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Know Your Remedies: Pyrogenium (Pyrog.)

Common Names: Putrescent (rotting) meat.

General Information

Pyrogenium is a valuable remedy for septic states with offensive discharges. Knowing this, its 1870s ‘creation’ is not so surprising: chopped lean beef in water exposed to the sun for several weeks before being potentised. Fortunately, the potentisation process of homeopathy removes all traces of the source material so that the remedy produced, Pyrogenium, is a safe but highly effective energy remedy. Of equal interest is that today, we still draw from those first potencies produced 150 years ago.

Pyrogenium is known for treating severe infections with putrid and offensive discharges or secretions (stools, urine, sweat, breath, vomit, menses). Examples include types of typhoid fever, empyema (a collection of pus around the lungs), severe sinusitis, puerperal infection (infection following childbirth), blood sepsis, and more. Pyrogenium may also be helpful when there is a history of severe infection and the person either has “never felt well since”, or fails to respond to well-indicated remedies. Other symptoms include restlessness from aching, sore and bruised sensations, and exhaustion and weariness in spite of the restlessness. The person feels better for motion and warmth, and worse with coldness.

Mental-Emotional Symptoms

  • Delirium during fever.


  • Red, shiny tongue.


  • Awareness of heart and heartbeats.
  • Rapid pulse with low temperature or the inverse – high temperature with low pulse.


  • Series of boils.


  • Puerperal fever with offensive discharge (infected lochia).


  • Restless from bruised soreness of body – the bed feels too hard.


  • High fever.
  • Restlessness during fever.
  • Rapid pulse with low temperature or the inverse – high temperature with low pulse.

Where do I find it?

Pyrogenium (Pyrog.) is available from our online store as a single remedy in either pills or liquids.


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 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.


Diseases originating in ptomaine or sewer gas infection.

The bed feels hard, parts lain on sore and bruised, must move to relieve the soreness.

Tongue: large, flabby, clean, smooth as if varnished; fiery red, cracked, difficult articulation; vomiting, persistent, brownish coffee ground, offensive, stercoraceous.

Diarrhoea; horribly offensive, brown or black; painless, involuntary.

Distinct consciousness of a heart; it feels tired; as if enlarged; purring, throbbing, pulsating, constant in ears, preventing sleep.

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I have not used this remedy myself, but (if Allen’s “Keynotes” are reliable) it must be of great value in affections of the most serious nature. A remedy recommended so highly, by such authority, for septicaemia, puerperal and surgical, and for diseases originating in ptomaine or sewer gas infection should not be passed lightly over.

Let me quote: The bed feels hard (Arnica), parts laid on feel sore and bruised (Baptisia), rapid decubitus (Carbol. acid).” “Great restlessness, must move constantly to > the soreness of the parts (Arnica, Eupator. perf).” “Tongue: large, flabby; clean, smooth as if varnished; fiery red; dry, cracked, articulation difficult.”

Diarrhoea; horribly offensive (Psorin.), brown or black (Leptand.), painless, involuntary, uncertain when passing flatus (Aloe, Oleander).

Did you ever meet such an array of symptoms in typhoid? I have, and when we remember that typhoid is often traced to defective drains, sewer gas, etc., as its cause, this remedy, if these symptoms are reliable, ought to be invaluable. The other symptoms given by Allen are just as valuable if true, and if not true the sooner they are proven to be untrue the better.

So far as prejudice again using such remedies is concerned, we should be as honest as was James B. Bell when he said of Psorinum -“Whether derived from purest gold or purest filth, our gratitude for its excellent services forbids us to enquire or care.”

As might be expected, Anthracinum is more like this than any other remedy. In all cases simulating septic fever or poisoning Arsenicum, Anthracinum and Pyrogen should be remembered. The horrible burning pains of the first two are prominent.