Individual Remedy Information
Objective of this Lesson : Seeing Clearly
Matching the symptoms with the remedy.
Homeopathy can be used to treat most conditions, however, in order to be able to prescribe accurately you will need to take into account all the symptoms shown in the patient.¬† By doing so you will find it easier to find a remedy to cure the condition. ‚ÄúLike cures Like‚ÄĚ.¬† If you are able to see the symptoms clearly you will be able to choose the correct remedy to match the symptoms of the patient regardless of the illness.
When deciding on the best remedy, you MUST take notice of how the person is acting, as well as how they are feeling.¬† If a person has a burning diarrhoea, yet is acting in a mild manner, then it would be unlikely that the remedy Arsenicum, which is often used for diarrhoea would help because the Arsenicum mindset is critical and demanding. You would therefore have to look for a remedy that describes a person with a mild manner, not a critical manner.
Many different remedies can cure the same illness. ¬† To be able to match the remedy with the illness you will need to take into account the persons mindset as well as the outward signs of the physical symptoms. For example; has the illness come on quickly or slowly.¬† Is the area of pain hot or cold, is it red or not. Is the person angry or fearful. etc. etc. As you go through these more common remedies you will see that they each have different characteristics and mind sets.
Symbols used in homeopathy < worse for¬† -¬† > better for.
COMMON REMEDIES - A to I
ACONITE¬† - Aconitum napellus
The main characteristic of this remedy is FEAR and FRIGHT.¬† Aconite is a quick-acting remedy and is more suited to symptoms that come on suddenly. The person that needs this remedy often feels like they are faced with imminent death. Of course in most cases this is not true, it is a delusion, yet the person experiencing it feels this uncontrolled fearful urgency.
This remedy has suddenness about it in all areas of illness. There may be rapid heart palpitations with heat of the face and whole body accompanied by a general lassitude and weariness in the limbs. Breathing may become oppressed when moving fast or ascending stairs. Often the person may experience panic attack which is often worse from midnight to 4am.¬† Cold, dry winds seem to exacerbate the symptoms. The child needing this remedy screams with pain even though the illness is a minor one.
MIND: Very fearful and anxious
Aconite - FEAR
History of severe fright (w/ threat of death)
Panic:¬† fear of imminent death, vertigo, numbness, tachycardia, palpitations, flushes. faintness;¬† worse midnight to 4 AM.
Wakens from¬† sleep with fear of death, paralyzed sensation.
< (= worse) bad news.¬† <cold, dry wind (headache, acutes).
Sudden onset of symptoms with anxious restlessness.
Facial paralysis from cold wind (numbness).
The main characteristic of this remedy is SWELLING OF THE AFFECTED PARTS with itching, burning and stinging or shooting pains. It is useful in cases where there is puffing up from bites etc. There is a sense of a bruised soreness all over. It is accompanied by a sensitiveness of mind and body with numbness and anaesthesia.¬† Often there is a trembling. Sensation with a¬† sudden stinging or stabbing feeling. Symptoms often move from right to left. The person needing this remedy is often thirsty and the symptoms become worse around 3PM.¬† The swollen area is better with something cold on it.
MIND: Because this remedy is often used for bites from spiders, bees, ants etc there is often mental signs that are associated with the experience of being bitten such as shrieking, impaired thinking etc.
Swelling of affected parts
Stinging and stabbing pain
Swollen area better for cold applications
Symptoms move from right to left
Worse around 3PM
This remedy is the best for SPRAINS AND BRUISES. If given early enough, even a black eye will not develop into a bruise.¬† For any accident, blows fall or contusion.¬† A person needing this remedy can also have the feeling of a bruised pain with crawling in entire body worse from every motion. Arnica is also a very good remedy for use to ease muscle aching after strenuous exercise. Very good for athletes.
The symptoms are intensified in the evening and at night, as well as from touch, motion and even from nose.
MIND: These patients feel vulnerable and shun away from any touch. As a result, they also easily feel angered and defensive.
Soft tissue injuries
Bruised & sore:¬† bed too hard. ¬† < after trauma.
< Jar, touch.¬† < washing face.
Fears being touched.
Says is well when ill.
Head injuries - seizures afterward. ¬† Sprains.
Chronic arthritis.¬† Symmetrical eruptions.
Hot head with cold body.¬† Sore, bleeding after labor.
Eructations taste of rotten eggs.
Child cries before cough.¬† Sore crops of small boils.
Answers then falls back into stupor.
This remedy is the best for BURNING PAINS which are helped by heat. Arsenicum is useful for ailments of the gastrointestinal tract, such as vomiting and diarrhoea.¬† Often the person needing this remedy has hypochondriacal anxiety; they fear that they will lose their health unless they exercise regularly, and will avoid many things which they feels are harmful. They are usually very fastidious and tidy in nature and are often critical and demanding.¬† They are restless and chilly.¬† However, if a person has a burning diarrhoea, yet is acting in a mild manner, then it would be unlikely that the remedy Arsenicum, which is often used for diarrhoea, would help, as the Arsenicum mindset is critical and demanding. You would therefore have to look for a remedy which was used for a person with a mild manner, not a critical manner.
MIND: Critical and Demanding
Anxiety, tremendous.¬† Despair of recovery.
Fear disease, cancer, death, alone.¬† Anxiety health.
Chilly.¬† ¬† > heat (burning pains).¬† Periodicity.
Restless. ¬† Exhausted.¬† <12-3AM.
Thirst for sips often (warm drinks). ¬† >warm drinks.
Diarrhea w/vomiting. ¬† Diarrhea < fruit, ice cream.
Desires fat, lemon, sour. ¬† < cold drinks.
Peptic ulcer, burning > milk.¬† Malignant tendency.
Right coryza. ¬† Nasal obstruction with acrid discharge.
Headache, neuralgic > heat; congestive, acute > cold.
Dry, scaly skin. ¬† Itching without eruption.
Notable symptoms include REDNESS of the affected part.¬† A red face, ears, throat etc.¬† There is a throbbing pain.¬† With headaches the pain THROBS and the face is usually red. A person needing Belladonna is usually of a healthy constitution however when illness strikes the symptoms are intense and appear suddenly.¬† They include fever with high temperatures and a burning dry skin. The Belladonna patient has little thirst, although sometimes there is a craving for lemonade.¬† They are excitable, restless, and hypersensitive to all external impressions, such as noise, light, jarring. Anger outbursts also become more common. Excessive and rapid flow of the blood, throbbing arteries, hot flushes, a pounding headache, are hallmarks of the Belladonna disorders. The body heat draws upward; hands and feet may appear cool in comparison with the hot head.
MIND: Angry, excitable, restless, and hypersensitive to all external impressions
Hot, flushed, red face with cold extremities.
Right sided complaints.¬† < 3PM¬† (11AM).
< Sun, jar, stooping, lying (head low), heat.
> (= better) Lying on abdomen, pressure
Conditions due to overheating and then chilling.
Headaches, migraine, Right side¬† < Noise, light, etc.
Vertigo < turning in bed. Otitis, R.
Acne, eruptions < sun.¬† Febrile convulsions.
Hallucinations with eyes open.
Sudden onset and departure of symptoms.
This remedy should be in everyone‚Äôs first aid box.¬† The Bryonia person wants to STAY STILL as compared to Belladonna who moves around.¬† They are exceedingly irritable and may develop constipation because they are so upset. Everything becomes dry, the stool, the throat, the intestines. Stools are hard and dry and seem too large. When they have a cough, they may hold on to their chest and try to cough without moving because of the pain. The slightest movement for any condition will cause pain so they try to keep very still.¬† With headaches they will like to keep in a dark room without moving. There is a typical dryness throughout the gastrointestinal tract, felt particularly in the mouth and throat and causing excessive thirst. In general, Bryonia complaints develop slowly and are accompanied by physical weakness, disinclination to move, and apathy. Symptoms are worse on the right side, in the evening, and in the open air; warm weather after cold days, causing listlessness and fatigue, may elicit a Bryonia state.
MIND: exceedingly irritable, apathetic, listless. Feel let down.¬† Bryonia alba suits withdrawn, irritable patients who are content to be alone.
Irritable. Desire to be alone and unbothered.
Fear poverty. <Least MOVEMENT.
Great dryness of mucous membranes.
Very thirsty - large amounts infrequently.
< 9 PM.¬† > Pressure, lying painful side.
Constipation with large, hard, dry stool.
Gradual onset.¬† Sleep left side. ¬† Dreams of business.
Vertigo (sinking thru bed).¬† ¬† Nausea, faint on rising.
Desire meat, oysters.¬† < warmth (after cold weather)
Bursting headache, left occiput to frontal to entire.
Dry, painful cough (holds chest).¬† Lump in stomach.
People needing this remedy often have overweight bodies due to their craving for sweets such as pastries and ice cream.¬† They can suffer from persisting constipation which does not bother them and is ignored. They actually tend to feel better when constipated. They often experience low energy levels and have breathing difficulties from exertion.¬† This can prevent them from participating in healthy physical routines and exercise. Their body temperature is often chilly and they can have cold hands and feet. Working in or with water can cause aggravations.¬† Drinking ice-cold water causes stomach cramps. They may suffer from peptic ulcers and diabetes.
MIND: Calcarea carbonica personality fears being observed or being evaluated negatively. They can develop an aversion to people, coupled with a fear of rejection.¬† They are however a responsible and hard-working individual who may work to the point of collapse. They tend to be obstinate and do not heed the advice of others in regard to reducing their work load.¬† ¬† Calcarea carbonica is indicated in people-oriented, lively, and often diligent individuals who can become weak and discouraged, irresolute, liable to mental impressions, obstinate, easily offended, and strained in the mind to the point of fearing the approach of insanity. There is also a certain self-consciousness, an anxiety about being observed by others.
Anxiety future, health.¬† Despair recovery.¬† Obstinate.
Fears: heights, dark, insanity, germs, cancer, etc.
<Exertion, cold & wet, ascending, after coition, ASA.
Obese.¬† Cold, clammy feet.¬† Head sweat (sleep).
Perspiration local & general (cold, sour odour).
Desires: sweets, eggs.
Weakness lumbar spine.¬† Lymphatic enlargement.
Frequent colds.¬† Vertigo, suddenly turning head.
Sour digestion (belches, vomit, diarrhoea).
Early, profuse menses.¬† Calf cramps at night.
General, local coldness.¬† Diarrhea < milk, afternoon.
The Chamomilla personality shows great irritability and is upset and cross at slightest provocation. It is a typical children's remedy.¬† For children hold their breath when angry, who start a whole sequence of choking, coughing, and gasping for air, while the face turns red and flushed. One cheek can appear red, the other pale. This remedy is good for children also have teething complaints accompanied by diarrhea and colic. Adults can exhibit a Chamomilla state when there is abnormal sensitivity to pain, capriciousness, and irritability. Other symptoms are facial neuralgia; ear pain worse from wind; perspiration of the face after eating; and general aggravation and occurrence of complaints from anger such as cough, fever, pains, and uterine hemorrhage.
MIND: Irritable, angry, capricious. Desires to be carried. Throws tantrums.
angry, capricious. Desires to be carried.
Teething troubles, toothache: < warm > cold things.
< Anger. ¬† < 9AM (fever).¬† < warm.
Averse touch.¬† Intolerant of, sensitive to pain.
ONE CHEEK COLD & PALE, THE OTHER RED & HOT
Otitis media.¬† Numbness with or alternates with pains.
Diarrhea: green, spinach-like stool.
Colic - intestinal, menstrual.
Cries during sleep.¬† Cough during sleep.
Uncovers feet: burning soles.
Fear of wind; sensitive to wind.
People needing this remedy appear irritable, cross tempered and nervy. They are often idealistic and easily instilled frustration and sarcasm. The patients' idealistic imaginations and plans manifesting especially on going to sleep. Often they may curtail their desire for food. Changes in taste sensation occur, with food appearing too salty or insipid. At times, there is a capricious longing for something good to eat; thirst is increased. China officinalis is marked by great nervous sensitivity, debility, hypochondriasis, and a tendency to be insensitive or hurtful from intense irritability.
MIND: Irritable, cross tempered and nervy. They are often idealistic and are often prone to¬† frustration and sarcasm
Irritable, touchy.¬† Makes optimistic plans at night.
Fear animals. Sensitive: external impressions.
Abdominal distention not > belching or flatus.
Periodicity (every other day). Neuralgias.
Pains > hard pressure¬† < light touch.
Exhausted; debility. ¬† < loss of fluids.
< fish, fruit (GI; eg, diarrhea).
< foggy weather. ¬† Bitter taste in mouth.
Tinnitis.¬† Painless diarrhea.
Pitting edema. ¬† One hand hot, other cold.
Cimicifuga is a remedy for hysterical overexcitability, often accompanied by loquacity and changeable moods. There is a lack of inner restfulness and calm, a feeling as if being on guard. Commonly, the patient complains of the sensation of being enveloped by a dark cloud; there exist fears of impending evil and claustrophobia. Suppressed menses may result from strong emotions or stressful experiences; there may be neuralgic pains in the ovaries and a rigid cervix. The neck and nape stiffen and undergo severe neuralgic pains.¬† Cimicifuga racemosa shows generalized nervous or hysterical hypersensitivity and a lack of control over muscles and emotions. Hence the patient is restless and highly strung, trying to keep in balance in accord with the daily demands and the need for togetherness with others.
MIND: Hysterical, highly strung and overexcited.¬† There is a lack of inner restfulness and calm, a feeling as if being on guard
Neuralgic pain in Ovaries
This remedy is marked by a tendency to cramps and spasms in the gastrointestinal and respiratory system, as well as in the skeletal system. Likewise, as the muscular systems are overreacting and overexerting, the mind as well is prone to impulses, impolite verbal abuse, and strong emotions. However, the Cuprum metallicum patient endeavours to control these impulses, knowing that he is prone to use words not intended. As a result, the internal and external tension build up further and are forced into an increasingly rigid cage of self-suppression. Psychosomatic complaints, such as stomach convulsions, colicky pains, sudden attacks of suffocation, drawn thumbs and clenched fists, are the consequence. There may even be facial grimaces and distortions, as well as convulsions that begin in the fingers and toes and spread over the whole body.
MIND: Prone to impulses, impolite verbal abuse and strong emotions
Feeling of suffocation
Colic and illness caused by suppressing feelings