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Hering’s contribution to Remedy Relationships.

Contributed by Katja Schuett:

Antidotes to the effects of massive and molecular doses; chemical antidotes in poisoning; antidotes to the lasting or chronic effects superinduced by the drug.

Collateral Side relations (congeners) belonging to the same or allied botanical family or chemical group.

Compatible – Drugs following well.

Complementary – Supplying the part of another drug.

Inimical – Drugs disagreeing, incompatible, do not follow well.

Similar – Drugs suggested for comparison by reason of their similarity ; usually compatible, unless too” similar, like Nux vomica and Ignatia.



Similar: Agaricus, Arsenicum, Bism., Bryonia, Calc, Cinchona, Ignatia, Kali c, Natr. m., Nux v., Phosphorus, Pulsatilla, Sepia, Sul., Zincum met.


Compatible: Aconite, Bryonia, Hepar

Similar: Agar, Nux v.


Collateral: Abrotanum, Art. v.

Similar: Agaricus, Belladonna, Chamomilla, Hyoscyamus, Stramonium


Collateral: Euphorbiaceae, especially Mercurialis annua, and Mancinella.


Antidotes : Aconite, Asarum europaeum, Calc, Coffea, Euphor., Hepar, Ignatia, Magn., Natr. m., Opium, Plumb., Sepia, Stramonium, Tabac.

Compatible : Chich., Digitalis

Inimical: Arnica, Belladonna, Causticum, Lachesis, Merc, Nux v., Ranunculus bulbosus, Sarsaparilla


Antidotes: Acet. ac, Actea rac., Coffea, Chamomilla, Coffea, Nux v., Paris, Petrol., Sepia, Sul., Verbascum; vinegar, wine.

Compatible: Arnica, Arsenicum, Belladonna, Bryonia, Calc, Coffea, Hepar,Ipec, Lyc, Merc; Nux v., Phosphorus, Pulsatilla, Rhus, Sepia, Spongia, Sul.

Complementary: Am., Coff, Sul.


Antidotes: Aconite, Baptisia

Collateral: Actea sp., and other Ranunculacese. Similar: Actea sp., Bryonia, Caulo., Ignatia, Lilium tigrinum, Natr. in., Pulsatilla, Sepia


Collateral: Actearac, and other Ranunculacere.

Compatible: Nux v.

Similar: Am., Bryonia, Caulo., Lyc, Rhus, Sal. ac, Sticta.


Collateral: Aesculus h.

Similar: Aloe, Colin, Ignatia, Nux v.


Antidote: Nux v.

Collateral: Aesculus g.

Compatible : Collinsonia, Nux v., Sul.

Similar: Aloe, Collinsonia, Merc, Nux v., Podophyllum, Sul.


Antidotes: Opium; vegetable acids.

Collateral: Cic, Conium, QSnan.

Similar: Ant. c, Asarum europaeum, Calc, Cuprum,Ipec, Opium


Antidotes : atropine, brandy, camphor, charcoal, coffee, fat or oil (relieves stomach), wine; Calc, Pulsatilla, Rhus.

Compatible: Belladonna, Calc, Cinchona, Lachesis, Merc, Opium, Phosphorus, Pulsatilla, Rhus, Sepia, Silicea

Similar: Actea rac, Belladonna, Calc, Cann. i., Cic, Codein., Coffea, Hyoscyamus, Ignatia, Lachesis, Mygale, Nux v., Opium, Pulsatilla, Sepia, Sticta, Stramonium, Tarant., Therid , Verbascum, Zinc


Antidotes: Camph., Natr. m.

Compatible: Arsenicum, Bryonia, Ignatia, Lyc, Pulsatilla, Sul, Selenium


Antidotes : Nux v., Rhus, whiskey.

Similar: Aloe, Ammonium c, Arnica, Arum t, Bapt, Bryonia, Gelsemium, Hydrastis ac, Hyoscyamus, Lachesis, Nitr. ac, Nux v., Phytolacca, Ptelea trifoliata, Rhus, Stramonium


Similar: Caulo., Cinchona, Hydras., Helonias, Pulsatilla, Sabina, Selenium, Senecio.


Antidote: Lycopodium

Complementary: Arsenicum

Inimical. Aloe, Cepa, Squilla.

Similar: Bryonia, Caps., Coloc, Ignatia, Lyc, Nux v., Seneg.


Antidotes: Camph., Lyc, Nux v., Sul., mustard.

Complementary: Sul.

Similar: Ailant., Ammonium m., Gambogia, Nux v., Sul.


Antidotes: Aloe, Chamomilla, Ipec, Nux v., Sul.

Similar: Aloe, Alumin., Caps., Ferrum, Ferrum iod., Kali bichromicum, Merc, Merc corr., Murex ac, Nitr. ac, Nux v., Opium, Plumb., Ratan., Stann., Sul., Sul. ac, Zinc


Antidotes: Bryonia, Camph., Chamomilla, Ipec, Pulsatilla; ailments from lead.

Compatible: Calc, Ignatia, Lyc, Nux v., Phosphorus, Pulsatilla, Sepia, Sul. Complementary: Bryonia

Similar: Argentum nit., Baryta c, Bryonia, Calc, Chamomilla, Conium, Ferrum,Ferrum iod.,Gnaphal., Ipec, Kali bichromicum, Lachesis, Lyc, Pulsatilla, Plumb., Ruta, Sepia, SiL, Sul., Zincum met.


Antidotes: Camph., Coffea, Nux v., Pulsatilla, Staphysagria

Compatible: Calc, Causticum, Ignatia, Lyc, Phosphorus, Pulsatilla, Rhus, Sepia, SiL, Sul.

Similar: Actea rac, Arsenicum, Asafoetida, Castor., Cinchona, Coca, Coffea, Ignatia, Kali br., Lachesis, Mosch., Nux v., Opium, Phosphorus, Phosphorus ac, Pulsatilla, Sepia, Staphysagria, Sul., Sul. ac, Val., Verbascum


Similar: Causticum, Gnaph., Terebintha; to its relatives the ammonia salts and Benz. ac, especially the latter in gout, rheumatism, and kidney affections, and Ammonium Phos in gouty deposits.


Similar: Ainrn. c, Ammonium m., Ammonium caust., Ammonium ph., Arg, nit., Art. v., bromide of camphor, Bufo., Calc, Causticum, Cinnab., Kali bichromicum, Kali br., Kali perm., Natr. a., Nux v., Ratan., Sil, Sul., Zinc


Antidotes: Arnica, Camph., Hepar; vegetable acids, fixed oils as castor, linseed, almond and oliveoils ; Rhus poisoning and stings of insects.

Compatible: Arsenicum, Bell, Bryonia, Calc, Graphites, Hepar, Kali c, Lyc, Merc, Nux v., Phosphorus, Pulsatilla, Rhus, Sepia, Sil, Sul.

Inimical: Lachesis

Similar: Ammoniumbr., Ammoniumm., Ammoniumph., Ant.t., Arnica, Arsenicum, Apis, Aurum, Belladonna, Calc, Coccul, Hepar, Kali bichromicum, Kali c, Lachesis, Laur., Natr. m., Phosphorus, Pulsatilla, Rhus, Ruta, Staphysagria, Sul., Verbascum


Antidotes: Coffea, Hepar, Nux v.; bitter almonds, camphor.

Compatible: Bryonia, Calc, Phosphorus, Pulsatilla, Rhus, Sepia

Similar: to its relatives and to Aloe, Ant. c, Argentum nit, Arsenicum, Calc, Carbo vegetabilis, Causticum, Coloc, Conium, Hepar, Iodium, Kali bichromicum, Kali chlor., Kali hydr., Magn. m., Merc, Merc cor., Natr. m., Nux v., Phosphorus, Rhus, Seneg., Sepia, Sil, Sul.


Antidotes: Arnica, Bryonia

Similar: to its relatives the Umbelliferae, particularly Conium; also to Aconite, Amb., Arnica, Arsenicum, Asafoetida, Aurum, Belladonna, Chel, Cic, Cotyl., Fagopyr., Iber., Lyc, Mez., Natr. in., Nitr. ac, Phosphorus, Pulsatilla, Ruta, Seneg., Sul., Sumb.


Antidotes: Opium; strong coffee; cold water poured over head.

Similar: to its relatives, especially the Pomeae and Prunese of the Rosacea, and to Manihot util., Chardinia xeranthemoides, Ximenia Americana, Ipomcea dissecta and the Agari-cus oreades. all of which emit Hydrastis ac; also Antim tart., Belladonna, Hyoscyamus, Lachesis, Laur., Naja, Opium, Stramonium, Tabac


Antidote: Cact.

Similar: Aconite, Belladonna, Cact., Chlorof., Coca, ether, Kali br., Lachesis, Nitr. sp. d.; to failure of respiration by chloroform, and to convulsions of strychnine.


Antidote: Rhus.

Collateral: Anac or., and the Rhoes.

Similar: Cantharis, Croton tiglium, Mez., Rhus rad., Rhus.


Antidotes: Coff, Jugl, Rhus; smelling raw coffee.

Collateral: Anac oc, Comoc, Rhus grab, Rhus rad., Rhus tox., Rhus v.

Compatible: Bell, Calc, Conium, Lyc, Phosphorusac, Platina, Pulsatilla, Sul.

Similar: Ant. t, Apis, Caust, Ferrum, Iodium, Jugl., Lyc, Natr. m., Nitr. ac, Nux v., Phosphorus ac, Platina, Pulsatilla, Urt. ur., Zinc: also toTerebin-thineae.


Antidotes: Coffea, Coloc, Khus. Collateral: Cyclam.

Similar: Coffea, Cyclamen, Lithium carb., Pulsatilla, Rhus, Sepia, Tell.


Inimical: wine and strong liquors.

Similar: Aconite, Actea rac., Agaricus, Arnica, Belladonna, Bryonia, Calc, Cann. s., Cantharis, Carbo vegetabilis, Caust, Chamomilla, Coccul., Coffea, Coral., Euphrasia, Gelsemium, •Hydras., Hyoscyamus, Ignatia, Kali hydr., Lachesis, Lyss., Mercurius, Mosch., Nux v., Pulsatilla, Rhus, Staphysagria, Stramonium, Sul., Thuya, Zincum met.


Antidotes: Bryonia, Coffea

Compatible: BelL, Lyc, Phosphorus ac, Pulsatilla, Sepia, Sul.; to mercury, like other Rutaceae.

Similar: Aesc h., Aloes, Ant. c, Ant. t, Belladonna, Bryonia,Cepa, Chamomilla, Cic, Coffea, Hypericum, Ignatia, Ledum, Lilium tigrinum, Merc, Natr. m., Nux v., Phosphorus, Pulsatilla, Ranunculus bulbosus, Rhus, Sepia, Silicea


Antidotes: Apis, Arsenicum, Camph., Carbo vegetabilis, Carbol. ac, Cinchona,Kreo., Lachesis, Pulsatilla,Rhus, Sal. ac, Silicea


Compatible: Dulc, Ferrum iod.

Similar: to the Carbons, also to Aconite, Ant. c,. Arsenicum, Bryonia, Carbo a, Carbo v, Kali c, Rhus, Verbascum


Similar: to other antimony salts ; to Ammonium c, Arsenicum, Aurum met., Lachesis, Merc, sul., Phosphorus, Pulsatilla, Sul


Similar: to other antimony salts, and to the .acids ; also to Arsenicum, Carbo vegetabilis, Conium


Antidotes: Calc, Hepar, Merc; stings of insects.

Compatible: Belladonna, Ipec, Merc, Phosphorus, Pulsatilla, Rhus, Iep., Sul.

Complementary: Squilla.

Similar: Aconite, Ammonium m., Apis, Arsenicum, Bryonia, Carbo vegetabilis, Chamomilla, Euphrasia, Ferrum, Hepar, Ipec, Lyc, Merc, Nux v., Pulsatilla, Ranunculus bulbosus, Rhus, Squilla, Sul.


Similar: the Antimonies; Ammonium c, Arsenicum , Aurum met., Ferrum, Merc s., Sul.


Antidotes : Asafoetida, Cinchona, Coccul., Conium, Ipec, Laur., Opium, Pulsatilla, Sepia

Compatible: BarytaC, Belladonna, Bryonia, Camph.,. Causticum, Ipec, Merc, Nux v., Phosphorus, Pulsatilla, Rhus, Sepia, Sul.

Similar: Aconite,Arsenicum, Baryta c, Bromium, Camph.,. Ferrum ph., Hepar, Iodium, Ipec, Kali iod., Lachesisr, Lyc, Phosphorus, Pulsatilla, Terebintha, Verbascum


Related: to the Polygonacese, including Rumex and Rheum.

Similar: Aethus., Antim crud., Apis, Argentum nit., Chamomilla,Dulc, Gelsemium, Merc, Natrum sulph., Nux v,  Phosphorus, Pulsatilla


Antidotes: to massive doses and in poisonings Natrum muriaticum in substance, solution and potencies; sweet oil (contains table salt); onions; also Apis potentized, Cantharis, Cinchona, Digitalis, Iodium, Ipec, Lachesis, Lact. ac.

Collateral: Bombus, Crabro, Vespa.

Compatible: Arsenicum, Belladonna, Codein., Graphites, Hepar, Iodium, Lyc, Merc, Natr.m., Phosphorus, Stramonium, Sul.

Complementary: Natr. m Inimical: Rhus.

Similar: Acet. ac, Aconite, Anac, Apoc, Arnica, Arsenicum, Belladonna, Bromium, Bryonia, Cantharis, Cinchona,. Colchicum, Croton tiglium, Euphrasia, Ferrum, Graphites, Hepar, Iodium, Lachesis, Lyc, Merc, Natr. a., Natr.-m., Pulsatilla, Rhus, Rumex, Sabina, Sepia. Silicea, Sal.,. Terebintha, Therid., Thuya,Urt. ur., Zincum met.


Similar: Acet. ac, Apis, Arsenicum, xBelladonna, Bryonia, Cinchona, Colchicum, Digitalis, Elat., Helleborus, Kali carb.,. Lyc, Merc, Merc, sul., Squilla, Sul,, Verbascum


Antidotes: Merc, Pulsatilla

Compatible: Alumina, Asafoetida, Belladonna, Calcarea,. Lyc, Merc, Phosphorus, Plat, Pulsatilla, Rhus,. Sepia, Stront.

Similar : Argentum nit., Pulsatilla, Stann., Zincum met.


Antidotes: Ammonium caust., Arsenicum, Natr. m. (chemical and dynamic), milk; {joys’ complaints after use of tobacco.

Compatible: Bryonia, Spigelia, Spong, Verbascum

Similar: Aurum, Cuprum m., Kali bichromicum, Lachesis,. Merc, Merc, cor., Merc, iod., Natr. m., Nitr.ac


Antidotes: Aconite, Ammonium c, Arsenicum, Cic, Cinch, Ferrum, Ignatia, Ipec, Seneg., to massive doses, Camph., Ipec

Compatible: Aconite, Apis, Ars, Bell, Bry, Calc, Cinchona,. Ipec, Lyc, Nux-v, Phos, Puls, Rhus t, Sep, Sil, Sul, ul ac, Verbascum

Complementary: Aconite

Inimical: after the bite of a dog or any rabid or angry animal; wine increases unpleasant effects.

Similar: Aconite, Ammoniumc, Arsenicum, Baptisia, Belladonna, Bryonia, Calendula, Chamomilla, Cinchona, Croton tiglium,Euphrasia, Ferrum, Hepar, Hypericum, Hamamelis, Ipec, Merc, Pulsatilla, Ranunculus sc., Rhus, Ruta, Staphysagria, Sal., Sul., Sul. ac, Symphytum, Verbascum


Antidotes: at first milk, albumen, etc., to envelop poison until antidote or emetic can be obtained; induce vomiting by emetics of mustard, sulphate of zinc, or sulphate of copper, etc., but avoid tartar emetic, and other substances which strongly irritate mucous membrane: lime water is useful by diminishing solubility of arsenious acid; demulcent drinks in large quantities are useful; to counteract that portion of arsenic not expelled from stomach, freshly prepared ferric.hydrate or magnesia should be given in large quantities ; castor oil to excel arsenious acid from intestines; Chemical antidotes, such as animal charcoal, hydrated peroxide of iron, magnesia, and lime water may prove useful; opium is of service as a dynamic antidote, if stomach rejects it administer it in form of clysters; Hepar is a most useful antidote ; use orandy and stimulants when there is much depression and collapse; if urine is suppressed give large quantities of water containing sweet spirits of nitre; to potencies Camph., Carbo vegetabilis, Chin, s., Cinchona, Digitalis, Ferrum, Graphites, Hepar, Iodium, Hpec., Lachesis, Nuxv., Phosphorus, Plumb., Sambucus, Tabac, Verbascum; it antidotes sausage poisoning, dissection wounds and anthrax poison,

About the author

C. Hering

C. Hering

Hering got the degree of M. D. from the University of Wuezburg with highest honours. The theme of his thesis was "De'Medicina Futura" (The medicine of future). Hering left Germany for West Indies and finally arrived at Philadelphia in Jan, 1833. He established a homeopathic school at Allentown, Pennsylvania, commonly known as "Allentown Academy". Soon he became very popular as a physician. He is known as the 'Father of Homeopathy' in America.


  • Thank you for this list of information that I’ve long been looking for. I’m looking for a similar listing of remedies with modalities. Thanks again for this contribution to Ezine.

  • So, how does one utilize this knowledge in making a prescription? Esp. since the symptom similarity determines the remedy. Please explain or give illustrations.

  • The other small book that I have found most helpful is H.L. Chitkara’s Relationships Homoeopathic Remedies: A New Compendium. B Jain Publishers (P) Ltd. Excellent discussion about what the terms “complementary, Follow well, Anitdotes and inimicals” mean.

  • dear sir,
    Sebel Serola is not shown in relationship of medicine.
    It is very important remedy. Please add in this list.

  • I’m in lower back pain. I usually take Rhus tox. However my doctor suggested Bryonia. I took them a day and half, but see no improvement compared to that of rhus tox on former occasions. It’s weekend and Im supposed to go away in a few days. I decided to take rhus tox on my own. Is that a problem? What are symptoms , if any , of changing from Bryonia to rhus tox? can I take both? My situation of pain is a bit strange. I have symptoms of both Bryonia and Rhus tox, should
    I take hyperina. I had also found it effective in past. I’m very concerned about recovery because of my plans on a trip abroad in a few day. If you have any advice , I would appreciate it,ALOT.

    • Julie, any homeopath would need to know the following: 1) what happened to your back, when did it happen, is there a diagnosis? 2) What is the kind of pain that you’re feeling–the sensation? 3) What’s the location? For example, is it just one sided? Does it extend upwards or downwards, etc. or stay in one place? 3) What makes it better or worse? Worse lying still? Worse on waking? Worse turning over in bed? Worse walking? Better on continued motion? Hot showers? Better on waking from sleep? Better cold compresses? Massage? Consolation? Give it some thought. I don’t mean to put words in your mouth, I’m just throwing out examples.

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