Summary Use When
chilliness and yellow phlegm dominate this remedy helps the body
clear congestions, skin sores and eruptions as well as stomach
Mentals # Irritation over the slightest matter # Quick to take
offence # Talks quickly when anxious # Over-reacts when
angry # Prone to bouts sadness and
Physicals # All skin
problems that gather pus and are slow to heal # Skin ulcers and
bedsores # Acne and boils # Earache # Ear pain with sore
throat # Catarrh # Coughs that create hoarse and dry throat
# Cold sores, particularly around the eyes # Mouth ulcers
# Influenza with sweating and sneezing # Cracked dry
lips # Perspiration with bad odour. . Modalities Aggravation # Worse: for
touch and the cold
Amelioration # Better: for warmth and for wrapping up and keeping the head
Source Hepar is derived from calcium sulphide.
Description This remedy is
good at turning around suppurative skin and cold symptoms,
especially if chilliness is present. When your little bundle of joy
turns into a bundled up irritable case of cough, chilly flu, ear
pain or cold symptoms, this remedy should be considered. If things
are stopped up, it can start the faucet flowing whether sinuses,
phlegm, stomach catarrh or skin issues are involved. Individuals
whose every cold ripens and every sore suppurates can gain the most
from this remedy.
The Hepar patient becomes very sensitive to touch,
cold and pain whether suffering from its chilly flu, hay fever or
cold. These may include: a nasty cough (dry choking to rattling
suffocating), sore throat irritation, hoarseness, yellow mucus,
fever, possible ear pain, a desire to be wrapped up warmly and
seemingly excessive irritability.
Aconite is always touted for minimizing colds after
a cold wind, but if every cold wind leaves you stopped up or flowing
with phlegm that quickly turns yellow, you may need the solid
support of Hepar Though very similar to the pure cell salt Calc-s
this remedy (made by heating sulphur with the white interior of
oyster shells, Calc carb) tends to help open congestion or abscesses
at an earlier stage than Calc-s.
Hepar promotes healing in skin ailments
including: abscesses, sores, acne, cold sores, deep cracks in hands
and feet, or gum/teeth issues. Some materia medica sources suggest
low potencies in skin applications to promote quick drainage.
Individuals needing Hepar lack internal heat, are
easily offended, can get violently angry especially regarding
rudeness or causes. They may become quite morose, sad and highly
irritable, especially at night. Though not highly active, they may
speak, eat and act out quickly and impulsively. In general, if
highly sensitive to cold, pain, and touch, you might want to examine
Hepar sulph, especially if cold air feels threatening.
Brought to you
Author Didi Ananda
My experience in Africa is that, if I may put it in
this way, many cases are solved because the symptoms "lie on the
surface" so to speak. The culture and environment of Kenya and
Africa is very much oriented to physical survival. On one hand, deep
psychic traumas are certainly there, yet that also shows on a very
The trauma of childhood rape and incest can scar for
life. Kezia (name changed) had been repeatedly abused as a child by
her brother and a cousin. As an adult Kezia is severely depressed,
unable to make decisions or hold a job, anger bursts out of her
uncontrolled and unpredictably, and she has strong suicidal
When she came to me for help, I realized I was not
able to help her alone and I referred her to Carole, a psychologist
specializing in trauma therapy, who donates her time at Abha Light.
She has been seeing Kezia for nearly two years with the progress
understandably slow, though steady. A few months ago, Carole
and I had a discussion about the possibility of using remedies with
After two years of therapy, Kezia was able to
intellectually define her problems, but there remained a disconnect
between her intellectual understanding and the emotional healing
that still needed to take place. That's when she returned to
To be frank, I was totally baffled. While I was
having heady discussions with Carole, I could toss around the names
of remedies that related to psychic trauma - you know -
Nat. Mur., Ignatia, Anacardium, Aurum, Staphysagria. Well, I
thought, thats about my limit. My experience in dealing with
suicidal behaviour, chronic depression and other psychoses are
I thought I was only taking a "mentals" case, and so
ended up with a rather feeble list of symptoms. Kezia was able to
recite her list of problems rather blandly, after all shed been
through it with her therapist over and over again:
she feels shame & guilt (of the incest forced
on her in childhood)
she has low self-esteem
she feels shed be better off dead
the depression is worse in night
Thats not very definitive homeopathically, but
she thought she had said it all and closed up after that. I was
intimidated about asking much more. Indeed shed been in therapy
for so long and had probably recited her problems again and again.
I started Kezia off on Aurum 200c, and later tried Ignatia.
Nothing changed, so Carole sent her back to me.
This time Kezia was coughing. I asked her about it
and this is what I got:
She has a lifetime of "allergies" and coughing
with "bronchitis" several times a year.
Sneezing, coughing with expectoration
Pain in the lower lungs, lower sides of the
Pain with pressure
< cold; she covers her face with a blanket
< sudden drops in temperature;
<perfumes; strong odours
Other observations: her voice is not clear -
that is, slightly hoarse. She talks speedily with a low voice. Her
anger and irritability can just flare up at the slightest
The "covering of the face at night" tipped me off. I
then confirmed Hepar sulph:
She loves sour and vinegary tastes and eats some
vinegar every day (it's an unusual food choice in Kenyan
She likes the rain, which makes her calm (again
unusual in that in Nairobi weather, "rain" and "cold" go hand in
For those unfamiliar with Hepar's relevant
symptoms (from Murphy's Lotus Materia Medica)
Generals - Great sensitiveness to all
impressions. Sweating patient pulls blanket around him.
Chilliness, hypersensitiveness. Craving for sour and strong things
are very characteristic. Feeling as if wind were blowing on some
Lungs - Bronchitis of old, exhausted people.
Loses voice and coughs when exposed to dry, cold wind. Dry, hoarse
cough. Cough excited whenever any part of the body gets cold, or
is uncovered, or from eating anything cold.
Nose - Hay fever. Sinusitis after
Temperature - Chilly in open air or from
Food - Longing for acids, wine and
Modalities - Better in damp weather. Better
from wrapping head up and from warmth. Worse inhaling air, cold
air, dry winds, slightest draught, open air. Worse in the night,
on awakening, when blowing the nose. Worse from single parts of
the body getting cold.
Now the mentals of Hepar:
Dejected and sad.
Depression, sure of death and desires it.
Anguish in the evening and night with thoughts of
The slightest cause irritates.
Can Hepar be a remedy for suicidal tendency and
depression? Who would have thought it?
I gave her Hepar sulph 200c for the first week. In
the next therapy session with Carole (who shared her progress with
me ), Kezia finally had the emotional breakthrough in therapy that
Carole was waiting for. She also had a few days where she felt more
"up" than "down". The next week, Kezia made a leap in therapy by
finally following her therapists assignment to keep a diary, through
which she started to have certain realizations about
Two weeks later I followed up homeopathically. Kezia
wasn't coughing but also didnt report clearly on whether her
physical symptoms had changed much. I gave Hepar 1M.
Kezia now continues to make progress in her therapy.
Her therapist has asked her to assert herself in looking for a
Many of us look on Hepar sulph as a respiratory
remedy and generally only as an acute. Yet we can see in this
example that when a person is resonating to a remedy, they resonate
it through and through. In a truly core-remedy case, the physicals
reflect the mentals as much as the mentals reflect the physicals;
either way you'll reach the remedy.
In severe depression, the mental symptoms are very
much dominated by the "symptoms of the disease". It could take hours
and repeated visits for a homeopath, untrained in psychology, to
unearth a relevant symptom that would uncover the case. In this
example, even with an extended case-taking, Hepar sulph would have
been easily lost as a minor remedy to affect change, and may never
have been found by a psychological case-taking.
Flowers of sulphur crystals
Mineral Latin Name: Hepar sulphuris
calcareum Comman Name: Liver of
sulphate Homeopahtic: Hepar sulphuris