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

What is Ichthyolum?

Ichthyolum is used in homeopathy mainly to treat the common cold in the elderly. The mucous membranes of the nose and throat are extremely dry and burn. Any change in temperature or draft aggravates the symptoms. Patients’ skin is prone to dryness. It is hot to the touch, itchy, and forms scaly rashes.

Ichthyolum is also used for stomach problems that occur with excessive thirst and appetite. The patients feel nauseous, have burning stomach pains and yet have an excessively large appetite.

Leading symptoms

  • Forgetfulness, concentration problems
  • Nausea associated with increased appetite
  • Dry tickly cough
  • bronchitis in the elderly
  • skin itching
  • Grouped furuncles

Information about the agent

How do you recognize patients who need Ichthyolum?

Ichthyolum appears forgetful and unfocused. Patients become irritable and even angry at these mental problems. They become sad and withdraw more and more from private or professional life.


Ichthyolum is indicated for all typical symptoms that improve or worsen by the following modalities:


  • unknown


  • draft
  • temperature change
  • Move

What are typical areas of application for Ichthyolum?

  • colds
  • upset stomach
  • skin rashes
  • itching

Areas of application in detail

Sore throat

The mucous membranes in the throat are dry and burn. The pain extends to the ears. Patients clear their throats very often.

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

Cough/ bronchitis

Dry cough and chronic bronchitis in the elderly.

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

Gastrointestinal complaints

Patients suffer from nausea, burning stomach pain and an unpleasant taste in the mouth. They are very thirsty and always hungry.

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


The skin is dry and hot. An itchy and scaly rash develops.

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


The nose is blocked. The mucous membranes in the nose are dry and burning. Patients feel an irresistible urge to sneeze. The runny nose gets worse with every change in temperature and with a draft.

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

Application information

Dosage forms of Ichthyolum

Ichthyolum is used in homeopathy mostly as globules, rarely as tablets.

Ichthyolum dosage

Ichthyolum is given in potencies 4X and 6X two to three times a day as needed. As soon as the symptoms improve, the drug is no longer taken.

Ichthyolum effect

Ichthyolum acts on the skin and mucous membranes.

Ichthyolum in pregnancy

Ichthyolum can be given for dry skin and itching during pregnancy. The skin feels hot and itches particularly badly with every change in temperature.

Ichthyolum for the baby

Ichthyolum is not used on infants or children.

Ichthyolum for Dog, Horse & Cat

Ichthyolum is given to animals for parasitic infestations. Worms, fleas or lice in dogs or cats are unpleasant and also dangerous for the animals. The affected areas of skin or contact points are red, inflamed and painful.

Side Effects of Ichthyolum

There are no known side effects to Ichthyolum. A short-term worsening may occur at the beginning of treatment. If the drug is taken too long or too often, the symptoms can also worsen.

Typical potencies: Ichthyolum is often used in potencies 4X or 6X.

fabric type: Chemical compound


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