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Homeopathic Remedies for Coughs 


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.

Aconite (Aconitum)*

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.

  • hoarse, dry cough
  • thirstless with a dry mouth
  • symptoms become worse from the cold air


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.

Antimonium tart*

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.

  • much rattling of mucus in the chest, but expectoration is slight
  • irritable and cross – worse when excited or angry
  • shortness of breath with fear of suffocation
  • white tongue
  • cough can end in vomiting of mucus or food
  • worse from warm drinks or eating


This remedy is most useful in the beginning stages of illness when the onset is rapid, hot and intense.

  • sudden violent paroxysms of whooping cough, without expectoration
  • high fever and congestion – flushed, red, hot face and cold hands
  • may have nosebleed
  • worse at night
  • coughing attacks that begin with a tickle in the throat and ending with sneezing
  • retching and vomiting, with pain in the stomach
  • child grasps at the throat and acts frightened


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.

  • cough worse after eating or drinking – sometimes with vomiting
  • Desire to hold the chest while coughing to minimize pain
  • taking a deep breath triggers the cough
  • severity of cough usually gets worse around 9 pm
  • extreme irritability – wants to be left alone with no noise or lights
  • may have a strong thirst for cold drinks

Carbo veg

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.

Coccus cacti*

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.

  • coughing paroxysms come on in the morning
  • there is often vomiting of a clear, ropy mucus
  • excessive secretion of mucus causes the child to strangle
  • choking usually accompanies the cough
  • cough is worse from 6-7 am after 11:30 at night


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.

  • spasms occurring in the flexor muscles
  • violent coughing that threatens suffocation – can even trigger a seizure
  • gelatinous mucus is coughed up
  • much rattling in the chest
  • the face and lips are bluish
  • swallowing cold water offers relief
  • cough may wake the person at 3 am


Drosera is the most frequently indicated remedy because it closely matches symptoms of whooping cough disease. 

  • violent, spasmodic barking cough from a dry, tickling throat
  • coughing “fits” are so close together that it is difficult to catch the breath
  • worse in the evening – especially after midnight – and lying down
  • efforts to raise the phlegm end in retching and vomiting
  • the child cries a great deal
  • patients may hold their chest if the cough is strong and painful
  • there may be bleeding from the nose or mouth

Hepar sulph*

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. 

  • gagging cough
  • copious and tenacious nasal discharge
  • weakness after coughing attacks
  • child is limp and weak
  • vomiting may occur after paroxysmal cough

Kali bich

This remedy suits cases where the child breathes superficially and rapidly to prevent coughing attacks.

  • hoarse, coarse cough
  • worse from eating and breathing deeply
  • mucus in the nose, throat and frontal sinus
  • expectoration is yellow, tough and stringy

Magnesia phos

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 vomica*

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.


Remedy Potency and Dosage

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.

Be aware that homeopathic remedies are not like conventional medicine. It is the potency and frequency of dose rather than the number of pills that is important.


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