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Psorinum (Psor.)

scabies_zps2c04b8b5Psorinum is prepared from the fluid of blisters from scabies infested skin. Once potentised none of the original fluid remains but the energetic effects of the remedy will treat a range of complaints.

Those who need Psorinum usually lack vitality and are prone to mental disturbances. They catch infections easily, especially colds, and recover slowly. Skin complaints are common and if unattended will be dirty and offensive but these days with frequent bathing and access to steroids, are less likely to be so. The person is also likely to be anxious about health, work, poverty and the future which leads to depression, despair and sometimes, suicidal thoughts.

Common Uses

When the remedy matches the symptom profile, Psorinum has the ability to treat conditions such as abscess, acne, allergy, asthma, bronchitis, colds, depression, dermatitis and eczema, headaches, insomnia, middle ear infections, pharyngitis, phobia, psoriasis, scabies and lice, ulcers.


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.

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From the Old Masters

Nash says:

Very sad, hopeless, despondent; “bluest of the blue.”
Great debility; sweats on slightest movement; wants to give up and lie down.
Eruptions on the skin, dry, or moist; or skin scaly and dry as parchment; dirty, the great unwashed, unwashable.
Intense itching of skin < in warmth of bed.
Discharges and exhalations exceedingly offensive.
Very sensitive to cold air; wears a fur cap in summer.
Modalities: < in cold air, < in warmth of bed (itching); sitting up or motion; > bringing arms down close to the body, > lying down (even the dyspnœa); wrapping up warm; psoric manifestations.
Great weakness and debility; from loss of fluids; remaining after acute diseases; without any organic lesion or apparent cause.
Cough and dry, scaly eruptions return every winter.
Quinsy; to eradicate the tendency.

Lippe says:

Anxiety about the future.
Despair of recovery, thinks to be very ill, and in great danger not to survive the sickness ; hopelessness.
Great anxiety, full of fears.
Religious melancholy.
Impatience ; ill humor.

Very weak from the least exertion.
Great debility from loss of fluids or after severe acute diseases (Typhus).
Rheumatism and arthritis.
Dropsical diseases.

Psor. is an indispensable remedy if debility remains after violent acute diseases ; if profuse perspirations remain after typhus fever ; in the evil consequences of suppressed itch, especially after large doses of sulphur ; if the patient is hopeless, despairing of his recovery.
Many ailments are worse or come on when riding in a carriage, and when exercising in the open air, and relieved by rest and in the room.
Aggravations in the evening and before midnight.
Sitting aggravates the dyspnœa (asthma) and pain in the heart ; these and other ailments are relieved while lying clown.

Hering says:

Thoughts vanish, after overlifting.
Memory so weak, cannot remember, does not even know his room.
Thoughts which he cannot get rid of ; they constantly reappear in his dreams.
As if stupid in left half of head, morning.
Dull, stupid, foggy, as after a debauch, on awaking in night ; dizziness he falls down.
Dull all forenoon disinclined to work.
Sad depressed ; even suicidal thoughts.
Despairs of recovery ; thinks he will die, hopeless ; especially after typhus, better from nosebleed.
Religious melancholy.
Anxiety, full of fears, of evil forebodings.
Cheerful, takes pleasure in his work.
Irritable, peevish, passionate, noisy ; nervous, easily started ; restless, hands tremble.
Mental labor causes : fulness in head ; intense headache ; throbbing in brain ; pain in left temple.
Every moral emotion causes trembling.
Severe ailments from even slight emotions.

Body always has a filthy smell, even after a bath.
Thinner than usual ; pale, exhausted.
Deeply penetrating ichorous ulcers.

Scrofulous, nervous, restless, easily startled.
Psoric constitutions ; especially when other remedies fail to permanently improve ; lack of reaction after severe diseases.
Pale, sickly, delicate children.

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Lippe A. M.D. 1886. Textbook of Materia Medica. 1886. Publishers: A.J. Tafel
Hering C. 1877. Condensed Materia Medica. Publishers: Boericke and Tafel
Nash E.B. 1899. Leaders in Homoeopathic Therapeutics. Publishers: Boericke and Tafel