Best homeopathic remedies for Coryza from the book Therapeutic Pointers to Some Common Diseases by E.A. Farrington…

   Nasal Catarrh.

Aconite [Acon]

      Indicated in the acute cases provoked by cold, dry winds or checked sweat. Nose is dry and hot, with most violent throbbing headache,(<) in open air or it may be fluent and hot, with frequent sneezing. The muscles all over the body feel sore, sneezing forces him to support his chest. There are fever, restlessness, etc.

It should also be given where the Coryza is suppressed due to dry, cold winds add there is red face, fever, etc.

Allium Cepa-An excellent remedy for excoriating Coryza. The nasal secretion is watery and acrid and the lachrymation mild and bland [Euphrasia-just the reverse]: Rough, raw feeling in throat and cough provoked by tickling in the larynx and causes a feeling as if the larynx would split, and it makes the patient cringe.

Note of warning; Although it quickly stops the nasal catarrh it frequently seems to drive the trouble to the chest. Phosphorus appears to stop this action of Cepa.

Alumina [Alum]

      Indicated in children, with great dryness of the nose, formation of scabs and remotely, thick, tenacious yellow phlegm of mucus, which is difficult of removal.

Ammonium Carb [Am-c] Useful in catarrhs, worse in winter, nose stopped up,(<) at night, awaking the patient from sleep, gasping for breath, (<) 3 to 4 A.M. Cough dry, tickling, hoarseness, chest oppressed with mucus. Nostrils raw and sore, some times in children a discharge of bluish-colored mucus [Ammonium Mur., Arundo, Kali bichromicum, Nat. Arsenicum]. At times the discharge from the nose is scalding, excoriating the upper lip, with burning in the throat and along the trachea, dry, night cough which seems to threaten suffocation: there is copious flow of saliva, with consequent expectoration and beating like a pulse in the chest.

It is particularly suited to Winter Catarrhs; the sputum a slimy and contains specks of blood.

Ammonium Caust [Amm-c]

      One of the best remedies in the whole Materia Medica, when with the stoppage of the nose, excoriating discharge and rawness down the sternum, there is aphonia, with burning rawness in the throat.

Ammonium Mur [Am-m]

      Stoppage of one nostril at a time usually both stopped up at night; discharge of bluish mucus or scalding watery discharge making the inside of the nostrils and upper lip sore and raw; severe burning in the throat, which is swollen, so that the patient cannot open his mouth; the mouth and throat are filled with viscid phlegm, which the patient expels with great difficulty. There is throbbing in the tonsils, which is characteristic of this remedy.

Anacardium [Anac]

      Indicated esp. in the aged, when the coryza is complicated with palpitation of the heart.

Antimonium Crudum [Ant-c]

      See Graphites.

Antimonium Tartaricum [Ant-t]

      See Natrum Arsenicum

Arsenicum Album [Ars]

      An excellent remedy in ‘winter colds’. The nose feels stuffed up all the time, yet it discharges a thin, watery fluid, which excoriates the upper lip-this is accompanied by a dull, throbbing frontal headache; repeated attacks of this kind of catarrhs, result in the discharge of a thick, yellowish muco-purulent matter and ulcer and scabs form in the nose. Sneezing is a prominent symptom, which does not give any relief; it seems to start from irritation in one spot in the nose, which remains as annoying as before the sneeze.

If often follows Ipecac., in the catarrhs of fat, chubby children, where the nasal discharge is apt to be watery, hot and burning, causing redness and excoriation of the upper lip and is associated with violent and spasmodic sneezing.

Arsenicum Iodatum [Ars-i]

      Closely resembles Arsenicum Has the same thin acrid discharge, but with marked involvement of the lymphatic glands.

Arum Triphyllum [Arum-t]

      Excoriating Coryza in children [Ail.]. The saliva also is acrid. The corners of the mouth are sore, cracked and bleeding. The child is irritable and restless.

Aurum Metallicum [Aur]

      Esp. indicated in scrofulous or mercurio-syphilitic patients, with foetid nasal discharge. The nostrils are sore and cracked.

Belladonna [Bell]

      It is to be given in acute Coryza, if the head is intensely hot, and the throat red and the tonsils swollen.

It also follows Calcarea Carb. well.

Bromine [Brom]

      Useful when the discharge is profuse, watery and excoriating and is associated with a heavy pressure in the forehead which seems to be pushing the brain down and out at the root of nose. The nostrils alternately, seem to be stopped up. Smarting soreness inside the nose and around the alae nasi. Later, ulcers form in the noose, with the escape of crusts and scabs, which are blown out and are always bloody. Every attempt to blow the nose is followed by a discharge of crusts and blood. Esp. in scrofulous children.

Bryonia [Bry]

      It is indicated when there is great dryness of the mucous membrane of the nose, with hoarseness and sneezing: or more frequently when the discharge is thick and yellow. It is also indicated when the discharge above mentioned has been suddenly suppressed, and as a result, there is dull, throbbing headache, just over the frontal sinuses.

Bryonia, however is not often indicated in catarrhs, with out some stomach and bowel symptoms.

Calcarea Carb [Calc]

      Indicated in Coryza or chronic nasal catarrh in scrofulous children. The nose is stopped-up with thick yellow pus. An offensive odor, as of rotten eggs, gunpowder or manure from the nose. Often nose-bleed in the morning. The wings of the nose are thickened and ulcerated. There is apt to be moist, scurfy eruption about the nostrils.

Belladonna follows Calcarea well.

Chamomilla [Cham]

      It is indicated in catarrhs or colds of children, esp. brought on by cold-windy days.

The nose is stopped-up and yet there is dropping of hot, watery mucus from the nostrils, with sneezing and a dry, teasing cough, which keeps the child awake or many occur during sleep, or a rattling cough, as though the bronchi were full of mucus.

Chlorine [ ]

      It is indicated in Coryza, with a watery discharge from the nose, which is thin and excoriating, making the nose sore, both inside and about the alae nasi.

Cinchona or China [Chin]

      It is useful when the Coryza is suppressed and as a result, there is headache, (<) in open air [Aconite-better], and (>)from pressure.

Cinnabaris [Cinnb]

      Indicated in Coryza characterised by a sensation as of a great pressure across the bridge of the nose, which is frequently associated with swelling and great dryness of the throat-the latter more annoying at night, wakes the patient from sleep and enlarged tonsils which are redder than normal.

Cyclamen [Cycl]

      It seems to be suited to nasal catarrh, when there are: Loss of taste and smell, and thick discharge just like that of Pulsatilla Spasmodic sneezing. Aversion to open air.

Dulcamara [Dulc]

      Dry Coryza, agg. from cold, damp weather, or from changes from hot to cold weather, esp. if these changes are sudden-the very central point around which all the other symptoms of the drug group. Usually associated is sore-throat, with stiffness of the neck.

Euphrasia [Euphr]

      It is indicated in Coryza, which is perfectly bland, with lachrymation which is excoriating [Cepa-the reverse].

Gelsemium [Gels]

      A fluent, excoriating Coryza, which makes the nostrils and wings of the nose raw and sore, often with neuralgia of the head and face. Frequent paroxysms of sneezing esp. in the morning and sore-throat, with difficulty in swallowing. Dry, teasing and tickling cough, with very little expectoration. Sensation of dryness in the mouth, although it is not dry. Sensation, as if hot water were passing over the mucous membrane of the nostrils,(>) when near fire. General prostration.

Graphites [Graph]

      It is useful in nasal catarrh, often found in scrofulous cases, when there is extreme dryness of the nose, which alternates with the discharge of lumps or clinkers or very offensive and bloody discharge. The borders of the nostrils are sore and scabby and crack readily [Ant.c., Arum T., Calcarea Carb.]. The sense of smell is too acute. The patient can not bear the odor of flowers.

Hepar [Hep]

      It is often indicated when the abuse of Mercury has developed in the system a susceptibility to cold.

It is indicated in the ordinary catarrhs or what is commonly called ‘cold’, with aching through the body, but seldom in the incipiency, in the advanced stage of what has been termed ‘a ripened cold’, when phlegm has formed. The nose is swollen and sore to the touch, esp. in the inside of the alae or wings of the nose. There may be boring pain in the ethmoid and exquisite soreness. These colds for which Hepar is the remedy are re- excited by any exposure.

Note of warning: If it is given at the commencement it frequently spoils the case. It is more suitable in the advanced stage.

Ipecacuanha [Ip]

      It may be used when: The nose feels, as if stuffed up; there is often epistaxis, loss of smell, nausea and some catarrh of the bronchial mucous membrane.

It is often followed well by Arsenicum in catarrhs of fat, chubby children.

Kali Bichromicum [Kali-bi]

      Indicated in dry Coryza, with tickling in the nose and sneezing, these being esp. marked in open air. The secretion from nose is ropy and stringy, which may or may not be offensive. Bluish- colored mucus. The inspired air feels cold [AEsc., Cist., Hydras., Coral.R., Lithium carb. Carb.].

Kali Carb [Kali-c]

      It is indicated in Coryza, with hoarseness or loss of voice. The patient catches cold art every little exposure to the fresh air- a very strong symptom. Associated with these, there are often a sensation in the throat, as though there were a lump there, which must be swallowed. Stinging pains in the throat when swallowing [Apis]. The patient has a tendency to obesity and is rather weak in muscular development.

It is also indicated in a more chronic form, when the nasal passages are obstructed, and the patient can only breathe with mouth open. The obstruction is (>) in open air, but returns as soon as the patient enters a warm room. The discharge is either foetid green mucus or in the morning the nose is swollen and red, and there is a bloody discharge. There is a sticking sensation in the pharynx, as from a fish -bone lodged there, whenever the patient is cold-a good symptom for Kali Carb.

Kali Hydroiodicum [Kali-h]

      Coryza or catarrh, occurring repeatedly in patients who have been mercurialized; every little cold or exposure or every damp day causes the nose to become red and swollen and profuse, acrid, watery discharge flows from it. The eyes are hot, they smart and lachrymate and become puffed. Neuralgic pains in one or both cheeks. The patient is alternately chilly and hot, the urine is high-colored and scanty, and there is usually some sore-throat. Every exposure provokes a return of these symptoms.

It is the best drug we have for the repeated catarrhs, which may follow the abuse of Mercury and there is scarcely and any drug, which will cure these quicker than will Iodide of Potassium.

Kali Sulphuricum [Kali-s]

      Useful for catarrh with thick, yellowish-green (more apt too be yellow) nasal discharges, when the patient is (>) in open air and (<) in the evening [Pulsatilla].

Lachesis [Lach]

      It is suitable for a cold, which occurs in relaxing weather- consequently in the Spring of the year. Watery discharge from the nose, which is often preceded by throbbing headache, worse in the left temple and forehead, and relieved as the Coryza establishes itself. Accompanying this Coryza sometimes there are vesicles about the nose, redness, puffiness of the face and lids, creeping chills over the body, palpitation of the heart and great relaxation of the whole system.

It may also be useful when the Coryza had been suppressed.

Lithium Carbonicum [Lith-c]

      Nose, red and swollen. Dryness of the nose when in the house, mucus dropping from it when in open air. Sensitiveness of the mucous membrane when the inspired air is unduly cold.

Lycopodium [Lyc]

      May be thought of, particularly when the nose is stuffed up and the child cannot breathe. The child starts up from sleep rubbing its nose.

Mercurius [Merc]

      It is indicated in nasal catarrh, which are provoked by damp, chilly weather and by the damp cool evening air, and also aggravated thereby. The nose itches and burns and feels stuffed up, and with this there is a thin Coryza. The throat feels raw and sore. There is aching in various joints. There may be with these a hot feeling, the face flushes up and gets red, perspiration breaks out, but it gives no relief.

It may also be given, when the cold is ‘ripe’ and the nasal

discharge is yellowish-green, thick and muco-purulent [Kali Sulph., Pulsatilla].

In suppressed Coryza, it relieves a pulsating headache with pressure towards the nose, (<) when warm in bed and from damp, windy weather.

Mercurius Corrosious [Merc-c]

      It has been used successfully when the accumulation of mucus in the nose is quite thick, in fact, almost glue-like.

Natrum Arsenicosum [Nat-ar]

      It is indicated in Coryza, in the initial stage of which, there is a copious discharge of watery fluid from the nose and yet the nasal passages feel stuffed up: this is accompanied with a dull supra-orbital headache, compressive pain at the root of nose, dryness and smarting of the eyes, injected conjunctivae, flushed and puffy face and dryness of the throat, and sometimes a good deal of sneezing, which is provoked by the least draft or inhalation of cold air. All these symptoms are worse in morning and forenoon.

Later, the mucous secretion becomes thicker, when tough, yellow or yellowish-green mucus drops down from the nose every morning, and its removal is followed by bleeding. At night and in the morning the nose is stuffed up, so that the patient breathes with mouth open [Antim tart., Lachesis, Opium, Sambucus and Sul.].

Natrum Carb [Nat-c]

      The catarrhs curable by Natrum Carb. are not commonly met with, but when they do occur, there is no drug that can take its place.

The Coryza is fluent, and is provoked by the least draught of air and seems to have a periodical aggravation every other day.

Chronic cases of nasal catarrh call for it, when the discharge is yellowish-green or hard foetid lumps; the tip of the nose is red, and the skin peels off.

Natrum Mur [Nat-m]

      It is indicated in catarrhs, with mucous secretion abnormal in quantity, rather than in quality and accompanied by paroxysms of sneezing. Fluent Coryza alternates with dry Coryza. Every exposure to fresh air gives the patient cold. The wings of the nose are apt to be sore and sensitive. Almost always loss of smell and in acute cases frequently loss of taste.

Nitric Acid [Nitr-ac]

      It is indicated in Coryza, particularly when it is associated with some malignant disease, ass Scarlatina or Diphtheria.

Nux Vomica [Nux-v]

      It is suited to the initial stage of the ordinary Coryza, particularly when it has been caused by exposure to dry, cold

winds or by sitting in cold places, esp. on cold steps. “Fluent coryza during the day, followed by dry catarrh at night.” A stuffed up sensation in the nose at night and in the open air with no secretion whatever;fluent Coryza during the day and in the warm room. It is associated with: Sneezing; watering in the eyes: soreness, roughness and a harsh, scraped feeling in the throat; aching all over the body and chilliness, (<)from moving, even when covered up warmly in bed.

If despite the use of Nux vomica, the cold travels downward and involve the chest, I have found Phos, to follow well.

Penthorum Sedoides [Pen]

      It is useful in the incipiency, when there is rawness in the nose and throat. A constant wet feeling in the nose, but without Coryza. Later, there is a formation of thick, purulent discharge, just as in Pulsatilla

Phosphorous [Phos]

      We do not find it often indicated in nasal catarrh except it be chronic, when it is indicated by the color of the discharge, which is green mucus and blood-streaked.

It follows well Nux when despite the use of the same the cold travels downward and involve the chest. It is also used when Allium Cepa quickly stops the nasal catarrh and seems to drive the trouble to the chest, Phosphorus appears to stop this action of the former.

Pulsatilla [Puls]

      It is the remedy for a ripe cold, when the nasal discharges are thick, muco-purulent, yellowish or yellowish-green or green and the patient is better in the open air and worse in evening [Kali Sulph., Mercurius], but they are never irritating, and are perfectly bland.

In Chronic Nasal Catarrh it is also indicated by the character of the discharges above-mentioned and loss of taste and smell [Cycla.].

Coryza is also a prominent symptom in Measles, when Pulsatilla is indicated.

Note of warning: If Pulsatilla is prescribed in the beginning of Coryza it usually spoils the case. It should not be given in the beginning of a cold, unless the temperament and other symptoms decide.

Quillaya Saponaria [Quill]

      It cures cold, contracted in warm, relaxing weather. There are: A stuffed sensation in the nose; muscular languor, desire for rest and quiet, general bruised feeling, even of the eyelids, etc.[Gelsemium].

Ranunculus Sceleratus [Ran-s]

      It may be indicated in ordinary catarrhs, with sneezing, fluent Coryza, pains in the joints and burning on urination [Ranunculus Bulb.].

Rhus Tox [Rhus-t]

      it is indicated in Coryza with copious discharge and redness and oedema of the throat.

Rumex Crispus [Rumx]

      It is indicated after catarrhs, when still there exists its characteristic cough, i, e, a teasing, persistent cough, (<)by cool air or by anything which increases the volume or rapidity of the inspired air, or a violent spasmodic cough.

Sambucus [Samb]

      It is indicated when the child starts up suddenly, as if suffocating.

Sanguinaria Canadensis-Coryza, with fluent and excoriating discharges, with soreness and rawness of the nose.

Senecio Aureas [Senec]

      It is useful, when there is a tendency to catarrh of the nose, throat and lungs, particularly in women esp. who are nervous and excitable-this catarrhs are intimately related to the irregularity in their menstrual effect and they suffer much from sleepnessness and scanty menstruation and are apt to be tearful. There is teasing cough, with stitching pains in the chest and blood-streaked sputum. These symptoms become modified or cease, after the onset of their menstrual flow.

Silicea [Sil]

      It is esp. useful, when ulcers exist on the mucous membranes and

these discharge a thin, bloody excoriating matter: or they may be dry and then there is annoying dryness of nose.

Spigelia [Spig]

      It is useful when the Coryza with lachrymation is associated with Ciliary Neuralgia, in which this remedy is our mainstay.

Sticta Pulmonaria [Stict]

      It is indicated when the nose is stuffed up and dry- the nasal secretion dries up so rapidly that it cannot be discharged. A hard, dry, barking cough is associated with it.

Stillingia [Still]

It is useful in the excoriating Coryza, almost always associated with affections of the long bones of Syphilitic or scrofulous origin, in which also it is of great use.

Sulphur [Sulph]

      It is indicated in those who are subject to catarrhs, esp. chronic, when scabs form in the nasal cavity, nose bleeds readily and is swollen, the alae esp. are red and scabby.

The nose is stuffed up while indoors, but breathing is unobstructed, when out in th open air. When the nose is stuffed up the patient breathes with his mouth open-compare Antim tart., lachesis, lycopodium, Opium and Sambucus

Verbascum [Verb]

      It is to be thought of as a remedy for colds or catarrh with profuse nasal discharges and lachrymation, when they are associated with the Neuralgia of the left side of the face which appears periodically, generally in the same hour in the morning and afternoon each day.

E. A. Farrington
E. A. Farrington (1847-1885) was born in Williamsburg, NY, on January 1, 1847. He began his study of medicine under the preceptorship of his brother, Harvey W. Farrington, MD. In 1866 he graduated from the Homoeopathic Medical College of Pennsylvania. In 1867 he entered the Hahnemann Medical College, graduating in 1868. He entered practice immediately after his graduation, establishing himself on Mount Vernon Street. Books by Ernest Farrington: Clinical Materia Medica, Comparative Materia Medica, Lesser Writings With Therapeutic Hints.