These remedies are useful for coughs due to an acute infection and for bronchitis, croup, and whooping cough. In cases of chronic coughs and/or low immunity, it is best to consult a professional homeopath for constitutional treatment.
Belladonna: Useful at the beginning stages. This person is extremely hot with a flushed face.
Ferrum Phosphoricum: Also useful at the beginning stages, but more gradual onset with less intensity. A short, tickling cough with few other symptoms.
Bryonia: A hard dry cough that may hurt the chest. There is thirst for cold drinks and the person’s symptoms are worse from movement. This person may be irritable and may want to be alone.
Arsenicum: Anxious, restless person who is weak and chilly. The cough is worse at night, and from cold air and drinks.
Phosphorus: This person has thirst for cold drinks. They are chilly, crave company and have a fear of the dark.
Hepar Sulphuris: The person is very chilly and worse for anything cold. They are irritable, oversensitive and prefer warm drinks.
Ipecacuanha: Spasmodic coughing sometimes with nausea and/or retching. The chest is full of rattling mucus and there is wheezing.
Antimonium Tartaricum: The chest is full of rattling mucus. Usually indicated toward the end stages of a cough. This person is drowsy, pale and sweaty.
Spongia: A dry, harsh, hoarse cough. The cough sounds like a saw going through wood. The person may wake from sleep feeling suffocated.
Rhus Toxicodendron: A dry cough with a tickling behind the breastbone. There is restlessness and the cough may be better from motion. Exposure t cold damp aggravates the cough.
Potency and Repetition
Give a 12C or 30C potency (strength) of the indicated remedy every four hours for four to six doses. Stop, or increase the time between doses upon improvement of the cough. If there is no improvement after a few doses of the indicated remedy, try selecting a different remedy.
The remedies listed above are the most commonly indicated cough remedies. Another remedy not listed in the article may be needed.
By Sonya McLeod
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