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Know Your Remedies: Bromium (Brom.)

Common Name: Bromine.

General Information

Bromium (Brom.) is remedy for health problems that affect the larynx and respiratory tract, and to a lesser degree, the glands. Complaints, especially of the glands, are more likely to be worse on the left side of the body. Dust and smoke allergies are common, and symptoms frequently improve on or by the sea. The person needing Bromium is affected by warm weather, overheats easily, and is often fair-skinned with blonde hair.


  • Frequently feel as if someone is behind them.

Ear, Nose, and Throat

  • Colds that start in the larynx and move upwards to the nose and sinuses.
  • Hoarseness and aphonia (loss of voice).


  • Dry, spasmodic, croupy cough.
  • Hoarse, tickling cough – especially when overheated.
  • Colds that come on after perspiration from overheating.
  • Summer colds and complaints.
  • Asthma relieved by the seaside.
  • Asthma in sailors when they leave the sea.

Glands and Lymphatics

  • Swelling of glands with stony-hardness.
  • Glandular swelling worse on the left side.
  • Swelling of the parotid or submaxillary gland.
  • Swelling or nodules of the thyroid gland.

Where Do I Find It?

Bromium (Brom..) is available from our online store as a single remedy in either pill or liquid form.


While above self-limiting or acute complaints are suitable for home treatment also contact your healthcare provider during emergency situations or if symptoms worsen or fail to improve. Chronic or persistent complaints, which may or may not be mentioned above, require a different treatment and dosage protocol so are best managed by a qualified homeopath for good results.

Dosage Instructions (suitable for babies to adults)

For the home treatment of acute and self-limiting complaints take one pill or five drops of the remedy every 1 minute to 4 hours (1 minute for intense or emergency symptoms (plus seek emergency help), 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.

Note: Chronic symptoms or complaints require a course of professional treatment by a qualified homeopath to manage the changes in potencies and remedies that may be required.

More Information

Guidelines on which potency to use

From Past Masters

Homeopathy is a 200-year system of medicine. Early medical homeopaths recorded initial provings, remedy relationships, and their early experiences with each remedy in great detail.

These writings were then shared with others to advance homeopathic knowledge and practice.

Today, these same writings give a fascinating insight into the symptoms and clinical conditions for which each remedy was used.

The following extract, with minor editing, is one example.

Leaders In Homoeopathic Therapeutics by E. B. NASH M.D.

Bromium (Brom.)

An element proven and arranged by Hering and an important remedy in laryngeal affections.

Also in scrofulous and tubercular affections of the glands.

It is well known to act best on persons with light blue eyes, flaxen hair, light eye-brows, fair, delicate skins, red cheeked scrofulous girls.

It will be remembered how almost exactly opposite, so far as temperament is concerned, is Iodine, which is also one of our chief anti-scrofulous remedies.

In glandular affections, three remedies that are not as often thought of as they perhaps should be, are Carbo animalis, Conium and Bromine; in all three the glands are stony hard with a cancerous tendency.

In Bromine the pains are not characteristic, but with Conium and Carbo animalis they are lancinating, cutting or burning, more like cancer pains.

In diphtheria, where it has done some wonderful work, the membrane first forms in the bronchi, trachea or larynx, running upward, just the opposite of Lycopodium, which often forms first in the nose and runs downward.

In membranous croup, there is great rattling of mucus like Hepar, but no expectoration. There seems to be great danger of suffocation from accumulation of mucus in larynx (in bronchi, Ant. tart.).

Sensation of cobweb in face. (Bar., Graph. and Borax).

Fan-like motion of alæ nasi (Ant. t. Lycop.).

Hypertrophy of heart from gymnastics (Caust.).

Membranous dysmenorrhœa (Lac can.).