Tips and Secrets

Tips & Secrets – September 2010

Another good round of collectible Tips and Secrets!

Lycopodium in Labor

During labor pains she must keep in constant motion, with weeping. Labor pains run upwards and she declares that she cannot stay in bed. Pain sometimes goes from right to left, across hypogastrium and abdomen. “I can’t stand it. I must get up, or I’ll die.” When this state prevails, give Lycopodium at once. You will be surprised at the instantaneous calmative effect that it will have. Not only this, but the case goes on in harmonious efficiency until labor is normally completed.

J. N. Lowe, MD. – Read at a meeting of International Hahnemannian Association. From: Hahnemannian Advocate -1902

Referred Pain

Frequently pain occurs, not in the part diseased, but in a distant one. Inflammation of the liver generally first shows itself by pain in the right shoulder ; inflammation of the hip-joint, by pain in the knee ; stone in the bladder, by pain at the end of the penis ; disease of the heart, by pain down the left arm.

The Homeopathic Vade Mecum of Modern Medicine and Surgery. E. Harris Ruddock, MD. 1869

Test for Correct Potency

Different potencies of a remedy may be tested to see which is most appropriate, by placing one or two globules (# 20 or 40) in the crevice between two fingers. A mild heat is felt from the correct potency, while there is no feeling from the other potencies.

Homoeopathic Insight into Cancer – Dr. Sultan Alam M. Bihari

Travel Sickness in Dogs

Nux vomica 30x is indicated when the dog refuses to sit down, howls and hurtles from one side of the vehicle to the other. If it lies on the floor salivating or vomiting, or sometimes urinating, Cocculux 6x is the remedy (in some cases combined with Tabacum 6x) The remedies can also be given three times a day for 10 days before travel. After a few journeys the dog will no longer be prone to the condition.

Bee Stings in Dogs

Apis 200X given at the beginning of the season will immunize the dog, so that such stings will never be life threatening.

Homoeopathic Medicine for Dogs – H.G. Wolff MVSC

Bee or Wasp Stings in Cats

These should be treated with Apis 3c administered every 15 minutes. Give about five doses and put a cold cloth on the area around the sting.

Your Healthy Cat – H.G. Wolff MVSC


Used homeopathically, dynamized, it seems to act deeply and long, building up tissue. Of great use in marasmus, diabetes and mental and physical debility. General sense of exhaustion, profuse and frequent urination with increased specific gravity and sugar. Fermentation in stomach. 30th and higher potencies.

Poison Ivy, Oak, Sumac

Contact with the toxin from these plants produces and itching burning rash and sometimes small blisters. Symptoms develop anywhere from a few hours to a week after exposure. The reaction can be prevented or reduced by washing the area with soap and water within an hour of exposure. Contaminated clothes should also be washed.

Rhus tox Better from hot water.

Ledum – Better from cold application.

Anacardium Large blisters filled with yellow fluid. Itching is better from hot water.

Graphites Honey colored fluid oozes out and dries to yellow crystals. Worse at night and from heat.

From: Homeopathy An A to Z Home Handbook – Alan V. Schmukler

Lac Humanum – Mother’s Milk

“Our mother’s milk entices us to begin our earthly journey which looks to be such an ordeal. It is the substance that teaches us desire.” The remedy Lac humanum is for people who can’t connect with others and who feels detached. A feeling of not belonging or not wanting to be in your body; don’t want to grow up; autism; addictions to foods, drugs etc.

Matridonal Remedies of the Humanum Family -Melissa Assilem, FFW

Three Remedies for Plants

“There exists no other remedy that meets cases of nematodes better than Teucrium Marum.” Also for Cabbage Root Fly, and flowering and fruit setting problems.

For blistering or burn of leaves, or crimson pink leaves, Belladonna is indicated.

For dry and harsh bark – Calcarea fluorica.

Instructions for use of the remedies are found in the Plant Doctor’s column of this journal.

Homeopathy for Farm and Garden – Vaikunthanath Das Kaviraj

Delirium Tremens

December 23, 1886, 1 was called to see Mr. B., 30 yrs old. He had been drinking hard for seven weeks and had not slept for some time. No hallucinations yet, but he was in terror, which was depicted on his countenance as well as expressed by him. He begged for immediate relief in an almost unmanly way, although he is of more than usual courage. Could not keep still a second, which was not spasmodic, but resulted from the mental condition. He could not bear to be left alone a moment.

I gave him Stramonium 200 in water every two hours. When I again saw him in the evening, his mind was clear, no fears tormented him and he felt quite natural. The next morning all signs of mania-a-potu had passed and no more Stramonium was required.

A. McNeil, M. D., San Francisco, CA. From The Medical Advance August,1887.

Picric Acid for Furuncles

“Picric ac. is as near a specific for small furuncles in any part of the body as any remedy can be. In the meatus externus it aborts the furuncle if seen early and mitigates, if advanced, as well as corrects the habit.” (Dr. Houghton.)

From : ” Furuncles in external auditory canal dependent upon mental overwork.” (Geo. S. Norton).

Teucrium for Threadworm

Teucrium marum (Cat Thyme) is said to be specific against the terrible itching in the anus from thread-worm (Ascarides). Itching and constant irritation in the evening in bed. Crawling in rectum after stool.

Phytolacca in Caked Breast

When a large area of the breast is inflamed, hard, and tender, often due to a plugged duct, it is sometimes called “caked breast”. In ordinary caked breasts, Phytolacca is almost a specific. Sore and fissured nipples, with intense suffering when putting the child to breast ; the pain seems to start from the nipple and irradiate all over the body.

Arnica as Specific

In Meningitis after a fall causing concussion, there are cases where the meningeal irritation does not show until several weeks after the injury. For such cases Arnica is specific.

Last three tips from :Special Pathology And Diagnostics With Therapeutic Hints by C G. Raue, M.D. 2nd Ed. (1882)

Horrible Headache – Cimicifuga

I was consulted at the office for a headache; the pain commenced on the top of the head, a constant pain, but every few minutes it would shoot downwards to both eyes. (Phytolacca has pain from frontal region to vertex shooting from left eye to vertex.) Amelioration: In the fresh air. Aggravation: From moving the eyes. One dose of Cimicifuga C. M. (Swan) cured.


At the Siege of Kirrha in 585 BC Hellebore was used to poison the city’s water supply, allowing the invading armies to prevail. Alexander the Great reportedly died of Hellbore poisoning administered by his royal cup bearer. Homeopaths use it in potency to heal and it has been effective in meningitis (alternating convulsion and stupefaction), concussion (after arnica) when sleepiness remains. Meningitis with boring of head into pillow & cri encephalique; coma, epilepsy, stroke, Typhoid fever etc. Sluggish, indifferent, stupor. Chilly. Worse exertion, stooping, 4-8pm.

Hypericum to the Rescue

A woman consulted me with pain in her 3rd and 4th toe, radiating forwards. A diagnosis of arthritis was made by a rheumatologist and unsucessfully treated with NSAID. In my opinion it was not arthritis, but a Morton metarsalgia, confirmed by eliciting the neuralgic pain by compressing the metatarsal heads.The cause of this is a neuroma of the interdigital nerve. I prescribed Hypericum 30, and after one dose, the pain and discomfort totally disappeared. She could walk normally again and throw away her brace.

From this we must learn that first, a correct medical diagnosis is necessary, but also understanding the pathophysiology is important to make a correct homeopathic prescription. Allopathy and homeopathy are often complementary.

Thanks to : Eddy Thielens MD- Belgium

Butyric Acid

Some people worry even for trifles and are in a constant state of nervousness. On account of this they fail to get to sleep or have dreams of a serious nature. Butyric acid 3c is a strong remedy for such a condition. Sleeplessness, gas in stomach, perspires on slight exertion. Worse night, walking fast, climbing stairs.

Most Valuable Tips from Masters of Homeopathy – Dr. P. Rajagopalarao


Aconite and Opium faint only when frightened.

Pulsatilla faints when placed in a closed space without ventilation

Sulphur and Phosphorus faint from hunger around 11am.

Alumina faints when compelled to stand.

Conium, Podophyllum and Sulphur faint at stool.

Alumina faints at the sight of blood (also nux v, nux m. and verat a.)

Stramonium faints in dark places.

A Study of Materia Medica and Repertory – Dr. N.M.Choudhuri / Homeopathic Medical Repertory – R. Murphy ND.

Incontinence of Urine -Wetting the Bed

Often indicated remedies: Belladonna, Gels – (in the aged);

Causticum, Cantharis, Nux V., Phos acid – ( alkaline urine, and in hysterical individuals)

Podoph., Calcarea-C, Ac-Nit. ,Opi., Lyc, Ac.-Benz – (high-coloured and strong -smelling urine)

Cin. or Spig – (from worms)

Aconite, Cantharis, or Cham, (in children, with uneasiness in micturating).

Gelseminum – Relaxed or paralytic condition of the sphincter of the bladder, leading to involuntary urination night and day.

The Homeopathic Vade Mecum of Modern Medicine and Surgery – Ruddock MD.

Indications for a Few Remedies Useful in Influenza

In the beginning, dry fever – Aconite often repeated.

In the beginning, the coryza being dry – Nux or Sticta.

Excessive dryness of nasal passages – Sticta.

Nose dry at night, damp during day – Nux.

Headache, with dry cough – Nux.

Watery secretions – Chamomilla, Pulsatilla, Sulphur

Cough, with wheezing, rattling in the trachea, catarrhal hoarseness, with dryness of the eyelids – Chamomilla

Young children and nervous irritable persons – Chamomilla

Patient, mild dispositioned subjects- Pulsatilla

Much sneezing and nightly cough, in horizontal position – Pulsatilla

Mucous discharged is thick – Pulsatilla, Sulphur, Mercurius, Bryonia

Inflammation, cough, with sharp pain in chest – Bryonia

In cases advanced beyond Bryonia, especially if secretions are profuse, greenish; thick with night sweats – Mercurius

Nasal secretions, corrosive – Arsenicum, Mercurius, Gelsemium, Cepa.

Cough provokes vomiting of food – Ipecac., Phosphorus, Bryonia

Cough ceases only after vomiting – Kali-bich.

Cough provokes spurting of urine – Causticum, Kreosotum

Most simple cases will require – Aconite, or Bryonia, Nux., Pulsatilla, Ipecac., Mercurius, and Hepar, during stages of expectoration.

Bronchitis fully established – give Ant. -tart.

Great headache – Belladonna, Stam., Helleborus, Gloninum

Coma – Opium.

Flowing tears corrosive, but nasal flow bland – Euphrasia.

Mucus bloody – Chamomilla, Phosphorus, Pulsatilla

Sneezing predominates – Ammon Phosphorus, Cepa., Sabina

Sharp frontal headache – Bryonia, Nux.

Suborbital pain – Sanguinaria, Sulphur

Laryngeal coughing – Spongia, Causticum, Belladonna, Phosphorus, Hepar.

Cough thick, nausea – Ipecac.

Difficult expectoration – Kali bich.

Greenish expectoration, night sweats – Mercurius

Pneumonia is threatened – Ant-tart.

Dry bronchial cough – Belladonna, Nux.

Night cough – Chamomilla, Pals.

Expectoration bloody – Phosphorus, Drosera

Haemoptysis – Aconite, Belladonna, Ipecac.

Cough worse after eating – Nux.

Cough worse after inspiring cold air – Rumex.

Cough worse after entering house – Veratrum

Dry cough, with dyspnoea – Belladonna

Dyspnoea severe – Ipecac., Phosphorus

Snoring respiration, can’t expectorate – Ant tart.

Cough provokes vomiting – Drosera

Diarrhoea with vomiting, epidemic form, Veratrum, Arsenicum, Carbo. veg., China.

If weakness predominates, with periodicity, Acon, next Arsenicum

Pains, loins, limbs, neck – Eup. perfol.

Red turgessent face – Belladonna

Rheumatic cases – Belladonna Rhododendron, Bryonia, Rhus., Ruta.

Pain in left thorax – Ranun-bulb.

Pneumonia cases – Bryonia, Phosphorus, Ant. tart.

Resolution tardy – Strych., Phosphorus, Ant. Sulphuratum.

Pleuritic form of lagrippe – Canth, Bryonia, Sulph

B. H. Lawson , M.D.- In Medical Counselor- Reported in Hahnemannian Advocate 1902

First Lessons in the Symptomatology of Leading Homeopathic Remedies. – H. R. Arndt, M. D.

About the author

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.


    • Yes, there are remedies that will reduce the craving. People have been treated without their knowledge. These remedies need to be selected individually. The best approach is to find a qualified homeopath, who might be able to take the case without the individual present. A relative or friend who knows the patient well, could describe him/her. This is not the optimal way to do it, but sometimes it is the only way possible.

      • nux vomica 200 4 doses mixed in the tea for the patient with an intercurrent dose of syphilinum 1M did wonders for one of my patient. the medicine was given at the insistence of his wife.the medicine to be selected should be the similimum after taking a detailed history of his behaviour after consuming alcohol.gelsemium and phosphorus has also helped patients.

  • dear sir!
    I didnt understand “THE TEST FOR CORRECT POTENCY”,how it could be possible? are you proved it yourself?how can we feel the heat of right potency?
    please sir clear it,I am so confused.

  • I loved this article and look forward to the next one.making note of all your tips, i am sure they will be very usefull.

  • tips are very good and interesting and quite easy to recognise the symptoms. This tips are certainly useful to the reader

  • Thanks for giving the information :How to identify a correct potency? kidnly advise me any more further classical methods to identify to findout a correct potency.

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