Homeopathy has a great treasure of medicines but some of them are more commonly used. Such remedies are called "Polychrest Remedies", "Polychrest Medicines" or simply "Polychrests" and generally range between 40 and 60 in number. There is no standard and final list of such remedies. Each practitioner makes his own list depending on the type of cases received and needs of his/her clinic. For example, if a practitioner gets more cases having stomach problems, he would keep the medicines that are more commonly used for stomach troubles and similarly if another practitioner receives more of chest related cases, his list of medicines would be different.
How to make your own list of polychrests
As you read about individual medicines, you would notice that homeopathic medicines are multipurpose and each of them covers wide range of symptoms. Polychrests particularly cover lots of symptoms that belong to various diseases. That is why homeopathy is capable of effectively treating most of the diseases. The point to note is that when a medicine is selected for a particular set of symptoms, it is not necessary that the person would have or should have all the symptoms indicated under that medicine. At times even key symptoms would only be considered but generally overall picture of the symptoms is considered to make the selection giving special importance to key symptoms. This rule is applied particularly in chronic cases. In acute cases, the methodology is somewhat different. However, each practitioner has own ways of doing it and maintains his own list of medicines. I am told of a practitioner who had just two medicines in different potencies at his clinic. His plea was that the cases he received could be treated by just those two medicines. This is not a good example though but it can happen. If you are beginning to start own clinic, you should not stuff your clinic with every medicine that you can think of. You don’t have to impress the people with the size of your dispensary. Start with few dozen common medicines and keep adding according to the nature of cases your would receive at the clinic. That way you would have a better and easily manageable dispensary. Here is a suggested list of medicines to start with. You can change it as you feel necessary.
The information given in these pages is for general knowledge only. This information does not constitute a medical advice nor is meant to suggest a medicine for your health condition. For selection of correct medicine, dose and potency, consult your doctor.
Suggested List of Commonly Used Homeopathic Remedies
- Aconitum Napellus
Sudden appearance of complaints. Extreme restlessness. Great fears (specially of death). Anxiety. Influenza. Dryness of mouth, throat and skin, with intense thirst for cold water. Anxious dreams.
- Aesculus Hippocastanum
Dry and swollen mucous membranes. Tongue thickly coated, feels as if scalded. Hemorrhoids with sharp shooting pains up the back. Burning of anus after stool. Spine feels weak. Backache affecting sacrum and hips. Heart’s action full and heavy, can feel pulsations all over.
- Aethusa Cynapium
Marked inability to digest milk, and poor circulation. Stool undigested, thin, greenish, preceded by colic. Vertigo with drowsiness, with palpitation. Lymphatic glands swollen. Skin of hands dry and shrunken. Ecchymosis.
- Allium Cepa
Watery and acrid nasal discharge which becomes worse in warm room. Oppressed breathing. Tickling in larynx. Eyes sensitive to light. Burning in nose, mouth, throat, bladder and skin. Sneezing, especially when entering a warm room.
Very severe constipation, no desire for days. Rectum sore and dry. Dryness of mucous membranes. Left-sided abdominal complaints. Brittle nails. Intolerable itching when getting warm in bed. Legs feel asleep, especially when sitting with legs crossed. Staggers on walking. Heels feel numb.
- Antimonium Crudum
Excessive irritability. Tongue thickly-coated white. Loss of appetite. Menses suppressed from cold bathing. Watery leucorrhea. Various skin diseases. Arthritic pain in fingers.
- Antimonium Tartaricum
Respiratory problems, rattling of mucus but little expectoration. Thirst for cold water but little and often. Great drowsiness.
- Apis Mellifica
Edema of skin and mucous membranes. Stinging pains. Intolerance of heat. No thirst. Swelling in throat. Swelling after insect bites. Last drops of urine burn and smart. Inflammation of kidneys.
- Argentum Nitricum
Patient is always in hurry. Headache from mental exertion. Symptoms of in-coordination. Painful swelling of pit of stomach. Great desire for sweets. Intolerance of heat. Sexual weakness of males. Diarrhea immediately after eating or drinking.
- Arnica Montana
Traumatic injuries. Pain from overuse of an organ. Fetid breath. Violent spasmodic cough. Angina pectoris. Small boils. Thrombosis. Tinnitus.
- Arsenicum Album
Influenza with thin, watery and excoriating nasal discharge. Sneezing. Photophobia. Seaside complaints. Restlessness. Food poisoning. Intolerance of smell of food. Jaundice. Anemia. Skin dry, rough, scaly. Psoriasis which is worse in winters. periodic fever. Typhoid. Thoughts of committing suicide.
Septic conditions. Fetid breath. Stool offensive, thin, dark, bloody. Menses too early, too profuse. Sleeplessness and restlessness. Nightmares and frightful dreams.
- Baryta Carbonica
Tonsils and glands around ears painful and swollen. Easy taking of cold. Abdomen hard and tense. Palpitation when lying on left side. Fetid foot sweat.
Sudden and violent complaints and inflammations. Neuralgic pains which come and go suddenly. No thirst. Redness of affected organs. Skin sore and sensitive. Dysmenorrhea, menses profuse. Eyelids red and swollen. Epistaxis. Spasmodic hiccough.
- Berberis Vulgaris
Kidney and gall bladder stones. Inflammation of kidneys. Bloody urine. Anal fistula. Itching of skin worsened by scratching. Lumbago.
- Bryonia Alba
Excessive irritability. Dryness of all mucous membranes. Great thirst for large quantities of water. Constipation. Menses suppressed. Frequent bleeding of nose when menses should appear. Dry cough. Joints red and swollen. All complaints are aggravated by motion.
- Calcarea Carbonicum
Apprehension, forgetfulness. Excessive sweat of head. Discharging ears. Easy taking of cold. Head proportionately larger but legs thinner in children. Obesity. Loss of appetite when tired. Umbilical hernia. Gall-stone colic. Menses too early, too profuse and too long. Feet feel cold and damp.
Abdominal complaints which are aggravated by coffee. Inflammation of urinary passages. Constant urge to urinate. Nephritis with bloody urine. Excessive sexual desire in females. Burns and scalds. Irregular pulse, pericarditis.
Desire to be alone. Swelling and pain behind ears. Sore throat of smokers and drinkers. Stomatitis. Fetid odor from mouth. Intense craving for stimulants. Thirsty after stool, with shivering. Bleeding piles, with soreness of anus. Neck of bladder spasmodically contracted. Climacteric disturbances with burning of tip of tongue. Constriction of chest. Dyspnea. Sciatica, worse bending backward.
- Carbo Vegetabilis
Lowered vital power. Deficiency of oxygen in the body. Digestion very slow. Hands and feet cold. Epistaxis. Distress even from simplest food. Flatulent colic. Pulse imperceptible. Easy fainting.
Chronic rheumatic, arthritic and paralytic affections. Paralysis of tongue and vocal chords. Unsteadiness of muscles. Involuntary passing of urine specially at night and in the aged.
Excessive irritability and impatience specially in children. Violent earache. Diarrhea of children during dentition. Tickling cough. Rheumatic pains.
- Cinchona Officinalis or China Officinalis
General weakness. Aversion to mental or physical exertion. Ringing in ears, Violent dry sneezing. Ill effects of tea. Weakness due to loss of fluids. Painless frothy stools. Slow digestion. Distention of stomach and abdomen after eating. Hiccough. Jaundice.
Intense abdominal pain causing the patient to bend over double. Dysentery. Taste very bitter. Contraction of muscles. Stiffness of joints.
- Drosera Rotundifolia
Spasmodic, dry, irritating, choking cough (much like whooping-cough) with hoarseness of voice. Nose bleed. Disinclination to speak because talking creates breathing difficulties.
- Eucalyptus Globulus
Is a powerful antiseptic. Typhoid. Relapsing fever. Slow digestion. Dysentery. Nephritis. Asthma. High fever.
- Ferrum Phosphoricum
Headache better by cold applications. Eyes red, inflamed, with burning sensation. Epistaxis; bright red blood. Face flushed; cheeks sore and hot. Ulcerated sore throat. Tonsils red and swollen. Eustachian tubes inflamed. Aversion to meat and milk. Anemia. Stools watery, bloody, undigested. Congestions of lungs. Hemoptysis. Expectoration of pure blood in pneumonia. Palpitation; pulse rapid. Rheumatic pain in shoulder. Restlessness and sleeplessness.
Various degrees of motor paralysis. Muscular weakness. Vertigo. Insomnia. Dim-sightedness. Diarrhea from emotional excitement.
Dryness of skin. Nails deformed and brittle. Constipation. Obesity, hot drinks create problems. Offensive breath.
- Hamamelis Virginica
Venous congestion, hemorrhages, varicose veins, and hemorrhoids, with bruised soreness of affected parts, seem to be the special sphere of this remedy. Acts upon the coats of the veins causing relaxation with consequent engorgement. Bleeding hemorrhoids. Hemorrhage from any part. Varicose veins. Orchitis.
- Hepar Sulphur Calcareum
Great sensitiveness to all impressions. Tendency to suppuration. Cough when exposed to dry and cold wind. Chronic and recurring urticaria. Deep cracks on hands and feet. Great sensitiveness to dry, cold weather.
- Ignatia Amara
Many of the emotional symptoms including ill effects of grief and worry. Changeable moods. Twitching of facial muscles. Insomnia. Violent yawning. Dry spasmodic cough. Feminine sexual frigidity. Coffee aggravates many problems.
Nausea and vomiting due to any reason. Hemorrhages where blood is bright red. Diarrhea with grass-green stool. Profuse uterine hemorrhage. Asthma. Bleeding from lungs. Sleep with eyes half open. Suffocating and wheezing cough.
- Kali Bichromicum
Thick, ropy secretions. Loss of smell. Stomach ulcer. Left sided sciatica. Quick migration of pains. Cirrhosis of liver.
- Kali Carbonicum
Sharp and cutting pains. Sensitiveness to weather changes. Dryness and falling out of hair. Sour eructations. Weakness of back. Large hemorrhoids. Pulse weak, rapid and intermittent. Cold weather complaints.
- Kali Phosphoricum
Weakness of nervous system. Mental and physical depression. Loss of memory. Humming and buzzing in the ears. Violent dysentery.
Ulcerations. Cancerous affections. Very painful dentition. Rapid decay of teeth. Hoarseness. Cholera of infants. Senile gangrene. Cracking of soles.
- Lachesis Mutus
Climacteric hot flashes. Toothache. Diphtheria. Quinsy and many other complaints related with throat and respiratory system. Neuralgia of coccyx.
- Ledum Palustre
Complaints which appear from below upwards. Ledum rheumatism begins in feet, and travels upward. It affects also the skin, producing an eruption like Poison-oak, and is antidotal thereto, as well as to stings of insects. There is a general lack of animal heat, and yet heat of bed is intolerable. For punctured wounds, produced by sharp-pointed instruments or bites particularly if the wounded parts are cold. Gouty nodosities. Anal fissures. Carbuncles
- Lycopodium Clavatum
Lack of self-confidence. Weakness of memory. Night blindness. Anorexia, small quantities of food create fullness. Distention of abdomen. Cirrhosis. Hernia, Painful hemorrhoids. Sciatica. Impotence. Psoriasis. Hepatitis.
- Magnesia Phosphorica
Spasmodic pains. Cramps of muscles. Toothache. Flatulent colic. Menstrual colic. Angina pectoris. Spasmodic palpitation. Vertigo on moving, falls forward on closing eyes
- Mercurius Sublimatus Corrosivus
Gonorrhea, Inflammation and soreness of eyes. Red, swollen and painful throat. Bloody dysentery. Sensitiveness of epigastrium. Pain behind eyeballs, as if forced out. Severe burning. Soreness of the eyes
- Mercurius – Hydrargyrum
Secondary stage of syphilis. Profuse and burning discharge from eyes. Yellow, bloody discharge from ears. Sneezing in sunshine. Swelling of nasal bones. Spongy and easily bleeding gums. Intense thirst for cold drinks. Paralysis of the aged.
- Natrum Muriaticum
Great weakness. High blood pressure and even low blood pressure. Blinding headache. Violent and fluent coryza specially which begins with sneezing. Numbness of tongue. Tachycardia, pulse intermits on lying down. Falling out of hair.
- Niticum Acidum
Putrid breath. Bleeding of gums. Bloody saliva. Hemorrhages from bowels, profuse, bright. Hemorrhoids bleed easily. Diarrhea, slimy and offensive. Stool scanty, dark, offensive. Uterine hemorrhages. Menses early, profuse, like muddy water, with pain in back, hips and thighs. Short breath on going upstairs. Black pores on face.
- Nux Vomica
Great irritability. Habit of finding faults with others. Headache in sunshine and on waking in the morning. Nose stuffed up at night. Stomach problems are aggravated by eating. Frequent ineffectual urging for stool. Blind hemorrhoids. Dysmenorrhea. Asthma due to digestive disorders. Unrefreshing sleep.
Lack of response to various medicines. Vertigo. Fright. Delirium. Paralysis of tongue. Obstinate constipation. Stool round like black balls. Snoring. Great drowsiness. Convulsions. Useful in coma.
- Phosphoricum Acidum
Mental debility. Impaired memory. Hair thin out, turn gray early. Blue rings around eyes. Lips dry, cracked. Bleeding gums; retract from teeth. Face pale. Craving juicy things. Thirst for cold milk. Diarrhea, white, watery, involuntary, painless. Frequent urination at night. Emissions at night and at stool. Menses too early and profuse, with pain in liver. Weak feeling in chest from talking. Cramps in upper arms and wrists. Pimples, acne, blood-boils. Falling out of hair.
Great lowness of spirit. Dread of death when alone. Fatty degenerations. Scurvy. Vertigo of the aged. Dandruff. Falling of hair. Hemorrhages. Cirrhosis of liver. Glaucoma. Epistaxis instead of menses. Vomiting soon after taking water. Hoarseness. Various respiratory problems.
- Phytolacca Decandra
Loss of personal delicacy. Indifference to life. Dark redness of throat with swollen tonsils. Quinsy. Mumps. Cancer and abscess of breast. Urine suppressed with pain in kidney region.
Profuse, painless, watery, gushing diarrhea. Internal and external piles. Grinding of teeth at night. Vertigo, with tendency to fall forward.
- Pulsatilla Nigra
Patient is timid and can be easily discouraged. Moods are changeable and contradictory. Changeable and contradictory symptoms. Mouth is dry but no thirst. Taste of mouth keeps changing. Secretions from eyes, nose and mouth are all thick. Disliking for fat and warm food. Menses delayed, scanty, thick, dark, clotted, intermittent and changeable. Pains in the body keep shifting. Styes. Acne. Measles.
- Rhus Toxicodendron
Extreme restlessness. Thoughts of suicide. Rheumatic pains which are worse at beginning of motion. Drowsiness after eating. Pains due to over-exertion. Pain and stiffness in small of back. Sciatica. Urticaria. Complaints are worse when at rest.
Indifference to friends and relatives. Chronic nasal catarrh. Herpes behind ears. Nausea in morning before eating. Desire for spicy food. Irregular menses with bearing-down sensation. Weakness of back. Hot flashes at menopause.
Intolerance of alcoholic stimulants. Tendency to formation of pus. Styes, boils and abscesses. Constipation before and after menses. Extreme coldness of body with desire to remain close to fire. Offensive foot sweat. Crippled nails. Keloid growths. Loss of smell.
Pericarditis, violent palpitation, angina pectoris, rheumatic carditis and other problems related to heart. Left-sided headache, Has marked elective affinity for the eye, heart, and nervous system. Afraid of sharp, pointed things, pins, needles, etc.
Great anti-psoric remedy. Forgetfulness. Burning and redness of eyes. Burning in palms and soles. Unhealthy skin with tendency to skin diseases. Pimply eruption, pustules, rhagades, hang-nails. Excoriation, especially in folds. Great acidity. Difficult respiration. Hemorrhoids. Aversion to bathing.
- Thuja Occidentalis
The main action of Thuja is on the skin and genito-urinary organs. Fig-warts. Freckles. Fungus growths. Loss of appetite. Rapid exhaustion and emaciation. Constipation with violent rectal pain. Piles. Gonorrhea. Emotional sensitiveness; music causes weeping and trembling. Asthma in children.
- Veratrum Album
A perfect picture of collapse, with extreme coldness, blueness, and weakness. Pale face. Painful diarrhea followed by great weakness. Weakness of heart with intermittent action. Cramps in calves. Eyes surrounded by dark rings.
- Zincum Metallicum
Sensitivity to noise. Lethargy. Headache due to wine. Squinting (of eyes). Cholera of infants. Weakness, trembling and twitching of various muscles of limbs. Backache.