Rumex crispus | Incessant Violent Cough

Rumex crispus | Incessant Violent Cough

“Among the constituents and salts of Rumex are Sulphur and Calcarea phosphorica; and Sulphur, Calcarea and Phosphorus are strongly represented in its action. Rumex again is a close ally of Rheum and has analogous purgative and other properties.”

Murphy R., Homeopathic Remedy Guide

This article presents the homeopathic remedy Rumex crispus for treatment of severe respiratory affections: of larynx, trachea and bronchi. It is a valuable remedy for cases of pneumonia, and of consumption.

Latin: Rumex crispus

Common: Yellow Dock, Curled Dock


Rumex is a remedy for extreme sensitivity to cold air. The inspiration of cold air is therefore the provocative factor for the diseases of upper respiratory organs, calling for this remedy. The affinity of Rumex is mainly to the mucous membrane of larynx, and the trachea and bronchi. Typical complaint for Rumex is the dry, incessant, violent and non-productive cough, which is excited by tickling behind the sternum, and is severely aggravated by exposure to cold air.

Laryngitis, Bronchitis, Pneumonia

Least exposure to cold air may incite irritation of larynx membrane. Almost immediately dry cough appears (like Aconitum from exposure to dry cold wind). It is possible to confuse Rumex symptoms with those of Aconitum in the very beginning of the acute disease.

The larynx accumulates thick mucus which causes constant desire to hawk but with no success. It makes people to have the feeling of a lump in their throat, impossible to remove by hawking or swallowing. The voice falls or goes hoarse.

While hawking the mucus, sore pain in the upper part of both lungs appears, and more on the left side. This pain is described in literature as ‘clavicular pain’, and it is considered being a key symptom of Rumex crispus.

The cough becomes excoriating, tearing, dry, loud, and the whole chest shakes from it. The cough is constantly provoked by tickling behind the sternum in the upper part, close to the axillae. There is also tickling in the throat-pit. Actually the paroxysms of the cough are very long, which make it seem incessant.

At night the cough is much worse, preventing from sleep. Patients must cover their mouth to relieve it, for any inspiration of air leads to more coughing. The air in the room seems very cold. Deeper inspiration aggravates the cough too.

There are pains in the chest, burning, shooting and stitching; mostly on the left side.

On this background of raw irritation of larynx, trachea and bronchi, there is also severe obstruction of the nose, accompanied by sensation of dryness of nostrils membrane, and of the membrane of the posterior nares. Much sneezing, fluent coryza, mucus in the posterior nares; these are accompanied by dull headache in the evening and face flushed with heat.

How to recognize a Rumex case

The influenza starts after riding, walking, running in cold air, and very fast grows into bronchitis. Every uncovering, undressing, opening of the window, changing rooms, inhaling of cold air – each of those irritates and aggravates gravely the cough.

Patients want to wrap their head, to cover their mouth, to be on warm.

If the patient was badly prescribed with another remedy, and the bronchitis gets worse or even pneumonia develops, then the beginning of the disease should be studied. If it coincides with the above description, then Rumex will cure the case.

Possible comparison of Rumex with other remedies should be kept in mind – those are Phosphorus, Sulphur, Causticum, Hepar, Spongia and Drosera.

Bibliography: M. Hale, R. Murphy, K. N. Mathur