Materia Medica (English: medical material/substance) is a Latin medical term used for the body of collected knowledge about the therapeutic properties of any substance used for healing (i.e., medicines). Homeopathic Materia Medica is the encyclopedia of therapeutic properties of each drug. These properties are ascertained through provings also known as Homeopathic pathogenetic trials (HPT). As per Samuel Hahnemann in his Organon of medicine. They list the materials along with details of the provings which establish the symptoms and conditions for which they are claimed to be suitable. Therefore they constitute a homoeopathic prescribing reference guide and are often used along with the Homoeopathic repertory.
No. 1 Remedy for the very first stage of a cold Useful in the early stages of colds, fevers, inflammations.
Suits healthy people whose complaints come on suddenly. Possible causes: cold / dry wind ; fright / shock. Characterised by extreme restlessness and fear. May specifically have an unfounded fear of death. Dry, hot skin. Symptoms worse evening / around midnight. Thirsty for cold drinks. May say everything tastes bitter, except water.
Better: fresh air.
No. 1 Remedy for bites and stings.
To be effective symptoms should generally fit the following picture. Odoematous swellings. Redness. Pains burning and stinging. Restlessness. Thirstlessness.
Better: cold applications.
Worse: heat; 4-6pm.
No.1 Remedy for rattling cough < 3am > sitting up.
Important (rattling) cough remedy, where patient is unable to expectorate (cf. Ipecac) and is "drowning in mucus". Feels suffocated, weak, drowsy and limp. May be irritable. Much yawning and sweating. Tongue is coated white.
Better: expectoration; sitting up; cold drinks.
Worse: warmth; lying down; 4pm; company.
No. 1 Remedy for fear of flying.
Useful for anticipatory anxiety and gastro-intestinal problems (belching / flatulence). Suits warm-blooded people with a tendency to feel hurried and impulsive. They may have a fear of failure when having to perform in public. Their fear is justified, as they often rush through things and get into a mess. (cf Gelsemium & Lycopodium). Pains splinter-like.
Better: open air; walking fast.
Worse: crowds; sweets (gets diarrhoea).
No. 1 Remedy for accidents / shock / physical exhaustion.
Should be a first choice after most accidents, injuries or physical ordeals. Given early it will reduce swelling and bruising. Patient has a fear of being touched, because of the pain and may want to be left alone. May claim to be alright when they clearly are not. Classic response of someone in shock. Upper body is hot, whilst lower is cold. Memory may also be poor.
Better: lying down, with head low.
Worse; jarring; lying on injured part.
No. 1 Remedy for food poisoning.
Characterised by great physical prostration with mental restlessness. Patient does not want to be left alone. May have a fear of death. Pains and discharges are burning, yet the patient feels chilly and all symptoms, except headache, are better for heat. Thirsty for frequent sips of usually hot drinks.
Better: warmth; lying down.
Worse: midnight - 3am.
No 1 Remedy for a remedy for bruises to the abdomen. There is sore bruised pains (just like Arnica), but the pains are more severe. Used after abdominal injury, with bruising to her abdomen followed by a passive haemorrhage. It is also helpful for complaints of the uterus with weakness and bleeding. It is a specific for bruised soreness after abdominal surgery, and for lumps and bumps that remain after bruising. Bellis perennis is prescribed for women who are feeling sore and bruised after childbirth.
Worse, left side; hot bath and warmth of bed; before storms; cold bathing; cold wind.
No.1 Remedy for very high fevers. Inflamed area or entire patient (!) is burning, red and hot. The eyes are glassy and the pupils dilated. Onset of complaints is sudden. Possible cause: chill to the head. Pains are violent and throbbing. Rapid pulse. Patient is angry, may be delirious and even have visions. Thirsty, may crave lemonade.
Better: lying down.
Worse: touch or jarring movement; 3pm.
No. 1 Remedy for dry, painful coughs.
Dryness of all mucous membranes. Great thirst for large amounts at long intervals (opposite of Arsenicum). Patient lies absolutely still; all symptoms are much worse for the slightest movement. Pains are stitching. A "bear with a sore head" who is irritable and resentful of being questioned or fussed over.
Better: firm pressure.
Worse: 9pm; after eating cabbage or beans.
No. 1 Remedy for slow, difficult teething.
Often needed when growing up or going through major developmental changes .Classically fat, fair and flabby. Chilly. Easily over-exerted and very sweaty (esp. back of head). Sour-smelling. May fear many things (e.g. the dark; monsters; animals; insects).Slow developers, particularly poor at assimilating their food, which may cause problems in bone and teeth formation. Crave boiled eggs.
Better: constipation; dry weather.
Worse: heights; getting cold or wet; teething; milk.
No. 1 Remedy for healing wounds. Very useful first-aid remedy for cuts; superficial burns or scalds; ulcers; scalp wounds; after teeth extraction or childbirth. It stimulates formation of healthy scar tissue (without lumps). Use externally in cream, ointment or tincture form. Take internally if there is much discomfort or suppuration (cf. Hepar Sulph).
Better: warmth; walking or lying absolutely still.
Worse: damp dull weather; evening.
No. 1 Remedy for the intense pain of burns.
Often effective in the treatment of cystitis, where there are burning pains before, during and after urination. Intense mental and physical irritation. Onset is sudden and violent. Pains are cutting and burning. Patients have a burning, intense thirst, but are worse after drinking (especially cold drinks).
Better: cold applications.
No. 1 Remedy for resuscitation. "The homoeopathic corpse reviver".
Symptoms at their most extreme are complete state of collapse due to oxygen starvation. Body (even breath) is cold. May appear limp, pale or blue. Less severe cases have extreme sluggishness. Many digestive disorders, especially wind. (cf. Lycopodium) Upper abdomen / stomach very bloated. May be brought on by over-indulgence.
Better: cool air; being fanned; burping.
Worse: warmth; dehydration; before sleep; tight clothing.
No. 1 Remedy for teething children.
Especially if child has one red cheek. Characterised by over-sensitivity. Pains are intolerable and appear to be out of all proportion to the illness or injury. Suited to bad-tempered children who are only quiet when carried and constantly request, then reject things. They are hot and sweaty (especially the head).
Better; for being uncovered.
Worse: 9pm - midnight.
No. 1 Remedy for de-hydration.
Delicate types whose senses are too acute. Emotionally and physically exhausted. Complaints often arise after loss of fluids / severe dehydration (e.g after fever or diarrhoea). Bloated abdomen, but not relieved by burping (cf. Carbo veg). Better: hard pressure; lying down; fasting; loose clothes. Worse: light touch.
No 1 remedy for worms in children.
This is a children’s remedy, - big, fat, rosy, scrofulous, corresponding to many conditions that may be referred to intestinal irritation, such as worms and accompanying complaints. An irritability of temper, variable appetite, grinding of teeth, and even convulsions, with screams and violent jerkings of the hands and feet, are all within its range of action. The Cina patient is hungry, cross, ugly, and wants to be rocked. Pain in shocks. Skin sensitive to touch.
Worse: looking fixedly at an object, from worms, at night, in sun, in summer.
No.1 Remedy for whooping cough.
Excellent (whooping) cough remedy (see also Ant tart & Ipecac), where cough is violent, spasmodic and leads to gagging / vomiting or nosebleed (cf. Ipecac). Better holding chest.Sensation of feather in throat. Restlessness. Emotionally stubborn or suspicious. All symptoms improve after midnight.
Better: sitting up; open air.
Worse: lying down; talking; warmth.
No. 1 Remedy for flu. Especially if there is shivering up and down the spine. Characterised by paralysis. The remedy is known as the "glass coffin" because although there is complete physical prostration, it is coupled with mental alertness. The Patient trembles, has aching muscles and heaviness especially of the head and eyes - even the eyelids droop.
Better: for sweating or urination.
Worse: physical exertion.
No. 1 Remedy for painful, infected wounds. Characterised by hyper-sensitivity to everything: pain; touch; cold; noise; exertion. One of the chilliest known remedies. Emotionally can be violent and intense. A tendency to form pus. Pains stitching and splinter-like (cf Arg Nit).
Better: heat; damp; lying in a warm bed.
Worse: uncovering; cold.
No. 1 Remedy for injury to nerves. Useful first aid treatment for lacerated wounds from sharp instruments or any injury to nerve-rich areas (e.g. slamming a door on fingers or falling on the coccyx). Pains are extreme and shoot along the nerves. Reputed anti-tetanus properties.
Worse: motion or pressure.
No. 1 Remedy for recent bereavement / emotional shock. Useful for treating symptoms which follow acute loss, grief or disappointed love. May not be able to accept what has happened and reacts with a sense of disbelief. Other signs may include hiccoughs, involuntary sighing or yawning. Can be used to treat fainting and hysteria.
Worse: tobacco; fresh air.
No. 1 Remedy for constant, violent nausea. Vomiting brings no relief. Sudden bright red haemmorhages (nosebleeds; piles; periods). Spasmodic respiratory complaints. A dry cough with choking/gagging, difficulty expectorating (cf Ant Tart). Thirstless. Constant salivation and clean tongue.
Better: open air.
No. 1 Remedy for painful sinuses.
Excellent remedy for colds and sinusitus, although chronic sinusitus is best treated by a qualified homeopath. Its main characteristic is a very stringy, sticky thick yellow/green discharge, which smells (cf. Pulsatilla). Suits those who become ill after getting chilled and are chilly whilst sick. Despite this chilliness, they feel worse in summer. Pains are often in a small well-defined spot, but they can "wander".
Worse: on waking; at night; after eating.
Left-sided complaints or begin on left, move to the right (especially sore throats). Warm-blooded. Talkative, amusing but with an over-active mind. Can be suspicious and jealous. Intense.
Better: open air; cold drinks; during or after a period.
Worse: menopause; alcohol; anything tight around the neck; after sleep; heat; heavy weather.
No. 1 Remedy for puncture wounds and black eyes.
Like Hypericum has reputed anti-tetanus properties. Use to treat deep wounds (e.g. those caused by nails) and bites from both animals and insects. Pains are sticking, tearing and throbbing. The area is swollen, blue and cold but, strangely, feels hot to the sufferer.
Better: cold applications.
Anxious. Lack of self-confidence especially when doing new things / speaking in public. Fine once they get started (cf. Arg Nit who hurries too much and does fail ). Can be charming, but may be dictatorial at home. Complaints right-sided or move from right to left (opposite of Lachesis). Lots of wind. Bloated stomach and abdomen. A tendency to flatulence.
Better: warm drinks; sweets; motion; open air; passing wind.
No 1 Remedy for spasm.
Useful for neuralgia of the head and face, cramping or shooting pains. Relieves headaches; toothaches; menstrual pain. Those who respond well to this remedy may be sensitive or nervous types who often talk about their pains. Always seek professional homeopathic treatment if symptoms persist.
Better: heat; firm pressure.
Worse: cold; uncovering; touch.
No. 1 Remedy for mouth ulcers.
Suits those people who are human thermometers, incredibly sensitive to both heat and cold and better moderate temperatures. They have very smelly breath and discharges (which may be streaked with blood). They are prone to swollen glands/colds and sweat profusely. Excessive saliva, especially at night, but they are extremely thirsty.
Worse: in bed at night.
No. 1 Remedy for cold sores.
If on the lips (with no other strong symptoms). Very sensitive people who remember the smallest slights for a long time. Feel everything so acutely they tend to protect themselves by shutting themselves off. They feel worse for consolation, except for a chosen few (or one). An important remedy for silent grief (the stiff upper lip). The middle of the lower lip may be deeply cracked. Discharges like egg white. Crave salt. Better: lying down; resting sweating. Worse: heat, especially of the sun.
No. 1 Remedy for hang-overs and over-indulgence in rich food.
People who need this remedy are very chilly. Emotionally they tend to be tense, irritable and over-sensitive. They suffer from digestive complaints and although they feel much better for vomiting, they find it difficult to do so. They often work and play very hard, surviving on a "diet" of coffee, alcohol and tobacco, despite the effect it has on them. For best results take the remedy a few hours before going to bed.
Better: rest; warmth and hot drinks.
Worse: in the morning.
No 1 remedy for nose bleeds.
Tall, slender persons, narrow chested, with thin, transparent skin. Lovely, bubbly, affectionate and sympathetic types. Unfortunately, their poor boundaries mean they can become exhausted by the problems of others. Overly impressionable. Riddled with fears and anxiety. Burning heat and pains. A tendency to bleed easily. Desire spicy food; ice-cream.
Better: cold drinks; eating; sleep (even a short nap).
Worse: sudden weather change (especially storms); missing a meal; lying on left.
No. 1 Remedy for childhood ear infections.
With this remedy, the symptoms and the patients themselves are very changeable. Emotionally they are moody, tearful and crave company. Children are clingy and whine. Pulsatilla types are thirstless and are much worse for being in a stuffy room; their mood improves dramatically when they go out in the fresh air. Discharges are thick, bland and yellow-green. Complaints may come on after getting wet, chilled feet.
Better: bathing; crying; movement; pressure.
Worse: twilight; wet, windy weather.
No. 1 Remedy for sprains and strains.
Stiffness, coupled with terrible restlessness. Pains usually around joints, which ache, feel sore, bruised. The pain gets worse on first movement, with a tearing or stitching sensation, but this eases after continued movement, provided it is not too strenuous. During colds, fevers, plus, a triangular red tip at the end of their tongue is an excellent confirmatory symptom. Children who need this remedy crave cold milk.
Better: heat; gentle motion.
Worse: damp, cold weather.
No. 1 Remedy for injuries to tendons and bone surface.
Ruta's action is deeper, but it has a less distinctive picture than Rhus Tox. It is less restless. Bone feels damaged. Useful for injuries to wrists; Knees; ankles or bones with a thin covering of flesh (e.g shins).
Better: for movement.
Worse: lying on the affected part.
No 1 remedy for Postnatal depression.
A useful remedy for conditions brought about by hormonal changes in women. Suits those who are worn out and have a dragged-down, heavy feeling. Indifferent to loved ones. Chilly. Weepy. Dislike sympathy, prefer to be alone. Desires acidic things and chocolate
Better: vigorous exercise; eating; warmth; open air.
Worse: during menstruation; missing a meal; pregnancy.
No. 1 Remedy for forcing out splinters, etc.
In first aid treatment excellent for forcing foreign bodies out, but beware if you have a pace-maker, grommets, metal pins etc. In acute illnesses suits chilly types, who keep getting infections, which are very slow to clear up. Thirsty. Perspire easily.
Worse: cold, damp, wet weather.
No. 1 Remedy following episiotomy. Appear sweet and calm, but may feel angry, resentful, humiliated. Feel boundaries have been violated. Doesn't want to be touched. Very useful after cuts with a sharp instrument.
Better: warmth; rest; breakfast.
Worse: missing a meal; tobacco; exertion.
No. 1 Remedy for skin complaints.
Warm-blooded, wants doors and windows open. An empty sinking feeling in the stomach at 11 am. Desires sweets; spicy food. Burning pains. Offensive corrosive, burning discharges. Itchy.
Better: fresh air.
Worse: warmth; bathing; 10-11am.
The no.1 remedy for diarrhoea with collapse, with extreme coldness, blueness, and weakness.
A perfect picture of Collapse, with extreme coldness, blueness, and weakness, is offered by this drug. Post-operative shock with cold sweat on forehead, pale face, rapid, feeble pulse. Cold perspiration on the forehead, with nearly all complaints. Vomiting, purging, and cramps in extremities. The Profuse, violent retching and vomiting is most characteristic. Surgical shock. Excessive dryness of all mucous surfaces. "Coprophagia" violent mania alternates with silence and refusal to talk.
Better: walking and warmth.
Worse: at night; wet, cold weather.
Please consult a naturopath or your doctor before taking natural remedies if you are on medication or if symptoms persist.
Carina Harkin BHSc.Nat.BHSc.Hom.BHSc.Acu.
Cert IV TAE. ARCHTI mem.