COMMON REMEDIES OF THE COMMON COLD

COMMON REMEDIES OF THE COMMON COLD

 

Camphor

A person has been chilled

cannot get warm

now you want to cure her/him in the cold stage

and

you want to prevent the case going into 'catarrhal symptoms'

here a a dose or two of Camphor Q will make her/him warm and prevet unnecessary suffering.

 

Aconite

EARLY STAGES on Pneumonia, Bronchitis, croup.

RESTLESS, ANXIOUS, FRIGHTENED

< AT NIGHT

Sudden onset of symptoms

Caused by exposure to cold (cold dry winds)

Nose : coryza, nose is dry there is headache, there is headache roaring in ears, FEVER , THIRST, sleeplessness, Anxiety.Breath HOT.

If the coryza is checked patient feels > in open air, < talkind.

Fluent coryza:fluent in morning, sneezing (frequent), clear hot water drops fron from nostrils.

    Throat: inflammed (dark red), high fever, in fauces there is 'burning and stinging'.

 

            Larynx (laryngitis): high fever

                                         suffocative spasms (spasms of glottis)      

                        sensitive

                                    to touch

                                    to inspired air

                                    as if denuded.

                Croup: you find a child who was exposed to dry cold wind few hours ago now in great agony, tossing about, there is short , dry (hoarse, dry, loud, spasmodic, croupy, suffocating) cough, very little wheezing, cough wakes her/him from sleep, there is great anxiety, Aconite cuts short the illness.

                                    Sputum

                                                absent - scanty

                                                bloody - blood sreaked

                                                bright red blood.                                            

 

 

Allium Cepa (Cepa)

 

                        Coryza:

                                    Eyes ( profuse  bland discharge){Euphrasia has profuse  acrid lachrymation},

                                   

                                    nose ( profuse  acrid discharge - corrodes lip and nose){Euphrasia has profuse bland discharge from nose}                                         

                                    headache is there,

                                    sneezing (frequent)

                                    Hot

                                    Thirsty

                                    < evenings

                                      indoors

                                      warm room

                                    > open air.

                        Laryngitis:

                                    violent catarrhal

                                    tickling in larynx

                                    cough seems to split and tear the larynx (cough from inhaling cold air)

                                    grasps larynx.

                                   

 

BELLADONNA is RED,HOT, DRY.

            Catarrh has been suppressed and the patiet suffers from maddening headache.

            Throat - raw

                         sore

                         looks shining , very red.

            Larynx:  acute catarrhal laryngitis

                         hoarseness

                         painful dryness

                         as if inflammed and swollen

                         snoring breathing and danger of suffocation.                                                           Cough - with red injected throat

                        dry

                        tearing

                        which scrapes throat.             

                       

 

BRYONIA -

          Irritable; thirsty (for long drinks); wants to lie still / be let alone; dryness of mucous membranes(Bell.). Lips, parched / dry. < cold, dry weather.

            First day

            Coryza (often) begins in nose

            sneezing

            running nose

            lachrymation

            aching eyes, nose and head.

           

            Then the trouble goes down to

                        posterior nares

                        throat

                        larynx

                        with hoarseness

and a bronchitis comes on

                                    may end in

                                                pleurisy and

                                                pneumona.                  

                                   

In BRYONIA trouble travels down from the beginning of the respiratoty tract but a reverse condition we find in LYCOPODOUM where the trouble travels up.

            COUGH (BRYONIA) - shaking the whole body

                        dry

                        hard

                        racking

                        spasmodic

                        < at night

                        < after eating / drinking

                        < on entering a warm room

                        < on taking a deep inspiration

                        With

                            stiches in chest and pleura (< breathing / coughing)

                            headache (as if head would fly to pieces)                         

                        expectoration scanty.             

 

 

EUPHRASIA

                   Coryza:

                                    Eyes:

                                    Euphrasia has profuse  acrid lachrymation

                                    [Allium Cepa - profuse  bland discharge]

                                   

                                    nose:

                                    Euphrasia has profuse bland discharge from nose

                                    (Allium cepa-profuse  acrid discharge - corrodes lip and nose)

                         Severe fluent coryza - apt to extend 

                                                                 down to larynx with hard cough              

                                    coryza

                                    < at night

                                      lying down

                                    cough

                                    < by day

                                    > lying down.

                                   

HEPAR

                   Causation - cold dry weather (acon, nux)

                   catarrh (nose/ears/throat/larynx/chest)

                  

                   Cold - in nose

                                    with much discharge

                                    with sneezing everytime s/he goes into a cold wind.

                          running from the nose

                                                first watery

                                                then thick/yellow/offensive.              

                     everytime s/he goes into a cold wind, gets                                           

                                hoarse

                                coughs

                                < inspiring cold air

                                < putting hand/foot out of bed

               Sweating all night without relief(Merc).

              

               Hypersensitive to -

                                   touch/pain/draughts/cold air.

                                   wants to hit anybody who makes a draught in room.

               > MOIST WET WEATHER (Gels is < moist wet weather)                                                                      

NUX - Is oversensitive; irritable; touchy; sensitive to least draught (Hepar).

 

            Colds: Causation - DRY COLD weather (acon) [reverse of DULC]

                                                Acon is anxious

                                                Nux irritable

                        Nose:

                                    initial stage - dry

                                                            stuffed (at night/in open air), sneezing

                                                            fluent (in warm room/by day)

                                                troat-

                                                            rough as if scraped

                                                            sore/raw

        Coldness of whole body, not > by warmth of stove / by any amount of covering.

        chills (back/limbs/whole body) not > by warmth.

        chill as soon as he moves the bed clothes.

        chill alternating with heat.

        Heat with internal chilliness.

            shivering

                        from drinking

                             slightest contact with open air

                             slightest motion.

                             

DULCAMARA- Stiff neck; sore throat; back and limbs painful.

 

     Colds: Causation  - COLD WET WEATHER (Rhus) , snow.  

                                     From gettig wet / chilled when heated.

                                     < sudden changes from hot to cold.

                coryza - Bose stuffs up when tgere is cold rain

                             dry; < in open air (profuse discharge eyes/nose)

                             more fluent in house/warmth

                             less fluent in cold air/cold room (Nux)

                             starts sneezing in a cold room       

                throat  - sore

                neck - stiff

                eyes - become red and sore with every cold.

                

MERC. SOL.

                        Feels bad in warm room yet cannot bear the cold.

                        Creeping chilliness ( in the beginning of a cold)

                        nose - red , swollen, shining (frontal sinuses - cattarrhal                                               inflammation)

                        sneezing (much)

                        discharge - fluent, corrosive, offensive matter from the nose /                                                  greenish fetid pus

                        voice - hoarse

                        cough - dry,rough, tickling,

                        taste - sweet / salty / metallic / putrid.

                        sweats - profuse , offensive,

                                     < sweating  (reverse of Nat.Sul.)

                        Tongue- swollen flabby (tooth notched)

                        offensive - breath/salivation.

                       

GELSEMIUM  - One of the greatest flu medicines.

                 Gels colds devepop several days after exposure - the Acon cold comes on in          a few hours.

                 Cold/fevers of mild winters.

                 Body - great weight & tiredness of whole body.

                 chills - up & down the back.

                 Headache.

                 cough -

                             teasing

                             tickling      

                             > near the fire

                 Catarrhs of

                                       warm, moist, relaxing weather (carbo veg)

                                       {reverse of Hepar & Dulc}

                            Discharge - excoriating (nostrils sore)

                 As if red-hot water passing through nostrils.

 

IODIUM -  LEAN, HUNGRY, can't stand HEAT.

              Smell - loss of

              Nose - dry,

                         stuffed up

                         

              CORYZA - Dry                               

                       fluent in open air

                  SEVERE coryza

                       with fever

                            severe headache

                       secretion - excessive (thin excoriating, HOT water drops out)

                       sneezing - much

                      

KALI IOD       -  Violent ACRID coryza.

                  catarrhal inflammation of

                                                   frontal sinuses

                                                   antra

                                                   fauces

                  Patient is HOT & DRY then alternately DRENCHED with sweat.

                  Alternate heat and chill.

                  Heat with intermittent shuddering.         

           

            colds: from

                           every exposure

                           damp

                  Nose - red, tender

                         swollen

                         sneezing - violent

                         uneasy

                  Discharge

                         ACRID

                         watery           

                  Eyes- smart ; bloated

                        lachrymation (profuse)

                  Face - red

                  Tongue - white

                  Voice - nasal

                  Thirst - violent

            Headaches - catarrhal

                        with

                            inflammation of

                               mucous membranes of

                                  FRONTAL SINUSES

                                  eyes

                                  throat

                                  chest

                        forehead - heavy

                                   dull

                                   stupid  

 

ARSENICUM -

             Ars

                  is chilly with

                                       burnings

                                               > by heat

                  is  

                    restless

                    anxious

                    morbidly fastidious (excessively concerned with cleanliness)                          

             Always freezing :

                                  hovers round the fire

                                  can't get enough clothes to keep warm(Nux)

             Always chilly; suffers from draughts (HEP).

             Nose: Always taking colds in the nose,

                   and sneezes

                   from every change of weather.

                 discharge-  thin

                                     watery

                                     excoriates upper lip - while nose is stuffed up all the time         sneezing - no joke - and affords no relief

                                    from irritation

                                                   in one spot (like a tickling feather)

                                    after sneeze , irritation as before

                        Chills/rigors -

                                    as if - blood flowing through vessels were ice water

                                    a rushing through body of ice-cold waves

            with fever- intensely hot

                            feeling of boiling water going through blood vessels.

              NATRUM MUR     < exposure to fresh air

                        Loves salt

                        Hates fuss

                        weepy, but no one to see

                        Depressed

             Catarrhs

                    watery

                    or

                    thick whitish

                    like white of egg (raw or cooked)

                    with

                        secretion - of abnormal quantity

                 Sneezing - paroxysms

            Fluent-

                   alternating with dry

            Vesicles - watery

                           about lips

                                 wings of nose

            cough

                 with headache,bursting (Bry)

            Hoarseness

            Urine - spurts when coughing (Caust, Scilla)

       PULSATILLA-

              Weepy

              craves sympathy

                     air

                     cool air

              > motion      

          Nervous, timid, yielding.

              Catarrhs : old

              smell: loss of

              dischrge: thick yellow

                        bland (not excoriating)

              > in open air

              Nose -

                   stuffed up -   at night / stopped up in house

                   copious flow - in the morning / in open air

                   (fluent in open air , stopped up in house - reverse of Nux)

                   (well in open air, but violent catarrh as soon as he enters a room , and           in the evening)

                    coryza- stuffed

                            blowing of blood from nose

             Lips ; chapped

                        and

                        peel.      

     RHUS TOX

            < uncovering

            < cold

            >warmth

            Night: fear

                   restlessness

        Causation: cold damp weather

                   exposure to cold damp when perspiring (Dulc)

        Violent coryza

                      throat - redness

                               oedema

        Nose: stopped up with every cold

              thick,

              yellow,

              offensive mucus

        < first beginning to sing/talk -

                                                hoarseness

                                                rawness

                                                roughness

         wears off after singing a few notes or talking a little while

         THIRST -

            for  cold drinks

                                    especially at night

            but

            cold drinks bring on

                                        chilliness

                                        and

                                        cough         

        Bones ache: sneezing

                        and

                coughing

        < evening

        < at night

        tickling behind upper part of sternum.                                                                                                   

IPECACUANHA

              NAUSEA is a guide to Ipecac in most sicknesses. 

               Colds: simple common colds

                      settle in nose

                      blowing of blood from nose

                              with excessive sneezing

                      begin in nose

                            spread very rapidly to chest

                      stopping of nose             

              Bronchitis: of infancy

                                 to break it up (later stages Ant.Tart)

             Chill - violent

                         frame shakes

                         teeth chatter

            Thirst - no thirst

                        overwhelming nausea.

CARBO VEG

            < warm moist weather

            < evening

            Aphonia - every evening (Phos)

            Cough

                 dry

                 tickling

            Rawness

                   larynx

                   pharynx.

    NATRUM CARB

               Catarrh: fluent

                     prvoked by

                               least draught

               < periodical (every other day)

               > entirely relieved by sweating (reverse of Merc)

 

PHOSPHORUS

              Phos colds generally begin in chest or larynx.         

              CORYZA: Frequent alternations

                               of

                               fluent & stopped coryza. (Nux, Puls) 

              Throat: sore

              Head: dull

              Feverish

              Discharge - secretion

                                    dries to crusts

                                    which adhere tightly

              Hoarseness

              Catarrh- bronchial

              Nostril: discharge from one

                       stoppage of the other

              Sneezing

                        causes pain-

                                    in

                                    throat

                                    or

                                    head.

              Nose- blowing blood from nose.

                    red

                    shiny

                    painful

              Chest - tight

              Cough

                   hard

                   tight

                   dry

                   racks the patient

                   < open air

KALI BICH

         Discharge: thick yellow / greenish ropy

                    stringy (adherent mucous - can be drawn in long strings)

                    tough jelly like

                    offensive

                    plugs in nostrils

         Nose:

              dryness

              pain - pressive - at root of nose.

      SULPHUR

            Sul patient likes fat

            gets hungry about 11 A.M.

            feels the heat           

            Coryza, subject to

                  sneezing, constant

                  nose, stoppage of

                        fluent, like water trickling from nose             

                        discharges (nasal): acrid

                                            burning

            cannot

            Bath: cannot take a bath

            overheated : cannot become overheated        

            cannot get into a cold place

            cannot overexert without getting this cold in the nose                            

   CALCAREA

            Catarrhs: lingering

            discharge: thick yellow

            Nose- great crusts from           

            Breathes - part of night through nose

                                    then it clogs up

                        and has to breath through mouth

            Chilly - perspires much

            Sensitive to cold - so   Sensitive to cold

                                he finds it difficult

                                to dress to protect himself.                               

TUBERCULINUM

              Family history of T.B.

              cold - always catching cold

              always tired

              < in warm room.             

              Drugs produce peculiar symptoms. Where these agree in drug and patient, the ailment is cancelled, and health results. This is most strikingly seen in acute and uncomplicated sickness.

When you give to a patient a remedy that can produce his symptoms, it must be given in small dose to which his sensitive condition will respond without undue aggravation and suffering.                                                                         

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