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50 MOST COMMON COUGH REMEDIES ACONITE Constant short dry cough with feeling of suffocation, which increases with every inspiration. Breathing fast. Cough hoarse, dry, loud, spasmodic, hard, ringing. Cough wakes him from sleep, dry, croupy, suffocating. Anxiety and fear. Restlessness. Worse at night, during fever, dry, cold air. Comes down suddenly after exposure to cold, dry winds. The whole chest has a sensation of dryness. All the air passages are irritated. No expectoration except a little watery muscus and blood, otherwise dry. ALLIUM CEPA Cough is hacking, irritating, painful. Tickling in larynx. Voice hoarse. Worse for cold air. The cough is generally better for being in a warm room. ANTIMONIUM TARTARICUM Cough is loud, rattling, whooping. Breathing is asthmatic, abdominal, difficult, fast, rattling. Difficult expectoration with sleepiness, vomiting. Ant. T. has a marked action on chest complaints. For it to work well in a chest complaint, the difficult expectoration and characteristic loud rattling in chest must be present. Bringing up phlegm only temporarily relieves the complaints. The cough is made worse in children by their getting angry. They may cough and yawn alternately. There may be tickling in the larynx which aggravates the cough. Vomiting is also difficult – the patient may retch ineffectually and may have to sit up to cough. ARNICA MONTANA Cough is whooping. Eyes bloodshot. Pain in chest, sore, bruised, must hold chest to cough. With nosebleeds. Worse for crying Children cry before coughing in anticipation of the pain, and the crying itself may set off the cough.
Patient is worse after midnight. Cough with stitches in chest. cannot breath fully. BARYTA CARBONICA Symptoms in elderly people. asthmatic dyspnoea. when entering a warm room. sweat.ARSENICUM ALBUM Wheezing respiration with cough and frothy expectoration. must press hand to sternum. with prostration. Burning in chest. Violent scraping in larynx exciting dry cough. Cough with red injected throat. Worse at night. with headache. deep breathing. Expectoration is excoriating. Cough begins with peculiar clutching in larynx as if a speck of something had got into larynx. The Belladonna cough is peculiar. with soreness in chest.) BRYONIA ALBA Hard. and burning hot. Asthma type of cough. Catarrh keeps travelling down from nose to larynx. and begin to tickle. Tickling and burning in larynx with violent paroxysms of cough. causing whoop and difficulty of breathing. Expectorates great quantities of thin watery discharge. wheezing. from dryness in larynx. suffocation. without hoarseness. hollow. after eating and drinking. Dry spasmodic cough. (A great whooping cough remedy with spasms in larynx. possibly. and stops coughing. Worst from coughing. Then constriction. as if head would fly to pieces. As soon as its great violence and effort have raised a little mucus. Dry cough. Attacks of cough end with sneezing. BELLADONNA Dry cough. Air passages seem constricted. down trachea with burning and smarting. 1pm. as if all air passages were taking part in it. after taking a deep breath. then comes the spasm. with dilated pupils. short. and the whoop. After midnight the cough usually comes in fits. The typical Belladonna patient is red. barking. When coughing. Child begins to cry immediately before cough comes on in anticipation of the pain. exhaustion. vomiting. 2 . Worse at night. Very sensitive to cold. dry cough. As if head will burst. Then constriction of chest. Then air passages grow drier. Great prostration and debility. he gets peace. spasmodic. restlessness. worse at night. the gagging and.
With hoarseness. right lung. CAUSTICUM Dryness. tastes sweetish. Worse cold. Worse when teething. Irritable.Cough compels to spring up in bed. The cough is accompanied with little or no expectoration. Eating or drinking can make the cough worse because of the movement involved. Teething may also make this cough worse. morning. violent. These are coughs that tend to be worse in the cold-weather months. The tickling in the throat may be acute and the patient may not be able to sneeze at times in spite of wanting to. violent. Cold damp feet. The person coughs up mucus with difficulty. whooping. Phos. 3 . distressing. Calc. Sputum/mucus. during fever. sour. Cough shakes whole body. CALCAREA PHOSPHORICA Yellow mucus. wet. wants to be let alone. Infants especially are prone to coughs during bouts of teething and the cough may then last all winter if not treated. Worse for cold. CALCAREA CARBONICA Cough is dry at night. thirsty. wakens from cough at night. which hurts. loose in the morning. exhausting. may be useful in clearing obstinate coughs (or whooping cough) in children. tough. slightest movement of chest. itching throat. Cough is contant. east wind. Mucus is lumpy and yellow. wind. suffocative. CALCAREA SULPHURICA Dry cough with copious mucus. hollow. Better for pressure. hoarseness. Tickling cough. yellow. evening in bed. rawness. fresh air. rattling. Head and neck apt to sweat at night. deep breathing. in fits. CARBO VEGETABILIS Cough is racking. purulent. Wants to sigh. to breathe deeply. Worse playing the piano. offensive. tormenting. racking.
violent. in fits. Better for sips of cold water. Expectoration is difficult. Struggles and coughs until exhausted or until he finds that a drink of ice-cold water will relieve it. CHAMOMILLA Cough dry during sleep. for deep breathing. irritating. Mucus tastes bitter. and there is a gurgling in the throat after coughing. CINA Coughs in fits. during fever. tickling. Tickling in larynx. Greasy-tasting expectoration. in the evenings. if he could only cough a little deeper he feels he could get it up. Throat dry. Worse in a stuffy room. causing the person to hawk up which in turn causes coughing fits that end in retching and vomiting of mucus. and racks the whole chest. With retching. The mucus drips down the back of the throat and irritates the larynx. Better for fresh air. The mucus is sticky. in bed. for cold air. Coughing up mucus is especially difficult as it comes up to the throat and then slips back again. albeit temporary. The mucus hangs in strings from the mouth. violent. COCCUS CACTI Cough is choking.Cough hard. irritating. 4 . The body goes stiff before a coughing fit. Worse after getting up. Worse around 11. lying down. must sit up as soon as cough starts. Worse lying down in bed. With each cough escape of urine. tickling. racking. Must swallow what comes up. Worse at night. There may be almost constant (involuntary) swallowing with the cough.30pm. Worse for breathing in. irritating. The cough is often worse at night when the child is asleep but it does not waken him. Chest seems full of mucus. suffocative. Inability to expectorate. Small sips of water are about the only thing that eases the cough and stops it. whooping. CONIUM MACULATUM Cough is dry. bending head forward. Obliged to swallow the sputum raised. The hoarseness that accompanies this cough is worse in the mornings. Muscus is copius after each coughing fit.
Spasmodic cough until he retches and vomits. and then may go into a convulsion with fingers and toes twitching. whooping cough. uninterrupted. This is a very serious cough and is frightening for parents – professional help should always be sough immediately. constricting and burning in larynx. DULCAMARA Cough is rattling.B. ti si swallowed. The cough may develop from a sore throat. tickling spot in the larynx. During a coughing fit the child loses his breath and then goes stiff. suffocative. He is unable to cough out the mucus. Coughs of tuberculosis. Cough worse at night. EUPHRASIA Cough during the day only. The cough is exhausting and is often accompanies by a fever. Provokes pain in hypochondria. Although drinking cold water helps the cough (Caust. CUPRUM METALLICUM Breathing is difficult and fast. There may be a metallic taste in the mouth. Drosera is especially indicated when there is a history of tuberculosis. Hoarseness. it starts on first lying down (day or night) and the person has to sit up to cough. Clutching. must hold it in coughing. Between the coughing fits the breathing is hurried and panting.The cough is caused by a dry. Oppression of chest so that breath cough not be expelled. asthma. Worse during the morning. Mucus copious. Cough coming from deep down in chest. N. and then the person has to lie down to rest. Cough. Violent tickling in larynx brings on cough. DROSERA Crawling in larynx which provokes coughing. The person hawks up a mouthful of mucus at a time and clears the throat frequently. Cough in long fits at irregular intervals.) cold air can aggravate it. whooping. the need for other medication may then be avoided. 5 . Caused by damp weather. violent. Meanwhile Cuprum will give relief if prescribed at this time. cramping. Better for sips of cold water. The person has to cough for a long time before expelling mucus. Better for lying down. the impulses follow one another so violently that he can hardly get his breath. and wakes him.
Worse for movement. Child becomes blue and stiff. Worse during the evening in bed. Or. with clean tongue. Suffocative coughing spells. worse putting a hand out of bed. With this cough it feels as if a feather or dust were in the pit of the throat causing the cough. Better for walking slowly. head on knees. Respiration wheezing. HEPAR SULPHURIS CALCAREA Worse from cold. with inclination to vomit without nausea. stitching. Cough with cutting or stitching in chest with respiration (Bry. IPECACUANHA Spasmodic or asthmatic cough. irritating. moist weather. more often.). or cold air. dry wind. It may be useful in croup or whooping cough is the symptoms above fit. violent. give Hepar Sulph after Aconite and Spongia. Cough when any part of the body becomes uncovered. racking.. short. tough. dry weather. Ipecacuanha has intense nausea unrelieved by vomiting. (Rhus. (See page ?) IGNATIA AMARA Cough is dry. In croup. Worse for coughing. KALICUM BICHROMICUM Cough with white mucus. Suffocative cough. Membranous shreds with cough. Rumex) Worse breathing cold air. Cough asthmatic. But suppressing the cough helps. Worse after getting up. (Rumex). The more the patient coughs the worse it becomes. Tox. Throat tickling. Violent dyspnoea with wheezing and great weight and anxiety in chest. rattling. can be drawn out in strings. Croup from cold. must lean forward. or between breaths. ropy. KALIUM CARBONICUM Cough at 3am or the cough is worse at 3am. Loss of breath with cough. Pain in chest.FERRUM METALLICUM Cough in fits. 6 . Better in warm.
tickling. suffocative. whooping. transparent. Breathing is difficult. white. of pus. Has to swallow what comes up. This cough is aggravated by an overpowering tickling in the larynx. disturbs sleep. at night. 7 . Mucus is difficult to cough up. It is worse from falling asleep. Mucus is green. Better for hot drinks. from tickling in larynx. of blood-streaked mucus. from tickling in larynx. for lying on right side. Mucus can be yellow. of small round lumps.Sputum. The chest infection is accompanied by a feeling of constriction or tightness in the chest. Worse during fever. as if the larynx were being tickled by a feather. Worse during the evening in bed. painful. Worse at night. It’s dry. evening in bed. KALI MURIATICUM Cough is barking hard. LYCOPODIUM Constant dry cough. irritating. Mucus like egg white. The person coughs up yellow phlegm in the throat but often has difficulty spitting it out so will swallow it. violent. LACHESIS Cough is choking as soon as person falls into a deep sleep. Worse at night. It is copious and tastes salty. white or green. as does touching the neck. MERCURIUS SOLUBILIS Cough is racking. Patients may wake with a choking cough as soon as they have fallen into a deep sleep. hacking. Worse for touch. at night. fast. hacking. irritating. Phlegm is white. NATRUM MURIATICUM Cough is dry. The sputum is yellow or white. KALI SULPHURICUM Cough is rattling. The larynx is irritated and feels as if a crumb were logded in it. Worse on going to sleep. in the evening in bed. short. This sets off a desire to cough. Worse in a warm room.
like a waking snoring. tight cough.) Violent pain in chest with coughing.) Bruised pain about umbilicus. Worse during sleep. whooping cough. Cough causes headache as if skull would burst. tickling. Feels as if something is torn loose in chest. Phos. Oppression and constriction.The cough is excited by a tickling in the larynx and air passages. The person is generally hypersensitive. The eyes water when coughing (or laughing). Coryza travels down to chest. Rumex) Worst cold. Nux V. slow. dry. as if lacerated. which racks the patient and is very exhausting. (Bell. (Bry. windy weather. (Bell. mentally and physically.) There may be involuntary stool when coughing. violent. Acute catarrhal laryngitis. (Dros. Better after sleep.) Cough with pain in chest and abdomen. Feverishness. it becomes irregular and laboured. Mucus green. as if a great weight lying on chest. PHOSPHORUS Dry. easily offended. hard. wet weather. dry. snoring.. asthma. when patient cannot move or uncover without feeling chilly. during the morning. teasing cough with great soreness of chest. The breathing slows down during sleep and when fever is strong. 8 . obliged to hold abdomen with hand. Violent. NATRUM SULPHURICUM Cough during the day only. irritation in larynx and below sternum. PHOSPHORIC ACID Cough is dry. on falling asleep. OPIUM Breathing is difficult. for sweating. Spasmodic cough with retching. With pain in head as if it would burst... obliged to hold chest with hand. (Dros. tickling cough. Worse for damp. Tickling and pain in larynx with cough. during the evening. Worse for cold. NUX VOMICA Dry. on waking. This aspect is very marked in this remedy picture and needs to be present for it to work successfully.
though no blood to be seen. yellow.) Tough. Suspicious.) Discharges thick. Cough with taste of blood. Dry. Cough worse for laughing. Indifferent.) Much tough mucus in larynx with constant desire to hawk it up but without relief. Covers mouth. Thirst for ice-cold water. Worse in warm room or coming into a warm room. lying on left side. Paroxymal.Tightness across chest. eating. tenacious mucus. from breathing cold air. Nocturnal dry cough. Worse cold. Sputum saltish. must move. from tickling in bronchi. The typical Phosphorus patient is chilly. In paroxysms. intolerant of heat and of close places. wants windows and doors thrown open. (Symptoms very like Dros. reading aloud. Anxious. fresh air. Not hungry or thirsty. when lying. better in cool.) Cough provoked by change from warm to cold. shaking cough.) Dry at first. loose in the morning. teasing cough. Gagging and choking. Trembles with cough. talking. better external pressure. RUMEX CRISPUS Cough on changing rooms. PULSATILLA Cough on inspiration. The Pulsatilla type is tearful. with thirst for cold drinks. Dry spasmodic cough like early stage of whooping cough. (Phos. Restlessness. from uncovering even a hand. Nervous alone – in the dark. Going from warm to cold room (Rumex) or vice versa. stringy. Craves salt Sensitive to thunder. RHUS TOXICODENDRON Dry teasing cough. Violent. bland. Hoarseness. sour. Cough during sleep. wet weather. salt or sweet. The most violent paroxysm were a few 9 . prevents sleep. Worse uncovering. Dry in the evening. (Sulph. preceded by tickling in throat pit with congestion and slight pain in head and wrenching pains right chest. (Caust. Every fit of coughing produces the passage of a few drops of urine. yellowish-green. (Dros. Cough from tickling or scraping in larynx. Cough in the evening. Worst open air.
Croupy cough. SEPIA Violent cough with retching and gagging. tenacious. Thick. yellow. Later tough mucus. flow of tears. Wakes out of sleep with suffocation. with heavy. has to be swallowed. swallowing. Breathlessness. for uncovering feet or head. (Acon. with loud violent cough. or wet and chilled. SCILLA Gush of tears with coughing. difficult to expectorate. sweet or salty sputum.minutes after lying down at night (11pm) after which slept all night. Paroxysms also on waking and through day. Sensation of great weakness in chest. sounds like a saw driven through a board. No wheezing or rattling with respiration or cough. indifferent. Better for hot drinks. anxiety and difficult breathing. SPONGIA TOSTA Chest dry. 10 . for getting cold. SILICEA Cough irritating. detached with difficulty. Cough causes sneezing. even involuntary stools. thick. (Caust. reading. singing. great alarm. wants to get away. Later.) STANNUM METALLICUM Loose cough. No expectoration in the evening. none by day. especially out of doors. yellow expectoration. and that do not clear up easily with the indicated or constitutional remedy. green. Or expectoration by night. Mucus is lumpy. Silicea is especially useful for lingering winter coughs that start after getting chilled. expectoration of adhesive mucus in small quantities. Chest feels empty. lying with head low. Offensive axillary sweat. Worse in the morning on waking. Cough with expectoration in the morning and none in the evening. The Sepia patient is tired.) Cough worse talking. spurting of uring.
Worse for bath. Night sweats. red orifices. and should so many be required. Craves air (Puls. and the cough is accompanied by a cold sweat that can be clammy. in soles of feet at night. where there is a history of T. There is a feeling of tightness in the chest. dry cough. SPASMODIC CROUP There is a celebrated group of homoeopathic remedies for spasmodic croup. Red lips. To clear up coughs or pneumonias that hang fire. Wants doors and windows open (Puls. in that order. profuse. hollow. face. SULPHUR Suffocated.B. Suffocative in warm room. head. Breathing is difficult and may be louder than usual. Cough is brought about by suppressed anger. VERATRUM ALBUM Cough is deep. red eye lids.STAPHISAGRIA Tickling cough. Hepar Sulph. The sequence is as follows: Aconitum. TUBERCULINUM Hard. Spongia. Burning chest. Cough at night. 11 . to head. The larynx and air passages feel irritated with this cough. Hepar Sulph. Spongia. sour. Give at 2-4 hourly intervals. according to the urgency of the case.) Better in cold wind. Congestion of blood to chest.) at night.
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