Studied Homeopathic Remedies
- Eupatorium perfoliatum
- Homeopathic cough syrup (Drosera, Arnica, Belladonna, Artemisia cina, Cuprum, Ferrosi phosphas, Uragoga ipecacuanha, Solidago)
- Combination Homeopathic Remedy Containing Aconitum, Bryonia, Lachesis, Eupatorium, and Phosphorus
- Individualized (Classical) Homeopathy
The common cold is an infection caused by one of thousands of related viruses, causing symptoms of sore throat, sneezing, headache, congestion, runny nose, and fatigue. These symptoms are self-limited, meaning that they will go away on their own in due time. The onset of symptoms of a common cold is often sudden and tends to resolve in 4 days to 2 weeks.
Warning: Severe sore throat can be caused by the bacteria streptococcus. “Strep throat,” as it is commonly called, can cause heart damage. Antibiotic treatment is necessary to prevent this complication.
Scientific Evaluations of Homeopathic Remedies for the Common Cold
Weak evidence suggests that homeopathic remedies might have a place in the treatment of colds. However, the best-designed studies (including one that evaluated classical homeopathy ) failed to find evidence of benefit.
Drosera, Arnica, Belladonna, Artemisia cina, Cossus cacti, Corallium rubrum, Cuprum Ferrosi phosphas, Uragoga ipecacuanha, Solidago
Aconitum, Bryonia, Lachesis, Eupatorium, Phosphorus
Traditional Homeopathic Treatments for the Common Cold
In classical homeopathy , there are many possible homeopathic treatments for the common cold, to be chosen based on various specific details of the person seeking treatment.
For example, if you are very restless and experience aches down to the bone in addition to other cold symptoms, you fit the symptom picture for Eupatorium . For this use, the remedy is generally recommended in a potency between 6c and 30c, which is a significantly more dilute dosage than the 2x potency used for some conditions.
If you have primarily a sore throat and swollen tonsils (relieved by cold drinks, but not hot drinks) accompanied by shooting pain in the ears, aching joints, muscle soreness, restlessness, and prostration, then you more closely fit the homeopathic indication for Phytolacca .
Other Natural Options
Several herbs and supplements have shown promise for treating or preventing colds. For more information, see the Colds and Flus article.
For a thorough explanation of homeopathy, including dilution of therapies, see the Homeopathy Overview .
- Reviewer: EBSCO CAM Review Board
- Review Date: 07/2012 -
- Update Date: 07/25/2012 -