Arsenicum album: This remedy is useful for people who are highly sensitive to many
foods and substances, and respond to them by feeling restless, ill, and exhausted. Asthma and
digestive disorders (such as vomiting and diarrhea) are common reactions. Burning sensations
relieved by warmth, and thirst for frequent small sips of water can also suggest this remedy.
A person who needs Arsenicum tends toward strong anxiety, and may have excessive
concern over neatness, details, and order.
Calcarea carbonica: This remedy is often helpful to responsible, steady people who
become fatigued and overwhelmed. Anxiety may develop, sometimes with fear of heights or
claustrophobia. The person usually feels chilly, with clammy hands and feet, and has low
stamina. Digestive troubles with gas and heartburn are common, especially after eating wheat
or dairy products. Swollen lymph nodes and tonsils, head sweats during sleep, shortness of
breath from exertion, back pain, dizziness, nightmares, and strong cravings for sweets are
often seen. Individuals who need this remedy are sometimes oversensitive to aspirin.
Calcarea phosphorica: Irritability, headaches, stomach and abdominal pains, and a
craving for “junk food” are all indications for this remedy. Stiffness in the neck
and back, leg cramps, and aggravation from cold are also likely. The person may seem
dissatisfied, with a strong desire for travel or a change of circumstances and a tendency to
complain when fatigue and health problems interfere. This remedy is often helpful to restless,
whiny children who have growing pains, get headaches from school, and have picky appetites
with many food problems.
Carbo vegetabilis: A person who reacts to foods or substances with weakness,
faintness, chilliness, and indigestion may be helped by this remedy. Bloating, flatulence, and
a frequent need to burp are often seen. Breathing may be difficult and, even when feeling very
cold, the person has a strong desire for fresh and moving air. Feeling insecure because of
weakness, the person may be cross and demanding toward family members. Problems typically are
worse in the evening and from talking, eating, or lying down.
Gelsemium: Allergy reactions with flu-like symptoms—weakness, trembling,
aching muscles, droopy-looking eyes, and chills along the spine—may indicate a need for
this remedy. Headaches in the back of the head and involving the muscles of the neck are
common. A person who needs this remedy may seem ill and weak with a feeling of internal
shakiness. Being under pressure to perform (exams, public speaking, etc.) or hearing
distressing news often makes the person worse.
Hepar sulphuris calcareum: People who need this remedy are oversensitive to stimuli
and substances of many kinds, and can be extremely irritable and touchy, often feeling worse
from even slight exposure to cold or drafts. Skin problems, ear infections, or respiratory
problems with yellow discharge and offensive sour or cheese-like odors are often seen. Because
these people feel so deeply vulnerable, they may develop a fear of going out in public.
Discouragement about their health can lead to angry outbursts or gloominess.
Ignatia: This remedy is indicated for sensitive, emotional, defensive, idealistic
people with a tendency toward mood swings and cramping pains. Cramps are often felt in the
stomach and abdomen or in the neck and back. Headaches sometimes feel like a nail driven into
the side of the head. A heavy feeling in the chest is often present, and the person may
frequently sigh or yawn. People who need this remedy often have “paradoxical”
symptoms (heartburn improved by eating onions, sore throats improved by swallowing, joint
inflammations improved by touch, etc.).
Lycopodium: Food allergy problems with heartburn, gas, and rumbling in the abdomen
may indicate a need for this remedy. The person feels ravenous hunger yet quickly gets bloated
from eating a very small amount. Fatigue or drowsiness develop after eating, but the person
also feels weak from missing meals. Problems are typically the worst in late afternoon and
evening. The person may have a chronic worried look, a craving for sweets, a preference for
warm drinks, and discomfort felt mostly on the right side of the body.
Natrum carbonicum: This remedy can be helpful to people who have trouble digesting
and assimilating many foods and have to stay on restricted diets. Indigestion, heartburn, and
ulcers can occur if offending foods are eaten. Milk or dairy products can lead to flatulence
or sputtery diarrhea that leaves an empty feeling in the stomach. Cravings for potatoes and
sweets are common; also milk, but it makes these people sick, so they usually learn to avoid
it. They are sensitive to weather changes and temperatures, as well as foods, and (although
they make an effort to be cheerful and considerate) often feel weak and want to be alone to
Natrum muriaticum: A person who needs this remedy can react to allergens in many
ways—with headaches, mouth sores, hay fever symptoms, respiratory problems, back pain,
or fatigue. Headaches may tend to be worse in late morning and early afternoon, and asthma may
be worse in the early evening. Staying in the sun too long can also lead to headache or
weakness. These people usually seem reserved, disliking consolation when ill or upset, yet
often have deep feelings. A craving for salt and very strong thirst may help to confirm the
choice of this remedy.
Nux moschata: If a person reacts to chemical or allergen exposure with an
overwhelming feeling of sleepiness—or seems dizzy, giddy, or absent-minded—this
remedy should be considered. A very dry mouth, dry eyes, a feeling of weight in the chest, and
numbness in the extremities are other indications. Joint pains that move from place to place
and stubborn constipation are also possible.
Nux vomica: Irritability, cramping pains, and chilliness are typical when this
remedy is needed. Oversensitivity to substances can lead to many ailments—headaches,
runny nose, tight breathing, heartburn, stomach problems, constipation, back pain, and
insomnia. People who need this remedy are often irritable, impatient, easily angered or
frustrated, and have a lot of trouble relaxing. They tend to crave stimulants, alcohol,
tobacco, sweets, and strong foods, and feel worse from having them. They are also very
sensitive to odors, light, and noise.
Petroleum: A person needing this remedy can be extremely sensitive to fumes from
traffic or industry, reacting with headaches, chilliness, diarrhea, and nausea with an empty
feeling inside. The person may feel confused, disoriented, or anxious when exposed to toxins.
Individuals who need this remedy sometimes develop eczema with inflamed and cracking skin,
especially on the palms and fingertips.
Phosphorus: People who need this remedy are usually excitable, imaginative, and
sensitive to impressions, having strong anxieties and fears. They react to many foods and
substances by becoming tired, “spaced-out,” and dizzy, and may have headaches,
nosebleeds, respiratory problems, nausea, or diarrhea. The person feels worse from missing
meals and better from eating and sleeping well. A strong desire for ice cold drinks, ice
cream, and refreshing things can help to confirm the choice of Phosphorus.
Silicea (also called Silica): This remedy can be helpful to individuals who have low
stamina, are prone to fatigue, and are very sensitive to substances. Resistance to infection
may be low and the person may have frequent colds, sore throats, and swollen lymph nodes. Fine
hair and skin, weak or brittle nails, and offensive perspiration (especially on the feet) are
often seen. People who need this remedy are usually nervous, shy, refined, and fragile, yet
also capable and quietly stubborn internally. A strong desire for sweets, and a tendency to be
energized by moderate exercise are other traits that fit this remedy.
Sulphuricum acidum: People with intense sensitivity to fumes and environmental
toxins may benefit from this remedy. The person has a frantic, hurried feeling and can be
scatterbrained and forgetful. Trembling, cold sweat, and headache may also occur. Deep fatigue
and a tendency toward easy bruising or bleeding are other indications for this remedy.