Guajacum in homeopathy: properties, benefits and uses (all you need to know)

What is guaiacum?

Guajacum is a very valuable homeopathic remedy for the treatment of rheumatic complaints. The remedy is indicated when the whole body and all secretions smell unpleasant. Typical for guaiacum is aggravation from the application of heat, for example compresses, hot-water bottles or red light.

Leading symptoms

  • Tearing pains in the joints
  • Swollen, hot joints
  • Big appetite for apples
  • Cough with yellowish, foul-smelling sputum
  • White-yellow coated almonds with sore throat and bad breath
  • Tearing pains in lower legs during growth
  • Increased sweating and foul-smelling body odor during puberty

Information about the agent

How do you recognize patients who need guaiacum?

Guajacum appears older than he really is. The patients are emaciated and have an old facial expression.

Guajacum adults are stubborn and headstrong. They are easily startled and afraid of strenuous work. In the morning they seem absent-minded, indifferent and sometimes apathetic. They are grumpy, irritable and dislike other people.

There are no observations on the appearance of Guajacum children. The remedy is often indicated for rapidly growing children.


Guajacum is indicated for all the typical symptoms that improve or worsen through the following modalities:


  • Cold applications
  • external pressure


  • Move
  • contact
  • Local heat applications
  • evening to early morning
  • Cold wet weather

What are typical areas of application for Guajacum?

  • Sore throat
  • tonsillitis
  • to cough
  • bronchitis
  • neck pain
  • rheumatism
  • growing pains

Areas of application in detail

Cough/ bronchitis

Bronchitis and colds with a dry and persistent cough. The breath smells very bad. Cold applications relieve the symptoms.

Dosage: 3 times a day 3 globules in the potency D6


The throat is dry, swollen and burns. Stinging pains radiating to the ears. Cool compresses relieve the pain.

Dosage: 3 times a day 3 globules in the potency D6

Neck pain

Pain in the neck region with stiffness in the neck and pain in the shoulders. Patients have stabbing pains between the shoulder blades that radiate to the back of the head. Heat in neck aggravated. Cooling applications improve the pain.

Dosage: 3 times a day 3 globules in the potency D6


Swollen, tender and painful joints. Shoulders, arms and hands are particularly affected. Feeling of heat in the affected parts of the body. Cooling applications relieve pain and swelling.

Dosage: 3 times a day 3 globules in the potency D6

Growing pains

Lower limb pain in children and adolescents during growth. Cold applications relieve the pain. Local applications, on the other hand, make it worse.

Dosage: 3 times a day 3 globules in the potency D6

Application information

Dosage forms of guaiacum

The homeopathic guaiacum is available as globules and as a tincture.

Dosage of guaiacum

Acute pain is treated with Guajacum D6. The drug can be taken at intervals of a few minutes at the beginning of the treatment until there is an improvement. As a rule, Guajacum D6 is taken up to three times a day and Guajacum D12 up to twice a day.

Effect of Guaiacum

Guajacum acts on the respiratory tract and the musculoskeletal system.

Guajacum in pregnancy

The remedy can be used for morning sickness when women have burning stomach pains and a noticeably strong craving for apples and other fruits. The tongue is coated. External pressure relieves the nausea.

Guajacum for the baby

Guajacum is rarely used in babies and young children. It is indicated in rapidly growing older children with musculoskeletal pain. The lower legs are particularly affected by stabbing or tearing pain. A feeling of heat develops in the painful parts of the body. During pain, adolescents feel the need to stretch.

Guajacum for dogs, horses and cats

Guajacum is used in animals to treat rheumatic diseases. The animals have swollen, painful joints and a need to stretch. Movement makes the symptoms worse.

Guajacum side effects

There are no known side effects of treatment with the homeopathic remedy Guajacum. A temporary worsening of the symptoms can only occur at the beginning of the treatment.

Similar remedies to Guajacum

Rhus toxicodendron

Guajacum and Rhus toxicodendron are often used for rheumatic complaints. The remedies are differentiated based on their modalities. Rhus toxicodendron is indicated for symptoms relieved by application of heat and relieved by continued exercise. If the pain responds better to cold applications and exercise aggravates the pain, guaiacum is prescribed.

Calcium phosphoricum

Guajacum and Calcium phosphoricum have proven themselves in the treatment of growing pains in children and adolescents. Calcium phosphoricum is indicated if the pain improves with gentle movements. Guajacum is prescribed if aggravated by exercise.

Typical potencies: Guajacum is often prescribed in the potencies 6X and 12X.

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