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Early stages of colds, fevers, inflammations. Complaints come on
suddenly. Possible causes: cold/ dry wind; fright, shock. Characterized by
extreme restlessness and fear. May specifically have an unfounded fear of
death. Dry. hot skin. Symptoms worse evening / around midnight. Thirsty for
cold drinks. May say everything tastes bitter, except water. Better: fresh
air. Worse: touch.
Rattling cough, where the patient is unable to expectorate
and has copious mucus. Feels breathless, weak, drowsy and limp. May be
irritable. Much yawning and sweating. Tongue is coated white. Thirst for
cold water, little and often. Desires refreshing foods e.g fruits. Better:
expectoration; sitting up; cold drinks. Worse: warmth; Lying down; 4pm;
Bites and stings. Puffy swellings. Parts feel constricted. Redness.
Pains burning and stinging. Restlessness. Thirstlessness. ‘Prevents recurrence
of styes. Sore throat with stinging pains and
swollen uvula. Better: cold applications. Worse: heat; 4 - 6pm.
Fear of flying. Anticipatory anxiety and gastro-intestinal problems, belching, flatulence. Suits warm-blooded people with a tendency to feel
hurried and impulsive. They may have a fear of failure when having to
perform in public. Their fear is justified, as they often rush through
things and get into a mess. Pains splinter-like. Better: open air; walking
fast. Worse: crowds; sweets, gets diarrhea.
Accidents, shock, physical exhaustion. First choice for most minor
accidents, falls, injuries or physical ordeals. Swelling and bruising.
Patient has a fear of being touched because of the pain, and may want to be
left alone. May claim to be alright when they clearly are not. Classic
response of someone in shock. Upper body is hot, whilst lower is cold.
Memory may also be poor. Better: Lying down. with head low. Worse: jarring;
Lying on injured part.
Acute food poisoning. Characterized by great physical prostration with
mental restlessness. Patient does not want to be left alone and is anxious
or fearful. Cant bear the sight or smell of food. Pains and discharges are
burning, yet the patient feels chilly and all symptoms, except headache, are
better for heat. Thirsty for frequent sips of usually hot drinks. Hay fever
with watery discharge. Better: warmth; Lying down; Worse: midnight – 3am.
Minor fevers. Inflamed area or entire patient is burning, throbbing and
hot. The eyes are glassy and the pupils dilated. Onset of complaints is
sudden. Possible cause: chill to the head. Pains are intense and throbbing.
Rapid pulse. Patient is angry, with acute senses, in a world of their own.
Photophobia. Thirsty, may crave lemonade. Better: Iying down. Worse: touch
or jarring movement; 3pm.
Dry, painful coughs. Dryness of all mucous membranes. Great thirst for
large amounts at long intervals (opposite of Arsenicum). Patient lies
absolutely still; all symptoms are much worse for the slightest movement.
Pains are stitching. A "bear with a sore head” who is irritable and
resentful of being questioned or fussed over. Better: firm pressure. Worse:
9pm; after eating cabbage or beans.
Slow difficult teething. For children going through major developmental
changes. Classically fat, fair and flabby. Chilly. Easily over exerted and
very sweaty. especially the back of head). Sour smelling. May fear many
things e.g. the dark; monsters; animals; insects. Apprehensive, worse
towards evening. Slow developers, particularly poor at assimilating their
food. Slow dentition in children. Gets a cold at every change of weather.
Craves boiled eggs. Better: constipation; dry weather. Worse: heights;
getting cold or wet; teething; milk.
Minor burns and scalds. Cystitis, where there are burning pains before,
during or after urination. Urging to urinate. Intense mental and physical
irritation. Onset is sudden and violent. Pains are cutting and burning.
Patients have a burning, intense thirst, but are worse after drinking,
especially cold drinks. Better: cold applications. Worse: touch.
Many digestive disorders, especially wind. Upper abdomen/stomach very
bloated. May be brought on by over-indulgence. Nausea in the morning. Slow
digestion. Tickling cough with burning in the chest. Better: cool air; being
fanned; burping. Worse: warmth; dehydration; before sleep; tight clothing.
Teething children especially if child has one red cheek. Characterized
by over-sensitivity. Pains are intolerable and appear to be out of all
proportion to the illness or injury. Suited to bad-tempered children who are
only quiet when carried and constantly request, then reject things. They are
hot and sweaty. especially on the head. Better: for being uncovered. Worse: 9pm to
Debility from dehydration. Delicate types whose senses are too acute.
Emotionally and physically exhausted. Ringing in the ears. Complaints arise
after loss of fluids, dehydration e.g. after a fever or diarrhea. Bloated
abdomen, but not relieved by burping. Better: hard pressure; lying down;
fasting; loose clothes. Worse: light touch.
Spasmodic dry cough which leads to retching, vomiting or nosebleed .
Coughs follows each other rapidly. Better holding chest. Sensation of
feather in throat. Cough is deep and hoarse. Dry sore throat. Emotionally
stubborn or suspicious. Symptoms are worse after midnight, warmth of bed.
Better: sitting up; open air. Worse: lying down; talking; warmth.
Acute influenza with shivering up and down the spine. Characterized by
lethargy and apathy. Wants to lie down. There is complete physical
prostration but coupled with mental alertness. Patient trembles, has aching
muscles and heaviness especially of the head and eyes – even the eyelids
droop. Diarrhea from emotional excitement. Better: for sweating or
urination. Worse: physical exertion.
Painful, infected wounds. Unhealthy skin; every little injury
suppurates, acne. Characterized by hyper-sensitivity to everything: pain,
touch, cold, noise, exertion. One of the chilliest known remedies. Wants to
wrap up warm. Very irritable to the slightest thing. Pains stitching and
splinter-like. Dry, hoarse cough, worse when getting cold or uncovering.
Better: heat, damp, Iying in warm bed. Worse: uncovering, cold.
Injury to nerves especially of extremities and sensitive parts. First
aid for lacerated wounds from sharp instruments or any injury to nerve-rich
areas, from slamming door on fingers, toes or falling on the coccyx. Pains
are extreme and shoot along the nerves. Punctured wounds, Injured nerves
from bite of animals. Generally worse for motion or pressure.
Recent bereavement or emotional shock. Symptoms which follow acute loss,
grief or disappointed love. May not be able to accept what has happened and
reacts with a sense of disbelief. Other signs may include hiccoughs,
involuntary sighing or yawning. Fainting and hysteria. Better: warmth.
Worse: tobacco: fresh air
Remedy for nausea. Vomiting of food or bile brings no relief. Sudden
bright red hemorrhages, nosebleeds; piles; periods). Spasmodic respiratory
complaints with tightness of the chest. Dry cough with gagging, nausea and
difficulty expectorating. Thirstless. Constant salivation and clean tongue.
Better: open air. Worse: over-eating.
Painful sinuses, colds and sinusitis. Its main characteristic is a very
stringy, sticky thick yellow, green discharge, which smells. Those who
become ill after getting chilled and are chilly whilst sick. Despite this
chilliness they feel worse in summer. Pains are often in a small
well-defined spot, but they can “wander”. Better: warmth. Worse: on waking;
at night; after eating.
Left-sided complaints or begin on left, move to right (especially sore
throats). Warm-blooded. Hot flushes during menopause. Talkative, amusing but
with an over-active mind. Can be suspicious and jealous. Intense. Better:
open air; cold drinks; during or after period. Worse: menopause; alcohol;
anything tight around the neck; after sleep; heat; heavy weather.
Puncture wounds and black eyes. Wounds and bites from both animals and
insects. Pains are sticking, tearing and throbbing. Area is swollen, blue
and cold but, strangely, feels hot to the sufferer. “Ledum is an antidote to
the stings of insects’ – Boericke. Better: cold applications. Worse: heat.
Anxious and apprehensive. Lack of self confidence especially when doing
new things or speaking in public. Fine once they get started. Can be
charming, but may be dictatorial at home. Complaints right-sided or move
from right to left, opposite of Lachesis. Lots of wind. Bloated stomach and
abdomen. Tendency to flatulence. Better: warm drinks; sweets; motion; open
air; passing wind. Worse: 4pm-8pm.
Neuralgia of the head and face relieved by warmth. Cramping in muscles
or shooting pains. Headaches, toothaches, menstrual pain. Sensitive or
nervous types who often talk about their pains. Children's colic with
flatulence during teething, better bending double. Bloated, full sensation
in the abdomen. Better: heat; firm pressure. Worse: cold; uncovering; touch,
Mouth ulcers. Suits those people who are human thermometers, incredibly
sensitive to both heat and cold, better moderate temperatures. They have
very smelly breath and yellow green discharges, which may be streaked with
blood. They are prone to swollen glands / colds and sweat profusely. Sore
throat with constant desire to swallow. Excessive saliva, especially at
night, but they are extremely thirsty. Worse: in bed at night.
Cold sores on the lips. Very sensitive people who remember the smallest
slights for a long time. Feel everything so acutely they tend to protect
themselves by shutting themselves off. They feel worse for consolation,
except from a chosen few or one. Silent grief, the stiff upper lip. The
middle of the lower lip may be deeply cracked. Discharges like egg white.
Crave salt. Better: lying down; resting; sweating. Worse: heat especially of
Hang-over's and over-indulgence in rich food. People who need this
remedy are very chilly. Emotionally they tend to be tense, irritable and
over-sensitive. They suffer from digestive complaints and nausea although
they feel much better for vomiting, they find it difficult to do so. They
often work and play very hard, surviving on a ‘diet’ of coffee, alcohol and
tobacco, despite the effect it has on them. For best results take the remedy
a few hours before going to bed. Better: rest; warmth and hot drinks. Worse:
in the morning.
Dry coughs, laryngitis and the affects of anesthetics. Lovely, bubbly,
affectionate and sympathetic types. Their poor boundaries mean they can
become exhausted by the problems of others. Overly impressionable. Riddled
with fears and anxieties. Burning heat and pains. Tendency to bleed easily.
Desire spicy food; ice-cream. Better: cold drinks; eating; sleep, even a
short nap. Worse: sudden weather change, especially storms; missing a meal;
lying on left.
Childhood ear infections. Symptoms and the patients themselves are very
changeable. Emotionally they are moody, tearful and crave company. Children
are clingy and whine. Pulsatilla types are thirstless and are much worse for
being in a stuffy room; their mood improves dramatically when they go out in
the fresh air. Discharges are thick, bland and yellow-green. Complaints may
come on after getting wet, chilled feet. Better: bathing; crying; movement;
pressure. Worse: twilight; wet, windy weather.
Sprains and strains. Stiffness, coupled with terrible restlessness.
Pains usually around joints, which ache, feel sore, bruised. The pain is
worse on first movement, with a tearing or stitching sensation, but this
eases after continued movement, provided it is not too strenuous. During
colds, fevers, flus, a triangular red tip at the end of their tongue is an
excellent confirmatory symptom. Children who crave cold milk. Better: heat;
gentle motion. Worse: damp, cold weather.
Strains and sprains of tendons. Injuries to cartilage and bone surface.
It is less restless than Rhus Tox. Bone feels damaged. Injuries to wrists,
knees, ankles or bones with a thin covering of flesh, e.g shins. Eye strain
followed by headache. Better for movement. Worse: lying on the affected
Symptoms from hormonal changes in women. For those who are worn out and
have a dragged-down, heavy feeling. Indifferent to loved ones. Chilly.
Weepy. Dislike sympathy, prefer to be alone. Desires acidic things and
chocolate. Better: vigorous exercise; eating; warmth; open air. Worse:
during menstruation; missing a meal; pregnancy.
Suits chilly types, who keep getting infections which are very slow to
clear up. Abscesses and boils. Thirsty. Perspire easily. Offensive sweat on
the feet, underarms and hands. Better: heat. Worse: cold, damp, wet weather.
‘Promotes expulsion of foreign bodies from tissues’
Mental and emotional effects after invasive surgery. Appear sweet and
calm, but may feel angry, resentful, humiliated. Feels boundaries have been
violated. Very sensitive to what people say about them. Ill effects of
insults. Doesn’t want to be touched. Recurrent styes. Cystitis after sex,
burning when not urinating but urging and pain after. Better: warmth; rest;
breakfast. Worse: missing a meal; tobacco; exertion.
Red, burning or itchy skin problems, worse from scratching and washing.
Warm-blooded, wants doors and windows open. Heat in the hands and the soles
of the feet at night. Weakness with an empty sinking feeling in stomach at
11am. Desires sweets; spicy food. Burning pains. Offensive corrosive,
burning discharges. Itchy. Better: fresh air. Worse: warmth; bathing;