Sulphur is one of Homeopathy leading polycrests. This means that, unlike some homeopathic remedies that can only be used on a small range of symptoms, Sulphur can treat a wide range of symptoms in a wide variety of people. Sulphur is frequently used to treat skin eruptions that are itchy and moist in nature eczema, scabies, psoriasis, seborrhoea, poison oak eruptions, just to name a few.
Introduction: A fine, yellow powder, called flowers of sulphur, is extracted from the mineral sulphur and used to make the homeopathic remedy. The mineral sulphur is found in every cell of the body and is especially concentrated in the hair, nails and skin. Medicinally, it has been used for more than 2000 years. In the past, many children were given sulphur in the form of brimstone and treacle to cleanse the bowels and skin. In orthodox medicine, sulphur is still applied externally for skin conditions such as acne. The homoeopathic remedy is also used for skin, mind, mucous membranes and digestive complaints. Hahnemann called this the Prince of the antipsorics.
Sulphuris a remedy for disturbances of body temperature. Heat and flushing can be found in its symptom picture. The heat can be generalized but will often focus in either the head or the feet. Burning sensations can often be associated with the heat. There can often be a lot of redness at body orifices (openings), for example, eyes may be red and gritty, anus red and itchy, and lips just plain red.
People who need Sulphur may crave sweets, chocolates, ice-cream, fats, spicy foods, and alcohol, especially beer and whiskey. They can dislike eggs. Often they will complain of not being hungry in the morning until 11am. Gastric complaints such as heartburn, gastritis, and peptic ulcers also feature. Bowel motions and flatulence are notoriously offensive and diarrhoea, especially first thing in the morning, can be a common symptom. Sleep may be difficult with many people needing Sulphur complaining about insomnia. They may have problems with left-sided shoulder pains.
On the mental/emotional level, Sulphur types can be philosophically inclined but blind to the practical side of day-to-day living. Many have described their Sulphur partners or children as being lazy. Alternatively, they can be practical idealists who, with boundless energy, strive to help fellow humanity. They have a reputation for egotism and feeling superior to others, but this is often accompanied by great generosity.
Some of the conditions Sulphur can treat include: abscesses; acne; alcoholism; allergy; angina; heart arrhythmias; arthritis; asthma; bronchitis; chronic fatigue syndrome; colitis; congestive heart failure; conjunctivitis; constipation; dementia; depression; diarrhoea; eczema; gout; headaches; haemorrhoids; hepatitis; herpes; hypertension; lower back pains; menopausal flushes; migraine; nasal polyps, otitis media; pharyngitis; pneumonia; prostatitis; psoriasis; rectal abscess or fissure; reflux; rheumatoid arthritis; rhinitis; sciatica; sinusitis; tinea; tonsillitis.
Presentation: 11ml, 30ml