Appendix E

Homeopathic Remedies

Homeopathy is based on the law of familiars or treating like with like — using a substance that causes certain symptoms in a healthy person to alleviate those same symptoms in someone who’s ill. For example, coffee keeps most people awake, but for some people who have trouble sleeping, a homeopathic preparation of coffee helps them sleep. (See Chapter 3 for more about homeopathy.) Table E-1 lists many of the more common substances used as homeopathic remedies and the ailments those treatments are used for.

Table E-1 Common Homeopathic Treatments

Homeopathic Remedy

Ailments It Treats

Aconitum napellus (aconite)

Angina, anxiety, arrhythmia, asthma, heart failure, postoperative pain

Allium cepa

Allergies, colds, cough, ear infection, hay fever, headache, laryngitis, sore throat

Antimonium tartaricum

Acne, asthma, bronchitis, chicken pox, cold, cough, respiratory conditions

Apis mellifica

Bee stings, hives, insect bites, urinary conditions

Arnica montana

Arthritis, bruises, black eyes, muscle pain, physical trauma, pulled muscles or tendons, shin splits, shock from trauma, tinnitus following injury

Arsenicum album

Anxiety; asthma; cold and flu; diarrhea; eye pain, burning, or itching; food poisoning; skin conditions, including eczema, psoriasis, dry skin, rashes; sore throat; indigestion


Chicken pox and shingles; cold; colic; delirium; earache; eye pain, burning, or itching; dry, hot nose; fever; headache; measles ...

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