Cold and Cough Homeopathic Remedies

Cold and Cough Homeopathic Remedies

Below are the most commonly used homeopathic remedies for different types of cold and cough symptoms.

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Homeopathic Remedies For A Cold

  • Aconitum Napellus (Acon.)
    A state of fear, anxiety; anguish of mind and body. Restlessness. Sudden and great sinking of strength. Complaints and tension caused by exposure to dry, cold weather. Eyes feel dry and hot, as if sand in them. Pain at root of nose. Tingling in cheeks and numbness. Gums hot and inflamed. Tongue coated white. Vomiting, with fear, heat, profuse sweat and increased urination. Bitter taste of everything except water. Intense thirst. Cough, dry, short, hacking; worse at night and after midnight. Tingling in chest after cough.
  • Allium Cepa (All-c.)
    Watery and acrid nasal discharge which becomes worse in warm room. Oppressed breathing. Tickling in larynx. Eyes sensitive to light. Burning in nose, mouth, throat, bladder and skin. Sneezing, especially when entering a warm room.
  • Antimonium Tartaricum (Ant-t.)
    Respiratory problems, rattling of mucus but little expectoration. Thirst for cold water but little and often. Great drowsiness.
  • Arsenicum Album (Ars.)
    Cold with thin, watery and excoriating nasal discharge. Sneezing. Photophobia. Restlessness. Intolerance of smell of food.
  • Belladonna (Bell.)
    Sudden and violent complaints and inflammations. Headaches with pains which come and go suddenly. No thirst. Redness of affected organs. Skin sore and sensitive. Eyelids red and swollen. Spasmodic hiccough.
  • Bryonia Alba (Bry.)
    Excessive irritability. Dryness of all mucous membranes. White tongue.  Great thirst for large quantities of water. Constipation. Dry cough. Joints red and swollen. All complaints are aggravated by motion.
  • Causticum (Caust.)
    Dryness, rawness, hoarseness, cough hard, and racks the whole chest. Chest feels full of mucus, feels as if only they could cough a little deeper it would raise up the mucus, must swallow the sputum raised, inability to expectorate. Cough with involuntary emissions of urine. Much better drinking cold water. Intensely sympathetic, sensitive, individuals who take a great interest in the welfare of others.
  • Chamomilla (Cham.)
    Excessive irritability and impatience specially in children. Violent earache. Diarrhea of children during dentition. Tickling cough.
  • Drosera Rotundifolia (Dros.)
    Spasmodic, dry, irritating, choking cough (much like whooping-cough) with hoarseness of voice. Nose bleed. Refuses to speak because talking creates breathing difficulties. Spasmodic, nervous and sympathetic cough, deep sounding, hoarse and barking, with pain in the hypochondrium, must hold the part with the hands. Cough with paroxysms following each other very rapidly, can scarcely breath, chokes. Harassing and titillating cough in children which commences as soon as the head touches the pillow at night. Worse immediately on lying down, after midnight, warmth, drinking, laughing, singing, weeping.
  • Euphrasia (Ephr.)
    Similar to Allium in all respects with profuse bland nasal discharge and acrid, scalding tears which is reverse with Allium. An eye remedy, conjunctivitis with violent attacks of profuse secretion  stinging eyes, dust or sand in the eyes.
  • Ferrum Phosphoricum (Fer-ph.)
    Headache better by cold applications. Eyes red, inflamed, with burning sensation. Face flushed; cheeks sore and hot. Ulcerated sore throat. Tonsils red and swollen. Eustachian tubes inflamed.  Congestions of lungs. Expectoration of pure blood in pneumonia. Palpitation; pulse rapid. Restlessness and sleeplessness.
  • Hepar Sulphuris Calcareum (Hep. Sulph.)
    Cough when exposed to dry and cold wind. Croupy cough, with loose, rattling phlegm in windpipe. Rattling, choking cough, worse after midnight. Severe laryngeal catarrh, with roughness and pain in the upper part of throat. Can not bear to be uncovered, least exposure of cold excites cough (Rumex). Anxious, hoarse, wheezing respiration. Worse cold, dry weather. Better  in warm, moist weather. Suits thin, irritable, impatient, chilly, oversensitive individuals.
  • Hyoscyamus (Hyos.)
    Dry spasmodic cough, especially at night when lying down, relieved by sitting up, from itching in the throat, as if uvula were too long. Suited to hysterical females and young girls.
  • Ignatia (Ign.)
    Dry spasmodic cough in the evening, feels as if there is fumes or dust in the throat pit. The longer they cough the more irritation
    they feel. Suited to nervous, young people or women with hysterical tendencies. Cough due to emotional difficulties such as grief, unrequited love, and sadness.
  • Kali Bichromicum (Kali-bi.)
    Thick, ropey, sticky secretions. Loss of smell. Loose cough, with rattling in chest. Cough with thick, heavy expectoration of bluish, yellow, or white lumpy mucus. Cough with expectoration of tough, stringy, mucus which adheres to the parts and can be drawn out in long strings. Catarrhal laryngitis, coughs have a brassy sound. Suits far, light-haired persons, or fat, chubby, short-necked children disposed to croupy affections.
  • Kali Carbonica (Kali-c.)
    Cough, wheezing, asthmatic, must lean forward with head on knees. Cough with cutting or stitching in chest with respiration and between the breath (Bryonia, stitching on breath only). Sputum of small, white, round lumps that fly from the mouth when coughing or hawking. Edema, above the eyes, morning, disappearing during day, constipation. Suits conservative, rigid, possibly dogmatic individuals, who dislike change. Never quiet or contented, desires to be with people but treats them outrageously.
  • Lycopodium (Lyco.)
    Aggravated on the right side. Symptoms go from right to left.  Aggravated 4 to 8 pm., afternoon,  in morning on waking, on fasting. Ameliorated in evening and in open air. Ear infection (Otitis media) aggravated on the right side. Sinusitis which is aggravated on the right side. Complete stoppage of nose, breathes with open mouth and protrudes the tongue; frontal sinuses involved.  Obstruction is aggravated at night. Snuffles of infants. Pharyngitis and Tonsillitis. Aggravated or starts on right side, ameliorated by warm drinks. Cough is a chronic, dry tickling cough. Bronchitis, pneumonia, aggravated on the right side.
  • Mercurius Vivus – Mercurius Hydrargyrum (Merc.-v)
    Yellow, bloody discharge from ears. Sneezing in sunshine. Swelling of nasal bones. Intense thirst for cold drinks.
  • Mercurius Sublimatus Corrosivus (Merc. Cor)
    Inflammation and soreness of eyes. Red, swollen and painful throat.
  • Mercurius Solubilus (Merc.)
    Ear infections either chronic or acute. Nose has chronic coryza with offensive, greenish discharge. Sneezing ameliorated by lying. Cough is aggravated at night, by warmth of bed, lying on right side. Mouth ulcers or canker sores. Throat  INFLAMMATION, acute or chronic. Pharyngitis, tonsillitis. Swelling of glands. Diarrhea with strong urging. Stool is offensive, greenish, bloody, slimy.
  • Nux Vomica (Nux-v.)
    Initial stage, caused by dry cold weather or by sitting on cold steps or in cold places.  Headache in sunshine and on waking in the morning. Right sided complaints. Sneezing, nose stuffed up at night and in open air but fluent in a warm room and during day, with scraping rawness in the throat. Dullness or oppression in the frontal sinuses and watering of the eyes.
  • Phosphorus (Phos)
    Dry cough, arising from tickling in the throat and chest, excited by reading aloud, talking, laughing, drinking (Bryonia., Drosera, Pulsatilla). Dry tickling in the evening, with tightness across the chest. Trembling of the whole body with the cough. Sputum frothy, bloody, rust colored, purulent, white and tough, cold mucus, tasting sour, salty or sweet. Cannot lay on left side or with head low, pains in the chest compel them to sit up. Desire for cold water and cold food. Suits tall, slender individuals, who are open, bright, sympathetic, suggestible, and lively in the beginning of an illness but become slow, tired and apathetic as the disease
    advances. Worse physical and mental exertion, twilight, change of weather, in evening, lying on left or painful side, during thunderstorm. Better lying on the right side, cold food, cold open air, sleep.
  • Phytolacca Decandra (Phyt.)
    Dark redness of throat with swollen tonsils.
  • Podophyllum (Podo.)
    Profuse, painless, watery, gushing diarrhea.
  • Pulsatilla Nigra (Puls.)
    Mouth is dry but no thirst. Taste of mouth keeps changing. Secretions from eyes, nose and mouth are all thick. Measles. “Ripe cold” in which the discharges are green and bland, not in the least excoriating; bad smell in the nose, as of old catarrh. Secretions from eyes, nose and mouth are all thick. Measles.
  • Rhus tox (Rhus-t.) 
    Stiff, weak and bruised feeling on first motion which passes off with continued motion until the person becomes weak and must rest – then restlessness and uneasiness drive the person to move again.  Illness following exposure to cold damp weather; from cold damp when perspiring.  Restlessness; intense fever; thirst; great prostration.  Can have achiness in the bones as well. 
  • Rumex Crispus (Rumex)
    Conditions are aggravated by cold, open air, undressing or uncovering, or change of temperature. Violent sneezing, aggravated in evening, night. Throat has a scraping, raw feeling, aggravated by open air.
  • Spongia Tosta (Spong.)
    Dry, hacking, croupy, barking cough, day and night, exhausting the person. Worst at midnight. Better with hot drinks. From exposure to dry cold winds. This remedy is indicated when a cough is loud, harsh, dry, and sounds like barking or sawing wood. The person may wake up feeling suffocated, as if the throat is plugged or the breathing passages are dry. Problems are usually made worse from being in a room that is too warm, or from lying down with the head too low. Talking aggravates the cough, and so does exposure to cold air and smoke. Sitting up usually helps, and drinking something warm or eating small amounts brings some relief. This
    remedy is often helpful during croup and asthma.
  • Stannum (Stan.)
    Loose cough, with heavy, green, sweet or salty sputum. Sensation of great weakness and emptiness in the chest, worse from talking, laughing, reading aloud, singing. so weak they can hardly talk. Sad, despondent, feels like crying all the time, but cry makes her worse.
  • Sulphur (Sulph.)
    Night cough, suffocating at night, wants the doors and windows open. Congestion of blood to the head and chest with burning chest, head, face and soles of the feet at night, must stick them out from under the covers. Worse bathing.
  • Veratrum Album (Verat.)
    Extreme coldness, blueness and weakness. Pale face. Painful diarrhea followed by great weakness.

Homeopathic Remedies For A Croupy Cough

  • Aconitum Napellus (Acon.
    Constant Short, dry cough.  Hoarse, loud cough.  Dryness of chest.  Feels like suffocating with each inspiration. Anxiety, restless, worse at night.  After exposure to cold wind.
  • Hepar Sulphuris Calcareum (Hep. Sulph.)
    Croup.  Loose, rattling cough worse in the morning. Suffocating, choking cough.  Hoarseness with loss of voice. Better breathing warm air.  Worse when any part of the body gets uncovered or cold.  Better sitting up and bending head backwards.
  • Spongia Tosta (Spong.)
    Hoarseness.  Dry, barking, croupy cough.  Worse during inspiration and before midnight.  Irrepressible cough from spot deep in chest.  Feels like plug in throat. Better after eating or drinking warm drinks.  Worse lying with head low.

Homeopathic Remedies For A Dry Cough

  • Aconitum Napellus (Acon.)
    Constant short, dry cough.  Hoarse, loud cough.  Dryness of chest.  Feels like suffocating with each inspiration. Anxiety, restless, worse at night.  After exposure to cold wind.
  • Alumina (Alum.)
    Cough with marked dryness of mucus membrane; dry, hacking cough with frequent sneezing. Morning there is a long attack of dry cough, with difficult little mucus. Dry cough at night with dryness of throat. Splinter like sensation in throat when swallowing. Hoarseness.
  • Argentum Nitricum (Arg. Nit)
    Cough with rawness of throat. Dryness of the throat when beginning to speak. Worse just before midnight; laughing, and sudden exertion.
  • Belladonna (Bell.)
    Cough with dryness of larynx.  Red throat with scraping in larynx.  Tickling and burning spasmodic, barking, short cough.  Great whooping cough remedy with spasms in larynx causing whoop and difficult breathing. Red Face, dilated pupils.  Child cries before cough comes on.  Cough ends with sneezing.
  • Bryonia (Bry.)
    Hard, dry, spasmodic cough.  Pain in chest, must press hand to sternum.  Cough shakes whole body, must spring up in bed.  Hurts to breathe deeply.
  • Causticum (Caust.)
    Dry, raw, hoarse cough.  Chest seems full of mucus and if the person cough a little deeper they could get the mucus out. Better with ice-cold water.  Inability to expectorate.  Escape of urine with cough.
  • Phosphorus (Phos.)
    Dry, tickling, tight cough that is exhausting. Violent, shaking cough. Must hold chest and abdomen while coughing.  Trembles with cough.  Cough worse laughing, talking or eating. Chilly with thirst for ice cold drinks.  Anxious, nervous.  Worse in open air or going from cold to warm room.
  • Spongia Tosta (Spong.)
    Hoarseness.  Dry, barking, croupy cough.  Worse during inspiration and before midnight.  Irrepressible cough from spot deep in chest.  Feels like plug in throat. Better after eating or drinking warm drinks.  Worse lying with head low.

Homeopathic Remedies For A Productive (Wet or Loose) Cough

  • Antimonium Tartaricum (Ant-t.)
    Great rattling of mucus, but very little is expectorated.  Burning sensation in chest.  Bronchial tubes are overloaded with mucus. Cough worse with eating palpitation and hot feeling in chest.  Better sitting up.
  • Drosera (Dros.)
    Spasmodic cough deep in the chest.  Violent tickling in the larynx brings on cough.  Cough impulses so violent cannot catch breath.  Cough as soon as head hits pillow.  Principal remedy for whooping cough. Pain in the hypochondrium must hold while coughing.  Worse at night.  Cough can be dry and irritating.
  • Hepar Sulphuris Calcareum (Hep. Sulph.)
    Croup.  Loose, rattling cough worse in the morning. Suffocating, choking cough.  Hoarseness with loss of voice. Better breathing warm air.  Worse when any part of the body gets uncovered or cold.  Better sitting up and bending head backwards.
  • Kali Bichcrhomicum
    Voice hoarse with hacking cough.  Profuse white or yellow expectoration, sticky and stringy.  Cough as a brassy sound. Worse in the evening.  Pain in the sternum that extends to the shoulders.
  • Stannum
    During the day, loose cough with heavy, green mucus.  Dry cough at night.  Weakness of chest or chest feels empty. Worse using voice, laughing or singing.  Worse with warm drinks.

Homeopathic Remedies For A Spasmodic Cough

  • Ambra Gresia (Ambra.)
    Nervous spasmodic cough; spasm of cough coming from deep in chest, triggered by violent tickling in throat. Cough usually at night. Spasmodic cough with oppressed feeling of chest, whistling in chest. Worse by drinking cold drinks, worse by speaking.
  • Carbo Vegetabilis (Carbo-v.)
    Cough with greenish yellow fetid expectoration. Spasmodic hollow cough in short, hard spells. Worse evening or before midnight; by going in to cold air or in to cool air from a warm place, with copious mucus at night and morning.
  • Cina
    Cough attacks are so violent that they leave the person blue and exasperating for breath. Attacks can come suddenly and can come even in the middle of the night.
  • Drosera (Dros.)
    Spasmodic, dry, irritating, choking cough. Like whooping-cough with hoarseness of voice. Dry, barking, croupy cough. Disinclination to speak because talking creates breathing difficulties. Vomiting after intense coughing. Worse after midnight, lying down or heat of bed. Very useful in whooping cough.
  • Corallium Rubrum
    For the short, quick, ringing cough known as the “minute gun” cough. The smothering shows itself in the form of gasping, crowing inspirations. After each attack of cough the person sinks back exhausted. Constriction of the chest before the attacks.
  • Cuprum Metallicum  (Cuprum)
    For  accompanied with convulsions, or when the paroxysms are long and interrupted. Spasms of the flexor muscles predominate. The cough is very violent and threatens suffocation. Coughs has tough, gelatinous mucus, there is much rattling in the chest, and the face and lips are bluish. There is relief from a swallow of cold water.  Cuprum is good in cases accompanied with spasms, clenched hands, etc.
  • Ipecac (Ipec.)
    Convulsive cough, where the child stiffness out and becomes blue or pale and loses its breath. Great nausea and relief from vomiting are prominent symptoms for Ipecac. A “gagging cough” is a good indication for the remedy. The discharge of mucus is copious and tenacious, and the person is very weak after the attacks. Violent shattering coughs following each other in quick succession, not permitting recovery of breath, indicate Ipecac. he child is limp and weak, and there is free perspiration.
  • Sambuccus (Samb.)
    Spasmodic cough attacks late in the night or early morning about 3 am. Asthmatic attacks in kids that occur in the night while sleeping.

Homeopathic Remedies For A Tickling Cough

  • Rumex (Rum.)
    Cough is extremely sensitive to cold air.  Tickling in the throat and an irritation below the larynx that is aggravated by touching or pressing the pit of the throat. Dry cough.  Usually become hoarse. Aggravated in the night and by motion. Better in warmth.