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




Preceded by headache; discharge, watery, with redness of nostrils and herpes on lips.

Preceded one or two days by rawness, soreness and scraping in the throat.

Chronic, nasal catarrh: offensive, yellow, blood-streaked discharge.


Fluent, watery, excoriating the worse and lip.

Chronic, thick, yellow and blood-streaked and offensive.



Persistent cough, from tickling in the larynx; provoked by touching the larynx.

From tickling as soon as he lies down : must sit up : worse after sleeping.

Short, superficial cough; very exhausting; persistent, and sometimes causing gagging and even vomiting; it seems to come from the epigastrium; and wakens from sleep.

Can bear nothing tight around the throat.


Frequently none; always difficult.

Scanty and very difficult sputa; must cough long and hard before he can raise it.

Of tenacious, yellow mucus; of gray mucus in lumps.

Occasionally of watery mucus : or of blood.

Rarely any sputa at night.


From anything tight about the throat.

Mostly during the day; but also, from sleep, or after sleep : in the morning.

From lying down : must sit up.

From touching the throat.

Grows worse while sleeping; sleep into a bad spell.

From change of temperature; and in the open air.


From raising even the least sputa.

From sitting up and leaning forward, with head thrown back.


Great rawness, dryness, and stinging, with constriction of larynx and pharynx.

Larynx very sensitive to touch; it cause suffocation.

Larynx and whole throat painful to touch.

Paralysis of vocal cords, especially the left.


Obliged very often to take a deep breath : constriction of chest.

Awakens with a great sense of suffocation : must sit up and lean forward with head thrown backward.

Chest dry or “rattling like peas,”.


Very loquacious and talkative, but jumps from one thing to another without any connection.

Much worse on waking; much depressed and anxious on waking.


Very impatient of all constriction, about throat, chest, or limbs, A sense of constriction, though all parts are free.

Feeling of lump, like button in throat; feeling of suffocation in pit of throat.

Feeling as if a crumb had lodged in the throat, with some soreness on swallowing.

Throat feels swollen.

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"