Weekly Remedies: Common Cold
Pulsatilla 12C or 30C
The child is clingy, really hanging on you while sick. The mucus gets thick and yellowish very quickly. No thirst though you want her to drink.The child can be very teary eyes, crying for no reason. Dose according to symptoms.
Dulcamara 12C or 30C
Dulcamara’s keynote is cold from getting wet or damp. Damp means it is late summer and the air is getting brisk but you have been sweating. A little shiver runs through the body and next thing you know you have stiffness in the neck, backache and you have all the general catarrhal symptoms of the common cold. Take Dulcamara. Sub acute to acute dosing.
Feel free to scrawl back because the remedy I mention for fever apply. I am presenting remedies that have specific features for each ailment but it is important to use a three dimensional view of the remedy and not feel limited by what we think. Only the symptoms lead to the remedy. So for example, if the child has what you see as cold and the symptoms are red face, glassy eyes, rapidly developing very high fever, then give Belladonna I presented for “fever”. Some of these remedies do overlap.
To apply what I mentioned last night regarding the three dimensional view of a remedy I’ll take Allium cepa. Let’s say there is a lot of sneezing and watery eyes and nasal discharge, then Allium cepa could dwell mentioned during the allergy week, could be the remedy.
To take another example, the person has a cold, is highly irritable when disturbed and does not want to move, Then Bryonia mentioned earlier could be the remedy. Oh, my daughter tell me I didn’t write about Bryonia. Well, here it is.
Bryonia is highly irritable does not want to be disturb. Those are the main features on emotional plane. They don’t want to move. They stay,without moving in the bed. Moving causes great distress. So when the person needing Bryonia coughs (moving) they are in pain and really not happy about it. They also have dryness of mucus membranes, mouth, nose etc… and excessive thirst.
Arsenicum album 12C or 30C
This is a good remedy to know as mentioned before for this week’s theme as well as other conditions. The qualities are as follow. The individual wants to be covered, she feels cold and wanting to drink hot beverage. She wants people around but is not clingy like Pulsatilla. Arsenicum takes a very factual assessment of the situation even for a little cold. She is careful of what she takes as she easily feels the medication is poison or that the cold is poisoning her. “This discharge taste like poison to me”. or “This is killing me.” Anything that is not clean is poison so they are particularly fastidious. A child may smell her pj’s and say she wants to change it because she slept in it all night. There can be great weakness or some restlessness. All discharges are thin and acrid.
Ferrum phophoricum 12C or 30C
closes out our week on colds. This remedy is similar to Belladonna but cold comes on more slowly, the temperature is not as high and the face is red but not the bright red we see with belladonna. This is milder. There can be nose bleed. There is irritability, Slightest noise irritates and does not like his thoughts to be opposed.