Red Onion: ALLIUM CEPA Homeopathic Remedy for Flu, Allergies, Sore Throats, and Arthritis
By Melanie Grimes
Allium cepa is the Latin name of the homeopathic remedy made from the red onion. Onions have been used in medicine for hundreds of years, and in various cultures around the world to treat infections and arthritic complaints. Allium was first prepared as a homeopathic remedy by the eminent homeopath, Constantine Hering, M. D., in 1847. The remedy is made from the onion bulb, which was ground and then prepared in alcohol. The tincture was then diluted and succussed (shaken), in accordance with homeopathic methods of pharmacy.
Main Uses of Allium cepa as a homeopathic remedy
Allium is mainly used to treat problems in the mucous membranes of the nose and eyes. It is used to treat colds and the flu, especially those that come on after exposure to cold air. A keynote of the remedy is a clear, bland secretion from the eyes or nose, similar to that which occurs when peeling an onion. The University of Maryland Medical Center recommends Allium cepa to treat allergic rhinitis caused by either allergies or hay fever. The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine also recommends this homeopathic remedy in the treatment of allergies. It can also be used to treat nerve pains, such as those from a toothache.
Aggravations and Ameliorations or Allium cepa
People who need homeopathic Allium cepa usually feel worse when they are in a warm room. They are also aggravated by getting their feet wet, by damp weather, and in the spring. Cucumbers and salads disturb their digestion, and the person will feel generally better in cool, open air, after bathing and when they move around.
Mental State of Allium cepa
The mental state of those needing this remedy is comprised of many fears, including fear of their pains. They fear that their pains will become unbearable. This makes them feel sad and melancholy. On the other hand, they can also experience mental dullness.
Mucus of Allium cepa
The mucous associated with this remedy is clear but can cause irritation to the skin. For instance, the skin below the nose can become irritated from the constant drip of the mucus. Congestion and drainage are constant in the Allium remedy picture, and sneezing can become violent.
Pains of Allium cepa
Pains associated with Allium cepa are shooting, sharp and burning and they travel from the left to the right side of the body. The remedy also treats the phantom pains that can occur after amputation of a limb. The pain occurs mainly in the areas of the head, teeth, neck, sinuses, or face.
Eye symptoms of Allium cepa
The eyes are a common area of discomfort for those needing Allium ceps. They burn and are worse when coughing. The eyes, which become sensitive to light, are red and itchy, filled by constant bland discharge. The person feels a constant desire to rub their eyes, which enhances the aggravation. Vision is disturbed so that near objects appear far away.
Stomach and digestion symptoms of Allium cepa
Those needing Allium cepa crave raw onions and do well eating them. They have a great appetite along with great thirst. They may also experience nausea, and have rumbling gas pains.
Arms and leg symptoms of Allium ceps
The joints feel as if they are lame, for those people who need to take Allium cepa. The remedy can also be used to treat ulcers on the heels caused by shoes, as well as a sore feel on the bottom of the foot after a long walk.
Cough and lungs and sore throat symptoms of Allium cepa
Allium cepa is a good remedy for sore throats and laryngitis. People who need this remedy have a sensation that the larynx is split and torn because of the pain when they talk. The cough is constant and is worse inside in warm rooms and at night. The cough is better outside, though the symptoms can be brought on by exposure to cold air. Allium can also be used to treat bronchitis in the elderly. A hacking, tickling cough is typical for those needing this remedy. Allium also treats hoarseness