Homeopathic remedies are prescribed on the basis that in a tiny dilution like cures like, so while very dilute Dulcamara may help, unprocessed Dulcamara is often best avoided.
Below are the strongest indications (i.e. symptoms) 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 ( Natrum Sulphurosum Nat-sulph.) Eruptions on hands, arms or face around the menstrual period.≡ show all authors ...
WORSE, at night; from COLD in general, Damp, rainy weather.
BETTER, from moving about, external warmth.≡ show all authors ...
Compare: Pimpinella Saxifraga 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 Tox Rhus; Cimicifuga Racemosa Cimicif.; Calc Carb Calc.; Pulsatilla Puls.; Bryonia Bry.; Natrum Sulphurosum Nat-sulph.
Complementary: Baryta Carb Baryta Carb.
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Back part of head chill, heavy, aching, during cold weather
Scaldhead, thick brown crusts, bleeding when scratched
Buzzing in head.
Occipital pain ascending from nape of neck
Headache relieved by conversation
Pain, headache; with catarrh
from cold (including cold parts); becoming cold
from cold (including cold parts); from cold air
back of head (occiput); damp weather
Ringworm of scalp
Skin and scalp; out-break on skin; crusts, scabs
out-break on skin; crusts, scabs; brown
out-break on skin; herpes; dermatitis≡ more ...
Every time he takes cold it settles in eyes
Thick, yellow discharge; granular lids
Hay-fever; profuse, watery discharge, worse in open air.
Inflammation; of catarrh from cold
cold; wet weather
Pain; when using eyes; when reading
aching; while reading
stitching, sudden, sharp; movement≡ more ...
Earache, buzzing, stitches, and swelling of parotids
Middle-ear catarrh (Merc Viv Merc)
Noises in ear; buzzing; night
stitching, sudden, sharp≡ more ...
Tearing in cheek extending to ear, orbit, and jaw, Preceded by coldness of parts, and attended by canine hunger
Humid eruption on cheeks and face generally.
Skin; out-breaks on skin
out-breaks on skin; crusty, scabby
out-breaks on skin; eczema
out-breaks on skin; moist
warts≡ more ...
Stuffs up when there is a cold rain
Thick, yellow mucus, bloody crusts
Wants nose kept warm, least cold air stops the nose
Complete stoppage of nose
Coryza of the newborn.≡ more ...
Facial neuralgia; worse, Slightest exposure to cold.
Cold-sores on lips
Saliva tenacious, soapy
Dry, rough tongue, rough scraping in throat, after taking cold in damp weather
Speech; difficult; from swelling of tongue
Taste; sweetish≡ more ...
Breast; milk; disappearing
Perspiration; arm pit
Cough worse cold, wet weather, with free expectoration, tickling in larynx
Cough, hoarse, spasmodic
Whooping-cough, with excessive secretion of mucus
Winter coughs, dry, teasing
Asthma with dyspnoea
Loose, rattling cough; worse wet weather
Must cough a long time to expel phlegm
Cough After physical exertion.
Asthma attack; cold, damp weather
Rattling≡ more ...
Bloody, spitting of blood (see chest haemorrhage); bright-red
Mucous≡ more ...
pruritus, always worse in cold, wet weather
Herpes zoster, pemphigus
Swelling and indurated glands from cold
Sensitive bleeding ulcers
Red spots, Urticaria, brought on by exposure, or sour stomach
Humid eruptions on face, genitals, hands etc
WARTS, large, smooth, on face and palmar surface of hands
Thick, brown-yellow crusts, bleeding when scratched.
Abnormal growths; warts
Out-breaks on skin; crusty
crusty; over whole body
like nettle rash
from catching cold
after scratching≡ more ...
Back and neck
Pain; sore, bruised, beaten; lumbar (lower half of back)
sore, bruised, beaten; lumbar (lower half of back); from catching cold
Stiffness and lameness across neck and shoulders, after getting cold and wet.
Pain in small of back, as after long stooping
Pain; in cold weather; change to cold weather
lumbar (lower half of back)
from catching cold
as after long stooping
in wet weather
aching; lumbar (lower half of back)
with rigidness; from catching cold
with rigidness; lumbar (lower half of back); from catching cold
with rigidness; lumbar (lower half of back); after getting wet≡ more ...
burning thirst for cold drinks
Colic from cold
Acts prominently on umbilical region
Cutting pain about navel
Swelling of inguinal glands ( Merc Viv Merc.)
Sensation as if diarrhoea would come on
Pain; from catching cold
as if diarrhoea would come on
cutting; before stool
Swelling; groin region; glands
Bladder; catarrh mucous-pus (see urine, sediment containing pus)
inflammation; from catching cold
Aversion to food
Nausea accompanies the desire for stool
Stomach; Vomiting of white, tenacious mucus
Chilliness during vomiting.≡ more ...
after catching cold
from cold weather
cold, damp weather
after standing on damp ground
Sensation as before diarrhoea
Prolapse; during diarrhoea
Green, watery, slimy, bloody, MUCUS, especially in summer, when the weather suddenly becomes cold; From damp, cold weather and repelled eruptions.
Thin, liquid; yellow
Yellow≡ more ...
Must urinate When getting chilled
Strangury, painful micturition
Catarrh of bladder from taking cold
Urine has thick, MUCOUS, purulent sediment
Ischuria from wading with bare feet in cold water.
Copious; with perspiration
Male; out-breaks on skin; scrotum; herpetic
Dysmenorrhoea, with blotches all over; mammae engorged and sore, delicate, sensitive to cold.
Female; Suppression of menses from cold or dampness
Before appearance of menses, a Rash appears on skin, or sexual excitement
Female; period; amenorrhoea (suppression or absence of period)
period; suppressed≡ more ...
Paralysis: paralyzed limbs, Feet icy cold
Warts on hands
Perspiration on palms of hands
Pain in shin-bones
Rheumatism alternates with diarrhoea
Rheumatic symptoms after acute skin eruptions.
Pain; during chill
joints; after exposure to cold
joints; in cold weather
shoulder; damp weather
Perspiration; hand; palm
Skin; out-break on skin; hand; herpes
flat≡ more ...
Fever and chill
Dry burning heat all over
Chilliness towards evening, mostly in back
Icy coldness, with pains
Dry hat and burning of skin
Chilliness with thirst.
Beginning in particular area; back
Periodic, recurring; every fourth day; double
Dry heat≡ more ...
From suppressed complaints
Change of weather
Eating and food; cold food
Lying down; after lying down
of affected part
Mucous secretions increased
Pain; digging up (burrowing, rooting sensation)
Symptoms from suppression of perspiration
Temperature (felt and effects of temperature); cold feeling; lack of vital heat
cold in general
after becoming cold
tendency to catch cold
cold, wet weather
Wet weather≡ more ...