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

Acute pain in left mammary gland— COMOCLADIA  DENTATA.

Acute, lancinating pain— ASTERIAS RUBENS.


Angina pectoris—SECALE CORTUNM.

Asthma, with cough; cannot expand the chest— CROTON TIGLIUM.

Asthmatic breathing—  IODOFORMIUM.

Asthmatic  respiration—  CARDUUS MARIANUS.

Axillary glands swollen hard and  knotted—ASTERIAS RUBENS.

Blood bright red and not profuse in morning; dark and clotted in afternoon—ACALYPHA INDICA.

Boring pain in chest— SECALE CORTUNM.

Breasts swollen, indurated—ASTERIAS RUBENS.

Breathing slow and sighing—PHASEOLUS NANUS.

Breathless and speechless from violent pleuritic pains running down the anterior chest—RHODODENDRON FERRUGINEUM.

Bright red hæmorrhage from lungs (Millefol; Ferr  phos)—ARANEA DIADEMA.

Bronchitis, and phthisis, with muco-purulent, thick, creamy expectorationBALSAMUM PERUVIANUM.

Bruised pain and weakness in the chest every  evening—RANUNCULUS SCELERATUS.

Burning in pharynx, œsophagus, and stomach— ACALYPHA INDICA.



Cancer mammæ even in ulcerative stage—ASTERIAS RUBENS.

Cannot be fully expanded—ABIES NIGRA.

Chest seems full—GLYCERINUM.

Children who cannot take  milk—OLEUM JECORIS ASELLI.

Chilliness in chest when walking in open airRANUNCULUS BULBOSUS.

Choking sensation in throat— ABIES NIGRA.

Chronic bronchitis—PIX LIQUIDA.

Cold feeling in lungs and in  heart—HELODERMA.

Coldness in chest after drinkingELAPS CORALLINUS

Coldness in chest—CISTUS CANADENSIS.

Complete loss of  voice—NATRIUM SALICYLICUM.

Constant and severe pain in chest— ACALYPHA INDICA.

Constant tickling cough—LACTUCA VIROSA.

Constriction in chest, as if bound, hindering respiration—CACTUS GRANDIFLORUS.

Constriction, extending to epigastrium—HAEMATOXYLON CAMPECHIANUM.

Convulsive pain in heart region with oppression—HAEMATOXYLON CAMPECHIANUM.

Convulsive pains at the heart; feels as if transfixed—CEREUS BONPLANDII.

Cough and wheezing on going to bed—IODOFORMIUM.

Cough dry, hard, followed by homeoptysis; worse in morning and at night— ACALYPHA INDICA.

Cough with pain under left breast, going through to left scapula—COMOCLADIA DENTATA.

Cough, with profuse and fetid expectoration; compels him to sit up—PHELLANDRIUM AQUATICUM.

Cough, with terrible pain through lungs—ELAPS CORALLINUS.

Cough; as soon as he touches the pillow must get up—CROTON TIGLIUM.

Cracked, sore nipples, excessively tender—CASTOR EQUI.

Crampy pain under short  ribs—RHODODENDRON FERRUGINEUM.

Diaphragmitis, with great difficulty of breathing—CACTUS GRANDIFLORUS.

Difficult breathing—LACTUCA VIROSA.

Difficult, sighing respiration, as from some compression of chest—CEREUS BONPLANDII.

Drawing-pain through the left chest into the back—CROTON TIGLIUM.

Dropsical effusion into pleura or pericardium—PHASEOLUS NANUS.

Dry, hacking, tickling cough, especially at night—OLEUM JECORIS ASELLI.

Dry, hollow cough, with tickling in chest—MYRTUS COMMUNIS.

Dry, spasmodic cough at night (worse lying down; better sitting up), from  itching in the throat, as if uvula were too long—   HYOSCYAMUS NIGER.

Dull shooting from front to back through heart—PAEONIA OFFICINALIS.

Dyspnœa and asthmatic feelings–AMYLENUM NITROSUM.

Dyspnœa and oppression, with cramp in diaphragm— SECALE CORTUNM.

Dyspnœa, and continuous cough, early in  morning—PHELLANDRIUM AQUATICUM.

Dyspnœa, cough with pain in chest in spots, feels as if spitting blood—PIPER NIGRUM.

Dyspnœa; breathing noisy, shallow, panting; pulse  irregular— NATRIUM SALICYLICUM.

Dyspnœa; worse lying down; sharp, cutting pain in heart; heart’s action heavy and slow; tachycardia, bradycardia— ABIES NIGRA.


Fainting caused by stooping—ELAPS CORALLINUS.

Feeling of a weight on chest, as if smothering—IODOFORMIUM.


Fluttering at slightest excitement– AMYLENUM NITROSUM.

Glandular hardening—LAPIS ALBUS.

Great flow of milk—PIPER NIGRUM.

Great oppression and fullness of chest; spasmodic, suffocative cough– AMYLENUM NITROSUM.

Great soreness in region of heart—HAEMATOXYLON CAMPECHIANUM.

Hacking cough with sense of weakness—GLYCERINUM.

Homeoptysis (Acalypha; Millef)—OLEUM JECORIS ASELLI.

Homeoptysis, with convulsive, spasmodic cough—CACTUS GRANDIFLORUS.



Hæmorrhage fromlungs—CISTUS CANADENSIS.

Heart beats sound to him like boom of a  drum—LOBELIA PURPURASCENS.

Heart-constriction, as from an iron  band—CACTUS GRANDIFLORUS.

Heart’s action full and heavy, can feel pulsations all over— AESCULUS HIPPOCASTANUM.


Heavy lump and coldness in center of chest—RAPHANUS SATIVUS.

Here give drop doses, increasing daily one drop up to twelve, then descend in the same way (Dahlke)—OLEUM JECORIS ASELLI.



Hypertrophy of heart—CEREUS BONPLANDII.

Incessant, spasmodic cough, as if chest would fly to pieces—LACTUCA VIROSA.

Induration  of mammæ—CISTUS CANADENSIS.

Inflamed breasts—CROTON TIGLIUM.

Inflammation of diaphragm—CACTUS GRANDIFLORUS. Influenzal pneumonia—GLYCERINUM.

Integument sensitive—RANUNCULUS SCELERATUS.

Intense dyspnœa; palpitation; frequent, dry cough—CANTHARIS VESICATORIA.

Inter-costal rheumatism—RANUNCULUS BULBOSUS.

Irregular, tumultuous action of heart can be heard in back—ABSINTHIUM.

Lancinating pain throughout right lung toward the liver, stopping breathing— UPAS TIEUT.

Left breast feels as if pulled inward, and pain extends over inner arm to end of little finger—ASTERIAS RUBENS.

Loud rales in chest (Kali sulph; Ant  tar)—BALSAMUM PERUVIANUM.

Muscular pain along lower margin of the shoulder-blade; burning in small spots from sedentary employment—RANUNCULUS BULBOSUS.

Neuralgia of left breast and arm (Brom)—ASTERIAS RUBENS.

Numbness of hand and fingers of left  side—ASTERIAS RUBENS.

Nursing women; every suck the child gives produces pain from nipple backCROTON TIGLIUM.

Obtuse stitches in chest—OLEANDER.

Oppressed breathing as from a weight on chest—CACTUS GRANDIFLORUS. Oppressed, with sighing—GRANATUM.

Oppression as from a weight; asthmatic when lying down—OLEANDER.

Oppression in going upstairs—ELAPS CORALLINUS.

Pain and constriction around  heart– AMYLENUM NITROSUM.

Pain as of a lump in chest and under sternum—ECHINACEA ANGUSTIFOLIA.

Pain at a spot about the third left costal cartilage where it joins the ribPIX LIQUIDA.

Pain between shoulders; even clothing is oppressive— GRANATUM.

Pain from right side of chest down arm to fingers— COMOCLADIA DENTATA.

Pain in chest extends to back and to  throat— RAPHANUS SATIVUS.

Pain in chest through heart, with pain running toward  spleen—CEREUS BONPLANDII.

Pain in chest, going to shoulders, back, loins and abdomen, with urging to urinate Pain in heart; pulse, rapid, irregular,  weak— ONOSMODIUM VIRGINIANUM.

Pain in intercostal nerve from nerve endings to spine— ARANEA DIADEMA.

Pain in left breast, like a hand grasping at the base of the heart—IODOFORMIUM.

Pain in left pectoral muscle and cartilages of left lower ribs—CEREUS BONPLANDII.

Pain in pectoral muscles  (Aristolochia)— ECHINACEA ANGUSTIFOLIA.

Pain under sternum and in muscles of præcordial  region—ASTERIAS RUBENS.

Painful sensation, as if something were lodged in the chest and had to be coughed up; lungs feel compressed— ABIES NIGRA.

Palpitation more like a  tremor—ASAFOETIDA.

Palpitation,  accompanies  other  symptoms—OLEUM JECORIS ASELLI.

Palpitation, cardiac pain slow intermittent pulse—PIPER NIGRUM.

Palpitation, with contracted and intermittent pulse— SECALE CORTUNM.

Palpitation, with weakness and empty feeling in chest—OLEANDER.

Palpitation; pain shooting down left arm—CACTUS GRANDIFLORUS.



Peeling off of skin from palms and fingers—ELAPS CORALLINUS.

Persistent pains in mammary region— LAPIS ALBUS.

Pleurisy, as soon as effusion has taken place—CANTHARIS VESICATORIA.

Præcordial anxiety– AMYLENUM NITROSUM.

Præcordial  tenderness—SECALE CORTUNM.

Pulse feeble and rapid—LATRODECTUS MACTANS.


Pulse soft and compressible— ACALYPHA INDICA.

Rheumatic pain in chest, as from subcutaneous ulceration—RANUNCULUS BULBOSUS.

Right ribs sore—PHASEOLUS NANUS.

Sensation of a bar across chest—HAEMATOXYLON CAMPECHIANUM.

Sensation of a great weight on heart, and pricking pain—CEREUS BONPLANDII.

Sensation of a sponge in œsophagus—ELAPS CORALLINUS.

Sensation of burning in left chest—MYRTUS COMMUNIS.

Sensation of heat-bubbling and boiling around heart region rising to head—LACHNANTHES TINCTORIA.

Sensation of weight on chest— ABSINTHIUM.

Sensitive to deep breathing—CROTON TIGLIUM.

Sharp stitching pains—OLEUM JECORIS ASELLI.

Short, hacking cough, blood-streaked tenacious mucus—CANTHARIS VESICATORIA.

Sick feeling about heart, with weak pulse—PHASEOLUS NANUS.

Sinking sensation at the Cramping pain from chest to abdomen—LATRODECTUS MACTANS.

Slow labored thumping of heart— HELODERMA.

Sore burning behind xiphoid cartilageRANUNCULUS SCELERATUS.

Sore pain in apex of right lung—IODOFORMIUM.

Sore, aching in breasts; feels swollen and  sore—ONOSMODIUM VIRGINIANUM.

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.