Northeast Wisconsin
  • Northeast Wisconsin
  • March 2016
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Homeopathic relief for fever

Fevers are common this time of year, often accompanying viruses, flu, strep throat and other illness. Just because fever reducers are readily available and oftentimes in your medicine cabinet, it is not an indication that they should be used as a first line of defense. A fever is not an illness itself, but rather our body’s natural response to inhibiting the growth of bacteria and virus.

The American Academy of Pediatrics stresses that fever reducers should not be used to maintain a certain body temperature and shouldn’t be used unless the fever is above 102 degrees or there is a history of febrile seizure. This guideline gives room to work with nonmedical ways to bring relief.

For over two hundred years homeopathic remedies have been used to bring relief during a fever. Homeopathic remedies can be used for infants, children, adults or the elderly who are experiencing a fever. Common homeopathic remedies are available locally and online, and are relatively easy to utilize in a fever to bring relief of symptoms.

The best way to apply the homeopathic remedies is to match the symptom picture. Here are some commonly used homeopathic remedies and their guiding symptoms for use in fever:

High fevers

Aconite is appropriate for a high, intense fever that comes on rapidly. Commonly this fever will come on after exposure to cold winds, a shock or injury. The fever may be accompanied by anxiety or fear, a dry chapped, red face and great thirst.

Belladonna is indicated in a high, intense fever that develops rapidly. The fever will be accompanied by a red, flushed face, dilated pupils and a throbbing or pounding headache. The body may be hot while the hands and feet are icy cold. The heat will seem to steam off the person and they may seem out of it or even delirious. This fever is worse at night.

Ferrum Phos is useful when a fever begins but no other symptoms are present yet. The fever could be high but would not develop as quickly as Aconite or Belladonna. This fever involves either red patches or paleness of the face and thirst for cold water.

Low to mid-grade fevers

Gelsemium is appropriate in a low-grade fever that is slow to develop. The fever seems out of proportion to the suffering of the individual, who is very weak and drowsy with droopy eyelids and a dusky red face. Oftentimes the illness is preceded by an ordeal the person had to face.

Pulsatilla is for a low to mid-grade fever in a clingy and whiney child. The child is thirstless and worse from warm and stuffy rooms. Accompanying symptoms may include wet, juicy discharges from the nose or eyes, a wet cough or an earache.

Arsenicum is useful in adults with a fever who feel anxious, restless, extremely chilled and thirsty for small sips of water. This person likes company but may also be rather irritable. This fever may be accompanied by vomiting, diarrhea or aching.

Rhus Tox is indicated in a fever that has a high degree of restlessness that requires the person to want to move, though movement does not bring relief. The person may even rub his feet under the covers. There may be great aching and pain in the limbs and a loss of appetite.

In 2011, The American Academy of Pediatrics published a paper in the journal Pediatrics, to help quell “Fever-Phobia,” a term to describe unnecessary concern around a raise in temperature. This paper stressed the purpose and benefits of fever and specifications around when to use fever reducing medications. “It should be emphasized that fever is not an illness but is, in fact, a physiologic mechanism that has beneficial effects in fighting infection. Fever retards the growth and reproduction of bacteria and viruses… and aids in the body’s acute-phase reaction. The degree of fever does not always correlate with the severity of illness. Most fevers are of short duration, are benign, and may actually protect the host.”

Questions on treating a fever should always be directed to your nurse or medical professional. A professional homeopathic professional can be consulted for further individualized care with homeopathy.


Reference: “Fever and Antipyretic Use in Children.” Pediatrics. Janice E. Sullivan et al.

Rebecca Beringer

Rebecca Beringer is a classical homeopath and a CEASE certified homeopath with over five years of experience working with men, women and children of all ages. Her practice serves clients all over northeast Wisconsin and the broader U.S. Her practice is based in Appleton, inside Lawe Street Wellness. She is a graduate of the highly respected Northwestern Academy of Homeopathy in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She can be reached at [email protected] or 920-740-5048. For more information, visit Workshop information can be located under the Community Calendar of this magazine.

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