Short Materia Medica for Rhinitis

Acute Homeopathic Guide for Self Prescribing

Following the Short Rhinitis Repertory this page contains description of main features of the acute remedies included there. Stress is placed on their specific symptoms in coryza; but also on some of their general & emotional essence for differentiation of one remedy from the others.

Aconitum napellus

Wolf’s bane, monk’s hood was once a highly feared poison. Now it is one of the three remedies which form the ABC of Homeopathy. In the initial stage of cold Aconitum is indicated when cold comes after exposure to dry cold wind; cold wind while perspiring; or when the body is hot and sweaty, a cold bath which checks the perspiration.

Marked general feature of Aconitum is a great restlessness of the body, together with strong anxiety of spirits and fear from death. Great fear from death; patients even predict the time; they speak of death as if it is certain and is actually coming.

Cold symptoms include fever, usually high; burning thirst for cold water in large quantities; sudden dry painful cough, hoarse voice. Symptoms aggravate in warm room and at night; also from lying on the affected side.

The nose feels tightly constricted, especially at the root if feels compressed. There is frequent sneezing, stuffed feeling in the head, bloated face; clear, fluent secretion from the nose. Sudden attack of coryza or a sensation as if such will immediately start.

Arsenicum album

Great prostration is the most pronounced feature of Arsenicum. Vital force is sinking rapidly, violently. The patient must lie down or is going to faint. All affections which call for Arsenicum have this characteristic.

This patient is also restless but mentally, deeply. He is fearful, anxious, peevish; but physically is not able to move, because he is so weak. There is melancholy, even despair, and great dread of death. But in simple coryza this dread will not be visible. Patients will show extreme weakness with sudden anxiety; so sudden that it will drive them out of bed.

Arsenicum patient feels thirsty, he is burning for cold water, but is not drinking it. Why? – Patient fears his stomach will not be able to bear the water. Stomach is very sensitive area of affection for Arsenicum. Cold water stays there, heavy. So in acute cold, even without gastric derangement, Arsenicum patient will be thirsty but will not drink or will be drinking in sips, small sips and often.

Though it has acute area of action, Arsenicum is chronic remedy. It is very likely to have annual complaints of same or similar character, like hay fever, asthmatic fits, gastro-intestinal derangements. The time of aggravation is between midnight and 2 o’clock, especially at 1 o’clock; and same interval at noon.

Acute stage of rhinitis include continual violent sneezing, swollen and (or) ulcerated mucous membranes of the nose, profuse watery excoriating discharge; the nose is running considerably, and the secretion is itching, corrosive. The nasal cavity is excessively dry in spite of the fluent secretion.

Ammonium carbonicum

This remedy is not prescribed very often, which is a mistake because it has remarkable action in acute cold in the head. The affinity of Ammonium carbonicum is on respiration and circulation; i.e. it affects the heart, and vessels, and nose, bronchi and lungs. For female patients the monthly period is the time when all symptoms are getting worse. Patients are not quite vivid, reactions are slow or there is no reaction.

Cold weather, clouds and dampness predispose for coryza. The most prominent characteristic of acute coryza, which make us think for Ammonium carbonicum, is rapid and total obstruction. Nose gets suddenly stopped at night from unexpected dry coryza. Patient jumps from sleep, fearful from suffocation. Absolutely no air is able to pass through nostrils; patient is forced to breathe from the mouth. Later there is profuse discharge – watery and acrid; it flows fluently on stooping. The fluid is otherwise dripping from nostrils, burning the upper lip. In the morning, there is continuous sneezing, before rising from bed. On blowing the nose blood may come.