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

What is rheum?

Rheum is a homeopathic diarrhea remedy that is primarily aimed at young patients, but also women who have recently given birth.
There are babies and children who suffer from teething diarrhea or heat diarrhea.
It is considered an acute remedy that is also often used in veterinary medicine.

Leading symptoms

  • Diarrhea
  • teething problems
  • Insufferable, irritable, tearful
  • Everything smells sour (diarrhea, sweat, the whole child)
  • Slight sweating with little exertion
  • Head sweats at night
  • Fatigue but little need for sleep
  • Heavy salivation

Information about the agent

How do you recognize patients who need Rheum?

Children who need rheum are impatient and irritable. Their mood fluctuates a lot, they are tearful, they are very afraid of thunderstorms. They shy away from being touched and moved, and they don’t want to be picked up or pushed in a pram. One reacts angrily to distraction, offered toys are thrown aside, tears of rage ensue. Patients suffer from severe abdominal pinching and only find relief after defecation. The mushy, partly slimy stool smells sour, is brownish to greenish in color and causes irritation. The children sweat profusely, but salivate profusely, and show a great aversion to food, even though they are very hungry. A generally sour body odor is characteristic of rheum.


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


  • warmth
  • Cover up to the neck
  • curl up


  • In the morning
  • At night
  • Before thunderstorm
  • before storm
  • cold
  • Bare

What are typical areas of application for rheum?

  • Diarrhea
  • toothache

Areas of application in detail


Due to the teething process or in the summer. There is severe flatulence, the stool is pushed out with effort, and the head turns red. The anus is red and sore. The stool smells very sour, is dark brown or greenish, mostly slimy. There may be blood admixtures as a result of strong pressure.

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


In infants and young children when teeth are erupting. There is profuse salivation. The gums are red and swollen. Eating is refused, accompanied by diarrhea. In addition, highly irritable mood.

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

Application information

Dosage form of rheum

Usually, low-potency globules (D2 or D3) are used and dissolved in water before administration.

Rheum dosage

Depending on the age of the child, 2 to 5 globules are enough. These are best dissolved in water beforehand, if necessary in a milk bottle, but can also be placed under the tongue. Since Rheum has proven itself as an acute remedy, it can be administered up to five times a day.
Women who have recently given birth take five globules at the specified frequency.

Rheum in pregnancy

The remedy is atypical for pregnant women.

Side Effects of Rheum

Side effects are not known – with the exception of the initial aggravation. Since the clinical picture can quickly lead to a significant loss of fluids, Rheum should not be administered over a longer period of time without consulting a doctor.

Typical potencies: D2 and D3

fabric type: medicinal plant


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