The list of homeopathic remedies below are just some of the remedies used to treat colds. Colds are viral infections causing inflammation of the nasal membranes and, sometimes, a slight fever. It can progress to sinuses, ears, throat and lungs.
THIS IS NOT INTENDED TO REPLACE PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL CARE. IF SYMPTOMS PERSIST MORE THAN 3 DAYS, CONSULT A LICENSED PRACTITIONER. PREGNANT OR NURSING WOMEN SHOULD CONSULT THEIR DOCTOR BEFORE USING ANY REMEDY.
ACONITUM NAPELLUS (ACONITE)
This remedy is most effective if taken at the first sign of a cold. Illness comes on suddenly; after exposure to dry, cold winds. Head feels full, heavy; pulsating pain; burning pain. Face is red, hot. One cheek is red, the other pale. Eyes feel dry and hot; red; aversion to light. Ears are very sensitive to noise. Smell is sensitive; pain at the root of nose. Nose is runny with much sneezing. Mucous membranes are dry; nose stopped up; dry or with scanty, watery runny nose. Throat burns. Better - open air. Worse - warm room; evening and night; from music; lying on affected side; dry; cold winds.
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Sneezing with runny eyes and nose. Nasal discharge burns. Headache mostly in forehead. Eyes burn and are sensitive to light. Feeling of a lump at the root of nose. Hacking cough on inhaling cold air; tickle in larynx. Better - open air; cold room. Worse - evening; warm room.
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Key indicators for this remedy are: restlessness; nightly aggravation; great exhaustion after the least exertion; irritable weakness; burning pains. Headache is relieved by cold but other symptoms are worse. Eyes burn with acrid lachrymation. The nose has a thin, watery discharge. Nose feels stopped up. Sneezing without relief. Unable to lie down. Person needing Arsenicum is usually thirsty for small sips of liquid frequently. Better - heat; having head elevated; warm drinks. Worse - wet weather; after midnight; cold; cold drinks or food.
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The Bryonia cold is slow to develop. Pain is worse with movement and better with rest. Pains are stitching; tearing and worse with pressure. Mucous membranes are dry. Person needing Bryonia is extremely grumpy; has vertigo from raising the head; dry lips and mouth; excessive thirst. Headache is bursting; splitting headache which is worse stooping, motion, opening eyes. Cough which is worse from eating or drinking; must sit up; must hold chest when coughing. Better - lying on painful side; pressure; rest; cold applications. Worse - motion; warmth; eating; hot; morning.
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Colds that come on slowly and symptoms are not fully developed. First stages of fever. Headache throbs; head is sore to touch. Eyes are red. Lungs are congested. Cough is short, painful and tickling. Also can be hard, dry with sore chest. Better - cold applications. Worse - night; 4 pm to 6 pm; touch; motion; right side.
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Key symptoms for Gelsemium are: dizzy, dull, dopey, and drowsy. Cold has gradual onset. Headache is dull; achey; band-like feeling around head; heaviness of eyelids; feels better with head raised up on pillow. Sneezing; runny nose with dull headache; nose tickles. Throat feels rough; difficult swallowing; feeling of lump in throat; pain from throat to ear. Dry cough with sore chest and runny nose. Slowness of breathing. Chills run up and down back. Body feels heavy. Better - bending forward; motion; profuse urination; open air. Worse - damp weather; before thunderstorm; bad news; excitement; when thinking of ailment; 10 a.m.
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Great sensitivity to all impressions. Feels as if wind is blowing on part of body which makes it worse. Dizziness and headache when moving the head. Pain in right temple and in root of nose in the morning. Sneezes when exposed to cold, dry wind; runny nose. Nose is stopped up when going into cold air. Smell like old cheese. Sensation of a plug or splinter in throat when swallowing. Stitches in throat extending to ear when swallowing. Cough when exposed to dry, cold wind; walking. Cough whenever any part of body gets cold or uncovered or from eating anything cold. Choking cough; rattling, croaking cough; suffocative; has to rise up and tilt head backwards. Hoarseness with loss of voice. Better - damp weather; wrapping head up; warmth; after eating. Worse - dry, cold winds; cool air; slightest draft. touch; lying on painful side.
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Colds that start with sneezing. Headache throbs; blinding headache. Profusely runny nose; discharge like raw egg white, thin, watery. Loss of smell and taste. Cough is accompanied by bursting head pain. Shortness of breath. Eyes tear up on coughing. Pain in eyes when looking down. wants to be alone; sympathy aggravates. Better - open air; cold bathing; lying on right side; going without meals; pressure on back. Worse - noise; warm room; 10 a.m.; seashore; consolation; thinking.
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Thick, creamy yellow, yellowish-green discharge. Nose stuffed up at night and indoors. Better in open air; outdoors. Thirstless, weepy, wants attention and sympathy; contradictory; changeable; symptoms change. Likes creamy foods. Better - open air; motion; cold applications; cold food and drinks. Worse - heat; rich, fat food; after eating; evening; warm room; lying on left side or painless side; when feet hang down.
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COMBINATION - WHP COLDS
Hard croupy or dry hacking coughs due to colds, inflammation with congestion, increased thirst, hot dry skin and restlessness.
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