I have compiled a list of homeopathic cough remedies that are also used in the treatment of Whooping Cough. If you suspect that you have this illness, call your health care practitioner before doing anything else – especially with an infant or baby! This is a serious condition that may require medical intervention.
Drosera is considered the best homeopathic remedy for whooping cough, but it isn’t the only one. If there is no change after a couple of doses of Drosera, compare the remedies listed below. When determining which one to take, you want to match your symptoms with the general symptom-picture of the remedy – getting as close as possible.
*The most common remedies are the ones with an asterisk.
Information on whooping cough symptoms and nutritional support, in addition to instructions on taking the remedies, is at the end of the post.
This remedy is effective for any illness that comes on suddenly, especially following exposure to cold weather. It works best during the first 24 hours after symptoms appear.
When each coughing spell begins with crying, consider Arnica.
If the person is pale and cold, with much weakness and fatigue, Arsenicum may be indicated.
This remedy is indicated when the chest is filled with mucus, producing a strong, loud, rattling cough. The person struggles to bring up the mucus, but can only produce a small amount, if any.
This remedy is most useful in the beginning stages of illness when the onset is rapid, hot and intense.
Bryonia was my very first homeopathic remedy – taken for the flu – and has a multitude of uses. It is excellent for a cough that is dry and racking, with pain in the chest. The person needing this remedy will always be worse from motion and better lying still.
Those needing this remedy will feel great exhaustion after every coughing spell, with blueness of the skin, hot head and face. Patient wants to be fanned.
Indicated for a very dry cough that hangs on for a long time.
Primarily a remedy for children, the child is fussy, has a dry cough, and is better from being carried. One cheek is red; the other pale.
While commonly used for worms in certain children, it is an excellent remedy for whooping cough. Cina is similar to the remedy Ipecac and has a characteristic “clucking” sound in the esophagus at the end of the cough.
This remedy has paroxysms of cough with vomiting of clear, ropy mucus that comes out in thick, long strings. This is sometimes seen in children who cough and cough with a tough mucus stringing from mouth and nose. Coccus is a useful remedy for the protracted bronchial catarrh remaining after whooping cough.
In whooping cough accompanied with convulsions, or when the paroxysms are long and interrupted, Cuprum will be the remedy. It is sometimes indicated after Drosera to complete the case.
Drosera is the most frequently indicated remedy because it closely matches symptoms of whooping cough disease.
In the later stages, Hepar sulph may help a croupy “choking” cough that is worse in the early morning.
Ipecac produces violent, convulsive coughing attacks that come one after the other, so it is difficult to recover the breath.
This remedy suits cases where the child breathes superficially and rapidly to prevent coughing attacks.
Mag phos is one of the homeopathic cell salts useful for whooping cough where there is severe convulsive paroxysms of coughing that end with a “whoop” sound. The face may be blue/grayish or swollen.
Those needing Mercurius will sweat and drool a lot, especially at night. Coughing spells may cause bleeding from the nose or mouth. They have characteristic double coughing spells, separated by intervals of perfect rest.
Nux produces a hard dry cough with constipation. The child may become blue in the face and bleed from the nose and mouth.
This remedy covers several different types of cough, but particularly a dry, harsh cough caused by a persistent tickle. The cough may be accompanied by sharp chest pain, causing the person to clutch their chest. This remedy is most appropriate for individuals who are often worn out and exhausted, have undue anxiety (even a fear of death), and require a lot of reassurance.
The child needing Pulsatilla is weepy and wants to be comforted and held. The cough is quite lose, with vomiting of mucus, and becomes worse at night. Diarrhea may also be present.
This remedy is useful when there is hoarseness, rawness in the throat and larynx, and headache.
The Sepia cough is always much worse in the morning when it is loose. Coughing often ends with gagging or vomiting.
Those needing Spongia have a harsh, barking cough that produces no mucus and is associated with a tickling in the throat or chest. They feel worse lying down and improve when eating or drinking warm liquids. This remedy is often used when Aconite is unsuccessful.
Potency: The best potency for acute care is 30c, but 6c, 6x, or 30x will work.
Dosage: Instructions on the bottle recommend more, but 1 or 2 pellets will do the job. If the remedy you try doesn’t seem to be helping within 30 minutes, you can try another dose or move on to a different remedy.
Frequency of the dose: The rule of thumb when taking any remedy is to repeat the dose only when/if symptoms return – if they are intense. This may be in 15 minutes or all day. If you need to continually take the same remedy to get relief, it is not the right one.
Remedies to have on hand: For suggestions on the best remedies for minor illness and first aid, check out My Homeopathic Medicine Chest.