Short Materia Medica for Rhinitis

Kalium bichromicum

Kali-bi is prominent remedy for chronic coryza and serious sinus affections. Mucous membranes of eyes, nose, mouth, throat and bronchi discharge tough, stringy, thick and difficult to detach secretion which adheres to the parts and can be drawn into long strings. Usually, when the remedy is taken the thick mucus slowly becomes more fluid and easier to discharge. The usual Kali-bi complaints occur in hot damp weather. Specifically there is pain at the root of nose, in small spots – thumb size.

Discharge is purulent and forms crusts and scabs which bleed when detached (with difficulty). Frequent sneezing in the morning and frequent discharge of acrid, water from the nose; constant running of one or both nostrils, frequent blowing of the nose or scanty acrid burning mucus are also possible symptoms of this remedy.

In spite of the discharges patients have feeling of dryness of the mucous membranes of nose, mostly at the root and extending to frontal sinuses where the characteristic pain in small spots may appear. They also feel pressure in the nasal bones.

Kalium sulphuricum

Kali-s follows Pulsatilla when it is indicated but does not work well enough. This is due to the fact that Kalium sulphuricum is one of the mineral ingredients of the plant from which Puls is prepared.

Discharges of Kali-s are yellow or yellowish-green, like those of Puls they are abundant and easily blown up. There is aggravation when patients lie down in bed at night; possibly there is dry cough at night and great expectoration in the morning.

Tongue is yellow coated and slimy.

Lycopodium clavatum

In cases of acute coryza Lycopodium is often indicated when the patients are children. They snuffle at night, even snore. Nose is obstructed and children must breathe with open mouth at night. Also the discharges may resemble those of Kalium bichromicum, being elastic and crusty.

These are puny children, very well developed head but slim weak body. Good babies at night but crying all day (Psorinum is the opposite). Very irritable when sick, very peevish, angry, crying with each illness. Possibly the diaper may have traces of red sand from the urine.

Mercurius solubilis

Great remedy, very deeply acting, adapted mostly to chronic complaints. Its marked feature is profound perspiration with every physical complaint; but it gives no relief. The sweat may be clammy.

Coryza is attended with much sneezing; discharges are purulent, acrid, excoriating nostrils, very bad odor, fetid-like; worse in damp weather and at night. The secretions of Mercurius are thin, slimy, burning, green or yellow; often the coryza is accompanied by ulcers in mucous membranes of mouth, palate, throat, gums. Patients are weak and exhausted.

Nux vomica

Violent sneezing from intense crawling in nostrils and violent chilliness, together with great irritability and aggravation from mental work mark this remedy. Impatient, angry, nervous and prone to indigestion people; also children and infants; all of them oversensitive to outer influences – noise, odor, music, lights. A remedy for workaholics; for ill effects from abuse of stimulants, tobacco, food, alcohol, sedentary life, loss of sleep.

Again great remedy for snuffling of infants, especially nervous, irritable, angry babies (Cham, Lyc), suffering from indigestion.

Coryza dry at night, running during the day. Cold air complicates all complaints of these patients.

Pulsatilla pratensis

Secretions of Pulsatilla are yellowish-green, mild and thick; but are easy to blow up. So are these patients: usually women and children, mild, weepy, prone to manipulative actions in order to draw attention of others – boyfriends, husbands, parents, partners etc.

One sure sign that indicates Pulsatilla is the alternation of symptoms and places. Pains of Pulsatilla are shifting from one part from another; symptoms ever changing; there are no two colds alike. Nose obstruction affects one nostril, then the other, then changes backwards.

Patient is thirstless (though the mouth may be dry), very chilly, yet craves for fresh, open aiar, and wants to go outside or at least to open the window. Coryza is worse in warm room, worse at twilight. Nose gets obstructed at night, and open in open air or cold room.

Patients cannot lie with head low.

Silicea is chronic remedy of Puls, and is frequently indicated after Pulsatilla. There is also relation between Puls and Kali-s, as described above.