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It’s easy to get started using homeopathy at home. You don’t need to be an expert in anatomy, physiology, or pharmacology. You only need to be able to observe your and your family’s symptoms and any changes you might see in those symptoms.

By using the information on this site you can quickly learn enough about homeopathy to use it at home to care for yourself and your family to address minor illnesses and injuries that don’t necessarily need a doctor’s care. Check out the Getting Started with Homeopathy page to learn more.

Treating at Home

Below is a searchable database of common illnesses and injuries that can be quickly and easily treated with homeopathy at home. To search the database, simply type in the symptom, illness, or injury for which you'd like to find a remedy in the search box below.

We recommend supplementing this database with a book or two about treating homeopathy at home, such as:

  • Homeopathic Medicine At Home by Maesimund B. Panos MD, Jane Heimlich and Dr Robert Mendelsohn
  • The Family Guide to Homeopathy: Symptoms and Natural Solutions by Andrew Lockie
  • The Complete Homeopathy Handbook by Miranda Castro
  • Everybody's Guide to Homeopathic Medicines by Stephen Cummings and Dana Ullman
  • Easy Homeopathy by Edward Shalts, MD

These and many other books about homeopathy can be purchased online or at your local bookstore.

And remember, if you are experiencing a serious medical condition or a medical emergency, be sure to consult a professional homeopath.


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Mild lower backache results from gravity as the body changes. “Round ligament pain” is usually felt as a brief, sharp pain or a longer-lasting dull ache in the groin or lower abdomen, as your ligaments stretch and thicken to support the growing uterus. Make sure to sleep on a firm bed and wear comfortable, low-heeled shoes. Try one of the following remedies for additional relief:

  • Belladonna: Pain comes on fast and disappears just as quickly; its worse from sudden jarring movements and from touch. You’re very restless. You may have a flushed, red face with dilated pupils, and be thirsty for lemonade. Older women with their first pregnancy respond very well to Belladonna for backache.
  • Bellis perennis: This remedy can stop the pain of sciatica of pregnancy or any pain in the groin extending down the legs that makes walking difficult, which often comes on during the last months of pregnancy.
  • Kali carbonicum: You have a bruised, dragging feeling with sudden, sharp pains up and down your back, buttocks, and thighs. Pain in the hip joint is common. Hard pressure over the painful area offers relief, but your feel worse from touch. You’re very sensitive to changes in weather, cold, and drafts; you want to be warm, but not overheated. You may feel irritable, touchy, and domineering.
  • Sepia: Your back feels tired with an aching, dragging pain in your lower back, possibly worse on the left. You have a sensation of heaviness or bearing down in your pelvis as if everything might fall out. You may be depressed and chilly.

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While there are many possible choices in the homeopathic treatment of low back pain, here are some of the most common remedies:

  • Belladonna: for violent, acute low back pain. The pain is severe and can be burning, throbbing, shooting, or spasmodic. The intense spasms come on suddenly and leave just as quickly. Might be worse from motion or jarring, touch, taking cold, or a draft of air. The person is also worse from lying on the painful side, at 3 p.m., and after midnight, and is better sitting up.
  • Bryonia: the person is in extreme, even violent pain, and the pain has a stitching quality. They are worse from the slightest motion and much better from rest and hard pressure. In fact, they often lie on the painful side to maximize the amount of pressure they can apply to the area, while simultaneously minimizing motion. They are worse from warmth and better from cold air and cold applications. Although the back pain is intense, it comes on relatively slowly. The person may also have great thirst for cold drinks and may be irritable with a desire for quiet.
  • Kali carbonicum: a sense of exhaustion in the back, or the back may feel broken. Perhaps most important, the pains have a stitching nature and are much better from pressure, yet are worse lying on the affected side. Those symptoms may be enough to successfully prescribe this remedy. The person may also have to walk stooped over, and the low back pain may extend down the thighs. In women, back pain may occur during labor or the menstrual period. They are chilly, may develop a cold sweat on the forehead, and are worse from slight exertion. The pain is worse from cold and better from warmth; and worse from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. or 5 a.m. They are afraid of being alone and greatly desire company; however, they often treat their company poorly, even though they desire their presence. 
  • Natrum muriaticum: The person feels as if the small of their back is broken, and they feel better lying on a hard surface or firm support. In sadness, the person dwells on past events and is often resentful or hateful toward someone that caused them grief. They cry alone because they are averse to company and consolation and, oddly, they may laugh over serious matters. They are intolerant of sun and often crave salt.
  • Phosphorus: The pain is often as if the back is broken, or it may be a burning pain. The person is often chilly and is anxious about their health or worries about others. They are much better when someone is sitting right there with them, giving them sympathy, and their back pain is better from rubbing/massaging. They have great thirst for ice-cold water.
  • Pulsatilla: The person has back pain that is worse from first motion and better from continued motion and rest. But back pain is much better from cold applications and worse from warm ones. The person tends to be warm-blooded and worse in a warm stuffy room; yet, oddly, they are thirstless with a dry mouth. The person may be timid, weep when telling their symptoms, feel lonely, and be better from consolation.
  • Rhus toxicodendron: for the person whose back pain comes on after overexertion, especially from lifting something too heavy. The pain is aching and the low back is stiff. It is worse from first motion, yet better from continued motion as well as better from hard pressure such as lying on something hard. The person is restless from the pain, which compels them to move constantly or to frequently change positions. The pain may come on with exposure to cold wet air, cold drafts, or before storms, and it is much worse from cold applications. Pain is better from warm applications (often as hot as possible).
  • Sepia: The person needing this remedy has a weak feeling in the low back, and the pain is better with hard pressure, from lying on something hard, from warmth, and, most characteristically, from vigorous exertion. Their symptoms are often worse in the late afternoon from 3 to 5 p.m. The person can be indifferent to their loved ones and desire sour or vinegary foods. They love the sun. They can also love thunderstorms and dancing, yet they are intolerant of contradiction and are very sensitive to music.

Bedwetting is also known as nocturnal enuresis. While it is most often a problem for children - it can affect people of all ages.

Here are a few remedies that can be considered for patients large or small that are challenged by this problem:

  • Arsenicum album: Bed wetting in nervous, anxious, restless and fastidious children. Can be very chilly patients. Can wet the bed from 1-2:00AM.
  • Causticum: Can be useful in children who wet the bed especially in first sleep. Often the urine passes so easily that the patient is unaware of it. Can also leak urine on laughing or coughing.
  • Kreosotum: Sudden urging to urinate - can't go quick enough. Sudden urging during first, very profound sleep. Wets the bed. Frequent urging at night - at night can't get out of bed quick enough. Wakes with urging but cannot retain urine or dreams he is urinating and wets the bed. Urine flows during first deep sleep, from which the child is roused with difficulty.
  • Lycopodium: Involuntary urination during sleep.  Passes enormous quantities of clear urine.  Can also have red sand in urine. The typical Lycopodium patient craves sweets, likes hot drinks, has aggravations from 4-8PM, especially for many complaints. Can be a bit cross and in an ugly mood on waking.
  • Sepia: The patient feels she must keep her mind on the bladder or she will lose her urine.  Involuntary urination as soon as the child goes to sleep at night. The bed is wet almost as soon as the child goes to sleep. Child is often indifferent, does not like sympathy, wants to get away alone.

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  • Arnica: injury, shock.
  • China: loss of blood.
  • Carbo vegetabilis: steady oozing of dark blood; cold breath, cold limbs; cold, clammy sweat; air hunger.
  • Ipecac: gushes of bright red blood, nausea, cold sweat.
  • Sabina: threatened abortion and uterine hemorrhage.
  • Phosphorus: profuse nosebleed, especially after vigorous blowing, or any hemorrhage; when small wounds bleed profusely.

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A boil (furuncle) is a localized skin infection starting in an oil gland or a hair follicle. It first appears as a small, hard, tender, red bump, which then over several days fills with pus and forms a head, becoming more painful as it grows. Eventually, it bursts open and drains. Boils are most common on the face, neck, armpits, buttocks, and shoulders but may appear anywhere.

Boils usually resolve on their own, but here are some signs that you may need to seek professional care:

  • A boil occurs on the spine or middle of the face.
  • The surrounding skin becomes red-streaked, warm, and very swollen.
  • More boils develop near the original one.
  • You develop a fever.
  • The boil does not drain on its own after 10 days.
  • Lymph nodes are enlarged.

The following homeopathic remedies can be very helpful in healing boils:

  • Arnica Montana: addresses small boils that come in crops, one after another, that are extremely sore, especially when touched. The most important indication for this ­remedy: The pain is more severe than the swelling.
  • Belladonna: Consider this ­remedy when a boil comes on ­suddenly with a fiery-red or inflamed appearance; there may be swelling of the glands under the arms or in the groin. The person may be overexcited and feverish with great ­sensitivity to noise, jar, light, and touch.
  • Hepar sulphuricum: When the person with a boil is irritable, even violent. They may be oversensitive mentally and physically—to a word, to contact, to pressure of dressings, etc. They are very chilly and want to be wrapped up. The boil is exquisitely sensitive and sharply painful. Can help move the process along if a boil’s discharge is too slow and scanty, or the boil has not opened in a timely manner. 
  • Lachesis: This remedy can help with very painful boils that become bluish and form rapidly. The person is worse from heat and very excitable. They are so sensitive to touch that they cannot tolerate any covering on the boil. Boils may occur mainly on the left side of the body and/or start on the left and progress to the right.
  • Silica: Boils may be hardened, and their discharges can be offensive. They can also be accompanied by swollen glands. Silica is useful after Hepar sulph has acted well but not finished the healing. Can be used to promote opening of the boil and discharging. People needing both of these remedies tend to feel chilly; is a bit slower to develop and not as sharply painful.
  • Sulphur: This remedy can be useful in cases where there is a frequent return of boils. Symptoms include burning, redness, flushes of heat, and boils that come in groups. Some homeopaths have noted that by giving Arnica while the boil is inflamed and swollen, and a dose of Sulphur occasionally after it has healed, the predisposition to boils may be gradually removed.

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Over 70% of all women with newborns in the U.S. currently breastfeed their babies and that percentage is growing- and for good reason. There is a tremendous amount of evidence that breastfeeding improves immune function in infants. According to the U.S. Surgeon General’s 2011 report, compared with breast fed infants, babies who drink formula are more prone to ear infections and diarrhea in the first six months and face a higher lifetime risk of asthma, obesity, type 2 diabetes and other health problems.

However, breastfeeding often presents challenges for new moms, such as nipple pain/cracking, engorgement (swelling and discomfort with soreness of the nipples), mastitis, and/or inadequate or excessive milk supply. These challenges can be incredibly frustrating and even result in new moms discontinuing breastfeeding entirely. Introducing homeopathy to breastfeeding moms can be tremendously helpful in addressing these challenges and help to make the breastfeeding experience more enjoyable for all. Plus, homeopathic remedies are safe for breastfeeding moms and infants, without a risk of negative or dangerous side effects.  

When choosing a remedy one should examine the breasts to see if there is any discoloration or visible swelling or anything unusual about the nipples. The texture and appearance of the milk produced should also be examined. Finally, observe whether the child has any problems with feeding.

Here are a few of the breastfeeding challenges new moms may struggle with and some of the common remedies to consider for them:

Cracked/Sore Nipples

  • Graphites: the cracks are itchy; may be oozing a honey-like discharge.
  • Nitricum acidum: for bleeding and painful cracks.
  • Phytolacca: For sore, cracked nipples, which hurt when the baby nurses. One of the most commonly used remedies for mastitis, especially where the pains radiate from the affected area and the breast is hard and lumpy.  The patient may feel heavy with flu like symptoms, or may have a breast abscess threatening.

Mastitis/Painful Breasts/Clogged Ducts

  • Belladonna: Sudden onset with intense symptoms. Worse on the right side. Breast(s) is red, hot and hard and can be marked by red streaks. The patient is very uncomfortable being touched or jarred and may have a craving for lemons or lemonade.
  • Bryonia: Breasts are very painful with motion and the patient is quite irritable. While the breasts are hot and painful as well as hard they are not as red as with Belladonna. Problem can be worse around 9:00PM. Mucus membranes of patient may also be dry (lips, etc.) and they may complain of pains and aches all over. They are worse from any motion and better from pressure to the breast. They also tend to be very thirsty.
  • Calcarea carb: Breasts can be hot and swollen but pale in color. The patient will complain of being chilly with a tendency to perspire in fact they can perspire even when cold. There may be production of excess watery milk or deficiency of milk. The milk may also disagree with the child. The woman is worse from exertion or a cold room and has a strong craving for eggs and a strong desire for dairy including cheese. Warmth makes the patient feel better.
  • Phytolacca: For sore, cracked nipples, which hurt when the baby nurses. One of the most commonly used remedies for mastitis, especially where the pains radiate from the affected area and the breast is hard and lumpy.  The patient may feel heavy with flu like symptoms, or may have a breast abscess threatening.
  • Pulsatilla: Breast milk can be watery, suppressed or blocked or flow profusely. The flow may also be quite variable. The patient tends to have symptoms that change often. They also tend to be yielding in nature and easily brought to tears with a warm personality. They can cry while nursing the baby. Patient is worse in a warm room and much better in open air. They are also thirstless.
  • Urtica urens: No breast milk is produced at all and there does not seem to be a cause for the problem. Breasts can be swollen with stinging pains like the sting of a bee. The breasts may also itch. Patient can also experience a stinging or itching rash. There is an aggravation from cold and cold bathing.

Milk Supply Problems

  • Calcarea carb: Breasts can be hot and swollen but pale in color. The patient will complain of being chilly with a tendency to perspire in fact they can perspire even when cold. There may be production of excess watery milk or deficiency of milk. The milk may also disagree with the child. The woman is worse from exertion or a cold room and has a strong craving for eggs and a strong desire for dairy including cheese. Warmth makes the patient feel better.
  • Lac caninum: will address milk flow issues that switch from side to side.  The patient may feel a conflict between nursing and the sexuality of her breasts.
  • Pulsatilla: Breast milk can be watery, suppressed or blocked or flow profusely. The flow may also be quite variable. The patient tends to have symptoms that change often. They also tend to be yielding in nature and easily brought to tears with a warm personality. They can cry while nursing the baby. Patient is worse in a warm room and much better in open air. They are also thirstless.
  • Ricinus communis: can help increase milk secretion. Make sure to use in the right potency because different potencies of Ricinus act differently in the body - 6C improves milk secretion while 30C reduces milk supply and is used for weaning.
  • Urtica urens: No breast milk is produced at all and there does not seem to be a cause for the problem. Breasts can be swollen with stinging pains like the sting of a bee. The breasts may also itch. Patient can also experience a stinging or itching rash. There is an aggravation from cold and cold bathing.

Weaning

When to wean is a personal decision. To allow both mom and baby to adjust physically and emotionally to the change, weaning should be a gradual process. Weaning is easier and painless if you take homeopathic medicines. They decrease the milk supply, thus relieving the swelling of the breasts and the pain. The most commonly used homeopathic medicines for weaning include:

  • Lac caninum: use a 30C potency.
  • Pulsatilla: use a 30C potency.
  • Ricinus communis: Use a 30C potency. Make sure to use in the right potency because different potencies of Ricinus exert a different action - 6C improves milk secretion while 30C reduces milk supply and is used for weaning.

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Below are the more common homeopathic remedies used after an acute fracture. Each remedy also has many other applications in practice, but I am only describing the things related to broken bones. Keep in mind that a person could need any one of a much larger number of remedies—you have to match the patient and their symptoms to the best possible remedy at that moment in time. So always take a full case, prescribe for the whole person, and don’t limit yourself to choosing from this group of remedies alone!

  • Arnica: brings down pain and swelling that accompanies any injury or wound; try to give it as soon as possible after the injury. Remember that after Arnica is taken, the swelling can be so reduced that it might be difficult to tell from observation alone that there is a fracture.
  • Hypericum: I will use this remedy for fractures to areas that are rich in nerves especially the fingers, toes, and spine. Can help when there is great pain in those areas directly around a break.
  • Bryonia: This remedy might be indicated some days after the accident, when the shock and trauma have passed but any motion brings on tremendous pain. The person wants to stay perfectly quiet and still to help prevent jarring, which can cause pain in the area of the broken bone, even after it has been set. The person is usually irritable and cranky, and prefers to be left alone.
  • Calcarea phosphorica: useful if, after an appropriate amount of time in the cast, an X-ray shows that the bone healing has not come as far as it should have; think of this remedy when there is slow healing to bone. People needing it tend to be irritable, restless, and in a sour mood.
  • Eupatorium perfoliatum: use when there is deep or aching pain at or near the site of a fracture. Can use it at the time of the break, but also some weeks later if the pain has persisted. The person may also have general aching in the body, even in areas far from the break.
  • Ruta graveolens: helps to heal injuries to the periosteum—a rather dense, fibrous material that covers bones and is the place that tendons and muscles attach. When a bone breaks, these areas are also impacted, and the bruised painful feeling can remain. People needing Ruta tend to be restless.
  • Symphytum: helps broken bones rejoin and heal. Some homeopaths give it routinely after a bone is set. Also good when pain remains in older, already healed fractures.

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We all get bruises from time to time. But your bruises can heal much faster with the help of the following remedy:

  • Arnica: first remedy for bruises and trauma; use in high potency for severe accidents/when concussion is suspected/diagnosed; use in lower potency for less dramatic injuries. Cream form should only be applied to unbroken skin.
  • Aconite: muscle weakness, numbness, lameness in limbs after injury; good for a person experiencing great fright or terror after trauma.
  • Bellis perennis: Deep trauma, bruising to soft tissue, internal organs; blows to the breasts, abdomen, pelvis; abdominal, pelvic trauma.
  • Bryonia: bruising and aching so the injured person can barely stand to be still, but movement worse with movement; pain improves from pressure.
  • Hypericum: first choice for nerve injuries/injuries in nerve-rich areas (like hands and skin); sharp pains radiating centrally from wound, especially from fingertips, tailbone, nailbeds, toes, soles of feet; useful for prevention of infection, including tetanus; pain seems out of proportion to injury severity; severe bites or any laceration to the tongue.
  • Ledum: puncture wounds – stepping on nails, staples, needles, etc; mottled, purplish bruising with excessive swelling; injured part often feels icy cold to the touch; injured area feels better for ice cold applications – cannot stand to remove the cold pack, no tolerance for warm applications or exposure to heat; wounds with threatened infection with superficial redness surrounded by paleness, often with coldness of the area.

Note: if the bruise is due to an injury to the head or face, careful observation for 24 hours is indicated. If the injured person's mental status (alertness, ability to reason, memory, orientation) worsens, it may be a sign of injury to the brain, and professional medical help should be sought today. If the person becomes unconscious, has increasing head pain, or begins repeated vomiting, seek professional medical help immediately.

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When insects bite and your body reacts with pain, discomfort, swelling, and itching, consider these remedies:

  • Apis mellifica: probably the most commonly used remedy for bug bites, especially if the ­discomfort is stinging in nature and there is quite a bit of swelling. Usually the area is warm or hot to touch, and you will feel relief with ice or a cold application. The area may also look more like hives, with a spread of the swelling
    and redness.
  • Ledum: for bites when cold applications bring some relief, but the affected area is generally cold (rather than warm). There may be a slight bluish tinge to the site of the bite.
  • Hypericum:  can be used for bites or stings that cause sharp and/or shooting pains, especially in areas rich in nerves like the fingers or toes.
  • Staphysagria: when there are many mosquito bites, and the individual bite areas spread out into welts.
  • Urtica urens: helpful when there are red, swollen bites that itch and sting, or when the area has become more like hives due to the bites.

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