this crustacean derives from the old French word crevice, perhaps because it lives in the crevices between stones.

    Preparation : The live crayfish is pounded and then steeped in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : Astacus is best suited to people who feel unprotected and vulnerable during transitional phases in their lives. They are often taciturn loners who desire calmness and clarity, but tend to be vague and absent-minded, their heads feeling full of cotton balls.
    Astacus has a strong affinity with the liver, digestion, glands, and skin. It is well known as a remedy for urticaria (hives), particularly if the rash is accompanied by cramps and pain, or inflammation in the liver area that feels worse for pressure on it. There may be stinging pains in the temples, ears, and kidneys, and the glands may be enlarged and inflamed, especially in children and the elderly.

    Symptoms Better : For walking; for sitting; after crying.

    Symptoms Worse : For uncovering the affected area or exposing it to the air; for eating fish or meat. .....
  • ASCLEPIAS TUB
    33. Asclepias tuberosa
    Pleurisy root, butterfly weed.

    Key Uses:
  • Catarrh
  • Respiratory inflammation, such as bronchitis, influenza, pleurisy, or other feverish conditions with a painful, dry, hacking cough
  • Rheumatic pain in the muscles and joints

    Origin : Native to the southern US.

    Background : Traditionally considered a cure- all in native American herbalism, pleurisy root was often used to treat fevers.

    Preparation : The fresh root is chopped and macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : Those for whom Asclepias tub. is most appropriate tend to be depressed, languid, and unable to concentrate.
    Asclepias tub. is associated particularly with rheumatic pain and catarrh, both tending to arise in damp weather. The rheumatic pain is characterized by stitchlike pains in the muscles and joints. The remedy may be prescribed for many forms of respiratory inflammation, such as bronchitis, influenza, pleurisy, or other feverish conditions with a painful, dry, hacking cough. The chest may feel warm with sharp pains, especially when breathing deeply. The above symptoms are often accompanied by copious perspiration, catarrh, and restless, uneasy sleep.

    Symptoms Better : For bending forward, which eases pain in the lungs.

    Symptoms Worse : For movement; for deep breathing; for lying down; in the morning; in winter. .....
  • AURUM MUR
    34. Aurum chloratum
    Gold chloride.

    Key Uses:
  • Cancer
  • Fibroids
  • Edema, with a feeling of congestion in the liver, kidneys, and genitals
  • Heart conditions, such as palpitations and a sense of constriction in the chest

    Origin : Chemically prepared.

    Background : The glass traditionally made from this reddish yellow crystal was called “ruby glass” by alchemists. It was also noted as a treatment for syphilis by the 16th-century scientist Paracelsus.

    Preparation : The crystals are dissolved in alcohol, diluted, and succussed.

    Remedy Profile : Aurum mur. is best suited to those who are restless, easily depressed, sensitive to humiliation, and anxious about developing diseases. These feelings may be eased by company, but can spiral into suicidal thoughts if left unchecked. The remedy may be prescribed for heart conditions such as palpitations and a sense of constriction in the chest, possibly associated with high blood pressure. Aurum mur. is also used for edema (an irregular accumulation of fluid in the tissues or cavities of the body), with a feeling of congestion in the liver, kidneys, and genitals. Fibroids or cancer may also be helped.

    Symptoms Better : For cold weather; for bathing in cold water; for gentle movement.

    Symptoms Worse : For warmth; at night; for music. .....
  • ASARUM
    35. Asarum europaeum
    Hazelwort, European snakeroot, wild nard, public house plant.

    Key Uses:
  • Alcoholism
  • Aversion to sexual intercourse
  • Digestive problems, possibly associated with anorexia
  • Nervous hypersensitivity and edgy, hysterical behavior
  • Severe insomnia

    Origin : Native to woods and shady sites in northern and eastern Europe.

    Background : Introduced medicinally by the ancient Greek physician Dioscorides, this plant was used chiefly as an emetic. Also a stimulant, it was once an ingredient of tobacconists’ “head-clearin’ snuff.”

    Preparation : The fresh, finely chopped underground parts are steeped in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : People who respond best to Asarum are nervous, excitable, and oversensitive. They are usually weak, often feel chilly, and are unable to live robust, ordinary lives. Often they are overly ambitious and exhausted due to a stressful occupation. Asarum is also given to recovering alcoholics.
    The classic symptom picture for this remedy is of nervous hypersensitivity and edgy, hysterical behavior; even the sound of scratching on cloth becomes unbearable. Other symptoms commonly include nervous exhaustion, restlessness, hand-wringing, severe insomnia, and a sensation of floating and dizziness. Noise may trigger pain in the ears and teeth.
    Digestive problems with an aversion to eating, possibly associated with anorexia, may accompany this disturbed state. There is often alcoholism or a desire for alcohol, and an aversion to sexual intercourse.

    Symptoms Better : For damp weather; for bathing in cold water.

    Symptoms Worse : For cold, dry weather; for any noise or even the thought of noise; for penetrating sounds. .....
  • ASTERIAS
    36. Asterias rubens
    Red starfish.

    Key Uses:
  • Circulatory disorders, such as strokes
  • Hard, swollen glands in the armpits
  • High libido in women, causing restless sleep, erotic dreams, bad temper, and weepiness
  • Left-sided symptoms, especially in women
  • Obstinate constipation, especially during menopause
  • Sharp breast pains at night

    Origin : Found around the coastline of western Europe.

    Background : Dating back to the earliest geological age, the Precambrian era, this species has amazing regenerative powers: if one of its five arms is lost, for instance, a new one is grown in its place.

    Preparation : The whole, live animal is chopped up and macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : Tearfulness is typical of those who respond best to Asterias, and they feel better after crying. They like to have people around them, yet prefer to retain a degree of independence. If contradicted they may become angry and irritable, especially in hot weather. Asterias is generally used in the treatment of left-sided symptoms that occur particularly in women, as well as for circulatory problems in both sexes. It also has the odd feature of apparently making old scars, particularly those in the breast area, become painful again.
    Asterias may benefit women who experience an increased sex drive so intense that it causes restless sleep, erotic dreams, a bad temper, and weepiness. Further symptoms that may respond to Asterias include obstinate constipation, particularly during menopause, hard, swollen glands in the armpits, or sharp pains in the breasts at night with a drawing sensation in the nipples, especially in the left breast. These symptoms may be accompanied by a high libido.
    The remedy is also used for circulatory disorders such as strokes, especially if they are preceded by great impatience, dizziness, and muscle spasms in the limbs.

    Symptoms Better : After a headache; after crying; for cold drinks.

    Symptoms Worse : For heat; for cold, damp weather; at night; on the left side of the body; for menstruating; for being contradicted; for coffee. .....
  • AVENA
    37. Avena sativa
    Oats.

    Key Uses:
  • Chronic insomnia
  • Great weakness
  • Low libido
  • Male impotence, possibly linked with excessive sexual activity
  • Nervous exhaustion

    Origin : Native to northern Europe, but now grown worldwide in temperate areas.

    Background : Oats have a long history of medicinal use in Europe for a wide range of ailments. They are most often used in herbalism for general debility, eczema, and nervous conditions.

    Preparation : The fresh, green aerial parts in flower are expressed for their juice, which is mixed with alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : People for whom Avena is most appropriate are prone to mental and physical exhaustion accompanied by poor concentration. These people typically tend to be nervous or elderly. Alternatively, they may be feeling the effects of a drug or alcohol addiction.
    Nervous exhaustion, great weakness, and a tendency to suffer chronic insomnia are key symptoms associated with the remedy. There may be a very low libido or male impotence, possibly linked with excessive sexual activity. The tincture is often prescribed as herbal drops rather than homeopathic pills.

    Symptoms Better : For open air.

    Symptoms Worse : For convalescence. .....
  • BACILLINUM
    38. Bacillinum pulmo
    Tubercular lung tissue.

    Key Uses:
  • Respiratory problems, such as shortness of breath, hacking coughs, purulent mucus, asthma, and sharp pains in the heart area
  • Skin conditions, such as eczema, pimples, ringworm, alopecia areata, and a susceptibility to fungal skin infections
  • Tuberculosis and pneumonia

    Origin : Tissue from a lung infected with tuberculosis.

    Background : See information under Tuberculinum (see page 115).

    Preparation : Sterilized lung tissue is dissolved in purified water, diluted, and succussed.

    Remedy Profile : Melancholy and depression are typical in those who respond best to Bacillinum. They tend to be taciturn, irritable, and snappy, and often whine and complain. Generally, they feel weak and do not want to be disturbed. They often start one task before completing another, and may have a fear of dogs.
    The remedy has an affinity with the respiratory organs, and may be given constitutionally to those with a personal or family history of respiratory problems. It is typically prescribed for weak lungs, possibly involving shortness of breath, hacking coughs that disrupt sleep, purulent mucus, asthma, and sharp pain in the heart area that may be triggered by deep breathing.
    Bacillinum is also used for certain skin conditions, such as eczema on the eyelids, pimples that develop on the left cheek, ringworm on the scalp, alopecia areata (patchy loss of hair), and a susceptibility to fungal skin infections. Symptoms may occur independently or in conjunction with respiratory problems.

    Symptoms Better : In summer; for heat; for dry climates; for rest; for tight bandaging.

    Symptoms Worse : For cold air; in the early morning; at night. .....
  • BADIAGA
    39. Spongilla fluviatilis syn. S. lacustris
    Freshwater sponge.

    Key Uses:
  • Hard, swollen glands in the neck and breast
  • Profuse mucus in the respiratory system, with copious catarrh, possibly due to influenza or hay fever
  • Sneezing brought on by coughing

    Origin : Found in Russia and Europe.

    Background : In Russia this sponge is powdered to make a traditional treatment that causes bruises to disappear overnight.

    Preparation : The fresh sponge is collected in fall, dried, and triturated with lactose sugar.

    Remedy Profile : People for whom Badiaga is best suited enjoy mental activity, and feel that their minds are always clear and active, even when ill. Excitement or pleasure may easily bring on palpitations. The body may feel sore to the touch, as if it has been beaten, which may cause restless sleep; frightening dreams may also disturb or disrupt sleep.
    Profuse mucus in the respiratory system, with copious catarrh that drips from the nose, possibly due to influenza or hay fever, may respond to Badiaga. Sneezing brought on by coughing may be helped, as may hard, swollen glands in the neck and breast, possibly linked to cancer.

    Symptoms Better : For heat; at night.

    Symptoms Worse : For cold; for stormy weather; for lying on the right side. .....
  • BARYTA MUR
    40. Barium chloratum
    Barium chloride.

    Key Uses:
  • Acutely swollen glands
  • Mental disability in children with delayed development
  • Nervous system disorders, such as seizures
  • Retardation in elderly people
  • Severe eczema
  • Strokes

    Origin : Chemically prepared from barium carbonate and hydrochloric acid.

    Background : Barium chloride is mixed with sodium sulfate to form a white filler and pigment (blanc fixe) used in the manufacture of leather, rubber, cloth, and photographic paper.

    Preparation : The compound is dissolved in alcohol or triturated with lactose sugar.

    Remedy Profile : Baryta mur. has strong links with the nervous system. It is most appropriate for people with a predisposition to develop an aneurysm (ballooning of an artery).
    The remedy is generally used for nervous symptoms, which may develop into manic nervous states. It is best suited to adults who behave “childishly” and to children who cannot play or interact with others because of their dullness or delayed mental development. Baryta mur. may be prescribed for mental disability in children whose development is delayed, and for elderly people with retardation. Principal physical symptoms treated with this remedy include disorders of the nervous system such as seizures, perhaps occurring periodically, with stiffness, restlessness, and a loss of sensibility. The hands and feet may swell, and the limbs may feel paralyzed and heavy, with trembling and twitching.
    Baryta mur. is additionally used for acutely swollen glands, possibly the cervical or parotid glands, accompanied by a sore throat and possibly tonsillitis. Stroke symptoms or severe eczema may also respond to the remedy.

    Symptoms Better : None known.

    Symptoms Worse : For wet weather; in spring; in fall. .....
  • BENZOIC AC
    41. Acidum benzoicum
    Benzoic acid.

    Key Uses:
  • Cracking joints, possibly linked to gout
  • Frothy, white stools
  • Strong-smelling urine and incontinence at night
  • Wandering pains

    Origin : Chemically prepared.

    Background : Found naturally in Siam benzoic resin, this acid was first produced synthetically in the 1860s from coal tar. It is widely used as a food preservative.

    Preparation : Benzoic acid is dissolved in alcohol, diluted, and succussed.

    Remedy Profile : Benzoic ac. is best suited to those who tend to alternate between excitable behavior and a state of deep, stuporous sleep, general dullness, and weariness. A preoccupation with unpleasant topics may cause them to dwell on their own and other people’s misfortunes. They are often extremely sensitive to noise, especially if they have Ménière’s disease (a disorder of the inner ear). Babies who respond well to Benzoic ac. like to be picked up and held, but dislike being laid down.
    Wandering pains are the key symptoms associated with this remedy, such as pains that move from the leg joints to the internal organs, especially the heart, and then radiate to the joints of the extremities. Other symptoms may include joints that crack, with redness and swelling that may be linked to acute gout, and sharp, tearing pains in the joints of the big toe.
    The remedy is used particularly if symptoms include profuse, dark brown, strong-smelling urine and incontinence at night, or if there are frothy, white stools that smell offensive.

    Symptoms Better : For warmth; for rest; for passing large quantities of urine.

    Symptoms Worse : For cold; for damp weather; for drafts; for movement; for scanty flow of urine; for chocolate; for sweets; for alcohol; for coffee; for wine. .....
  • BELLIS
    42. Bellis perennis
    English daisy, garden daisy, European daisy.

    Key Uses:
  • Muscle strain, sprains, and bruises
  • Pain during pregnancy or after miscarriage or surgery
  • Prolonged pain after injury
  • Tumors on the sites of old injuries
  • Varicose veins and congestion of the veins

    Origin : Found throughout Europe.

    Background : In the 16th century the English herbalist John Gerard noted this plant as a treatment for gout. It has a long tradition of use as a medicinal herb, and is currently being tested as a treatment for HIV infection.

    Preparation : The whole, fresh plant, including the root, is gathered when in flower and steeped in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : Bellis best suits people who are prone to restlessness, insomnia, and angry dreams. They are often sensitive to the cold.
    Key conditions treated by Bellis include muscle strain, sprains, and bruises, including deep bruising to the muscles such as that produced by soccer injuries to the thighs. It is also given to ease pain after surgery, or prolonged pain after injury. The remedy is appropriate where a tumor forms on the site of an old injury or scar.
    Bellis is also used to treat varicose veins and congestion of the veins, possibly when they are associated with physical labor. During pregnancy or following an abortion or miscarriage, the remedy may help ease pain and bruising in the uterus.

    Symptoms Better : For heat; for cold compresses; for continuous movement; for pressure on the painful area; for eating.

    Symptoms Worse : For becoming chilled when hot; for the warmth of the bed; before storms; for touch; for exertion; for childbirth; for injuries; for surgery; on the left side; for cold drinks. .....
  • BISMUTH MET
    43. Bismuthum metallicum
    Bismuth, precipitated subnitrate of bismuth.

    Key Uses:
  • Violent abdominal pains, possibly with burning and ulceration in the stomach, bowels, and throat, accompanied by belching and flatulence

    Origin : Found widely in nature, in hydrothermal veins and igneous rock.

    Background : First discovered by a German monk called Basil Valentine in 1450, bismuth is widely used industrially in alloys, and its compounds are also used for medicinal purposes.

    Preparation : Bismuth is mixed with lactose sugar and triturated.

    Remedy Profile : Bismuth met. is most suited to those who are experiencing great anguish, fear, and restlessness, with poor concentration. They have a desperate need for company and cannot bear to be alone. They often crave cold drinks.
    This remedy is generally used for violent abdominal pains, possibly with burning and ulceration in the stomach, bowels, and throat. The pains may be accompanied by frequent belching and rumbling flatulence. Sleep is restless, with frequent waking and feelings of fright or a sensation of falling.

    Symptoms Better : For cold compresses; for company; for movement; for bending backward; for cold drinks.

    Symptoms Worse : For being alone; for eating. .....
  • BORAX
    44. Natrum tetraboracicum
    Borax, tincal, sodium tetraborate.

    Key Uses:
  • Cold sores on the lips
  • Painful ulcers in the mouth or on the tongue
  • Ulceration in the gastrointestinal tract

    Origin : Chemically prepared.

    Background : In the 19th century, borax was a traditional Western medicine for treating mouth ulcers and labor pains.

    Preparation : Borax is triturated with lactose sugar.

    Remedy Profile : Those for whom Borax is most appropriate are irritable, angry, and passionate. They tend to be very fearful, even of the slightest noise, and prone to phobias. If pregnant, women suited to Borax dread labor. Mental activity or stress causes nausea, giddiness, and a fear of falling, which become worse for downward movement, such as that of an escalator. Children may feel worse for being carried or swung downward.
    Classic symptoms associated with Borax focus particularly on the mucous membranes of the digestive tract and the skin. In children, there may be weight loss and a failure to thrive.
    The remedy is used for painful ulcers that develop in the mouth or on the tongue, and for ulceration that extends down through the whole gastrointestinal tract. Further symptoms may include cold sores on the lips, a hot, dry mouth containing a white fungal growth, and increased salivation during teething.

    Symptoms Better : In the morning; for pressing on or holding the painful area.

    Symptoms Worse : For cold and damp; for sudden noises; for downward or upward movement. .....
  • BROMUM
    45. Bromum
    Bromine.

    Key Uses:
  • Disorders of the thyroid, ovary, or left testicle
  • Respiratory problems, such as colds

    Origin : Chemically prepared.

    Background : The name bromine comes from the Greek bromos, or “bad smell.” An acrid, browny red, smoking fluid, bromine is used as a water purifier, disinfectant, and bleach, and in the production of tear gas.

    Preparation : Bromine is dissolved in alcohol, then diluted and succussed.

    Remedy Profile : Bromum is best suited to people with an underlying restlessness who tend to stay on the move or run away from situations. They are prone to anxiety and subject to the delusion that someone is behind them.
    Respiratory problems treated by Bromum include colds that start in the larynx and travel upward or down to the chest. The nose and larynx may be irritated, with sneezing, catarrh, and hoarseness. An overheated room may cause hoarseness and an inability to speak.
    A stony hardness is the most typical gland symptom treated by Bromum. It is most likely to affect the thyroid, ovary, or testicle on the left side of the body.

    Symptoms Better : After nosebleeds; for shaving; for being at the seashore; for movement; for riding a horse.

    Symptoms Worse : For warmth; for damp; for overheating; for getting chilled while hot; for bathing in the sea; for dust; for drafts; in the evening until midnight; for tobacco smoke; after eating. .....
  • BOTHROPS
    46. Bothrops lanceolatus syn. Lachesis lanceolatus
    Yellow pit viper, fer-de-lance.

    Key Uses:
  • Bruising
  • Hemorrhaging of thin blood that will not clot
  • Severe premenstrual syndrome

    Origin : Found from Mexico to Brazil and on many West Indian islands.

    Background : The name fer-de-lance derives from this snake’s flat, lance-shaped mouth. A bite from the snake causes immediate swelling and intense pain.

    Preparation : Fresh venom is triturated with lactose sugar.

    Remedy Profile : People who crave attention, have a strong desire to appear attractive, and possibly the feeling that they have been forsaken by others are most suited to Bothrops. They may be either loquacious or, conversely, find it difficult to talk, forgetting words when they are speaking.
    The characteristic symptom picture for Bothrops is of problems of the blood or blood vessels. Symptoms include bruising, hemorrhaging of thin blood that will not clot, or severe premenstrual syndrome. The face may be bluish or dark red and bloated, and the right hand may turn blue. Sharp pain may radiate from the right nipple to the back, and become worse when raising the left arm or breathing deeply.

    Symptoms Better : None known.

    Symptoms Worse : On the right side; after midnight; at sunrise; for walking; for taking a deep breath. .....
  • CACTUS GRAND
    47. Selenicereus grandiflorus
    Night-blooming cereus.

    Key Uses:
  • Constriction of the muscle fibers in general
  • Heart conditions, especially pain triggered by angina
  • Painful feeling of the body being caged and twisted

    Origin : Native to Central America and the West Indies.

    Background : Widely renowned for its beauty, this plant is also cultivated for use in a conventional rheumatic drug and is valued herbally as a remedy for the heart.

    Preparation : Young, tender stems and flowers are collected in summer, finely chopped, and steeped in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : Sad, distracted people who tend to be anxious about their health are most likely to respond well to Cactus grand.
    Classic symptoms associated with Cactus grand. include constriction in the muscle fibers, and a painful feeling of the body being caged and twisted. The remedy is especially associated with pains in the heart, such as those triggered by angina. Heart conditions relieved by Cactus grand. are typified by severe pain in the chest, as if it is being confined and squeezed by an iron band around the torso. The pain may extend into the left arm or hand and be accompanied by numbness.

    Symptoms Better : For open air; for sitting; for rest.

    Symptoms Worse : For walking; for lying on the left side; for lying on the back. .....
  • BUFO
    48. Bufo bufo syn. Rana bufo
    Common toad, Brazilian toad.

    Key Uses:
  • Extremely high sex drive, frequent masturbation, poorly developed sexual relationships, and sexual depravity
  • Seizures
  • Skin problems, such as blisters and itching, burning pustules

    Origin : Found in North America, Japan, southern Asia, and Europe.

    Background : During the 19th century, native Brazilian women were known to give the toad’s venom to their husbands in food or drink to lower sexual vitality.

    Preparation : Venom secreted by the dorsal glands on the toad’s back is mixed with lactose sugar and triturated.

    Remedy Profile : Those prone to immature, childish behavior respond best to this remedy. They have a tendency to be emotionally underdeveloped or potentially even educationally subnormal but may be brilliant in one subject (idiot savant). Their faces may be characterized by a stupid and besotted expression. Particularly
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    thick lips, which they may lick constantly, are another classic feature.
    The classic Bufo symptom picture is of seizures and skin problems, occurring either concurrently or independently, and possibly with excessive sexual activity. Typical skin symptoms include blisters and itching, burning pustules.
    The sexual element of this remedy involves symptoms such as an extremely high sex drive, frequent masturbation, poorly developed sexual relationships, and even sexual depravity.

    Symptoms Better : For cool air; for bathing and putting the feet in hot water; for bleeding, especially in saliva or as a bloody discharge from the nipples.

    Symptoms Worse : During sleep; for warm surroundings; for the slightest movement; after an injury. .....
  • BORIC AC
    49. Acidum boricum
    Boric acid, boracic acid, orthoboric acid.

    Key Uses:
  • Dizziness
  • Eyes that are prone to swelling and conjunctivitis
  • Headaches accompanied by nausea
  • Heavy, nauseous feeling in the stomach
  • Putrefying wounds
  • Skin eruptions

    Origin : Chemically prepared.

    Background : Used as a mild antiseptic in conventional medicine, boric acid is more commonly utilized in the nuclear industry.

    Preparation : Powdered or crystallized boric acid is triturated with lactose sugar.

    Remedy Profile : Low spirits, sighing and weeping, and a state of mental and physical collapse are all indications of the suitability of Boric ac. All parts of the body feel cold, although paradoxically the remedy may be used for menopausal hot flashes.
    Typical symptoms treated by Boric ac. include a heavy, nauseous feeling in the stomach, with profuse, cold saliva and a dry, furred tongue and throat. It is also prescribed for headaches accompanied by nausea, for dizziness, and for eyes that are prone to swelling and conjunctivitis, and aggravated by light.
    Boric ac. is also taken for its antiseptic properties. It is used to halt putrefaction in wounds, and for skin eruptions that are accompanied by flaking, itching, and hard, red, swollen patches.

    Symptoms Better : For walking in open air.

    Symptoms Worse : None known. .....
  • CADMIUM MET
    50. Cadmium metallicum
    Cadmium.

    Key Uses:
  • Colitis
  • Constipation
  • Great fatigue
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hernias in the diaphragm
  • Painful abdominal bloating

    Origin : Found naturally in small quantities in minerals and ores, such as zinc, but prepared chemically for commercial use.

    Background : This bluish white element was discovered by Frederick Stromeyer, a German chemist, in 1817. It is used in alloys, batteries, metal-plating, and magnets.

    Preparation : Cadmium is mixed with lactose sugar and triturated.

    Remedy Profile : People for whom Cadmium met. is best suited tend to be irritable, hypersensitive, and indifferent, and may avoid company.
    The classic symptom profile associated with this remedy is of great fatigue, with dull aches all over the body, influenza-like symptoms, a poor memory, and difficulty in concentrating. Since these are symptoms associated by homeopaths with the effects of aluminum on the body (see page 72), this remedy is often used as an antidote to aluminum exposure. There may be accompanying nausea or diarrhea with soft stools and a sensation as if there is a foreign body in the rectum.
    More serious gastrointestinal symptoms may be helped by this remedy, such as painful abdominal bloating, colitis, or hernias in the diaphragm. It may also be used for constipation and hemorrhoids that tend to be aggravated by passing stools.
    A feature of the remedy is that as the fatigue lessens, skin eruptions may appear on the skin, causing it to redden, burn, and itch, and perhaps develop pimples, blisters, or non-weeping eruptions.

    Symptoms Better : For pressure on the affected area; for cold compresses; for the development of skin eruptions; for eating.

    Symptoms Worse : In the morning; for movement; for mental exertion; on the left side of the body. .....
  • CADMIUM SULPH
    51. Cadmium sulphuricum
    Cadmium sulfate.

    Key Uses:
  • Stomach problems accompanied by sharp, cutting abdominal pains, severe nausea, and vomiting
  • Bell's palsy

    Origin : Chemically prepared.

    Background : This mineral derives its name from the Greek word kadmia, meaning “earth.” It is used as a pigment in oil paints and printing ink.

    Preparation : Cadmium sulfate is triturated with lactose sugar.

    Remedy Profile : Cadmium belongs to the same family on the periodic table as zinc and mercury, and the Cadmium remedy shares some of the traits associated with the remedies based on those elements. When ill, these people are often chilly, exhausted, anxious, irritable, depressed, and have a fear of death. The more their illness progresses, the more they want to stay still, perhaps becoming faint on rising.
    The remedy is typically used to treat stomach problems accompanied by sharp, cutting pains in the abdomen, a feeling of constriction, intense burning, and vomiting. There may be nausea so severe that the slightest touch to the lips will trigger abdominal pain and the retching of black or yellowy green vomit.

    Symptoms Better : For rest; for eating.

    Symptoms Worse : For open air; for getting up; for the slightest movement; after sleep. .....
  • CALADIUM
    52. Caladium seguinum
    American arum, dumb cane, poison arum.

    Key Uses:
  • Debilitation, forgetfulness, nervousness, and restlessness, perhaps following a feverish illness
  • Impotence

    Origin : Found in the Caribbean islands, Guyana, and northern Brazil.

    Background : This plant’s poison causes muteness and impotence: in the 17th and 18th centuries, the men of the West Indian Maroons applied it to their wives’ sexual organs to suppress their libido and cause impotence in any man who seduced them.

    Preparation : The whole, fresh plant, including the root, is macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : Caladium is most appropriate for people who feel debilitated, nervous, restless, and forgetful, perhaps following a feverish illness. Illness depletes their energy levels and libido, despite a prior history of high sexual energy and a susceptibility to lascivious thoughts. Other symptoms include rough, dry, itchy skin and a marked craving for tobacco.

    Symptoms Better : After sweating; for sleeping in the daytime.

    Symptoms Worse : For movement. .....
  • CALC IOD
    53. Calcium iodatum syn. Calcarea iodata
    Calcium iodide.

    Key Uses:
  • Adenoid complaints
  • Enlarged tonsils
  • Fibroids
  • Thyroid enlargement during pubertyCALC. FLUOR.

    Origin : Chemically prepared.

    Background : In large doses, this white, soluble powder may irritate the bowels, but it is also thought to prevent “rotting in the bowels” and to deodorize the stools.

    Preparation : Calcium iodide is dissolved in alcohol, diluted, and succussed.

    Remedy Profile : This remedy is most suitable for people who feel lightheaded, as if their head “isn’t there.” They may be indifferent to life and disinclined to work.
    Key conditions linked with the Calc. iod. remedy are enlarged tonsils honeycombed with pits, glandular swellings, and fibroids. Adenoid complaints accompanied by frequent colds in children may respond to the remedy, as may thyroid enlargement during puberty. In certain cases, the glandular swellings, such as those in the breast, may become cancerous.

    Symptoms Better : For open air.

    Symptoms Worse : For warmth; for the heat of the bed; at night; in cold weather. .....
  • CALC SULPH
    54. Calcium sulphuricum syn. Calcarea sulphurica
    Gypsum, calcium sulfate.

    Key Uses:
  • Mucous-membrane discharges, especially thick, yellow-colored catarrh or lumpy mucus with a cough
  • Suppurating, yellow discharges of pus in wounds and other skin conditions, such as eczema and acne, as well as the glands and bones

    Origin : Found widely in nature, forming in hot springs and clay beds.

    Background : Gypsum is used to make plaster of Paris, which can be formed into a protective sheath to immobilize injuries. Dr. Schüssler developed the remedy as one of his “biochemic” tissue salts (see page 90).

    Preparation : Gypsum is mixed with lactose sugar and triturated.

    Remedy Profile : Calc. sulph. is best suited to people who tend to be timid and fearful, especially of birds. They may compensate for their timidity by being argumentative and bossy, and can be terribly jealous.
    Suppurating, yellow discharges of pus are typically associated with this remedy. Calc. sulph. is generally prescribed once the pus has “found a vent.” The pus may affect wounds and other skin conditions, such as eczema, as well as the mucous membranes, glands, and bones. Healing generally occurs slowly or not at all. Typical mucous- membrane discharges include thick, yellow- colored catarrh accompanying a cold, or thick, yellow, lumpy mucus with a cough.

    Symptoms Better : For open air; for heat; for uncovering; for bathing.

    Symptoms Worse : For cold and damp; for drafts; for walking rapidly. .....
  • CALC SIL
    55. Calcium silicatum syn. Calcarea silicata
    Calcium silicate.

    Key Uses:
  • Boils, warts, or abscesses
  • Lack of confidence
  • Severe acne or acne rosacea

    Origin : Occurs naturally as wollastonite, but usually prepared chemically.

    Background : Calcium silicate is a vital constituent of glass and cement. In the food industry it is used as an anti-sticking agent in salt, rice, and candy.

    Preparation : The compound is mixed with lactose sugar and triturated.

    Remedy Profile : Those for whom Calc. sil. is most suited tend to feel weak and cold, although overheating makes them feel worse. They may seem obsessed with dead friends and relatives, and may talk to the dead in their imaginations. Thrift and a lack of confidence are also typical in these people.
    The remedy is used primarily for this state of mind in conjunction with skin conditions, especially severe acne or acne rosacea, boils, warts, or abscesses.

    Symptoms Better : For lying down, especially on the back.

    Symptoms Worse : For cold; for touch; for jarring; in the evening; at night. .....
  • CALENDULA
    56. Calendula officinalis
    Pot marigold, marigold.

    Key Uses:
  • Bleeding in the gums after a tooth extraction
  • Cuts and broken skin
  • Eczema
  • Leg and varicose ulcers
  • Postoperative wounds
  • Ruptured muscles or tendons
  • Torn perineal tissues following childbirth

    Origin : Native to southern Europe, but now found throughout the world.

    Background : The antiseptic and anti- inflammatory properties of calendula have made it one of the longest established popular herbal remedies. Large amounts are grown in Russia, and it has been nicknamed “Russian penicillin.”

    Preparation : The finely chopped, fresh flowers and leaves are steeped in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : Calendula is usually given to heal and soothe cuts and broken skin. It may prevent the development of disfiguring scars from torn and jagged wounds. In addition, non- alcohol-based preparations of the remedy may soothe eczema.
    Calendula is prescribed internally and externally for leg and varicose ulcers, post- operative wounds, and ruptured muscles or tendons. It may be used to treat torn perineal tissues following childbirth, joint wounds where there is loss of synovial fluid, and bleeding in the gums after a tooth extraction.

    Symptoms Better : For lying completely still; for walking.

    Symptoms Worse : For damp, cloudy weather; for drafts; for eating. .....
  • CAMPHORA
    57. Cinnamomum camphora syn. Laurus camphora
    Camphor.

    Key Uses:
  • Cholera
  • Colds with chills and sneezing
  • Light-sensitive rashes

    Origin : Native to Indochina and Japan, but now found in tropical and subtropical regions throughout the world.

    Background : Commonly used as a moth repellent, camphor is also a strong narcotic, and was praised by the famous 16th-century scientist Paracelsus for its “cooling” effect on brain disorders. It is THEOBROMA CACAO (Coco pod and seeds)136 considered by some to be a universal antidote for homeopathic remedies.

    Preparation : The gum of the tree is dissolved in alcohol, diluted, and succussed.

    Remedy Profile : Contradictory symptoms, contrariness, and emotional and physical coldness are typical in those who respond best to Camphora. They crave sympathy, but may be quarrelsome, aggressive, and depressed.
    Camphora made its reputation as a treatment for cholera (see pages 16 and 65), but is now used primarily for the initial stages of a cold with chills and sneezing. There may be great heat and perspiration with a desire to remain covered up, or chilliness with a desire to be uncovered. Other possible accompanying symptoms include insomnia and restless sleep or, conversely, deep, comatose sleep.

    Symptoms Better : For thinking about symptoms, especially pain; for sweating.

    Symptoms Worse : For cold; for drafts; for suppressing discharges. .....
  • CAPSICUM
    58. Capsicum annuum var. annuum
    Chili pepper, sweet pepper, bell pepper.

    Key Uses:
  • Infections that tend to cause discharges
  • Low vitality, perhaps in the elderly or those debilitated by alcoholism or prostate conditions
  • Raw, burning throat
  • Homesickness

    Origin : Native to tropical America, and cultivated throughout Africa and India.

    Background : The dried pods have long been used both as a hot spice in cooking, and as a stimulant and irritant in herbalism. The indigenous tribes of tropical America also used it as a local painkiller.

    Preparation : The dried pods are steeped in alcohol, then diluted and succussed.

    Remedy Profile : Capsicum is best suited to those who are “peppery,” discontented, and rather pessimistic. Homesickness or nostalgia often prevents them from fully engaging in their daily lives.
    The classic symptom picture for this remedy is of low vitality, perhaps in the elderly or those debilitated by alcoholism or prostate conditions. Weakness is usually accompanied by slow healing processes, infections that tend to suppurate, and great sensitivity to drafts. Further typical symptoms include a raw, red, burning throat that smarts, as if from eating the pepper itself.

    Symptoms Better : For heat; for continued movement; for eating.

    Symptoms Worse : For cold air; for the least draft; for uncovering the affected area; for drinking or bathing in cold water. .....
  • CARBOLIC AC
    59. Acidum carbolicum
    Carbolic acid, phenol.

    Key Uses:
  • Constipation with foul breath
  • Diarrhea, dysentery, or cholera
  • Increased urine production
  • Malignant or septic wounds
  • Sudden, burning, pricking, stinging pains, and collapse—for example, due to anaphylactic shock after a bee sting
  • Vomiting due to sea sickness, pregnancy, or cancer

    Origin : Chemically prepared.

    Background : In 19th-century Europe and the US this acid was used to sterilize surgical equipment. It is an antiseptic and disinfectant, although prolonged contact can lead to health problems.

    Preparation : Carbolic acid is dissolved in purified water, diluted, and succussed.

    Remedy Profile : This remedy is most suited to those who tend to be restless, irritable, forgetful, and bewildered. Often exhausted, they yawn and stretch constantly, and have a very acute sense of smell. Perplexing dreams leave them unrefreshed after sleep.
    Carbolic ac. is used for sudden burning, pricking, stinging pains, typically with marked collapse, such as the anaphylactic shock that may follow a bee sting. It is also prescribed for malignant or septic wounds, particularly if these are linked to compound fractures. Another use of the remedy is for treating increased urine production with or without burning pain, possibly associated with diabetes or other diseases that may affect urine production. Urine is typically black or green in color, and is accompanied by putrid, strong-smelling discharges, notably from the anus.
    The remedy may additionally be used to treat vomiting due to sea sickness, pregnancy, or cancer. The vomiting is accompanied by a constant thirst for water, a tendency to belch, and abdominal pain. Offensive-smelling diarrhea, dysentery, or cholera may also be treated, as may constipation with foul breath.

    Symptoms Better : For rubbing and binding up painful areas; for smoking; for strong tea.

    Symptoms Worse : For pregnancy; for jarring; for walking; for mental exertion. .....
  • CANNABIS SAT
    60. Cannabis sativa
    Marijuana, European hemp, American hemp, pot, weed.

    Key Uses:
  • Reproductive system disorders, such as discharges from or narrowing of the urethra, inflammation of the penis, or acute gonorrhea
  • Urinary tract disorders, such as infections and cystitis

    Origin : Native to northern India, China, and Iran, but now cultivated worldwide.

    Background : This plant is cultivated for its fiber and seeds and illegally as a recreational drug. It is closely related to Cannabis sativa ‘Indica’ (see page 43).

    Preparation : The tops of the male and female flowers are macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : People for whom Cannabis sat. is considered most suitable have a tendency to be rather dreamy, absentminded, and detached. They often have the feeling that everything is slightly unreal, and are easily debilitated.
    The remedy is prescribed primarily for problems of the urinary and reproductive systems. It may be used for urogenital symptoms such as infections in the urinary tract, and cystitis with severe, burning pains and spasms that interrupt the flow of urine. Typical reproductive system disorders associated with the remedy include discharges from or narrowing of the urethra, inflammation of the penis, and acute gonorrhea.

    Symptoms Better : For warmth; for rest.

    Symptoms Worse : For urinating; for being approached by anyone; for looking at bright objects; for touch. .....
  • CARBO AN
    61. Carbo animalis
    Animal charcoal.

    Key Uses:
  • Cancer
  • Great fatigue
  • Poor circulation with blue extremities
  • Swollen, painful veins

    Origin : Charcoal made from oxhide.

    Background : To make animal charcoal, oxhide is heated until luminescent, then transferred to an airtight environment.

    Preparation : Charcoal ash is triturated with lactose sugar.

    Remedy Profile : Carbo an. is typically prescribed for elderly people with strong nostalgia for the past and an aversion to modern life. They tend to feel chilly, feeble, abandoned, and that “everything was better in the old days.”
    The remedy is mainly used for painful, slow-developing symptoms associated with old age, poor nutrition, and decay, such as swollen, painful veins, poor circulation with blue extremities, cancer, and great fatigue. Pains typically feel as if they are burning, cutting, or stabbing.
    Carbo an. is used particularly in the treatment of cancer, especially cancers of the glands or the uterus, and for distension of the abdomen after abdominal surgery.

    Symptoms Better : For warm rooms; for rubbing the eyes; for pressing the hand on the uncomfortable area.

    Symptoms Worse : For dry, cold air; after midnight; for shaving; for eating; for fatty foods and milk. .....
  • CARBON SULPH
    62. Carbonium sulphuratum
    Carbon bisulfide, carbon disulfide.

    Key Uses:
  • Chronic sciatic pain and twitching
  • Digestive upsets
  • Loss of sensation
  • Progressive loss of vision
  • Recurrent breathing difficulties
  • Skin irritation
  • Tinnitus

    Origin : Chemically prepared.

    Background : Carbon bisulfide is used as an industrial solvent in rubber works, and in the manufacture of synthetic fibers such as viscose, rayon, and cellophane.

    Preparation : The compound is dissolved in purified water, diluted, and succussed.

    Remedy Profile : People for whom Carbon sulph. is best suited seem unable to think clearly. They may be either loquacious or respond slowly to others, forgetting words. In severe cases, they can be affected by dementia alternating with excitement, associated with fear, biting, sudden rage, or delusions of grandeur. At the ultimate extreme, they progress to complete breakdown, especially in their relationships, with a loss of dignity and confused sense of self. They may even attempt suicide and require restraining.
    This pattern of breakdown is reflected in the physical conditions for which Carbon sulph. is chiefly used. The body systems become “disorganized,” leading to muscle-wasting, jerking pains, visual disturbances with progressive vision loss and color blindness, widespread nerve inflammation, and digestive upsets. These symptoms may occur concurrently or in isolation.
    Other important symptoms that may respond to the remedy include tinnitus, chronic sciatic pain and twitching, recurrent breathing difficulties, skin irritation, loss of sensation, and diarrhea or constipation.

    Symptoms Better : For open air; for warm drinks.

    Symptoms Worse : For bathing; during and after eating. .....
  • CARDUUS
    63. Silybum marianum syn. Carduus marianus
    St. Mary’s thistle, milk thistle.

    Key Uses:
  • Acute or chronic liver problems
  • Gallbladder pain
  • Gallstone colic
  • Lung conditions, such as asthma
  • Severe abdominal and liver pain

    Origin : Native to the Mediterranean region and grown throughout Europe.

    Background : The flowerheads were traditionally grown to eat as a substitute for artichokes, and boiled as a spring tonic following the winter months.

    Preparation : The ripe, dried seeds are soaked in water for one to two days and then macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : Carduus is most suitable for people who are completely run down, with the kind of total physical and mental exhaustion, blankness, and indifference that may arise following a hard life of physical labor, or that may be caused by alcoholism.
    The classic symptom picture for Carduus is of acute or chronic liver problems and lung conditions such as asthma. The remedy may be used for severe liver and abdominal pain that is most marked when lying on the left side, or for gallbladder pain and gallstone colic. The stools are typically discolored and pale due to liver malfunction, or they may be dark due to internal bleeding in the digestive system.

    Symptoms Better : For sitting up in bed; after a nosebleed.

    Symptoms Worse : For movement; for lying on the left side; for alcohol. .....
  • CAULOPHYLLUM
    64. Caulophyllum thalictroides
    Blue cohosh, squaw root, papoose root.

    Key Uses:
  • Rheumatic pains affecting the small joints, particularly in conjunction with menstruation or uterine problems
  • Uterine disorders, such as excessive bleeding and lack of uterine muscle tone

    Origin : Native to eastern North America.

    Background : Native Americans valued this plant highly for women, using it as a contraceptive, to regulate menstrual cycles, to induce labor, and for children’s colic.

    Preparation : The fresh root is macerated in alcohol, diluted, and succussed.

    Remedy Profile : This remedy is exclusively prescribed for symptoms in women who tend to be prone to restlessness, nervousness, and insomnia, if they have drunk too much coffee. In severe cases they may be unable to speak.
    Caulophyllum is used primarily for problems of the uterus, such as excessive bleeding and lack of tone in the uterine muscles. There may be erratic or absent uterine muscle action during menstruation or during or following labor. Inner trembling may also occur.
    The remedy is also used for rheumatic joint pains affecting the small joints, particularly if they occur in conjunction with menstruation or uterine problems. The fingers, toes, and ankles may be stiff, and the wrists may ache.

    Symptoms Better : For warmth.

    Symptoms Worse : For movement; for coffee; in the evening. .....
  • CENCHRIS
    65. Agkistrodon contortrix syn. Cenchris contortrix
    Copperhead snake.

    Key Uses:
  • Breathlessness
  • Congestion in the blood vessels
  • Fear of rape, pins and pointed objects, going to sleep, and sudden death
  • Mental and physical restlessness

    Origin : Found in the central and eastern US in forests, rocky terrain, and arid areas.

    Background : This snake belongs to the venomous pit viper family, which is responsible for the majority of snakebite incidents in the central and eastern US.

    Preparation : The fresh venom is triturated with lactose sugar.

    Remedy Profile : Cenchris is particularly suitable for people who experience great mental restlessness, jealousy, suspicion, and abandonment. They have a general tendency to be rather absentminded, moody, and dreamy, often experiencing vivid, horrible dreams that continue in their thoughts once they are awake. Their anxieties may include a fear of rape, pins and pointed objects, going to sleep, and sudden death.
    The classic symptom picture for Cenchris is of breathlessness, mental and physical restlessness, and a desire to drink small quantities of water. Another classic symptom is a need to loosen the clothing, triggered by congestion in the blood vessels. Complaints are usually right-sided. There may be a susceptibility to allergies, especially in the spring.

    Symptoms Better : In the morning.

    Symptoms Worse : In the afternoon, in the evening, and all night; for lying down; for waking; for pressure on the affected area. .....
  • CEDRON
    66. Simarouba cedron syn. Simaba cedron, Quassia cedron
    Cedron, rattlesnake beans.

    Key Uses:
  • Neuralgic pains and other nervous system conditions, such as spasms or tics
  • Recurrent fevers, such as those associated with malaria
  • Severe headaches or migraines

    Origin : Found in Central America and northern Brazil.

    Background : Known in Panama as an antidote for snakebite and insect stings if chewed immediately after being bitten, cedron was also used for malaria or fever.

    Preparation : Cotyledons (embryonic shoots) from the dried, ripe seeds are macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : People who respond best to Cedron tend to be nervous, restless, and even hysterical, possibly experiencing depression following any nervous excitement. They may dread going to bed and fear their friends.
    A characteristic of the complaints associated with Cedron is that they tend to recur at exactly the same hour each day. The remedy is used for recurrent fevers, such as those associated with malaria, and for neuralgic pains and other nervous- system conditions such as spasms or tics. Severe headaches or migraines, perhaps with nausea, fever, or cerebrospinal meningitis, may also respond to Cedron.

    Symptoms Better : For standing erect.

    Symptoms Worse : For open air; at the same time each day; after sleep. .....
  • CASTOREUM
    67. Castoreum
    Castoreum.

    Key Uses:
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome in women
  • Nervousness in conjunction with profuse sweating
  • Sudden spasms of abdominal pain

    Origin : Secretion from glands in the genitals of the beaver.

    Background : This browny red, resinous substance was formerly used in its dried form as a fixative in the perfume industry.

    Preparation : Castoreum is macerated in alcohol, filtered, diluted, and succussed.

    Remedy Profile : Castoreum is primarily associated with women, particularly those with an angry, irritable, and quarrelsome state of mind that is especially evident during menstrual periods. Nervous and discontented, they tend to have anxious dreams, and to shout out angrily when they are asleep.
    Castoreum is generally used for this nervous state in conjunction with profuse sweats and a weird sensation that the tongue is being pulled back by a thread from its base to the hyoid bone in the neck. There is a tendency not to recover fully from any bout of illness, and the remedy may be given for chronic fatigue syndrome in women. Further symptoms may include sudden spasms of pain in the abdomen.

    Symptoms Better : For pressure on affected areas.

    Symptoms Worse : For cold; during menstruation; after debilitating diseases; for emotional stress. .....
  • CEANOTHUS
    68. Ceanothus americanus
    New Jersey tea.

    Key Uses:
  • Lethargy, with swelling, tenderness, and pain in the spleen
  • Nervous excitement with chilliness
  • Serious blood or lymph disorders, such as leukemia or Hodgkin's disease

    Origin : Native to eastern North America.

    Background : Native Americans used the root to make a tea for fevers, catarrh, and sore throats. During the Revolutionary War, the leaves were used as a substitute for tea.

    Preparation : The dried leaves are steeped in alcohol, diluted, and succussed.

    Remedy Profile : Ceanothus is most suitable for people who feel apathetic and lack energy. They may be depressed by a fear of being unable to work due to illness.
    The classic symptom picture is one of lethargy, with swelling, tenderness, and pain in the spleen. There may be such deep pain on the left side of the body that it is impossible to lie on this side. Further symptoms include palpitations, chilliness, a right-sided headache, and shortness of breath. The symptoms may be associated with serious blood or lymph disorders such as leukemia or Hodgkin’s disease. The remedy is also used for those who experience great nervous excitement, with chilliness and a loss of appetite. Their nerves may be so badly shaken that they can barely hold a knife and fork.They may find it difficult to sleep, and may experience dreams of snakes and robbers.

    Symptoms Better : For warm weather.

    Symptoms Worse : For cold, damp weather; for movement; for lying on the left side. .....
  • CHENOPODIUM
    69. Chenopodium ambrosioides var. anthelminticum
    American wormseed, Jesuit’s tea, Mexican tea, Jerusalem oak.

    Key Uses:
  • Effects of strokes, particularly those involving right-sided paralysis
  • Right-sided migraines

    Origin : Native to the Caribbean and to Central and South America, and cultivated in China and the US.

    Background : This plant was widely used from the middle of the 18th century by native Americans to expel worms.

    Preparation : The seeds or whole, fresh plant are macerated in alcohol, or the oil from the seeds is diluted with alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : The classic use of Chenopodium is in treating the effects of a stroke, particularly if they involve right-sided paralysis.
    Typical symptoms include repeating words or using inappropriate words, or repeating the same actions over and over again. The limbs may spasm and contract, and the hands may flex. These symptoms may be accompanied by very heavy breathing with a rattling sound, as if there is a ball rolling loose in the trachea. The remedy is also used to treat right-sided migraines with giddiness, loss of sight, roaring in the ears, and dull pain in the liver area that may extend to the right shoulder blade.

    Symptoms Better : None known.

    Symptoms Worse : For movement. .....
  • CHINA ARS
    70. Chininum arsenicosum
    Quinine arsenite.

    Key Uses:
  • Asthma, with a sensation of suffocation, oppressed breathing, or anxiety
  • Great fatigue, perhaps following chronic fatigue syndrome, or a serious illness such as malaria, or a debilitating epileptic attack

    Origin : Chemically prepared.

    Background : This compound of quinine (see page 49), arsenious acid, and potassium carbonate is little used outside homeopathy.

    Preparation : Quinine arsenite is mixed with lactose sugar and triturated.

    Remedy Profile : People for whom China ars. is appropriate tend to be exhausted and drained, and to feel that they cannot endure their state for much longer. They are either restless and on edge or completely relaxed.
    The key symptom treated by China ars. is great fatigue, perhaps following chronic fatigue syndrome, or serious illness such as malaria or a debilitating epileptic attack. The fatigue tends to recur at specific times, possibly with burning pains, stiff joints, and fluttering “electric” pulses in the body. The remedy may also be given to treat asthma with a sensation of suffocation, oppressed breathing, and anxiety.

    Symptoms Better : For open air; for pressure on the affected area; for bending forward; for sitting up; for yawning.

    Symptoms Worse : In the morning; for movement; for hunger. .....
  • CHOCOLATE
    71. Chocolatum
    Chocolate.

    Key Uses:
  • Fear of cars, accidents, illness, dogs, or being attacked
  • Feelings of estrangement
  • Great clumsiness and heaviness in the limbs, and constriction in the chest or head associated with nervous disorders
  • Withdrawal and antisocial behavior

    Origin : Made from the fruits of the Theobroma cacao tree, native to Central America and grown in other tropical areas.

    Background : Used for centuries by the Maya and Aztecs in a bitter drink called xocolatl, cocoa was brought to Europe by Christopher Columbus in 1502. The Europeans then gradually developed this import into the chocolate that has become so popular in modern times.

    Preparation : Dark, high-cocoa-mass chocolate is triturated with lactose sugar.

    Remedy Profile : This remedy is primarily used for a classic state of mind rather than a set of physical symptoms. People for whom Chocolate is best suited tend to lack concentration and to feel anxious, vulnerable, and self-conscious, as if they are being watched. They are prone to fears of cars, accidents, illness, dogs, or being attacked. They may feel estranged from loved ones, and believe that they do not belong anywhere. This state of mind can develop into withdrawal and antisocial behavior, associated particularly with a reluctance to talk and a desire to be alone in the evening.
    Although used chiefly for emotional states, the symptom picture for Chocolate may include physical symptoms such as constriction in the chest or head, and nervous disorders associated with great clumsiness and heaviness in the limbs.

    Symptoms Better : For warmth; for being covered up.

    Symptoms Worse : In the evening; on waking; for eating chocolate or sweets; for drinking tea. .....
  • CHIONANTHUS
    72. Chionanthus virginicum
    Fringe tree.

    Key Uses:
  • Biliary colic
  • Gallstones
  • Headaches, especially those associated with nervous tension or menstruation, or accompanied by digestive upsets
  • Jaundice
  • Liver pain accompanied by colic, cramps, vomiting, and intestinal discomfort

    Origin : Native to the US but now also found in eastern Asia.

    Background : Traditionally used to treat mouth ulcers, spongy gums, and eye inflammation by native Americans and early European settlers in the 18th century.

    Preparation : The chopped bark of the fresh root is macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : Chionanthus is most appropriate for those who are insular, melancholic, and gloomy, with hypochondriac tendencies. They feel “played out,” apathetic, and listless, and may develop nervous exhaustion.
    The remedy is generally used for liver problems such as jaundice, gallstones, and biliary colic, with the characteristic fatigue. Liver pain is usually accompanied by colic, cramps, vomiting, and the feeling that the intestines are being spasmodically squeezed. The stools may be pale due to lack of bile. Another key use of Chionanthus is for headaches, especially those associated with nervous tension or menstruation, or accompanied by digestive upsets.

    Symptoms Better : For lying on the abdomen.

    Symptoms Worse : For movement; for jarring. .....
  • CHIMAPHILA
    73. Chimaphila umbellata
    Prince’s pine, ground holly, pipsissewa, umbellate wintergreen.

    Key Uses:
  • Men's complaints, such as enlarged prostate, urine retention, and a feeling that there is a ball in the pelvis
  • Urinary tract disorders, such as painful urination, obstructed urine flow, and cystitis with blood in the urine

    Origin : Found in North America, Asia, and Europe.

    Background : By the 19th century this native American remedy for sweating and fevers was adopted by European settlers for rheumatic pain and urinary problems.

    Preparation : The whole, fresh plant, or aerial parts in flower, are steeped in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : Those who respond best to this remedy tend to feel restless and hot but seem unable to sweat. They tremble inwardly, yet are outwardly calm and stable.
    Chimaphila is used chiefly for urinary tract problems such as painful urination and obstructed urine flow. It is given for cystitis with blood in the urine and great urging to urinate despite an empty bladder. In men it is also prescribed for an enlarged prostate, urine retention, and a feeling that there is a ball in the pelvis.

    Symptoms Better : For walking.

    Symptoms Worse : For cold and damp; for sitting on cold stone; on starting to urinate. .....
  • CHINA SULPH
    74. Chininum sulphuricum
    Quinine sulfate.

    Key Uses:
  • Heavy, aching limbs
  • Joint pains
  • Recurrent fever, possibly due to malaria
  • Severe head pain
  • Sinking sensations when lying down
  • Tender, sensitive spine
  • Tinnitus

    Origin : Chemically prepared.

    Background : This compound is one of the quinine salts used in conventional medicine to treat malaria (see page 49).

    Preparation : The compound is dissolved in alcohol, diluted, and succussed.

    Remedy Profile : A great fear of impending misfortune or extreme anxiety about the future is typical in those most responsive to China sulph. They often seem bad-tempered, nervous, indifferent, weepy, and depressed. They may have difficulty naming objects.
    Classic physical symptoms linked to China sulph. include heavy, aching limbs, joint pains, and a tender, sensitive spine that feels worse for pressure. There may be a sinking sensation when lying down, as if falling through the bed. The remedy may also be used for tinnitus, severe head pain, and recurrent fever, possibly due to malaria. Symptoms often recur at the same time each day, particularly at around 3 p.m.

    Symptoms Better : For cold compresses; for yawning; for bending forward; for pressure on the affected area.

    Symptoms Worse : For cold; for touch; at particular times of day; at around 3 p.m. .....
  • CICUTA
    75. Cicuta virosa
    Water hemlock, cowbane.

    Key Uses:
  • Nervous system problems, such as stuttering, hiccups, sudden, strong jerks, or spasms
  • Petit mal fits, epilepsy, or violent convulsions
  • Skin disorders, often involving pustules that leave yellowish scabs, such as impetigo or eczema

    Origin : Found in swamps and wet places in Kashmir and the Arctic.

    Background : The name “cowbane” derives from the fact that grazing on the plant can transmit a potentially fatal disease to cattle.

    Preparation : The fresh root, gathered when the plant is in bloom, is chopped and macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : Cicuta has an affinity with the nervous system and is used both for nervous temperamental conditions and for physical disorders of the nervous system. It is generally given to people who behave childishly and do absurd things. They may be wild, delirious, and overexcited, or exhibit great sensitivity to sad stories and to the happiness of other people. Alternatively, they may be distrustful, despise other people, and have an aversion to society. Their memories can go blank for long periods. Classic physical symptoms associated with Cicuta focus on spasmodic effects on the nervous system, ranging from stammering and hiccups to sudden, strong jerks and spasms. Petit mal fits with long absences may be treated with the remedy, as may epilepsy or violent convulsions accompanied by facial contortions and severe backward twisting and arching of the head and neck.
    The remedy may also be used for some skin disorders, often involving pustules that leave yellowish scabs, such as eczema or impetigo. The head and face may be most affected, or the whole body may develop chronic eruptions that itch, burn, and crust. A craving for chalk may occur, as may an inability to distinguish what is edible.

    Symptoms Better : For warmth; for arching the head, neck, and spine backward; for dwelling on pain; directly after eating.

    Symptoms Worse : For cold; for being touched or jarred; during sleep; for noise; if skin symptoms are suppressed or diminished but not cured; for intestinal worms; after concussion. .....
  • CIMEX
    76. Acanthia lectularia syn. Cimex lectularius
    Bed bug.

    Key Uses:
  • Anxiety, especially after a chill or drinking alcohol, and possibly followed by a fever
  • Joint or muscle ache

    Origin : Found in unsanitary environments in temperate regions.

    Background : The ancient Greeks and Romans crushed bed bugs with salt and human milk to make an eye ointment. When powdered they were used for fevers and as a preventative remedy for plague.

    Preparation : Live bed bugs are steeped in alcohol, diluted, and succussed.

    Remedy Profile : Cimex is most appropriate for those who are prey to anxiety, especially after a chill or drinking alcohol. They may adopt a crouching position, desiring to creep into their own body because they are unable to curl themselves up sufficiently. A chilly stage may develop prior to fever, during which they may be violent, wanting to tear everything to pieces or clenching their hands in rage.
    Cimex is typically prescribed for certain types of joint or muscle aches accompanied by a strong compulsion to stretch and, sometimes, chills and fever. Muscles and tendons such as hamstrings may feel too short for the limbs.

    Symptoms Better : For sitting huddled up; for passing gas; for avoiding alcohol.

    Symptoms Worse : For movement; for stretching. .....
  • CISTUS
    77. Cistus canadensis
    Frostweed, Canadian rock rose.

    Key Uses:
  • Allergic rhinitis
  • Frequent colds
  • Glandular swelling and hardening, especially in the neck
  • Sinusitis, chronic or recurrent
  • Tonsillitis
  • Upper respiratory tract infections

    Origin : Found in North America.

    Background : Frostweed’s name derives from its love of frost on its roots in early winter. It has been used herbally for ulcers.

    Preparation : The whole, fresh plant and root are macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : Cistus is most appropriate for those who are frightened and stressed. Mental stress often aggravates their physical symptoms. Extremely sensitive to cold air, they tend to feel cold sensations all over the body. Their illnesses are generally affected by the seasons, becoming worse in winter.
    Cistus is used mainly for frequent colds, tonsillitis, upper respiratory tract infections, chronic or recurrent sinusitis, and allergic rhinitis. Typical symptoms include thick, yellowy catarrh, a runny nose, and violent sneezing. The throat is dry and feels sore if even small amounts of cold air are inhaled.
    Another key symptom associated with Cistus is glandular swelling and hardening, particularly in the neck, and possibly with concurrent respiratory symptoms. It may be due to infection or even cancer.

    Symptoms Better : For coughing up mucus; for swallowing; for eating.

    Symptoms Worse : For cold; for drafts; for touch; for winter. .....
  • CINNABARIS
    78. Hydrargyrum sulphuratum rubrum syn. Cinnabar
    Mercuric sulfide, sulfide of mercury, quicksilver.

    Key Uses:
  • Genital and rectal ulceration and warts
  • Headaches, inflamed eyes, catarrh, and sore throat
  • Painful menstruation, pregnancy, or labor
  • Pimples, pustules, and skin eruptions

    Origin : Found mainly in Spain, and also in Peru, Italy, and California.

    Background : In traditional Chinese medicine this mineral is used to treat sore throats, mouth ulcers, and palpitations. Its bright- scarlet pigment is called vermilion.

    Preparation : Mercuric sulfide is triturated with lactose sugar.

    Remedy Profile : Cinnabaris is best suited to people who are nervous, uneasy, sad, weak, and weary. They do not want to use their brains, and may become forgetful, often feeling that their heads are “full” from mental use. At night a stream of constantly changing thoughts runs through their heads. They are usually sensitive to touch and to the slightest noise, preferring to be left alone. This remedy has a classic affinity with genital and rectal ulceration and warts, and its profile is similar to that of Merc. sol. (see page 85). Key symptoms include fiery red ulcers on the skin and the mucous membranes, warts that bleed easily, pimples, pustules, and red skin eruptions that tend to itch violently.
    The head is a focus for other symptoms that may be helped by the remedy. These include headaches with congestion; red, inflamed eyes; catarrh in the nose and throat; and a dry, sore throat. Sleep patterns may be disrupted, with noticeable restlessness and sleeplessness, although there is often a marked lack of tiredness.
    Cinnabaris may also be used to treat women who experience very painful menstruation and pregnancy, or great pains during labor.

    Symptoms Better : For open air; for sunshine; after dinner.

    Symptoms Worse : For damp; for touch; for evening; at night; for light; before menstruation. .....
  • COCCULUS
    79. Anamirta cocculus syn. Cocculus indicus
    Indian cockle.

    Key Uses:
  • Agitation
  • Hypersensitivity to touch
  • Muscle weakness, spasms in the legs, and gradual paralysis
  • Sea- and travel-sickness, nausea, and vomiting
  • Vertigo and dizziness

    Origin : Found in India and southeast Asia.

    Background : Fishermen in southern India use this plant as a poison to stun fish and catch them easily. It was once added to beer to make it more intoxicating.

    Preparation : The powdered seeds are macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : Cocculus is most effective for those whose concern for others makes them feel at the end of their tether. They may become severely exhausted, possibly leading to fainting, insomnia, and stupor. This state is common in those who have spent long periods of time nursing a sick relative.
    This remedy has a strong affinity with central nervous system disorders, especially vertigo, dizziness, nausea, sea- and travel- sickness, vomiting, and hypersensitivity to touch. Nervous oversensitivity may lead initially to agitation and dizziness, and possibly develop into more serious conditions such as muscle weakness, spasms in the legs, and gradual paralysis.

    Symptoms Better : For sitting in a warm room; for lying quietly.

    Symptoms Worse : For cold; for lack of sleep; for movement; for movement in vehicles; for anxiety; for emotional stress. .....
  • COCA
    80. Erythroxylum coca
    Coca.

    Key Uses:
  • Altitude sickness
  • Breathlessness or asthma

    Origin : Native to Peru and Bolivia, but now also cultivated elsewhere in South America and in Asia, usually illegally.

    Background : Early European travelers to the Andes noted that the indigenous Indians chewed coca leaves as a stimulant. Coca contains cocaine, a narcotic drug that has spawned a huge illegal industry.

    Preparation : The leaves are dried, powdered, and macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : Coca is most appropriate for people who alternate between complete exhaustion and great mental excitement. They may be timid and antisocial, and have a sense of impending death and auditory hallucinations, or they may be extremely talkative and experience blissful visions. Their brains may feel muddled, and they can lose their sense of right or wrong and neglect their appearance. It is often used for symptoms associated with altitude sickness. Athletes and elderly people with symptoms of breathlessness or asthma may also be treated with Coca, since the classic physical symptom picture includes breathlessness.

    Symptoms Better : For rapid movement; for open air; after sunset; for wine.

    Symptoms Worse : For cold; for ascending to high altitudes; for physical and mental exertion. .....
  • CLEMATIS
    81. Clematis recta
    Clematis, upright virgin’s bower.

    Key Uses:
  • Abnormal urine flow
  • Moist, itchy pustules on the back of the head or skull
  • Skin complaints
  • Swollen glands, especially of prostate, testes, ovaries, or breasts
  • Urethral inflammation

    Origin : Native to central and southern Europe.

    Background : This plant irritates the skin on contact, but is used by herbalists to treat sores, skin ulcers, and itchy rashes.

    Preparation : The fresh leaves and stems of the plant are macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : People for whom Clematis is best suited tend to be peevish, dissatisfied, and prone to melancholy or homesickness. Despite apathy toward friends, they generally fear being alone. They often feel confused in stuffy rooms, and improve in open air.
    Clematis is strongly indicated for skin complaints and swollen glands, especially if they arise simultaneously or if there is a history of both conditions. The remedy is given for moist, itchy, sensitive pustules that erupt on the back of the head or skull.
    Gland symptoms that indicate Clematis include hardness, swelling, and pain. The prostate, testes, ovaries, or breasts are most often affected. Further related symptoms may include urethral inflammation, which causes an aversion to sexual intercourse, and abnormal urine flow. The right side of the body is usually particularly affected. Clematis may also be given for a toothache that is worse for hot drinks, better for the cold.

    Symptoms Better : For sweating; for open air; during a waning moon.

    Symptoms Worse : At night; for cold air; for bathing in cold water; for the heat of the bed; for touch; for movement; during a new moon. .....
  • COCCUS CACTI
    82. Dactylopius coccus syn. Coccus cacti
    Cochineal beetle.

    Key Uses:
  • Asthma
  • Spasmodic coughing, especially whooping cough
  • Urinary problems with pain in the kidneys

    Origin : Found in Spain, Mexico, and the West Indies.

    Background : The dried bodies of the female insects are used as a scarlet dye and food coloring, and in cosmetics, inks, artists’ pigments, and medicines.

    Preparation : The fertilized females are killed by heat, then dried and macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : Coccus cacti is generally prescribed for spasmodic coughing associated with catarrh, and for urinary problems with pain in the kidneys, particularly in those who are anxious and confused.
    The remedy is used for spasmodic coughing, especially whooping cough, and for asthma. Symptoms are usually worse in the mornings, and include frequent, violent, ticklish coughing fits accompanied by vomiting and retching up of clear, thick mucus that may hang from the mouth. There is a sensation as if a thread is hanging down the back of the throat. The mucous membranes in the throat may feel so sensitive that even brushing the teeth causes retching and vomiting.

    Symptoms Better : For bathing in cold water; for walking; for cold drinks.

    Symptoms Worse : On the left side of the body; for lying down; after sleep; for touch; for the pressure of clothing; for the slightest exertion; for brushing the teeth; for rinsing the mouth. .....
  • COLCHICUM
    83. Colchicum autumnale
    Meadow saffron, fall crocus, naked ladies.

    Key Uses:
  • Joint-membrane problems, especially in the small joints
  • Muscle tissue disorders
  • Nausea with colicky pains and painful distension of the abdomen
  • Oversensitivity to external stimuli
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Ulcerative colitis

    Origin : Found wild in Europe and Africa, and cultivated in North America.

    Background : During classical times, the plant was considered too toxic for use. Arabian physicians used it in the Middle Ages for joint pain and gout.

    Preparation : The fresh bulb, dug up in spring, is chopped and steeped in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : Those who respond well to Colchicum are typically weak and restless. They may be depressed or irritable, and have poor concentration and memory, so that they appear dazed even though they may answer questions correctly. There is a marked absence of any apprehension and no discernible fear of death.
    The key symptoms linked with Colchicum focus on the muscle tissues and joint membranes, especially the membranes in the small joints. The joints may be painful, hot, and swollen, and the muscles extremely relaxed and even limp. Arthritic joint pain or gout may be so severe that it causes screaming if the joints are touched or jolted. There may be a twitching, tingling sensation all over the body.
    Colchicum is also considered a useful remedy for ulcerative colitis and for nausea with colicky pains and painful distension of the abdomen. Illness is typically accompanied by a feeling of icy coldness in the stomach.
    In addition to any other symptoms, the body may feel cold inside, with extreme oversensitivity to external stimuli such as bright lights, strong odors, physical contact, and even other people’s behavior.

    Symptoms Better : For warmth; for rest; after passing stools.

    Symptoms Worse : For cold and damp; for changeable weather; for vibrations or jarring. .....
  • COMOCLADIA
    84. Comocladia dentata
    Guao, bastard Brazil wood.

    Key Uses:
  • Nerve sensitivity
  • Skin problems, such as extreme itching, burning, inflammation, and blistering

    Origin : Native to Cuba.

    Background : This tree exudes a milky sap that turns black on contact with air and stains clothes and skin. It causes a violent skin reaction in people who have sensitive skins.

    Preparation : The fresh leaves and bark are chopped and macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : Comocladia is most appropriate for irritable people who are prone to maliciousness, gloomy behavior, and restlessness while awake. Sleep refreshes them, however, and they enjoy vivid, pleasant, and perhaps even clairvoyant dreams. The key physical symptoms associated with this remedy include nerve sensitivity and skin problems such as extreme itching, burning, inflammation, and blistering. The skin may flake or shed itself, or it may redden, possibly forming stripes. There may be ulceration or other swelling, which may be fever-related.

    Symptoms Better : For open air; for scratching; for movement.

    Symptoms Worse : For heat; for touch; for rest; in the evening. .....
  • COPAIVA
    85. Copaifera officinalis
    Balsam of copaiva.

    Key Uses:
  • Colds
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Gonorrhea
  • Leucorrhea
  • Urethritis

    Origin : Native to tropical South America, but also found in southern Africa.

    Background : This traditional native Brazilian remedy for healing wounds and removing scars was first recorded in 1625 by a Portuguese monk, Manoel Tristaon.

    Preparation : A tincture of balsam is made from oleoresin (a semi-solid mixture of resin and essential oil) from the plant.

    Remedy Profile : Copaiva is given to restless, overwrought people who are prone to burning pains, and a feeling of heaviness or pressure on any part of the body. Their nervous system is oversensitive, and they tend to feel startled when they hear noises, and to weep on hearing piano music. A key symptom associated with the remedy is excessive discharge from the mucous membranes. This includes urinary tract discharges, catarrh during a cold, and profuse, greenish gray, offensive-smelling mucus during a bout of chronic bronchitis. The remedy is also used as a treatment for mucus discharges associated with leucorrhea (abnormal discharge from the vagina), urethritis (inflammation of the urethra), and gonorrhea.

    Symptoms Better : For pressure on the affected area; for walking; for doubling over; for perspiring.

    Symptoms Worse : In the morning; for catching cold; for starchy foods. .....
  • CONVALLARIA
    86. Convallaria majalis
    Lily-of-the-valley.

    Key Uses:
  • Heart disorders with symptoms that include fluttery or noisy heartbeats, palpitations, poor circulation, and water retention
  • Soreness of the uterus in conjunction with heart palpitations

    Origin : Native to Europe, but also found across North America and in northern Asia.

    Background : The 16th- century herbalist John Gerard praised this plant for its success in treating gout and heart problems. It is used in modern herbalism, particularly for heart disorders.

    Preparation : The fresh, flowering aerial parts are macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : People who respond best to Convallaria have difficulty in thinking, because their brains feel dull. They often find themselves unable to concentrate when reading, and tend to become irritable when questioned. There is a tendency to experience feelings of depression. Convallaria is prescribed primarily for heart problems. Typical heart symptoms treated by the remedy include palpitations triggered by the slightest exertion. The heartbeat may seem to reverberate throughout the whole chest and rib cage, or it may become fluttery and irregular after exercise, possibly causing nausea and breathlessness. Water retention may accompany heart problems, as may poor circulation. The remedy is often given for heart palpitations that occur in conjunction with soreness of the uterus.

    Symptoms Better : For open air.

    Symptoms Worse : For warm rooms; for lying on the back. .....
  • COLLINSONIA
    87. Collinsonia canadensis
    Stoneroot, horsebalm, richweed.

    Key Uses:
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Labor or pregnancy problems, such as itchy vulva during pregnancy, or diarrhea after labor
  • Menstrual pain
  • Pelvic aches

    Origin : Native to moist woodlands in eastern North America.

    Background : Stoneroot is so called due to its hard, knotted root. It is used herbally in a poultice for bruises and sores.

    Preparation : The fresh root is chopped and macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : Collinsonia is best suited to people who have a gloomy temperament. They tend to experience strange bodily sensations, including the feeling that the body is being pricked by needles, that it is enlarged, and that the lower limbs are disembodied.
    The classic symptom for this remedy is of sore, bleeding hemorrhoids, with a sensation of constriction, pricking pain, and sharp sticks in the rectum, which is prone to fissures.
    Collinsonia is also used for menstrual pain, pelvic aches, and labor or pregnancy problems such as an itchy vulva during pregnancy, or diarrhea after labor. It is especially appropriate if symptoms occur with rectal or bowel disorders.

    Symptoms Better : For heat; in the morning.

    Symptoms Worse : At night; for cold; during pregnancy; for emotional stress. .....
  • CORALLIUM
    88. Corallium rubrum
    Red coral.

    Key Uses:
  • Whooping and spasmodic coughs, accompanied by violent paroxysms, exhaustion, a smothering sensation, and the bringing up of blood

    Origin : The Gorgonia nobilis species of coral, which is found mainly in the waters of the Mediterranean and Japan.

    Background : Coral is the skeleton of a tiny animal called the coral polyp. Red coral’s delicate, pink skeleton is largely comprised of calcium, and is commonly used to make jewelry and prayer beads.

    Preparation : Pieces of skeleton are mixed with lactose sugar and triturated.

    Remedy Profile : Corallium is most appropriate for critical, peevish, angry people who tend to swear and curse when they are in pain. They may have a craving for sour foods, and like wine but easily become stupefied and drunk. Prone to extreme
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    tiredness, they may even fall asleep when standing up. The remedy is used chiefly for whooping and spasmodic coughs, which tend to occur in rapid, frequent fits, accompanied by violent paroxysms, exhaustion, a smothering sensation, and the bringing up of blood. The face may become purple and congested. The air passages may feel cold on breathing in deeply, and there may be profuse catarrh. The throat is very sensitive, especially to air.

    Symptoms Better : For heat; for open air; for covering up; for sitting; in the afternoon and evening.

    Symptoms Worse : For inhaling in the open air; for moving from a warm to a cold room; for eating. .....
  • CRATAEGUS
    89. Crataegus laevigata syn. C. oxyacantha, or C. monogyna
    Hawthorn, May tree, whitethorn.

    Key Uses:
  • Palpitations, possibly accompanied by fainting and collapse
  • Pulse that is fast, feeble, and intermittent
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Weak heart
  • Hypertension

    Origin : Found in all temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere.

    Background : Hawthorn is an extremely valuable medicinal herb, used since the Middle Ages as a heart remedy. Modern trials have shown that it improves the heart rate and lowers blood pressure.

    Preparation : The fresh, ripe berries are chopped and macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : Crataegus is most appropriate for irritable, cross, melancholic people who are prone to heart complaints. They tend to feel weak, fragile, and despairing. Their brains feel dull and confused, with possible periods of quiet and calm.
    The characteristic symptom picture for the remedy is of a weak heart, palpitations, and a rapid heartbeat with a sense of hurry and urgency. The pulse is fast, feeble, and intermittent. Fainting and collapse may accompany palpitations, while the area around the heart can feel as though it is bursting due to congestion or overexertion.

    Symptoms Better : For fresh air; for quiet; for rest; during menstruation; for washing.

    Symptoms Worse : For heat; for sweating; in the morning; in the evening. .....
  • CROCUS
    90. Crocus sativus
    Saffron crocus.

    Key Uses:
  • Hemorrhaging, such as nosebleeds or uterine bleeding
  • Nervous excitement with rapidly alternating moods and hysterical behavior

    Origin : Native to India and the Balkans, and now cultivated in Spain, France, Italy, and the Middle East.

    Background : It takes roughly 150,000 flowers and 400 hours’ work to make 2 lb (1 kg) of dried saffron, making it the most costly spice in the world.

    Preparation : The dried stigmas of the plant are macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : The range of key symptoms for which Crocus is generally prescribed includes nervous excitement, alternating moods, sensation as if something is moving inside the abdomen, and hemorrhages with dark, clotted, stringy blood, usually in the form of nosebleeds or uterine bleeding.
    Crocus is taken for rapidly alternating mental and physical states. The nervous system is overexcited, causing mood swings and hysterical, excited behavior. The feeling that something is moving inside the abdomen may be linked to general nervous hyperactivity. Hopping or jumping sensations may be felt inside the abdomen; these may be linked to a false pregnancy.

    Symptoms Better : For open air; for yawning; after breakfast.

    Symptoms Worse : For movement; during pregnancy; for puberty; for changes of the moon; for fasting; for a warm room. .....
  • CROTON
    91. Croton tiglium
    Croton.

    Key Uses:
  • Allergic skin conditions with extreme itching, such as eczema on the scrotum, or blistering rashes on the scrotum and penis
  • Digestive problems, such as nausea and urgent diarrhea immediately after eating or drinking
  • Headaches

    Origin : Found in subtropical and tropical forests from India to Malaysia.

    Background : Croton oil, made from the pressed seeds, has been used as a drastic purgative. An overdose of this carcinogenic oil may cause shock, while contact with the skin may lead to blistering.

    Preparation : The oil from the seeds is percolated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : People for whom Croton is most suitable tend to be “pent-up” emotionally. Often they feel anxious, as if some personal misfortune is about to befall them. They tend to be exhausted, dissatisfied, and morose, with an inability to work or think of anything except themselves.
    Mirroring the uses of the oil itself, which is strongly purgative and irritant, Croton’s main affinities are with the skin and digestion. The remedy is typically used for allergic skin conditions with extreme itching, such as eczema on the scrotum, or blistering rashes on the scrotum and penis. Croton is also given for digestive problems such as nausea and urgent diarrhea immediately after eating or drinking.
    A key symptom is the strange sensation that a string has been attached to the eyes or the nipples and is pulling them inward. The eyes feel as if they are being drawn backward into the head, and there is tense pain over the right eye, causing headaches.

    Symptoms Better : After sleep; for gently rubbing the affected area; for warm milk.

    Symptoms Worse : For touch; in summer; as skin eruptions are disappearing; for drinking; for eating. .....
  • CROTALUS CASC
    92. Crotalus durissus terrificus syn. C. cascavella
    South American rattlesnake.

    Key Uses:
  • Sensations of constriction, which is sometimes felt as a band around the throat or abdomen
  • Urticaria

    Origin : Found in South America.

    Background : This snake can grow up 5 ft (1.5 m) long. It has a deadly venom that primarily affects the nervous system.

    Preparation : Fresh venom is mixed with lactose sugar and then triturated.

    Remedy Profile : This remedy is most appropriate for people who feel jealous and forsaken. They fear being alone and love crowds and activity. They are frequently hypochondriacs who are sensitive to the cold. Characteristically they tend to be preoccupied by death and dying, and their dreams may feature corpses. They may feel that they are being haunted by ghosts. Right-sided symptoms are generally predominant.
    Crotalus casc. is typically used for this state of mind in conjunction with a sense of constriction, which is sometimes felt as a band around the throat or abdomen, so that wearing clothes causes discomfort. It is used for burning urticaria in crops over a single body region.

    Symptoms Better : For open air.

    Symptoms Worse : For cold; at night; on the right side; for washing; for menopause; for drinking. .....
  • CUPRUM ARS
    93. Cuprum arsenicosum
    Copper arsenite, Scheele’s green.

    Key Uses:
  • Irregular or weak heart function
  • Poor kidney function
  • Prolonged fluid loss—for example, after injury or an operation

    Origin : Chemically prepared.

    Background : This toxic, yellow-green pigment was used in wallpapers until a link was established between it and a multitude of health problems, especially digestive disorders and cramps.

    Preparation : The compound is mixed with lactose sugar and triturated.

    Remedy Profile : Those who respond best to Cuprum ars. are often confused, restless, and in anguish. Their body functions are also confused and disturbed, with chilliness and periods of irregular or weak heart function. Their bodies tremble, especially when walking, or they may be prostrated.
    A key condition associated with Cuprum ars. is poor kidney function. Typical symptoms include burning pain on urinating, dark red, discolored urine with a strong odor, perhaps of garlic, and diarrhea. The remedy may also be given to those who have experienced prolonged fluid loss, perhaps after injury or an operation.

    Symptoms Better : For hard pressure on the affected area.

    Symptoms Worse : For damp; for touch; for movement; during diarrhea attacks. .....
  • CUBEBA
    94. Piper cubeba
    Cubeb, tailed pepper.

    Key Uses:
  • Cystitis
  • Gonorrhea
  • Mucous membrane inflammation, particularly in the urinary tract
  • Prostatitis

    Origin : Native to Indonesia and widely cultivated in tropical Asia.

    Background : The antiseptic and diuretic properties of the cubeb fruits are used in herbal medicine, and the oil may be used to flavor tobacco, pickles, and sauces.

    Preparation : The dried, unripe fruits are macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : Cubeba is best suited to people who are restless and easily startled. They are often thirsty, and may crave nuts and delicacies. Their libidos may be very high.
    The remedy is typically used for mucous membrane inflammation, especially in the urinary tract. The symptom picture is of burning pain on urinating and profuse or frequent urination, possibly due to anxiety. Discolored, smarting urine, possibly containing blood, and a feeling of fullness are further typical symptoms. Infections such as cystitis or prostatitis (inflammation of the prostate glands) may be treated with Cubeba, as may gonorrhea.

    Symptoms Better : For getting up and walking around.

    Symptoms Worse : At night; in bed. .....
  • CURARE
    95. Strychnos toxifera
    Curare, woorali root.

    Key Uses:
  • Heaviness
  • Numbness
  • Piercing pains
  • Progressive muscular paralysis and impaired reflex action
  • Weakness

    Origin : Found in South America.

    Background : A paralyzing poison was traditionally extracted by native South Americans from this and other Strychnos species for use on arrows during hunting.

    Preparation : The resin is extracted from the tree and macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : Those who respond best to Curare tend to be hurried, irritable, and aggressive. They want to be alone and may behave maliciously toward others. A loss of moral judgment is also possible. They often have a history of self-abuse, perhaps involving biting or hitting themselves, or ripping their clothes. Typically, they can eat only small amounts of food at a time.
    Classic symptoms associated with Curare include weakness, heaviness, numbness, and piercing pains. Progressive muscular paralysis and impaired reflex action may also be treated by the remedy.

    Symptoms Better : None known.

    Symptoms Worse : For dampness; for cold winds; for cold weather; at 2 a.m.; for movement; on the right side of the body. .....
  • CYCLAMEN
    96. Cyclamen europaeum
    Cyclamen, sowbread.

    Key Uses:
  • Extreme indigestion that is aggravated by eating fats
  • Menstrual problems

    Origin : Found throughout Europe.

    Background : In the 1st century CE Pliny the Elder noted the use of this plant as an arrowhead poison in ancient Rome. The name “sowbread” refers to the medieval practice of feeding the roots to swine.

    Preparation : The fresh root, gathered in spring, is chopped and steeped in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : Cyclamen is best suited to rather dutiful, conscience-stricken people who tend to find fault with themselves and others. Prone to drowsiness, gloominess, and depression, they may wish to be alone and cry or weep silently, or they may have a sense of joy that alternates with irritability.
    The symptom picture for Cyclamen typically focuses on menstrual problems and indigestion. The remedy is used when the menstrual flow is irregular, possibly too frequent, or absent. Blood flow may be profuse and black, or the blood may clot too rapidly, and there may be severe pains resembling those felt during labor. Migraines, a squint, or visual disturbances may accompany these symptoms.
    Extreme indigestion that is aggravated by eating fats is another condition suitable for treatment with Cyclamen.

    Symptoms Better : For movement; for rubbing the affected area; for weeping; during menstruation.

    Symptoms Worse : For cold; for open air; before menstruation; for suppression of menstrual flow due to shock or extreme cold; for sitting; for standing. .....
  • DIGITALIS
    97. Digitalis purpurea
    Common foxglove, purple foxglove.

    Key Uses:
  • Heart and circulatory disorders
  • Liver problems, especially in conjunction with heart problems

    Origin : Native to western Europe, and cultivated in India, southern and central Europe, Norway, Madeira, and the Azores.

    Background : The 18th-century English doctor William Withering first established this flower’s importance as a heart remedy, and its active constituents are still used in herbal and conventional heart medicines.

    Preparation : The fresh leaves are picked before the plant blooms in its second year. The juice is expressed from the leaves, then mixed with alcohol and diluted.

    Remedy Profile : Digitalis is associated primarily with the heart. It is prescribed for people who are prone to heart and circulatory disorders. The remedy is considered particularly appropriate if symptoms
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    are accompanied by a fear of death, or a fear that moving—especially walking—may cause the heart to stop beating. There is a desire for bitter things and often visual disturbance. Heart disorders that respond well to treatment with Digitalis are typically accompanied by pains in the region of the heart, a slow pulse, faintness, and nausea. The remedy is also used for liver problems, particularly if they occur in conjunction with heart symptoms.

    Symptoms Better : For cool air; for rest; for lying on the back; for an empty stomach; for frequent urination.

    Symptoms Worse : For heat; for standing up; for exertion; for movement; for lying on the left side; for sexual excess. .....
  • DROSERA
    98. Drosera rotundifolia
    Sundew, common sundew, round-leaved sundew, red rot, youthwort, moorgrass.

    Key Uses:
  • Behavioral problems, especially in children
  • Deep, violent, spasmodic coughs, especially whooping cough
  • Growing pains in children, such as stiff ankles and pains in the joints and bones

    Origin : Grows in Europe, Asia, and North America.

    Background : Sundew was taken in the 16th and 17th centuries for melancholia. In 1735 the Irish Herbal advised that it could be used to “eat away rotten sores.”

    Preparation : The whole, fresh, flowering plant is macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : Drosera is usually prescribed to treat a deep, violent, spasmodic cough, especially whooping cough. Associated symptoms may include restlessness, anxiety, retching, vomiting, cold sweats, and nosebleeds. There may also be a feeling that there is a feather or crumb in the larynx, which triggers coughing. The voice is often toneless, hoarse, and deep.
    There is some indication that Drosera may be helpful in treating behavioral problems, particularly in children. It is best suited to children who are restless, anxious, peevish, and distrustful. Their emotions seem unbalanced, and they often have difficulty concentrating. Their anxiety may increase when they are alone, and can be associated with a fear of ghosts.
    Drosera may also be given for childhood growing pains, especially if they are accompanied by emotional imbalance. Symptoms may include stiff ankles and pains in the joints and bones, particularly affecting the hips and thighs.

    Symptoms Better : For open air; for movement; for walking; for sitting up; for pressure on the affected area.

    Symptoms Worse : For warmth; after midnight; for lying down; for cold foods. .....
  • EQUISETUM
    99. Equisetum hyemale & E. arvense
    Rough horsetail, field horsetail.

    Key Uses:
  • Bed-wetting in children during nightmares or other dreams
  • Painful irritation of the bladder

    Origin : Found mainly in Asia, particularly China, and in Europe and North America.

    Background : This primitive genus has been used to heal wounds since at least the 1st century BCE. Strongly abrasive, it was used between the Middle Ages and the 18th century as a pot-scourer.

    Preparation : The fresh plant of either species, including the root, is first pulped, then steeped in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : Those who respond best to this remedy are irritable and easily tired. Equisetum is used chiefly for painful irritation of the bladder, which is aching, full, and tender. There is typically a sensation of painful pressure on either side of the lower abdomen and bladder. The pain becomes worse at the end of urination. There may be a constant desire to urinate, possibly with dribbling of urine, or mucus in the urine. The remedy is also given to children who wet their bed during nightmares or other dreams.

    Symptoms Better : For lying on the back; for walking.

    Symptoms Worse : For being touched; for movement; for pressure on the painful area. .....
  • ELAPS
    100. Micrurus corallinus syn. Elaps corallinus
    Brazilian coral snake.

    Key Uses:
  • Hemorrhaging or other discharges characterized by black blood
  • Right-sided paralysis after a stroke

    Origin : Found in Brazil.

    Background : This poisonous snake has roughly 200 rings on its belly, which are colored alternately bright black and red.

    Preparation : Venom from a live snake is triturated with lactose sugar.

    Remedy Profile : People who respond best to Elaps tend to be rather intense, haughty, and suspicious. They are often depressed and long to be alone, yet also fear being left alone in case something horrible happens. In addition, they fear developing a serious illness such as a stroke, and feel afraid and miserable during wet weather. Generally, they are very sensitive to the cold.
    The blood is commonly affected in people who benefit from Elaps. There may be hemorrhages or other discharges characterized by black blood. In addition, the remedy is given for right-sided paralysis following a stroke. Despite a chilly sensation in the stomach, there may be a craving for ice, salads, fruits, and yogurt.

    Symptoms Better : For rest; for walking.

    Symptoms Worse : For cold; at night; for the approach of a storm; for touch. .....
  • DIOSCOREA
    101. Dioscorea villosa
    Wild yam, colic root.

    Key Uses:
  • Neuralgic and colicky pains, especially in the gastrointestinal system
  • Renal colic, in men, associated with kidney stones, sharp pains radiating down the testicles and legs, and cold, clammy perspiration

    Origin : Native to North and Central America.

    Background : A traditional Aztec remedy for pain, wild yam was commonly used in Central America for colic and menstrual pain. It was also used in the production of the first contraceptive pill.

    Preparation : The fresh root is dug up after the plant has flowered. It is then chopped and macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : People for whom this remedy is most appropriate are prone to irritability, stress, and nervousness, and want to be left alone.
    Key symptoms associated with Dioscorea are neuralgic and colicky pains, primarily affecting the gastrointestinal system. The pains are typically severe, cutting, cramping, and grinding, and radiate out in all directions from a central point that may shift location. They may affect the area of the liver, radiating upward to the right nipple. In women, the pains may occur during menstruation. In men, Dioscorea is typically prescribed to treat renal colic associated with kidney stones, sharp pains radiating down the testicles and legs, and cold, clammy perspiration.

    Symptoms Better : For stretching out; for bending backward; for standing erect; for movement; for firm pressure on the affected area; for belching.

    Symptoms Worse : For doubling over; for lying down; from 2 a.m. onward; for eating; for drinking tea. .....
  • ECHINACEA
    102. Echinacea angustifolia
    Echinacea, coneflower.

    Key Uses:
  • Abscesses, boils, and carbuncles
  • Animal and insect bites and stings
  • Cancer
  • Diphtheria
  • Septicemia
  • Swollen glands

    Origin : Native to North America, and now cultivated in Europe and the US.

    Background : Native Americans used echinacea for toothache and sore throats. Long considered a herbal “cure-all” and thought to stimulate the immune system.

    Preparation : The fresh plant, including the root, is pulped and steeped in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : Echinacea is typically prescribed for its antiseptic properties, to treat abscesses, boils, carbuncles, swollen glands, animal and insect bites and stings, septicemia, and diphtheria. The remedy is also given to treat cancer, especially as an analgesic in the late stages of the illness. Typical physical symptoms include chilliness, tiredness, and weakness, with aching muscles, considerable weight loss, debility, and foul-smelling discharges.

    Symptoms Better : For rest; for lying down; after physical or mental exertion.

    Symptoms Worse : For cold; for cold air. .....
  • EUPATORIUM PER
    103. Eupatorium perfoliatum
    Boneset, agueweed, thoroughwort, sweating plant.

    Key Uses:
  • Influenza or malarial fever accompanied by pain in the limbs

    Origin : Native to North America.

    Background : Native Americans used a boneset infusion for colds, fever, arthritis, and rheumatic pain. It became popular with European settlers due to its ability to stimulate the immune system against fever.

    Preparation : The fresh aerial parts in flower are macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : When unwell, people for whom this remedy is best suited may moan with pain and feel that they are going out of their minds. They tend to feel anxious and restless, wishing that they could keep still. They may have a sensation as though their bones are broken.
    Eupatorium per. is usually given for influenza or malarial fever accompanied by pain in the limbs. Fever typically starts as a chill, then generates heat, sweating, and a strong thirst, accompanied by pains in the bones and great restlessness. Further symptoms that may be treated include vomiting of bile, and headaches that feel worse during the sweating phase.

    Symptoms Better : For conversation; after vomiting bile.

    Symptoms Worse : For cold air; after a recurring interval of time; for movement; for the smell or sight of food. .....
  • EUPHORBIUM
    104. Euphorbia resinifera ‘Berger’
    Spurge, gum euphorbia.

    Key Uses:
  • Burning pain in the bones with a weak and dislocated feeling in the limbs, and sharp, cramping pains and weakness in the joints
  • Itching, burning skin, possibly with warts, slow-healing ulcers, or yellow blistering due to erysipelas

    Origin : Native to Morocco.

    Background : In classical times spurge was used as a purgative, until recognition of the danger of poisoning from an overdose led to disuse. In Europe its milky, irritant sap was used to burn off warts until the 19th century.

    Preparation : The hardened, resinous sap is macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : A key symptom linked with Euphorbium is burning pain in the bones, as if there are live coals in or on the bones. The limbs may feel weak and dislocated, with sharp, cramping pains and weakness in the joints.
    Another classic problem treated by this remedy is itching, burning skin, possibly with warts, slow-healing ulcers, or yellow blistering. These symptoms may be due to erysipelas (a bacterial infection) on the face.

    Symptoms Better : For movement; for applying oil to the affected area.

    Symptoms Worse : For sitting; for touch; on beginning to move. .....
  • EUPHRASIA
    105. Euphrasia officinalis
    Eyebright.

    Key Uses:
  • Colds
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Eye problems after an injury
  • Hay fever
  • Irritation in the eyes with a heightened sensitivity to light

    Origin : Native to Europe, but now also found in Asia and North America.

    Background : This herb has been used to treat eye strain and inflammations since the Middle Ages. Modern herbalists use it for infections and allergic conditions of the eyes, middle ear, sinuses, and nasal passages.

    Preparation : The whole, fresh, flowering plant, including the root, is chopped and macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : People who respond well to Euphrasia are typically taciturn, indolent, melancholic, and prone to daydreaming.
    Euphrasia has a classic affinity with the eyes. Common physical symptoms include irritation in the eyes, with cutting, burning, pressing pains and sticky mucus. There is typically heightened sensitivity to light, with burning, swollen eyelids and frequent blinking. The eyes tend to water profusely, a symptom that is exacerbated by open air, lying down, or coughing. The remedy is used mainly for allergies or infections affecting the eyes and nose, such as colds,
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    hay fever, or conjunctivitis. It may also be prescribed if eye symptoms occur after an injury.

    Symptoms Better : For open air; for blinking; for wiping the eyes.

    Symptoms Worse : For warmth; for wind; for sunlight; for being indoors. .....
  • GELSEMIUM
    106. Gelsemium sempervirens
    Carolina jasmine, yellow jasmine, false jasmine.

    Key Uses:
  • Acute influenza and sore throat
  • Hay fever
  • Paralysis, linked with phobias, exam nerves, stage fright, and other anticipatory terrors

    Origin : Native to the southern US and Central America, and now grown worldwide.

    Background : Carolina jasmine came into regular use from the middle of the 19th century, chiefly as a treatment for nervous disorders such as sciatica and neuralgia.

    Preparation : The fresh bark of the root is finely chopped and macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : People for whom Gelsemium is most suited fear losing control. They dislike being disturbed, especially while feverish, when they feel dull, drowsy, and dizzy, but want to be held. Their faces are flushed dark red, with a dull, besotted expression.
    A general state of mental and physical paralysis, with weakness and an inability to perform, are key symptoms linked to this remedy. At times the remedy has been given to strengthen courage on the battlefield, and it is often used for phobias, exam nerves, stage fright, and other anticipatory terrors, which cause trembling, weakness, diarrhea, and frequent urination. In the long term, these symptoms may lead to more complicated, serious neurological disorders and possibly even paralysis, which the remedy may help.
    Gelsemium is also used to treat acute influenza or sore throats, with weakness, limp limbs, chills, fever, headaches with double vision, and heavy, drooping eyelids. There may be a lack of thirst, even during fever. In addition, the remedy can be given for hay fever if accompanied by these symptoms.

    Symptoms Better : For profuse urination; for sweating; for shaking; for alcoholic drinks.

    Symptoms Worse : In humid weather, especially during spring; for extreme emotions; for dread or ordeals; for surprises or shocks. .....
  • FRAXINUS
    107. Fraxinus americana
    White ash.

    Key Uses:
  • Fibroids and other tumors
  • Heavy, painful menstruation
  • Uterine problems, such as a uterus that is relaxed in tone or prolapsed

    Origin : Native to eastern North America.

    Background : In Norse mythology the ash tree was considered sacred. In Europe its nutritious sap has traditionally been used as a gentle laxative.

    Preparation : The bark of the tree is chopped and macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : A need to talk is common in those who respond best to this remedy, and they tend to be depressed, nervous, and anxious. Illness may be accompanied by uneasy sleep and frightening dreams.
    Fraxinus is chiefly used for uterine problems. Typical symptoms include a uterus that is relaxed in tone, or possibly prolapsed, with a watery, non-irritating vaginal discharge and a heavy, painful, bearing-down sensation. The remedy is also given for heavy, painful menstruation, and for fibroids and other tumors.

    Symptoms Better : None known.

    Symptoms Worse : For injury; for sprains; for lifting. .....
  • FAGOPYRUM
    108. Fagopyrum esculentum
    Buckwheat.

    Key Uses:
  • Eczema and itching skin
  • Heart complaints associated with visibly pulsing arteries

    Origin : Native to central and northern Asia, and cultivated in temperate regions, especially in the US and eastern Europe.

    Background : This major grain crop may have been brought to Europe during the Crusades of the 11th and 12th centuries. Medicinally, the leaves were used for high blood pressure, chilblains, and frostbite.

    Preparation : The aerial parts are picked after flowering and before the fruits ripen, then chopped and macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : Confusion and alternating states of mind are typical in those for whom Fagopyrum is best suited. These people also tend to be depressed and irritable.
    Fagopyrum is generally associated with eczema and itching skin, possibly on the genitals, scalp, eyelids, and ears, or in the folds of the skin of infants and the elderly. The inside of the nose may become sore and crusted. Foul- smelling secretions may accompany itching.
    Heart complaints associated with visibly pulsing arteries, either with or without concurrent skin conditions, may also be treated with Fagopyrum. Other symptoms linked to this remedy include a rapid, irregular pulse and a strong sensation of oppression in the heart area.

    Symptoms Better : For cold compresses; for pressure on the affected area; for coffee.

    Symptoms Worse : For sunlight; for scratching; for movement.Ferula assa-foetida syn. .....
  • GLONOINUM
    109. Trinitrum syn. Nitroglycerinum
    Nitroglycerine, trinitroglycerine, glyceryl trinitrate.

    Key Uses:
  • Heat exhaustion
  • High blood pressure, especially in the elderly
  • Menopausal hot flashes
  • Severe headaches, accompanied by great confusion and a compulsion to hold the head and squeeze it

    Origin : Chemically prepared.

    Background : An Italian chemist, Ascanio Sobreoro, created nitroglycerine in 1846, and 20 years later the Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel used it to develop dynamite.

    Preparation : Nitroglycerine is dissolved in purified water, diluted, and succussed.

    Remedy Profile : Symptoms that are treated with Glonoinum focus on the regulation of the circulation between the head and the heart. The remedy is used when an increase in blood supply causes hot flashes, similar to those experienced during heatstroke, which surge up to the brain in waves, resulting in severe headaches. There is typically a bursting, “full” sensation in the head, with great confusion and a compulsion to hold the head and squeeze it. Glonoinum is also used for high blood pressure, particularly in the elderly, for heat exhaustion, and for menopausal hot flashes.

    Symptoms Better : For fresh air.

    Symptoms Worse : For heat, especially that of the sun; for movement such as shaking the head. .....
  • GNAPHALIUM
    110. Gnaphalium polycephalum
    Sweet-scented everlasting flower, cudweed.

    Key Uses:
  • Foul-smelling diarrhea with colic
  • Intense sciatic pain alternating with or followed by numbness
  • Joint pains and rheumatic complaints
  • Lumbago with numbness and heaviness in the affected area
  • Scanty menstrual periods

    Origin : Native to North America.

    Background : This plant has been used in herbal medicine to treat colds, fevers, and respiratory and intestinal catarrh, and has been applied as a poultice to bruises.

    Preparation : The whole, fresh plant is macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : This remedy is used mainly for intense sciatic pains alternating with or followed by numbness. Lumbago with numbness and heaviness in the affected area may also be treated, as may joint pains and rheumatic complaints. In addition, foul-smelling diarrhea with colic that is worse in the morning may respond to the remedy, as may scanty periods that are at their most painful on the first day.

    Symptoms Better : For sitting in a chair; for flexing the limbs.

    Symptoms Worse : For cold; for damp; for movement; for walking; for stepping up or down; for lying down on the left side. .....
  • GRANATUM
    111. Punica granatum
    Pomegranate

    Key Uses:
  • Expulsion of tapeworms

    Origin : Native to southwest Asia, and naturalized in Europe.

    Background : An ancient treatment for intestinal worms, the pomegranate was cited in the Ebers papyrus, written in Egypt c. 1500 BCE. The fruits, juice, and seeds all have culinary uses.

    Preparation : The dried bark of the root and branches is macerated in alcohol.PUNICA GRANATUM (Pomegranate)160

    Remedy Profile : Granatum is best suited to people who are ill-humored, overly impressionable, and sensitive. Often dejected, discouraged, weary, and gloomy, they tend to be melancholic and prone to hypochondria.
    The remedy is used primarily for the expulsion of tapeworms. The typical symptom picture may include nausea, excess salivation, dizziness, pale blue rings around the eyes, itching and tickling in the nose, and itching and tingling in the anus. There may be emaciation or a loss of appetite, or ravenous hunger with cravings for coffee and sour or juicy foods such as fruits.

    Symptoms Better : After dinner; after drinking cold water.

    Symptoms Worse : For looking upward; for walking; for the pressure of clothing; for alcohol. .....
  • GUAIACUM
    112. Guaiacum officinale
    Lignum vitae.

    Key Uses:
  • Arthritic or rheumatic joint pains, especially in the wrists
  • Arthritic pains associated with swelling, tension, and tautness in the muscles that is better for cold
  • Growing pains

    Origin : Native to South America and the Caribbean Islands.

    Background : In the 16th century, native Americans were found to be using lignum vitae for venereal disease and syphilis, and it became popular in Europe until discredited in the 18th century.

    Preparation : The resin obtained from the tree is macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : Guaiacum is most appropriate for narrow- minded people who tend to be obstinate, overcritical, and inflexible. This mental rigidity is mirrored by a fixation of the joints. The remedy is most commonly used for great arthritic or rheumatic joint pain, especially in the wrists. Arthritic pain may feel worse for heat, and there may also be a sensation of swelling, tension, and tautness in the muscles, as if they are too short. There is a strong desire to yawn and stretch. In children, the remedy profile may include growing pains.

    Symptoms Better : For cold, wet weather; for cold compresses; for apples.

    Symptoms Worse : For heat; for wet weather; for touch; for movement; for exertion; for rapid growth. .....
  • GRATIOLA
    113. Gratiola officinalis
    Hedge hyssop, herb of grace.

    Key Uses:
  • Gastrointestinal problems, such as cramps in the pit of the stomach
  • High sex drive, frequent masturbation, and nymphomania
  • Migraines
  • Sciatica

    Origin : Found in central Europe, North America, and Australia.

    Background : originally esteemed medicinally for jaundice and other liver or spleen complaints, this herb is now little used due to its toxicity.originally esteemed medicinally for jaundice and other liver or spleen complaints, this herb is now little used due to its toxicity.

    Preparation : The fresh bulb is dug up prior to flowering and steeped in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : Gratiola is most suited to those who appear irritable, haughty, and possibly excessively proud. They may develop mental symptoms if they drink coffee regularly over a long period of time, as well as physical symptoms such as migraine, sciatica, and a high libido. A high sex drive, frequent masturbation, and nymphomania are primary conditions that may be helped by Gratiola, particularly in women. In addition, the remedy is prescribed for gastrointestinal problems such as cramps in the pit of the stomach, and pressing pain after
    GELSEMIUM SEMPERVIRENS (Carolina jasmine)
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    eating, as if a stone is rolling from side to side in the stomach. Eating may be followed by a strange sense of emptiness in the stomach. There may be green, frothy, watery diarrhea that is expelled with great force.

    Symptoms Better : For open air.

    Symptoms Worse : For summer; for eating; for drinking excessive amounts of water; for coffee. .....
  • HEKLA
    114. Hekla lava
    Hekla lava.

    Key Uses:
  • Bone disorders, such as exostosis and osteitis
  • Glandular swellings, especially in the neck
  • Osteosarcoma and sarcoma, especially in the jaw, head, or legs
  • Toothaches

    Origin : Volcanic ash from the immediate vicinity of Mt. Hekla in Iceland.

    Background : Mt. Hekla last erupted in 2000. Its lava contains aluminum silicate, magnesium, calcium, and iron oxide.

    Preparation : Ash is triturated with lactose sugar to make the tincture.

    Remedy Profile : Hekla is best suited to people who are rather volcanic in temperament. They usually suppress any anger, but after a certain point they erupt.
    The remedy is typically used for bone disorders, such as exostosis (benign bony outgrowths) or osteitis (inflammation of the bone). It is considered particularly suitable for treating sarcoma (cancer of the connective tissue) and osteosarcoma (a malignant bone tumor), especially if they occur in the jaw, head, or legs. Glandular swellings, particularly those in the neck, can also be treated with Hekla, as can toothaches.

    Symptoms Better : For continued movement; toward 3 p.m.

    Symptoms Worse : For pressure on the affected area; for sitting; on beginning to move. .....
  • HAMAMELIS
    115. Hamamelis virginiana
    Virginia witch hazel.

    Key Uses:
  • Hemorrhaging, such as heavy menstrual periods or nosebleeds
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Varicose veins

    Origin : Native to Canada and eastern and central US, and grown in Europe.

    Background : Native Americans used witch hazel in poultices for tumors and inflammations. It is used as an herbal first-aid remedy for its astringent properties.

    Preparation : Fresh, chopped bark from the twigs and root is steeped in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : People who respond best to Hamamelis often feel a lack of appreciation and respect from others prior to illness, which tends to make them become depressed and solitary. When ill, they are prone to feelings of restlessness and irritability.
    The remedy’s primary use is in treating hemorrhoids and varicose veins. The veins are typically inflamed and weak. There is susceptibility to hemorrhaging, such as heavy periods in women or nosebleeds. Bleeding is generally slow to stop, and is usually accompanied by calm. Hamamelis may also be used for injuries to the eye.

    Symptoms Better : For fresh air; for reading; for thinking; for talking.

    Symptoms Worse : For warm, damp air; for pressure on the affected area; for movement. .....
  • HELONIAS
    116. Chamaelirium luteum syn. Helonias dioica
    False unicorn root, devil’s bit, fairy wand, blazing star.

    Key Uses:
  • Edema following uterine prolapse
  • Suppressed menstruation
  • Women's problems accompanied by severe fatigue

    Origin : Native to eastern North America.

    Background : The plant was long used by native Americans to prevent miscarriage, and is still considered invaluable for many gynecological disorders by herbalists.

    Preparation : The fresh, finely chopped root and rhizome are steeped in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : Characteristically, those who respond to Helonias are melancholy and depressed, and have a tendency to feel better when mentally or physically occupied.
    Helonias is used primarily for women’s problems accompanied by severe fatigue. This exhaustion or enervation is often caused by excessive physical or mental exertion or is, conversely, the result of a hedonistic lifestyle.
    It may also be associated with the extreme physical demands of frequent pregnancies or terminations. There is extreme sensitivity to and awareness of the uterus. Problems of the female reproductive system that may be treated with Helonias include suppressed menstruation, uterine prolapse with a sensation of weakness and dragging in the sacrum and pelvis, and a congested feeling in the kidneys, as if the menstrual flow has moved to that area. The remedy may also be used to treat edema (retention of fluid in the tissues) after uterine hemorrhage.

    Symptoms Better : For being busy; for holding the abdomen.

    Symptoms Worse : For fatigue; for touch; for movement; for stooping; for the pressure of clothes; for pregnancy. .....
  • HYDRASTIS
    117. Hydrastis canadensis
    Goldenseal, orangeroot, yellow puccoon.

    Key Uses:
  • Abnormal taste in the mouth
  • Cancers of the liver, colon, or breast
  • Catarrh
  • Sinusitis
  • Sore throat
  • Stomach problems

    Origin : Native to North America.

    Background : Native Americans used golden- seal’s root for its intense yellow dye, and medicinally for cancer, fevers, indigestion, and heart or liver disorders. It was introduced to Europe in 1760.

    Preparation : The dried underground parts of the plant are steeped in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : People who benefit from Hydrastis tend to be weary, exhausted, thin, and elderly, often with degenerative conditions.
    The classic symptom picture for this remedy is of problems of the mucous membranes. It is associated with catarrh, sinusitis, a sore throat, and an abnormal taste in the mouth. There may be copious, thick, yellowish, stringy mucus affecting the mucous membranes of the respiratory system. The remedy is also used for stomach problems, possibly occurring in conjunction with the classic problems of the mucous membranes. Characteristic symptoms include poor digestion, a sensation of emptiness in the stomach that remains even after eating, and constipation with no urge to pass stools.
    HYDRARGYRUM SULPHURATUM RUBRUM (Mercuric sulfide)
    147


    The remedy is often used for people susceptible to cancerous and precancerous states, notably those affecting the liver, colon, or breast. Hydrastis has an especially strong affinity with liver cancer, and may be taken to reduce the need for narcotics and analgesics.

    Symptoms Better : For warmth; for covering up warmly; for dry weather; for rest; for pressure on the affected area.

    Symptoms Worse : At night; for open air; for bathing; during pregnancy; for the touch of clothing; for alcohol and drug abuse. .....
  • HYPERICUM
    118. Hypericum perforatum
    St. John’s-wort.

    Key Uses:
  • Injuries or wounds that feel more painful than they appear
  • Nervous pains in phantom limbs after amputation
  • Pain relief following operations, accidents, puncture wounds, and animal bites
  • Tetanus prevention
  • Toothaches or discomfort after dental treatment

    Origin : Native to Europe and Asia, but now found in temperate areas worldwide.

    Background : Renowned medicinally since classical times, St. John’s-wort was long thought to have magical importance too. An extract of it is given for depression.

    Preparation : The whole, fresh plant is finely chopped and macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : Hypericum is prescribed for people who are depressed, frightened, or shocked following an injury or accident. They may be nervous, overexcited, constantly drowsy, talk while asleep, and forgetful when speaking. These people may also experience a constant sensation of elevation or falling.
    Key physical symptoms associated with this remedy are injuries or wounds that feel more painful than they appear, with extremely sharp pains, perhaps in nerve-rich areas such as the fingertips or the base of the spine. The remedy may be used to relieve pain following operations, accidents, puncture wounds, and animal bites, and is also given to help prevent tetanus. Nervous pains in phantom limbs after amputation, and toothaches or discomfort after dental treatment, may also be helped by the remedy.

    Symptoms Better : For lying quietly; for lying face down; for bending the head backward; for rubbing the affected area.

    Symptoms Worse : For cold, damp weather; for injury; for jarring; for shock. .....
  • HYDROCOTYLE
    119. Centella asiatica syn. Hydrocotyle asiatica
    Gotu kola, Indian pennywort, tiger grass.

    Key Uses:
  • Excessive skin thickening, swelling, and distortion, like that occurring in elephantiasis
  • Leprosy with no ulceration
  • Lupus
  • Psoriasis with thickening and hardening of the affected area

    Origin : Native to India, and found in Sri Lanka, south China, and southwest Asia.

    Background : Gotu kola has long been used in India as a meditation aid. It is also an important herbal remedy in Indian Ayurvedic medicine, notably for leprosy and as a “tonic” herb.

    Preparation : The dried aerial parts of the plant are macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : Hydrocotyle is best suited to people who alternate between lively, talkative behavior and
    CAULOPHYLLUM THALICTROIDES (Blue cohosh)
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    dull sadness, with a desire to be alone. They may sleep heavily, sometimes with persistent dreaming all night long.
    Classic features associated with this remedy are overgrowth and hardening, which often manifests itself as thickening or hardening of the connective tissue, or scaly, thickening skin conditions. Typical skin conditions treated include psoriasis, with hardening and scaling of the affected area, lupus (scaly patches that leave dull white scars), and leprosy with no ulceration. The remedy may even be used for excessive skin thickening, swelling, and distortion, like that occurring in elephantiasis (a chronic disease of the lymphatic system).

    Symptoms Better : For rubbing the affected area.

    Symptoms Worse : In summer; at night; for movement; for pressure on the affected area; on the left side. .....
  • IRIDIUM MET
    120. Iridium metallicum
    Iridium.

    Key Uses:
  • Exhaustion and anemia following a bout of illness
  • Lameness or partial paralysis, particularly in the elderly
  • Muscle pain and stiffness, with tender, swollen joints
  • Neuralgic and sciatic nerve pains
  • Suppurating abscesses in the armpits

    Origin : Obtained from osmiridium, an alloy of iridium, osmium, and platinum.

    Background : This metal is named after the Greek goddess of the rainbow, Iris, due to its colorful salts. It is used in fountain-pen nibs and hypodermic needles.

    Preparation : Iridium is triturated with lactose sugar.

    Remedy Profile : Those who respond most effectively to Iridium met. are generally well presented and confident. If not successful in their plans or projects, or if they become ill and exhausted, they may experience confusion, with poor concentration and the feeling that their minds are empty.
    Classic physical symptoms linked to Iridium met. include exhaustion and anemia following a bout of illness, and muscle pain and stiffness with tender, swollen joints. There may be nervous, pinching pains in the wrists, fingers, and limbs. In the hip joints there may be scraping, smarting pains and a crawling sensation; sciatic nerve pain may radiate down the legs. Neuralgic pains, perhaps in the back of the head, may be treated with Iridium met., as may lameness or partial paralysis, especially in the elderly. The remedy is also used to help prevent suppurating abscesses in the armpits.

    Symptoms Better : For cold; for being indoors; for pressure on the affected area; for continued movement.

    Symptoms Worse : For talking; on the left side of the body. .....
  • IRIS
    121. Iris versicolor
    Blue flag, snake lily.

    Key Uses:
  • Digestive disorders, such as nausea, severe diarrhea, and cholera
  • Headaches and migraines

    Origin : Native to North America, and now also grown widely in Europe.

    Background : Native Americans used blue flag to treat stomach complaints, wounds and sores, colds, and earaches, and as a diuretic. Modern herbalists use the plant in detoxification treatments.

    Preparation : The fresh root, dug up and chopped in summer, is steeped in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : The mood of people who respond best to Iris is generally low. They often feel restless and discouraged.
    Key symptoms related to the remedy are headaches and migraines accompanied by digestive disorders such as nausea, severe diarrhea, or cholera. Warning signals that precede a migraine include great exhaustion and blurring or loss of vision. Migraines are typically right-sided but may alternate from side to side. They usually center in the temple or around the eyes, and involve throbbing pain, severe nausea, vomiting, and profuse salivation. The head pain is typically aggravated by vomiting and is typically weekly.

    Symptoms Better : For gentle movement.

    Symptoms Worse : For hot weather; at night; for mental exhaustion. .....
  • JUNIPER
    122. Juniperus communis
    Juniper.

    Key Uses:
  • Menstrual pain
  • Uterine muscle stimulant
  • Water retention, possibly with advanced kidney disease

    Origin : Found in Europe and North America, and from southwest Asia to the Himalayas.

    Background : Juniper has been used since classical times, both medicinally and in cooking. Traditionally, sprigs were flung into fires to ward off evil spirits, and burned to protect against the plague. The berries are used to flavor gin.

    Preparation : Alcohol is added to the finely chopped, fresh, ripe berries.

    Remedy Profile : Classically this remedy has a reputation for increasing urine production, and is used to treat water retention, possibly with advanced kidney disease. The urine may contain blood and have a strange scent of violets, and there
    HYDRASTIS CANADENSIS (Goldenseal)

    may be a feeling of heaviness in the region of the kidneys. Juniper is also used separately as a stimulant for the uterine muscles and to ease menstrual pain. It is usually given as a tincture rather than in tablet form.

    Symptoms Better : None known.

    Symptoms Worse : None known. .....
  • KALI BROM
    123. Kalium bromatum
    Potassium bromide.

    Key Uses:
  • Excessive sexual needs or impotence in men
  • Ovarian cysts, tumors, or fibroids
  • Psychosis, mania, paranoia, autism, or retardation
  • Skin complaints, such as rosacea
  • Stroke, epilepsy, or other seizures

    Origin : Chemically prepared.

    Background : Potassium bromide is used in photography to make gelatin papers and plates, and was used medicinally in the past as a sedative and anti-epileptic.

    Preparation : Solid potassium bromide is triturated with lactose sugar.

    Remedy Profile : Poor memory, sadness, and loss of mental capabilities are often noted in those for whom Kali. brom. is most appropriate. The remedy has an affinity with the nervous system, and may be prescribed following a stroke, epilepsy, or other seizures. Great physical restlessness, with characteristic traits such as frequent wringing of the hands or fidgeting of the feet, is a typical accompanying symptom, as is numbness in the skin and the mucous membranes, especially those of the throat.
    At its most extreme, the state of mind associated with this remedy can develop into depressive delusions with a sense of being pursued for imagined wrongdoings. Fear of insanity and feelings of suspicion and rage may occur, developing in extreme cases to psychosis, mania, paranoia, autism, and retardation, which Kali. brom. may treat. It may also ease intense sexual feelings that progress to sexual addiction.
    In addition to its association with nervous symptoms, Kali. brom. is used for skin symptoms such as acne (especially on the forehead), psoriasis, rosacea, pustules, cysts, eczema on the legs, cold, numb skin, and crops of small boils. The skin tends to be blue and mottled in appearance, and may scar following skin eruptions.
    The remedy may also be used to treat female reproductive organs that develop ovarian cysts, tumors, or fibroids, and for symptoms triggered during menstrual periods, such as epilepsy. In men, Kali. brom. may be given for excessive sexual appetite or impotence.

    Symptoms Better : For being occupied, both mentally and physically.

    Symptoms Worse : For sexual excess; for mental overexertion; during puberty or pregnancy. .....
  • KALI MUR
    124. Kalium chloratum
    Potassium chloride.

    Key Uses:
  • Blockages of the eustachian tube
  • Cancer
  • Chronic catarrh, nasal congestion, and nosebleeds
  • Earaches in or behind the ears
  • Inflamed membranes or joints
  • Sore throat
  • Tonsillitis or swollen throat glands

    Origin : Obtained from the mineral sylvine, which is found mainly in North America and Germany.

    Background : Dr. Schüssler introduced this compound to homeopathy, using it for one of his tissue salts (see page 90).

    Preparation : Potassium chloride is triturated with lactose sugar.

    Remedy Profile : People who respond best to Kali. mur. tend to be optimistic and hard-working. They alternate between cheerfulness and sadness, being sensitive to sadness in others and in themselves, which may make them seem self-pitying.
    Key symptoms treated by this remedy include chronic catarrh and congestion in the nose. It is particularly appropriate if symptoms affect the middle ear, causing earaches, pain behind the ears, snapping noises in the ears, blockage of the eustachian tube, and possibly deafness. The nasal congestion is due to profuse, whitish catarrh, and is characteristically accompanied by nosebleeds.
    Kali. mur. is also an important remedy for tonsillitis or swollen throat glands, for chronic sore throats with catarrhal crusts in the throat, and for cancer. Inflammation in the membranes and joints may also respond to the remedy.

    Symptoms Better : For rubbing the affected area; for letting the hair down.

    Symptoms Worse : For open air; for fats and rich foods; for cold drinks. .....
  • KALI IOD
    125. Kalium iodatum
    Potassium iodide.

    Key Uses:
  • Chronic catarrh or recurring sinusitis
  • Copious and watery discharges, possibly with chronic allergic rhinitis
  • Swellings, abscesses, or atrophy of the glands

    Origin : Chemically prepared.

    Background : Potassium iodide is added regularly to table salt and animal feeds to protect against iodine deficiency.

    Preparation : Potassium iodide is triturated with lactose sugar.

    Remedy Profile : Those for whom Kali. iod. is best suited have strong tempers, and know that they can be cruel and difficult for others to cope with, especially their families.
    Classic symptoms indicating the Kali. iod. remedy include chronic catarrh, recurring sinusitis, swellings, abscesses, or atrophy of the glands. Symptoms are characteristically long-standing, and tend to be accompanied by great weakness, sensitivity, and soreness that is difficult to pinpoint on the body. There is frequently water retention and swelling, and a desire to move around in the open air.
    Kali. iod. is often prescribed for the treatment of discharges that are copious and watery, possibly with chronic allergic rhinitis and pain in the sinuses. It is also prescribed for thick, chronic catarrh, accompanied by an unpleasant smell and susceptibility to nosebleeds.

    Symptoms Better : For cold air; for open air; for movement.

    Symptoms Worse : For heat; for warmth from clothes or a hot room; at night; for rest; for pressure or touch. .....
  • KALI ARS
    126. Kalium arsenicosum
    Potassium arsenate, Fowler’s solution.

    Key Uses:
  • Asthma
  • Chronic skin conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis, acne, or ulcers
  • Skin cancer
  • Varicose veins on legs that have become ulcerous
  • Anxiety about health

    Origin : Chemically prepared.

    Background : The form of potassium arsenate used is Fowler’s solution, which consists of tincture of lavender, potassium carbonate, arsenous acid, and pure water.

    Preparation : The compound is triturated with lactose sugar.

    Remedy Profile : Kali. ars. is most suitable for people who are very anxious, especially about their health, and is similar in profile to Arsen. alb. (see page 68). Those affected may experience great mental and physical restlessness, with nervousness, depression, anemia, and hypersensitivity to touch and noise. They have a tendency to be either quarrelsome and excitable, or withdrawn, timid, and indifferent.
    Key physical symptoms associated with this remedy are chronic or malignant skin problems. The skin typically burns and itches, becoming worse on undressing and for the cold; cracks may develop in the bends of the knees and arms. This is usually symptomatic of eczema, psoriasis, acne, or ulcers. The remedy may be used to ease skin cancer, and for varicose veins on the legs that have become ulcerous.
    In addition, the remedy may be given for asthma with rapid, anxious breathing, which may become worse after midnight.

    Symptoms Better : For rainy days.

    Symptoms Worse : For cold feet; for noise; for touch; between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. .....
  • KALI NIT
    127. Kalium nitricum
    Potassium nitrate, niter, saltpeter.

    Key Uses:
  • Asthma, croup, or bronchitis
  • Nasal polyps, chronic irritation, catarrh, and sinusitis

    Origin : Chemically prepared.

    Background : Potassium nitrate is used industrially in the preparation of glass, fertilizers, and gunpowder, and as a meat preservative or curing salt.

    Preparation : The compound is dissolved or triturated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : Those for whom Kali nit. is most effective prefer to keep themselves busy, becoming weary and sad if they are alone or unoccupied. They like to go out and frequently have dreams about going on trips. Usually sensitive and dutiful, they become increasingly anxious and melancholic when ill, and may feel physically and mentally numb, as if they are made of wood.
    Sharp pains and numbness are typically associated with Kali. nit., in conjunction with respiratory problems. The remedy is used for conditions such as asthma, croup, and bronchitis. Further symptoms may include faintness, nausea, an inability to drink due to breathing difficulties, and a sensation of coldness around the area of the heart. There may be labored breathing caused by tightness in the larynx, the throat may be hoarse and rough, and the nose may develop polyps, chronic irritation, catarrh, and sinusitis.

    Symptoms Better : For gentle movement; for drinking sips of water.

    Symptoms Worse : For cold and damp; for getting cold; for walking; for veal; for wine or beer. .....
  • KALI SULPH
    128. Kalium sulphuricum
    Potassium sulfate, sulfate of potash, Vesuvian salt, glaserite.

    Key Uses:
  • Asthma
  • Chronic catarrh, or mucus in the nose, larynx, bronchi, or ears
  • Skin conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis, ringworm, glue ear, polyps, oily skin problems, and skin cancer

    Origin : Chemically prepared.

    Background : This compound is used as an ingredient in fertilizers and in the manufacture of glass, and was chosen by Dr. Schüssler to be one of his “biochemic” tissue salts (see page 90).

    Preparation : Potassium sulfate is triturated with lactose sugar.

    Remedy Profile : Kali. sulph. is most appropriate for people who tend to be conservative and anxious to do things right, down to the last detail. They are often hurried, anxious, restless, easily startled, and irritable. Dutiful in loving relationships, they may be self-sacrificial because of the connection this gives them with others.
    The remedy’s classic affinities are with the skin and the respiratory system. It is commonly prescribed for peeling skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, and may also be appropriate for ringworm, polyps, oily skin problems, and skin cancer. The skin is characteristically chapped, scaly, or peeling, and there may be sore areas with thin, yellow, watery discharges.
    Chronic respiratory problems are a further key affinity of Kali. sulph. It is used for chronic catarrh, or mucus in the nose, larynx, bronchi, or ears, and for asthma. The nose is typically highly congested, with rattling mucus in the lungs and loss of the sense of smell. There may be smelly, long-standing discharges in the ears, with frequent inflammation and glue ear.
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    Symptoms Better : For open air; for cold air; for walking; for fasting.

    Symptoms Worse : For warm air; for warm, stuffy rooms; in the evening; for noise; for sympathy; for eggs. .....
  • KREOSOTUM
    129. Kreosotum
    Creosote.

    Key Uses:
  • Bleeding between menstrual cycles
  • Candidiasis
  • Disorders of the mucous membranes, especially in the vagina, cervix, and uterus
  • Offensive-smelling menstrual flows that burn the skin and cause itching and swelling
  • Nausea in pregnancy

    Origin : Distilled from beechwood tar.

    Background : Creosote has long been used as a wood preservative, and its name derives from the Greek kreas, or “flesh,” and soter, or “preserver.” A Moravian chemist, Reichenbach, introduced it to medicine in the 19th century, but it fell out of favor with all except homeopaths.

    Preparation : Creosote is dissolved in alcohol, diluted, and succussed.

    Remedy Profile : A temperamental state is typical of people who respond best to Kreosotum. They may also be forgetful, peevish, sensitive to music, and restless at night. A tendency to dwell on the past is characteristic, as are dreams of sexual intercourse and a fear of being raped.
    The classic symptom picture associated with Kreosotum is of mucous membranes that become inflamed, suppurate, and then break down and bleed, particularly in the vagina, the cervix, and the uterus. The remedy is given for offensive-smelling discharges from the mucous membranes that burn the skin and cause itching and swelling, and it may help when urine burns the skin on contact. It may be prescribed for particular problems before and after menstruation, such as bleeding between cycles and heavy, offensive-smelling menstrual flow that burns the skin on contact. Candidiasis may also respond to the remedy, as may enuresis (bed-wetting).

    Symptoms Better : For warmth; after sleep; for movement; for pressure on the affected area; for hot foods.

    Symptoms Worse : For cold; for bathing in cold water; for rest; during pregnancy. .....
  • LACHNANTHES
    130. Lachnanthes tinctoria
    Red root, spirit weed.

    Key Uses:
  • Circulatory system disorders related to the head and chest
  • Right-sided headaches accompanied by great chilliness
  • Tuberculosis

    Origin : Native to eastern North America.

    Background : A red dye is derived from the plant’s root, hence one of its common names. When eaten, the root causes cerebral stimulation or narcosis.

    Preparation : The whole, fresh, flowering plant, with the root, is steeped in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : Lachnanthes is most appropriate for those who are prone to hilarious, overexcited, talkative behavior followed by stupid, irritable moods. They are restless both night and day, and sleepy, although they often have difficulty falling asleep and may experience distressing dreams.
    The main focus of the remedy rests on the circulation, especially in relation to the head and chest. There is typically a sensation of heat bubbling and boiling up from the heart and chest to the head. Right-sided headaches accompanied by great chilliness may also be treated with this remedy, as may tuberculosis.

    Symptoms Better : For being in bed; for being warmed.

    Symptoms Worse : On the right side; for noise; on waking during the night. .....
  • KALMIA
    131. Kalmia latifolia
    Mountain laurel, calico bush, ivy bush, lambkill.

    Key Uses:
  • General muscle pain
  • Heart disease
  • Severe, sharp neuralgic pains in the muscles and joints

    Origin : Native to eastern North America.

    Background : This plant is notoriously poisonous: grazing on the leaves can kill cattle and sheep and cause the meat from the animals to become too toxic to eat.

    Preparation : The fresh leaves of the plant in flower are chopped and macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : People for whom Kalmia is most suitable feel fine when lying down, but become dizzy and disoriented on trying to move.
    The remedy is usually given for severe, sharp neuralgic pains in the muscles and joints, and for general muscle pain. The pains are sharp and darting, and generally radiate downward. They are frequently accompanied by great weakness, stiffness, numbness, trembling, and a tingling sensation. Heart disease, especially if it develops after a history of neuralgic pain and stiffness, may also be treated with Kalmia.

    Symptoms Better : For eating; for remaining still.

    Symptoms Worse : For becoming cold; for movement; from sunrise to sunset. .....
  • LAC DEFL
    132. Lac vaccinum defloratum
    Skimmed cow’s milk.

    Key Uses:
  • Anemia and weakness following chronic disease
  • Chronic liver disease
  • Diabetes
  • Headaches, especially those associated with menstruation
  • Water retention related to heart disease

    Origin : Skimmed cow’s milk.

    Background : Milk has had a checkered history of favor. It has been lauded as being full of healthy vitamins and minerals, yet is also linked to catarrhal conditions, tuberculosis, and Crohn’s disease.

    Preparation : The milk is dissolved in purified water, diluted, and succussed.

    Remedy Profile : Lac defl. is most effective for people who are claustrophobic, chilly, listless, and forgetful. They often have either an aversion to milk, or a tendency to drink large amounts, but show signs of lactose intolerance, which affects their nutrition and tends to make them thin or obese.
    Key symptoms associated with Lac defl. are weakness and anemia after chronic disease. Diabetes, water retention related to heart disease, and chronic liver disease may respond to the remedy, and it may also help headaches, particularly those associated with menstruation.

    Symptoms Better : For rest; for profuse urine flow.

    Symptoms Worse : For cold; for the slightest draft; during menstruation and pregnancy; for milk. .....
  • LATHYRUS
    133. Lathyrus sativus
    Chickpea.

    Key Uses:
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Pain in the lower back
  • Total loss of sexual function
  • Tremors
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Weakness and heaviness in the aftermath of influenza and other viral illnesses

    Origin : Found in the Mediterranean area, Africa, and central Asia.

    Background : These edible, pealike seeds have long been used in cooking, although there is little tradition of medicinal use.

    Preparation : The dried, green seed pods are macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : This remedy focuses predominantly on the spine and lower limbs. Characteristic symptoms treated include pain in the lower back, urinary incontinence, tremors, and total loss of sexual function. Sharpened reflexes are further possible symptoms, as are burning heat in the legs and icy cold feet. Lathyrus has also been used for weakness and heaviness in the aftermath of influenza and other viral illnesses, and for multiple sclerosis. Symptoms may worsen rapidly following exposure to cold, damp night air.

    Symptoms Better : For undressing.

    Symptoms Worse : For damp, cold weather at night; for touch. .....
  • LATRODECTUS MAC
    134. Latrodectus mactans
    Black widow spider.

    Key Uses:
  • Heart problems, especially angina
  • Restlessness, especially associated with acute angina attacks

    Origin : Found throughout North America, mainly in the southern US.

    Background : The name of this highly poisonous spider comes from the female’s habit of eating the male after mating.

    Preparation : The live spider is steeped in alcohol, diluted, and succussed.

    Remedy Profile : Latrodectus mac. is best suited to people who are tense and easily fatigued. They are often chilly but prone to hot flashes, and may dream of flying.
    The remedy is typically prescribed for heart problems, particularly angina, with cramping, unbearable pain in the heart area. The pain is violent, sharp, numbing, and radiates to the arms or shoulders on both sides of the body, although it is worse on the left side. There may also be extreme restlessness that is particularly associated with an acute attack of angina.

    Symptoms Better : For sitting quietly.

    Symptoms Worse : For damp weather; before thunderstorms; for changes in the weather; for the slightest movement; for light. .....
  • LEDUM
    135. Ledum palustre
    Marsh tea, wild rosemary.

    Key Uses:
  • Black eyes and other eye injuries
  • Bleeding into the eye chamber after an iridectomy
  • Cuts and grazes
  • Insect stings
  • Open wounds, especially severe ones with bruising, puffy, purplish skin
  • Rheumatic pains

    Origin : Found in the Northern Hemisphere, especially Canada, the US, Scandinavia, and Ireland.

    Background : Marsh tea has traditionally been used in Scandinavia to eliminate lice. After the infamous tea tax of 1773, it was used briefly in the US as a tea substitute.

    Preparation : As the plant comes into flower, the tips of the leafy shoots are collected, dried, and steeped in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : Those who respond best to Ledum have a tendency to be angry, dissatisfied, anxious, antisocial, or even demented when ill.
    Ledum is best known as a first-aid remedy for cuts, grazes, puncture wounds, insect stings, and black eyes and other eye injuries. It is used to prevent infection in open wounds, especially in severe wounds with bruising, puffy, purplish skin, and stinging pains. It may help treat a slow-healing black eye. Ledum is also used for bleeding into the eye chamber after an iridectomy (removal of part of the iris). Other symptoms treated with Ledum include rheumatic pains that arise in the feet and move upward, and stiff, painful joints that feel hot inside despite being cold to the touch. The pain may be relieved by cold compresses.

    Symptoms Better : For cold compresses.

    Symptoms Worse : For warmth; at night; for touch. .....
  • LOBELIA
    136. Lobelia inflata
    Indian tobacco, puke weed.

    Key Uses:
  • Breathlessness and asthma accompanied by great anxiety
  • Nausea with giddiness
  • Vomiting with profuse perspiration

    Origin : Found in North America, especially the eastern and central US.

    Background : This plant was used by native Americans as a tobacco substitute, and to induce vomiting or expectoration.

    Preparation : The whole, fresh plant in flower, including the seeds and roots, is finely chopped and macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : This remedy is most appropriate for people who have an overexaggerated anxiety about their health, particularly those who fear death from a disease of the heart or lungs. It is commonly prescribed for breathlessness and asthma accompanied by great anxiety. Characteristic symptoms include a rattling sound in the chest, despite the presence of little or no mucus, and a feeling of oppression and constriction in the chest. Further symptoms may include excessive salivation, retching, hiccuping, a sensation as if there is a lump in the throat, nausea, and a sinking feeling in the stomach. Nausea with giddiness, and vomiting with profuse perspiration, may also be helped by this remedy.

    Symptoms Better : For warmth; for rapid movement; for small amounts of food.

    Symptoms Worse : After sleep; for the least movement; for bathing in cold water; for smoking tobacco; for beer. .....
  • LITHIUM CARB
    137. Lithium carbonicum
    Lithium carbonate.

    Key Uses:
  • Arthritic conditions
  • Bones and muscles that are sore
  • Distorted, swollen, sore, tender, and red joints
  • Gout
  • Hip pain
  • Stiff limbs

    Origin : Occurs naturally in some mineral waters in Europe and the US, but is prepared chemically for homeopathic use.

    Background : This compound is used conventional medicine as a treatment for manic depression and hypomania.

    Preparation : Lithium carbonate is triturated with lactose sugar.

    Remedy Profile : People for whom this remedy is best suited are prone to anxious, excitable, and confused behavior.
    The classic symptom picture for Lithium carb. is of hip pain, gout, distorted joints, and arthritic conditions, possibly with associated heart problems. The limbs may feel stiff, as if they have been beaten, and the bones, joints, and muscles are sore. The joints, particularly the small joints, tend to be swollen, tender, and red.

    Symptoms Better : For movement; for urinating; for eating.

    Symptoms Worse : At night; during and after menstruation; if menstruation ceases. .....
  • LYCOPUS
    138. Lycopus virginicus
    Bugleweed, Virginian horehound.

    Key Uses:
  • Overactivity of the thyroid gland, especially during menopause
  • Respiratory complaints in conjunction with heart problems
  • Weak heart, erratic pulse, or heart disease

    Origin : Found in eastern North America.

    Background : Bugleweed has been used in herbal medicine for various ailments, such as hyperthyroidism, tuberculosis, coughs, and heavy menstruation.

    Preparation : The whole, fresh, finely chopped plant in flower, including the root, is macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : People who respond best to Lycopus tend to be irritable when ill unless spoken to very softly. Their minds often wander from one thing to another, and they may experience increased mental and physical activity in the evening.
    Lycopus is associated chiefly with the heart, and is used to treat a weak heart and erratic pulse or heart disease. Additional symptoms may include a tendency to hemorrhage, and overactivity of the thyroid gland, particularly during menopause. Respiratory complaints may develop in conjunction with the heart problems. These include violent coughing in the evening or at night during sleep, with sweet-tasting mucus that recurs in cold weather, especially following exposure to cold winds. In addition, there may be an increase in appetite.

    Symptoms Better : For warm surroundings; for lying in bed.

    Symptoms Worse : For cold winds; toward sunset; in the morning; in the evening; for movement; for exercise; for walking; for climbing stairs. .....
  • LUPULUS
    139. Humulus lupulus syn. Lupulus humulus
    Hops.

    Key Uses:
  • Burning in the urethra
  • Delirium associated with drunkenness
  • Greasy, clammy, profuse perspiration
  • Hangovers with nausea, dizziness, and headaches
  • Overexcitability
  • Rheumatic pains
  • Twitching, nervous tremors

    Origin : Native to Europe and Asia.

    Background : Hops have been cultivated in Europe since at least the 11th century to make beer. Medicinally, hops are used mainly as a sedative, often sewn into a bed pillow to aid sleep at night.

    Preparation : The fresh hops are finely chopped and macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : Appropriately enough for a remedy based on a plant used to make beer, Lupulus is often used to treat hangovers or the aftereffects of drinking alcohol, such as nausea, dizziness, and headaches. It may also be given for nervous twitches or delirium associated with drunkenness.
    Muscles affected by twitching, nervous tremors may also be treated by Lupulus, as may rheumatic pains that shift from place to place, mainly in the shoulders, arms, and hands. There may be a sensation of churning in the stomach, accompanied by nausea and vomiting. Burning in the urethra when urinating and overexcitability are further possible symptoms, as is greasy, clammy, profuse perspiration.

    Symptoms Better : For open air.

    Symptoms Worse : For coffee; for alcohol. .....
  • LYSSIN
    140. Lyssin hydrophobinum
    Rabies.

    Key Uses:
  • Choking sensation when swallowing, with profuse saliva
  • Excessive sexual energy
  • Fear, irritability, and a desire to pass stools or urinate, triggered by sight or sound of running water
  • Nervous system, throat, and sexual organ disorders, such as uterine prolapse
  • Pain during sexual intercourse

    Origin : Saliva from a rabid dog.

    Background : Rabies is an acute viral infection that affects both wild and domestic animals and, more rarely, humans. Transmitted by saliva, it is almost always fatal in humans.

    Preparation : The saliva is rendered sterile, then dissolved in purified water, diluted, and succussed.

    Remedy Profile : Lyssin is most appropriate for people who tend to be mentally excited and hyperactive, and have extreme sensitivity to stimuli such as light, noise, and odors. They may be affected by phobias and compulsive disorders associated with ritualistic behavior patterns and violence. There may be a personal or parental history of rabies vaccination in those who suit Lyssin.
    Physical symptoms generally affect the nervous system, throat, and sexual organs. Typically, the sight or sound of running water may cause fear, irritability, and a desire to pass stools or urinate, possibly involuntarily. On trying to swallow, there is a choking sensation, with profuse saliva that is spat out. In addition, the sight of glistening objects may cause distress.
    Further conditions that may be associated with Lyssin include excessive sexual energy and pain during sexual intercourse due to a sensitive vagina. There may also be uterine prolapse.

    Symptoms Better : For gentle rubbing; for steam baths.

    Symptoms Worse : For the heat of the sun; for the sound or sight of running water; for emotional stress; for bad news. .....
  • MAG CARB
    141. Magnesium carbonicum
    Magnesium carbonate.

    Key Uses:
  • Acidity in the digestive system
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Exhaustion or chronic fatigue syndrome with swollen glands, lax muscles, and susceptibility to hernias
  • Sensitivity to, and fear of, violence

    Origin : Chemically prepared.

    Background : This compound is widely used in industry, especially in the making of bricks, paper, plastics, and paints. It is used medicinally as an antacid.

    Preparation : Magnesium carbonate is triturated with lactose sugar.

    Remedy Profile : Mag. carb. is best suited to long-suffering people who feel worn down and who crave quiet calm, being highly sensitive to noise or touch. They are peacemakers who cannot bear disharmony, although when pushed their temper may erupt, especially in the case of children.
    A key symptom associated with Mag. carb. is acidity in the digestive system with sour- smelling stools and perspiration, and poor digestion of milk. The remedy may be used for diarrhea or constipation with abnormal, undigested, discolored, fatty stools. It may also be prescribed for exhaustion or chronic fatigue syndrome with swollen glands, lax muscles, and susceptibility to hernias.

    Symptoms Better : For open air; for warm air; for movement; after passing stools.

    Symptoms Worse : For cold; for changes in the weather; at night; for rest; during pregnancy; for warm foods. .....
  • MAG MUR
    142. Magnesium chloratum
    Magnesium chloride.

    Key Uses:
  • Children who are prone to digestive problems and whose parents regularly argue
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Digestive complaints, such as nausea, indigestion, and constipation
  • Restlessness in bed
  • Swollen glands

    Origin : Chemically prepared.

    Background : The bitter taste of this compound can be detected in many mineral waters and in sea water. It is used in wall plaster and as a fire- proofing agent for wood.

    Preparation : Magnesium chloride is triturated with lactose sugar.

    Remedy Profile : Mag. mur. is most suitable for people who feel deep distress on witnessing arguments and crave peace and harmony. Reserved, sad, and self pitying, they often show a long-suffering face to the world. Nervous oversensitivity is typical, with restlessness in bed: they find it hard to sleep well, waking unrefreshed and needing a long time to recover each morning. The liver, nerves, uterus, and rectum are often greatly affected. Conditions treated are usually chronic, involving great weakness, swollen glands, and a susceptibility to colds. Chronic fatigue syndrome, for example, may be helped by the remedy. Digestive complaints such nausea, indigestion, and constipation are all strongly associated with the remedy if they are accompanied by the characteristic nervous state of mind. Children who are prone to digestive problems and whose parents regularly argue, for instance, may benefit from Mag. mur.

    Symptoms Better : For cool, open air; for firm pressure on the affected area; for gentle movement.

    Symptoms Worse : At night; for noise; for touch; for lying on the right side of the body; for swimming in the sea; for eating, especially salt; for milk. .....
  • MALANDRINUM
    143. Malandrinum
    Horse grease.

    Key Uses:
  • Antidote to any adverse effects of a smallpox vaccination
  • Dry, scaly, itchy skin with cracks or fissures
  • Greasy, pustular eruptions
  • Rough, unhealthy-looking skin

    Origin : Specimen of the oily secretion taken from an infected horse.

    Background : Grease is a disease that affects horses, causing inflammation of the fetlocks, which become covered by an oily secretion.

    Preparation : The specimen is rendered sterile, dissolved in purified water, then diluted and succussed.

    Remedy Profile : Malandrinum is commonly used for skin problems characterized by greasy, pustular eruptions, rough, unhealthy-looking skin, or dry, scaly, itchy skin with cracks or fissures, especially on the hands and feet during cold weather. The remedy may also be given as an antidote to any adverse effects of a smallpox vaccination.

    Symptoms Better : None known.

    Symptoms Worse : In the evening. .....
  • MAG SULPH
    144. Magnesium sulphuricum
    Magnesium sulfate, epsom salts.

    Key Uses:
  • Dry skin
  • Exhaustion or chronic fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Sleep problems
  • Urinary disorders, possibly with digestive, skin, or menstrual problems and awkward limb movements

    Origin : Occurs naturally in some mineral waters, but is chemically prepared for use in homeopathy.

    Background : Magnesium sulfate is found in many spa waters, such as those in Epsom, England, which were often drunk for their mild laxative effect.

    Preparation : Magnesium sulfate is triturated with lactose sugar.

    Remedy Profile : Mag. sulph. is best suited to those who fly into rages and overreact, yet also have the typical Magnesium desire for peace. They tend to be restless and uneasy, fearing evil or a terrible event. Often concerned about relationships, they are prone to jealousy.
    The remedy is usually prescribed for urinary disorders, possibly with digestive, skin, or menstrual problems and awkward limb movements. The urinary disorders are characterized by an intermittent stream on urinating, and burning pain after urinating.
    Mag. sulph. may also be used to treat exhaustion or chronic fatigue, dry skin, and nausea. Sleep may occur in the early evening, followed by insomnia at night. It may be restless as a result of anxious, disagreeable dreams.

    Symptoms Better : For rubbing the affected area; for walking.

    Symptoms Worse : In the morning; on waking. .....
  • MANGANUM MET
    145. Manganum metallicum
    Manganese.

    Key Uses:
  • Earaches
  • Extremely sensitive bones, especially in children
  • Great sensitivity to noise and wind
  • Temporary reduction in hearing
  • Tinnitus

    Origin : Occurs primarily in pyrolusite and rhodonite.

    Background : This metal was discovered in 1774. After iron, it is the second most common metal in Earth’s crust. It is most often used for industrial purposes to make alloys of steel and copper.

    Preparation : Manganese is triturated with lactose sugar.

    Remedy Profile : Manganum met. is most appropriate for those who are open, friendly, and helpful. They are orderly and conscientious and, if unable to be of help to others, tend to feel restless, lost, and irritable.
    The remedy is most commonly given when the bones are extremely sensitive, especially in children who have been experiencing rapid growth. Symptoms are usually better for lying down. Manganum met. is also prescribed for ear conditions such as earaches, temporarily reduced hearing, tinnitus, and great sensitivity to noise and wind. Earaches seem to begin elsewhere in the body and travel to the ear.

    Symptoms Better : For a change of air; for lying down; for sad music.

    Symptoms Worse : For cold and damp; at night; for touch; for speaking. .....
  • MANDRAGORA
    146. Mandragora officinarum
    Common mandrake, devil’s apple.

    Key Uses:
  • Abdominal pain
  • Congestive headaches
  • Limbs that feel heavy, bruised, or sore
  • Sciatica

    Origin : Native to the Mediterranean region of Europe.

    Background : Legend attributed magical aphrodisiac properties to the mandrake root. It is highly toxic and narcotic, and is no longer used herbally.

    Preparation : The root is dried and macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : People for whom Mandragora is best suited are prone to changeable moods, such as crying spells alternating with feelings of euphoria. They may be in a state of “aroused exhaustion,” simultaneously sleepy and hyperactive. They are hypersensitive, particularly to noise, but also to smell; symptoms are violent in nature.
    The classic symptom profile associated with Mandragora focuses on abdominal pain that is worse on the upper right side and better for bending backward. The remedy may also help limbs that feel heavy, bruised, and sore, as if from muscular exertion, and may ease sciatica with burning pain that is worse on the right side. A further use is for congestive headaches that are better for cold air and cold compresses.

    Symptoms Better : For urinating; for bending backward; for rest; for continuous movement; for warm compresses (except in the case of headaches).

    Symptoms Worse : For damp and stormy weather; between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. .....
  • MANCINELLA
    147. Hippomane mancinella
    Manchineel, manzanilla, Beach apple.

    Key Uses:
  • Confused feelings about sexuality connected with fear of being possessed by evil spirits
  • Fear of insanity and loss of mind control
  • Obsessive behavior, even leading to a psychological breakdown
  • Skin problems, such as dermatitis

    Origin : Found in the West Indies.

    Background : The sap of this tree, or even just the smoke from its wood when burning, is so acrid that it can cause blindness on contact with the eyes.

    Preparation : The fresh fruits, leaves, and bark of the tree are chopped and steeped in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : Mancinella is used primarily for mental rather than physical symptoms. It is most appropriate for people who fear that they may become insane and lose control of their minds, due to the intrusion of evil thoughts or possession by evil spirits. Their feelings are intensified by watching horror movies, and their anxieties may become obsessive or even lead to a psychological breakdown. An advanced breakdown may cause the memory to deteriorate, with forgetfulness from one minute to the next. Mancinella is also prescribed for confused feelings about sexuality that are bound up with the fear of being possessed by evil spirits, especially if these feelings occur during puberty or the menopause.
    Physical symptoms typically associated with Mancinella include skin problems such as dermatitis. They are generally accompanied by an oozing, sticky serum, which may form crusts or blisters, or stinging blisters on the soles of the feet, with acrid, sticky foot perspiration.
    The sense of smell may be affected by strange illusions, such as phantom smells of gunpowder or dung. There may be a peppery, burning sensation in the mouth, along with a taste of blood and copious yellow saliva.

    Symptoms Better : For rubbing the affected area; for walking.

    Symptoms Worse : For cold; for damp; for touch; for puberty; for menopause. .....
  • MELILOTUS
    148. Melilotus officinalis syn. M. arvensis
    Melilot, yellow melilot, sweet clover.

    Key Uses:
  • Circulatory problems
  • Throbbing headaches

    Origin : Native to Europe, temperate parts of Asia, and north Africa, and naturalized in North America.

    Background : This sedative herb can be used medicinally to relieve spasms, reduce inflammation, and as a decongestant.

    Preparation : The fresh, flowering tops, without the woody stems, are finely chopped and steeped in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : Melilotus is best suited to people who are highly agitated, talkative, suspicious, insane, and possibly even suicidal. They often worry about being poisoned, fear the police, and fail to recognize familiar people and places.
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    The remedy is used mainly as a treatment for throbbing headaches with a feeling of violent blood congestion in the head, as if blood is going to burst out of it. A red face, bloodshot eyes, and dizziness are further common symptoms that occur in conjunction with the headaches, while weariness, a feverish sensation, and a hot face may precede them. The feeling of congestion may be eased by nosebleeds. Melilotus may also be prescribed to treat circulatory problems with a sensation of engorgement in other parts of the body.

    Symptoms Better : For bleeding, such as nosebleeds or menstruation; for profuse urination; for changes in position.

    Symptoms Worse : For changes in the weather; for the approach of a storm; during menopause. .....
  • MERC CORR
    149. Hydrargyrum bichloratum syn. Mercurius sublimatus corrosivus
    Mercuric chloride.

    Key Uses:
  • Anxiety and restlessness
  • Colitis
  • Delirium and stupor during illness
  • Dysentery
  • Swollen glands
  • Throat complaints, such as ulcerated tonsils

    Origin : Chemically prepared.

    Background : Mercuric chloride is a powerful disinfectant with rapid, violent effects if ingested, especially on the rectum.

    Preparation : The compound is mixed with lactose sugar and triturated.

    Remedy Profile : People who respond best to Merc. corr. are prone to anxiety and restlessness, which may develop into delirium and stupor during illness. They often feel detached or disconnected from others, and may stare blankly at people when they are talking, without comprehending what they are saying.
    Symptoms linked to Merc. corr. tend to be excessive, rapid, and violent, often centering on the digestion. The remedy is used for colitis or dysentery with hot, foul- smelling stools, cutting pains, and constant straining, even after passing a stool. Great straining may be needed to empty the bladder. Burning in the throat, stomach, rectum, and bladder, with great susceptibility to the cold, may be linked to throat complaints treated by Merc. corr., such as swollen glands, a constant need to swallow despite pain, and ulcerated tonsils.

    Symptoms Better : For rest.

    Symptoms Worse : For open air; for urinating; for passing a stool; at night. .....
  • MERC IOD FLAV
    150. Hydrargyrum iodatum flavatum syn. Mercurius iodatus flavatus
    Mercurous iodide.

    Key Uses:
  • Ear infections affecting the right side
  • Right-sided complaints, especially throat infections such as pharyngitis and tonsillitis

    Origin : Chemically prepared.

    Background : In Western conventional medicine, this compound has traditionally been used to make an ointment that is applied externally for eye diseases.

    Preparation : Mercurous iodide is mixed with lactose sugar and triturated.

    Remedy Profile : Merc. iod. flav. is most appropriate for people who tend to alternate rapidly between depression and high spirits.
    The classic symptom picture for Merc. iod. flav. is of right-sided complaints, particularly throat infections with swollen glands and a coated tongue. If pharyngitis, tonsillitis, or ear infections affect the right side, Merc. iod. flav. is strongly indicated. Common symptoms include a sensation as if there is a lump in the throat, throat inflammation, and ulcerated patches in the throat that exude a cheeselike mucus. Sharp, throbbing pains may affect the right ear, becoming worse on swallowing.

    Symptoms Better : For open air; for physical exertion; during the day.

    Symptoms Worse : For cold, damp weather; at night; for gentle movement. .....
  • MERC DULC
    151. Hydrargyrum chloratum syn. Mercurius dulcis
    Mercurous chloride, calomel.

    Key Uses:
  • Agitation
  • Apprehension
  • Catarrhal inflammation in the ears and eustachian tube, leading to deafness and glue ear
  • Restlessness

    Origin : Chemically prepared, although it occurs naturally in Germany, the former Yugoslavia, Mexico, and Texas.

    Background : This compound was used medicinally from the 16th century as a cathartic, but has since fallen out of favor due to its toxicity.

    Preparation : Mercurous chloride is mixed with lactose sugar and triturated.

    Remedy Profile : Apprehension, restlessness, and agitation are common in those for whom Merc. dulc. is most suitable.
    Key symptoms associated with the remedy include catarrhal inflammation in the ears and eustachian tubes, leading to deafness and glue ear. The condition is predominant in children, and Merc. dulc. is particularly appropriate for those who appear pale and ill-nourished.

    Symptoms Better : For cold drinks.

    Symptoms Worse : For acidic foods and drinks. .....
  • MERC SULPH
    152. Hydrargyrum sulphas syn. Mercurius sulphuricus
    Mercuric sulfate, turpeth mineral.

    Key Uses:
  • Digestive disorders, sometimes combined with respiratory complaints
  • Respiratory difficulties, such as pain in the chest and rapid breathing

    Origin : Chemically prepared.

    Background : This heavy, odorless, tasteless, lemon yellow powder has no medicinal uses, except in homeopathy.

    Preparation : Mercuric sulfate is mixed with lactose sugar and triturated.

    Remedy Profile : Eating tends to make people for whom Merc. sulph. is best suited feel irritable. They may be chilly, pale, and anxious.
    Key conditions associated with this remedy include digestive complaints and respiratory difficulties. Merc. sulph. is given for breathing that tends to be rapid and short, with burning in the chest, pain in the region of the heart, and weakness that may feel better for sitting up. An irritated stomach, with vomiting, burning in the anus, hot, copious urine, and watery, soft, or violently expelled stools are characteristic of the digestive symptoms treated by Merc. sulph. In some cases, symptoms may be combined: for instance, fluid in the lungs may be accompanied by watery or violent diarrhea and other digestive symptoms.

    Symptoms Better : For sitting up; for profuse diarrhea (in the case of breathing difficulties).

    Symptoms Worse : For lying down; in the morning; at night. .....
  • MERC CYAN
    153. Hydrargyrum cyanatum syn. Mercurius cyanatus
    Mercurous cyanide.

    Key Uses:
  • Acute infectious diseases with rapidly sinking strength and a tendency to hemorrhage
  • Throat and mouth conditions, such as diphtheria and tonsillitis

    Origin : Chemically prepared.

    Background : This highly poisonous substance has no history of use in medicine, except in homeopathy.

    Preparation : Mercurous cyanide is mixed with lactose sugar and triturated.

    Remedy Profile : Merc. cyan. is given most often to people who are talkative, highly emotional, and overexcited. They may have frequent spells of unconsciousness or fainting, depending on the severity of their illness.
    The remedy is typically used for acute infectious diseases with rapidly sinking strength and a tendency to hemorrhage. It is strongly associated with throat and mouth conditions such as tonsillitis and diphtheria. The throat is typically red with a white coating, and there may be pain on swallowing, with inflammation of the uvula. The tongue, lips, and cheeks tend to ulcerate, and there is metallic-tasting saliva and offensive-smelling breath.
    These symptoms are usually accompanied by weakness, great sensitivity to the cold, nausea, and cold, damp, sweaty skin.
    HUMULUS LUPULUS (Hop)
    HYDRARGYRUM CHLORATUM (Mercurous chloride)
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    Symptoms Better : For drinking milk.

    Symptoms Worse : For swallowing; for speaking; for eating. .....
  • MERC IOD RUBER
    154. Hydrargyrum biiodatum syn. Mercurius biiodatus
    Mercuric iodide.

    Key Uses:
  • Ulcerated sore throat with swollen glands and stiff muscles in the neck and throat, especially on the left side

    Origin : Chemically prepared.

    Background : This red, odorless powder has a faintly metallic taste. It is used as an antiseptic and disinfectant for the skin.

    Preparation : Mercuric iodide is mixed with lactose sugar and triturated.

    Remedy Profile : Those who respond best to Merc. iod. ruber. tend to be weepy, low in spirits, and irritable, particularly in the morning. Toward evening they often feel better and become more cheerful.
    The classic symptom picture for this remedy is of an ulcerated sore throat with swollen glands, especially on the left side. The throat may be painful and dark red, with stiff muscles in the neck and throat.

    Symptoms Better : For open air; in the evening.

    Symptoms Worse : For sleep; in the morning. .....
  • MEZEREUM
    155. Daphne mezereum
    Mezereon, spurge olive.

    Key Uses:
  • Anxiety-related digestive system disorders
  • Neuralgic pains around the teeth or face, and pains in the long bones
  • Shingles affecting the chest
  • Suppurating skin complaints, such as eczema and psoriasis, particularly affecting the scalp

    Origin : Native to Eurasia and found in North America, Europe, and north Africa.

    Background : Herbalists in northern Europe once used the plant to treat skin ulcers and cancers, but today mezereon is considered too toxic for common use.

    Preparation : The fresh bark, gathered just before the plant blooms, is chopped and steeped in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : Mezereum is most appropriate for people who are prone to despondency, apathy, and detachment. They have a tendency toward hypochondria.
    Key conditions associated with this remedy are suppurating skin complaints that form a thick crust or cause cracking. Skin symptoms typically affect the scalp, usually manifesting as eczema or psoriasis with oozing discharge that smells offensive and causes the hair to mat. Eruptions on the face are usually around the hairline or eyebrows. The skin is intensely itchy, and may feel cold and clammy. The remedy is also used for shingles affecting the chest.
    Neuralgic pains around the teeth or face, and bone pains in the long bones, are also usually linked with Mezereum. Symptoms include erratic, jerking, sharp pains, and a sensation of lightness or enlargement in the body.
    In addition Mezereum is prescribed for digestive system disorders that are anxiety- related and involve symptoms such as diarrhea and a discharge from the anus.

    Symptoms Better : For open air; for eating.

    Symptoms Worse : At night; for lying down; for the warmth of the bed; if skin eruptions are suppressed by ointments; for drafts; for movement; for touch. .....
  • MILLEFOLIUM
    156. Achillea millefolium
    Yarrow, milfoil, woundwort, staunchweed, nosebleed.

    Key Uses:
  • Bleeding from injuries, internal bleeding, or menstrual irregularities
  • Congestion in the ears, eyes, nose, and chest
  • Profuse, painful uterine bleeding following childbirth or an abortion
  • Severe colicky pain, diarrhea, or painful varicose veins, during pregnancy
  • Sore nipples and suppressed breast milk after childbirth

    Origin : Native to Europe and western Asia, yarrow grows wild in meadows and waste ground in temperate regions.

    Background : The Latin name of this plant derives from the warrior Achilles, the Greek hero of the Trojan war, who used yarrow to staunch the wounds of his soldiers. The plant has also been used for centuries in Europe as a bitter tonic.

    Preparation : The fresh, flowering aerial parts are chopped and steeped in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : Millefolium best suits those who tend to be most irritable in the evening. Longing for rest but going to bed late, they wake feeling unrefreshed, confused, dizzy, and stupefied, as if drunk. When irritable, they may become overly excitable and violent. Children who fit this profile tend to moan and sigh.
    Millefolium is used chiefly for bleeding from injuries, and for internal bleeding and menstrual irregularities, such as delayed or absent menstruation that may lead to convulsions, or heavy menstrual periods that impair fertility. Millefolium may also be given in pregnancy for severe colicky pain, diarrhea, and painful varicose veins, or for recovery from miscarriage. It is used for profuse, painless uterine bleeding following childbirth or an abortion, and for sore nipples and suppressed breast milk after childbirth.
    The other key symptom for Millefolium is congestion, associated with piercing pains in the ears, teeth, and temples. There may be congestion in the ears, eyes, nose, and chest.

    Symptoms Better : For bleeding; if missed menstruation is reestablished; for wine.

    Symptoms Worse : For sleeping or lying down; for doubling over; for lifting; for violent exertion; for injury; for coffee. .....
  • MOSCHUS
    157. Moschus moschiferus
    Musk deer.

    Key Uses:
  • Fainting triggered by the slightest excitement or by eating, menstruation, or heart disease
  • General coldness or a chill in a specific area of the body
  • Heightened physical and mental tension, which may cause spasms, twitches, and seizures in the muscles
  • Hiccups

    Origin : Found in northeastern and central Asia, and in northern India.

    Background : Male musk deer secrete a waxy substance called musk, which has a heady scent that is widely used in the manufacture of perfume. Musk also has a strong reputation as an aphrodisiac.

    Preparation : The musk is dried and macerated in alcohol before being diluted and succussed.

    Remedy Profile : Moschus is best suited to people who are bustling, overexcited, and prone to uncontrollable laughter. They tend to be quarrelsome and may express violent anger. Often physically awkward and with confused speech, they may be preoccupied and absent-minded. Their feelings of anxiety and fear of death may lead to hysteria, and they may experience intense sexual excitement even if they are elderly.
    Key symptoms associated with Moschus include heightened physical and mental tension, which may cause spasms, twitches, and seizures in the muscles. General coldness is another characteristic symptom, or a chill in a specific area of the body; for instance, one cheek may be red but cold, the other pale but hot. The remedy is prescribed chiefly for fainting that is triggered by the slightest excitement, such as scolding or anger, or by eating, menstruation, or heart disease. In addition, Moschus is given for chest spasms, and spasms in the abdominal muscles or diaphragm, such as hiccups.

    Symptoms Better : For open air; for warmth; for rubbing the affected area.

    Symptoms Worse : For cold; for any excitement; for suppressing symptoms; for pressure on the affected area. .....
  • MYGALE LAS
    158. Mygale lasiodora syn. M. avicularis, Aranea avicularis
    Mygale, Cuban spider.

    Key Uses:
  • Chorea
  • Twitching, convulsive movements, possibly accompanied by nausea, dimmed vision, and heart palpitations

    Origin : Found mainly in South America.

    Background : This hairy, bird-catching spider weaves tube-shaped nets between tree leaves to capture its prey.

    Preparation : The whole, live spider is steeped in alcohol, diluted, and succussed.

    Remedy Profile : Mygale las. is best suited to people who are restless, anxious, fearful, and delirious. They may talk deliriously about work, fear death, and have a high sex drive.
    The remedy is generally prescribed for twitching, convulsive movements, possibly accompanied by nausea, dimmed vision, and heart palpitations. It is also used for chorea, especially when this affects the muscles of the upper body, including the face. The tongue is so dry that words may seem to be “jerked” out on speaking. During sleep there may be restlessness, ridiculous dreams, and grinding of teeth.

    Symptoms Better : During sleep.

    Symptoms Worse : In the morning; for sitting; for eating. .....
  • MURIATIC AC
    159. Acidum hydrochloricum syn. A. muriaticum
    Hydrochloric acid.

    Key Uses:
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Weakness or physical collapse after feverish illness, such as mononucleosis or typhoid

    Origin : Chemically prepared.

    Background : Discovered by alchemists in the 13th century, hydrochloric acid is present in the stomach’s gastric juices. In excess it can cause gastric ulcers to develop, while a deficiency leads to poor food absorption and anemia.

    Preparation : The acid is dissolved in alcohol, diluted, and succussed.

    Remedy Profile : People for whom Muriatic ac. is most appropriate tend to feel too weak to move. Drowsy by day, but restless in bed, they have anxious dreams and are prone to talking in their sleep. They may be either sad and reserved or loquacious. Often irritable and fretful, their minds may be crowded with thoughts.
    This remedy is typically prescribed for weakness or physical collapse, such as that associated with chronic fatigue syndrome, or developing after a feverish illness such as mononucleosis or typhoid. The muscles, especially those of the heart, tongue, bladder, and anus, may be weak, exhausted, or partially paralyzed.
    Muriatic ac. is given when the collapsed state is associated with dryness, bleeding, and ulceration of the mucous membranes of the mouth and digestive tract. A heavy tongue and dry mouth may make talking difficult, and deep-seated ulcers or small tumors may develop on the tongue.

    Symptoms Better : For warmth; for movement; for lying on the left side.

    Symptoms Worse : For wet weather; for touch; for bathing in the sea; during menstruation; for cold drinks; for sliding down in bed. .....
  • NAT ARS
    160. Natrum arsenicum
    Sodium arsenate.

    Key Uses:
  • Complaints associated with the chest, involving breathlessness, a dry, hacking cough, great sensitivity to smoke or dust, and restlessness

    Origin : Chemically prepared.

    Background : These colorless, transparent prismatic crystals are used medicinally only in homeopathy.

    Preparation : The compound is triturated with lactose sugar.

    Remedy Profile : A history of grief and suppressed emotions is typical in people for whom Nat. ars. is best suited. Despite being high achievers and ambitious perfectionists, they are prone to forgetfulness and poor concentration. Often suspicious, they tend to bottle up their emotions, and are easily frightened or startled. Their sleep may be restless or heavy, and they may wake as if from fright.
    The key affinity for Nat. ars. is with the chest, which generally feels dry, tight, and oppressed. There may be breathlessness or a dry, hacking cough, great sensitivity to smoke or dust, restlessness, and chilliness with a preference for wrapping up warmly and sitting by a fire.

    Symptoms Better : For bending forward.

    Symptoms Worse : On waking in the morning; for the slightest exertion; for jarring; for pressure on the affected area. .....
  • MUREX
    161. Murex purpurea & M. trunculus
    Murex, purple snail.

    Key Uses:
  • Digestive problems in women
  • Intense premenstrual and menstrual pain
  • Painful breasts, perhaps developing benign tumors

    Origin : Found off the shores of the Mediterranean and Adriatic seas.

    Background : These mollusks produce a juice that was formerly used to make a rich, dark dye called Tyrian purple.

    Preparation : The juice secreted by either Murex species is dried and then triturated with lactose sugar.

    Remedy Profile : Murex is given mainly to women. It is most appropriate for those who are thin, wiry, nervous, and affectionate, with a high libido. They may have a tendency to develop deep depression, hypochondria, or a fear of illness.
    The remedy is strongly associated with problems of the female reproductive organs, especially intense menstrual pain accompanied by great impatience and a desire to die. It is also used if, prior to menstruation, there is pain so severe that it causes unconsciousness. In addition, breasts that are painful, perhaps developing benign tumors, may respond to Murex. Pain typically extends diagonally upward from the right ovary to the left breast. There is a great awareness of the uterus, which may feel constricted, dry, and sore, as if it has been wounded. The genitals feel as if they are being pushed out of the body, and there is nausea and great weakness, which may cause prostration.
    Murex may be prescribed for digestive problems in women, particularly if the symptoms include a sinking, empty sensation in the stomach and a desire to eat. It may also be used during menopause if the bowels are very sensitive.

    Symptoms Better : Before menstruation; for pressure on and support of the affected area; for sitting and crossing the legs.

    Symptoms Worse : During menstruation; for touch; for lying down; after sleep. .....
  • NAJA
    162. Naja naja syn. N. tripudians
    Indian cobra.

    Key Uses:
  • Angina
  • Erratic pulse
  • Valvular lesions
  • Violent palpitations

    Origin : Native to India, although now found in Asia and tropical Africa.

    Background : Indian Ayurvedic doctors have long used the poisonous venom of this snake for nervous and blood disorders.

    Preparation : The venom is dried and triturated with lactose sugar.

    Remedy Profile : People who respond best to Naja feel unfortunate and deeply wronged, but tend to exaggerate or take their problems out of context. They often feel confused, with a sensation of duality, forgetful, sad, tremulous, weak, and chilly.
    Naja is prescribed chiefly for heart symptoms, particularly those affecting the valves. Symptoms typically include heart murmurs, a slow or racing pulse, violent palpitations with choking and an inability to speak, a valvular lesion (abnormality of the structure or function of the valve), and angina with pain extending down the left arm and up to the throat and neck. Naja may be used for a heart that has become enlarged due to being forced to work harder in order to push blood through damaged valves. The internal organs feel as if they are drawn together or screwed up. Sleep may be restless or inhibited by a sense of suffocation at night.

    Symptoms Better : For driving in the open air; for lying on the right side.

    Symptoms Worse : For cold air; for the pressure of clothes, especially collars; for stimulants; for lying on the left side. .....
  • NAT FLUOR
    163. Natrum fluoricum
    Sodium fluoride.

    Key Uses:
  • Aversion to sour-tasting things
  • Cold sweats in the armpits
  • Desire for alcohol
  • Right-sided complaints

    Origin : Chemically prepared.

    Background : In some countries, sodium fluoride is added in minute quantities to the water supply to reduce dental decay.

    Preparation : Sodium fluoride is triturated with lactose sugar.

    Remedy Profile : Nat. fluor. is typically given to those who are deeply insecure, needing contact with many different people in order to feel that they “belong.” They tend to be highly sensitive, easily hurt, and feel that they do not fit in. Prone to impulsive sexual relationships, they may also develop long-standing, passionate liaisons.
    Any physical symptoms typically occur on the right side, and sleeping on the left side is preferred. Symptoms may include cold sweats in the armpits, an aversion to sour-tasting things, and a desire for alcohol.

    Symptoms Better : For being outside; for violent movement.

    Symptoms Worse : For heat; for sun; for warmth; between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. .....
  • NAT PHOS
    164. Natrum phosphoricum
    Sodium phosphate.

    Key Uses:
  • Digestive disorders characterized by excess acidity and sour discharges
  • Failure to thrive, in bottle-fed babies

    Origin : Chemically prepared.

    Background : These crystals were used in the 18th and 19th centuries for intestinal worms, MYRISTICA FRAGRANS (Nutmeg)156 and chosen by Dr. Schüssler as a “biochemic” tissue salt (see page 90).

    Preparation : Sodium phosphate crystals are triturated with lactose sugar.

    Remedy Profile : Responsible people who find it difficult to delegate tend to respond most effectively to Nat. phos. Despite being generally friendly and sympathetic, they are highly self- contained, finding it hard to talk about their problems and tending to become withdrawn from loved ones. Fears of the dark, insects, storms, illness, and death are typical, as is being easily startled by noise.
    Nat. phos. is used primarily to treat digestive disorders characterized by excess acidity and sour discharges. There may be a feeling of emptiness in the abdomen and chest, and a tendency to vomit or produce sour belches. Cravings for strong-tasting, spicy foods, salt, and fried eggs are associated with Nat. phos. It may also help bottle-fed babies who are failing to thrive.

    Symptoms Better : For cold.

    Symptoms Worse : For storms; after sexual intercourse; for bitter foods; for fatty foods; for sugar; for milk. .....
  • NUX MOSCH
    165. Myristica fragrans syn. Nux moschata
    Nutmeg.

    Key Uses:
  • Chronic constipation with fullness and bloating in the abdomen
  • Confusion, dizziness, and fainting
  • Dry tongue that sticks to the roof of the mouth
  • Great drowsiness
  • Loss of coordination
  • Unquenchable thirst

    Origin : Native to the Molucca Islands of Indonesia, but now widely cultivated.

    Background : Although best known now as a culinary spice, nutmeg has long been used medicinally by several cultures, although only in low doses.

    Preparation : The whole, fresh or dried nutmegs are treated with lime before being macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : Overexcited, exaggerated senses are typical in those who respond best to Nux mosch., as are rapidly alternating emotions, such as laughing and crying in turn. They may feel as if they have two heads, or as if one part of them is able to watch another part. These people have a sense of detachment from ordinary life, feeling as if they are wrapped in cotton wool.
    The classic symptom picture for Nux mosch. is of confusion, dizziness, fainting, loss of coordination, and great, even overwhelming, drowsiness. Extreme “dryness” in the digestive system may be treated by the remedy, especially if there is the classic drowsiness. Symptoms typically include chronic constipation with fullness and bloating in the abdomen, and a tongue so dry that it sticks to the roof of the mouth.

    Symptoms Better : For warmth and heat; for open air.

    Symptoms Worse : For cold weather; for emotional stress and shock; for pregnancy. .....
  • ONOSMODIUM
    166. Onosmodium virginianum
    False gromwell.

    Key Uses:
  • Exhaustion, characterized by trembling, a sensation of heaviness, and lack of coordination, and possibly combined with diminished or absent sexual desire
  • Eye strain

    Origin : Found in eastern North America.

    Background : It is thought that this plant, like its close relative Lithospermum, may suppress ovulation in women and reduce blood sugar and thyroxine levels.

    Preparation : The whole, fresh plant is macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : This remedy is given primarily to women who are physically and mentally worn out. Confused, indecisive, and aimless, they may feel as if their emotions are working in slow motion. Their memory is often weak, and they are unable to finish sentences when speaking.
    Physically, Onosmodium is associated with exhaustion characterized by trembling, a sensation of heaviness, and lack of coordination. There may be diminished or absent sexual desire in both men and women. Onosmodium may also be given for eye strain, in cases where the eyes feel tense and strained on reading small print, and distances are misjudged due to slow eye accommodation or adjustment.

    Symptoms Better : For undressing; for sleep; for lying on the back; for eating; for cold drinks.

    Symptoms Worse : For warm, humid air; for straining the eyes; for sexual excess. .....
  • OLEANDER
    167. Nerium oleander
    Oleander, rose bay.

    Key Uses:
  • Cradle cap
  • Dandruff
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis

    Origin : Native to the eastern Mediterranean or possibly farther east, as far as China, but now widely naturalized.

    Background : The plant and its vapors are very toxic: in 1844, some soldiers died after eating meat roasted over a fire of oleander wood. In 19th-century southern Europe, bathing in an oleander decoction was a treatment for killing lice and fleas.

    Preparation : The fresh leaves are gathered before flowering, chopped finely, and steeped in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : Oleander is typically given to people with a dull, sad mental state. They are unable to think clearly, and lack self-confidence.
    Skin symptoms are the main focus for Oleander, and it may be used to treat dry, itching, flaking eruptions, especially on the scalp: dandruff, cradle cap, eczema, and psoriasis may all be helped. The skin is violently itchy and burning, as if it is being bitten by lice. The slightest friction on the skin causes soreness and chapping. There may be trembling and weakness, and symptoms are generally made worse by eating oranges and other citrus fruits.

    Symptoms Better : For scratching; for lying down.

    Symptoms Worse : For rubbing the affected area; for the friction of clothing on the affected area; for undressing; after breast-feeding. .....
  • NAT SULPH
    168. Natrum sulphuricum
    Sodium sulfate, Glauber’s salt, sal mirabile.

    Key Uses:
  • Asthma
  • Headaches due to injury or those accompanied by increased salivation or strong intolerance to light
  • Liver conditions, such as hepatitis and gallstones, colicky abdominal pains, and jaundice
  • Severe or suicidal depression
  • Diarrhea with sudden urge in the morning

    Origin : Occurs naturally in the mineral waters of some saltwater lakes, but it is chemically prepared for homeopathic use.

    Background : The main mineral salt in many spa waters, such as those at Carlsbad, sodium sulfate was also identified by Dr. Schüssler as one of his “biochemic” tissue salts (see page 90).

    Preparation : Sodium sulfate is triturated with lactose sugar.

    Remedy Profile : Nat. sulph. is best suited to people who are serious, reserved, responsible, and focused on work, yet paradoxically highly sensitive: music may move them to tears. They may feel isolated from intimate, committed relationships, perhaps after losing a partner.
    Nat. sulph. has an affinity with head symptoms, such as headaches due to injury, or those accompanied by increased salivation or strong intolerance to light. It is prescribed for severe or suicidal depression, and for profound mental changes, possibly with suicidal thoughts, following a head injury.
    Nat. sulph. is also a major remedy for asthma brought on by damp conditions. In addition, it has an affinity with the digestive system, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, and spleen. Liver conditions treated by the remedy include hepatitis and gallstones with bitter belching, colicky abdominal pains, and jaundice. There may be watery stools, especially on rising in the morning.

    Symptoms Better : For warm, dry air; for changing position; for movement.

    Symptoms Worse : For damp; for night air; for head injuries; for lying on the left side. .....
  • ORIGANUM
    169. Origanum majorana syn. Majorana hortensis
    Sweet marjoram.

    Key Uses:
  • Women's sexual problems involving an obsession with sexual thoughts, restlessness, and swollen, itchy, and painful breasts

    Origin : Found in regions bordering the Mediterranean sea.

    Background : Used mainly as a culinary flavoring, sweet marjoram is also prescribed in herbal medicine for anxiety, flatulence, menstrual pain, and insomnia.

    Preparation : The fresh, finely chopped aerial parts in flower are steeped in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : Women who experience sexual problems, especially those who are obsessed by sexual thoughts and those who have a constant desire to masturbate, are likely to benefit most from Origanum. They may be restless, finding it difficult to stay still, and as a result become fanatical about working out, turning to sports such as running to burn off energy. Breasts and nipples may become swollen, itchy, and painful. An intense level of sexual addiction may indicate relationship difficulties or a history of sexual abuse.

    Symptoms Better : For being occupied.

    Symptoms Worse : For lying down; at night. .....
  • OXALIC AC
    170. Acidum oxalicum
    Oxalic acid.

    Key Uses:
  • Angina with palpitations that are worse for lying down
  • Pain in the spermatic cord
  • Throbbing, crushing pain in the testes

    Origin : Chemically prepared.

    Background : Identified as a constituent of wood sorrel in the 17th century, this acid was first made synthetically in 1776.

    Preparation : Oxalic acid crystals are dissolved in alcohol, diluted, and succussed.

    Remedy Profile : Oxalic ac. is used for those whose pains occur violently and briefly in localized areas of the body, and who generally feel worse for dwelling on them. They are nervous, confused, dizzy people, who often have trouble sleeping.
    Usually the remedy is given for angina with palpitations that are worse for lying down. When those affected think about their heart, it seems to make it flutter or beat intermittently. In men, other symptoms that can be treated by Oxalic ac. include throbbing, crushing pain in the testes, and pain in the spermatic cord.

    Symptoms Better : After passing stools; for changing position.

    Symptoms Worse : For cold; for mental exertion; for dwelling on symptoms; for light; in the early morning; in the evening or at night; for movement; for being touched on the left side; for shaving; for grapes, strawberries, or sour fruit; for sugar; for coffee; for wine. .....
  • PANAX GINSENG
    171. Panax pseudoginseng
    San qi ginseng, tienchi ginseng.

    Key Uses:
  • Fatigue as a result of excessive sexual intercourse
  • Paralytic weakness
  • Rheumatic pain
  • Sciatica

    Origin : Native to Bhutan and northeast India.

    Background : In Chinese medicine this herb is reputed to clear the mind and make the limbs elastic and dynamic. It is considered to be a tonic and aphrodisiac.

    Preparation : The dried root is steeped in alcohol, diluted, and succussed.

    Remedy Profile : Panax ginseng is typically given to people who are experiencing a general sense of stiffening up in the body. The limbs tend to feel heavy, and the joints contract and stiffen up. Paralytic weakness, rheumatic pain, and sciatica may be helped by the remedy. People who benefit from it often feel worse in the open air, and are prone to respiratory problems. Generally there is a sensation of weakness in the sexual organs, possibly as a result of excessive sexual intercourse, although there may be no diminishing of sexual desire.

    Symptoms Better : For walking.

    Symptoms Worse : For open air; at night; for bending and turning. .....
  • PASSIFLORA
    172. Passiflora incarnata
    Passion flower.

    Key Uses:
  • Alcoholism
  • Insomnia accompanied by hemorrhoids, pain in the coccyx, or discomfort during or just before menstruation
  • Screaming children
  • Whooping cough

    Origin : Native to the southern US and Central and South America, and now cultivated worldwide.

    Background : This plant has long been used by indigenous peoples in Central and North America for its valuable sedative and tranquilizing properties.

    Preparation : The fresh or dried leaves, gathered in spring, are finely chopped and steeped in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : The classic symptom linked with Passiflora is insomnia. Those who respond best to the remedy tend to lie awake at night and become exhausted. They are prone to odd sensations; they may feel that their eyeballs are protruding, as if being pushed out of their heads, or that the tops of their heads are lifting off. On lying down they may feel that their heels are rising up in the air. Passiflora is considered particularly effective for alcoholics and screaming children.
    The remedy may also help whooping cough that is worse at night, and insomnia accompanied by hemorrhoids, pain in the coccyx, or discomfort during or just before menstruation.

    Symptoms Better : For remaining quiet.

    Symptoms Worse : At night; for mental anxiety and excitement; for exhaustion; after meals. .....
  • PAEONIA
    173. Paeonia officinalis
    Peony.

    Key Uses:
  • Nightmares, especially those involving ghosts
  • Rectal and anal problems, such as fissures and hemorrhoids

    Origin : Native to Europe and Asia.

    Background : Culpeper, the 17th-century English herbalist, claimed that the root of this herb would prevent epilepsy in children if hung around their necks.

    Preparation : The fresh, finely chopped root, dug in spring, is steeped in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : This remedy is given mostly for problems in the rectum and anus such as fissures and hemorrhoids, although it may also help to treat terrifying nightmares, particularly those involving ghosts. It is used for intense, burning pain in the anus during and after passing stools, followed by a chilly sensation. The pain may be very severe during the night and eased only by walking, rolling on the floor, or lying for hours with the buttocks spread apart.

    Symptoms Better : For warm compresses on the affected area.

    Symptoms Worse : At night; for touch or pressure on the affected area. .....
  • PAREIRA
    174. Pareira brava syn. Chondrodendron tomentosum
    Pareira, pareira brava.

    Key Uses:
  • Kidney colic
  • Prostate disorders, such as enlarged prostate glands
  • Severe pain in the penis
  • Urinary disorders involving painful urination, and severe pains on the left side of the lower back, and in the penis

    Origin : Found in Panama, Brazil, Bolivia, and Peru.

    Background : Notoriously used by native South Americans to make curare, an arrow poison, the root of this plant is also used herbally as a diuretic, to increase menstrual flow, and to reduce fever.

    Preparation : The fresh root is steeped in alcohol, diluted, and succussed.

    Remedy Profile : People for whom Pareira is best suited tend to have a constant urge to urinate, with great straining and painful urination. There is typically severe pain radiating down the thigh, and it may be possible to urinate only in certain positions. In men, there may be severe pain in the penis. Excruciating pains may develop on the left side of the lower back. The urine may contain thick, stringy, white mucus or a red precipitate. Pareira may also be helpful for itching in the urethra, kidney colic, an enlarged prostate gland, and prostate disorders with urine retention.

    Symptoms Better : For being on the hands and knees; for pressing the head against the floor.

    Symptoms Worse : After midnight; after urinating. .....
  • PHYTOLACCA
    175. Phytolacca americana
    Virginia pokeroot, reading plant, garget, pocon.

    Key Uses:
  • Breast problems
  • Inflamed neck glands and tonsils
  • Mononucleosis
  • Mumps
  • Psoriasis
  • Dental pain

    Origin : Native to North America, and naturalized in the Mediterranean region.

    Background : Used by native Americans for a range of complaints from rheumatoid arthritis to hemorrhoids, this plant is highly potent and toxic in excess.

    Preparation : The fresh root is unearthed during the fall, finely chopped, and macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : This remedy has a strong affinity with the glands. It may be given for mastitis with hardness, burning, and pain in the breasts that radiates through the whole body on breast-feeding. Breast ulcers, hard lumps, and even breast cancer may also be helped, as may psoriasis.
    Phytolacca may be used for hard, inflamed neck glands, with pain in the throat on swallowing. The tonsils may be inflamed, painful, and discolored dark red, and the tip of the tongue may be red. Inflamed parotid glands—for example during mumps—may be helped by the remedy, as may mononucleosis. Breathing feels difficult, restricted, and oppressed, with a sense of suffocation and emptiness in the chest.

    Symptoms Better : For warmth; for open air; for dry weather; for rest; for lying on the painful side.

    Symptoms Worse : For cold, damp weather; for prolonged movement; on starting to move; for hot drinks. .....
  • PLANTAGO
    176. Plantago major
    Greater plantain.

    Key Uses:
  • Bed-wetting problems
  • Earaches
  • Toothaches

    Origin : Native to Europe and temperate regions of Asia, where it grows wild.

    Background : Greater plantain has anti- bacterial properties and is sometimes used herbally as a substitute for comfrey to stop bleeding and encourage tissue repair.

    Preparation : The fresh root is finely chopped and macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : People who respond best to Plantago are dull, irritable, and impatient. Mental activity exhausts and flusters them, and this is made worse by physical exertion.
    Key conditions for which this remedy may be prescribed include earaches and toothaches. Aches are typically caused by sharp, neuralgic pains, often in the head and ears. Twinges of pain may move around the head from front to back, or from ear to ear, and there may be a sensation in the head as if the brain has turned over. Plantago is also given for bed-wetting problems.

    Symptoms Better : For sleep; for eating.

    Symptoms Worse : At night; for touch; for extremes of heat and cold. .....
  • PODOPHYLLUM
    177. Podophyllum peltatum
    May apple, American mandrake.

    Key Uses:
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Liver problems
  • Ovarian pain

    Origin : Native to northeastern North America.

    Background : May apple was used by native Americans and 19th-century settlers from Europe as a purgative, but was later found to be highly toxic to cells. It is being researched for treating certain cancers.

    Preparation : The fresh rhizome is dug up when the fruits are fully ripe, finely chopped, and macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : Those who benefit most from Podophyllum tend to be forgetful, particularly of words, depressed, afraid that they may die, and unrefreshed by sleep, which is restless.
    Digestive tract disorders such as gastroenteritis are typically treated with this remedy. Generally, the lower part of the digestive tract and the liver are most affected. The appetite often wanes, perhaps because everything suddenly tastes sour or putrid, or because the smell of food is loathsome. Sour belching, vomiting, or diarrhea, particularly after eating or drinking, are typical of this symptom picture. Podophyllum may ease abdominal cramps, or profuse, painless diarrhea, preceded by noisy gurgling. Diarrhea may be accompanied by a sinking feeling, as if the pelvic contents are going to prolapse.

    Symptoms Better : For warmth; in the evening; for rubbing or stroking the liver area; for bending forward; for lying on the abdomen; for yawning and stretching.

    Symptoms Worse : For early morning; in hot weather; for any movement; while being bathed or washed; for eating. .....
  • PICRIC AC
    178. Acidum picrinicum
    Picric acid, trinitrophenol.

    Key Uses:
  • Indifference with mental and physical fatigue, which may develop into actual paralysis

    Origin : Chemically prepared.

    Background : This acid derives its name from the Greek pikros, meaning “bitter.” It is used as a yellow dye and in explosives.

    Preparation : The crystals are dissolved in alcohol, diluted, and succussed.

    Remedy Profile : Picric ac. is best suited to people who are prone to intellectual collapse and nervous exhaustion—perhaps students who have studied too hard for exams. They have a tendency to be indifferent, listless, and lack motivation, and the slightest exertion makes them want to lie down. Exhaustion and poor concentration are other common symptoms.
    The classic symptom picture for Picric ac. is of indifference with great mental and physical fatigue, which may develop into actual paralysis. Muscular pains in the limbs may accompany fatigue, and there may be weak, heavy sensations in the limbs and back, and burning along the spine, particularly upon any exertion. The hands and feet may feel cold.

    Symptoms Better : For bandaging affected areas; for rest; for sun and open air; for cold air; for bathing in cold water.

    Symptoms Worse : For movement; for mental exertion; for any secretion, such as catarrh, semen, blood, or vaginal discharge. .....
  • PYROGEN
    179. Pyrogenium
    Pyrogen.

    Key Uses:
  • Fevers—for example, during menstruation
  • Genital tract infections following childbirth or an abortion
  • Infections
  • Influenza
  • Pelvic infections in women
  • Septic states, such as abscesses that never fully heal

    Origin : Decomposed, rotten meat.

    Background : The term pyrogen often applies to proteins produced in response to infection. They are also produced when flesh decomposes.

    Preparation : Chopped, lean beef is soaked in water, sterilized, dissolved in purified water, then diluted and succussed.

    Remedy Profile : People who benefit most from Pyrogen. have a tendency to be hypersensitive, and have overactive brains. Restless and talkative, they often think and talk rapidly. They may feel insane and have bizarre physical sensations; for instance, that their body is “crowded with arms and legs.” These are most common during a fever.
    Conditions usually treated by Pyrogen. include infections, fevers, suppuration, influenza, and septic states. Characteristic symptoms include aching, bruising, pain, great restlessness, and foul-smelling sweat, diarrhea, breath, and other discharges. Conditions may be acute or due to a prior infection. There may be red streaks on the skin from the limbs to the heart, or sore, recurring abscesses that never fully heal. The tongue may be red and shiny or coated.
    The remedy may also be used to treat infection in the genital tract following childbirth or an abortion, and may help women who have a pelvic infection, or who have a fever during menstruation.

    Symptoms Better : For heat; for a hot bath; for stretching; for changing position; for hot drinks.

    Symptoms Worse : For cold and damp; for sitting. .....
  • QUERCUS
    180. Quercus robur
    Oak, common oak, English oak.

    Key Uses:
  • Acute alcohol poisoning
  • Chronic spleen disorders, such as an enlarged spleen due to recurrent malaria or alcoholism
  • Recurrent gout
  • Reduction in alcoholic intake

    Origin : Found throughout the Northern Hemisphere and cultivated for its timber.

    Background : Sacred to the Druids and dedicated to the Norse god Thor, the oak has long been important in many cultures, both economically and in herbal medicine.

    Preparation : The acorns are steeped in alcohol until soft, then peeled, crushed, diluted in alcohol, and succussed.

    Remedy Profile : People who respond best to Quercus tend to be nervous, weepy, and unable to speak clearly or think straight.
    Chronic spleen disorders involving fluid retention are primarily associated with Quercus. It is used for an enlarged spleen, possibly due to recurrent malaria or to alcoholism. Quercus may relieve the effects of acute alcohol poisoning and lessen the desire for alcohol, although it will not cure alcoholism. Recurrent gout may also be helped by the remedy.

    Symptoms Better : None known.

    Symptoms Worse : None known. .....
  • RAPHANUS
    181. Raphanus sativus var. niger
    Black radish.

    Key Uses:
  • Extreme abdominal distension
  • Postoperative pain

    Origin : Native to southern Asia, but now widely cultivated worldwide.

    Background : The ancient Romans used radish oil for skin diseases, and radish was a noted digestive stimulant in Chinese medicine by CE 659.

    Preparation : The fresh roots, dug up in spring before flowering, are finely chopped and steeped in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : Those who benefit most from Raphanus may feel “collapsed” and lacking in spirit. The remedy has a strong affinity with the digestive tract, and is given for extreme abdominal distension. A classic use of Raphanus is for postoperative pain due to trapped gas, with gurgling and great swelling in the abdomen.

    Symptoms Better : For walking in the open air.

    Symptoms Worse : At night; for jarring; for coughing; for touch, even of the clothes; for laughing. .....
  • RANUNCULUS BULB
    182. Ranunculus bulbosus
    Bulbous buttercup, bulbous crowfoot.

    Key Uses:
  • Muscle, joint, and skin problems, possibly occurring simultaneously
  • Herpes zoster (shingles)

    Origin : Native to Europe, but now also common throughout North America.

    Background : The buttercup has been used medicinally since the time of ancient Greece. Toxic and irritant, it was mostly used externally for skin growths such as warts and blemishes.

    Preparation : The whole plant in flower is finely chopped and steeped in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : This remedy is most suited to those who are irritable, depressed, and quarrelsome. They feel weepy and inadequate, and worse for thinking about their symptoms. Restlessness and insomnia are common characteristic traits.
    The classic symptom picture for Ranunculus bulb. includes muscle, joint, and skin problems, possibly occurring simultaneously. Typical muscle problems include soreness, deep, bruising pain, and, particularly, chest pain between the ribs. The classic skin symptoms for this remedy focus on eczema or herpes, especially herpes zoster (shingles), with intense burning and itching.

    Symptoms Better : For warm weather; for warm compresses; for rest; for standing; for sitting bent forward.

    Symptoms Worse : For drafts or open air, especially damp, cold air; for stormy weather; for changes in temperature; for movement, particularly of the arms; for thinking about symptoms; for alcohol. .....
  • RHUS TOX
    183. Rhus toxicodendron
    Poison ivy, poison oak.

    Key Uses:
  • Musculoskeletal problems, such as cramps, sprains, strains, restless legs, rheumatic or arthritic pain, and sciatica
  • Skin conditions, such as chicken pox, shingles, herpes, rosacea, eczema, and diaper rash
  • Skin eruptions with blisters

    Origin : Found widely in North America.

    Background : Native Americans used this plant to treat skin eruptions and nervous paralysis. Contact with its leaves produces redness, swelling, and blistering.

    Preparation : The fresh leaves, gathered at sunset just before the plant comes into flower, are macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : Rhus tox. is particularly beneficial to people who are usually lively but shy, but restless and agitated when ill. Children who respond to the remedy tend to be overactive, restless, irritable, and malicious. If illness becomes chronic in these people, they may become fixed in their ways. Rhus tox. is known primarily as a remedy for skin and joint disorders. It may be helpful for skin eruptions with blisters, followed by burning, red, swollen skin that tends to scale and flake off. Skin conditions such as chicken pox, shingles, herpes, eczema, rosacea, and diaper rash may all respond to the remedy. Musculoskeletal problems are another focus of Rhus tox. It is used for acute rheumatic or arthritic pain, sciatica, restless legs, cramps, sprains, and strains.
    RHODODENDRON CHRYSANTHUM (Siberian rhododendron)
    162




    Symptoms Better : For heat; for warm, dry weather; for hot baths; for continued movement; for nosebleeds.

    Symptoms Worse : For cold; in winter; for being chilled; for damp conditions; before storms; on beginning to move; during sleep. .....
  • RHODODENDRON
    184. Rhododendron chrysanthum
    Siberian rhododendron, yellow snow rose.

    Key Uses:
  • Hydrocele
  • Joint problems, such as gout, arthritis, or rheumatic pain

    Origin : Found mainly in alpine areas of Siberia, but also in mountainous regions of Asia and Europe.

    Background : An infusion of this plant is a traditional Mongolian drink used by hunters to ease weary, painful limbs and for gout and rheumatic pains.

    Preparation : The leafy shoots are dried and macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : Rhododendron is most suited to nervous, overly sensitive people who are deeply affected by the weather. Prior to a storm, they may feel confused, excited, and faint, alternating feverish excitement with chaotic behavior.
    The symptom picture for this remedy focuses primarily on joint problems such as gout, arthritis, or rheumatic pain. Symptoms may affect the fibrous tissues, small joints, bones, and nerves, often resulting in swollen joints, with tearing, wrenching pain that causes restlessness, weakness, and stiffness in the limbs. Joint pains may move around the body. The remedy may also be used to ease swelling in the scrotum (hydrocele).

    Symptoms Better : For warmth; for the heat of the sun; after a storm breaks; for wrapping up the head; for lying in bed with the limbs drawn up; for movement.

    Symptoms Worse : For rough or windy weather; for getting wet or catching cold; before storms; for changes in temperature; for rest; on beginning to move. .....
  • RADIUM BROM
    185. Radium bromatum
    Radium bromide.

    Key Uses:
  • Acute rheumatic pains
  • Conditions arising from radiation poisoning or treatment, such as ulcers from X-ray burns
  • Neuralgic pains
  • Psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, acne rosacea, nevi, or moles
  • Skin cancer

    Origin : Chemically prepared.

    Background : Radium is too unstable to exist in a pure form in nature, and usually combines with chlorine or bromine.

    Preparation : The compound is dissolved in purified water, diluted, and succussed.

    Remedy Profile : Radium brom. is best suited to depressed, anxious people who need company and are afraid of being alone in the dark. Conditions arising from radiation poisoning or treatment, such as ulcers from X-ray burns or skin problems, are typically treated with the remedy. Skin symptoms are characterized by burning, dry, itchy, scaly eruptions, or by thickening or callousing of the skin: psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, acne rosacea, nevi (skin blemishes), moles, ulcers, and even cancers may all respond to the remedy. Constricting neuralgic pains, acute rheumatic pains, and numbness may also be helped by Radium brom.

    Symptoms Better : For open air; for hot baths; for sleep; for eating.

    Symptoms Worse : For movement; for getting up from lying down; for shaving; for bathing. .....
  • RHEUM
    186. Rheum officinale or R. palmatum
    Rhubarb or Chinese rhubarb.

    Key Uses:
  • Chronic diarrhea, with yellow or green, frothy or fermented stools that are sour-smelling
  • Colicky pain, often accompanied by shivering and an urge to pass stools
  • Nausea
  • Teething

    Origin : Both species are native to China and Tibet, but are now grown worldwide.

    Background : Long used in Chinese medicine, notably as a laxative, these non-culinary types of rhubarb were adopted by European doctors in the 18th century.

    Preparation : The root of either species is dried and macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : Rheum is most suitable for those with sour moods who tend to be undemanding and withdrawn, yet restless and “quarrelsome in sleep.” Children who respond to Rheum are full of fears, crying and restless at night. Both adults and children may tire rapidly.
    Chronic, sour-smelling diarrhea is a key condition linked with Rheum. The stools are sour-smelling, and may be yellow or green, frothy, or fermented. Further typical symptoms include sour-smelling breath and a sour taste to all foods, causing a loss of appetite. The remedy may also be used for nausea or colicky pain that feels worse for standing and is often accompanied by shivering and an urge to pass stools.

    Symptoms Better : For wrapping up; for warmth; for doubling over on lying down.

    Symptoms Worse : For hot weather; for teething; before, during, and after passing stools; for eating sour fruits in the summer. .....
  • RHUS VEN
    187. Rhus venenata syn. R. vernix
    Poison sumac, poison elder.

    Key Uses:
  • Flaking, itching skin, possibly with patches of thickening or hardening, and a tendency for the skin to crack

    Origin : Found throughout North America, from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.

    Background : More toxic than poison ivy (see left), this plant produces a volatile oil that can cause inflamed, blistering lesions, possibly affecting the whole body.

    Preparation : The young, leafy twigs are macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : Gloomy, forgetful people are most likely to benefit from Rhus ven., particularly if they feel unable to connect ideas together and have no will for life.
    The physical symptoms associated with this remedy are similar to those treated by Rhus tox., although the focus is more heavily on skin conditions. The classic symptom picture for Rhus ven. includes flaking, itching skin, possibly with patches of thickening or hardening, and a tendency for the skin to crack. All symptoms are markedly worse in the morning.

    Symptoms Better : For open air; for hot baths; for gentle touch; for mild exercise.

    Symptoms Worse : For damp weather; for getting wet; in the morning; for touch and pressure on the affected area; for rest; on waking. .....
  • RICINUS
    188. Ricinus communis
    Castor oil plant, Palma Christi, castor bean.

    Key Uses:
  • Diarrhea, especially in children
  • Nausea and profuse vomiting

    Origin : Native to east Africa and grown in hot climates, especially Africa and Asia.

    Background : The seeds of this plant are highly toxic, but the oil made from them has been used medicinally for centuries in many cultures, notably for constipation.

    Preparation : The ripe seeds are steeped in alcohol, filtered, diluted, and succussed.

    Remedy Profile : The digestive system is the primary focus of this remedy. Typical symptoms treated include nausea, profuse vomiting, and diarrhea: Ricinus is useful for children who are seriously prostrated by diarrhea. Typically, there is severe dehydration and great thirst, but no desire to eat.

    Symptoms Better : None known.

    Symptoms Worse : For pressure on the abdomen. .....
  • RUMEX CRISPUS
    189. Rumex crispus
    Yellow dock, curled dock.

    Key Uses:
  • Asthma
  • Whooping cough, dry, tickling coughs, croup, or other hard, hacking coughs

    Origin : Native to Europe and Africa.

    Background : Long used in Western herbal medicine, yellow dock is a mild laxative and also acts as a stimulant to the liver and gallbladder.

    Preparation : The fresh root is finely chopped and macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : Rumex crispus is best suited to low-spirited, serious people who are very restless in the evening. Their sleep is often wakeful, and unpleasant dreams and fantasies disturb them when asleep or awake. The throat and chest are the main focus of Rumex crispus. There may be whooping cough, a dry, tickling cough, croup, or other hard, hacking cough, or asthma that is suffocating and choking on going to bed. There may be great concentration on the breathing and sensitivity to cold air.

    Symptoms Better : For wrapping up, including wrapping the head; for covering the mouth; for drinking; for sucking hard candy.

    Symptoms Worse : For cold air; for open air; for breathing in cold air; for touch and pressure on the throat; for uncovering; for movement; for talking; for eating. .....
  • SABAL
    190. Serenoa repens syn. S. serrulata
    Saw palmetto.

    Key Uses:
  • Genitourinary disorders, such as frequent urination, urine retention due to prostate enlargement, gonorrhea, or inflammation of the seminal tube
  • Sexual and general fatigue

    Origin : Native to southeastern North America.

    Background : Native Americans valued this plant as a food source and for its sedative and tonic medicinal properties.

    Preparation : The fresh, ripe fruits are finely chopped and macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : People who benefit most from Sabal tend to brood on their symptoms, yet are often angered by sympathy. They may be irritable, apathetic, introverted, depressed, and afraid to go to sleep.
    This remedy is given mainly for problems of the genitourinary organs. Typical symptoms treated include frequent urination, especially when this occurs at night, which may be due to cystitis. Urine retention due to prostate enlargement or gonorrhea may be helped by Sabal, as may inflammation in the seminal tubes, heavy, aching pains or, occasionally, sharp pains in the bladder that extend to the abdomen or radiate down the thighs. Another typical symptom is a sensation of coldness in the bladder, possibly extending to the external genitals. Sabal is also used for sexual or general fatigue.

    Symptoms Better : After sleep.

    Symptoms Worse : For cold, damp weather; before menstruating; for sympathy. .....
  • SABADILLA
    191. Schoenocaulon officinale
    Sabadilla, cebadilla.

    Key Uses:
  • Inflammation of the respiratory mucous membranes, possibly due to hay fever, asthma, tonsillitis, or a cold

    Origin : Found in Mexico, the West Indies, Guatemala, and Venezuela.

    Background : The bitter seeds of sabadilla contain the alkaloids veratridine and veratrine, which are used in insecticides.

    Preparation : The ripe seeds are steeped in alcohol, filtered, diluted, and succussed.

    Remedy Profile : Sabadilla is most appropriate for people who are nervous, easily startled, and prone to hysterical paroxysms following a fright.
    Key physical symptoms associated with this remedy include paroxysmal sneezing, an itchy, tingly nose, copious, watery catarrh, and chilliness. There may be throat pain and inflammation, with a constant desire to clear the throat. Sabadilla is used chiefly for inflammation of the respiratory mucous membranes, possibly due to hay fever, asthma, tonsillitis, or a cold.

    Symptoms Better : For open air; for heat or wrapping up; for warm foods or drinks.

    Symptoms Worse : For cold air; at periodic, consistent intervals; for cold drinks. .....
  • SAMBUCUS
    192. Sambucus nigra
    European elder, black elder.

    Key Uses:
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Croup
  • Whooping cough

    Origin : Native to Europe.

    Background : Used medicinally for millennia, elder became known as “nature’s medicine chest” and was also strongly linked to much European folklore.

    Preparation : The fresh leaves and flowers are finely chopped and steeped in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : The remedy is best suited to people who are constantly fretful, restless, easily frightened, and prone to trembling. Sambucus is used mainly for respiratory problems. General symptoms associated with the remedy include severe weakness, and profuse continuous or intermittent sweating. The remedy may help respiratory conditions such as asthma, croup, whooping cough, or bronchitis, particularly when they occur on waking. Generally, there is hoarseness, with mucus and inflammation in the larynx but no desire to drink. During asthma attacks, a lack of oxygen may cause the face to turn blue.

    Symptoms Better : For wrapping up warmly; for sitting up in bed; for leaning over a table or chair back; for movement.

    Symptoms Worse : For dry, cold air; for heat; during the night; for lying down, especially with the head low; for rest. .....
  • SALICYLIC AC
    193. Acidum salicylicum
    Salicylic acid.

    Key Uses:
  • Ear problems, especially tinnitus, vertigo, and progressive deafness
  • Severe headaches
  • Ulceration on the mucous membranes, such as mouth ulcers
  • Weakness

    Origin : Obtained Originally from the bark of the willow tree, but now commercially prepared from phenol.

    Background : Salicylic acid is the main ingredient of aspirin. It was first used to prepare aspirin by the Italian chemist R. Piria in 1838.

    Preparation : Salicylic acid crystals are triturated with lactose sugar.

    Remedy Profile : This remedy is most appropriate for those who are prone to extreme prostration, weakness, and fainting, often due to post-viral fatigue. They may be mild-natured, restless, or anxious, and tend to be either overexcited or stupefied and dull. They are sleepy and yawn often, but wake frequently from sleep thinking that they can hear music.
    Key symptoms associated with Salicylic ac. are weakness, ulceration, and ear problems such as tinnitus, vertigo, and progressive deafness, possibly due to Ménière’s disease (a disorder of the inner ear). The remedy may also be used for severe headaches with piercing pains that start at the top or back of the head. Any ulceration tends to focus on the mucous membranes: mouth ulcers, for instance, may be treated with Salicylic ac.

    Symptoms Better : For hot compresses, especially dry compresses.

    Symptoms Worse : For cold air; at night; for the slightest cold touch; for movement. .....
  • RUTA
    194. Ruta graveolens
    Rue, herb-of-grace.

    Key Uses:
  • Chronic arthritis
  • Eyestrain
  • Sprains and strains, especially repetitive strain injuries
  • Stiff, sore lower back or sciatica

    Origin : Native to dry, sunny regions of Mediterranean countries.

    Background : Rue has been prescribed herbally since the time of ancient Greece and Egypt to induce abortion, strengthen the eyesight, and stimulate menstruation.

    Preparation : The aerial parts, gathered as the plant is beginning to flower, are finely chopped and steeped in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : People who respond best to the Ruta remedy are prone to feelings of anxiety and panic and tend to be weepy. They may be quarrelsome and suspicious, often feeling that they are being constantly deceived or watched.
    The classic symptom picture for Ruta is of connective tissue problems with marked stiffness and pain in the muscles and tendons, often due to sprains, overuse of the muscles, or injury. The pain is typically sore, bruised, aching, and accompanied by restlessness. Repetitive strain injuries, eye strain, ganglions, and chronic arthritis may be helped by Ruta, as may a stiff, sore lower back or sciatica.

    Symptoms Better : For warmth; for lying on the back; for movement; for rubbing or scratching the affected area.

    Symptoms Worse : For cold, damp air; for overexertion, injury, or sprains; for sitting; for menstruating; for eating uncooked or indigestible foods. .....
  • SABINA
    195. Juniperus sabina
    Savin.

    Key Uses:
  • Genital warts
  • Infertility
  • Itching, burning external genitalia
  • Phimosis, swelling of the upper penis, and gonorrhea
  • Uterine problems, such as pale red, clotting hemorrhages

    Origin : Grows in temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere.

    Background : Savin was used internally in 19th- century Europe to induce abortions, although generally it has been little used in herbal medicine due to its high toxicity.

    Preparation : The fresh, young branch tops and leaves are chopped before being macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : This remedy is best suited to people who are dejected and hypochondriac. They may be irritable and find that even music makes them nervous. They often dislike being talked to, especially when walking in the open air. They may sob or weep and have weak memories.
    Sabina is strongly associated with the reproductive organs, and is commonly used for problems such as genital warts or itching, burning external genitalia. In men it is also prescribed for phimosis (constriction of the foreskin), swelling of the upper penis, and gonorrhea.
    The remedy may be given to women for uterine problems featuring pale-red, clotting hemorrhages that become worse for the slightest movement and better for walking. The uterus may seem to quiver, as if there is a fetus moving inside it. Further symptoms include itchy nipples with a voluptuous, crawling sensation, sharp pains shooting up the vagina, and violent hot flashes and pulsations in the body. Menstrual flow is often profuse and premature, with pains similar to those felt during labor. Sabina is a classic remedy in pregnancy for those who are prone to miscarriages, especially during the third month of pregnancy. It is also prescribed following labor, if the placenta has been retained and there is intense pain.
    A craving for acidic foods and drinks, especially lemonade, may be apparent, and everything, but especially coffee and milk, may taste bitter. There may be violent hot flashes, pulsations in the body, and an urge to throw open a window.

    Symptoms Better : For cold; for open air; for breathing out.

    Symptoms Worse : For heat; for warm air; for the heat of the bed; for the slightest movement; for foggy weather; at night; during pregnancy and the menopause; for music; for touch. .....
  • SANGUINARIA
    196. Sanguinaria canadensis
    Bloodroot, red puccoon.

    Key Uses:
  • Asthma
  • Hay fever
  • Migraine

    Origin : Native to eastern North America.

    Background : Native Americans took bloodroot to induce therapeutic vomiting, and used the orange-colored juice of the root as a body paint and clothing dye.

    Preparation : The rhizome, unearthed in fall, is dried and macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : People who respond best to Sanguinaria are confused and full of dread, and feel very weak and stupid. Despite feeling heavy, languid, and drowsy, they cannot sleep at night and the slightest noise wakes them up. An uncomfortable sensation of prickling warmth sometimes spreads over the whole body.
    The classic symptom picture for this remedy is of irritation of the mucous membranes, particularly those of the respiratory system. Sanguinaria may be given for hay fever accompanied by great sensitivity to grass, flowers, and scents, and by burning and dryness in the nose and throat. Other conditions that are typically associated with Sanguinaria include asthma with catarrh and raw, burning membranes. Symptoms tend to affect the right side of the body more than the left.

    Symptoms Better : In the evening; for lying on the back; for lying on the left side; for sleep; for vomiting; for belching.

    Symptoms Worse : For cold and damp; for sun; for movement and touch; for lying on the right side; during menopause; for sweet foods. .....
  • SANICULA
    197. Aqua sanicula
    Sanicula water.

    Key Uses:
  • Digestive symptoms involving bloating, sour belches, and an urge to pass stools after eating
  • Low vitality due to slow digestion and undernourishment
  • Menstrual disorders and vaginitis

    Origin : Found near Ottawa, Illinois.

    Background : The Sanicula Springs that provide this particular mineral water are located near Ottawa, Illinois.

    Preparation : The spring water is mixed with alcohol, diluted, and succussed.

    Remedy Profile : Irritation is common in those for whom Sanicula is most suited. In children, behavior alternates between playfulness and bad temper, during which they will throw themselves backward. Intolerance of the slightest jarring movement, particularly downward motion, such as that of an escalator, is another typical feature of this remedy.
    The classic symptom picture is of low vitality due to undernourishment and slow digestion. The physique is usually slim and the skin condition is poor, possibly with eczema. Symptoms tend to change frequently. There is often perspiration where body parts touch. In women there may be menstrual disorders and an uncomfortable feeling that the pelvic contents are going to drop out. Vaginal discharges smell “fishy.”
    Digestive symptoms associated with Sanicula include large, heavy, painful stools. The body tends to remain thin despite great appetite, and eating causes bloating, sour belches, and an urge to pass stools. There may be halitosis and a bad taste in the mouth.

    Symptoms Better : For vomiting; for open air; for rest; for lying down.

    Symptoms Worse : For movement; for jarring; for strain; for eating and drinking. .....
  • SARSAPARILLA
    198. Smilax officinalis syn. S. ornata, S. regelii, S. medica
    Sarsaparilla, wild licorice.

    Key Uses:
  • Urinary tract problems, such as cystitis characterized by a constant urge to urinate, pain as urination ends, and possibly blood in the urine

    Origin : Native to Central and South America and Jamaica.

    Background : Long used medicinally by indigenous tribes in South America, sarsaparilla was introduced to Europe in the 17th century as a cure-all. It was later used to flavor root beer.

    Preparation : The dried root is steeped in alcohol, diluted, and succussed.

    Remedy Profile : Sarsaparilla is most effective for people who are depressed and anxious, blaming their state of mind on the pain they feel. They tend also to feel the cold.
    Sarsaparilla has a strong affinity with the urinary tract. It is prescribed for cystitis characterized by a constant urge to urinate, pain as urination ends, and possibly blood or a sandy or gravelly precipitate in the urine. There may be involuntary dribbling of urine, especially on sitting down, and normal flow may only happen when in a standing position.

    Symptoms Better : For standing; for uncovering the neck and chest.

    Symptoms Worse : In the spring; for wet and cold weather; for movement; as urination ends; during menstruation. .....
  • SECALE
    199. Secale cornutum
    Ergot.

    Key Uses:
  • Flows of watery blood between menstrual periods
  • Hypercontraction of the muscles in the uterus
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Puerperal sepsis
  • Uterine bleeding
  • Weak contractions during labor
  • Circulatory problems

    Origin : From the fungus Claviceps purpurea, which grows mostly on cereal crops in Europe, North America, and Asia.

    Background : This fungus, largely found on rye, is used in a drug prescribed by Western medicine to halt bleeding.

    Preparation : Ergot is collected while still immature, then dried, powdered, and macerated in alcohol.

    Remedy Profile : People who benefit most from Secale often feel confused, suspicious, and fearful, and may even doubt their own sanity.
    A key affinity for Secale is with uterine problems in women. It is often used for uterine bleeding and hypercontraction of the muscles in the uterus. Secale is given to strengthen weak contractions during labor, and for puerperal sepsis (infection in the genital tract after childbirth). It may also help menstrual cramps with dark, irregular bleeding, and a flow of watery blood between menstrual periods.

    Symptoms Better : For cold; for bathing; for stretching; for uncovering the body.

    Symptoms Worse : For warmth; for touch, even of sheets; before or after menstruating; in pregnancy; after miscarriage or labor. .....
  • SCUTELLARIA
    200. Scutellaria laterifolia
    Virginia skullcap.

    Key Uses:
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Headaches with possible dizziness, twitching muscles, and sensitivity to light
  • Nervous exhaustion, possibly as a result of illness, continuous, tiring work, or overstudying

    Origin : Native to North America.

    Background : This plant was once used by the Cherokee Indians to promote menstruation, but has more recently been used widely as a sedative, especially for stress and tension.

    Preparation : The whole, fresh plant, excluding the root, is steeped in alcohol.SAMBUCUS NIGRA (Elder)164

    Remedy Profile : Scutellaria is best suited to people who have a sense of foreboding and feel exhausted, confused, and unable to concentrate.
    The typical symptom picture is of nervous exhaustion, possibly as a result of illness, continuous, tiring work, or over-studying. The remedy may help chronic fatigue syndrome, headaches with a sensation of the space in the head being too small for its contents, possible dizziness, twitching muscles, and sensitivity to light.

    Symptoms Better : At night; for movement in the open air.

    Symptoms Worse : For light; for noise; for smells; for eating. .....
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