Homeopathic Remedy Guide

Homeopathy can help you boost immunity, overcome illness and restore balance.

Homeopathic Remedy Guide
Pin it courtesy of Shutterstock

What's your constitutional type?
ILLNESS GENERATES multiple symptoms, yet conventional medicine often ignores many of them. Two people who are wheezing and short of breath, for example, will likely receive similar diagnoses of asthma, resulting in similar treatments. In contrast, a homeopath takes the assessment further, and may find that one patient's asthma worsens in open air, while the other's improves. One desires cold drinks, the other doesn't. One is moody, the other chipper. The homeopath considers all these aspects—the totality of the patient—to find just the right remedy.

As a guideline, some homeopaths assign to their patients a "constitutional type," based on common symptoms as well as characteristics like body shape and personality traits. There are 15 typical constitutional types—described here by Andrew Lockie and Nicola Geddes, authors of the Complete Guide to Homeopathy—all of them named after specific remedies. "In homeopathic terms, a person's constitution is his or her inherited and acquired physical, emotional, and intellectual makeup," say Lockie and Geddes."A closely fitting constitutional remedy selected according to these criteria acts preventatively and curatively. For example, someone with a Pulsatilla constitution will respond well to the Pulsatilla remedy almost regardless of his or her illness."

Some homeopaths recommend avoiding coffee, mint, and other foods while taking homeopathic remedies. Visit for more information.

Discover your constitutional type by consulting the descriptions below:

Calc. carb.
TRAITS: Shy, contemplative nature; healthy and diligent, but can be mildly depressed when ill; afraid of failure; prone to worry.
APPEARANCE: Good appetite can cause weight gain and lethargy; pale complexion with large pores; thick or curly hair.
FOOD LIKES: Sweet, sour, and starchy foods; cold drinks and ice cream, eggs, oysters; prone to odd cravings.
THE REMEDY'S KEY USES: Anxiety, menstrual problems, digestive disorders, joint and bone pain.

TRAITS: Typically female, sensitive, artistic, cultured; high-strung with high ideals; faults herself when things go wrong; difficulty expressing emotions, especially if grieving; dislikes crowds.
APPEARANCE: Usually thin, dark-haired, possibly with circles under the eyes and a strained expression; blinks or sighs a lot.
FOOD LIKES: Sour foods, dairy products, coffee (but upset by it), bread.
THE REMEDY'S KEY USES: Depression and mood swings, headaches, insomnia.

TRAITS: Intellectual; belligerent and critical of minor points, but can give time and money generously; often an executive with lots of ideas, but surrounded by clutter.
APPEARANCE: Either plump and red-faced, or lean and lanky with a slouch; dry, coarse hair and dry, rough skin; looks untidy.
FOOD LIKES: Sweet, fatty, spicy, sour, and raw foods; alcohol; dislikes eggs, milk and hot drinks.
THE REMEDY'S KEY USES: Skin conditions like eczema, digestive complaints, stress.

TRAITS: Insightful, creative, ambitious; tends to be egocentric and jealous in relationships, and may resist commitment; likes neck and throat uncovered.
APPEARANCE: Usually freckled redheads; may be overweight with a bloated appearance, or could be dark-haired, lean, and energetic.
FOOD LIKES: Sour and starchy foods, alcohol; upset by wheat and hot drinks.
THE REMEDY'S KEY USES: Menopause, circulatory problems, left-sided ailments.

TRAITS: Intellectual with a conservative viewpoint and prestigious job; may exaggerate to boost low self-esteem; enjoys company, but avoids commitment.
APPEARANCE: Tall, sallow-skinned, with distinguished bearing; visible frown lines; hair recedes prematurely.
FOOD LIKES: Sweet foods; hot foods and drinks; cabbage, onions, legumes, oysters, olive oil; feels full readily.
THE REMEDY'S KEY USES: Bloating and flatulence, anxiety, anger, dry coughs.

Nat. mur.
TRAITS: Typically female, sensitive, refined, introverted; serious and conscientious; can be moody and inflexible; easily hurt by criticism; music can bring tears.
APPEARANCE: Pear-shaped or square build, with sandy or dark hair, puffy and shiny facial skin, and watery or red-rimmed eyes.
FOOD LIKES: Sour foods, beer, milk (but upset by it); loves or loathes salt.
THE REMEDY'S KEY USES: Anxiety, eye strain, conditions with watery discharges, mouth problems, irregular menstruation.

TRAITS: Almost always female, shy, kind; often depends on others for support; forms friendships easily; difficulty expressing anger; resilient; can be swayed by emotion.
APPEARANCE: Typically plump; fair hair and blue eyes; fair skin that blushes easily.
FOOD LIKES: Rich, sweet foods; cold foods and drinks (though seldom thirsty); peanut butter.
THE REMEDY'S KEY USES: Ache, colds, coughs, depression, indigestion, migraines, nausea, menstrual problems, rheumatism.

TRAITS: Tenacious and stubborn, but looks fragile and passive; conscientious, insecure and afraid of responsibility; lacks stamina; may overwork to exhaustion.
APPEARANCE: Thin and small-boned; fine hair; neat and tidy appearance; nails may be rough, brittle and yellow; slow to heal.
FOOD LIKES: Cold foods, salads.
THE REMEDY'S KEY USES: Migraines, recurrent infections, skin and bone complaints.

TRAITS: Open, expressive, affectionate, often with an artistic flair; empathetic and optimistic; relishes being the center of attention; can be surprisingly indifferent to family and friends.
APPEARANCE: Usually tall and slim, with dark or fair hair; fine, pale skin that readily flushes; flamboyant dresser.
FOOD LIKES: Salty, sweet, and spicy foods; cold foods; ice cream, wine, cheese.
THE REMEDY'S KEY USES: Anxiety, nausea, bleeding, laryngitis, dry cough.

Merc. sol.
TRAITS: Mentally restless and anxious; needs stability and order; introverted, insecure and cautious; extremely sensitive to criticism.
APPEARANCE: Fair-haired, with translucent, smooth skin and a pinched nose; may look detached.
FOOD LIKES: Cold drinks, bread and butter, lemons; constantly hungry.
THE REMEDY'S KEY USES: Gingivitis, bad breath, tonsilitis, nasal problems, blisters.

TRAITS: Anxious, timid, indecisive; enjoys manual and outdoor work; readily becomes despondent, especially hearing music.
APPEARANCE: Typically dark hair; may have pale, dry, rough skin, given to cracking; tends toward overweight.
FOOD LIKES: Sour and acidic cold drinks; prone to headaches if a meal is missed.
THE REMEDY'S KEY USES: Eczema and other skin complaints, phlegm, ulcers.

Nux vomica
TRAITS: Competitive achiever; works hard and plays hard; quick to criticize but doesn't take it well; loves challenges; often a manager.
APPEARANCE: Lean and tense, but dapper; tends to have a lined face, sallow complexion, and clark circles under the eyes.
FOOD LIKES: Rich, fatty foods; easily upset by alcohol, coffee, and spicy foods.
THE REMEDY'S KEY USES: Colds, headaches, constipation, indigestion, insomnia, anger.

TRAITS: Mostly female, apt to take on a martyr's role; irritable at home, outgoing with company; loves dancing; strongly opinionated but hates being contradicted.
APPEARANCE: Tall and lean; dark hair and brown eyes; sallow complexion.
FOOD LIKES: Sour foods and drinks, sweet foods, alcohol.
THE REMEDY'S KEY USES: Menstrual problems, menopause, candidiasis.

Arsen. alb.
TRAITS: Tense, ambitious, pessimistic; pays meticulous attention to detail; perfectionist tendencies cause "all or nothing" attitude.
APPEARANCE: Thin, stylish; fine features with pale skin and worry lines.
FOOD LIKES: Warm food and drinks; fatty, sour and sweet foods; alcohol and coffee.
THE REMEDY'S KEY USES: Anxiety, fatigue, gastroenteritis, mouth ulcers.

Argentum nit.
TRAITS: Fast thinker who can juggle projects; good memory; difficulty controlling emotions; extroverted and cheerful, but anxiety and worry lead to irrational fears.
APPEARANCE: Early lines and wrinkles, prone to nervous sweats.
FOOD LIKES: Sweet foods (but easily upset by them); salty foods; loves or loathes cheese.
THE REMEDY'S KEY USES: Fear, anxiety, laryngitis, digestive complaints due to nerves.(continued)