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

Abrotanum [Abrot]

Great anxiety and depression, gloomy and desponding (abdominal); ill-natured, irritable and peevish, FEELS AS IF SHE WOULD DO SOMETHING CRUEL; NO HUMANITY; easily tired out by conversation or mental effort; indolence and aversion to physical exercised; head weak, can hardly hold it up; face wrinkled old, pale.

Agnus-castus [Agn]

Sexual melancholia; ATONIC CONDITION OF SEXUAL ORGANS; hopelessness; patient thinks there is no use to do anything, as death is sure top come soon.

Ailanthus [Ail]

Low spirited, continued sighing, restlessness, confusion of ideas; electrical thrill, starting from the brain running to the extremities; PERFECT INDIFFERENCE TO WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN.

Alumina [Alum]

Intolerable ennui, timer passes too slowly; depressed and lachrymose; sad thoughts in the morning, feels joyless and comfortless in the morning on waking; trifling things appear insurmountable;dread of death, with thoughts of suicide; SEEING BLOOD ON A KNIFE, SHE HAS IDEAS OF KILLING HERSELF, THOUGH SHE ABHORS THE THOUGHT; no desire to do anything, especially something serious.

Ambra-grisea [Ambr]

Melancholy, sits for a days weeping, with great weakness, loss of muscular power and pain in small of back; constipation, sadness; sleeplessness after business; embarrassment, the presence of the other people makes her feel worse.

Anacardium-orient [Anac]

Everything appears as in a dream; excessive forgetfulness, even of recent; fixed idea that mind and body are separated that strange forms accompany him;a slight offense makes him very angry, curses and swears, breaks out into personal violence; WANT OF MORAL FEELING; depravity; ungodliness; inhumanity; FEELS AS IF HAD TWO WILLS, ONE COMMANDING TO DO WHAT THE OTHER FORBIDS; he is separated from the whole world; and having lost all confidence in himself he despairs of accomplishing anything. MELANCHOLIA AFTER CHILDBED.

Antimonium-crud [Ant-c]

LOATHING OF FILE; sorrowful and irritable, anxious in relations to present and future condition; ecstasy and exalted love, with great anxiety about his fate and inclination to shoot himself; (<) when walking in moonlight; sexual desire and erections when getting warm in bed.

Antimonium-tart [Ant-t]

Apathy and indifference; even death would be welcomed; hopeless and despondent, inclined to violence; children get angry, weep and cry.

Argentum-nit [Arg-n]

Loss of memory; lies with closed eyes, shunning light and conversation; he cannot find the right word, hence falters in speech; feels that all his undertaking must fail, is lost beyond hope for this world, is neglected and despised by his own family; all desire for labor lost; objects to whatever is proposed, HE SEEMS UTTERLY BEREFT OF ALL POWER OF WILL; agoraphobia and hypochondriasis.

Arsenicum [Ars]

PROFOUND EXHAUSTION AFTER WASTING DISEASE; physical disease and consequent exhaustion lead to self-mutilation and suicidal ideas; gloomy disposition of mind with religious apprehensions; attacks of anxiousness, especially at night, or in the evening in bed, obliging one to rise, with oppression and difficulty of breathing; anxiousness at the heart, with fainting and trembling; conscientious scruples, as if having offended everybody and could not be happy; dread of being alone; great dread of death and still inclination to commit suicide; sensation as if warm air were coursing up the spine into the head; burning neuralgia with agony and great restlessness, and his anxiety drives him from one place to another.

Asafoetida [Asaf]

Anxious sadness and apprehension of dying, is afraid to be alone; unsteady and fickle, cannot persevere in anything, wants one thing and then another; walks from one place to another; physical and mental oversensitiveness; globus hystericus, nymphomania.

Aurum-met [Aur]

Woefulness and dejection, with longing for solitude; solicitude in regard to the loss of love and respect of others, with deep grief and weeping; religious solicitude with weeping and praying, has no confidence in himself; great longing for death, as he thinks himself unsuited in this world, weeps in the evening and wishes to die; feels hateful and quarrelsome, without hope;staring dreary look; wavering, uncertain gait; insomnia, when he fails asleep, erotic dreams, erections and emissions; in the morning offensive breath, reddish tongue and copious salivation; loss of taste, diarrhoea and constipation alternate; rush of blood to head, roaring in ears; motes and sparks before eyes; all symptoms (>) in fresh air. HEPATIC AND TESTICULAR (ATROPHY) DISORDERS, syphilo-mercurialism; spasmodic asthma; CLIMAXIS; PUERPERAL MELANCHOLIA.

Baptisia [Bapt]

MELANCHOLIA CUM STUPOR; mentally results but too lifeless to move, indisposed to give vent to his thoughts, want of power and perfect indifference to do anything, inability to fix the mind on any work; mind wanders as soon as his eyes are closed; marked changes of the vital fluids; degeneration of tissues; high temperature; anxious, frightened look; foul breath; dry parched tongue; head heavy as if he could not sit up.

Belladonna [Bell]

Dejected and discouraged; disgust of life, (<) in open air, with inclination to drown himself, continual moaning and sighing, even during sleep, and restlessness drives him out of bed; anxiety and great anxiousness, (<) evening, headache, red face, bitter taste, sweat and longing for death; dread and tendency to start easily, with mistrust and tearfulness; solicitude about sudden death, of putrefying while yet alive, of being poisoned and everlastingly damned; suicidal tendencies in patients suffering from acute violent alcoholism;persistent insomnia, leaving the mind extremely dull, stupid, slow to act; indifferent and pathetic;nothing produce an impression.

Bismuth [Bism]

Anguish, at times he sits, then walks, then lies down, never long in one place, he is morose and discontented with his condition and complains about it; SOLITUDE IS UNBEARABLE; pressure like a load in the stomach; great debility, languor, prostration; restless, unrefreshing sleep.

Bromium [Brom]

GREAT DESPONDENCY, LOOKS CONSTANTLY IN ONE DIRECTION WITHOUT SEEING ANYTHING; she does not feel as she generally does, and does not know why; fulness in head and chest; much pain in left hypogastric and iliac regions, especially before menses; carcinoma mammae; swelling of testicles.

Bryonia [Bry]

Great depression and anxiety, with fright fear and apprehension of future trouble and misfortune, irritability, weeping and moroseness; mental exhaustion and confusion of mind; sticking, jerking, throbbing headache; marked inactivity of liver or rheumatic diathesis.

Cactus-grand [Cact]

Melancholia, particularly in women, with sensation of stricture around heart; unconquerable sadness fear of death (Aconite); cries without cause, but (<) from sympathy; often awakes in fright, but cannot tell the cause of alarm.

Calcarea-arsen [Calc-ar]

Mind much depressed with great anxiety about still greater evils in the future; the slightest emotion causes palpitation of heart (Lithium carb.); dull stupefying headache in different parts of head, but especially above and behind ears; desire for wine and liquors.

Calcarea-carb [Calc]

Malnutrition and malassimilation; fears she will lose her reason and people will observe her mental confusion; feeling of oppression, with heaviness of legs, trembling of body and frequent weeping, (<) evening and when admonished; grief and complaining about old offenses, dread of solitude which is unbearable; dread of being seized by misfortune, on account of her ruined health; loathing of work, with irritability; great tendency to be frightened, the least noise, the most trifling unexpected occurrence fatigues and causes trouble; does not like to talk.

Calcarea-fluor [Calc-f]

Unusual tendency to look at the dark side of everything feeling of unnecessary anxiety about everything; disposition to set a higher value on money than natural to him; AVARICE (Lycopodium) thinks he will come to want or would soon be running financially behind hand.

Cannabis-ind [Cann-i]

OVERESTIMATION OF THE SPACE; nervous depression and distressing fear of an imaginary character, amounting nearly to hallucinations and illusions from overworking a delicate nervous organization; constant fear he would become insane; horror of darkness, moaning and crying anguish, with great oppression, (>) in fresh air.

Carbo-an [Carb-an]

Sorrowful feeling of dereliction, faint heartedness, desire for solitude, sad thoughts and great tearfulness; despair day and night; timidity and tendency to start.

Caulophyllum [Caul]

Melancholia following long-continued menstrual regularities and uterine disorders; weakness of mind and memory; fretful and irritable; insomnia and restlessness during menses; tremulous weakness felt over entire body.

Causticum [Caust]

MENTAL AILMENTS FROM LONG-LASTING GRIEF AND SORROW; excessive sympathy for others, ALWAYS AFRAID OTHERS MIGHT TAKE HARM, no desire for life on account of that constant dread and anxiety; timidity about the future or as if he had committed crime; great sadness, with weeping on the slightest provocation;looks at the dark side of everything, especially before and during MENSTRUATION WHICH FLOWS ONLY IN DAYTIME, none at night; deep yellow complexion, sour sweat.

Chelidonium [Chel]

Anxiety, allowing no rest at any employment as if she had committed a crime; fear of getting crazy, with restlessness and heat; distaste for mental exertion or conversation; forgets what she wants to do or has done.

China [Chin]

Mental depression as a reflex of general lowered vitality; low- spirited, despondent and tired of life, with suicidal tendencies; great sensitiveness; easily moved to tears by the least contradiction; indifference and apathy with obstinate taciturnity; weakness and exhaustion after the least exertion, (>) in the evening and at night; nocturnal DREAD OF DOGS AND OTHER ANIMALS; desire for solitude.

Cicuta [Cic]

Anxious thoughts about the future, feels sad; excessively affected by sad stories; weeping, moaning and howling; fondness for solitude; great dislike to society; indifferent and apathy; disposition to be frightened; MISTRUST AND SHUNNING OF THE MALE SEX ( Baryta)

Cimicifuga [Cimic]

Deep melancholy with sleeplessness, a heavy black cloud has settled over her, so that all is darkness and confusion, while at the same time it weights like lead upon her heart; perfect indifference; taciturnity; takes no interest in household affairs; sighs and moans and is suspicious of everybody; brain feels too large for the cranium, a pressing from within outward, sensation of enlargement of the eyeballs, which feels as if they would be pressed out of the orbits; foul breath; faintness and goneness in the epigastrium; prolapsus uteri; nervous exhaustion from the least exertion; CHOREA, PUERPERAL MELANCHOLIA.

Coca [Coca]

Melancholy from nervous exhaustion; bashful, timid ill in society; peevish; delight in solitude and obscurity.

Cocculus [Cocc]

Great sorrowfulness, with constant inclination to sit in a corner buried in thought and to take no notice of anything about him; discontented with himself and still easily offended; great anxiousness as if he had committed a crime; confused feeling in the head, especially after eating and drinking vertigo with flushed hot head and face; seasickness, uterine spasms and dysmenorrhoea;excessive prostration, as if were impossible to make any exertion.

Colchicum [Colch]

Arthritic melancholia with suicidal thoughts; peevish and dissatisfied; want of memory.

Colocynthis [Coloc]

ABSENCE OF RELIGIOUS SENTIMENTS; apathy with lassitude cannot bear the society of persons he is intimate with; laconic mode of expression; no disposition to talk; dissatisfied with everything; consequences from indignation and internal gnawing grief over his imaginary or real troubles.

Conium [Con]

THE GREAT INHIBITORY REMEDY OF THE SEXUAL PASSIONS; excessive nervous prostration, with vertigo when lying down and when turning over in bed; great concern about little things, and becomes easily excited; dreads being alone and still avoids society;praecordial anguish; superstitious and full of fear, with frequent thoughts of death; loss of memory; alternate fits of silent depression and quarrelsome liveliness; mood serious; unsympathizing from indolence and what of proper will-power; cannot endure any kind of excitement, it brings on mental and physical depression, with weakness, confused feeling in head, often sits lost in thought.

Crocus [Croc]

Fearful, apprehensive sorrowfulness even of a religious kind; is not fit to live; alternations of excessive happiness, affections tenderness and rage; takes everything in anger and suddenly repents having injured others; restless, anxious timid; gay extravagance and liveliness alternate with sorrowful dejection.

Crot.-cascavella [Crot-c]

Insomnia, great sadness; her thoughts dwell on death continually, especially when alone; DREAMS ABOUT THE DEAD, when she falls asleep.

Crot.-horridus [Crot-h]

Timidity fear anxiety weeping or snappish temper, cross; irritable, infuriated by the least annoyance, sadness; her thoughts dwell on death continually; twitching and nervous agitation; lethargy, loss of coordination; incipient stage of senile dementia.

Croton-tigl [Croto-t]

MELANCHOLIA ATTONITA; feeling as of one cannot think outside of

himself; feels all pen up inside and no chance for the thoughts to flow outside; feeling of anxiety as if some misfortune would befall him; morose, dissatisfied.

Cuprum [Cupr]

Mental and bodily prostration after overexertion of mind and loss of sleep; anxiety fear or persecution, is in despair, with VERY DIFFICULT BREATHING AND FAINT FEELING; skin cool, covered with cold sweat; unconquerable sadness and restlessness, as if some misfortune were approaching; weeps often, shuns the sight of people, seeks and loves solitude, anxious concerning death, which she believes near and inevitable.

Digitalis [Dig]

Great anxiety, depression and dread of the future, with sadness and weeping, (<) about 6 P. M. and by music; morose, irritable and gloomy;weakness of memory, mind dull and confused; sleep unrefreshing, with frequent waking; anguish, which seems to proceed from epigastrium; weakness and exhaustion; slow pulse; RELIEF OF STUPOR BY WEEPING.

Elaps-coral [Elaps]

EXCESSIVE HORROR OF RAIN; dread of being alone as if something would happen; violent headache when the desire for food is not immediately satisfied, (<) from fruits or cold drinks; irregular menses weight in vagina with itching; weakness and trembling.

Eugenia-jambos [Eug]

Desire for solitude, mental depression loss of memory; his mind seems to brighten up after urinating, feels depressed before and shivering urination.

Ferrum [Ferr]

Mind exceedingly oppressed, great solicitude about those belonging to him, with constant thoughts of death; anxiety as after committing a crime; from slightest cause anxiety, with throbbing in pit of stomach; excited by slightest opposition, everything irritates and oppresses her; anaemia and debility with congestion to head and chest.

Graphites [Graph]

HERPETIC CONSTITUTION; gloomy and low-spirited; great inclination to grief, even to despair, propensity to feel himself unhappy, with thoughts of deep grief and weeping; timid restless, (<) morning; oppression about heart, with uneasiness in stomach, great anxiousness as if after the commission of a crime or as if a misfortune impended, with hot face and cold extremities; anxiety when seated at work; repugnance to labor; venous persons, with disposition to obesity.

Helonias [Helon]

Mind exceeding dull and inactive; desire solitude; irritable faultfinding cannot bear the least contradiction, all conversation is unpleasant; pressure from within upward to the vertex, aggravated by looking steadily at any point; ATONIC CONDITION OF THE SEXUAL ORGANS.

Helleborus [Hell]


Quite, placid melancholy, with sighing, moaning and dread of dying; feels unhappy in presence of cheerful faces; anxiousness about the heart, which prevents him from resting anywhere; ameliorated by vomiting; slow comprehension, obstinate silence; homesickness. REPERCUSSION OF EXANTHEMATA.

Hepar [Hep]

The patient is impelled by unaccountable attacks of internal anguish, which sometimes come on quite suddenly, to attempt suicide (Alum); chronic abdominal affections;excessive nervousness from abuse of mercury; dejected, sad fearful; repulsive mood and desire to be left alone; dementia, with stupidity, sits silent and speechless in a corner; VIOLENT OUTBURSTS OF PASSION, so that he does not wish to see the members of his own family;hasty speech and hasty drinking.

Hyoscyamus [Hyos]

Nervous irritability without hyperaemia; melancholy with despair and propensity to drown himself (Bell) and total indifference to food and drink; reproaches of conscience; dread of being sold, poisoned, bitten by animals; SYPHILOPHOBIA; jealousy with attempt to murder, aversion to mankind, mistrust and indolence; hyperaesthesia cutanea, wants to go naked, with loss of all shame; constant absurd talking or muttering to himself.

Ignatia [Ign]

TEARS WEPT INWARDLY; suicidal desire to be released from what seems to be perpetual burden of sorrow;desire for solitude so that he may still more nourish his inward grief; great anxiousness at night or when awakening in the morning, with taciturnity; fear of thieves on waking after midnight; timidity and fear of contracting disease, aversion to any amusement; vacant gaze sits quietly; face distorted, earthy, pale and sunken; no desire to eat or drink; weak memory; heaviness of weakness; cold feet, mostly evening; sexual desire with impotence; menses scanty, black, of a putrid odor; increased stool and urine, RECENT CASES.

Ind. [Indg]

Patient feels very gloomy, taciturn, timid, is tired of life, spends his nights crying, epileptic convulsions; FLUSHES OF HEAT FROM ABDOMEN TO HEAD; sensation as if the head were tightly bandaged around forehead; the epileptic fit always commencing with dizziness, undulating sensation through the whole head from behind forward.

Iris-vers [Iris]

Biliousness, despondency low-spirited, easily vexed; confusion

of mind with mental depression; habitual headaches from gastric or abdominal causes.

Iodum [Iod]

Melancholy, MUST KEEP IN MOTION DAY AND NIGHT; brain feels as if it were stirred up, feels as if going crazy; shunning and fear when any one comes near, particularly the physician, excessive excitability and sensitiveness, expects an accident from every trifle.

Kali-ars [Kali-ar]

Scolding, morose, retired, quarrelsome and discontented; jealous indifferent to everything, scarcely answers questions or replies in a peevish tone; eyes have a fixed look; face frightened and anxious.

Kali-bichrom [Kali-bi]

ANTHROPOPHOBIA; weakness, aversion to business, indifference, fretfulness, irritability, anxiety arising from chest; distress in stomach; averse to motion, inclination to lie down.

Kali-brom [Kali-br]

Imagines he is especially singled out as an object of Divine vengeance, thinks all her friends have deserted her, is full of religious delusions and a feeling of moral deficiency; nervous restlessness, cannot sit still must move about or otherwise occupy himself; insomnia; frequent shedding of tears; low- spirited, childish, giving way to her feelings; indifference and almost tired of life; profound anaemia.

Kali-carb [Kali-c]

Alternating mood, at one time good and quite at another excited and angry at trifles; constantly in antagonism with herself, frequently despondent; frets about everything, peevish, impatient, contented with nothing great aversion to being alone.

Kali-hydr [Kali-i]

Very great irritability and unwanted harshness of demeanor; his children, to whom he is devotedly attached, become burdensome to him; very passionate and spiteful temper; inclined to sadness and weeping with constant apprehension of impending evil.

Kali-phos [Kali-p]

Religious melancholia with fear of hell; refuses food and drink and tears everything; hyperaesthesia of senses with anaemic weakness and failure of strength as after mental overstrain, depressing emotions, or from exhausting drainings affecting nerve-centres of cord; hysteria with globus.

Lac-caninum [Lac-c]

Thinks she is looked down upon by everybody, that she is of no importance (Pallad.) doubts her own ability and success, weeps easily, exceedingly nervous and irritable.

Lac-defloratum [Lac-d]

Depression of spirits, does not want to live and does not want to see or to talk to any one; no fear of death, but is sure to die.

Lachesis [Lach]

Quite sorrowful lowness of spirits relieved by sighing; repugnance to society and dislike to talk; solicitude about the future, with disgust of life; INCLINATION TO DOUBT EVERYTHING; mistrusts and misconstrues everything in the worst way; indolence, with aversion to every kind of labor and motion; INSANE JEALOUSY.

Laurocerasus [Laur]

Indolence and indisposition to either physical or intellectual labor, so that patient becomes disgusted and tired of his life; fear and anxiety about imaginary evils; disposition to sleep; titillation in face, as if flies and spiders were crawling over face; want of energy of vital powers, no reaction, a paralytic weakness.

Leptandra [Lept]

HEPATIC DERANGEMENT.- Languid tired feeling with great prostration, gloomy; desponding drowsy; physically and mentally depressed.

Lilium-tigr [Lil-t]

Indecision of character, and depends entirely upon others; dislikes being alone, but has no dread of being so; OPPOSITE MENTAL STATES, feels nervous, irritable, scolding and still in a pleasant humor; constant inclination to weep; has to keep very busy to repress sexual desires; great bearing down in pelvic regions, as if everything from the chest down would fall out; the heart feels as if it were full of blood; with depression of spirits and apprehension of impending evil; blurred vision.

Lithium-carb [Lith-c]

Disposition to weep about his lonesome condition; difficulty in remembering names;sensation of entire helplessness, especially at night.

Lobelia-infl [Lob]

Fear of death from difficulty of respiration; restless sleep, with anxious and sad dreams; excessive weakness of the stomach, extending into the chest, with oppression of chest; sudden shocks through the head.

Lycopodium [Lyc]

WANT OF SELF-CONFIDENCE; fear of phantoms in the evening, with anguish, pusillanimous, nervous. irritable and peevish; seeks disputes, which is followed by supreme indifference; hypochondriasis; confusion of thoughts and forgetfulness, using wrong words, supposing himself to be at two places at once; fear of going to bed in the evening, is sure to heart somebody in the room; satiety of life, particularly mornings in bed, dread of men, wants to be alone or dread of solitude with irritability; MISANTHROPY WITH MISERLY DISPOSITION, flies even from his own children; abdominal and mental torpor.

Lyssin [Lyss]

(Hydrophobinum). – Cannot rid himself of the tormenting idea that something terrible was going to happen to him; fits of abstraction, he takes hold of wrong things;does not know what he wanted; uses words which have but a remote similarity of sound; two distinct trains of thoughts seem to be operating at the same time; imagines to be abused by others and tries to defend himself.

Melilotus [Meli]

Religious melancholia with weeping and indolence; reluctant to rise in morning, sits and does nothing; FACE ALWAYS HOT AND FLUSHED, throbbing of carotids; constipation; (>) by nosebleed or any other haemorrhage.

Mercurius [Merc]

Inexpressible pain of soul and body, anxious restlessness, as if some evil impended, worse at night, with praecordial anguish; sweat of the hands and heat of the face; disgusted with himself, has no enough courage to live; constant suspicion, considering everybody his enemy.

Murex [Murx]

Great depression of spirit, she considers herself hopelessly ill; goes to bed and remains there; great debility of the muscles; sinking of stomach; sensation of dryness of constriction of uterus.

Mygale [Mygal]

Constant talk about business, restless at night; despondent with anxious features; tremulousness of whole body in the evening; nausea, with strong palpitation of heart; dimness of sight; general weakness and fear of death.

Naja-tripudians [Naja]

Suicidal insanity, broods constantly over imaginary troubles; sleep full of frightful dreams, and wakes with dull pain in the head, and fluttering of the heart, uneasy dryness of the fauces; grasping of throat, with sensation of choking, and lividity of the face.

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.