Sunday, 4 February 2018


The book, “Desktop Guide to Keynotes and confirmatory symptoms” of Dr.Roger Morrison is one of the fantastic materia medica in Homeopathy. He has narrated important keynote symptoms of the remedies in a systematic manner which is easily understandable and comprehensible. Particularly, he described some important acute symptoms of 17 remedies under the head “ACUTES” which are complied below for better understanding of each remedy. Hope that the compilation will be useful to select the similimum to the patients in acute condition.


Ø  During the early phase of respiratory infections, influenza, pneumonia, tonsillitis, otitis, urinary infections, hepatitis, conjunctivitis, acute arthritis, etc.
Ø  Exanthems (Measles, Rosella, etc)
Ø  Complain begins suddenly and intenselee and often with great pain.
Ø  Sudden, marked heat and fever alternates with chills, heat and flushing to face, pupils constricted, restlessness, thirst for cold drinks, cold extremities, and often anxiety and fear of death.
Ø  Myocardial infarction with severe chest pain, radiating pain and numbness into left arm, horrible fear of death (Cact, Arn).
Ø  Bell’s palsy
Ø  Cerebral accidents.
Ø  Trauma and its after-effects.


Ø  Pharyngitis with marked redness, swelling of uvula, better from cold food or drinks.
Ø  Angioneurotic edema, often with marked swelling of face, better from cold applications.
Ø  Herpes zoster or Rhus-poisioning of the face with markedly swollen lids which can hardly be forced open.
Ø  Acute nephritis with generalized edema, scanty urine.
Ø  Meningitis with stupor, shrieking, high fever and red face, all markedly worse from heat.
Ø  Fever with alternating sweats and dry heat.
Ø  Pleurisy or bronchitis with marked pain on inspiration.
Ø  Cystitis. Pyelonephritis. Burning dysuria, frequent urging.
Ø  Scarlet fever. Exanthems. Impetigo. Bee sting.


Ø  Fever from 12 to 2 or 3 AM or 12 to 2 or 3 PM.
Ø  Acutes with great restlessness, anxiety, chilliness and thirst for small quantities often.
Ø  Fever and delirium. Delirium tremens.
Ø  Burning pharyngitis, ameliorated by warm drinks.
Ø  Acute gatroenterititis with vomiting and diarrhea, sometimes simultaneously (Verat).
Ø  Influenza with the typical acute picture.
Ø  Acute asthmatic crisis with anxiety, restlessness and thirst.


Ø  May help to abort many convulsions if used at the first indication.
Ø  Meningitis. Encephalitis.
Ø  Otitis media , mainly right-sided, often with aggravation at night in bed, intense pains which make the child scream and become frantic, bright red tympanic membrane with marked swelling.
Ø  Iritis.
Ø  Pharyngitis and tonsillitis with deep red discoloration, markedly swollen tonsils, often distinctly right-sided, worse for swallowing.
Ø  Acute cholecystitis.
Ø  Pleurisy. Pneumonia.
Ø  Mastitis, mainly right-sided, red, painful, worse from jar.
Ø  Pyelonephritis . Cystitis.
Ø  Ovarian pains and cysts, mainly right-sided, markedly painful, worse before or during the menses, worse from jar or motion.
Ø  Sciatica and low back pain markedly aggravation from motion, from misstepping and jarring.
Ø  Acute arthritis, markedly inflamed, red, swollen joint, worse from motion or jar, ameliorated by cold applications.
Ø  Influenza. Upper respiratory infection.
Ø  Early stage of any exanthema-rubella, mumps, etc.
Ø  Scarlet fever.
Ø  Appendicitis.


Ø  Meningitis, often delirious with desire “to go home”. There is a characteristic movement of the mouth, with wiggling of the jaw back and forth. Encephalitis. Coma. Influenza, with intense aching which is worse from motion, severe headache, coated tongue and great thirst.
Ø  Gastritis, worse slight movement, better lying still, marked nausea and vomiting from drinking or eating, especially from dietary indiscretions, sometimes ameliorated by warm drinks.
Ø  Appendicitis, perhaps 70% of the cases require Bryonia. The patient lies on the right side, worse from any motion, worse from deep inspiration , better by cold applications
Ø  Hepatitis with jaundice, pain in liver ameliorated by lying on the right side, great nausea.
Ø  Bronchitis. Upper respiratory infections.
Ø  Pneumonia, especially right-sided, lies very still, worse rising up from the bed, better lying on the painful side, better pressure; worse from taking a deep breath so he pants shallowly to avoid inspiring ; the cough causes pain in head or in chest so the patient holds the chest when forced to cough , rusty or blood-streaked sputum.
Ø  Pleurisy with pain worse movements of respiration, worse motion, better pressure, better lying on the painful side.


Ø  Cardiac episode with severe, constricting pains, oppression of chests, anxiety, dyspnea or even cyanosis, and coldness of extremities.


Ø  Otitis media-child wakes at night crying, inconsolable, angry and must be carried (often provoking late night calls waking the doctor), won’t tolerate being touched or examined, hysterical when physician attempts to look in the ear.
Ø  Teething-irritable infants, sore gums, often provokes diarrhea.
Ø  Colic-child inconsolable arches back, cries angrily.
Ø  Fever-one sided chill, face flushed on one neck, perspiration of covered parts and of scalp, thirsty, restlessness and irritability.


Ø  Pharyngitis, often right-sided or begin on the right side and travel to the left, better from either warm or cold drinks. Tonsillitis.
Ø  Pneumonia, great dyspnea, prostration, frothy sputum, rattling chest uses accessory muscles, flares nostrils, forehead furrowed.
Ø  Cholecystitis.
Ø  Kidney stone colic, right side, may note reddish sand in the urine.

Ø  Influenza or other febrile conditions with high fever and violent chills and rigors which are worse from every movement which stirs the air under the covers.
Ø  Cystitis with nearly constant urging, relieved for moments only on passing small quantities of urine and relieved by warm applications or warm bathing.
Ø  Gastritis with pains from alcohol abuse or from over-eating. Acute colic- kidney stones, cholecystitis- with cramping pains better from heat, worse touch.


Ø  Head injury, concussion with somnolence and confusion.
Ø  Cerebral accident with stupor bloated and mottled face, great heat and perspiration, stertorous respiration, constricted pupils.
Ø  Coma or delirium with high fever, flushed face, hot perspiration.
Ø  Meningitis. Encephalitis.


Ø  Otitis media with pains which wake the child, she cries and needs comfort but without the anger of Chamomilla.
Ø  Upper respiratory infection or influenza with bland coryza, sneezing, and conjunctivitis.
Ø  Night-time coughs of children.
Ø  Cystitis. Pyelonephritis.
Ø  Hay fever, marked sneezing and red and itchy eyes.
Ø  Measles. Mumps. Chicken pox.


Ø  Influenza: high fever, aching and restlessness (Rhus-t, ars, Eup-per).
Ø  Puerperal fever with aching, offensive discharge and lochia. It is almost a specific for the condition.
Ø  Typhoid fever was said to respond dramatically to this remedy though such a condition is rarely seen in western countries.


Ø  Influenza with strong occipital headache.
Ø  Acute rheumatism.


Ø  Influenza with much aching which forces the patient to shift around constantly. The fever may come rapidly especially at 10AM.
Ø  Chicken pox. Impetigo. Scarlet fever.
Ø  Pharyngitis, better warm drinks with restless uncomfortable feeling in the body. Upper respiratory infection.
Ø  Pneumonia, cough producing rusty colored sputum.
Ø  Sprains with a stiff, sore sensation but the patient feels the need to be flexing and moving the joint.
Ø  Back injuries.
Ø  Injuries to the tendons or muscles, worse from over exerting.


Ø  Acute rheumatism or bursitis with hot joint and redness of skin.
Ø  Influenza.


Ø  In lingering, “neglected” colds, flus, tonsillitis, bronchitis, pneumonia, the patient is warm, sweaty, wears old cloths and forgets to change for days; the hair becomes greasy and plastered to the head.
Ø  Measles ( Apis, Bell, Bry, Euphr, Gels, Puls, Rhus-t)


Ø  Meningitis or encephalitis with piercing shriek, convulsion, tremor, boring or rolling the head, stupor or coma, tremendous headache.
Ø  Chronic complaints from suppressed exanthem.


Source: DESKTOP GUIDE to Keynotes and confirmatory Symptoms .
            By Dr.ROGER MORRISON M.D.
Compiled by: KARUPPIAH.S