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

Absent-minded, anxious, indolent, timid — KALIUM SILICICUM.

Absent-minded, irritable — ICTODES FOETIDA.

Aches after mental labor, with chilliness; always better warmth (Sil) — MAGNESIUM PHOSPHORICUM

Aches as from a tight cap — CARBONEUM SULPHURATUM.

Aches as if a thousand little hammers were knocking on the brain, in the morning on awakening, after menstruation, from sunrise to  sunsetNATRIUM MURIATICUM.

Aches as if top of head would fly  off — YUCCA FILAMENTOSA.

Aches chiefly in forehead or orbits from fullness of brain; worse any movement or mental exertion — PHASEOLUS NANUS.

Aches from any over-indulgenceCARBO VEGETABILIS.

Aches from fasting — SILICEA TERRA.

Aches from nape of neck, spreading upwards; better wrapping head up warmly (Sil) — STRONTIUM CARBONICUM.

Aches from slightest mental exertion, worse from sun or working under gas- light (Glon) Feels too large — NATRIUM CARBONICUM.

Aches with a peculiar periodical flushing of the face, even to the neck; dizziness and profound prostration — ECHINACEA ANGUSTIFOLIA.

Aches worse in open air, from temple to temple — CHINA OFFICINALIS.

Aches, as from pulling a string from eyes to  occiputPARIS QUADRIFOLIA.

Aches, extending to nose; feels swelled; pain in frontal eminence — PARTHENIUM HYSTEROPHORUS.

Aches, with disturbed vision — ANHALONIUM LEWINII.

Aches, with drowsiness, worse moving in open air, better tying up head with cloth — HERACLEUM SPHONDYLIUM.

Aches, with nausea and trembling of whole  body — BORAX VENETA.

Aches, with swollen temporal veins (Sang); better, motion, in open air — CARLSBAD AQUA.

Aches; worse, bending head forwardCOBALTUM METALLICUM.

Aching and fullness in glabellaKALIUM BICHROMICUM.

Aching back of head and neck — TORULA CEREVISIAE.

Aching in eyeballs, with much lachrymation — USTILAGO MAYDIS.

Aching in eyes — GENTIANA LUTEA.

Aching in forehead and root of nose — ASPARAGUS OFFICINALIS.

Aching in frontal eminence, with enlarged feeling in corresponding eyeARGENTUM NITRICUM.

Aching in left ear — GUAJACUM OFFICINALE.

Aching in morning, with flickering before eyes; sneezing with itching in ear — CYCLAMEN EUROPAEUM.


Aching in temples and forehead — STANNUM METALLICUM.

Aching in temples and occiput — COCCINELLA SEPTEMPUNCTATA.


Aching pain in angle of right lower jaw — RADIUM BROMATUM.

Aching pain in left frontal eminence and left side of teeth — CENCHRIS CONTORTRIX.

Aching, especially in occiput-pulsating and ringing in  ears — LECITHINUM.

Aching, worse in vertex, on ascending, from bathing, from disordered stomach, especially from eating candy or drinking acid  wines — ANTIMONIUM CRUDUM.

Acts upon frontal sinuses — VIOLA ODORATA.


Acute pain in cheeks — ANGUSTURA VERA.

Affected by beating time — ANHALONIUM LEWINII.

Affections of external head; scaly eruption, white  scabs — MEZEREUM.

After prolonged mental strain, with anxiety and dread of failure at examination — PICRICUM ACIDUM.

Agitation, with flying sensations of heat in face — YOHIMBINUM.

All objects seem to move to the right — NATRIUM SALICYLICUM.



Alopecia — ALUMEN.


Anæmic headache of school-girls; nervous, discouraged, broken down — NATRIUM MURIATICUM.

Angio-spastic neuralgia of head and face — GLONOINUM.

Annoyed by visions, causing her to cry — ARSENICUM METALLICUM.

Anxiety and fear; better lying downMANGANUM ACETICUM.

Anxiety, as if something might happen; must have fresh airAMYLENUM NITROSUM.

Anxiety, driven to despair by pain — COCHLEARIA ARMORACIA.


Anxious and depressed, confused — LOLEUM TEMULENTUM.

Anxious and restless; dull headache — NYCTANTHES ARBOR TRISTIS.

Anxious, furious, disposed to fight — SULPHUROSUM ACIDUM.

Apprehensive, despondent — CRATAEGUS OXYACANTHA.

Apprehensive; vertigo; head heavy during menses — MAGNESIUM SULPHURICUM.

Arteries of forehead throb — YUCCA FILAMENTOSA.

As if he could not get himself together (Baptisia) — CAJUPUTUM.

As if skull would burst — CHINA OFFICINALIS.


Atrocious headache — MERCURIUS CYANATUS.

Auditory hallucinations — STRAMONIUM.

Automatic motion of head and hands — ZINCUM METALLICUM.

Aversion to company, apathetic and weeps easily — TRINITROTOLUENUM.

Awakens at night with pain as from blow on  head — PSORINUM.

Back part of head chilly, heavy, aching, during cold weather — DULCAMARA.


Bald spots — VINCA MINOR.

Band-feeling about head — MERCURIUS SOLUBILIS.

Beating headache; worse, stooping, and with vertigo — SULPHUR.

Beating pain in cerebellum — CAMPHORA.

Becomes almost insane with pain, which is piercing and  stabbing — ZINCUM VALERIANICUM.

Before attack, numbness and tingling in lips, tongue and nose, relieved by sleep — NATRIUM MURIATICUM.

Benumbling headache mostly around ears — CALCAREA ARSENICOSA.

Better from uncovering head — GLONOINUM.

Better in open air (Puls) — ICTODES FOETIDA.

Bewildered — XEROPHYLLUM.

Bilious headache; coated tongue, bad taste, constipation — EUONYMUS ATROPURPUREA.

Bilious headache — BERBERIS AQUIFOLIUM.

Bitter taste (Colocy; Bry) — COLLINSONIA CANADENSIS.

Blank motes before eyes — MAGNESIUM CARBONICUM.

Bleeding from nose — TILIA EUROPAEA.

Bleeding of nose in clots — NATRIUM HYPOCHLOROSUM.

Blinding headache — NATRIUM MURIATICUM.

Bloated, livid face — VERATRUM VIRIDE.

Blood-tumors of new-born infants — CALCAREA FLUORICA.

Blood-vessels to the head distended — CACTUS GRANDIFLORUS.

Bloody crusts in nose — STRONTIUM CARBONICUM.

Blue ring around eyes — VISCUM ALBUM.

Blue tongue and lips — DIGITALIS PURPUREA.

Blueness under eyes — BADIAGA.

Bluish cheeks and lips — CARBO ANIMALIS.

Blurred vision, nausea and vomiting at height of attack of headache — LAC CANINUM.

Boils and tumors on tip of  nose — ANANTHERUM MURICATUM.

Boils on scalp — AURUM METALLICUM.

Boils within ears and back of neck — PICRICUM ACIDUM.

Bones and scalp feel soreKALIUM BICHROMICUM.

Bones of skull feel crushed or bruised — IPECACUANHA.

Bores head in pillow — ARUM TRIPHYLLUM.

Bores head into pillow and screams out — APIS MELLIFICA.

Bores head into pillow; beats it with hands — HELLEBORUS NIGER.

Bores head into pillow — ZINCUM METALLICUM.

Bores into nostrils — SANTONINUM.

Boring above eyebrows — ASAFOETIDA.

Boring in right temple, preceded by burning in  stomach — NATRIUM SULPHURICUM.

Boring of head into pillow; drawn backward and rolls from side to  side — BELLADONNA.

Boring pain behind right ear in mastoid process (Caps) — ONISCUS ASELLUS.

Boring pain in forehead — LYSSINUM.

Boring pain in temples — CLEMATIS ERECTA.

Boring pain in the right temple and in root of nose every morning — HEPAR SULPHUR.

Boring pain, preceded by obscure vision — STRAMONIUM.

Boring pain; better on tight bandaging and pressureARGENTUM NITRICUM.

Both cheeks covered with dry, bran-like  scales — LITHIUM CARBONICUM.

Both eyes ache — RADIUM BROMATUM.


Brain feels alive — HYPERICUM PERFORATUM.

Brain feels as if loose — BARYTA CARBONICA.

Brain feels enlarged — KALIUM IODATUM.

Brain feels full of fluid — CURARE.

Brain feels loose and as if struck against skull on walking or rising — RHUS TOXICODENDRON.

Brain feels loose, fluctuating — HYOSCYAMUS NIGER.

Brain feels loose, head tender — GENTIANA LUTEA.

Brain feels on fire — HYDROCYANICUM ACIDUM.

Brain feels sore — BALSAMUM PERUVIANUM.

Brain feels sore — PHYTOLACCA DECANDRA.

Brain feels squeezed — STAPHYSAGRIA.

Brain feels too heavy and large — FORMICA RUFA.

Brain feels too large — CIMICIFUGA RACEMOSA.

Brain seems compressed — HYPERICUM PERFORATUM.

Brain seems swashed hither and thither — APHIS CHENOPODII GLAUCI.

Brain seems void — CUPRUM ACETICUM.

Brain-fag and neurasthenia — HYPERICUM PERFORATUM.

Brain-fag, with coldness of occiput — PHOSPHORUS.

Brain-fag, with general debility and trembling — ARGENTUM NITRICUM.

Brain-fag; headaches of overtaxed school children — ZINCUM METALLICUM.


Bridge of nose feels as if pinched — LACHNANTHES TINCTORIA.

Bruised pain in brain and eyes on turning  them — CUPRUM METALLICUM.

Bruised   sorenessBELLIS PERENNIS.

Bruised, semilateral pains — CONIUM MACULATUM.

Burning and pressure in eyes — CARDUUS MARIANUS.


Burning in eyelids — STICTA PULMONARIA.

Burning in eyes and ringing in ears — PAEONIA OFFICINALIS.

Burning in eyes and soreness of balls — STICTA PULMONARIA.


Burning in eyes — ARAGALLUS LAMBERTI.


Burning irritation of eyes, nose, mouth, throat, and air  passages — POPULUS CANDICANS.

Burning of the foreheadVIOLA ODORATA.

Burning on vertexGRAPHITES.

Burning pain as of weight on top of lead better by pressure of hand — ALUMEN

Burning pain in brain; worse, occiput — MEDORRHINUM.

Burning pains, digging, rending, and tearing — COLOCYNTHIS.

Burning pains — PHOSPHORUS.

Burning sensation on top — HELONIAS DIOICA.

Bursting aching in eyeballs — PIPER NIGRUM.

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.