Early stages of the acute inflammatory process, in the first 24 hours.
Take at the first sign of illness, the effects of this remedy are gone in 1
hour and so it may need frequent repetition initially. Ailments often
come on suddenly during the night after exposure to dry, windy
weather or a fright such as fever, croup, colds, influenza, earache,
vomiting etc. It is considered the vitamin C of Homoeopathy and is
often used with Ferrum Phos. Compare with Belladonna and
Pain with touch or uncovering, numbness, pins & needles. Skin hot
and dry. States of shock, anxiety and fear, fear of death.
Modalities – both sides, very thirsty for cold water, pupils may be
contracted. Worse cold winds.
Hay fever and colds with profuse clear nasal discharge and frequent
sneezing. The symptoms are ‘as if peeling onions’. This remedy may
require frequent repetition, every ½ - 1 hr as necessary.
The profuse nasal discharge excoriates but the eye discharge does
not although the eyes themselves may burn. Symptoms often begin
with sneezing (compare Nat Mur). Better cold rooms and open air.
This remedy helps the body to flush out dead viruses and dead white
blood cells, it acts like a natural antibiotic.
This remedy has a proactive action against colds and flu. Take a dose
fortnightly or monthly depending on susceptibility. Especially
recommended for the elderly and those who suffer respiratory
Repeat when in contact with an infected person or at the first sign of
symptoms, in conjunction with the indicated remedy (eg Aconite,
Ferrum phos). Anas barb is usually only effective during the first 24
hours of cold or flu symptoms after that choose another remedy based
on your symptom picture.
Wheezy, difficult breathing with much rattling mucous which cannot be
expectorated. Suffocative feeling with sweat, debility and a bluish
tinge around the eyes and lips.
The mucous can be abundant, ropy, white and sticky and difficult to
expectorate. Excessive salivation. Cough worse 3-4am. Nausea and
vomiting. Craving for apples and acid drinks that disagree. Averse to
milk. Pustular eruptions leaving a blue red scar (compare with Ant
Bites and stings such as bee stings with redness, heat
Also good for hives, nettle rash, allergic eruptions and
even for sore throats and cystitis with classic stinging
pains and sensation of swelling.
Joint pain with red, puffy swelling and stinging pain.
Accidents and injuries with bruising and shock, or
simply for feeling ‘as if bruised and beaten’. Bruising,
knocks to the head and soft tissue damage.
Use during childbirth and for surgical and dental
procedures to promote rapid repair and healing.
Take 4 hourly during air travel to reduce jet lag.
Digestive symptoms with vomiting, diarrhoea and
burning stomach cramps, ‘as if poisoned’ they feel they
will die. Restless anxiety especially around midnight to
Second stage of a cold; feels weak and chilly with
runny nose, cough and wheezing.
A dose a day while travelling helps with the adjustment
to change, it protects from colds and stomach upsets.
Compare with Aconite for the first stage of the
inflammatory process, particularly in small children.
Ailments such as earache, colds, flu, fever, sore throat,
headache, toothache, threatened mastitis etc which
come on suddenly. Intense, throbbing pain, cramping
congestion, bright redness and heat of the face or
affected part. Repeat often.
Hard, dry cough with pain under the sternum
aggravated by coughing and any movement even
Also helpful for headaches, colicky abdominal pains or
rheumatic joint pains which are worse from movement.
Grumpy, irritable and wants to be left alone to rest.
Teething, poor appetite, leg cramps, colic in babies,
stomach pains and headaches in adolescents.
Craves salt and smoked meats.
Whining and discontented. Tired, thin, glandular and
It improves the absorption of nutrients and has a tonic
effect at times of rapid growth.
Painful urination with burning, scalding and great
Raw sore throat with burning and stinging. Burning
indigestion. Burning and stinging cold sores.
Burns, scalds and sunburn with violent burning and
Weakness, feeling faint, desires fresh air and fanning.
Cold sweat, bluish lips and cold, clammy face.
Bloating, wind and digestive problems especially when
digestion is slow and the appetite is poor after a bout of
illness, fasting or medical or surgical procedures.
Reaction to shellfish with vomiting & diarrhoea. Pasty
and clammy, feeling faint.
Teething, colic, colds, fevers, earaches etc.
One cheek red and one pale. Greenish diarrhoea.
Wants to be carried or picked up and then put down
over and over. Extremely irritable and angry. Restless,
thirsty, cranky and sensitive to pain, can’t be pleased.
Severe menstrual cramps, angry and irritable.
Travel sickness, jet lag, dizziness, ailments from
Dizzy with an empty hollow feeling. Nausea and
aversion to food.
Sad, depressed and exhausted by worry and lack of
sleep, nursing loved ones and getting up to sleepless
children. Exhausted and must lay down.
Violent, spasmodic, cramping pains with doubling up.
Griping, flatulent colic with diarrhoea. Menstrual
cramps or ovulation cramps that may be so severe
that there is vomiting and fainting.
Pain may make the person scream and writhe about.
Better from firm pressure, heat and doubling up.
Eye complaints, hay fever and colds with dry, itching,
gritty feeling, acrid tears and light sensitivity.
Margins of the eyes may be red, burning, itchy and
Hacking day time cough that may bring tears to the
This is a tissue salt made from Iron phospate.
It’s good for the early stages of illness for feverish
complaints and when generally ‘off colour’. Fever,
earache and nose bleeds.
Use it on its own or with Aconite or Belladonna.
Twice daily for anaemia or after any excessive blood
loss to help the body rebuild iron supplies.
Flu symptoms with slow onset and classic aches and
pains. The pains are bursting or pulsating.
Droopy, drowsy and feeling heavy and listless.
Anticipatory anxiety. Fear, stage fright, exam nerves
and nervous anxiety. Repeat often prior to a worrying
Infections like boils, splinters, acne, styes, right sided
sore throats with ‘splinter like’ pains. Ear pain with
throbbing. Worse cold wind and drafts.
Cold sores, herpes, eczema with suppuration.
Rough, barking, rattly cough with yellow mucous.
Hoarseness. Third stage of croup after Aconite and
Injury involving areas rich in nerves ‘the Arnica of the
nerves’. Shooting, burning, stinging pains.
Jammed fingers, bricks on toes, puncture wounds,
splinters, bites and stings with long shooting pains,
After surgery including dental treatment as it promotes
healing of wounds, scratches and cuts.
Emotional upsets, shock, grief, hysteria, emotional and
mental strain. Homesickness.
Sighing and trembling with changeable moods,
disturbed sleep and eating patterns. Lump in the
throat sensation. Empty feeling not relieved by eating.
Headache from crying.
Contradictory and paradoxical symptoms.
Persistent nausea and vomiting.
Morning sickness, travel sickness, gastric upset,
hoarse, spasmodic cough with nausea and vomiting.
Bloody discharges, especially with nausea.
Sensitive to noise, chilly, irritable and averse to food.
Chronic sinusitis or thick catarrh with thick, ropy,
yellow, stringy discharge, or so congested that there is
Catarrhal headache, the pain may be in a small spot.
Bronchitis symptoms with difficult expectoration,
ulcerated throat, hoarseness.
Thick, white nasal discharges and catarrh.
Earache and glue ear. Stuffy head colds, glandular
swellings, tonsillitis with white coating on the tonsils.
Thrush and mouth ulcers.
Deafness with crackling in the ears on swallowing or
blowing the nose.
This tissue salt is a tonic and nutrient for the brain and
Headache from mental strain, over work or studying.
Fatigue associated with jet travel. Convalescence.
Sleep disturbances with insomnia. Depressed and
Bites, stings and puncture wounds. The skin is swollen,
pale and mottled.
Use once daily, when traveling in the tropics or to
insect infested areas.
This remedy supports the body to cleanse the blood.
Use it after Arnica for black eyes, bruises and sprains
to promote healing.
A deficiency of this tissue salt causes tissues to cramp
Use for spasmodic pains, cramps, menstrual cramps,
abdominal colic and wind. Leg cramps and growing
Shooting, darting, stabbing neuralgic pains.
Mouth ulcers and inflamed gums that are spongy and
bleed easily. Septic sore throat with excessive saliva
and foul breath.
Chronic ear problems, glandular swellings and
abscesses that won’t resolve.
Diarrhoea preceded by chilliness.
Offensive night sweats and generally worse at night.
Colds start with sneezing and the nose runs like a tap.
Eczema or acne along the hairline or in the creases of
PMS and menstrual symptoms. Dryness of vagina at
Sad, irritable, depressed and wants to be left alone.
Craves salt or is averse to it.
Ailments from overindulgence, overwork, sedentary
habits, night watching, shift work, travel, and at times
when the body clock is upset. Insomnia from 3-4 am
with thoughts of business then wakes cross and
irritable. Stressed, critical and over-sensitive. Hangover
remedy for excesses of food, alcohol, coffee, drugs
and mental stimulation. Stuffy colds and hay fever,
nose drips during the day. Bloated and flatulent.
All kinds of coughs; loose, dry, spasmodic coughs.
Vomiting and heartburn. Desires ice cold water then
vomits as it warms in the stomach.
Many fears; thunder, storms, twilight, the dark, ghosts
and the unknown.
Thick, bland, yellow– green mucous. Eye complaints,
styes and sticky eyelids.
Colds, congestive coughs, earaches and sinusitis.
Tummy aches from rich, fatty foods, pork or ice cream.
PMS, menstrual symptoms and menopausal flushes.
Rashy illnesses like measles or chicken pox.
Clingy, weepy and moody. They want consolation,
company, fresh air and they want their mum’s attention.
Pain and stiffness of bone, connective tissue, joints or
tendons from overexertion.
Restless and stiff on beginning to move, much better
from movement – the ‘rusty gate remedy’.
Flu with joint pain from getting wet while perspiring.
Shingles, chicken pox, eczema and cold sores with
Sprains and strains of knees, wrists and ankles,
contusion of the bone, similar to Arnica.
Stiffness and pain in the joints and limbs with bruised
weakness and weariness. Sciatica.
Eye strain and eye fatigue with blurred vision.
Assists healing after blows and fractures, surgery to
bony areas and dental surgery.
Menstrual symptoms with irregularity, dragging pains
Hot flushes, dryness and headaches at menopause.
Lower back pain with dragging aching.
Emotionally worn down, depressed, irritable and
indifferent. Averse to consolation, wants to be left
alone. Better exercise or dancing.
Boils, ingrown hairs, abscesses, suppurations with
failure to resolve and heal well. Poor resistance to
infection. Helps expel splinters, thorns etc.
Frequent colds, gum boils, glandular swellings,
recurrent ear infections, sinusitis.
Dry, fragile skin. Head and foot sweats. Nails weak and
Croup and colds with a dry, raucous cough and a
sense of tickling or irritation in the throat. Barking like a
seal and burning rawness and weakness in the chest.
This remedy follows Aconite well for croup. Worse
Marked anxiety with the suffocative attacks.
Dry, scaly skin conditions, worse from bathing and the
warmth of the bed.
Menopausal hot flushes with burning heat.
Haemorrhoids with burning.
Helps restore balance after antibiotics and other
medicines, take 6c potency twice daily for a week.
Warty growths, also think of Antimonium Crudum
when there is a tendency to corns, warts and calluses
especially on feet.
Tinea and fungal infections.
Weak, distorted nails with ridges and streaks (or
Violent, painful vomiting with cutting and cramping
pains in the bowel, limbs and calves.
Dizziness, exhaustion and rapid prostration. Fearful,
dehydrated and collapsed with pale face, cold sweat,
bluish sunken eyes and cold limbs.
Severe menstrual cramps with sweat and collapse.
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