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

Ambra Grisea [Ambr]

      It is one of the best remedies in cough or Whooping Cough when the same is followed by eructation of wind from the stomach [Arnica, Sanguinaria, Sul., Acid., Veratrum Alb.,]. Sometimes eructations come during the cough [Angust., Cimex, Arsenicum, Lachesis].

Antimonium Tart [Ant-t]

      It is indicated in Whooping Cough, when the cough is provoked every time the child gets angry, which is very often. Eating also brings out the cough, which culminates in vomiting of food and mucus.

Arnica [Arn]

      It is indicated in children, who have a violent tickling cough, which seems to be excited whenever the child becomes angry. The child loses its breath, when it cries; before a paroxysm, it begins to cry. The expectoration is frothy, slimy and always mixed with blood.

Bryonia [Bry]

      See the symptoms of this remedy in Bronchitis -the same series of symptoms will indicate this remedy in Whooping Cough also. In addition-the child coughs immediately after a meal, vomits what it has eaten, and then returns to the table.

Cina [Cina]

      It is indicated when the paroxysms come regularly through night or day and are accompanied by tonic convulsions. The child stiffens and becomes rigid [Ipecac.] and there is grinding of teeth which is characteristic. Just after a paroxysm, a gurgling or clucking sound, as if drinks rolling audibly in the oesophagus is heard.

Coccus Cacti [Coc-c]

      It is indicated in Whooping Cough with morning aggravation. The child awakes in the morning, and is immediately seized with a paroxysm, ending in vomiting of clear ropy mucus, hanging in great long strings from the mouth.

With the above condition present, Coccus Cacti, administered in the beginning has cut short the whole disease.

Cuprum [Cupr]

      It is esp. indicated in convulsions during the course of Whooping Cough, when spasms of the flexors predominate.

It is the complement of Ipec, in Whooping Cough.

Corallium Rubrum [Cor-r]

      It is indicated in Whooping Cough, styled the ‘minute-gum cough’, whose paroxysms, which come very close together, consist of repeated crowing inspirations, until the child becomes black in the face and almost breathless, so that when they cease, it falls back completely exhausted. The attack is preceded by gasping or smothering. The cough during the day is short, quick, ringing in character, when night comes, decided paroxysms of whooping appear, worse towards morning.

In this kind of whooping cough it is similar to Mephitis.

Drosera [Dros]

      It is to be thought of when there are: spells of barking cough, which come so frequently as not to give the patient an opportunity to recover the breath. They are esp worse after 12 P.M. During the cough the child holds each hypochondrium, and if sputum is not raised vomiting and retching ensue. The patient may have diarrhoea, with stools containing bloody mucus.

Ipecacuanha [Ip]

      It is of excellent service, when during the cough the child stiffens and become rigid [Cina], and loses its breath and turns pale or blue in the face. Finally it relaxes and vomits phlegm relieves.

Kali Bichromicum [Kali-bi]

      It is useful, when the cough is dry and barking in character and is worse towards evening; the expectoration is stringy and yellow in color [Cocculus indicus C.-clear].

Kali Carb [Kali-c]

      It has been very successful in Whooping Cough, with cough of a paroxysmal nature, accompanied by gagging and vomiting of sour phlegm and food.

Lycopodium [Lyc]

      It is indicated in patient whose upper part of the chest is dwindled.

Mephitis [Meph]

      It is to be selected when the catarrhal symptoms are slight and the spasmodic whoop is marked. The cough is (<) at night, and after lying down. There is a suffocative feeling the child cannot exhale; convulsions at times ensue.

It is to be compared with Corallium Rubrum.

Senega [Seneg]

      It is useful in chubby children. The cough is (<) towards evening. Expectoration is tough but transparent, like white of an egg, and is difficult to raise.

Veratrum Album [Verat]

      It is indicated esp. in Whooping Cough when the patient is emaciated about the neck. It is one of the best remedies when the cough is followed by eructation of wind from the stomach (Ambra, Arnica, Sanguinaria, Sul-ac).

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.