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Homeopathy for Abscess

Homeopathic Medicine for Boils
Written by Dr. Manisha Bhatia

Abscess is defined as localized collection off pus results in response to infection or any foreign materials under the skin. Most common sites are in your armpits (axillae), areas around your anus and vagina (Bartholin gland abscess), the base of your spine (pilonidal) and around a tooth (dental abscess)

Are you looking for a homeopathic cure for abscess? This article discusses the homeopathy treatment of abscess along with the best homeopathic medicine for abscess treatment.

An abscess is defined as localized collection off pus results in response to infection or any foreign materials under the skin.

An abscess is a tender, easily pressed mass generally surrounded by a colored area from pink to deep red. The homeopathic medicine for abscessmiddle of an abscess is full of pus and debris.

Abscess can occur anywhere in the body, but usually involves skin surface.The most common sites are in your armpits (axillae), areas around your anus and va-gina (Bartholin gland abscess), the base of your spine (pilonidal (Homepathy for Pilonidal Sinus) abscess), around a tooth (dental abscess), and in your groin. Inflammation around a hair follicle can also lead to the formation of an abscess, which is called a boil (furuncle) (Homeopathy for Furuncle). The affected  area may become swollen, inflamed, hot, red, and tender. The individual may also experience fatigue, loss of appetite, weight loss, and alternating bouts of fever and chills. In severe cases, in severe cases, bacterimia (blood infection) and or rupture of the abscess can occur.  The material inside abscess consists of living and dead white blood cells, dead tissue, bacteria, and /or toxins.

Classification of the abscess

  • Pyogenic abscess – it is the most common form of an abscess. It is subcutaneous, deep or it can occur within the viscera such as liver or kidney.
  • Pyaemic abscess – it occurs due to circulation of pyaemic emboli in the blood.
  • Cold abscess – usually refers to tubercular abscess either due to involvement of lymph nodes or involvement of spine.

Common sites of abscess in the body-

Tooth Abscess

A tooth abscess is pus enclosed in the tissues of the jaw bone at the root of an infected tooth. Usually the abscess homeopathic medicine for tooth abscessoriginates from a bacterial infection that has accumulated in the soft pulp of the tooth. Abscesses typically originate from dead pulp tissue, usually caused by untreated tooth decay, cracked teeth or extensive periodontal disease. A failed root canal treatment may also create a similar abscess.

It may also develop from bacteria entering a tooth filling and multiplying. A pus taste may also develop. There are three types of dental abscess. A gingival abscess that involves only the gum tissue, without affecting either the tooth or the periodontal ligament. A periapical abscess starts in the dental pulp. A periodontal abscess begins in the supporting bone and tissue structures of the teeth.

Breast Abscess

A breast abscess is a painful collection of pus in the breast. Breast abscesses are painful, swollen lumps that may also be red, feel hot, cause the surrounding skin to swell, cause a fever. Breast abscesses are often linked to mastitis, a condition that causes breast pain and inflammation, and usually affects women who are breastfeeding.

Anorectal abscess

Anorectal abscess (also known as an anal/rectal abscess, or perianal/perirectal abscess)(Homeopathy for Perirectal Abscess) is an abscess adjacent to the anus. Perianal abscesses  can be seen in patients with for example inflammatory bowel disease (such as Crohn’s disease) or diabetes. Often the abscess will start as an internal wound caused by ulceration, hard stool or penetrative objects with insufficient lubrication. This wound typically becomes infected as a result of the normal presence of feces in the rectal area, and then develops into an abscess. This often presents itself as a lump of tissue near the anus which grows larger and more painful with time.

Causes of abscess

They are typically caused by some type of infection or foreign object. Bacterial infections are the most common cause of an abscess, especially an abscess of the skin or mouth.

The infectious organism or foreign body cause an inflammatory response in the body, which promotes the body’s immune system to form a capsule or cavity to contain the infection and prevent it from spreading to the parts of the body. Pus develops inside it and this area begins to expand and causes inflammation of the overlying skin.

The most common bacteria organism responsible for the development of the skin abscess is staphylococcus aureus.

Sign and symptoms of an abscess

Symptoms of an abscess – there is throbbing pain at the site of abscess, which is caused due to pus or pressure on the nerve endings  by the pus. Fever with or without chills, rigors can be present.

Signs of an abscess

Signs of an abscess mainly include

  • Heat
  • Redness
  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Loss of function
  • Fluctuation

Homeopathic treatment of abscess

homeopathic cure for abscess

Homeopathy is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine. The selection of homeopathic medicine for abscess is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity by using holistic approach. This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which the patient is suffering. The aim of homeopathic medicine for abscess is not only to treat abscess but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several remedies are available to treat abscess that can be selected on the basis of cause, sensations and modalities of the complaints.  For individualized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person. There are following remedies which are helpful in the treatment of abscess:

Belladonna- Is the remedy most often indicated for the initiatory symptoms of abscess. The parts swell rapidly, become bright red, there is intense throbbing which is painful,pus develops speedily the swelling increases and the redness radiates; here Belladonna is in close relation with Hepar and Mercurius. It comes in earlier than either of these remedies and corresponds more closely to the active, asthenic variety of abscess before pus is matured. In abscesses about the alveolar processes, the so called gum boils (Homeopathy for Boils), Belladonna is often the first remedy and Mercurius follows here in most cases. In acute glandular abscess Belladonna is often indicated and is a beginning remedy. Chamomilla is not a remedy to suggest itself in abscess, yet has proved valuable in promoting the formation of pus in chronic abscesses where Hepar has failed to act promptly, and in making the pains more bearable.

Hepar sulphur – Is the great homoeopathic remedy for suppurations where the pus is not decomposed. It suits homeopathic medicine for abscessespecially lymphatic, phlegmatic individuals. Excessive sensitiveness of the parts is a leading indication. It is further indicated by these symptoms: chilly sensations, throbbing in the parts, or sharp, sticking pains which are worse at night and from If given low in threatening suppuration it will favor the formation of pus. The suppurative process will often be aborted by Hepar if given in the higher potencies. Such abscesses as felon or whitlow generally do well under Hepar. If there be a bruised pain present, sometimes Arnica may do good. There are two other preparations similar to Hepar; calcium sulphide, which is the chemically pure article, has never been proved, hence we must regard it only as b a makeshift for Hepar, and Calcarea sulphurica. The last remedy has been found useful in cases of abscess where the suppuration seems to continue indefinitely. The presence of pus with a vent has been considered a good indication; it comes in after Silicea, and suits painful abscesses about the anus, and is a most useful remedy in gum boils. Dr. W. E. Leonard claims that in the 12x it will abort felons and furuncles.

Silicea – Is the remedy where the suppuration continues and the wound refuses to heal, no matter where the suppurative process is located; the pus is apt to be thin,watery,and the process is sluggish and indolent one. Under Silicea the suppurative process takes on a healthy action , the pus becomes benign, granulation appear. It is then time to stop the remedy, for if it be continued it may undo the good it has done,and another remedy, probably Fluoric acid ,will have to be given. This remedy antidotes the overuse of Silicea. Silicea is usually prescribed after an abscess has been lanced or opened by means of poultice. Warmth is very grateful to the Silicea patient. Fluoric acid has relief from cold. Abscesses having much cellular infiltration in their vicinity call for Silicea. It, too,is a remedy for all fistulous burrowings. In rectal fistula it is very often the remedy; great nervous erethism, if present, is an additional. There is often considerable foetor to the discharge of Silicea cases. Scrofulous and tubercular abscesses especially call for Silicea.

Mercurius – Differing from Belladonna, from Hepar, and especially from Silicea is Mercurius, which is one of our good remedies in abscess. It comes in after Belladonna, when pus has formed. It favors the formation of pus especially in the lower potencies, and is especially indicated in glandular abscesses; the pus is greenish in tint, and quite thin and fluid. There is intense, shining redness with throbbing and stinging pains. It does not follow Silicea well.

From Hepar it is to be distinguished by general symptoms; then, too, the suppurative process is slower, and all the pains are greatly aggravated at night. In abscesses at the roots of the teeth it is one of our best remedies, and it is often efficacious in toothache due to this cause. It will often abort suppuration when used in the highest potencies, as in tonsillitis, where it is a most valuable remedy. It is a remarkable remedy in pyorrhoea and will make extraction of teeth unnecessary.

Lachesis – In low conditions of abscess, when pus in thin, dark, ichorous, and offensive in character, Lachesis may homeopathic medicine for abscessme the remedy. The parts are purplish in appearance. It the remedy for abscess where poisonous matter has been introduced into the system, causing the trouble.

Carbo vegetabilis may also be a remedy in long-lasting, unhealthy suppurative processes which produce a hectic fever. Rhus toxicodendron is another remedy for abscesses of the parotid or axillary glands where there is a discharge of a bloody, serous pus. The evident poisoned condition of the system and tendency of the abscess to take on a carbunculous state will indicate Rhus. With Lachesis the discharge is a thin ichorous pus.

Another remedy in low condition of abscess is Arsenicum; the great debility, the production of watery, ichorous pus, the threatening of gangrene and the intolerable burning pains will call immediate attention to this remedy.

Sulphur- Is also a remedy which may be used with the greatest benefit in abscesses and suppuration; especially is it useful in chronic cases where the discharge is profuse, accompanied with emaciation and hectic fever. Abscesses in scrofulous persons, where there is a marked psoric taint and a tendency to boils, correspond to Sulphur. The pus is acrid and excoriating. Crops of boils in various parts of the body indicate the remedy well. Lycopodium has also been found useful in boils which are greatly aggravated by poultices.

Arnica  – is the remedy where abscesses and boils do not mature; they shrivel up, then another crop comes; Arnica will often develop the abscess, carrying it on to a discharge of the pus and a cure of the trouble. Boils coming in crops call for Arnica; they are very sore, purplish in color; also blood boils which are very sore. Calcarea carbonica, Calcarea iodata (especially in abscess of the cervical glands scrofulous in nature), Asafoetida, Calendula (traumatic suppuration), and a number of other remedies may perchance be indicated in suppuration and abscess. With Calendula the pus is thick and yellow, not attended with active inflammation. The symptoms, unhealthy skin, every little wound or scratch suppurates, are found under Hepar, Silicea, Calcarea carbonica and Graphites. Grauvogl considered Arnica as a remedy to prevent suppuration, and particularly to hinder the absorption of pus and so prevent pyaemia.

Rhus toxicodendron – is a very useful remedy in acute suppuration; especially has it been found useful in suppurative conditions about the eye. It has proved curative in abscesses about the parotid and axillary glands; the pus is bloody and serous, the pain is intense, and the swelling is dark red. Rhus corresponds very closely to septicaemia.

Echinacea- homeopathic medicine for abscess has achieved a well merited reputation in suppurative conditions, especially where symptoms of blood poisoning are present. There is no question as to its efficacy.

Nitric acid – may also come in suppurations about the glands, especially the inguinal or axillary, in syphilitic subjects, and when the discharge is offensive, excoriating and of a dirty, greenish yellow colour. Suppurations is mastoid process. Kali iodatum must also be thought of in syphilitic or scrofulous cases.

Bryonia Alba – in the beginning when the part is red with shining, Stitching pain; worse by slightest motion

Aconite – homeopathic medicine for abscess acts very well when there is abscess with extreme redness and shining, fevers with dry hot skin, worse in warm room evening and night.

Calcaria Carb –homeopathic medicine for abscess when abscess is not red but pale and painful

Chamomilla – when the pain is unbearable we can think of this medicine.

Fluoric Acid – to form healthy granulations after Silicea

Calcaria Sulph – excellent remedy for abscess which is slow to heal after rupture, with a continues discharge of yellow pus. Patient desires open air but sensitive to drafts. Tendency to the formation of abscess

Pulsatilla – copious, bloody, yellowish or greenish pus, worse after taking rich food, and warmth; better in cold, open air

Calendula -homeopathic medicine for abscess when pus is thick and yellow without inflammation.

Myristica S – it is a remarkable remedy for this condition where abscess on ends of fingers and phalanges.

Stramonium – abscesses with excruciating pain, abscesses in the joints, especially left hip joint.

Lycopodium – homeopathic medicine for abscess beneath skin, worse from warm applications and warm.

Pyrogenium – for recurring abscess conditions, it acts well to stop the recurrence.

Abscess Cases Cured with Homeopathic Medicine

Abscess in a Sheepdog – Barbara M

A Case of Multiple Boils in an Infant – by Zubin Dehmeri

A Chronic Case – Headache – by Roger A Schmidt

Appendicitis Complicated with Abscess In a 9 Year Old Boy with Achondroplasia – by Corina Butiu

A Case of Brain Abscess – by Sunirmal Sarkar

Spinal Caries and Paraspinal Abcess: A Case Study – by Muhammad Afzal

A Case of Gangrene – by Punit Sarpal

Right Lung Abscesses – by Sanjay Padole

About the author

Dr. Manisha Bhatia

M.D. (Hom), CICH (Greece)
Dr. (Mrs) Manisha Bhatia is a leading homeopathy doctor working in Jaipur, India. She has studied with Prof. George Vithoulkas at the International Academy of Classical Homeopathy. She is the Director of Asha Homeopathy Medical Center, Jaipur's leading clinic for homeopathy treatment and has been practicing since 2004.

She writes for Hpathy.com about homeopathic medicines and their therapeutic indications and homeopathy treatment in various diseases. She is also Associate Professor, HoD and PG Guide at S.K. Homeopathy Medical College. To consult her online, - visit Dr. Bhatia's website.


  • To whom it may concern
    I am looking for anyone who can advise me on a treatment protocol for Crohn’s and colitis pyoderma gangrenosum and chronic rectal and thigh abscesses. Doctors have me on prednisone for the last 9 yrs and recently have started me on methrotrexate injections. I am beyond relief and the pain is not subsiding…….the pyoderma gangrenosum is on the knuckle area of my hands and my forearms. I would appreciate any treatment protocol that you can recommend.

    • Dear Sue,

      I’m sorry you’re experiencing such suffering. The treatment of these problems must be undertaken by an experienced homeopath. You can get a referral by contacting your local homeopathy organization here: https://hpathy.com/homeopathy-organizations/
      Since the treatment will require the gradual reduction in your current medications, you should consider a homeopathic physician, just as a practical matter.

  • My dog is suffering from recurrent abscessess for last 4 months. Pus is draining all the time now. No antibiotics are working. Today started giving hepar sulph and silicea in 30 potency. Are there any other good medicines for this type of recurrent abscessess.

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