Homeopathy for Colds

Many people use homeopathic globules for colds. A runny or stuffy nose and sneezing, but also hoarseness, coughing and headaches are common symptoms. Homeopathy can prevent progression in the early stages of the disease and accelerate healing in an advanced cold. Read more about the use of homeopathic globules for colds!

When is homeopathy suitable for a cold?

The colloquial term cold hides an acute infection of the nasal mucosa (acute rhinitis). Viruses such as rhinoviruses or corona viruses are triggers. Adults usually get a cold several times a year. Children sniffle even more often because their immune systems are not yet fully developed.

A typical cold symptom at first is a runny nose with watery secretions. As it progresses, it slowly becomes clogged because the nasal mucosa swells. The secretion becomes more viscous. Coughs and general symptoms such as tiredness and headaches are also common.

A simple cold usually clears up in about a week. A bacterial infection can also “settle” on top of a virus-related cold. With such a bacterial superinfection, other symptoms (such as fever) and possibly also complications can occur. In this case, a doctor’s visit is urgently needed.

Homeopathy for colds at any stage

At any stage of the disease, you can take a homeopathic remedy for a cold:

An impaired general condition, exhaustion and a sore, burning sensation in the nasopharynx are often the harbingers of a cold. Globules can then possibly prevent the disease from breaking out. But even when the symptoms of the disease are fully developed, homeopathy can help with a cold: it can alleviate the symptoms and shorten the duration of the disease.

Pregnant women and old people can also take homeopathic globules for a cold without having to fear complications.

Globules for colds: baby & child

As a gentle remedy, globules are particularly suitable for colds in children. You can also give your baby a suitable homeopathic remedy for colds.

Homeopathy for proneness to infections

A special feature is the treatment of high susceptibility to infection.  Homeopathy can help if you or your child noticeably often get an infection. In this case, however, you should have the homeopathic treatment carried out by a trained homeopath.

Important resources at a glance

Which globules are best suited for a cold depends on the exact symptoms. In the following list you will find the most common acute remedies for colds or acute respiratory infections and when you can use them:


Aconitum is suitable for the following symptoms:

  • with sudden onset of symptoms after exposure to cold
  • for complaints caused by cold, dry wind
  • for a cold with a headache
  • with frequent sneezing
  • with watery discharges from the nose in the morning
  • in acute inflammation of the throat with high fever
  • if the symptoms get worse at night
  • in stitches while breathing
  • for dry, hot skin
  • red face when lying down, turning pale on rising

Use Aconitum at the first cold symptoms!

Allium cepa

Allium cepa is suitable for the following symptoms:

  • with frequent sneezing
  • with copious, sharp discharges from the nose with soreness of the nasal mucosa
  • with many tears, which, however, do not make the skin sore
  • if the symptoms are worse in the evening and in warm rooms
  • if the symptoms improve in the fresh air
  • with a tickling in the larynx
  • with a sensation as if the larynx bursts when coughing
  • when coughing when breathing cold air

Arsenicum album

Arsenicum album is suitable for the following symptoms:

  • in thin, watery discharges from the nose, making the skin sore. The nose is constantly stuffed up
  • when sneezing violently, but the nose continues to tickle
  • when the cold starts in the nose, and then settles on the chest
  • with severe freezing
  • with chills


Belladonna is suitable for the following symptoms:

  • if symptoms start suddenly
  • if the symptoms occur frequently due to hypothermia after sweating or washing your hair
  • with severe headaches because the cold does not flow
  • with a red and sore throat
  • in hoarseness with painful dryness of the larynx
  • with a dry cough
  • if the symptoms are aggravated by light, sun, cold, drafts and physical shock
  • when the complaints are relieved by warmth and rest
  • with a craving for lemonade


Dulcamara is suitable for the following symptoms:

  • with a cold from cold, wet weather and from snow
  • a cold caused by chills after sweating
  • a cold after a change in weather from hot to cold
  • with a dry runny nose
  • with a sore throat
  • with a stiff neck
  • with frequent sneezing
  • with red, sore eyes
  • for muscle and back pain

Ferrum phosphoricum

Ferrum phosphoricum is suitable for the following symptoms:

  • with high fever and relative well-being
  • when children play as usual despite a high fever
  • with sudden fever
  • for dry and hot skin
  • when the face is alternately pale and red
  • when cold symptoms are worse in the afternoon and at night
  • with frequent nosebleeds


Gelsemium is suitable for the following symptoms:

  • with a cold in warm, humid, mild weather
  • with sore nostrils from sore nasal discharge
  • feeling as if hot water is flowing through the nose
  • if the cold only sets in days after a stay in damp weather
  • with a tormenting, tickling cough
  • with pronounced tiredness and a feeling of heaviness all over the body
  • with chills running up and down the back
  • with headaches


Mercuris is suitable for the following symptoms:

  • when the cold begins with severe chills
  • with frequent sneezing
  • with sore, watery nasal discharge
  • with a red, swollen and shiny nose
  • if there is a frontal sinus infection
  • in a hoarse voice
  • with dry, rough tickling cough
  • if you have a sweet, salty, metallic or purulent taste in your mouth
  • with foul-smelling breath and profuse salivation

Nux vomica

Nux vomica is suitable for the following symptoms:

  • if the cold is caused by dry, cold weather
  • when the common cold is triggered by fatigue and lack of sleep
  • if in the early stages the nose is blocked and dry
  • with a rough and sore feeling in the throat
  • when sneezing
  • when the nose is stuffed up at night and in the fresh air
  • if your nose runs during the day and in warm rooms
  • with severe freezing
  • in bad mood


Phosphorus is suitable for the following symptoms:

  • a cold caused by exhaustion, a hair dryer, a storm or a thunderstorm
  • with frequent alternation between runny and stick cold
  • with a sore throat
  • with a dull feeling in the head
  • when nasal secretions dry into crusts that are difficult to detach
  • with discharge from one nostril, obstruction of the other
  • with hoarseness
  • when sneezing causes pain in throat and head
  • when there is blood in the nasal mucus
  • with a red, shiny, painful nose
  • with a persistent, tormenting, dry cough
  • if the cold begins in the chest or larynx


Pulsatilla is suitable for the following symptoms:

  • with a cold from wet hair or wet, cold feet
  • for thick, yellow, mild secretions (eyes, respiratory tract)
  • with nasal congestion at night and heavy discharge in the morning
  • with runny nose in the fresh air, stick cold in the house
  • when things are better in the fresh air, everything is worse in the evening and in the heat
  • when the lips are cracked and peeling
  • if there is blood in the nasal secretion
  • when there is no thirst

Rhus toxicodendron

Rhus toxicodendron is suitable for the following symptoms:

  • with a cold from wet and cold weather, sweating, overexertion
  • with severe sneezing
  • with a red and swollen throat
  • with a stuffy nose
  • if the symptoms are aggravated by cold, rest and at night
  • when ameliorated by warmth in thick, yellow, foul-smelling mucus
  • if the hoarseness gets better if you talk longer
  • for pain in the bones when coughing and sneezing
  • a tickling sensation behind the breastbone a red triangle on the front part of the tongue
  • with great thirst and desire for cold milk

Homeopathy for colds: dosage

If you want to use homeopathy on your own for a cold, use low potencies like 6X. If necessary, you can take three cold globules of this potency every hour, but no more than ten times a day. Let the globules melt under your tongue.

You can also use cold globules in the potency D12. You take three globules of this five to six times a day. Continue the self-treatment with the globules until you feel significantly better.

Higher potencies such as 30C, 200C or 1000C are recommended for a very bad cold and the sometimes serious complications of a formerly simple cold. However, homeopathy with such potencies should only be prescribed by trained therapists. The therapist must closely monitor the course of treatment.

Homeopathy for colds: when to see a doctor?

Common colds rarely require medical attention. However, there are some serious complications that can develop from upper respiratory tract infection. These primarily include inflammation of the middle ear, paranasal sinuses and pneumonia. These inflammations are then usually triggered by bacteria that infect the mucous membranes in addition to the viral infection (superinfection).  Symptoms that indicate such a complication are high fever, earache, headache and body aches, severe coughing and shortness of breath.

You should also consult a doctor if the cold symptoms last longer than seven days without any noticeable improvement. Even if colds keep coming back at very short intervals, you should have yourself checked out.

In the case of babies and small children, it is better to see the pediatrician earlier than too late if they have a cold. The best way to do this is to look at the general condition of your child. Whether adults or children: homeopathic globules for colds with a severe course or complications should only be used in addition to conventional medical treatment.


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