Back chapter from Joseph’s Repertory, based on Boericke’s Materia Medica. Symptoms related to Back….

Aches, weak; drawing of muscles below  scapulæ — PULEX IRRITANS.

Aching across lumbo-sacral region; cannot walk erect  (Cimicif) — MORPHINUM.

Aching and burning across the lumbar region; can trace outlines of kidneys by constant burningHELONIAS DIOICA.

Aching in back of neck — RADIUM BROMATUM.

Aching in legsVARIOLINUM.

Aching in lumbar and lumbo-sacral region — COLCHICUM AUTUMNALE.



Aching in small of back — AETHUSA CYNAPIUM

Aching pains in lumbar region; pains streaking up and down spine into sacrum — PHYTOLACCA DECANDRA.

Awakened in morning with burning soles, Spinal pains, legs and arms heavy and weak, cannot lie on  back — — NICCOLUM SULPHURICUM.

Back lame, weak, and painful — ABROTANUM.

Back stiff, especially in morning on rising and during damp  weather — PHYTOLACCA DECANDRA.

Back stiff; violent jerks in spinal  column — STRYCHNINUM PURUM.

Backache affecting sacrum and hips; worse walking or stoopingAESCULUS HIPPOCASTANUM.

Backache better pressure and lying on  back — RUTA GRAVEOLENS.

Backache between shoulders and lumbar-sacral region, better after walking — RADIUM BROMATUM.

Backache in lumbar region — NUX VOMICA.

Backache of congested kidneys (Senec aur) — SOLIDAGO VIRGAUREA.

Back feels as if in a vise — AETHUSA CYNAPIUM.

Backache, as if in a vise when sitting-AMMONIUM MURIATICUM.

Backache, better, rest and pressure — COLCHICUM AUTUMNALE.

Backache, extending down legs –XEROPHYLLUM.

Bends backward–ANGUSTURA VERA.

Back bent backward like an arch — CICUTA VIROSA.

Boring pain between scapulæ — PHOSPHORICUM ACIDUM.

Boring pain in lumbar region, extending down legs — HELONIAS DIOICA.

Bruised pain below  scapulæ — NUX VOMICA.

Bruised pain between scapulæ — BARYTA CARBONICA.

Bruised pain between scapulæ — ACONITUM NAPELLUS.

Bruised pain in coccyx when  sitting — AMMONIUM MURIATICUM.

Bruised pain in small of back, especially when sitting — MERCURIUS SOLUBILIS.

Burning along spine — HELODERMA.

Burning along spine — ZINCUM METALLICUM.

Burning in back; pain as if broken — PHOSPHORUS.

Burning in nape of shoulders — GUACO.

Burning in spine (Guaco) — KALIUM CARBONICUM.

Burning in spine; worse, 3 to 4 am — NUX VOMICA.

Burning pain in region of kidneysTEREBINTHINIAE OLEUM.

Burning between scapulæ as of hot coals — LYCOPODIUM CLAVATUM.

Cannot bear back touched (Sul; Therid; Cinch) — ZINCUM METALLICUM.

Cervico-brachial neuralgia; worse,  touch — NUX VOMICA.

Chilliness between shoulders or up the back — TUBERCULINUM.

Chilliness between the shoulder-blades; pain and stiffness in back — LACHNANTHES TINCTORIA.

Chronic backache in lumbar region; better resting on  back — GNAPHALIUM POLYCEPHALUM.


Coccyx injury from fall, with pain radiating up spine and down limbs — HYPERICUM PERFORATUM.

Coccyx painful — PETROLEUM.

Coldness  across scapulæ — HELODERMA.

Coldness between shoulders — SEPIA.

Coldness in sacrum — BENZOICUM ACIDUM.

Complete relaxation of the whole muscular system — GELSEMIUM SEMPERVIRENS.

Contractive pain between scapulæ — GUAJACUM OFFICINALE.

Contractive pain between scapulæ — GUAJACUM OFFICINALE.

Cracking of cervical vertebræ when moving head — COCCULUS INDICUS.

Crawling and tingling, as if bruised — ACONITUM NAPELLUS.



Curvature of dorsal  vertebræ — CALCAREA CARBONICA.

Cutting through loins; cannot walk; extends to groins — KALIUM BICHROMICUM.

Dislocated feeling in sacrum and better lying on right side — SANICULA AQUA.

Dorsal pain between shoulders — CONIUM MACULATUM.

Dragging backache, extending to genitals and down thighs — KREOSOTUM.

Drawing in of shoulders — ARSENICUM ALBUM.

Drawing in right kidney extending to hip — TEREBINTHINIAE OLEUM.

Drawing in the neck–ANGUSTURA VERA.

Drawing pain between shoulders — SULPHUR.

Dull aching about the last dorsal or first lumbar vertebræ; worse  sitting — ZINCUM METALLICUM.

Dull aching in lumbar and sacral region, passing upward — GELSEMIUM SEMPERVIRENS.

Dull aching in lumbar and sacral  region — CONIUM MACULATUM.

Dull pain across loins — COLCHICUM AUTUMNALE.

Dull pain between shoulders and about renal and splenic region; pain in lumbar region better lying down — EUONYMUS ATROPURPUREA.

Dull pain in nape of neck — CAUSTICUM.

Dull pain in region of kidneys; worse, wine — BENZOICUM ACIDUM.

Dull pressure in the shoulders, as from a weight–ANACARDIUM ORIENTALE.


Dull, heavy, dragging pain and stiffness, particularly across lumbar region, must use arms in raising himself from  seatHYDRASTIS CANADENSIS.

Every little exertion causes fatigue — GELSEMIUM SEMPERVIRENS.

Excruciating backacheVARIOLINUM.

Fatty tumors about neck — BARYTA CARBONICA.

Feels hot from sacrum to scapulæ — XEROPHYLLUM.

Fixed pain under inner and lower angle of right scapulaCHELIDONIUM MAJUS.

Formication and numbness — SECALE CORNUTUM.

From hard water and sudden changes of weather — BRYONIA ALBA.

General fatigue — CAINCA.

Gnawing pain, as if from hot iron — ALUMINA.

Great debility — KREOSOTUM.

Great exhaustion — KALIUM CARBONICUM.

Great languor, better exercising — HELONIAS DIOICA.


Hands and feet swell, and become red after washing, feel  full — AESCULUS HIPPOCASTANUM.

Heat between the shoulder-bladesPHOSPHORUS.

Heat deep in spine — XEROPHYLLUM.



Icy coldness between shoulders; not relieved by warm covering, followed by itching — AMMONIUM MURIATICUM.

Icy sensation down spineSTRYCHNINUM PURUM.

Ill effects of bruises and shocks to spine — CONIUM MACULATUM.

Insupportable pain in loins and hips — CHAMOMILLA.

Intense pain between angle of right shoulder-blade near spine, and through the chest-CHENOPODIUM ANTHELMINTICUM.

Intercostal rheumatism — CIMICIFUGA RACEMOSA.

Itches across kidney region — TARENTULA CUBENSIS.

Itching along back–ANGUSTURA VERA.

Itching and pain of neck and back–ANTIMONIUM CRUDUM.

Itching when undressing — NATRIUM SULPHURICUM.

Jerking and twitching of muscles — HYPERICUM PERFORATUM.

Jerking, tearing in coccyx, especially during menses — CICUTA VIROSA

Knife-like pains around back — CHINA OFFICINALIS.

Lameness in neck; aching between shoulder blades; region of spine feels weak; back and legs give out — AESCULUS HIPPOCASTANUM.

Languor; muscles feel bruised — GELSEMIUM SEMPERVIRENS.

Lightning-like pains; temporarily better by pressure — PLUMBUM METALLICUM.

Locomotor ataxiaSECALE CORNUTUM.

Lumbago (Rhus; Tart  em) — BERBERIS VULGARIS.

Lumbago alternating with headache and  pilesALOE SOCOTRINA.

Lumbago with numbness in lower part of back and weight in   pelvis — GNAPHALIUM


Lumbago with sudden sharp pains extending up and down back and to thighs — KALIUM CARBONICUM.

Lumbago worse morning before rising — RUTA GRAVEOLENS.

Lumbago, with pain in hips and thighs — BELLADONNA.

Lumbago; worse in open  air — AGARICUS MUSCARIUS.


Lumbar and sacral backache, pain appears to be in bone, continued motion relieves — RADIUM BROMATUM.

Lumbar pains, of nervous originKALMIA LATIFOLIA.

Metatarsus and metacarpus feel sprained — BERBERIS VULGARIS.


Muscles and skin sore, as if beaten — BADIAGA.

Muscles of neck rigid,  lame — JUGLANS CINEREA.

Must situp in order to turn in bedNUX VOMICA.


Nape of neck stiff and rigid — CALCAREA CARBONICA.

Nape of neck weary from writing or any exertionZINCUM METALLICUM.

Neck so weak cannot hold head up — ABROTANUM.

Neck stiff; cramp in sterno-cleido muscles; relieved by heat and  irritation — TRIFOLIUM PRATENSE.


Neuralgia of coccyx, worse rising from sitting posture; must sit perfectly still — LACHESIS MUTUS.

Nightly rheumatic pains; worse from warmth of bed; lightning-like from small of back to feet; must get out of bed and sit up — KALIUM MURIATICUM.

Numb, bruised sensation — BERBERIS VULGARIS.

Numb,  stiff, painful — ACONITUM NAPELLUS.

Numbness — OPIUM.

Numbness and tingling in feet and legs — ONOSMODIUM VIRGINIANUM.

Opisthotonos — OPIUM.

Pain across sacral and lumbar region — SALIX NIGRA.

Pain across sacrum, with urgency to stool — AMMONIUM BENZOICUM.

Pain along cord, with paralytic  weakness — ALUMINA.

Pain along spine radiating to abdomen and  thighs — JOANESIA ASOCA.

Pain along spine; worse, bending — GUACO.

Pain along spine — MORPHINUM.

Pain and burning in back (Oxal  ac) — ARSENICUM ALBUM.

Pain and lameness in cervical vertebræ, worse dropping head forward, better standing, or sitting erect — RADIUM BROMATUM.

Pain and stiffness in small of back; better, motion, or lying on something hard; worse, while sitting — RHUS TOXICODENDRON.

Pain and stiffness near nape of  neck — CALCAREA ARSENICOSA.

Pain and weight in back; tired and weak — HELONIAS DIOICA.

Pain as if sprained; can scarcely rise; from overlifting — CALCAREA CARBONICA.

Pain at lower angle of left scapula — CHELIDONIUM MAJUS.

Pain between sacrum and pubis from one bone to anotherSABINA.

Pain between scapula and under right — JUGLANS CINEREA.

Joseph Fernandez
Joseph S Fernandez started his career as an assistant in the High Court of Kerala after obtaining a master’s degree in English language and literature. Later, he opted for a banking career.
Even as a student, Joseph was deeply interested in homoeopathy and made an in-depth study of the subject. He uses his expertise for the management of an occasional minor ailment in the family or among friends. It is in this context that he decided to compile a handy and easy-to-use repertory. The task required deep study and a sentence-by-sentence analysis of Boericke’s Materia Medica. Joseph’s Repertory is the result of this work.