Common Names: Hepar; Hepar sulph.
Hepar sulphuris calcareum (Hep.) is prepared from the burnt remains of flowers of sulphur and calcium from inner layer of oyster shells. Those who need Hepar sulph feel chilly, hate drafts and dislike being touched. They are irritable, easily angered, and over-sensitive to pain. Even the thought of pain or injury makes them cringe or shiver. Pain is perceived as pricking, sticking, or splinter-like. Cuts, wounds or injuries heal slowly, and can fester or abscess easily with offensive pus. Infections or perspiration smell sour or like old cheese. Cravings for pungent food, fat, and sour flavours such as vinegar are common.
- Ear pain worsened by cold air, drafts, and wind.
- Intense ear pain causing children to scream.
- Sleeps on the painful ear to keep it warm.
Throat and Respiratory Problems
- Laryngitis or pharyngitis with every cold.
- Splinter-like pains that extend to the ears on swallowing.
- Pain relieved by warm drinks; worsened by cold drinks.
- Lingering croup.
- Bronchitis with slow recovery.
- Painful gum abscesses.
- Painful, bleeding gums.
- Toothache worsened by cold drinks.
- Unhealthy skin – wounds fester easily and slow to heal.
- Chapped and cracked skin or eczema.
- Sour or old-cheese odor.
- Painful cold sores.
- Painful acne with pus.
- Painful abscesses with pricking, splinter-like pains.
- Sensitive to touch – even clothes cause pain on sensitive parts.
- Abscesses or slow healing wounds with offensive pus.
- Dislike cold temperatures, drafts and wind.
Where do I find it?
Hepar sulphuris calcareum (Hep.) is available from our online store as a single remedy, and as part of the following Complexes (combination remedies): Cough – Dry; Cough – Loose; Croup; Earache; Gum Abscess; Mastitis; Sore Throat; Teething; Toothache.
While the above self-limiting, acute complaints are suitable for home treatment with Hepar sulph, see your healthcare provider if your symptoms worsen or fail to improve. Hepar sulph is also useful for a range of chronic or persistent complaints not listed; these are best managed by a qualified homeopath for good results.
Dosage Instructions (suitable for babies to adults)
Take one pill or five drops of the remedy every 2 to 4 hours (2 hours for intense symptoms, 4 hours for milder ones). Once an improvement is noticed, stop dosing and repeat the remedy only if symptoms return. If there is no improvement at all by three doses, choose a different remedy or seek professional guidance.
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