In homeopathy there are some, so called, fast and slow remedies indicated in acute conditions – viral or bacterial. This article indicates those most frequently prescribed in acute infections, which can be used for self help. There are links to another articles on NRS, where those remedies are presented in more details.
Sudden, violently appearing symptoms are typical for
Aconitum napellus is indicated in acute conditions risen after strong fright, accidents, shock, wetting the feet in cold water, exposure to cold dry wind. Many ailments may be cured with Aconit. And always there will be obvious the great restlessness of this remedy at mental and physical level, and the strong fear from death. They want someone to stay close to them. The temperature jumps suddenly very high, there is no perspiration; disorders usually begin in the evening or at night. There might be dry cough and great thirst. It is short acting remedy, works best in high potencies.
Belladonna is the very well known homeopathic remedy for sudden, fast developed diseases, to such extent that they call it ‘the fever remedy’. But Belladonna is big polychrest with more than 10 thousand symptoms. It’s one of the chief remedies for children, and responds to calcareous and sulphurous constitutions. It is also known as one of the ‘wild’ remedies from the triad ‘Belladonna – Hyosciamus – Stramonium’. The remedy is indicated in acute conditions of many varieties but almost always there is sudden commencement with very high temperature, very hot skin burning with heat and perspiring on the covered parts, very dull patient, sleepy, delirious, pulsating headache, widened pupils, tendency to convulsions and no thirst.
Colocynthis is known as important remedy for abdominal pain, which as if cuts the pain in two. The action of Coloc. is very fast; in 10 minutes it can remove the pains, which are agonizing, make the patient to bend double, and are ameliorated by hard pressing of the painful part. This remedy is very well known for colic pain in infants. There is always great restlessness, desire to press the abdomen or even lie on it, and amelioration after stool. Colocynthis is also indicated in sudden strong sciatic pains on the right, extending to the right leg and better from lying on the painful part.
Apis has very fast beginning. Characteristic for this remedy are the stinging, stitching, burning pains which are better from drinking cold fluids and sucking of ice. Apis is indicated in acute inflammations of the throat, tonsils, kidney disorders with retaining of fluids. The patients are physically restless – cannot stay calm in one position, and very anxious on mental level. The remedy cures swellings on different parts; for anaphylactic shock; acts very quickly in high potencies. It should not be given if not indicated.
Arsenicum is remedy of many uses; very sudden effects. The acute gastro-intestinal disorders are one of them; so are the acute respiratory tract infections. Important feature of Arsenicum is the great weakness, even prostration of the patient. The pains of Arsenicum are maddening, burning like a fire, hot needles or wires (Boger). The physical symptoms ameliorate by warmth excepting the head which is better from cold applications and air. These patients always fear from death, are restless and fastidious, and exhausted.
Baptisia is remedy for conditions of serious intoxication of the organism, like heavy grippe or pneumonia as a complication from grippe. The sick has dark red face and looks intoxicated, dull and indifferent. The entire body is sore and painful, the bed feels hard. The remedy has particular symptom: sensation as if his body is dismembered and he cannot bring all parts together.
Camphora affects the digestive tract, cerebro-spinal nerves and urinary organs. Very fast developing infections after taking a cold or after frost bite. The body is icy cold and there is much sneezing.
Slow appearance of the symptoms show
Bryonia is applicable to people who are focused on their business, afraid from poverty and feel uneasiness about their finances. The beginning of the acute infection will be slow, even hesitant. They may feel well for a while, then aggravate again, and they may “drag” such state for a while. But regardless of this slowness, after few days they may wake up finding that their condition had become serious and the cold had surprisingly “descended” to their chest. The temperature can be between 37.0 C or very high. The patient feel aversion to company, and to answering question about their condition; they are rude, irritable and snappish to those close to them. There is thirst for large quantities of cold water and aggravation by the slightest motion, even of the eyelids.
Gelsemium is another remedy for acutes which unfold in wet, soft weather, in the fall or spring. After one or two days of feeling poorly and feeble, one begins to feel muscle pains and common weakness. Patients feel as if they would fall apart and may become upset by trifles. Gelsemium is indicated in diseases after receiving bad news, and the condition is worse by emotional excitement. Internal trembling from weakness, and great need to lie down with closed eyes, heavy eyelids and pain when moving the eyes, are key features for this remedy.
Ferrum phosphoricum is helpful when the picture of disease is unclear. The symptoms may appear slowly but there cases of suddenly raised temperature with no other complaints. Usually it is indicated at the early stages of grippe and quickly interrupts the development of the disease. The symptoms are not so intensive as in Aconite or Belladonna, but may resemble Bryonia and Gelsemium. The temperature is very high with redness of the face swiftly alternating with pale discoloration. Patients desire company and warm drinks. This remedy can be successfully applied as a Schuessler salt in grippe cases.