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Remember, a tip is not the whole iceberg! Use these tips as part of a totality of symptoms. Let them inspire further research. Using specifics (“take this for that”) in isolation may prove disappointing and can lead to suppression.

These are the tips of our readers and do not necessarily express the views of or ‘Homeopathy for Everyone’.

Hold that Surgery!

I have never done better work with any remedy in valvular heart disease than with Spongia. Valvular murmurs of years’ standing have disappeared under the action of Spongia. “Awakes out of sleep with a sense of suffocation, violent, loud cough, great alarm, anxiety and difficult respiraton” is a keynote. Cannot lie with head low, sleeps into the paroxysm.

E.B .Nash -Leaders in Homeopathic Therapeutics -Thanks to Harriet Ezra U.S.


Difficulty in focusing the eyes, but also difficulty in focusing in his life and finding his life’s work. Strong preoccupation with sex. A broken down state, listless. Migraine, Impotence, Chronic Fatigue.

– Desktop Guide to Keynotes and Confirmative Symptoms – Roger Morrison, MD – Thanks to G.A. Stern U.S.


Always putting things off till another day? Lycopodium, Natrum muriaticum, Medorrhinum, Sulphur. Found under procrastinating and laziness (postpones work)

Homeopathic Medical Repertory – Robin Murphy

Obstructed Lachrymal Tear Duct

The lachrymal duct drains tears from the eye. When it becomes obstructed, redness, inflammation, discharge, sensitivity to touch and infection may result. Consider Natrum muriaticum or Mercurius dulcis.

Sagging Lower Lid

Referred to as ectropion, leaves the eye exposed and dry. Generally thought to be due to lack of muscle tone. Explore Nitric acid while taking a constitutional case.

Homeopathic Therapeutics in Opthamology John L. Moffat – Thanks to G. Pelton – Canada

Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are found on the bottom of the foot, usually on the heel or ball. They sometimes cause pain when walking. When taking a constitutional case, consider Causticum and Natrum muriaticum.

Hom. Medorrhinum Repertory R. Murphy

A Word to the Wise

Sulphur like Silicea is a dangerous drug to give where there is structural disease in vital organs, especially the lungs. – J.T. Kent

If carelessly and wrongly given, Sulphur may precipitate the disease you wish to cure.

E.A. Farrington. M. Fayazuddin – Caution on the use of Remedies – Thanks to H. Bolk – Australia.

Cancer of the Lips

Top remedies : Conium, Condurango, Cicuta, Cist, Lach, Kreos, Arsenicum, Aur mur,
Carbo an, Sep, Sil

Cancer of the Lower Lip -Antmonium muriaticumm, Arsenicum, Cistus, Clematis, Conium, Lycopodium, Phosphorus, Sepia, Silica, Dulcamara.

From pressure of a pipe- Conium, Sepia

Dr. Sultan Alam M Bihari cured his own case of lip cancer with: Conium 200 followed by ten days ( twice a day) of a mixture of : Calc phos 3x, Kali Mur 2x, Kali phos 2x, Kali Sulph 2x and Ferrum Phos 6x .

Homeopathic Insight into Cancer – Dr. S.A. Bihari, Dict. Of Practical M.M- J.H Clarke

A Lying Cough

When a cough is aggravated by lying down but is entirely relieved by sitting up, consider Hyoscyamus, unless another remedy is strongly indicated.

Clinical Tips In Homeopathy Dr. P Rajagopalarao

Emotional Remedies

Aphonia after anger- Staphysagria

Aphonia after Fright – Aconite, Opium Gelsemium

Alopecia from grief – Phosphoric acid

Vertigo after anger- Aconite, Calcarea carbonicum

Vertigo after fright -Aconite, Crot. h., Opium

Principles of Prescribing – Dr. K.N.Mathur – Thanks to G. Mueller – Germany

Two Small Asthma Remedies

Pothos foetidus – ” Asthma attack triggered by dust and relieved by stool; a red, butterfly-type rash across the bridge of the nose, severe tension and bloating in the abdomen, often described as ‘hysterical tympanitis.’

“I have had several cases of asthma, related to horses that have been cured by Castor equi. This remedy comes from the rudimentary thumb-nail of the horse”.

Small Remedies in Everyday Practice – Presentation by Dr. David Wember- Thanks to R. Kim- U.K.
Taking the Right Symptoms

Hahnemann wrote of a morbific influence resulting in a mistuned vital force, and this “mistunement” is then expressed through various limiting symptoms. The morbific influence may be described through a “story” of past stresses, whereas the resulting symptoms express how a person’s vital force has become imbalanced. The limiting symptoms of the imbalanced vital force form a solid foundation for choosing the homeopathic prescription.

When choosing a remedy for a client, it’s easy to be confused into matching the remedy with the “morbific story” (abuse, trauma, abandonment, etc.) rather than the limiting symptoms which developed as a result. In order to avoid losing sight of what needs to be cured: 1) be careful to distinguish between the morbific story and the person’s symptoms, and 2) also distinguish between limiting symptoms (fears, anger, grief, attendant physical complaints) vs. non-limiting symptoms (sympathetic, affectionate, caring, energetic, etc.). The focus must remain on the constellation of limiting and maladaptive symptoms which are NOT serving the “higher purposes of one’s existence”.

Thanks to David Johnson – U.S.

Some Basic Axioms

Remedies operate as by contagion. He caught the disease, and catches the cure.
– Leave names of diseases out when prescribing. They are only for the foolish and for the boards of health. The disease is not to be named but to be perceived; not to be classified but to be viewed, that the very nature of it may be discovered.
– Susceptibility is only a name for a state that underlies all possible sickness and all possible cure.
– When a dose is too large to cure, man receives it as sickness.
– The tendency of the human mind to run after things visible, that can be felt with the fingers, leads one to adopt foolish theories like the Bacteria doctrine and the Molecular theory.

(Aphorismes de Kent) Thanks to Katja Schütt – Germany

Seeing is Believing

“Astute observation is a prime necessity for the homeopath . . . There is a saying that if the patient says one thing and the gesture is contrary, believe the gesture”.

Dr. Elizabeth Wright Hubbard in “Homeopathy as Art and Science” p. 41 -Thanks to David Johnson- U.S.


Coldness: Injured parts: (Normally injured parts are hot) Total Drugs : 1 – Ledum palustre 3- Highest Grade. Wounded parts feel cold to touch, and to the patient, and yet the pains are relieved by cold.
There is coldness of the body generally, or of some parts only. As if cold water were poured over them.

Manual of Homoeopathic Therapeutics- Neatby. Keynotes and Red Line Symptoms by Adolph Von Lippe. Homoeopathic Drug pictures by M.L.Tyler.
Thanks to Sajjadakram – Pakistan


Cannot cough deep enough to start the mucus. This inability to expectorate is found in every species of cough; whooping cough, etc. The patient has a rather odd sensation, one not frequently met with, a feeling of an empty space between the brain and the cranial bones – relieved by warmth. — Causticum

Homoeopathic Drug Pictures by M.L.Tyler
Thanks to Dr. Firuzi Mehta

From Symptoms to Rubrics

If your patient seems irresponsible try these rubrics : Extravagance, Heedless, Impulsive, Rashness, Indiscretion, Reveals Secrets, Work-Aversion to
If he has premonitions, these rubrics may help: Clarivoyance, Delusion, Happen, something terrible will, Prophesying, Death, presentiment of

A modern Guide and Index to the Mental Rubrics of Kent’s repertory -David Sault

Refuses Help

Murphy’s Homeopathic Medical Repertory lists only three remedies in the rubric “refuse help” : Natrum muriaticum, Aurum, Cina

Lyme Disease

Dr. Stephen Tobin, DVM, states that he has cured dogs, cats and horses of Lyme disease with Ledum in the 1M potency…and that this has worked for both recent and old cases.

Homeopathy An A to Z Home Handbook – Alan Schmukler

Physician Know Thyself

“Hahnemann had a wonderful knowledge of the human heart, and this is an important thing; a knowledge of the human heart, a knowledge of the things that are in man. . . To know the human heart well is largely to examine into oneself and ascertain what one’s own impulses are, what one is compelled to do under varying circumstances, what impulses one has to control in oneself in order to become fully human. . . In time the physician who does this will become so well acquainted with the human heart that he has sympathy and knows what constitutes the language of the affections.”

From Kent’s Lectures on Homeopathic Philosophy, Lecture XXV -Thanks to David Johnson – U.S.



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Alan V. Schmukler

Alan V. Schmukler is a homeopath, Chief Editor of Homeopathy for Everyone and author of ”Homeopathy An A to Z Home Handbook”, (also in French, German, Greek, Polish and Portuguese). He is Hpathy’s resident cartoonist and also produces Hpathy’s Tips & Secrets column and homeopathy Crossword puzzles each month. Alan is a recipient of the National Center for Homeopathy Martha Oelman Community Service Award. Visit Alan at his website: Here.

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