Rhinitis | Short Homeopathic Repertory

Identify your own acute remedy and manage the cold yourself, at least in simple cases.

In the left column of Repertory table are shown symptoms of acute rhinitis. Right column contains the most prominent remedies for acute cold (rhinitis).

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. 

Nose – Coryza

Initial stage of cold

Acon, Camph, Dulc, Nux-v
– with chilliness and sneezing
Camph
– sudden beginning, after dry cold wind
Acon
  • with voice hoarse, dry painful cough, throat painful, mucous membranes of mouth dry, great thirst
Acon
– after being exposed to dry cold
Nux-v
– violent sneezing
Nux-v
– nose stuffed up, worse in warm room
Nux-v
– rhinitis began in damp and cold weather, the nose is cold
Dulc

Obstruction of nostrils

Am-c, Dulc, Nux-v, Lyc, Puls, Samb, Stict
– with burning watery secretion, worse at night, with prostration
Am-c
– leading to suffocation during feeding
Nux-v, Samb
  • prevents feeding & sleep in nurslings, worse at night
Nux-v
  • children snuffle at night
Lyc
  • accompanied by laryngitis
Samb
– with fullness at the root of the nose
Stict
  • with dryness of the nasal membrane and teasing cough
Stict
– during sleep
Am-c, Lyc, Stict
– in warm room
Puls
– in a weather cold & wet
Dulc

Profuse secretion

All-c, Ars, Arum-t, Euphr, Hydr, Kali-bi, Kali-s, Lyc, Merc, Puls, Sabad, Sil, Thuj
– watery but soft and not irritating the nostrils
Euphr, Puls
  • accompanied by burning conjunctivitis
Euphr
  • better in open air, worse in warm room
Puls
– watery and very irritating, even excoriating
All-c, Arum-t, Ars, Merc, Sabad
  • with constant, irritating dry cough
Arum-t
  • with increased lacrymation from eyes, but the tears are soft and not irritating the eyes
All-c
  • in hay-fever
Sabad
  • with great prostration in general
Ars
  • with profuse night sweats
Merc
– with obstruction
Arum-t, Lyc, Puls, Sil
– during fever
Am-c, Lyc, Nux-v, Sil, Sulph
– purulent, mixed with mucus but not irritating
Puls, Kali-bi, Kali-s, Sil, Thuj
  • worse from heat
Puls, Kali-s
  • worse in the morning
Puls
  • worse by cold, with tendency to chronicity
Thuj, Sil
  • making crusts that bleed on detachment
Kali-bi
  • stringy
Kali-bi
  • from posterior nares
Kali-bi
– thick
Ars, Hydr, Kali-bi, Sil
  • from posterior nares
Kali-bi, Hydr
  • yellowish & ropy
Hydr
– easily discharged
Puls
– hawed up, mucus
Euphr, Kali-bi, Lyc, Sil
– yellow
Hydr, Kali-bi, Lyc, Puls, Sil
  • morning
Puls
– greenish
Kali-bi, Merc, Puls
– bloody
Am-c, Ars, Puls
– gelatinous
Samb
– hard and dry
Kali-bi, Sil, Stict
– lumpy
Sil

Accompanied by other complaints

– diarrhea
Merc, Puls
– epistaxis
Merc, Nux-v
– voice down
Puls
– loss of smell
Ars, Nux-v, Puls

Generals

Warmblooded
Lyc, Puls, Kali-s
Chilly
Am-c, Ars, Camph, Dulc, Kali-bi, Nux-v, Puls
  • Warmth aggravates
Camph, Lyc, Puls
Food preferences
– Desire for sweets
Lyc
– Desire for salt
Thuj
– Desire for sour food & acids
Acon
  • and salt
Thuj
– Desire for stimulants
Nux-v, Puls
– Desire for bitter
Nux-v
Thirst
– thirsty
Acon, Ars, Merc, Sulph
  • large quantities
Acon, Ars, Sulph
  • drinking in sips
Ars
– thirstless
Lyc, Puls, Samb
Weather
– dry cold
Acon, Nux-v
– wet cold
Am-c, Ars, Dulc, Sil
– change of weather
Dulc, Sil
  • from cold to warm
Kali-s
  • from warm to cold
Dulc, Merc

If there is a doubt about the chosen remedy, make a reference with its general characteristics, thirst, and at last its mental-emotional essence. Some of the remedies into the Rhinitis Repertory are included in one or several articles on the site. If not, check the Short Rhinitis MM for reference.

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 is harmless but should be taken more often, on every hour according to amelioration. Remedies work best dissolved in water, 1 teaspoon as a doze, after stirring.

Rhinitis Materia Medica

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