Top Ten Homeopathic Remedies from Dr. Lauren Feder

Top Ten Homeopathic Remedies imageTop Ten Homeopathic Remedies

These Top Ten Homeopathics for Your Family were compiled for Kindred by Dr. Lauren Feder, president of the Holistic Pediatric Alliance.   Dr. Feder is a practicing family physician and certified homeopath in Los Angeles, California.

Read Dr. Feder’s article, Homeopathy 101, to learn the history and basics of homeopathic medicines.

Read the recent report from Dana Ullman, MPH, The Swiss Government’s Remarkable Report on Homeopathics.




1. Aconite - Aconitum Napellus image1. Aconite – Aconitum Napellus

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Aconite is also known as SOS, and is truly a rescue medication for a variety of symptoms. Children who benefit from Aconite look panicked and are constantly moving around.

Aconite is useful for:


  • Anxiety and panic from accidents and frightening or shocking events.
  • Feelings of agitation, anxiety and restlessness
  • Forebodings and fears will soon die
  • Fears of crowds, airplanes, ghosts
  • Claustrophobia
  • Startles easily
  • Sleepless and restless, with crying and complaining
  • Nightmares and anxious dreams


  • Early stages of illnesses that come on suddenly with intense pain (i.e. high fever, chills, flu, sore throat, earaches, coughs, croup colds).
  • Pains are intolerable
  • Complaints begin from becoming sweaty and chilled in dry, cold windy weather.
  • Skin is dry, red and hot
  • Chilly if uncovered.
  • Face is red, hot, and flushed. One cheek red, the other pale (similar Cham)
  • Unquenchable thirst for cold drinks.
  • Hoarse, dry, croupy cough, worse at night, and after midnight
  • Pulse is full and strong

Complaints are better: fresh open air, with company

Complaints are worse: worse at night and evening, in a warm room, lying on affected side, and with noise and light.


2. Allium Cepa image2. Allium Cepa

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Allium Cepa, made from the whole red onion plant, is well known for treating the classic watery runny nose from allergy, hay fever, and common cold symptoms. 

Allium Cepa is useful for:


  • Melancholy
  • Fears pain will become unbearable


  • Watery runny nose, “drips like water”
  • Red, sore and raw nose and upper lip
  • Sneezing when coming into a warm room
  • Burning, stinging and tearing of the eyes.
  • Colds travel down into throat and chest
  • Tickling in the throat with hoarseness
  • Painful hacking cough
  • Headache during runny nose
  • Colic and gas pains (baby pulls up legs and screams in pain)
  • Craving for onions

Complaints are better: open air, cold room

Complaints are worse: warm room, late afternoon and evening, flowers, left side

Whenever we go to visit the horses, I take Allium cepa for relief from hay fever symptoms.


3. Arnica - Arnica Montana image3. Arnica – Arnica Montana

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Arnica is a plant that grows high up in mountain slopes where one could easily get injured in the steep terrain.  Hence, Arnica is an excellent treatment for trauma, Arnica is the medicine needed most often in my active household, and it works without any side effects.  Arnica is the only remedy that I use routinely during birth, as well as during the post-partum period. I also use it for newborns who are bruised after birth. Arnica has no contraindications, and is safe for newborns and nursing mothers. Arnica in strong potency (200C or 1M) is used for major injuries.

Arnica is useful for:


  • Restlessness
  • Bed and chairs feel too hard.  Difficult find comfortable position
  • Says there is nothing wrong, even when seriously ill.
  • Desires to be alone
  • Irritable
  • Body feels as if “beaten up”


  • Bruises, swelling and muscle soreness
  • Sprains, strains and concussions
  • Injuries and bleeding from trauma and accidents
  • Jet lag (with muscle soreness)
  • Falls and blows
  • After-surgery swelling (plastic surgery, caesarean section, dental procedures)
  • Over exertion from lifting, sports or work

Complaints are better: alone, lying down outstretched or with the head low

Complaints are worse: touch, jarred, cold and damp weather, lying on injured part


4. Arsenicum Album image4. Arsenicum Album

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Arsenicum, derived from the metallic element arsenic, is helpful for many complaints and usually comes with a cluster of symptoms that include exhaustion, burning pains, chilliness, restlessness and a midnight aggravation. It is commonly used for food poisoning and traveler’s diarrhea.

Arsenicum is useful for:


  • Anxious, cautious, and responsible
  • Fears suffocation while lying down
  • Stinginess
  • Fear of poverty, health, death, robbers, germs
  • Orderly and fastidious


  • Burning pains relieved with warmth
  • Chilliness
  • Exhaustion and weakness
  • Restlessness, going from place to place
  • Thin, watery irritating runny nose
  • Wheezing, worse midnight
  • Thirst for small quantities, but often
  • Craves milk

Complaints are better: with company, warmth and hot drinks, head elevated

Complaints are worse: when alone, damp, cold applications, food and drink (except for headaches which feel better with cool), after midnight (till 2 a.m.), right side, seashore


5. Belladona image5. Belladona

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Belladonna, known as the plant the “herba bella donna” or beautiful lady since the 1500s during the time of the Italian Renaissance in Venice, it was used cosmetically to darken and widen the eyes (dilates the pupil) and flush the cheeks. Prepared as a homeopathic remedy, Belladonna is nontoxic and safe. Keynotes for Belladonna are sudden onset of intense illness, heat and redness.

Belladonna is useful for:


  • Intense delirium (i.e. during a high fever)
  • Hypersensitive to surroundings (light, noise, touch)
  • Biting, hitting and moaning
  • Hallucinates – sees monsters, ferocious animals, scary faces


  • Bright red face, dilated pupils, radiating heat
  • Earaches with severe pain in right ear, causing a child to cry during sleep
  • Red, throbbing sore throat
  • High fevers, usually above 102° F, radiates heat
  • Head hot, glassy eyes, limbs cold with fever
  • Twitching in the sleep
  • No thirst with high fever or intense thirst for cold water
  • Craves lemonade
  • Skin is dry and hot

Complaints are better: bending backward, semi-erect position, leaning head against something, light covering

Complaints are worse:  pressure, jar, light, noise, cold, right side, draft, lying down, afternoon


6. Chamomilla - German Chamomilla image6. Chamomilla – German Chamomilla

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Chamomilla is an annual plant of the composite family Asteraceae.  A child who is in a “Chamomilla state” is unhappy, uncomfortable and unbearable.. With the characteristic symptoms, it can be used for fussiness, colic, teething, cough, cold, ear infections, etc.

Chamomilla is useful for:


  • Anger, irritability, impatient and contrary
  • Inconsolable, screaming, and arching of the back
  • Asks for something, then refuses it.


  • Pains are unbearable (even for seemingly minor conditions)
  • Head is warm and sweaty
  • One cheek red, the other pale.
  • Earaches that are sensitive to cold and noise and feel better with warmth; pain that makes the child frantic.
  • Colds characterized by a watery, hot, runny nose that is also stuffed; difficulty sleeping.
  • Fevers in which the child alternates between feeling chilled and overheated.
  • Dry, tickling cough and hoarseness; worse from 9 p.m. to midnight.
  • Colic, also known as the “impossible cranky irritable” baby, who moves about in agony
  • Green diarrhea, like chopped spinach
  • Thirsty for cold drinks

David is a good example of Chamomilla’s versatility.  A nine-month-old, David had just had his set of shots, and was presented to my office with complaints of extreme fussiness and irritability.  His mother reported that for the past week after his shots he had been cranky, inconsolable, and unable to sleep. He was prescribed homeopathic Chamomilla, and within two doses he was comfortable, pleasant, and back to his happy-go-lucky self.

Complaints are better: carried, rocked, warm wet weather

Complaints are worse: night time especially 9 p.m., heat, anger, open air, wind, touch


7. Hepar Sulphuris Calcareum – Calcium Sulphide image7. Hepar Sulphuris Calcareum – Calcium Sulphide

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Hepar sulph is prepared from both the white interior of oyster shells and pure flowers of sulphur.

Any condition that calls for Hepar sulph has the characteristic of hypersensitivity in body and emotions – from an infection of the nail bed, sore throat, to croup.


Hepar sulph is useful for:


  • Overly sensitive mood and emotions
  • Easily irritated
  • Angry, abusive, and impatient
  • Hypochondriac
  • Fears the dentist, injuries, or seeing violent movies.


  • Overly sensitive to pain (reaction seems out of proportion)
  • Inconsolable over pains
  • Pain causes child to feel faint
  • Pains described as sharp sticks, splinter or fish bone
  • Inflammations with thick yellow acrid discharge (colds, boils, ulcers, etc.)
  • Discharges smell sour or like old cheese
  • Croup
  • Swollen tender glands
  • Chilliness, aggravated by the cold
  • Perspire easily
  • Desire for vinegar

Complaints are better: warmth, wrapping the head, covered, damp weather, after eating

Complaints are worse: cold, dry cold wind, night, draft, uncovered, touch, lying on painful side.


Nux vomica8. Nux Vomica

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Made from the Quaker Buttons tree, originating in India, Nux vomica is the best remedy for “too much”—food, birthday cake, or stimulation.

But its powers extend beyond relieving indigestion after a Thanksgiving meal—it can also be used for the common cold, constipation and the kind of insomnia brought on by doing—you guessed it—too much.

Nux vomica is useful for:


  • Hardworking personality (Type A kid)
  • Competitive in sports, high achiever in school
  • Irritability, impatience and anger
  • Easily frustrated


  • Overeating (especially spicy or rich foods)
  • Fullness, heartburn, indigestion, upset stomach, vomiting, bloating, gas
  • Constipation, straining with incomplete sensation
  • Infant colic with arching of the back
  • Jet lag (with stomach upset)
  • Insomnia (from doing too much)
  • Stuffed nose with watery discharge and sneezing, plugged at night, runny during the day
  • Extremely chilly
  • Sensitive to stimuli (noise and light)
  • Difficult sleeping, waking at 3 or 4 a.m.

Complaints are better: rest, evening

Complaints are worse: cold dry weather, wind, early morning, outdoors


9.  Pulsatilla Nigricans image9. Pulsatilla Nigricans

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Pulsatilla is rich in history and medicinal uses. The Pasque flower blooms at Easter and was used to color Easter eggs. Since ancient times it has been valued for its use for conditions of the eye.  According to legend, the flower sprang from the tears of Venus.

Pulsatilla is a windflower which sways in the wind.  Hence, the child who responds to Pulsatilla has changeable symptoms, and is easily moved to tears.

Pulsatilla is useful for:


  • Emotional
  • Easily moved to tears and laughter
  • Desire for consolation, sympathy and affection
  • Timid, gentle, and clingy personality
  • Easily irritated, touchy
  • Fears: alone, dark,


  • Warm blooded and worse in the heat
  • Infections with bland yellow-green discharge (ear, eye, nose, sinus, etc.)
  • Cough, worse night, lying, and emotions
  • Crave ice cream, butter, pastries (despite causing indigestion)
  • Lack of thirst even though has a dry mouth
  • Female hormonal remedy: painful and irregular periods

Complaints are better: open air, breeze, slow walks outside, cool crisp weather, cold applications

Complaints are worse: alone, heat, warm stuffy room, evening, night, greasy rich food


10. Spongia Tosta image10. Spongia Tosta

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Amongst families who use homeopathy, Spongiatosta is well known for its uses as a remedy for dry cough, especially for intense coughs, croup and whooping cough.  Medicinally this salt water animal has been used for centuries for thyroid conditions.

Spongia is useful for:


  • Anxiety with cough and difficulty breathing
  • Awakens frightened, fear of suffocating


  • Coughs sound as if a saw is being driven through a board or seal bark
  • Dry cough, barking
  • Croup worse inspiration
  • Feeling as if breathing through a dry sponge
  • Constriction, dry tickling in the throat
  • Hoarseness
  • Clears throat
  • Cough, worse before midnight (sometimes after too)
  • Excessive thirst

Complaints are better: eating, drinking, swallowing, warm foods, lying with head low, resting

Complaints are worse: talking, exertion, dry cold winds, warm room

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