By Scott J. Banks, Joe Kraynak, J. J. Virgin

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.

The table lists many of the more common substances used as homeopathic remedies and the ailments those treatments are used for.

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
Belladonna Chicken pox and shingles; cold; colic; delirium; earache; eye
pain, burning, or itching; dry, hot nose; fever; headache; measles
and mumps; sore throat; stomachache with loss of appetite;
tonsillitis; toothache
Bryonia alba Abdominal pain, arthritis, back spasms, colic, constipation,
cough, diarrhea, fever with chills, flu, gas, headache, heartburn,
indigestion, mood disorders, sciatica, sprains and strains
Calcarea carbonica Anxiety and phobias, bone and joint pain, chronic fatigue,
dental problems, digestive disorders, headache, menstrual issues,
muscle weakness, osteoarthritis, teething discomfort
Calcarea phosphorica Fractures that are slow to heal, growing pains, headache, joint
pain, rheumatism, tooth decay, teething discomfort
Cantharis Acid reflux, attention deficit and attention deficit
hyperactivity disorders (ADD and ADHD), bladder infections,
bleeding/hemorrhaging, burns, digestion issues, insect bites and
stings, sunburn
Carbo vegetabilis Chronic, unexplained illness; cough; heartburn and other
digestion conditions; tinnitus
Chamomilla Colic, diarrhea during teething, earache, fever, insomnia,
toothache, irritability (especially in children), menstrual issues
(including cramping and breast pain), swollen glands, teething
discomfort
Cocculus indicus Dizziness, motion sickness, nausea, vertigo, menstrual
issues
Coffea cruda Anxiety, depression, headaches, insomnia
Colocynthis Colic, neuralgia (nerve pain), sciatica
Euphrasia (eyebright) Eye conditions, including inflammation, injuries, irritation,
conjunctivitis, and watery eyes; nasal allergies and excessive
discharge
Ferrum phosphoricum Diarrhea with fever; fever; headache; earache that
doesn’t respond to belladonna; hemorrhaging, especially nose
bleeds; sore throat; cough that’s better at night;
sleeplessness and restless dreams
Gelsemium Cold, flu, headache, heat exhaustion, anxiety, neuralgia, sore
throat, vertigo
Hepar sulphuris Abscesses, acne, cold, ear infection, gingivitis, hay fever,
cough, croup, hoarseness, sore throat, skin infection, night
sweats
Hypericum (St. John’s wort) Anxiety, bee stings, dental pain related to dental procedures
such as tooth extraction or root canal, depression, headache,
insect bites, nerve injury, postoperative pain, puncture wounds (to
prevent lockjaw), skin conditions including corns and varicose
ulcers; splinters; tailbone injury
Also useful as a topical treatment for all sorts of injuries and
burns
Ignatia amara Emotional disorders, including depression, grief, and anxiety;
headache; sore throat; cough; menstrual problems
Ipecacuanha (ipecac) Asthma, bronchitis, heavy bleeding (nasal or menstrual),
headache, migraine, morning sickness, motion sickness, nausea,
recurrent fevers, whooping cough
Kali bichromicum Bronchitis; cold with thick, gooey mucus; earache and ear
infection; localized pain (especially with headache); migraines;
nasal allergies and sinusitis; vaginitis
Kali carbonicum Asthma, backache, bronchitis, cold, congestion, pneumonia,
respiratory infections
Lachesis Acne, circulatory problems (characterized by bluish, purplish,
or blotchy skin), hemorrhoids, high blood pressure, migraines,
painful periods, Raynaud’s syndrome, rosacea
Ledum Alcoholism, bee stings, black eyes, bruises, gout, insect
bites, puncture wounds, rheumatism, sprains and strains
Lycopodium Anxiety; constipation; digestive issues related to the liver,
gallbladder, urinary, and digestive tracts; flatulence; irritable
bowel syndrome (IBS); nausea and vomiting; panic attacks
Magnesia phosphorica Abdominal and menstrual cramps, colic, muscle spasms
Mercurius vivus Bad breath, boils, colds, cystitis, earache, gingivitis,
diarrhea, sore throat, sweating, tonsillitis, trembling,
weakness
Natrum muriaticum Eye conditions, including dry eyes, itchy eyes, poor eyesight,
and glaucoma; water imbalances that may cause sinusitis, hay fever,
edema, puffy eyes, circles under eyes, water retention, and
perspiration problems; fatigue
Nux vomica Digestion issues, including acid reflux, gas, heartburn,
indigestion, nausea, and vomiting; constipation alternating with
diarrhea; hemorrhoids; flu
Phosphorus Anxiety, bleeding, cold, constipation, cough, dark circles
under eyes, diarrhea, flu, hoarseness, indigestion, nausea, pallor,
vomiting
Podophyllum Diarrhea, heartburn, indigestion, IBS
Pulsatilla Bedwetting, chicken pox, cold with heavy yellow discharge,
cough, cystitis, earache, fainting, indigestion, insomnia,
menstrual problems, sties, varicose veins
Rhus toxicodendron Aches and pains, back pain, chicken pox, cold sores, cough,
flu, hives, hoarseness, poison ivy, sore muscles, rheumatoid
arthritis, sciatica, sprains and strains
Ruta graveolens Back pain, bone injuries, dental problems (dry socket), eye
strain, headache, joint pain, sciatica, sprains and strains
Sepia Depression, exhaustion, female hormone imbalance, hair
thinning, hot flashes, irritability, mood swings, seasonal
affective disorder (SAD)
Silica Hair, skin, and nail issues; nutritional deficiencies
Spongia tosta Asthma, colds, cough, croup, exhaustion, goiter, hoarseness,
laryngitis, sore throat, thyroid problems
Staphysagria Anxiety, bladder infection, cystitis, depression, emotional
distress, menopause symptoms, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD),
urinary urgency
Sulfur Acne, cold, conjunctivitis, constipation, diarrhea, digestive
disorders, eczema, hemorrhoids, nausea, shortness of breath, skin
conditions, sties
Tabacum Anxiety, morning sickness, motion sickness, nausea,
vomiting
Urtica urens (stinging nettle) Allergies, anemia, bee stings, burns, hives, insect bites,
poison ivy, rheumatism, skin irritations
Veratrum album Cough, constipation, cramps, diarrhea, headache, heat
exhaustion, menstrual disorders, nausea, vomiting