Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Ferrum Phosphoricum

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 Phophoricum is one of Dr. Wilhelm Schussler's ''biochemic tissue salts','' thought to counter deficiencies in the body. 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 1876. It is given for the initial stages of infections and for inflammatory conditions.


Ferrum Phosphoricum is most suited to alert, sociable, open-natured people who are sensitive and sympathetic, but who like to take action if something has upset them, particularly where protecting their family is concerned. Often overexcited and talkative, they may have difficulty concentrating. While their temperament is generally imaginative, cheerful and lively, it may alternate rapidly with an indifferent, depressed state.

Ferrum Phosphoricum may be given for the early stages of infection, respiratory problems, earaches, fevers, and digestive, circulatory, and urogenital disorders.


Symptoms: Slow-developing fever with hot flashes, excessive perspiration, intense thirst, and areas of acute inflammation.

Symptoms better: For cold, for pressure on the inflamed area, for being left alone.
Symptoms worse: At night, before starting to perspire, for physical exertion.

Respiratory Illness

Symptoms: A slow-developing cold, possible with a nosebleed and dry, hacking cough, often with chest pain. There may be hoarseness and a sore throat, typical of laryngitis. Other symptoms may include short, panting breaths, possibly due to pneumonia or pleurisy.

Symptoms better: For gentle exercise, for cold compresses.
Symptoms worse: At night, from 4 am to 6 am; before starting to perspire, for physical exertion.


Symptoms: Pain and itching in the ear, possible with hearing loss. Pain may be one-sided.

Symptoms better: For cold, for pressure on the ear.
Symptoms worse: At night, for physical exertion.

Digestive Disorders

Symptoms: Indigestion, sour burps, and vomiting of food that seems not to have been digested. Typically there is poor appetite and an intense thirst. There may be diarrhea that has a tendency to recur during the summer, or that may be linked to irritable bowel syndrome. Another possible symptom for which Ferrum Phosphoricum may be given is constipation, particularly if accompanied by hemorrhoids. Blood in the stools may indicate the initial stages of dysentery.

Symptoms better: For taking gentle exercise.
Symptoms worse: For heat, for sun, for jarring, for movement, at night, for cold drinks, for sour foods.

Poor Circulation

Symptoms: Varicose veins, hemorrhages, and nosebleeds with bright red blood, and a weak, rapid pulse. The face tends to flush easily. There may be weakness and pallor, possible indicating anemia.

Symptoms better: For cold compresses.
Symptoms worse: For heat, for jarring, for movement.

Raynaud's Disease

Symptoms: Fingers and toes are white, cold, numb, tingling, and burning, due to restricted blood flow when blood vessels contract in the cold. As the blood flow is restored, the fingers turn blue, then red.

Symptoms better: For pressure on the fingers, for walking at a slow pace.
Symptoms worse: For cold air, for jarring the fingers.

Urogenital Problems

Symptoms: A short menstrual cycle, or possible a dry vagina, dragging uterine pain, and nocturnal stress incontinence in women, or a marked loss of libido in men.

Symptoms better: For gentle exercise.
Symptoms worse: During the night, for touch.


Chemically prepared for the manufacture of homeopathic remedies, although vivianite is a natural source of iron phosphate.


Used by Dr. Wilhelm Schussler to make a ''biochemic tissue salt'' for treating the early stages of inflammatory conditions.


Prepared chemically from iron sulfate, sodium phosphate, and sodium acetate. The powdered mineral is then triturated.

Common Name

Iron Phosphate

Reference: Encyclopedia of Homeopathy, Andrew Lockie, M.D.

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Monday, 21 October 2013



Key Symptoms: Teeth grinding, irritability and touchiness, temper tantrums, ravenous appetite, desire to lie on the hands and knees, itchy nose that is constantly rubbed.

Purportedly named after Artemisia, the queen of Persia in the 4th century BCE who was removed for her botanical skills, this family of plants has been valued by many medicinal traditions, from ancient Roman to Chinese. Artenisia cina was identified as a remedy for intestinal worms by the ancient Greeks, and its active consistuent, santonin, is still used in worm medicines. In 1829 Cina was proved by Hahnemann, who felt that the plant's ''valuable curative properties'' went well beyond its traditional role in herbalism.


Cina is typically perceived as a children's remedy, and is given for intestinal worms or muscle twitches, associated with great irritability when scolded or in discomfort. Those affected cannot bear to be touched, held, or even observed. They often consider themselves ugly. Restlessness, a frantic state of mind , picking the nose, and grinding the teeth are typical symptoms in those for whom Cina is appropriate. Sleep is often fitful and plagued by night terrors. All symptoms may be worse at night.

These people may have an ''anxiety of conscience'', a groundless feeling of having done something wrong, which manifests itself as touchiness and obstinacy. They may be survivors of childhood abuse.

In addition to its primary use for worms, Cina has also been given to treat convulsions and seizures in children. Today it is still given as a treatment for worms, as well as for temper tantrums, violent coughing, muscle twitches, and sleep problems in children.

Intestinal Worms

Symptoms: Worms evident in whitish-colored stools. Cutting, pinching pain is felt in the belly, which may be bloated. There is an urge to grind the teeth at night, and to pick the nose and scratch the rectum, which are both itchy. The appetite may be nonexistent, enormous, or changeable, with potential cravings for sweet foods. there is often intense irritability and great restlessness.

Symptoms better: For movement, for bending down.
Symptoms worse: For heat in summer, at night, for touch.

Temper Tantrums

Symptoms: Extreme irritability in children, especially chubby ones with variable appetites. Tantrums may be due to being scolded or to worms. Typical Cina symptoms such as teeth-grinding may be present.

Symptoms better: For lying on the abdomen, for being carried.
Symptoms worse: For touch, for being stared at.

Coughs & Colds

Symptoms: Whooping cough or severe, gagging cough, with limb spasms before a coughing fit. The chest feels constricted, making breathing difficult. Speaking or sudden movement may trigger coughing. In children the body tends to stiffen prior to a coughing fit. Violent sneezing may cause pressure build-up in the head, and the nose may be alternately blocked and runny. There may be an urge to pick the nose, and nosebleeds often result. Intense ill-humor and irritability are often evident.

Symptoms better: For being still, in the daytime.
Symptoms worse: For getting up, for walking out of doors, during sleep, at night.

Twitching Muscles

Symptoms: Jerking muscles and spasms, especially in the hands and feet, associated with irritability. Cina is often used if twitching or convulsions are triggered by touch or by being scolded.

Symptoms better: For bending down.
Symptoms worse: For touch, at night, for heat in the summer.

Sleep Problems

Symptoms: Difficulty in falling asleep, or restless sleep with twitching, jerking limbs.

Symptoms better: For being rocked violently, for lying on the hands and knees.
Symptoms worse: For night terrors, for being turned over.


Native to a wide area ranging from the eastern Mediterranean to Siberia. Prefers semi-arid growing conditions.


Dried, unopened flower heads have been used since ancient times in preparations for expelling intestinal worms. The bitter plant has also been used as a digestive stimulant.


Unopened flower heads (called ''seeds'') are harvested in fall, coarsely powdered, macerated in alcohol, diluted, and succussed.

Common Names

Levant wormseed, European wormseed, Tartarian southernwood.

Reference: Encylopedia of Homeopathy, Andrew Lockie, M.D.

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Tuesday, 8 October 2013




People who respond best to Pulsatilla are sweet-natured, gentle, and compliant. They will avoid confrontation, but their moods change frequently and rapidly, and they can be stubborn in their demands for attention and sympathy. Their physical symptoms can be equally changeable. Easily moved to laughter or tears, they are highly prone to weepiness when ill, but are soon consoled by hugs. Other common traits are a dislike of stuffy rooms or fatty foods, a lack of thirst, and a preference for fresh air.

Pulsatilla is given for labor, menstruation, menopause, and pregnancy problems. It is used for respiratory illness marked by yellowy-green catarrh, eye complaints, and indigestion with variable symptoms.

Women's health

Symptoms: Short, variable, late or absent menstrual flow with severe pain. There may be delayed onset of menstruation in puberty. Severe premenstrual may respond to the remedy, particularly if it is accompanied by indigestion, weepiness, and mood swings. In pregnancy, if the general symptom picture fits, Pulsatilla is given for stress incontinence, fatigue, indigestion, and morning sickness (especially if this is brought on by fatty foods). It may also act on the uterine muscles to help turn a malpresented or breech baby in the uterus during labor.

Symptoms better: For fresh air, gentle exercise, crying and sympathy.
Symptoms worse: For heat, lying on the left side, in the evening, for rich, fatty foods.

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 a fever with alternate hot and cold flashes, a lack of thirst, and possibly an earache.

Symptoms better: For fresh air, gentle exercise, crying and sympathy.
Symptoms worse: For stuffy environment, lying down.


Symptoms: Yellowy catarrh, weepiness, and headaches. the sinuses are tender to the touch. Sharp pains may begin on the right side of the face, but tend to move around.

Symptoms better: For fresh air, gentle exercise.
Symptoms worse: For stuffy environments, cold, in the evening.

Eye Infections

Symptoms: Profuse, yellowy-green, foul-smelling discharge from the eye, with sensitivity to light and possible indigestion. Pulsatilla may help conjunctivitis and itchy styes.

Symptoms better: For fresh air, for bathing the eyes in cold water.
Symptoms worse: For warm rooms, in the evening.

Digestive disorders

Symptoms: Variable, including indigestion, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and painful, itchy hemorrhoids. No two stools are alike. the mouth is dry but there is not thirst and a craving for, or aversion to, rich foods that exacerbate the symptoms.

Symptoms better: For fresh air, gentle exercise.
Symptoms worse: For heat, lying on the left side, in the evening, for rich, fatty foods.


Native to Scandinavia, Denmark, Germany, and Russia, and now found across Northern and Central Europe.


Prescribed by the Greek physician Dioscorides in the 1st century for eye problems, and in the 18th century Europe for cataracts, ulcers, and tooth decay.


The fresh, flowering plant, including the root, is chopped and macerated in alcohol, before being diluted and successed.

Common names

Small pasque flower, meadow anemone, wind flower.

Reference: Encyclopedia of Homeopathy, Andrew lockie, MD

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Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Nux Vomica

Nux Vomica


Nux vomica is chiefly linked to workaholic personalities who drive themselves to stress and excess. Ambitious and pushy, they thrive on challenges, and often work in entrepreneurial or managerial jobs. The typical pattern is of someone who oversensitive and intolerant of criticism, yet perfectionist and often very critical of others. Such highly driven people tend to overload their bodies at play as well as it work. They tend to have high sex drives, consume too much rich food, coffee, and alcohol, and abuse drugs. The indulgence can create tension and sleeplessness, and often leads to digestive disorders (most seriously, peptic ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, or liver problems when the body can no longer keep up with the lifestyle).

If the profile matches, Nux vomica is given for irritability, insomnia, digestive symptoms, colds and influenza, asthma, cystitis, and menstrual or pregnancy problems. typically symptoms are worse for cold, noise, light and odors.

Irritability & Insomnia

Symptoms: Hangover-like symptoms, with disrupted sleep and great irascibility, due to an excessive lifestyle with too much alcohol, coffee, or other stimulants. A headache that feels as if a nail has been driven into the forehead is typical, as is waking at around 4 a.m, feeling very irritable and unable to sleep again until morning.

Symptoms better: for warmth, rest and hot drinks.
Symptoms worse: for cold, open air, noise, light and strong odors.

Digestive Disorders

Symptoms: Indigestion, and vomiting with painful retching. Diarrhea is accompanied by abdominal cramps, and nausea by colicky pain. Constipation may make it difficult to empty the bowel fully. Hemorrhoids and constipation may be due to rectal spasms. The abdomen is often bloated and flatulent. There may be cravings for stimulants or spicy, fatty, or rich foods, even though these only aggravate symptoms.

Symptoms better: for warmth, resting, sleep, firm pressure on the abdomen and in the evening.
Symptoms worse: for cold, touch, noise, mental overexertion, repressing emotions, between 3 am and 4 am, stimulants, eating and spicy foods.

Colds & Influenza

Symptoms: Runny catarrh by day, especially in warm rooms, but a blocked nose at night. There may be sneezing, a sore throat and dry, tickly cough, headaches, and watery, sensitive eyes, or influenza with aching muscles and shivery fever.

Symptoms better: for warmth, sleep, being left alone, in the evening.
Symptoms worse: for cold, dry weather, touch, noise , overexertion, between 3 am and 4 am.

Women's 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 urination, numbness in the arms, leg cramps, constipation, and morning sickness.

Symptoms better: for warmth, sleep, in the evening, for firm pressure on the affected area, being left alone, for washing and warm compresses.
Symptoms worse: for mental overexertion, touch, noise, stimulants, eating and spicy foods.


Native to Southeast Asia, the tree grows in sandy soil in dry forests of India, Burma, Thailand, China, and Australia.


A rat poison in medieval Europe, and also used to treat the plague. Indian herbalists use the bark to treat cholera, and in Nepal it is prescribed for menstrual problems, rabies and paralysis.


The dried, ripe seeds are steeped in alcohol for at least five days, before being filtered, diluted, and successed.

Common Names

Nux vomica, Quaker buttons (seeds).

Reference: Encyclopedia of Homeopathy, Andrew lockie, MD

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Monday, 23 September 2013



Since the time of ancient Rome, nightshade has been used to treat a wide range of ailments. One such ailment, abscesses called ''felons'' on the fingertips, inspired one of the plant's common names, felonwort. They 18th century Swedish naturalist Carolus Linnaeus prescribed the plant to treat fever and inflammatory infections. the homeopathic remedy, proved in 1811 by Hahnemann, is traditionally associated with people who are highly susceptible to damp and chills.


Dulcamara is typically given to people who are sensitive to cold and damp, with symptoms caused by rapid temperature changes or cold, wet weather. 

In the symptom picture for Dulcamara, these physical factors outweigh psychological traits, but some confusion, irritability, impatience, and restlessness may be evident, possibly with a domineering attitude, notably toward family members. Susceptibility to respiratory infections causing thick, yellow mucus is typical. Hay fever and other allergic reactions are also common, so are head and joint pain, eczema, and diarrhea.

Colds & coughs

Symptoms: Sore throat, with a thick, yellow discharge from the nose and the eyes. Thick mucus may be due to sinusitis, as may painful pressure and congestion in the head. A stiff neck is common, perhaps with back and limb pain. There may also be conjunctivitis, a rattling cough, bronchitis, or even pneumonia.

Symptoms better: warmth, dry, settled weather, movement.
Symptoms worse: cold, damp weather, at night.

Hay fever & asthma

Symptoms: Nasal congestion, with profuse, watery discharge from the eyes and constricted breathing. Exposure to animal fur, grass pollen, dust mites, and other allergens may aggravate the severity of symptoms.

Symptoms better: warmth, dry settled weather, movement.
Symptoms worse: cold, damp weather, at night.

Head & facial pain

Symptoms: Pain in a specific part of the head, or with a sensation of heaviness, nausea, or confusion. Neuralgic face pain, perhaps caused by Bell's palsy, may be treated, or pain due to sinusitis.

Symptoms better: dry, fine weather, keeping still, expelling catarrh.
Symptoms worse: cold, damp weather, in winter.

Skin conditions

Symptoms: Thickened, crusty, itchy skin, notably on the scalp, which bleeds when scratched. Dulcamara is also used to treat urticaria (hives) brought on by sweating in humid conditions; large, flat, smooth warts, especially on the palms of the hands; and ringworm, often found on the scalps of children.

Symptoms better: warmth, dry weather.
Symptoms worse: cold, damp weather, before menstruation.


Symptoms: Slimy, yellow or green stools, maybe nausea, and pain before passing stools. In children, symptoms may be triggered during teething.

Symptoms better: warmth, movement.
Symptoms worse: cold, damp, rest.

Joint Pain

Symptoms: Stiffness and pain in joints, aggravated by damp.

Symptoms better: warmth, movement
Symptoms worse: cold, damp, extremes of temperature, inactivity.


Native to North Africa, Europe, and Northern Asia, and naturalized in North America. Grows in moist, shady soil.


Has a long history of use as an anti-inflammatory and a liver tonic. Stem extracts have been used for warts and eczema.


Fresh green stems and leaves are picked just before the plant flowers, then finely chopped and macerated in alcohol.

Common Names

Nightshade, woody nightshade, bitter nightshade, felonwort.

Reference: Encyclopedia of Homeopathy, Andrew lockie, MD

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Wednesday, 18 September 2013



Silica is a form of the nonmetallic element silicon, which is one of the major elements of the Earth's crust and a vital constituent in the structure of plants. In the human body, it strengthens teeth, hair, and nails and is also found in connective tissue. Silica, proved by Hahnemann in 1828 and given more for slow-developing conditions than for acute ailments, has the unusual feature of reputedly being able to help expel foreign bodies such as splinters from the skin.


People who respond best to Silica typically lack mental and physical stamina. Their overconscientious attitude to work can often lead to exhaustion or insomnia. They may feel anxious and ''in two minds'' about things, and fear pointed objects, such as needles. Their outlook and aspirations are limited by fear of failure. Very shy as children, they are self-conscious and unassertive as adults, but can be extremely stubborn and may relieve their frustrations on subordinates.

Chilliness is a typical physical symptom, along with a marked tendency for profuse, smelly sweat. Digestive problems and a weakened bone structure, due to poor absorption of food and undernourishment, may occur, along with recurrent infections caused by a weak immune system. Skin and bone problems are slow to heal and any wounds tend to suppurate.

Many symptoms appear at an early age: the fontanelles (membrane-covered spaces between the bones of a baby's skull) close slowly, for instance, and the bones and teeth form more slowly and are weaker than those of other children.

Skin, teeth, nail and bone conditions

Symptoms: Slow eruption of teeth, wisdom teeth problems, and defects in skin, hair, and nails, due to poor absorption of minerals in the diet. Brittle, distorted, infected nails and ingrown toenails are also common symptoms. Wounds, even scratches, suppurate and heal slowly; abscesses may form anywhere, including in the roots of teeth. There may be itchy scars or keloids after larger wounds, persistent acne, and copious smelling, sweating. Backaches are common; brittle, poor-quality bones are slow to mend if broken, and there may be curvature of the spine.

Symptoms better: In summer, lying down, being well wrapped up.
Symptoms worse: cold and damp, when menstruating, pressure on the painful area.

Ear, nose & throat conditions

Symptoms: Recurrent colds, swollen glands, ear infections, and tonsillitis leading to quinsy (abscess on the tonsil). Chronic catarrh may cause sinusitis, and glue ear (fluid in the middle ear) may cause earaches and hearing problems.

Symptoms better: lying down, being well wrapped up, warm drinks.
Symptoms worse: cold and damp, drafts, suppressing perspiration.


Symptoms: A persistent, dry, irritating cough that takes the form of severe, exhausting coughing bouts. Inflammatory conditions such as bronchitis may be accompanied by foul-smelling sputum.

Symptoms better: being well wrapped up, lying down, warm drinks.
Symptoms worse: cold and damp, drafts, suppressing perspiration.

Digestive disorders

Symptoms: A weak digestive system, with intolerance of particular food, especially fat and milk; in babies this may even include mother's milk. There may be poor absorption of essential minerals into the body, and a preference for cold foods. Symptoms may include constipation, with an inability to expel stools so that they slip back into the rectum, which may develop painful cracks (fissures) or abscesses. Painful abdominal cramps and smelly flatulence are other symptoms.

Symptoms better: In summer, being well wrapped.
Symptoms worse: Cold and damp, at a new moon, suppressing perspiration.


Symptoms: Severe pain, starting at the back of the head and extending over to the forehead, with dizziness and visual disturbance.

Symptoms better: For warmth, closed eyes, dark, quiet rooms, wrapping the head.
Symptoms worse: For cold, light, or noise.


Hahnemann prepared Silica from mountain crystal; homeopaths later made it from flint. 


Used as silica sand in industry in the making of cement and concrete, as well as ceramics and glass. It is also used to grind and polish glass and stone.


Made by triturating silicon dioxide, grinding the sand repeatedly with lactose sugar until it becomes soluble in water, then diluting and succussing it.

Common Names

Silica, flint, quartz, rock crystal.

Reference: Encyclopedia of Homeopathy., Andrew Lockie, MD.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013




Belladonna is a major remedy for acute illnesses of sudden, violent onset. It is usually given to people who are generally fit and energetic, but restless and agitated when ill. They are prone to sudden, explosive anger, marked by the desire to strike out or even to bite.

Typical symptoms linked with Belladonna include high fever, dilated pupils, flushed, dry skin, and throbbing pain, particularly in the head, due to rapid blood circulation. There is often hypersensitivity to light, noise, and touch, and also to rapid temperature changes.

Belladonna is typically given for acute pain, inflammation, or infection, chiefly of the upper respiratory tract. it may also be used to treat menstrual pain, sunstroke, febrile convulsions, cystitis, nephritis (inflamed kidneys), teething pain, and mastitis during breast-feeding.

Acute fever & Pain

Symptoms: Sudden onset of high fever and hypersensitivity in all the senses. The face may be hot, flushed, and dry, with bright eyes and dilated pupils. Although the lips and mouth remain pale, the tongue is often bright red. Any inflammation is red, radiates heat, and throbs painfully. Fever is commonly followed by perspiration, and may develop into delirium. There is little thirst, or just a craving for sour drinks. Other symptoms include throbbing pain in the eyes, which are swollen, red, and sensitive to light; a tearing, pounding pain deep in the ear, and a pulsating headache.

Symptoms better: for warm room, sitting or standing erect, for rest.
Symptoms worse: for noise, for touch, for movement, for lying down, for drafts.

Sore throat & dry cough

Symptoms: Constricted, dry, burning throat, a tender neck, and red, swollen tonsils, notably on the right side. There may be a painful, racking cough and fever.

Symptoms better: for warm rooms, for rest.
Symptoms worse: for cold drafts around 3 pm, for swallowing foods or drinks.

Headache & Migraine

Symptoms: Violent, throbbing pain. During a migraine, pain starts in the back of the head, radiates to the right brow area, and settles behind the eye.

Menstrual pain

Symptoms: Menstrual flow is extremely heavy and painful. The blood is hot and may be bright red or clotted.

Symptoms better: for standing or sitting erect.
Symptoms worse: for the slightest movement.


Native to Europe, Western Asia, North Africa, and North America, but now cultivated worldwide. Thrives in chalky soil, woods, and wasteland.


Used traditionally for swelling and inflammations, colic, and ulcers. It formed part of a sleeping potion in Chaucer's time and six centuries later, provides an anesthetic still used in conventional medicine.


As it comes into flower, the whole fresh plant, including the root is dug up. it is chopped and pounded to a pulp, then the juice is expressed. The juice is steeped in alcohol before being filtered, diluted, and succussed.

Common Names

Belladonna, dwale, devil's cherries, sorcerer's cherry.

References: Encyclopedia of Homeopathy; Andrew Lockie, MD

Monday, 26 August 2013



Key Symptoms

Affectionate, open nature, tearfulness, cravings for cold drinks & salty foods, burning pains, person feels worse for lying on the left side of the body.

Phosphorus was discovered in the 17th century by the German alchemist Henning Brand. The name is derived from the Greek phosphoros, or ''light-bringing'', since the element glows in the dark.


People who love being the center of attention respond best to phosphorus. Like a match that sparks readily but burns out intensely, they are artistic , expressive, and affectionate, but may offer more than they can sustain. Illness or stress rapidly exhausts their energy, making them lethargic and indifferent toward loved ones, but highly responsive to any sympathy offered. They feel better for short naps. Vague anxieties crystallize into concrete fears when ill, leading to nervous fatigue and tension.

Cravings for salty, spicy, or sweet foods, and cold, carbonated drinks or cold milk are typical. Warm foods or drinks may upset the stomach, as may cold drinks once they have armed up in the stomach.

Phosphorus is prescribed for circulation problems, bleeding, digestive disorders, chest complaints, and burning pains.

Poor Circulation

Symptoms: The extremities feel burning hot, yet are cold to the touch. Erratic blood flow may cause weak pulse, hot flushes, fainting, dizziness, or palpitations. There may be burning neuralgic pain, and a sense of suffocation, possibly triggered by emotion or menopause.

Symptoms better: for cold, for massage, for lying on the right side, for sleeping, for eating.
Symptoms worse: for lying on the left side, for thundery weather, for emotional stress.


Symptoms: Profuse, bright red blood flow, especially from the nose, gums, and lining of the stomach. Menstrual flow may be heavy. The skin bruises easily and anemia may set in.

Symptoms better: for cold, for massage, for lying on the right side, for sleeping, for eating.
Symptoms worse: for lying on the left side, for thundery weather, for emotional stress.

Digestive disorders

Symptoms: Nausea, vomiting, and constipation often due to food poisoning, stress, stomach ulcers, or gastroenteritis. Other symptoms include a saliva-filled mouth and burning pain in the stomach, or heartburn. Stools are long, ribbon-like and may be blood-streaked. Ice-cold foods and drinks are craved, but then cause vomiting once they warm up in the stomach.

Symptoms better: for lying on the right side, for eating, for cold foods or drinks.
Symptoms worse: for lying on the left side, for stuffy rooms, for emotional stress, for warm foods or salt.

Respiratory illness

Symptoms: A sore throat and dry, tickly cough, possibly causing retching and vomiting. Phlegm is streaked with dark-red blood. Chest tightness may be due to asthma, bronchitis, or pneumonia. Colds tend to go straight the the chest.

Symptoms better: for sitting up, for lying on the right side of the body, for sleep, for cold foods or drinks.
Symptoms worse: for lying on the left side, for laughing, for warm foods or drinks.

Burning pains

Symptoms: Burning neuralgic pains in the limbs, spine, or stomach, possibly with pins and needles and numbness, especially in the limbs, spine, or shoulder blades.

Symptoms better: for cold compresses, for massage.
Symptoms worse: for windy weather, for emotional stress.


A pale yellow element with a distinct odour, occurring in the mineral calcium phosphate in volcanic regions. The main deposits are found in North Africa.


White phosphorus is used for the remedy. This waxy substance is insoluble in water, so it is dissolved in alcohol, filtered, then repeatedly diluted and succussed.

Common names

Phosphorus, white phosphorus, yellow phosphorus.

References: Encyclopedia of Homeopathy, Andrew Lockie, MD.

Monday, 19 August 2013

Arsenicum Album

Arsenicum Album

Arsenicum album is given chiefly to treat the mucous membranes of the digestive and respiratory tracts.

The key symptoms of arsenicum album are anxiety about health, restlessness and exhaustion, chilliness, thirst for small sips of water and burning pains that are better for warmth.


Those most suited to arsenicum album are affectionate, sensitive, and stable in good health, but may be prone to restlessness, stress, and anxiety about their health, with a deep need for reassurance.

Illness brings rapid physical and mental exhaustion and chaos, which heightens their fears and vulnerability, and can cause severe anxiety or pessimism. Perfectionists by nature, they are intolerant of disorder, and when under stress or ill may develop phobias or obsessions - for example, about cleanliness. They like alcohol, warm drinks, and warm, sour, sweet, and fatty foods.

Arsenicum album is a key remedy for asthma and breathlessness. It is also prescribed for violent digestive upsets with diarrhea and vomiting, headaches, burning eye inflammation, and itchy, weepy skin complaints.

Respiratory illness

Symptoms: Asthma or severe breathlessness, possibly brought on by stress or anxiety. There is typically susceptibility to colds, violent sneezing, and hay fever. Burning, watery catarrh causes the nostrils and lips to become dry, cracked, and sensitive. Weakness and extreme fatigue are common.

Symptoms better: for warmth, for movement, for sitting upright, for warm drinks.
Symptoms worse: for cold, dry, windy weather; between midnight and 2am, for stress on the right side of the body, for cold foods and drinks.

Digestive disorders

Symptoms: Indigestion and colitis, aggravated by stress and anxiety. Watery, offensive-smelling stools cause soreness around the anus and burning pain in the rectum. There may be vomiting or diarrhea followed by exhaustion and dehydration. Excessive consumption of alcohol, ripe fruit and vegetables, and iced foods may cause gastroenteritis. If there is any fever, the body feels hot to the touch while chilled inside, or cold to the touch but burning inside.

Symptoms better: for warmth, for movement, for lying with the head propped up, for sips of water.
Symptoms worse: for exposure to the cold; between midnight and 2am, for stress, for cold foods and drinks.

Food Poisoning

Symptoms: Burning, stinging vomiting, with exhaustion and dehydration, and nausea on the sight or smell of food.

Symptoms better: for warmth, for movement, for sips of water.
Symptoms worse: for cold; between midnight and 2am.


Symptoms: Pain beginning at the bridge of the nose and extending over the entire head, with dizziness, vomiting, and nausea.  Excitement, stress, and anxiety may aggravate the pain.

Symptoms better: for cold air, for cold compresses.
Symptoms worse: for stress or excitement, for overheating, for tobacco smoke, for the smell of food.

Eye Inflammation

Symptoms: Inflamed, stinging eyes with burning pains and sensitivity to bright light.

Symptoms better: for warm compresses.
Symptoms worse: for cold air, for tobacco smoke.


Symptoms: Itching, burning, cracked skin. Scratching causes weeping, bleeding, raw skin.

Symptoms better: for warm compresses, for movement.
Symptoms worse: for anxiety, between midnight and 2am


Extracted from the mineral arsenopyrite, which is found in Norway, Sweden, Germany, England, and Canada.


Arsenicum album is triturated by being ground repeatedly with lactose sugar until it is soluble in water. It is then further diluted and succussed.

Reference: Encyclopedia of Homeopathy, Andrew Lockie, MD.

Monday, 12 August 2013

Bryonia Alba

Bryonia Alba

In 1843 Hahnemann proved the homeopathic remedy, which is used mostly for slow-starting ailments accompanied by pain on the slightest movement.

Key symptoms for Bryonia Alba are pain upon the slightest movement, dry mucous membranes, great thirst, anxiety about financial security and irritability.


Bryonia is mainly used for people who are highly irritable when ill. Often clean-living, meticulous individuals. They can be contrary and capricious if ill, wanting things, that when given, are promptly rejected. They may feel tired, taciturn, languid, and angry if disturbed. Anxiety is common, especially about financial security.

The chief physical symptom treated by Bryonia is pain felt on the slightest movement. It is often accompanied by infrequent spells of great thirst, and dry lips, mouth and eyes.Illness sets in slowly, typically after overexposure to heat or cold.

Bryonia is useful for chest inflammation, pneumonia, bad headaches, and rheumatic pains. It may also be taken for some forms of constipation and breast pain.

Dry Coughs

Symptoms: Great dryness in the mouth, throat, chest, and mucous membranes, with a tickly cough and sharp chest pains. Pressing the chest during a coughing fit may alleviate pain in the head, chest, or rib cage, as may lying still and breathing gently. Coughs may be linked to colds, pleurisy, or bronchitis.

Symptoms better: for rest, for lying still, for pressure on the chest.
Symptoms worse: for warm rooms, in the morning, for deep breathing, for movement, for eating and drinking.

Colds & Influenza

Symptoms: Red, sore, swollen nose, a hoarse, constricted throat, and a dry cough. The lips are often cracked and itchy, and the mouth is dry, with a white-coated tongue. Sharp shooting ear pains may develop, as may sore eyes with sensitivity to movement and heavy eyelids. There may be an intense, aching headache, raging thirst, and copious perspiration.

Symptoms better: for rest.
Symptoms worse: for bending forward, for movement.


Symptoms: Bursting, splitting headache over the forehead or left eye, so that even moving the eyeball hurts. Pain extends to the back of the head, then the whole head, often lasting all day. The mouth may be dry, and there may be great thirst.

Symptoms better: for cold compresses, for pressure on the head, for closing the eyes.
Symptoms worse: for eye or body movement, for drinking while hot, for overeating.

Joint Pain

Symptoms: Joints and muscles are hot, swollen, stiff, and prone to stabbing pain, usually due to gout, tenosynovitis, or arthritis, or after an injury.

Symptoms better: for heat, for pressure on the affected area.
Symptoms worse: for cold compresses, for the slightest movement, for jarring.


Symptoms: Large, hard stools that look black or burned. The rectum may be particularly dry, with burning pain after passing a stool. Rumbly, colicky pains in the abdomen are common.

Symptoms better: for rest.
Symptoms worse: for hot weather, in the morning, for movement, for cold drinks.

Breast Problems

Symptoms: Breasts are pale, hard, and hot, with sharp pains, particularly in women who are pregnant or breast-feeding. Milk supply may be excessive.

Symptoms better: for heat, for rest.
Symptoms worse: for movement.


Grows mainly in the hedges and woodlands of southern England, and in central and southern Europe.


Used traditionally for shortness of breath, coughing, and the clearing of phlegm form the chest.


The fresh root is unearthed before the plant flowers, chopped, pulped, macerated in alcohol for ten days, diluted, and succussed.

Common Names

Bryony, white bryony, wild hops.

Reference: Encyclopedia of Homeopathy, Andrew Lockie, MD

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Chamomilla Matricaria

Chamomilla Matricaria

The name of this plant derives from the Greek chamaimelon, or ''earth apple'', so called because of the applelike scent of its blossoms. Chamomilla is used for ailments with extreme sensitivity to pain, especially in children.


Chamomilla works best for those exhibiting an extremely low pain threshold, as well as anger, marked irritability and hostility. Often hypersensitive, they are bad-tempered, easily offended, and impossible to please. They flush easily when angry, and hate being touched. Bad temper, anger or stress exacerbate physical symptoms.

Chamomilla is often given to children who are snappy, wail when ill, and are pacified only if being carried and cuddled by someone walking around.

Typical Chamomilla symptoms are great irritability and pain that seems unbearable. The remedy is given for teething pain, fever, stomach pain with diarrhea, menstrual or labour pains, and sore, inflamed nipples during breast-feeding.


Symptoms: Hypersensitivity to pain, and hostility and anger that triggers physical problems. Things may be demanded then promptly thrown away.

Symptoms better: for being carried, for perspiring
Symptoms worse: for being touched, for being put down

Toothaches, teething & earaches

Symptoms: Excruciating pain in the teeth or ears, with fever. Toothache flares up after a hot drink or if a tooth is pressed. Swollen glands may cause face and neck pain, and the ears, nose and throat may feel blocked and numb. Babies teething may scream angrily, insist on being carried, and have greenish diarrhea.

Symptoms better: for cold, for being carried
Symptoms worse: for heat, for warm foods and drinks


Symptoms: A hot, flushed state, often with one cheek red and the other pale. There may be irritability, shivering and a tendency to sweat easily.

Symptoms better: for cold
Symptoms worse: for heat, for warm foods and drinks

Colic & diarrhea

Symptoms: Colicky pain in the abdomen, possibly with pale green diarrhea that smells of rotten eggs. Colic in children may cause restlessness and arching of the back.

Symptoms better: for warm compresses on the abdomen, for fasting
Symptoms worse: for heat, for fresh air, for anger

Menstrual & labour pain

Symptoms: Menstrual cramps or labour pains, possibly severe enough to cause sweats, anger, or fainting. Anger may trigger non-menstrual bleeding.

Symptoms better: for being driven in a car
Symptoms worse: for heat, for drafts, for wind, for damp, for anger, for touch.


Chamomilla was used to treat disorders of the digestive system since the 1st century. Chamomile tea is well known as a calming drink that aids sleep.


The whole fresh plant is harvested when in flower. It is finely chopped and macerated in alcohol, before being filtered, diluted, and succussed.

Common Names

German chamomile, corn feverfew, wild chamomile

Refrences: Encyclopedia of Homeopathy-Andrew Lockie, MD

Tuesday, 9 April 2013


A sluggish digestion goes beyond merely constipation. It often results in a feeling of fullness, stomach aches or nausea. Putrefaction in your intestines can put a strain on the whole body and weaken your immune system. Here are some tips on how to get your digestion working again, naturally.
A good digestion is vital if you want to feel this relieved.
Many Canadians are all-too-familiar with occasional constipation. Recent surveys indicate that anywhere from one-quarter to 37% of Canadian adults will report symptoms of constipation in their recent history. But prevalence is much higher in frail elderly persons (up to 45%) and in cancer patients (up to 78%), although here it is mainly due to primary or metastatic bowel tumors.
The magnitude of this misery should not be surprising. Because our modern diet lacks most notably in dietary fibre. If your bowels are not moving when you are “on the john”, then many factors can play a role. In particular, stress should be mentioned. Nervous tension is just as responsible for relaxing the action of your bowels than is insufficient support through physical activity. The result: Stagnation in all respects.
In medical terms, constipation constitutes a condition where any two of the following symptoms are present for a period of twelve weeks or more, continuous or not, over the course of a year.
1. Fewer than three stools per week.
2. Hard and difficult stool.
3. Feeling of incomplete evacuation.
4. Having to strain hard at stool
5. Sensation of blockage or obstruction in the anus or
rectum while passing stool.
If you want to avoid your sluggish digestion from becoming a chronic condition, then taking countermeasures already now would be highly advisable. In most cases, this does not require medical treatment and strong laxatives are not necessary either.
When nothing really is moving, then enemas are helpful. You can get them in the drugstore. Glycerin suppositories are effective too. Ingesting lactulose, a synthetic disaccharide, is relatively harmless. Provided always that these measures are not resorted to habitually to get relief.
But caution is advised, exceptionally, against using herbal laxatives. Senna leaves, buckthorn bark, rhubarb root or castor oil irritate the intestines and are anything but harmless.
Homeopathy for Constipation
Homeopathy often works at a deeper level than nutritional supplements and most herbs because it considers a person’s mind and emotions in addition to their physical body. In this way, homeopathic remedies can help with unlocking the stress and emotions underlying the constipation symptoms, ideally leading to a permanent resolution of the problem.
With this in mind, and since it is often difficult to differentiate one type of constipation from another at the physical level, the focus in a homeopathic constitutional consultation is generally on the mental and emotional symptoms, because how you think and how you feel will ultimately affect you at the physical level.
In looking at the mental/emotional profile of remedies that address chronic constipation, most of them include some type of control issue, that is, often there is an area in the individual’s life which they have a profound fear letting go of. Symptoms like perfectionism, obsessive-compulsiveness, fastidiousness, etc. are quite common in cases of constipation, although the individual himself or herself is generally not aware of them. If you have chronic constipation, a homeopathic constitutional remedy that matches your particular experience will be most beneficial, as it will address the problem at the root, i.e. when does the issue show up, what triggers it and how does it manifest?
Homeopathic constitutional treatment is quite in-depth with an initial appointment lasting 2 – 3 hours. It is well worth your while to undergo this process, because your completely individualized homeopathic constitutional remedy will address not only your constipation, but all other complaints as well. We would be happy to see you at the clinic for a consultation or to discuss your questions and concerns. Please call (519) 603-0505 to book your appointment.
Some great general homeopathic remedies effective in dealing with constipation are listed below. Do keep in mind that there are in fact hundreds of remedies for inactivity of the rectum and the one that matches your particular set of symptoms may not be among them. The more closely a homeopathic remedy matches your individual symptoms, the more effective it will be:
Alumina – helps in cases where straining is a marked symptom and even soft stools require great
straining to be evacuated. Alumina works wonders for the constipation of
infants and kids. Children requiring Alumina strain hard at stool with much crying.
Bryonia – is indicated for constipation characterized by large, dry stools that are hard to
push out, with sticking or tearing pains. The person feels grouchy or out of
sorts, and may be tense from business-related worries.
Calcarea Carbonica – helps people who feel more stable
when constipated, and experience discomfort and fatigue when the bowels have
moved. Large stools are hard at first, then sticky, then liquid. The person may
feel chilly and sluggish, have clammy hands and feet, crave sweets, and feel
weak and anxious when ill or overworked. At the mental level, there is
generally some degree of insecurity about health and finances.
Graphites – is indicated when large stools look like “sheep dung” or little balls stuck
together with mucus. Aching often is felt in the anus after the bowels have
moved. People who need this remedy are slow to become alert in the morning,
usually stout, and have a tendency toward eczema.
Nux Vomica –is very effective in cases of constipation
due to a sedentary lifestyle, eating farinaceous food and or alcohol. There is
a constant feeling of incomplete evacuation of stool and at the mental level we
see a fear of wasting time and money, great irritability and perfectionism at work.
Silicea – works well for persons straining for long periods without success. A “bashful”
stool begins to come out, but eventually retreats. People who need this remedy
are generally chilly, physically frail and easily fatigued. They often fear
making the wrong decision, are fastidious about insignificant details, timid and overwhelmed.
Homeopathic philosophy puts great emphasis on leading an active and healthy lifestyle while dealing with constipation or other any other condition. In many cases, this alone will resolve the problem. And don’t forget: A daily brisk walk, exercise or some Nordic walking may be the surest way to keep your intestines intact. There is a lot that you can do!
Muesli activates the bowels!
Fruit in every form contains plenty of soluble dietary fibre and is ideal for activating the intestines.
Ingredients for this Bircher muesli: Joghurt, lemon, apple, honey and nuts
It is often already enough to regularly eat an “old school” muesli for breakfast. Preferably enriched with some fresh fruit or freshly pressed juices. Health conscious eaters give weight to Bircher muesli or fresh grain cereal. But there are high quality and culinarily very appealing, crunchy ready-to-eat mixtures available too, that not only kids are fond of. Particularly when dried fruits are added to the bowl, preferably mildly laxative kinds like figs or, even more effective, dried prunes. In this way, dietary fibre, both soluble and insoluble, are added. They support the proper motion of the intestines (motility).
One of the best remedies for promoting one’s health and digestion is an additional tbsp. of flax seeds. It is best taken freshly kibbled or crushed in the mortar. This is additionally a way to ensure you are getting the precious omega 3 essential fatty acids contained therein. Products such as oat bran can also be used for muesli. This even has the additional proven benefit of regulating increased blood fat levels, which are well known for increasing the risk of heart attack and stroke.
How useful are Pre- and Probiotics?
Nutritional medicine sees great potential in these so called functional foods. They can be found more and more often in the supermarket. Specialty products that should be able to help your digestion along. For example probiotics in the form of joghurt containing special bifido bacteria cultures. Research shows that such products can help with slowed down digestion and bring marked improvement within a couple of weeks.
But what are probiotics exactly? They are usually dairy products which are produced using selected strains of bacteria. When ingested regularly, they get into the large intestine in large numbers and positively influence the gut flora there. (Reinforcement of lactic acid synthesis, that is, the “good” bacteria) This can have nearly therapeutic effects, for example in cases where the colonization of the large intestine with protecting microorganisms is disturbed following antibiotic treatment.
Medicine puts high hopes in this treatment: Probiotic foods play an increasingly important role in the therapy and prevention of functional digestive disturbances.
Probiotics should be differentiated from prebiotics. Prebiotics are a very special type of food. While many of the food ingredients we consume are digested immediately, prebiotics are a healthy non-digestible food ingredient. The most common type of prebiotic is from the soluble dietary fibre inulin. Inulin is common in many plants containing fructan. Many of these plants are frequently eaten as vegetables – asparagus, garlic, leek, onion, artichoke – and are an excellent source of inulin. By consuming a non-digestible ingredient, it allows for growth of bio-cultures by reaching the intestine unaffected by the digestion process. This can have a favourable effect on the intestinal flora. Probiotics, on the other hand, are live organisms contained in the foods we eat. They remain intact throughout the digestive process, and deliver healthy bacteria directly to the large intestine. Since probiotics do not stimulate metabolic activity, they provide a different set of benefits than prebiotics. Both are valuable for our health wellness, and can act symbiotically to provide numerous health benefits. In fact, the benefits of consuming both prebiotics and probiotics are so strong that products in which both a probiotic and a prebiotic are combined are being developed as functional foods.
Numerous studies have proven how important nuts and dried fruits are for our digestion
Asparagus contains special carbohydrates that keep harmful gut bacteria at bay.
Important to note: A good mix of fibrous and soluble dietary fibres will ensure that we are always on the safe side with respect to a gentle stimulus of the action of the bowels.
Of course, the ”factor fluids” must not be forgotten either. It should be about two litres per day. A good choice would be tasty and healthy teas (rooibos tea and green tea) or spring water. Remember also the proven Ayurvedic practice: Here, several times per day a large cup of fresh water (heated and cooled down to drinking temperature) is on the detoxification program.
“Repair” must be left to the Professionals
But the actions you can take yourself to help regulate your digestion must be differentiated from a fundamental restoration of the gut. There are a number of – alternative – cleaning methods that come into consideration, including colon cleaning, colon-hydro-therapy and Clean-Me-Out therapy. Here, often combinations of special herbs and lactobacilli are used.
Probably the most comprehensive program of a systematic restoration of the gut “from the root” was developed more than 100 years ago by the Austrian doctor F. X. Mayr (known as the “F.X. Mayr treatment” or “milk and bun regimen”). What is less well known is that this concept includes useful measures such as regular tummy massages, which play an important role.
Finally, know that chronic constipation may be indicative of a greater disease process going on in your body.If your constipation is long term and severe, do see an MD for a medical diagnosis.
If you have any questions or comments about this article or homeopathic treatment for constipation or any other condition, please give us a call to book your free 15-minute complimentary information session. We would be happy to answer your questions!
 (519) 603-0505.
Irene Schwens, C. Tran., DHMHS
Owner and Homeopath