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Case 2: COVID-19 in a 35-Year-Old Male

This mans case highlights some of the challenges of homeopathic prescribing during an epidemic.


More information on other cases and how the case-takings were conducted.

This person lived with parents who had recently been hospitalised with confirmed COVID-19. The source of their infection is unknown. this patient is a smoker, diabetic, and has a history of pneumonia treated by hospitalisation and antibiotics in 2019.


30th January 2020

  • Sore, aching muscles of neck, waist, back and arms. Preferred to lay still – pain worsened by movement.
  • Nose blocked but no mucous discharge.

10th February 2020 – Day 11

  • Attended hospital with parents who were diagnosed with COVID-19 via CT scan and nucleic acid test – subsequently admitted to hospital.
  • His own CT scan revealed pneumonia. Told he had COVID-19 and given two medicines to take at home – type unknown but told they were for COVID-19. Nucleic acid test.

11.02.20 – Day 12 (day of consultation)

  • Waiting results of nucleic acid tests.
  • No new or current symptoms – no longer has muscle pain
  • No fever
  • Feels well.
  • Appetite unchanged, prefers spicy flavours which is a normal for him.
  • Slightly thirstier than normal but mouth not dry – prefers cold tea.
  • Recent itching on abdomen but because no longer working since becoming sick has not bothered showering and wonders if this is the reason (choosing not to shower as it is Winter and cold where he lives).
  • General and long-standing information that is unchanged with infection:
    • Prefers company.
    • Tendency to impatience and irritability.
    • Sleeps on right side.
    • Thick, green phlegm in throat from being a smoker which is able to be expectorated and which is worse in the morning
    • Not a consistently hard worker – prefers relaxation.


With no symptoms present at the time of the consultation, only a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, I made a general ‘constitutional’ prescription for this man but the remedy did not reach him before he was hospitalised and quarantined on the following day. I have since heard that he has been discharged and is fully recovered.

COVID-19: Three Chinese Case Reports discusses the difficulties of case-taking and treatment during an epidemic.

Information on Case Prescriptions

For many homeopaths reading these cases, potential remedies will readily spring to mind.

That won’t be the case for those just starting their homeopathic journey but, unfortunately, we are unable to provide that information for them.

Regulatory bodies, in Australia at least, have legislated that homeopathic remedies cannot be presented in the public domain as being useful for COVID-19.

To do so would mean they would be perceived as ‘advertising’ and action taken even though the named remedies have only been presented in the context of information or cases.

This legislation was introduced to stop the spread of misinformation and people taking advantage of those seen as  gullible but it also has the short-sighted effect of suppressing qualified and valuable information for those who may need it most.

While the names of prescribed remedies in these cases can’t be provided, it is still permissible to discuss them within consultations. Knowing this, appointments can be made so that this information can be more freely discussed.

If this is something you would like to do, we strongly recommend that appointments be made with suitable practitioners who always qualify or reference the material they share with you so you can then validate it for yourself.

If you would like to discuss the matter further with us, our free support and information service is always available.

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