Respiratory symptoms of homeopathic remedy Belladonna, described by Van Denburg in his book, Therapeutics of Respiratory system, cough & coryza, published in 1916….



Tossing, restless, throwing one’s self about.

Extremely sensitive smell.

Loss of smell; perverted sense of smell, as of herring brine, or sour beer, especially when blowing the nose.

Frequent dry sneezing, tickling in the nose, dryness in the nose.

Nose stopped, voice nasal; nose and lips dry and inflamed, hot and tender, face red and hot, voice hoarse.

Attacks of cough, ending in sneezing. Throat bright red, sore and painful on swallowing burning in throat not relieved by drinking.

Voice hoarse and weak.


None, every slight: mucous surfaces dry, hot and red.

In second stage, thick, white, gluey, scanty mucus.


Burning and dryness.

Throat feels constricted; with hoarseness.

Painful dryness in larynx, yet strong aversion to all drinks.



Violent cough by day (about noon), with expectoration of much tenacious mucus.

From dryness in the larynx; hoarseness and pain with cough: frequent swallowing.

Convulsive; spasm of glottis.

Tickling and scraping in larynx provokes paroxysms of dry cough, day and night; violent during sleep, with grinding of teeth.

Barking, hollow cough; face very red.

Burning, dryness, and tickling in larynx causes violent paroxysms of coughing; face becomes very red; child cries before coughing.

Dry hard cough, with feeling of inhaled dust.

Dry hard cough as from a foreign body in throat; or as if it came from the stomach, with inclination to vomit.


None, cough dry: or, Scanty and very difficult, thick, white, gluey, scanty mucus. Taste of blood with the cough.


Mucous surfaces very sore and painful; cries before cough.

Dryness of mucous membranes; they are very bright, deep red, and more or less tingling, burning and soreness present.

As of inhaled dust; larynx constricted.

As if cough came from stomach:


At night, in bed: In periodic attacks; day and night.

Afternoon to midnight; midnight to morning.

From every movement: Deep breathing; touching the larynx.

From talking or crying; wakes child from sleep.

From fine dust in the air.


Voice husky, hoarse and rough.

Spasm of larynx with the cough.

Worse from touching the throat.

Larynx sensitive to pressure, very painful strangling cough.

Child puts hand to larynx, or fears to touch it on account of renewing spasm and increasing difficult breathing.


Quickened, irregular, but not markedly oppressed.

Spasmodic oppression of chest. Asthmatic complaints with suffocative spells.

Short, hurried anxious breathing.

Irregular breathing; quick and short, alternating with slow, gentle, almost imperceptible breathing: Asthmatic breathing, with feeling of dust in the lungs.

Asthma in hot damp weather, at night.


High fever; very rapid shot pulse; face and ears very hot and red.

Inclined to be flighty; dry cough very annoying; much soreness and tenderness of respiratory tract.

Child wakens from sleep and cries before coughing.

Belladonna Cough begins about 10 P.M., in spells, which recur every 10 or 15 minutes; dry, with red face and tossing restlessness.

M.W. Van Denburg
M. W. (Marvin W.) VAN DENBURG, A.M., M.D.
Author of "A homoeopathic materia medica on a new and original plan ... A sample fascicle containing the arsenic group."
"Therapeutics of the respiratory system, cough and coryza, acute and chronic : repertory with index, materia medica with index"