Homeopathy treatment for Diphtheria from the Homeopathic Therapeutics by Lilienthal. Homeopathic remedies for the treatment of Diphtheria…

Agaricus [Agar]

Impending paralysis of heart; first sound hardly audible; pulse weak tremulous, very frequent and small: paralyzed feeling in left arm and hand.

Ailanthus [Ail]

Liver of fauces and pseudo-membranes; Thick, oedematous, dry, choky feeling in throat, which is hard and swollen; tonsil studded with numerous, deep, angry-looking ulcerations exuding scanty rough and scrapy, (<) on swallowing or an admission of air; thin, acrid coryza, discharging an acid, corroding fluid; TORPOR AND STUPOR, drowsy and restless, with muttering delirium; dark miliary rash; diphtheria scarlatinosa.

Alcohol [Alco]

Gargling or spraying with alcohol destroys and diphtheritic germs and dissolves the membranes and counteracts the terrible prostration.

Ammonium-carb [Am-c]

Diphtheria of scrofulous persons with swelling of the glands of the neck; putrid sore throat, burning pain with roughness and scraping in throat; tendency to gangrene in throat; nose obstructed, child aroused from sleep by want of breath; great prostration; excessive sensitiveness to cold air and cold drinks; cerebral symptoms.

Ammonium-caust [Am-caust]

DIPHTHERITIC GROUP; very hoarse, almost aphonia; low, guttural, husky cough, with smothered whoop, followed by suffocative spells, with great anguish; irritable and fretful; weak, moaning in sleep; hurried, labored, anxious breathing; pulse every rapid, feeble, wiry. Deep redness of velum, pillars, tonsils, posterior wall of pharynx, epiglottis; lower part of pharynx covered with white exudation, intense pain in throat, and dysphagia; burning, excoriating discharge from nostrils; excessive prostration and exhaustion, not in proportion to the short duration of the disease.

Apis-mell [Apis]

First stage, and it may be given as a preventive. Great debility and prostration from the start suspicious absence of heat, not much fever, puls rapid, but not strong. Diphtheria insidiously progressing, SMALL AMOUNT OF PAIN ACCOMPANYING INTENSE AND EXTENSIVE INFLAMMATION; tonsils, more often the right one, studded with deep, gray, angry looking ulcerations, exuding a scanty, putrid discharge; OEDEMA OF THROAT, UVULA OEDEMATOUS AND ELONGATED; membrane of a dirty-gay color; throat tender and sore on swallowing, pain extending to ears when color, throat tender and sore on swallowing, pain extending to ears when admitting air; cold water relieves the itching and stinging diphtheritic patches usually appear first on the arches of palate over the uvula; breathing difficult from appear first on the arches of palate over the uvula; breathing difficult from oedema glottidis; breath foetid or not; thirstlessness; painful and scanty urination, urine voided in drops with burning; perspiration frequently breaks out and dries up; heat unpleasant, oversensitiveness of the skin to touch; TENDENCY TO HEART FAILURE; diphtheritic group with rough, hoarse voice and sensation of rapid, oedematous swelling of the lining membrane of the air-passages;speaking painful; intense sensation of suffocation, high fever. Numbness and even paralysis of throat or of lower extremities (Mercurius cyan. follows well).

Arsenicum-album [Ars]

MEMBRANE DRY-LOOKING AND WRINKLED, covering entire fauces ulcers extending from throat to roof of mouth; tongue white: cervical glands swollen, thin excoriating discharges from nose; sensation as if a hair had lodged in throat; great foetor from the diphtheritic deposits and oozing of blood from under the elevated portions of the thick membrane; sleep broken by starts, crying out, jerking of limbs; great weakness and prostration; great restlessness and anxiety, patient wants to change position often notwithstanding the debility; child wants to be carried from one room to another; cannot bear to be alone constipation or exhausting watery and offensive diarrhoea; urine frequent or scanty, burning pulse rapid and weak thirst, but takes only sips; (<) after mid-night;(>) from warmth and warm drinks. Paralysis as a sequela of these bad and sometimes epidemic cases of diphtheria; albuminuria.

Arsenicum-iod [Ars-i]

Diphtheritic croup, deposit covering mouth from fauces to outer edge of lips and external auditory canal;foul breath; short, difficult respiration and symptoms of adynamia marked enlargement of lymphatic glands, WEAK HEART.

Arsenicum natron Dark purplish hue of throat, great swelling; great prostration, but not much pain; uvula hangs like a sack of water.

Arum-triph [Arum-t]

DIPHTHERITIS SCARLATINOSA SEPTICA, especially of Schneiderian membrane, with acrid discharge from nostrils; mouth studded with ulcers, especially in inside of cheeks, on lips and borders of tongue, red papillae elevated; putrid odor from mouth; excessive acrid salivation; throat sore, excoriated, cannot swallow on account of the pain and soreness; sensation of something hit in throat, especially during inspiration; submaxillary glands much swollen; great restlessness and prostration and, still throwing himself in all sorts of positions; urine and voided often; fever and irritability in all sorts of positions; urine scanty and voided often; ever and irritability worse afternoon, pulse intermits every third or fifth beat.

Baptisia [Bapt]

BESOTTED LOOK FROM GREAT PROSTRATION; discharge from mouth and nose horribly offensive, livid color of membrane; very little pain of fauces in spite of oedema of the parts affected, especially of the posterior choanae; throat feels sore and contracted, can only swallow liquids, tonsils and soft palate swollen, with constant inclination to shallow, not accompanied by pain, dull, bruised feeling in occiput; delirium with confusion of sight and almost complete deafness; burning heat in face with flushed cheeks; roof of mouth feels numb; tongue feels as if burned or scalded; oppressed breathing unto suffocation on account of pulmonary stasis, must have fresh air, chilliness of back and limbs; stools dark and blood-streaked; great prostration; particularly during reconvalescence no desire for mental or physical exertion paralysis of organs of deglutition; aphonia.

Belladonna [Bell]

Only indicated in plethoric patients at the very onset of the disease; fauces, especially right side, highly inflamed, bright red and shining; DRYNESS OF THROAT; submaxillary glands swollen and tender to touch; stitches in throat and fauces with painful deglutition, particularly of fluids, every attempt to swallow causes teats to flow,(>) by turning head or lying down; high sthenic fever, skin hot, urine scanty, blood-red, cerebral symptoms predominance.

Bromium [Brom]

Malignant forms of diphtheria, invading LARYNX DOWN RESPIRATORY ORGANS, leaving great weakness and lassitude; no fever, cool skin, sweating and spasm; husky tone of voice, rattling of mucus in larynx when coughing, cough has a croupy sound, with strangling of mucus in larynx when coughing rattling mucus in breathing; face ashy-gray, cheeks sunken, stiffness of neck, prostration. Suits children with fair hair and skin. blue eyes, e etc., and Teste affirms that milk neutralizes the action of Bromium and Iodium (Kali bichromicum, no spasm).

Bryonia [Bry]

Quickly prostrated, shuns all motions, on motions pain every where; white tongue; feeling of dryness in mouth without thirst, or with desire for large quantities, especially warm drinks; spasmodic cough after drinking.

Cantharis [Canth]

Great Constriction of throat and larynx, amounting almost to suffocation on an attempt to swallow water, even the urinary symptoms (<) by water, burning pain and soreness with scraping burning sensation in throat and expectoration of blood; marked disturbance of micturition. Albuminuria; extreme prostration, face wrinkled, pale with expression of suffering.

Capsicum [Caps]

Sensation of contraction in throat, continuing between the acts of deglutition, burning and soreness in fauces and throat, which are partially covered with a diphtheritic deposit; sense of suffocation; burning blisters in roof of mouth with odor like that of carrion; chilliness in back; beating and throbbing in head; vertigo, rapid pulse, epistaxis; prostration; GANGRENE OF THROAT.

Carbolic-acid [Carb-ac]

LOW DYNAMIC FEVER., ABSENCE OF PAIN; great accumulation of deposits, spreading a most offensive stench; glands of neck swollen; Aphonia and croupy cough; foetid discharge from nose, liquids, when being swallowed, return by the nose; excessive prostration with violent fever, headache dizziness, pale face, nausea, weak and the ready pulse.

Carbo-veg [Carb-v]

Sepsis and decomposition of the blood; haemorrhages of a low type; dark, rather fluid blood, flows persistently for hours and days.

Chininum-ars [Chin-ar]

Diphtheritic membranes on tonsils and fauces; nose stopped up with bloody and purulent matter; swelling of maxillary glands; foetid breath, confused in head and great prostration, even during convalescence.

Chlorum [Chlor]

Corroding, watery nasal discharge; fauces, red, sore and covered with membranes, foul breath; cervical glands swollen with engorgement of the surroundings cellular tissue; paroxysms of suffocation from constriction of the air-tubes; throat sore from

uvula to bronchi; inability to swallow or to speak from aphonia; frequent but not strong pulse; great prostration.

Crot. [Crot-h]

PERSISTENT HAEMORRHAGE, blood oozes from nose, the mouth not merely from posterior nares, but escaping from the mucous membrane of the nasal cavity; fauces much swollen and dark -red; pulse small and sweat; skin hot and perspiration; frightful headache; difficult swallowing, vomiting and diarrhoea; great thirst; prostration excessive, can hardly raise himself up in bed (Carb v.); gangrene of fauces and tonsils.

Helonias [Helon]

Profuse debility following and attacks of true diphtheria; pale, earthy face, loss of memory and dizziness; great emaciation; sense of profound debility is lessened by some exercise.

Hepar [Hep]

Diphtheritic croup with enormous swelling of the glands of the neck, great dyspnoea; croupy cough with some rattling.

Ignatia [Ign]

Pricking sensation in throat; SORENESS OF THROAT (<) BETWEEN THE ACTS OF DEGLUTITION (Caps); stitches extending from throat into ears; glands of neck swollen, craving for ice and ice-water;much sneezing and coryza; offensive odor from throat; disease commences on right side, extending to both sides; irritable, whining, nervous; deliria at night characterized by fear and dread; pain in occiput; nucha and sometimes in ears; putrid stools;stiffness in nape of neck and painless glandular swallowing around neck.

Iodum [Iod]

Children with dark skin, hair and eyes; much pain in throat painful swallowing, salivation; strong foetor oris; disposition to attack the larynx; thick,. gray-white exudation over velum and tonsils; thick, grayish white crouplike exudation in mouth and fauces; swelling of glands of neck and of tonsils; difficult of breathing; cough and alteration of violence;disinclination for food;early stage of disease.

Kali-bichrom [Kali-bi]

Diphtheritic deposits in nose, pharynx, larynx, vulva and vagina; membrane greenish-gray, brownish-yellow, like wash- leather, with increased redness and sensitiveness of the still healthy parts of the mucous membrane of mouth and fauces; swelling of tonsils and submaxillary gland; oedematous swelling of the uvula; tongue, cheeks, gums down into larynx and trachea, all throat symptoms worse by putting out tongue; shrill, croupy cough or whistling and wheezing, with difficult of breathing as though the lungs were stuffed with cotton, expectoration of viscid, tough mucus which may be drawn out in long strings, frequently streaked with blood; hoarseness tongue red or covered with a thick, yellow layer; exudation tough and deeply adhering (Carbol. ac., loosely adhering) layer exudation tongue and deeply adhering (Carbol. ac. loosely adhering), deep-eating ulcers in fauces, throat purple with numerous isolated patches of greenish- yellow excoriating; cachectic look; swollen glands, thirst and desire for beer; measly-like eruptions.

Kali-mur [Kali-m]

Numerous gray ulcers in mouth and throat; excessive secretion of tough, stringy mucus epistaxis; ravenous hunger followed by total anorexia; dryness and pain in throat with difficult swallowing; excessive micturition, haematuria; albuminuria; hoarse voice; incessant cough with difficult respiration and oppression of chest; watery froth exuding from mouth; sputa white

as milk.

Kali-permangan [Kali-perm]

ODOR OF BREATH UNBEARABLE; Whole throat covered with black, foul exudation, submucous tissue dark and dry, face purple throat swollen inside and outside thin sanious discharge from nose, excoriating upper lip; fluids taken by mouth return through nose; great dyspnoea; general and excessive prostration, dark-colored offensive diarrhoea.

Kali-phos [Kali-p]

Diphtheria with marked PUTRID GANGRENOUS CONDITION and fearful stench from mouth; easy bleeding of gums, and fauces look as if spread over with black liquid mustard; gangrenous ulcers in mouth and cheeks; watery diarrhoea, like rice-water or stools of pure blood;paralysis following diphtheria.

Kreosotum [Kreos]

Putrid odor from mouth; MALIGNANT DIPHTHERIA, WHEN CONFINED TO FAUCES, especially in scrofulous and lymphatic patients; back softening and decomposition of mucous membrane with atony and extension of softening to oesophagus; fever, vomiting, loss of appetite, restless sleep; swelling of glands.

Lac-caninum [Lac-c]

Diphtheria begins on left side and spreads to right; migratory condition, MEMBRANES LEAVE ONE SIDE AND GO TO THE OTHER REPEATEDLY, pains also constantly flying from one side to another; ulcers on tonsils, and fauces covered with a yellowish- gray curdy deposit, glistening as if varnished; pricking sensation in throat as if full of sticks (Nitr-ac.) stinging breath; constant inclination to swallow; profuse salivation saturating the pillow; tongue, fauces and tonsils swollen and covered with a dirty coating; dry exudation diffused like the lid of a pepper-box; pricing and cutting pain when swallowing, shooting up into the ears; aversion to liquids, especially water. DIPHTHERIA BEGINNING IN LARYNX AND SPREADING UPWARD; breathing hoarse and croupy; often snoring and only possible through the mouth, one nostril stuffed, the other free and discharging thin mucus or thin blood, tenderness on pressure of larynx, more right side;l great bodily restlessness, must be carried from place to place, hot palms of hands; corners of mouth sore.

Lachesis [Lach]

ASTHENIA FROM THE START; Membrane commences on the left side with tendency to spread to the right; purple livid color of inflamed parts, with dull, dry appearance and little swelling; INTENSE PAIN ACCOMPANIES AN APPARENTLY SMALL AMOUNT OF INFLAMMATION; deep redness of fauces and tongue; constant attempt to put the tongue of his mouth, which vibrates and trembles like a snake’s tongue; discharge from nose and mouth foetid, thin, sanious and excoriating; swelling of the glands of the neck and of the cellular tissue; EXCESSIVE PERSPIRATION AND CARDIAC DEBILITY even before the exudation, cold clammy perspiration; cool extremities, somnolency, delirium. Diphtheritic croup, the child awakes from sleep smothering, has croupy cough, especially after a nap in daytime;l liquids pain more when swallowing than solid good. (<) FROM SWALLOWING SALIVA, FROM HOT DRINKS (>) FROM COLD DRINKS (Lyc,. the reverse); spitting large quantities of ropy mucus; peculiar had aching all over,, so that position os constantly changed; constitutional symptoms grater than local manifestations; paralysis of throat and other parts after diphtheria; presbyopic during convalescence.

Lachnanthes [Lachn]

Sore throat with short cough, itching in spot when swallowing; NECK STIFF, HEAD DOWN TO ONE WIDE; pain in nape as if dislocated, when turning neck or bending head backward.

Lycopodium [Lyc]

DIPHTHERIA OF RIGHT SIDE AND NOSE AND SPREADING TO LEFT SIDE; DESIRE FOR WARM DRINKS WHICH ARE GRATEFUL TO THE THROAT, children are cross and naughty when awaking from their nap; yellow, thick, acrid discharge from nose;l fauces brownish-red, dry tongue, and inability to breathe through nostrils; tonsils, tongue and fauces swollen, with spasms on swallowing he is forced to keep his month open to get breath; parotid swelling; projecting tongue and silly expression; perfect stupor, every symptoms hinting at cerebral paroxysms, drooping of lower jaw, rapid, rattling, breathing; snoring, unconsciousness; grinding of teeth, even when fully awake.

Mancinella [Manc]

Post-diphtheritic affections pains all over body, mostly chest, with a dry cough; continual joking sensation rising from stomach. like from pressure of wind, with weakness and palpitation of heart.

Mercurius-cor [Merc-c]

Although the mercurials are definite in the rapid prostration as found in severe diphtheritic cases, still in some cases this preparation may be useful where the exudation covers in the entire fauces and extends into the nose, from which a profuse discharge flows;l pricking in throat as from needles. Rapid necrotic destruction of the parts.

Mercurius-cyanatus [Merc-cy]

ADYNAMIA FEVER FROM THE START. PUTRID DIPHTHERIA, foetor oris and tenderness of the salivary glands without much swelling, or glands swollen and cellular tissue of neck infiltrated; nasal cavities, mouth, fauces, pharynx and larynx converted by a dark- gray or green thick, leathery exudation and exudation ulceration; PROFUSE EPISTAXIS AND INCESSANT SALIVATION; very free perspiration from the least motion; excoriating discharge from nostrils; excessive prostration with burning skin; blue face, cold extremities, filiform pulse; aversion to all foods heart weak so that the least charge of position causes fainting.

Mercurius-iod-flav [Merc-i-f]

Diphtheritic membrane yellow, (<) ON RIGHT SIDE, from warm drinks or from empty deglutition; great thirst for cold water, can swallow only in little sips, as throat is so full; constant disposition to hawk. caused by excessive secretion of mucus, very difficult to dislodge; considerable salivation which makes the chin sore; posterior wall of larynx red, irritated, inflamed and dotted with patches looking like small ulcerated spots; nose obstructed with thick yellow scabs and membranes, all worse on right side; tongue yellow, with tip and edges clear and red;foetid discharge from fauces and nares; oedema of neck and throat; glands swollen and infiltrated; deposit of limited extent, transparent, pellicular, albuminous and easily detached; urine scanty and high-colored; craves acid drinks.

Mercurius-iod-rub [Merc-i-r]

Swallowing painful, both of solids and fluids, patches mostly on LEFT TONSIL, velum elongated; must hawk and swallow from the collection of saliva of mucus or from feeling of a lump in throat; livid patches; exudation limited, transparent, easily detached discharge thin and offensive; enlarged glands; wants his food well salted, but drinks little.

Muriatic-acid [Mur-ac]

Grayish-white membrane on fauces, with choking on swallowing; parts appear dark-bluish, are raw and smart; dark foetid nasal discharge: weak, empty reeling in stomach with loss of appetite; nosebleed; weak, drowsy pulse intermittent; TYPHOID CONDITION WITH MOST INTENSE PROSTRATION; involuntary stool and urine; mouth studded with ulcers having a dark or black base and dipping deep in with tendency to perforate; blood dark and putrid.

Naja-tripudians [Naja]

SUFFOCATING SPELLS ON LYING DOWN, particularly when lying in bed; suffocative spells of cough after every sleep. however short; the cough is deep, hoarse; respiration wheezing, rasping, very tight and difficult, (>) from daylight till noon retention of urine; yellow, watery stools IMPENDING PARALYSIS OF HEART, patient able or pale, awakens from sleep gasping, pulse filiform intermittent.

Natrum-ars [Nat-ar]

NOT MUCH PAIN DESPITE THE DARK PURPLISH HUE of the throat, the great swelling and the great prostration. Uvula hands down like a sack of water; fauces and pharynx look red and glassy; throat painful on empty swallowing, but no soreness on swallowing food or drink; tough, yellowish mucus in posterior nares and upper part of pharynx, with considerable hawking to free the throat; neck feels stiff (Lachn) and sore, troubled sleep, cold, clammy sweat heart oppressed from least exertion: pulse irregular, variable, slower than usual.

Natrum-mur [Nat-m]

Swelling of submaxillary glands and lymphatics; map tongue; burning in throat;l after cauterization with lunar caustic;post- diphtheritic paralysis of the muscles of throat. Craves salt.

Nitric-acid [Nit-ac]

NASAL DIPHTHERIA; discharge from nose watery and very offensive, excoriating every part it touches (Arum), with white deposits in nares; ulcers in mouth with stinging in them as if from splinters (Lac.can) difficult and painful deglutition; excessive salivation; fauces and glands swollen; foetor oris; chilliness and still aversion to heat; nosebleed; distress and uneasiness in stomach with total rejection of all food; great uneasiness; excessive prostration; deep-seated local affection;l; intermittent pulse.

Nux-vomica [Nux-v]

Patient feels better after a little sleep.

Opium [Op]

SUFFOCATIVE ATTACKS DURING SLEEP; cough, with dyspnoea and blue fade; profuse perspiration over whole body (Lachesis after sleep, Naja when lying down) painful attacks of coughing and strangling.

Phytolacca [Phyt]

Creeping chills and backache in the beginning; THROAT FEELS AS IF IT WERE A LARGE EMPTY CAVERN; feeling as if a hot ball were lodged in fauces, and sensation as after swallowing choke-pears PAINS IN HEAD, BACK AND LIMBS, (<) on least touch of neck; pains shoot into ears when swallowing; great prostration and restlessness livid exudation upon tonsils and fauces; tonsils, soft palate and fauces highly inflamed and swollen, sore and sensitive, (<) on taking hot fluids; breath offensive; cannot stand, when rising up in bed faint and dizzy; high fever and albuminuria.

Plumbum-met [Plb]

Gangrenous destruction of mucous membrane; scabs with foul- smelling ichor, most horrid tendency to sloughing; paralytic weakness of extremities; hands and feet cold; excessive prostration.

Plumbum-iod [Plb-i]

Gangrenous destruction of mucous membrane; scabs with foul- smelling ichor, most horrid tendency to sloughing; paralytic weakness of extremities; hands and feet cold; excessive prostration.

Psorinum [Psor]


Excessive debility after diphtheria, patient hopeless despairs of recovery (>) lying down, (<) from slightest exertion, in the evening and before midnight; profuse sweats, especially in palms of hands and face.

Rhus-tox [Rhus-t]

Child restless, wants to be carried about, wakes up new and then complaining of its throat; bloody saliva runs out of its mouth during sleep, sticking pain in tonsils; right tonsil covered with yellow exudation, (<) when beginning to swallow; parotid swollen; transparent, jellylike stools,; typhoid symptoms.

Sanguinaria [Sang]

Ulcerated sore throat; intense heat and dryness of throat, amounting to burning, choking feeling when swallowing, (>) inspiring cold air, pearly coating of fauces and tonsils, (<) right side.

Sulphur [Sulph]

Large, yellow deposits all around the posterior wall of the of the pharynx, which the is ulcerated and sloughing, with very little swelling, more painful than that of liquids; dryness of throat;l flushes of heat, frequent sinking spells; constant desire to urinate; fever with sharply circumscribed redness of cheeks; burning of feet, puts them out of bed; eruption, when present itches when becoming warm; slowly progressing cases in psoric patients.

Sulphuric-acid [Sul-ac]

Ulceration of throat with large exudations; thick, grayish or lemon-colored, sticky and tenacious; tonsils bright red; swallowing difficult;; liquids run out of the nose; speech and breathing difficult from accumulated exudation in fauces; excessive salivation; foul breath; apathy; excessive paleness; much debility with sensation of trembling all over body without real trembling.

Tarentula-cubana [Tarent-c]

Entire fauces red, tonsils covered by membrane, foul breath; high fever, pungent heat of the skin; drowsy with starting in sleep, head hot, face fiery red; tendency to gangrene and sepsis.

Samuel Lilienthal
Dr. Samuel Lilienthal (1815-1891) was from Germany, and became a pioneer homeopath in America. He received his Doctor of Medicine Degree from the University of Munich in 1838. After he moved to the United States, he was hired as Professor of Clinical Medicine at New York College for Women, and also as Professor of Mental and Nervous Diseases at the New York Homeopathic College.
Dr. Samuel Lilienthal was the author of many great books including “Homeopathic Therapeutics”. For many years, with the support of Dr. Constantine Hering, he was the editor of the North American Journal of Homeopathy. Dr. Lilienthal passed away on February 2nd 1891 in San Francisco.