Acute Homeopathic Repertory | Sore Throat & Tonsillitis

Identify your own acute remedy and manage throat inflammations yourself in simple cases.

In the left column of Repertory table are shown symptoms of acute throat inflammation. Right column contains the most prominent remedies for acute sore throat (pharyngitis) and tonsils (tonsillitis).

Print out the table, then take a pencil and a list, and mark your symptoms. Then intersect the remedy which covers all symptoms, or at least the majority. Next is Materia Medica check to confirm the remedy.

Acute Inflammation of Throat

Prominent remedies

Aconite, Belladonna, Dulcamara, Ferrum phosphoricum, Hepar, Lachesis, Lycopodium, Mercurius, Sulphur

.         Caused by drinking icy cold water
·         Caused by eating cold things
Ars, Hep, Lyc, Sulph
·         Caused by weather becoming cold
Ars, Calc, Hep, Kali-c, Lyc, Merc, Phos, Sil
·         Caused by wet, damp and cold weather or environment
·         Child is restless, with red cheeks and cries before urination
·         Attended with much perspiration, of clammy sweat, at night
·         Right side
Belladonna, Lycopodium, Mercurius, Sulphur
o   Going to left side
Belladonna, Lycopodium, Merc-i-f
·         Left side
Lachesis, Merc-i-r, Rhus-tox, Sabadilla
o   Going to right side
Lachesis, Rhus-tox
·         Alternating with nose stoppage
·         Alternating sides

Sensations & Pain

·         Ascending sensation (as if something is going up in  throat)
o   When drinking, fluids are ascending into throat
Belladonna, Lachesis, Mercurius, Phosphorus
o   When eating, food is ascending into throat
·         As if throat was burnt
Apis, Mercurius, Rhus-tox
·         As if throat was excoriated
Belladonna, Calcarea carbonica, Causticum, Lachesis, Lycopodium, Mercurius, Nitricum acidum, Phosphorus, Pulsatilla, Sepia, Staphysagria, Sulphur
·         Burning pain
Arsenicum album, Lachesis, Mercurius, Mercurius corrosivus, Nitricum acidum, Pulsatilla, Rhus-tox
·         Raw pain
Apis, Causticum, Mercurius, Nitricum acidum
·         Rough and scratching throat
Acon, Ars, Carb-v, Caust, Nux-v, Phos, Puls, Sabad, Seneg, Sep, Staph, Sulph
·         Stitches in throat
Acon, Bry, Calc, Caps, Hep, Ign, Kali-c, Merc, Nit-ac, Puls, Sulph
o   Like a splinter in throat
Hep, Nit-ac
o   Like a splinter in tonsils
Bell, Merc, Nit-ac

Difficult and painful swallowing

Acon, Bell, Calc, Caust, Hep, Ign, Kali-c, Lach, Lyc, Merc, Nit-ac, Phyt, Puls, Rhus-tox, Sabadilla, Sepia, Staph, Sulph

·         Fluids and food are going back through nose
Bell, Lach, Merc, Nit-ac
·         Pain on swallowing solid food
Hep, Nit-ac, Phos, Rhus-tox, Sepia, Sulph
o   Swallowing of solid food ameliorates the pain in throat
o   Passing of solid food must be aided by drinking
·         Swallowing is impeded
Acon, Bell, Calc, Lach, Lyc, Merc
o   Swallowing is impossible
o   Swallowed food seems to stick into throat
Ign, Lach
·         Urged to swallow (inclination to, frequent)
Bell, Lach, Lyc, Merc, Phos, Puls
o   Fear from suffocation

Pain alleviated by

·         Warm drinks
Ars, Hep, Lyc
·         Cold drinks
Apis, Lach, Lyc, Phyt
·         Eating

Pain worse by

·         Warm drinks
Lach, Phyt
·         Cold drinks
Lyc, Sulph
·         Eating cold food
Ars, Hep, Lyc, Sulph
Tickling in throat
Ulcers in throat
Bell, Calc, Ign, Lach, Lyc, Merc, Nit-ac, Staph
Uvula inflamed and swollen
Bell, Merc
Varicose blood vessels visible in throat
Carb-v, Puls
Tonsils inflamed
Bell, Hep, Ign, Lach, Lyc, Merc, Nit-ac, Phos, Puls, Staph
·         Enlarged, swollen
Bell, Hep, Ign, Lach, Merc, Nit-ac, Phyt, Staph, Sulph
·         Suppurating (covered by white or yellow spots of pus)
Bell, Hep, Lach, Lyc, Merc
o   Incipient
Ferr-phos, Lachesis
o   Right tonsil only
Belladonna, Lycopodium
o   Left tonsil only

Accompanied by other complaints

·         Cough
Acon, Puls
·         Increased saliva in mouth
·         White or dirty, or heavy coating on tongue
·         Pain in throat extending to ears
Bell, Calc, Hepar, Lach, Lyc, Nit-ac
·         Pain in throat extending to submaxillary glands

General characteristics

·         Warmblooded
Acon, Apis, Lyc, Phos, Puls, Sulph
·         Chilly
Calc, Carb-v, Caust, Dulc,  Ferr-phos, Kali-c, Sil
·         Warmth aggravates
Apis, Bry, Lyc, Merc, Puls, Sulph

Food preferences

·         Desire for sweets
Lyc, Sulph
·         Desire for salt
Carb-v, Phos
o   And sweets
Carb-v, Phos, Nit-ac
·         Desire for sour food & acids
Acon, Hep
o   and salt
Carb-v, Phos
.         Desire for stimulants
·         Desire for bitter things


·         Thirsty
Acon, Ars, Bry, Calc, Caust, Merc, Phos, Sil, Sulph
o   large quantities
Acon, Ars, Bry, Sulph
o   drinking in sips
·         Thirstless
Apis, Lyc, Puls, Rhus-t


·         Dry cold
Acon, Caust, Hep, Kali-c, Nux-v
·         Wet cold
Ars, Calc, Dulc, Rhus-t, Sil
·         Change of weather
Bry, Dulc, Phos, Rhus-t, Sil
o   from cold to warm
Bry, Sulph
o   from warm to cold
Dulc, Merc

If there is a doubt about a remedy, distinguish them by the general characteristics, thirst, and last is the essence. Some of the remedies into the Pharyngitis Repertory are included in one or several articles on the site. If not, check the Short Pharyngitis MM for reference (comming soon).

In acute diseases the remedies may be repeated more often. Potency is the next important element of the prescription. Any potency between 5 and 15 CH should be taken more often, on every hour according to amelioration. Remedies work best dissolved in water, 1 teaspoon as a doze, after stirring.

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