Colds coughs

Symptoms An alternately runny or blocked nose, with smelly, thick, yellowy-green catarrh, and a reduced sense of taste and smell. There may be wet, spasmodic coughing, with yellowy-green mucus and shortness of breath, which is worse for lying on the left side. Violent coughing fits tend to occur in the evening and at night they may be triggered by lying down, and frequently cause sleep to be disturbed. Pulsatilla may be prescribed for influenza when there is fever with alternate hot and cold...

Anxiety phobias

Symptoms Anxiety, possibly accompanied by palpitations, tremors, awkwardness, sweats, insomnia, and even vomiting (see right). There is typically a feeling of being out of control, and the imagination may become overactive, spiraling off to exacerbate fears and heighten anxieties or phobias. Common triggers include stage fright, anticipatory anxiety, and phobias such as claustrophobia, vertigo, or fear of water or the dentist. People who respond to this remedy usually feel very anxious about...

Causes

The increase in childhood asthma in the industrialized world during the last two decades of the 20th century is attributed by many to increased levels of pollution. There is a genetic tendency, however. Asthma is believed to be an allergic reaction to house dust, dust mites, pollen, fur, feathers, or tobacco smoke. It can also be induced by drugs, caffeine withdrawal, stress, or exercise. Foods such as dairy products, wheat, nuts, oranges, chocolate, and refined carbohydrates are known...

Conventional care

People with insulin-dependent diabetes require insulin injections and a balanced diet that regulates carbohydrate intake. Glucose levels in the blood or urine are monitored carefully high levels indicate that glucose is not being absorbed. Type 2 diabetes may be controlled mainly by means of a balanced diet, although drugs may be necessary to stimulate the production of insulin. Insulin injections may also be required. It is important, especially for those taking drugs, to eat at regular...

Catarrh sinusitis

Symptoms Constant yellow-green catarrh that is stringy or slimy and proves difficult to expel. At night, catarrh may accumulate in the nose or run down the back of the throat. The catarrh may sometimes become dry and hard. The sinuses are inflamed, and there is sharp pain at the bridge of the nose. Glue ear may develop, marked by earache and a thick, yellow discharge from the affected ear. Catarrh that becomes blocked in the nose may cause a headache (see right), possibly with vomiting....

Back pain

Symptoms Sore, bruising pain down the spine. Symptoms better For heat for gentle for touch for going up steps or stairs. See also Chronic fatigue symptom, page 205 Headaches, page 218 Insomnia, page 244 KEY SYMPTOMS cramping pain sensitive, artistic, intellectual temperament complaints that tend to affect the right side of the body person feels better for warmth Of all the minerals present in the human body, magnesium is exceeded in quantity only by potassium. Magnesium regulates mineral...

Colds catarrh

Symptoms Cold or influenza with fever, sneezing, sweating, and need for warmth. Profuse catarrh may be watery at first, then blood-stained, thick, and yellowish in color, with a smell of old cheese. Contact with cold air triggers sneezing. The nostrils may feel sore and raw. Colds may begin with a tickly throat (see right). There may be sinusitis, with pain in the facial bones and the bridge of the nose. Pain is often right-sided and extends to the ear, notably on swallowing. There may be...

Constipation

Symptoms Colicky pains in the stomach and constipation. There is a constant urge to defecate, but often only small, black, ball-shaped stools are passed. Painful urine retention and a sensation as if the navel is being pulled into the backbone are further possible symptoms. Symptoms better For warmth for bending double for firm pressure on the abdomen for massage of the abdomen. Symptoms worse For fasting in the evening and at night for movement. Galena forms as perfect cubic shapes with...

Hay fever

Symptoms A runny nose with constant sneezing, nasal congestion, and watery catarrh. The eyes tend to water. Symptoms better For fresh air for cool, dry surroundings. Symptoms worse For cold for damp and humidity for physical exertion. Mycobacterium tuberculosis is bacillus that causes tuberculosis tuberculosis Bacilli are usually inhaled into the lungs or ingested into the stomach, from where they infect the lymph system.

Halitosis

Halitosis, or bad breath, can be caused by tooth decay, smoking, gingivitis (see above), indigestion (seepage 234), tonsillitis, sinusitis (see page 226), or fasting. To test whether your breath smells, breathe into the cupped palms of your hands and inhale. SELF-HELP Avoid foods and drinks that leave a strong odor behind or cause indigestion. If you smoke, stop. Visit your dentist regularly and practice good oral hygiene. Halitosis associated with tooth decay and gingivitis Breath and sweat...

Diarrhea nausea

Symptoms Diarrhea that is present only during the day Constant, ravenous hunger may even lead to getting out of bed to eat snacks during the night. Hunger increases after a bowel movement, but there is a cutting pain in the abdomen that is worse for eating. An aversion to cabbage, peas, beans, meat, and fatty foods is characteristic. There may be nausea accompanied by vomiting, dizziness, and pressing head pain at the back of the skull (see right). Another associated symptom may be halitosis...

Eye Strain

Eye strain can be caused by overwork or by working in poor light. Stress, especially following an emotional upset, can weaken the eye muscles and cause eye strain. The condition may manifest itself as a tightness around the eyes, or as difficulty in focusing on long-distance objects after focusing on near ones. SELF-HELP Apply dry, cold compresses to the eyes or bathe them with a euphrasia solution (see below). Rest the eyes by placing the palms lightly against closed eyes, thus relaxing them,...

Hemorrhoids

Symptoms Extremely painful hemorrhoids, possibly with bleeding and splinterlike pain, a burning sensation, and rectal ulcers. Passing stools may involve great strain and effort but little result. Agonizing pain may follow straining or passing a stool, possibly lasting for hours. Hemorrhoids may be accompanied by nausea, vomiting, constipation, and foul-smelling anal discharges. Symptoms better For warmth for warm compresses for pressure on the hemorrhoids. Symptoms worse For touch for the...

Headaches

Symptoms An ache that feels as if it is deep in the brain, accompanied by pain over the right eye. The pain is worse for sticking out the tongue. Symptoms better During the day. Symptoms worse At night. See also Asthma, page 181 Mouth ulcers, page 233 Constipation, page 238 Painful periods, page 256 Tarentula hispanica syn. Lycosa tarentula KEY SYMPTOMS sensitivity to music mood swings extreme restlessness rolling from side to side promiscuity and heightened libido craving for spicy foods Often...

Health In Later Life

As people get older, they appreciate that health is something more than just the good fortune to have a body in proper working order. Maintaining health into later life has to do with genetic makeup, how a person has lived life so far, their In later life, dizziness is commonly due to postural hypotension (low blood pressure on standing or sitting) or drugs. It may be exacerbated by osteoarthritis (see page 196). More seriously, dizziness may be indicative of Parkinson's disease (degeneration...

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Ear conditions 83, 97, 222-23 ear infections & discharges 32, 69, 85, 111 minor ear injuries 274 see also individual ailments by name, e.g., glue ear earaches 222-23 Atropa belladonna (Belladonna) 222-23 Chamomilla recutita (Chamomilla) 46 Ferrum phosphoricum (Ferrum phos.) 82 Hepar sulphuris calcareum (Hepar sulph.) 222-23 Magnesium phosphoricum (Mag. phos.) 90 Pulsatilla pratensis subsp. nigricans (Pulsatilla) 222-23 eating disorders 86 Echinacea angustifolia (Echinacea) 141, 291 eczema...

Homeopathic medicine

A full medical history is obtained and, if there is doubt about the diagnosis, skin scrapings are taken. In treating psoriasis, great emphasis is placed on an individual's psychological makeup, particularly factors that might have triggered the condition, such as stress or emotional upset. Environmental factors and food preferences are also significant. The most important criteria in determining constitutional prescription are the person's individual symptoms (see page 18). Some remedies in...

Indigestion

Indigestion is a blanket term for a number of symptoms that include excessive burping, stomachaches, and heartburn (see below). It may be caused by the defective production or flow of digestive enzymes, fluids, or hormones, or by something more serious such as a peptic ulcer. Alternatively, it may result simply from eating too much, or eating the kinds of food that the digestive system finds difficult to process. Indigestion tends to worsen with stress and with age. SELF-HELP Practice some form...

Lifestyle

Carbohydrate intake should be carefully monitored, and the diet should include plenty of legumes as long as they do not upset the bowel. A nutritionist can advise about vitamin and mineral supplements. The loss of excess weight, stress-management techniques, and regular exercise will all help diabetes sufferers. Smoking is inadvisable. If a person with diabetes and taking insulin develops a sudden loss of energy, hunger, perspiration, dizziness, weakness, headache, irritability, slurred speech,...

Male reproduction

Male sex cells, or sperm, are produced in the testes. These are outside the body so that the sperm are kept cool. From the testes, sperm travel up a narrow tube, the vas deferens, in which they are joined by secretions from the seminal vesicles and the prostate gland to create semen. During sexual intercourse, semen is ejaculated into the vagina of the female. Erectile tissue in the penis expands as a result of increased blood flow during sexual arousal, allowing the insertion of the erect...

Nervous System

The nervous system is the human body's central command center. It receives and evaluates stimuli from inside and outside the body, and issues directives to tissues and organs in response to these stimuli. It consists of the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system. The central nervous system the brain and spinal cord receives information from all over the body This information takes the form of electrical impulses that are transmitted along a nerve network the peripheral nervous...

Nausea Vomiting

Nausea, or the feeling of a need to vomit, is not necessarily followed by vomiting, the involuntary expulsion of the contents of the stomach, but the causes of the two are the same. Nausea and vomiting may be symptoms of digestive disorders caused by eating fatty foods, drinking too much alcohol, food poisoning, or infections such as gastroenteritis (see below). Stress, migraine, or the hormonal changes associated with menstruation or pregnancy (see page 262) may also trigger these conditions....

Mouth throat conditions

Symptoms Mouth ulcers on the tongue, walls of the mouth, and gums. Sore, raised, cream-colored patches may form in the mouth, usually indicating oral thrush. A sore throat may become ulcerated, and tonsillitis may set in. Abscesses may form in the roots of the teeth, causing painful swelling. Gums may become painfully inflamed and prone to bleeding (gingivitis). The teeth may also ache and loosen. Pain brought on by a toothache or a sore throat may extend to the ears. Other typical symptoms...

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...

Respiratory illness

Symptoms Severe respiratory infection or chronic bronchitis with wheezing and rattling in the throat and chest due to a build-up of mucus. Coughing up mucus becomes difficult due to severe fatigue. Fits of coughing may alternate with gasping or rapid, shallow breathing accompanied by a sensation of suffocation. Symptoms may be aggravated by irritability or anger. Symptoms better For cold air for sitting up for coughing up mucus. Symptoms worse For warmth for damp and cold for lying down for...

Sore Throat

A relatively mild irritation or a more serious infection, such as laryngitis (see page 228), may produce a sore throat. Soreness may affect the whole throat or specific areas such as the larynx, tonsils, adenoids, pharynx, or vocal chords. Symptoms include a dry mouth and throat, discomfort on swallowing, an unpleasant taste in the mouth, bad breath, fatigue, and fever. They may be made worse by cold and damp, overusing the voice, smoking, food allergy, being run down, or emotional stress....

Vaginal bleeding discharge

Symptoms Bleeding between menstrual periods or following sexual intercourse. A vaginal discharge may accompany bleeding, particularly before menstruation. The genitalia are very sensitive to touch or pressure, including that of bathing or the friction of clothes. Sexual intercourse may be painful, and during orgasm hysteria may develop. The libido may be sharply increased or reduced. Symptoms better For warmth for being in fresh air for rest. Symptoms worse For touch for movement. BITCH'S MILK...

Varicose Veins

When the valves inside the veins start to fail, blood pools form, a condition known as varicose veins. They show up as twisted, purple lines, mainly affecting the legs, and may be hereditary, or the result of thrombosis (blood clot), obesity, or pregnancy. SELF-HELP Stand as little as possible and wear support tights. Sit with the feet raised above the level of the hips. CAUTION If the condition persists for three weeks, see a doctor. If a vein bursts and bleeds, bandage the leg tightly and...

Digestive disorders

Symptoms Indigestion with belching, sourness, and a feeling of nausea. There is a marked intolerance of milk, so that ingestion of even the smallest amount often causes diarrhea. The abdomen may feel painful when touched and there may be thirst, especially when the stomach is upset. An empty, gnawing sensation in the stomach is common, especially around 5 a.m., and may be assuaged by getting up and eating something sweet. Constant nibbling, especially of bread and sweets, is a typical...

Drosera

Common names Sundew, common sundew, round-leaved sundew, red rot, youthwort, moorgrass. origin Grows in Europe, Asia, and North America. background Sundew was taken in the 16th and 17 th 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.

Euphrasia

ORiGiN Native to Europe, but now also found in 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, preparation The whole, fresh, flowering plant, including the root, is chopped and macerated

Hay Fever Allergic Rhinitis

Seasonal airborne irritants such as grass, tree, and flower pollen cause the allergic reaction that is called hay fever. Mucous membranes lining the nose and eyes are mainly affected, but the ears, throat, and lungs may also become irritated. Symptoms include repeated sneezing, a runny nose, watering eyes, and itching of the eyes, nose, palate, and throat. Allergic rhinitis, or perennial rhinitis, is the name given to similar symptoms that occur year-round and are caused by other irritants,...

Asarum europaeum

Aversion to sexual intercourse Digestive problems, possibly associated with anorexia Nervous hypersensitivity and edgy, hysterical behavior Circulatory disorders, such as strokes Hard, swollen glands in the armpits High libido in women, causing restless sleep, erotic dreams, bad temper, Left-sided symptoms, especially in women Obstinate constipation, especially during menopause Sharp breast pains at night Male impotence, possibly linked with excessive sexual activity See also pages 185, 186,...

Choosing A Remedy

Homeopathic remedies can be used effectively and safely by laypeople to treat many minor ailments and injuries. Careful observation enables a person to select a remedy to match their symptoms. While not necessarily providing an instant cure, a homeopathic remedy is believed to encourage the body's self-healing mechanisms and nurture a sense of well-being, good energy levels, and a resistance to ill health. A remedy can be helped to work by adopting a lifestyle that will promote good health and...

Severe cystitis

Symptoms Constant, urgent desire to urinate, with violent, spasmodic pains in the lower abdomen. Urine is scanty, hot, and bloody, and is passed drop by drop, with violent burning or cutting pains in the bladder and urethra. After urinating there is a sensation that the bladder is not actually empty. There may be long-term urine retention, which results in a loss of muscle tone in the bladder. Inflammation of the genital area may overly stimulate the libido (see below). Symptoms better For...

Diarrhea

Symptoms Profuse, watery, thin stools, especially during hot weather. Stools are often passed involuntarily, and are accompanied by flatulence and a distended, bloated feeling in the abdomen, possibly with cramping pain. The diarrhea does not in itself cause fatigue, although exhaustion follows after eating or due to loss of fluids (see below, left). Symptoms better For warmth for short naps for passing stools. Symptoms worse For cold for drafts for emotional stress for standing for eating dry...

Blockage Of The Eustachian Tube

The eustachian tube may become blocked by catarrh resulting from an infection of the upper respiratory tract, a middle ear or adenoid infection, or tonsillitis by swollen adenoids (which cover the opening to the eustachian tube at the back of the nose) or due to barotrauma after flying. SELF-HELP To dislodge catarrh, inhale three drops of lemon juice up each nostril three times a day for five days, using a dropper. Do not do this if you are prone to nosebleeds. CAUTION If there is no...

Syphilinum

KEY SYMPTOMS compulsive behavior ulcers and destruction of body tissues conditions that are worse at night craving for alcohol Legend relates that syphilis takes its name from a 16th-century poem by the Italian poet Fracastoro, which portrayed a shepherd named Syphilus as the first victim of the disease. Also known as the French disease. The incidence of syphilis reached epidemic proportions at the end of the 15th century, then fell dramatically after the development of penicillin. After...

Bone pain

Symptoms Deep, gnawing, debilitating bone pains, often on the right side of the jaw bone and in the bones of the nose. There may be wandering, debilitating rheumatic pains in the muscles. Symptoms better For warmth for rest for fresh air. GOLD This heavy, inert metal is used mostly for aesthetic or economic purposes, but is also used in medicine and in dentistry, where its resistance to chemical reaction makes it ideal for tooth fillings and caps.

Heart disorders

Symptoms Cramping pains in the chest, with a rapid, irregular, weak pulse and possible palpitations. There may be a strange sensation as though the heart has swollen and become too large for the body Further accompanying symptoms typically include anxiety and cyanosis (bluish lips, tongue, and extremities). Symptoms better For fresh air for expelling natural discharges for eating. Symptoms worse For heat for lying on the left side for sleep for any constriction around the throat or chest for...

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Jack-in-the-pulpit see Arisaema triphyllum Jerusalem oak see Chenopodium ambrosioides var. anthelminticum Jesuit's bark see Cinchona officinalis Jesuit's tea see Chenopodium ambrosioides var. anthelminticum Arnica montana (Arnica) 37 Berberis vulgaris (Berberis) 41 Bryonia alba (Bryonia) 42 Calcium carbonicum Hahnemanni (Calc. carb.) 77 Delphinium staphisagria (Staphisagria) 54 Ferrum metallicum (Ferrum met.) 81 Kalium bichromicum (Kali. bich.) 87 Kalium carbonicum (Kali. carb.) 88 Solanum...

Az Quick Reference

This quick-reference guide to the 322 remedies described in this book summarizes the possible key benefits of each remedy. It refers you to the appropriate page in the Materia Medica for more detailed information, as well as to other parts of the book where this remedy is recommended. Unlike the rest of the book, in this guide the entries are arranged in alphabetical order by the commonly used, homeopathic names of the remedies, enabling you quickly to locate details on the remedies you will...

Causticum

KEY SYMPTOMS oversensitivity intolerance of injustice gradual paralysis raw, burning pain person feels worse for cold, dry, windy weather Unique to homeopathy, this compound of potassium was specially devised and proved by Hahnemann, who published it in his Chronic Diseases (1821-34). Hahnemann noted that the compound caused an astringent sensation and a burning taste on the tongue. Interestingly, Causticum is a major homeopathic first-aid remedy for severe burns, and a remedy for pain with a...

Cuprum

KEY SYMPTOMS spasms and cramps suppression of emotions ailments that are triggered by suppression of rashes and discharges person feels better for cold drinks Copper's name is derived from the Greek Kupris, or Cyprus, after the island on which the ancient Greeks found the metal. Although used as late as the 1880s by doctors in ointments for healing wounds, coppersmiths have long known of copper's toxic nature. Chronic copper poisoning produces symptoms such as coughs, colic, diarrhea, and...

Irritability Anger

These emotions are often a response to events that are perceived to be physically or psychologically threatening. They can be brought on by overindulgence, overwork, or exhaustion, or they may be associated with digestive ailments and, in men, premature ejaculation or impotence. Such feelings may lead to depression. Physical manifestations include an increased pulse rate, fluttering feelings in the stomach, and tense muscles. SELF-HELP Get more exercise and practice relaxation techniques,...

Equisetum

Common names Rough horsetail, field horsetail. 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.

Lachesis

KEY SYMPTOMS zealous temperament loquacity conditions that generally appear on the left side person feels better for expelling discharges Known as surucucu by indigenous South American peoples, the bushmaster is a highly poisonous snake whose venom inhibits nerve impulses in the heart, destroys red blood cells, and interferes with clotting. One bite directly into a vein can cause almost instant death. The remedy, proved by Dr. Constantine Hering in 1828, is given mainly for vascular and...

Psorinum

KEY SYMPTOMS despair and pessimism sense of being forsaken chilliness offensive-smelling discharges constant hunger In Latin, scabere means to scratch. From this is derived the name of the scabies mite, which tunnels into the skin and causes an itchy, blistering infection. Hahnemann believed that scabies infection reflected a more deep-seated, underlying disease, or miasm, in his patients (see page 20), which could be revealed and healed by treatment. He proved the homeopathic remedy, Psorinum,...

Teething

Teething describes the discomfort that may arise during the eruption from the gums of a baby's milk teeth. This usually starts at the age of about six months and continues until approximately the end of the child's third year. Symptoms include sore gums, irritability, and upset stomach. SELF-HELP Combination R tissue salts (see page 216) may be given throughout the teething period. CAUTION If there is a high fever (see page 248) do not assume that it is a symptom of the teething, and consult a...

Womens health

Symptoms Cystitis with spasmodic pain in the bladder, and a frequent but ineffectual urge to urinate. Early, irregular, or heavy menstruation with cramping pains is treated with the remedy, as is menstruation preceded by faintness, and premenstrual syndrome with a violent temper. In pregnancy Nux vomica may be used to help ease fatigue, frequent Leaves, seeds, bark all contain the poison strychnine Buttonlike seeds are obtained from fruit of tree poison-nut tree In large doses, the strychnine...

Vomiting nausea

Symptoms Violent vomiting with nausea, a cold feeling in the abdomen, clammy sweat, salty saliva, and possibly also diarrhea and collapse (see left and above). Symptoms better For lying down for being covered for hot drinks, warm foods, and milk. Symptoms worse For touch for the slightest movement at night for cold drinks. Leaves are smooth on top, hairy underneath Alkaloids in the root are thought to lower blood pressure WHITE HELLEBORE It is said that fatality rarely results from accidentally...

Rhinitis sinusitis asthma

Symptoms Burning, profuse catarrh, which is associated with inflammation of the mucous GONORRHEA Transmitted via sexual contact, this infection invades the reproductive system and can cause sterility if left untreated. Bacterium called Neisseria gonorrhoeae transmits infection GONORRHEA Transmitted via sexual contact, this infection invades the reproductive system and can cause sterility if left untreated.

The lymphatic system

This body system consists of lymph vessels that carry lymph from the tissue spaces between cells all over the body to lymph glands, or nodes. Lymph is a clear fluid that derives from plasma in blood from which proteins and other nutrients have been removed. Lymph drains from the bloodstream into capillaries and then into the lymph vessels. The flow of lymph is controlled by muscle contractions and valves. Invading organisms are trapped in lymph glands dotted throughout the lymphatic system....

Symptoms

A mild attack of tuberculosis has the same symptoms as mild influenza. In second-stage tuberculosis, there may be a slight fever, night sweats, fatigue, weight loss, a dry cough that eventually produces pus or bloody sputum, breathlessness, and chest pain. If the disease progresses further still, it may cause a pleural effusion (fluid between the linings, or pleura, of the lung and that of the chest cavity) or pneumothorax (air between the pleurae).

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Vaginal bleeding & discharge 108 vaginal pain after childbirth 37 vaginal thrush 85, 200, 260-61 vaginismus 260-61 Valeriana officinalis (Valeriana) 171, 310 valves, in circulatory system 184 varicose eczema 194 varicose veins 69, 109, 230-31 vas deferens 198 vegetable sulfur see Lycopodium clavatum veins 184 Veratrum album (Veratrum alb.) 65, 310 Veratrum viride (Veratrum vir.) 171, 310 Verbascum thapsiforme (Verbascum) 171, 268-69, 310 Vespa crabro (Vespa) 171, 311 vetiver see Vetiveria...

Urinary disorders

Symptoms Bed-wetting that may be long-term in children, and urine incontinence in the elderly. A need to urinate frequently may be experienced, or the reverse, where urine is retained due to temporary paralysis. There may be stress incontinence on jarring the body for example, when running, or when coughing, sneezing, or laughing. This is particularly prevalent in women during pregnancy and after giving birth. Cystitis, with a strong urge to urinate accompanied by an inability to actually do...

Catarrh

Catarrh is the intermittent discharge of runny or viscous fluid, or mucus, from the nose. This may alternate with a stuffy, blocked-up feeling. Catarrh may be a symptom of an infection, such as a cold or influenza (see page 224), or sinusitis (see below). Alternatively, catarrh may be part of an allergic reaction to a number of things, including pollen or dust (see Hay fever, page 224), cigarette smoke, chemical pollution, gas or oil fires, central heating or air-conditioning systems, certain...

Caulophyllum

Common names Blue cohosh, squaw root, papoose root. 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. Symptoms better For warmth. Symptoms worse For movement for coffee in the evening.

Nitric Ac

KEY SYMPTOMS anxiety about health splinterlike pains cracks in mucous membranes at orifices offensive-smelling discharges irritability oversensitivity chilliness dissatisfaction Nitric acid was first developed by Arabian chemists in the 11th century By the 18 th century it was in use medicinally for burning off warts, and for treating skin complaints, syphilis, chest infections, and fevers. It has many modern commercial applications, being used in the manufacture of fertilizers, varnishes,...

Ferrum phosphoricum

KEY SYMPTOMS colds accompanied by temporary deafness conditions that appear gradually hot flashes pale face that flushes easily Made from iron phosphate, Ferrum phos. is one of Dr. Wilhelm Schussler's biochemic tissue salts, thought to counter deficiencies in the body (see page 90). This German homeopath believed that the remedy strengthened the blood vessel walls, restoring normal blood flow in cases of acute inflammation, hemorrhaging, or congestion. Dr. J. C. Morgan proved the remedy in...

Mind Emotions

A great deal is already known about the location of certain mental functions in different areas of the brain. There remain many gaps in this knowledge, however, especially concerning the nature of the emotions and consciousness, and the links between brain activity and psychiatric illness. The workings of the body, mental functions, and the expression of emotions are believed to be closely linked by a part of the brain known as the limbic system. The limbic system lies in the midbrain area. The...

Coccus Cacti

Are accompanied 1 digitalis 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...

Hypersensitivity

Symptoms Mental hypersensitivity due to an overactive imagination. A hysterical state may develop this may involve seeing faces and hearing noises that do not exist. Parts of the body, such as the genitalia, are also physically hypersensitive. Touch is felt acutely, and there may be an urge to keep the legs or fingers apart to avoid skin-to-skin contact. Absent-mindedness and hypochondria may accompany this state. Symptoms better For warmth for being in fresh air for rest. Symptoms worse For...

Skin conditions

Symptoms Cracked, broken skin, and fissures that bleed slightly but easily. The nipples may be sore and cracked. Severe acne may develop, as may boils, facial blackheads, pimples, and skin ulcers. The skin is prone to profuse, foul-smelling sweat. Skin complaints are accompanied by splinterlike, cutting pains that appear and disappear suddenly. Symptoms better For warmth for warm compresses for steady, even pressure on the affected area.

Transportation system

Capillaries collect the waste products of metabolism (see page 188), such as carbon dioxide, and drain into venules and veins, which carry blood back to the heart and lungs. The portal system connects the small intestine to the liver. Nutrient-rich blood is carried by the portal vein from the digestive organs to the liver, where nutrients are absorbed for processing or stored until they are needed. the heart There are two chambers, an atrium and a ventricle, on each side of the heart. The left...

Types of remedy

Lactose tablets are the most common form of homeopathic remedy, although sucrose tablets are available for those who are lactose-intolerant. Dissolved under the tongue, a remedy enters the bloodstream directly Remedies come in different forms (see below, left), and choice depends upon personal preference or aptitude for taking medication (see Administering remedies, page 271). Homeopathic mother tinctures can be diluted to make soothing solutions (seepage 271), and ointments and creams can be...

Common Names

Calcium phosphate, phosphate of lime. be nourished by food, possibly due to cramps, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. There may be cravings for sweets, and for salty foods such as smoked meats. Children may have chronic abdominal pain. Babies have great difficulties feeding, persistently vomiting even breast milk, and suffering from cramps and colic after feeding. Symptoms better In summer for warm, dry weather. Symptoms worse For cold, damp weather for dwelling on symptoms for drinking milk. See...

Chronic fatigue syndrome

Symptoms Physical and mental exhaustion following an acute illness or overwork. Extreme tenderness and weakness in the muscles may be accompanied by a slight fever. There is general lethargy, depression, frustration, anger, and irritability Heightened sensitivity causes susceptibility to the cold and flinching at the slightest noise or bright light. The tongue is coated yellow. Symptoms better For heat for gentle movement for sleep for eating. Symptoms worse For cold for the slightest...

Earaches

Symptoms Pains in the ear that are spasmodic and shooting, especially following exposure to cold wind. MAGNESIUM PHOSPHATE This compound does not exist in nature, SODIUM but is prepared chemically from PHOSPHATE sodium phosphate and epsomite. MAGNESIUM PHOSPHATE This compound does not exist in nature, SODIUM but is prepared chemically from PHOSPHATE sodium phosphate and epsomite.

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Galipea cusparia see Galipea officinalis Galipea officinalis (Angustura) 144, 279 gallbladder 188 gallbladder problems 41 gallstones 47 garden daisy see Bellis perennis garget see Phytolacca americana garlic see Allium sativum gas exchange in respiratory system 180 gastric flu see gastroenteritis gastritis 105 gastroenteritis 236-37 Gelsemium sempervirens (Gelsemium) 144, 292 exam nerves 254-55 influenza 224-25 sore throat 226-27 genital disorders oversensitivity of the female genitalia 95...

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Nux Mosch

Common name Nutmeg. 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.

Plumbum metallicum

KEY SYMPTOMS mental dullness hardening of attitude and state of mind hardening or thickening of tissues and arteries extreme chilliness shooting pains Although lead has been widely used since Roman times, its toxicity was not recognized until the 20th century. It is now banned from paints to prevent children from being poisoned by chewing lead-based toy or crib paint, and was phased out of gasoline because of fears that it may impair mental development in children. Physical symptoms of lead...

Respiratory System

The respiratory system runs from the tip of the nose to the smallest air sac deep in each lung. It shares a common passageway with the digestive tract as far as the larynx. The purpose of the respiratory system is to transport oxygen to the lungs, where it is absorbed into the blood. This then carries the oxygen to cells throughout the body, where it is used to produce energy Carbon dioxide, a by-product of the process, is taken back to the lungs and expelled. The breathing process is...

Styes

A stye is a small, pus-filled boil that forms at the base of an eyelash. It is caused by an infection and usually clears up by itself within about seven days, but it can be aggravated by tiredness. For recurrent styes, constitutional treatment (see page 176) is advisable. SELF-HELP Rest the eyes. Avoid touching the eyes, especially with dirty hands, and never squeeze a stye. If a stye persists, try hot-spoon bathing wrap cotton batting around the handle of a wooden spoon, dip it into very hot...

Atropa belladonna

See Materia Medica page 76 See also pages 187, 202, 266-67 Mental disability in children with delayed development Nervous system disorders, such as seizures Retardation in elderly people See Materia Medica page 129 See also page 194 See Materia Medica page 39 See also pages 193, 196, 201, 205, 222-23, 224-25, 232-33, 240-41, 246-47, 248-49, 250-51, 252-53, 262-63 Muscle strain, sprains, and bruises Pain during pregnancy or after miscarriage or surgery Prolonged pain after injury Tumors on the...

Polygala senega

Bleeding in congested or inflamed kidneys Bleeding in the lungs or the throat Chest and catarrhal conditions, such as bronchitis, tuberculosis (especially in the elderly), and coughs See Materia Medica page 112 See also pages 186, 195, 196, 199, 203, 211, 212, 242-43, 256-57, 258-59, 260-61

Skin growths blemishes

Symptoms Multiple moles and blemishes, acne on the back and chest, or boils. There may be itching and a tendency to bruise or bleed easily. Symptoms better In the evening. Symptoms worse For undressing. KEY SYMPTOMS bleeding, possibly from every orifice septicemia or even septic shock aversion to tight collars The Latin name for the rattlesnake derives from the Greek krotalon, meaning rattle or castanet. This is due to the distinctive rattling sound made by the snakes tail, which vibrates at 50...

Spasms tremors

Symptoms Muscle spasms, tremors, and weakness in the limbs. Spasms may be triggered by the slightest touch, and may be accompanied by fainting or convulsions. These symptoms may be linked to alcoholism, fever, multiple sclerosis, petit mal epilepsy, or even brain damage following a stroke. Symptoms better For fresh air for expelling natural discharges for movement for cold drinks. Symptoms worse For heat for sleep for touch on the left side for the menopause for alcohol or hot drinks.

Circulatory System

The circulatory, or cardiovascular, system consists of the heart, the blood vessels, and the blood itself. It continuously supplies blood to every tissue in the body, providing oxygen, a variety of nutrients, minerals, hormones, antibodies, and clotting agents. It removes metabolic waste products. The human body's complex network of blood vessels is powered by a central pump the heart (see below). Blood is pumped out through the aorta into all the major arteries. These subdivide into arterioles...

Neurological conditions

Symptoms Spasms, trembling, and muscle weakness (see right). The joints may be rigid and, between spasms, movement is slow. If the sensory nervous system is affected, there may be vision disturbances and a loss of feeling, so that external sources of pain, such as the heat of an oven or pin-pricks, are not felt. These symptoms may indicate a progressive neurological disorder such as multiple sclerosis or Parkinson's disease. Symptoms may also occur after a stroke (often due to arteriosclerosis...

Antimonium Crud

KEY SYMPTOMS sentimentality dislike of being touched or looked at appetite thick, white coating on the tongue digestive problems Antimony occurs naturally in crystalline form as the mineral stibnite, which was used (as kohl) by women in ancient Rome and the Middle East as a cosmetic. Prepared chemically for various industrial purposes, it is often used to coat the tips of matches, since it ignites when struck against red phosphorus. The homeopathic remedy was proved by Hahnemann and his...

Using nutrients

The liver is, in effect, the chemical factory of the body. Among many important metabolic functions, it stores glucose, vitamins, and minerals produced by food processing but not immediately usable by the body, and facilitates the breakdown of fats, which is vital for the conversion of food into energy. As well as digestive enzymes, the pancreas produces insulin (a hormone), and glycogen (a starch), both of which regulate sugar levels. Diabetes is the result of diminished insulin action. In the...

Artemisia absinthium

Fits, seizures, and epilepsy in children Terrible dreams and insomnia in children Trembling, grimacing, and unsteadiness, possibly linked to alcoholism See Materia Medica page 162 See Materia Medica page 126 See Materia Medica pages 126-27 Severe burning pains and tenderness in the stomach Acute respiratory infections See Materia Medica page 32 See also pages 183, 186, 187, 196, 211, 212, 213, 218-219, 226-27, 228-29, 238-39, 244-45, 248-49, 250-51, 256-57, 271, 275 Rheumatoid arthritis with...

Viburnum opulus

Disorders of the female reproductive organs Red, swollen skin complaints, such as boils, itchy bumps, weals, and lentil-shaped spots Warm scalp with foul-smelling eruptions and corrosive itching See Materia Medica page 171 See Materia Medica page 172 See Materia Medica page 172

Depression

Symptoms Anxiety and a sense of worthlessness, disenchantment with life, and despair. There is commonly an empty feeling, as though everything is just for show but lacks substance it glitters but is not gold. In extreme cases this may lead to severe clinical depression and suicide. There may be a longing for death, possibly provoking suicidal thoughts, although a fear of death may coexist simultaneously. Other symptoms include irritability, feelings of guilt or of being forsaken, perhaps...

Oleander

Common names Oleander, rose bay 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.

Ammonium carbonicum

KEY SYMPTOMS mental sluggishness fatigue fainting and weakness breathlessness sense of compression in the chest person feels worse for cold and damp For many centuries, ammonium carbonate was used in the West to treat blood poisoning arising from scarlet fever infection. From the 19th century, however, its main medicinal use was in smelling salts (also called sal volatile or salts of ammonia), which were used to revive and stimulate those who had fainted. Hahnemann proved and published the...

Food processing

Digestion starts in the mouth, where saliva containing a digestive enzyme called amylase lubricates food as it is chewed. In the stomach proteins and fats are broken down in an acidic environment, and salt, water, and alcohol are absorbed. Beyond the stomach (in the duodenum), acidity is neutralized before food is treated by secretions from associated digestive organs the liver, gallbladder, and pancreas. Bile from the liver and gallbladder emulsifies fats, and pancreatic enzymes break down...

Nat

KEY SYMPTOMS ailments that are brought on by suppression of emotions person feels worse for consolation craving for salt discharges that resemble egg white Sodium chloride, the main ingredient of this remedy, occurs naturally as the mineral halite, or rock salt, and in salt water. An essential part of the human diet, deficiency causes fatigue and muscle cramps, while excess intake is thought to exacerbate high blood pressure and heart disease. In conventional medicine salt is administered as...

Alumina

KEY SYMPTOMS sense of feeling hurried and flustered fatigue and sluggishness failing memory dryness of the skin and mucous membranes Significant amounts of aluminum absorbed into the body are thought by some to cause the mental processes to slow down. Some evidence suggests that it may aid the development of Alzheimer's disease. Sources of ingested aluminum in humans may include drinking water, baking powder, food additives, and indigestion remedies. Alumina, proved by Hahnemann and published...

Ferrum metallicum

KEY SYMPTOMS chilliness intolerance of noise and contradiction intolerance of eggs and fatty foods tendency to flush easily person feels better for gentle movement Iron is essential in the body for the formation of hemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying substance in red blood cells. A diet deficient in iron or an inability to absorb iron into the body can lead to anemia, fatigue, and breathlessness. Ferrum met. was probably proved and published by Hahnemann between 1821 and 1834. It is prescribed to...

Chocolatum

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

Medorrhinum

KEY SYMPTOMS behavioral extremes hurried feeling extremely passionate nature person feels better for lying on the abdomen and in the evening Galen, the famous Greek physician active in the 2nd century ce, gave gonorrhea its name, from gonos, or seed, and rhoia, or flow. It is thought that the disease predates ancient Greece, however, and was known in ancient Egypt and China. Widespread by the 18th century, gonorrhea was considered a major underlying cause of illness, described by Hahnemann as a...

Strontium carbonicum

Acute conditions following an operation or injury, such as fainting, exhaustion, chills, violent palpitations, and collapse Heart conditions, including angina, phlebitis, and terrible pains in the muscles and bones See Materia Medica page 53 See also page 211 See Materia Medica page 99 See also pages 186, 190, 194, 195, 196, 201, 202, 207, 211, 212, 234-35, 240-41, 242-43, 246-47, 252-53, 258-59, 260-61, 268-69

Abdominal cramps

Symptoms Spasmodic, often violent, colicky pain, possibly with nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. The abdomen is hot, tender, and sore, and there is a blue line at the margin of the gums, and a metallic taste in the mouth. A gurgling sound on drinking may be due to a spasm of the esophagus. Exhaustion may follow (see below), with loss of appetite. Cuprum met. is also used for nausea associated with cholera. Symptoms better For perspiring for cold drinks. Symptoms worse For hot weather for touch for...

Theridion curassavicum

Acute sensitivity of the bones, nerves, and spine Hemorrhaging, especially during pregnancy, causing great pain Nosebleeds during pregnancy Violent cramping in the uterus, associated with hemorrhaging, between menstrual periods, during pregnancy, following labor, or after a miscarriage or abortion

Petroleum

KEY SYMPTOMS cracked skin chilliness aversion to fatty foods irritability offensive-smelling perspiration person tends to feel worse in winter Petroleum (from the Latin petra, or rock, and oleum, oil) is formed by the decomposition of plant and animal matter in rock sediment deposits on the sea bed. Over time, heat and pressure transform this organic material into petroleum, or crude oil. It is used in the manufacture of many goods, from fertilizers to paints and plastics to explosives. Proved...

Millefolium

Common names Yarrow, milfoil, woundwort, staunchweed, nosebleed. 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.

Arum Triph

Common names Jack-in-the-pulpit, Indian turnip, wild turnip. 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, People who respond best to Arum triph. tend to be excitable and nervous. They are often 1 restless and cross. Characteristically they may bore their heads into their pillows. Key conditions associated with Arum triph. involve irritation...