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Mumps is a viral infection in which the
salivary glands, especially the large parotid gland in the cheek,
become inflamed and swollen. Fever, headache, pain in front of and
below the ears, and dry mouth (or sometimes excessive salivation)
are common symptoms. The following homeopathic remedies can be
helpful in many cases. Mumps in older children and adults can be
serious, since ovaries and testicles can become inflamed or damaged.
If areas other than the salivary glands are involved, if fever and
headache are extreme, or if the person has abdominal pain and
vomiting, consult a doctor right away.
For dosage information, please read the information at the end of
this section. See also “Using Homeopathy With Professional
Guidance” in What
Aconitum napellus: This remedy may
be indicated in mumps if the fever comes on suddenly and the person
is very agitated. Stabbing or tingling pain can be felt in the jaw
or face. The person feels worse from warmth and better from fresh
air, and is often very thirsty.
Apis mellifica: When this remedy is
indicated, the face looks puffy, pink, and tender, and cool
compresses are soothing. Even with fever, thirst is usually low. The
person is irritable, disliking interference.
Arsenicum album: Strong anxiety and
restlessness despite a feeling of exhaustion suggest a need for this
remedy. The head may feel hot and the rest of the body chilly. This
remedy is sometimes helpful in preventing complications involving
the ovaries or testicles.
Belladonna: When the illness comes
on quickly with high fever, a hot flushed face, and eyes that are
sensitive to light, this remedy may be indicated. Shooting pains can
be felt in the swollen cheek (most often the right). The person may
also have a throbbing headache.
Bryonia: This remedy is indicated
when the person feels worse from any motion. Hard, tender swelling
is felt in the cheek, and fever may be accompanied by headache. The
person’s mouth feels dry, with thirst for long cold drinks. Bryonia
may be helpful if the swelling abruptly disappears, but the person
feels worse in general.
Calcarea carbonica: This remedy
often helps during the mumps if the person’s head perspires during
sleep, the hands and feet feel cold and damp, and lymph nodes are
also swollen. A person who needs this remedy often feels anxious and
is easily fatigued. Children may feel hot, but adults tend to be
Carbo vegetabilis: When this remedy
is indicated, fever may develop slowly, and the person may feel
chilled and faint. The stomach may also be upset, with gas and
belching. The person may want to be near a fan or window, craving
fresh or moving air. This remedy may often help if testicles,
ovaries, or breasts become involved in mumps, when the other
Mercurius solubilis: This remedy
can be helpful if hard, painful swelling of the salivary glands
occurs below the chin, as well as in the cheeks, along with a large
amount of salivation. The person is very sensitive to temperature
changes. Offensive breath, swollen lymph nodes, and perspiration
during sleep are also seen.
Phytolacca: This remedy may be
useful if swelling of the parotid gland is sore and tight, or if the
breasts or other glands are becoming painful and swollen. The person
may feel tired, dizzy, and sore all over. Relief may come from
drinking something cold, but the person is better from warmth in
Pulsatilla: Although this remedy is
known for many kinds of children’s illnesses, it can also be very
helpful when adults come down with the mumps. Discomfort and
swelling may be felt in the ovaries, breasts, or testicles. The
person feels worse from warmth and in the evening and better from
open air. Despite a fever, thirst is often low. A person who needs
this remedy usually is emotional, wanting lots of sympathy and
Rhus toxicodendron: When swelling
of the cheek looks reddish and the person feels achy, restless, and
driven to get up and move around, this remedy may be helpful.
Stiffness and aching are relieved by warmth and motion. This remedy
may also help to prevent infection with the mumps, and should be
considered if older children or adults have been exposed.
Select the remedy that
most closely matches the symptoms. In conditions where
self-treatment is appropriate, unless otherwise directed by a
physician, a lower potency (6X, 6C, 12X, 12C, 30X, or 30C)
should be used. In addition, instructions for use are usually
printed on the label.
physicians suggest that remedies be used as follows: Take one
dose and wait for a response. If improvement is seen, continue
to wait and let the remedy work. If improvement lags
significantly or has clearly stopped, another dose may be
taken. The frequency of dosage varies with the condition and
the individual. Sometimes a dose may be required several times
an hour; other times a dose may be indicated several times a
day; and in some situations, one dose per day (or less) can be
If no response is seen
within a reasonable amount of time, select a different remedy.
For more information, including references, see What
is Homeopathy? and Understanding
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