Dewey gives the common homeopathy remedies for the treatment of Colds And Catarrhal Affections in an easy question-answer format. …

When is Aconite indicted in commencing colds?

When the attack comes on suddenly after exposure to dry cold winds, and there is chilliness followed by fever; no discharge, nose dry and stopped up; symptoms all better in the open air.

When does Camphora suit these colds in the head?

In the first stage, where the nose is stuffed up and the febrile symptoms of Aconite are wanting, through the patient feels chilly there is depression and languor. An indicating symptoms is that the inspirited air feels cold.

When should we give Gelsemium?

There is a general malaise and a feeling as if a cold were coming on; the head is hot and full and there is chilliness and a disposition to hug the fire; colds from relaxing weather, there is a watery bland discharge from the nose and sneezing.

When is Arsenic indicated in colds?

Where there is a thin, watery discharge from the nose, which excoriates the upper lip, and in spite of this fluent discharge the nose feels stopped up; the patient is chilly discharge the nose feels stopped up; the patient is chilly and hugs the fire; there is frontal headache, photophobia and sneezing, and the sneezing does not relieve the irritation in the slightest, it is worse going in to the open air, though the burning is worse near the fire. How dies this differ from Mercurius?

The Mercurius discharge, through very excoriating is not watery, but thicker; it is a thin, mucous discharge.

How does Arsenicum differ from Phosphorus in colds?

The cold of Arsenicum always settles in the nose, while that of Phosphorus settles in the chest.

How do we differentiate Allium cepa here?

Allium cepa has excoriating nasal discharge, but here is profuse lachrymation which is bland; there is prolonged sneezing; the discharge ceases on going into the open air, but returns again when vomiting into warm room.

What are the characteristics of Sabadilla?

Influenza with violent spasmodic sneezing and lachrymation on going into the open air; burning watery discharges from the nose; eyes swollen and watery; swelling of the throat and tonsils. Hay fever. Chilly, sensitive to cold air, wants to be wrapped up;sneezes when inhaling cold air; desire shot drinks.

What other drug has a thin, watery discharges from the nose, and how is it differentiated from the foregoing?

Euphrasia, it has excoriating lachrymation and bland nasal discharge, just the opposite of Allium cepa. The cough of Euphrasia has been described as “measly.”

What are the indications of Arum triphyllum in colds?

There is a stopped up nose with a fluent, acrid discharge, which is most generally yellow, and there is much soreness of the nostrils.

Mention another drug which has stoppage of the nose with a discharge.

Lycopodium; here there is apt to be posterior dryness; discharge of yellowish green matter from nose anteriorly.

In the first stages of cold when should Ferrum phos. be given?

When the onset of a cold is less sudden than that calling for Aconite and where there is no anxiety or restlessness.

When is Nux vomica indicated in cold in the head?

In the first stage, when brought on by damp, cold weather, sitting on damp steps, etc., associated with sneezing and stuffed up feeling in. the nose. The nose is dry, very little discharge; the eyes water; there is scraping in he throat, and there is dullness and oppression in the frontal region; the symptoms are worse in the warm room and better in the open air.

How does Mercurius compare?

It is similar in the rawness and soreness in the nose, and it is worse in damp weather.

Compare also Arsenicum.

The coryza is relieved by warmth and aggravated by cold, which is the opposite of Nux vomica, and the discharge is very thin and burning.

What other drug has distress in the frontal region with excoriating a coryza, lachrymation etc.?

Kali hydriodicum; here all discharges are profuse and watery and the throat is irritated. Patient is alternately hot and cold.

Give indications for Natrum mur. in colds.

Watery discharges, which are accompanied by vesicular eruptions about the lips, mouth and nose, dryness of the posterior nares and loss of smell and taste; sneezing worse in the evening while undressing and in morning on rising.

What is the difference between Sinapis nigra and Arsenicum?

Sinapis has the heat of Arsenicum, but there is dryness in the nose and no discharge.

What are the nasal symptoms of Chamomilla?

The nose is stopped up, yet runs a watery mucus; sneezing and inability to sleep; a dry, teasing cough keeping in child awake, or else a rattling cough, as if the bronchi were full of mucus.

W.A. Dewey
Dewey, Willis A. (Willis Alonzo), 1858-1938.
Professor of Materia Medica in the University of Michigan Homeopathic Medical College. Member of American Institute of Homeopathy. In addition to his editoral work he authored or collaborated on: Boericke and Dewey's Twelve Tissue Remedies, Essentials of Homeopathic Materia Medica, Essentials of Homeopathic Therapeutics and Practical Homeopathic Therapeutics.

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