It is common for emergencies to lead to needs where immediate administration of a homeopathic remedy is essential. Very often the forenamed occur during the weekend, late at night and while traveling when direct access to homeopathic remedies is not easy.
For these occasions, a catalog is given. It includes 20 homeopathic remedies for uncomplicated cough that should be available either at home or in the luggage especially for those with known susceptibility to infections of the upper and lower respiratory tract.
The purpose of this list is the treatment of some emergencies after contacting your attending homeopathic doctor who will indicate the suitable for this specific occasion remedy. Using medicine without your doctor’s advice is not recommended.
The potentization that is suggested for every remedy on this catalog is 30C.
1. Aconitum: Cough with sudden onset after exposure to dry, cold air.
2. Agaricus muscarius: Paroxysmal coughing that leads to sneezing.
3. Antimonium tartaricum: Cough giving the feeling that the chest is full of phlegm, which can’t be expectorated due to weakness.
4. Arsenicum: Cough deteriorating between 12 a.m. and 2 a.m. and improving in warm rooms and with hot beverages. Intense thirst leads to the desire to drink a small amount of water frequently. Extreme restlessness is noticed.
5. Belladonna: Dry cough accompanied by fever after exposure to low temperature. Limbs are cold and the head feels hot.
6. Bryonia: Intense coughing that causes painful chest jolting. The patient may hold his aching sternum.
7. Causticum: Cough with difficulty in expectoration. It is intensified while resting in bed and when the head is tilted forward. It is improved by drinking something cold. There is a feeling of scratches in the chest and throat. The patient tries to cough deeper due to the sensation of phlegm being stuck in his chest. There is urinary incontinence while coughing.
8. Coccus cacti: Paroxysmal coughing, especially happening during the night, deteriorating in warm rooms and improving in the cool open air. As soon as the patient gets to expectorate the slightest amount of phlegm the cough stops.
9. Drosera: Choky paroxysms of intense coughing that are caused by a sore throat and usually occur in the night and just as the patient lays his head on the pillow. The cough is so severe that leads to abdominal or/ and chest pain. It might be accompanied by vomiting or/ and nose bleeding.
10. Euphrasia: Cough occurring specifically during the day, whereas stops as soon as the patient lies down at night.
11. Hepar sulphur: Productive or dry cough that gets worse after exposure to a gentle breeze and when the patient is uncovering or undressing. It is improved by heat. There is a painful feeling in the throat resembling the prick of needles.
12. Ignatia: Cough associated with emotional tension or mourning. It is gradually getting worse as the patient keeps coughing.
13. Ipecacuanha: Cough accompanied by vomiting, especially among kids.
14. Kali bichromicum: Productive cough usually following paranasal sinuses (e.g. maxillary sinusitis). Expectoration is quite difficult and too thick/ sticky.
15. Kali carbonicum: Cough deteriorating between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m., while in bed rest and improving when the patient is inclined almost completely seated in bed with many pillows behind his back or leaning forward.
16. Nux vomica: Dry cough that gets worse during morning awakening, from chilly air and when the patient is angry.
17. Sambucus nigra: Cough with extreme dyspnea and excessive perspiration, particularly happening during the night to patients with severe asthma.
18. Silica: Cough caused by the feeling that a hair is stuck in the throat or on the tongue.
19. Spongia: Dry, guttural cough, sounding like “barking”, improved by eating or drinking.
20. Pulsatilla: Dry cough at night and during bed rest. There is an extreme improvement while walking in the cool open air.
All homeopathic remedies should be stored out of the fridge, in a dimly lighted area, away from perfumes.