CHOOSE THE RIGHT REMEDY FOR

Colds, Flus, and Coughs
by Stephen Messer, ND, DHANP

Is there a high fever?
NO

YES

Belladonna?

NO

Aconite? Ferrum phos?

NO

Go to Flu Symptoms.

Are there predominantly flu symptoms?

YES

Gelsemium?

NO
E S

Restlessness?

NO

Nux vomica? Bryonia?

Tape this chart inside your medicine cabinet, and you’ll be ready the next time you feel those sniffles coming on. You will also need a book or two to help you differentiate among the remedies suggested in this chart. Boericke’s Pocket Materia Medica with Repertory is a good choice, or use the materia medica section of one of your favorite homeopathic home care books.

Y

Rhus tox? Eupatorium perf?
NO

NO

Mercurius?
NO
NO

Go to Cold Symptoms.

Arsenicum?

Pyrogen?

Nux vomica? Are there mostly cold symptoms?
NO YES

Allium cepa?
NO

Mercurius? Pulsatilla?

Arsenicum? Natrum mur?

NO

Go up to Flu Symptoms or down to Cough Symptoms.

Does the cough predominate?

YES

Is the cough croupy?
NO

YES

Spongia?

NO

Aconite?
NO

Hepar sulph?

NO

Is the cough from the throat or the lungs?

Rumex?
THROAT NO

Kali bich? Pulsatilla?

LUNGS

Bryonia?

Go to the Repertory or look for keynotes.

Phosphorus? Causticum?

NO

Please note: This information is meant to supplement the advice and guidance of your health care practitioner and is not a replacement for appropriate medical care. ©1983, Stephen Messer, ND 7

Homeopathy Today • October 2001