The earliest signs of infection after cold
exposure are best treated by Aconite 30, 1 pill
each 15 minutes for 6 doses, then at increasing
intervals for 2 days. If you have already made it to
the doctor’s surgery for a respiratory infection, it
is probably a bit late for Aconite.
remedies, as described below, can help.
When colds and flu are trying to establish
themselves but no clear prescribing pattern has yet
emerged, Ferrum phos 30 is the best choice. The
same dosage is given as above, but it will take up to
four hours to see a good result, unlike
Aconite, which acts more rapidly and is
indicated in cases with a more violent onset. With
Aconite, there is usually a sense of impending
doom and fear of imminent death but this DOES NOT have
to be present for Aconite to act.
Earache, and other infections which develop
rapidly, may need Belladonna 30, however. In
these cases, there is a high fever with icy
extremities, red cheeks and pallor around the mouth.
The pupils are dilated and shining, as if the patient
were "on something". The pulse is rapid and the
patient usually delirious with fever. Thirst is
intense and the mouth dry.
As you expect, these are identical to symptoms
of poisoning by Belladonna berry and
accordingly, they are the main indications for
prescribing homeopathic Belladonna.
Hoarse voice and croup often respond to
Hepar sulph 30. The patient is greatly relieved
by steam inhalations and hot showers and is remarkable
sensitive to uncovering and drafts. Another clue is
the irritability, which typically causes the patient
to dislike being examined by parent, or particularly,
by the doctor.
Bronchitis with a cough and clean tongue
usually responds to Ipecac 30. This is
prescribed in the same dosage as for the remedies
above. If the cough is associated with a very coated
tongue, then Ant tart 30 usually does the
Cough which causes the patient to clutch the
rib cage to prevent pain, usually needs Bryonia
30. The patient is often a cranky, if industrious
soul, who worries about being away from his or her
normal duties. The mouth is very dry and constipation
is common as well. A headache, often from associated
sinusitis, may be present. This too, is better for
lying absolutely still and applying pressure to the
The prescription of the patient's
constitutional remedy is based on careful case-taking
which takes particular note of the family history and
individualising aspects, such as reactions to heat,
cold and times of the day. Even psychological
symptoms, such as certain fears and dislikes, can be
helpful. When skilfully administered, this is a
remarkably effective way to enhance immunity,
preventing infections and hastening recovery from
Nosodes (remedies prepared from disease
organisms), when appropriately prescribed, are
remarkably useful to boost immunity. They have no
potential for infection and are medically quite safe.
Remedies such as Tuberculinum and
Influenzinum-Bacillinum, in skilled hands, have
an effective and safe track record. They are not
recommended for amateurs, as temporary aggravations
may occur if the timing is wrong.
A list of medically trained homeopathic doctors
in your area is available from the Faculty of
Homeopathy at http://www.trusthomeopathy.org/
Dr Eric Asher FFHom, Thame
Homeopathic Treatment of
Chronic hayfever is a real nuisance. Snuffly,
stuffy noses, bursts of uncontrollable sneezing, heavy
aching fullness in the sinuses. We all know the misery
So far, treatment by conventional means has
usually meant inhaling vasoconstrictors to open the
passages and corticosteroids to reduce the
inflammation. Oral antihistamines may also help but
often cause sedation and/or a dry mouth.
While this treatment is effective, up to a
point, it does nothing to reduce the tendency of the
condition to resurface once the treatment is
Fortunately there is another way.
Double-blind clinical trials at the Glasgow
Homeopathic Hospital have repeatedly shown that
homeopathic medication can certainly reduce the
severity of the condition as soon as a few weeks, or
even earlier in some cases.
This result is just not mind over matter. Other
objective measurements, such as skin test results and
nasal airflow have also been shown to normalise at the
same time as clinical improvement.
Results of the trials which were published in
mainstream medical journals (including the British
Medical Journal, 19-26 August 2000) indicate that
approximately 75% of patients experienced worthwhile
improvement and virtually none experienced significant
An initial aggravation of symptoms was noted in
some of the homeopathically treated group but this was
inevitably mild and transient. The group treated with
placebo had no such initial aggravation but rather, an
initial, placebo-based improvement which, on
reassessment after one month, had vanished.
These results confirm widespread clinical
experience in the UK and overseas.
First, when treating hayfever, a careful
clinical examination and review of patient history is
performed to gain an understanding of the underlying
factors and assess other mechanical causes of nasal
breathing difficulty, which may include deviated
septum, polyps and even neck problems.
Using standardised test allergens, the doctor
then determines, by appropriate skin tests, the most
likely suspects, such as house dust mite or cat fur,
and prepares (or has prepared) a course of oral
desensitisation drops. These are then taken as a
course twice daily under the tongue.
The patient history (which includes the family
history) often indicates an underlying constitutional
predisposition, which can also be assisted
homeopathically. Food sensitivities may well be a
factor but these yield more slowly and less
predictably to direct homeopathic
Hayfever treatment is now widely available from
homeopathically qualified doctors throughout the UK. A
list of these doctors can be obtained from the Faculty
of Homeopathy (0207) 566 7810, or from their website
This website has a wide range of information about
homeopathy and the significant research which confirms
its usefulness and safety.
Dr Eric Asher FFHom,