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HPUS label indication: Colds

Below are the strongest indications of Dulcamara in traditional homeopathic usage, not reviewed by the FDA.

Hot days and cold nights toward the close of summer are especially favorable to the action of Dulcamara, and is one of the remedies that correspond in their symptoms to the conditions found as effects of damp weather, colds after exposure to wet, especially diarrhoea. It has a specific relation also to the Skin, glands, and digestive organs, Mucous membranes secreting more profusely while the skin is inactive. The Rheumatic troubles induced by damp cold are aggravated by every cold change and somewhat relieved by moving about. Results from sitting on cold, damp ground. Icy coldness. One-sided spasms with speechlessness. Paralysis of single parts. Congestive headache, with neuralgia and dry nose. Patients living or working in damp, cold basements ( Nat-sulph.) Eruptions on hands, arms or face around the menstrual period.
BETTER, from moving about, external warmth.
WORSE, at night; from COLD in general, Damp, rainy weather.
Antidotes: Camph.; Cupr.
Complementary: Baryta Carb.
Incompatible: Bellad.; Laches.
Compare: Pimpinella - (Bibernell). - Respiratory mucous membrane sensitive to drafts, pain and coldness in occiput and nape. Whole body weak; heavy head and drowsiness; lumbago and stiff neck; pain from nape to shoulder; chilliness. Rhus; Cimicif.; Calc.; Puls.; Bry.; Nat-sulph.

    EXPECTORATION (click for more)

Bloody, spitting of blood (see chest haemorrhage); bright-red


    VERTIGO, DIZZINESS (click for more)

    HEAD (click for more)

Scaldhead, thick brown crusts, bleeding when scratched
Back part of head chill, heavy, aching, during cold weather
Buzzing in head.

Pain, headache; back of head (occiput); damp weather
Pain, headache; cold weather
Pain, headache; cold weather; damp
Pain, headache; from cold (including cold parts); becoming cold
Pain, headache; from cold (including cold parts); from cold air
Pain, headache; rheumatic
Pain, headache; with catarrh

Skin and scalp; out-break on skin; crusts, scabs
Skin and scalp; out-break on skin; crusts, scabs; brown
Skin and scalp; out-break on skin; herpes; dermatitis

Headache relieved by conversation

Mental confusion

Occipital pain ascending from nape of neck

Rejects things asked for

Ringworm of scalp

    EYE (click for more)

Every time he takes cold it settles in eyes

Inflammation; cold; wet weather
Inflammation; of catarrh from cold

Pain; aching; while reading
Pain; stitching, sudden, sharp; movement
Pain; when using eyes; when reading

Hay-fever; profuse, watery discharge, worse in open air.

Thick, yellow discharge; granular lids

    EAR (click for more)

Dulcamara.; Kal

Noises in ear; buzzing; night

Pain; aching
Pain; night
Pain; stitching, sudden, sharp

Earache, buzzing, stitches, and swelling of parotids

Middle-ear catarrh (Merc


    NOSE (click for more)

Thick, yellow mucus, bloody crusts

Stuffs up when there is a cold rain

Complete stoppage of nose

Coryza of the newborn.

Dry coryza

Profuse coryza

Wants nose kept warm, least cold air stops the nose

    FACE (click for more)

Humid eruption on cheeks and face generally.

Skin; out-breaks on skin
Skin; out-breaks on skin; crusty, scabby
Skin; out-breaks on skin; crusty, scabby; chin
Skin; out-breaks on skin; crusty, scabby; yellow
Skin; out-breaks on skin; eczema
Skin; out-breaks on skin; moist
Skin; warts

Tearing in cheek extending to ear, orbit, and jaw, Preceded by coldness of parts, and attended by canine hunger

    MOUTH (click for more)

Cold-sores on lips

Dry, rough tongue, rough scraping in throat, after taking cold in damp weather

Facial neuralgia; worse, Slightest exposure to cold.

Speech; difficult; from swelling of tongue

Taste; sweetish

Saliva tenacious, soapy

    ABDOMEN (click for more)

Colic from cold


Swelling of inguinal glands ( Merc.)

Aversion to food

Cutting pain about navel

Bladder; catarrh mucous-pus (see urine, sediment containing pus)
Bladder; inflammation; from catching cold
Bladder; paralysis

Pain; as if diarrhoea would come on
Pain; cutting; before stool
Pain; from catching cold

Sensation as if diarrhoea would come on

Swelling; groin region; glands

Acts prominently on umbilical region

burning thirst for cold drinks

Chilliness during vomiting.

Nausea accompanies the desire for stool

Stomach; Vomiting of white, tenacious mucus

    RECTUM (click for more)

Diarrhoea; after catching cold
Diarrhoea; after standing on damp ground
Diarrhoea; cold food
Diarrhoea; cold, damp weather
Diarrhoea; from cold weather
Diarrhoea; night
Diarrhoea; while teething

Prolapse; during diarrhoea

Sensation as before diarrhoea

    STOOL (click for more)

Green, watery, slimy, bloody, MUCUS, especially in summer, when the weather suddenly becomes cold; From damp, cold weather and repelled eruptions.

Thin, liquid; yellow

Watery; yellow


    URINE (click for more)

Strangury, painful micturition

Catarrh of bladder from taking cold

Ischuria from wading with bare feet in cold water.

Must urinate When getting chilled

Urine has thick, MUCOUS, purulent sediment

Copious; with perspiration

Odour; offensive

    GENITALS (click for more)

Before appearance of menses, a Rash appears on skin, or sexual excitement

Dysmenorrhoea, with blotches all over; mammae engorged and sore, delicate, sensitive to cold.

Female; Suppression of menses from cold or dampness
Female; period; amenorrhoea (suppression or absence of period)
Female; period; bright-red
Female; period; late
Female; period; scanty
Female; period; suppressed

Male; out-breaks on skin; scrotum; herpetic

    RESPIRATION (click for more)

Asthma with dyspnoea

Cough After physical exertion.

Cough worse cold, wet weather, with free expectoration, tickling in larynx

Cough, hoarse, spasmodic

Loose, rattling cough; worse wet weather

Must cough a long time to expel phlegm

Asthma attack; cold, damp weather


Whooping-cough, with excessive secretion of mucus

Winter coughs, dry, teasing

    COUGH (click for more)

In cold air; in damp, cold air

    CHEST (click for more)

Breast; milk; disappearing


Pain; digging

Perspiration; arm pit

    BACK (click for more)

Pain in small of back, as after long stooping

Pain; aching; lumbar (lower half of back)
Pain; damp weather
Pain; in cold weather; change to cold weather
Pain; lumbar (lower half of back)
Pain; lumbar (lower half of back); as after long stooping
Pain; lumbar (lower half of back); from catching cold
Pain; lumbar (lower half of back); in wet weather
Pain; on movement
Pain; sore, bruised, beaten; lumbar (lower half of back)
Pain; sore, bruised, beaten; lumbar (lower half of back); from catching cold
Pain; walking
Pain; with rigidness; from catching cold
Pain; with rigidness; lumbar (lower half of back); after getting wet
Pain; with rigidness; lumbar (lower half of back); from catching cold

Stiff neck

Stiffness and lameness across neck and shoulders, after getting cold and wet.

    EXTREMITIES, LIMBS (click for more)

Warts on hands

Pain; during chill
Pain; joints; after exposure to cold
Pain; joints; in cold weather
Pain; shoulder; damp weather

Perspiration; hand; palm

Skin; out-break on skin; hand; herpes
Skin; warts; hand
Skin; warts; hand; flat

Pain in shin-bones

Paralysis: paralyzed limbs, Feet icy cold

Perspiration on palms of hands

Rheumatic symptoms after acute skin eruptions.

Rheumatism alternates with diarrhoea

    CHILL (click for more)

Beginning in particular area; back

Periodic, recurring; every fourth day; double

With pain

    FEVER (click for more)

Chilliness towards evening, mostly in back

Chilliness with thirst.

Dry burning heat all over

Dry hat and burning of skin

Dry heat

Icy coldness, with pains

    PERSPIRATION (click for more)

From suppressed complaints

    SKIN (click for more)

Herpes zoster, pemphigus



Humid eruptions on face, genitals, hands etc

Little boils

pruritus, always worse in cold, wet weather

Red spots, Urticaria, brought on by exposure, or sour stomach

Sensitive bleeding ulcers

Abnormal growths; warts
Abnormal growths; warts; flat
Abnormal growths; warts; large
Abnormal growths; warts; smooth

Blisters; yellow


Out-breaks on skin; crusty
Out-breaks on skin; crusty; over whole body
Out-breaks on skin; discharging, moist
Out-breaks on skin; eczema
Out-breaks on skin; herpetic
Out-breaks on skin; herpetic; moist
Out-breaks on skin; like nettle rash
Out-breaks on skin; like nettle rash; after scratching
Out-breaks on skin; like nettle rash; from catching cold
Out-breaks on skin; like nettle rash; nodular
Out-breaks on skin; suppressed

Swelling and indurated glands from cold

Thick, brown-yellow crusts, bleeding when scratched.

Vesicular eruptions

WARTS, large, smooth, on face and palmar surface of hands

    GENERALITIES (click for more)

Change of weather

Eating and food; cold food

Lying down; after lying down

Movement; of affected part

Mucous secretions increased


Pain; digging up (burrowing, rooting sensation)

Paralysis; internally
Paralysis; of organs

Swelling; glands

Symptoms from suppression of perspiration

Temperature (felt and effects of temperature); after becoming cold
Temperature (felt and effects of temperature); cold air
Temperature (felt and effects of temperature); cold feeling; lack of vital heat
Temperature (felt and effects of temperature); cold in general
Temperature (felt and effects of temperature); cold, wet weather
Temperature (felt and effects of temperature); tendency to catch cold


Wet weather

While sitting
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Homeopathic remedies are prescribed on the basis that in a tiny dilution like cures like, so while the very dilute homeopathic remedy may help, the raw product is often best avoided.

Entries on a white background are from Boericke's Materia Medica. Entries on a green background are from a reversed Kent's repertory, with some alterations to modernise the language. Uses are based on traditional homeopathic practice and have not been reviewed by the FDA.