Homeopaths use numerous types of sulfur to prepare remedies for various ailments. The first usage of homeopathy as a medical treatment dates back to the early 1800s after Samuel Hahnemann, a medical doctor in Germany, discovered the Law of Similars and began using minute doses of homeopathically prepared remedies with his patients. Homeopaths began using sulfur as a remedy since that time. Hahnemann said, in his book "The Organon of the Medical Art" that sulfur's usage as a remedy goes back as far as 2,000 years ago. Consult with a medical professional before prescribing homeopathic remedies at home.
Law of Similars
The Law of Similars bases its homeopathic philosophy on the idea that what makes a well person sick, will make a sick person well. Hahnemann collected examples of poisoning and toxicology to find his first remedies.
"Clarke's Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica" lists the sulfur remedies Sulphur, Sulphur Hydrogenisatum, Sulphur Iodatum, Sulphur Terebinthinatum, Sulphur Acidum, Hepar sulfuris calcareum and China Sulphuratum. Sulphur is made from a solution of the "Flowers of Sulphur". Sulphur hudrogenisatum is made from a solution of the gas. Sulphur iodium comprises a titration of the iodide of sulfur, and Sulphur Terebintinatum is made from sulphur dissolved in turpentine. Sulphuric acidum is a dilution made from sulfuric acid, and China sulfuricum is a sulfate of quinine. Hepar sulf is prepared in a crucible, combining Sulphide of Calcium, oyster shells and flowers of sulphur.
Sulfur is used as a constitutional remedy in homeopathic treatment. Itching proves the main indication for prescribing sulfur. Users can apply it externally as an ointment or in bathing salts, or take it internally in homeopathic doses. Sulfur remains a very well used and clinically documented homeopathic remedy.
The University of Maryland Medical Center recommends homeopathic sulfur to treat diarrhea in irritable children. The stool of children requiring this remedy may smell like rotten eggs and they can have a diaper rash or a red itchy ring around the anus.
According to the University of Michigan Health System, homeopathic sulfur can also treat acne. Sulfur works best when acne has the following symptoms, itchy, red, inflamed and sore skin. This acne also frequently becomes worse from bathing or getting wet.
Homeopathic remedies come in low doses as over the counter remedies. Many health food stores carry low potencies of 6x, 6c or 30x and 30c. A single dose is recommended. If improvement stops, then repeat the dose. A qualified homeopathic practitioner will advise you on what remedy repetition and potency will work best for you.
- National Center for Homeopathy
- "Organon of the Medical Art"; Hahnemann; 1996
- "Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica";Clarke, 1900
Melanie Grimes has been an integrative medical writer, editor and international lecturer since 1990. She teaches at Bastyr University's American Medical College of Homeopathy. The founding editor of the "American Homeopath," she currently edits "Simillimum," the Journal of Homeopathic Association of Naturopathic Physicians. She is also an award-winning screenwriter and published essayist. She attended Barnard, National College of Natural Medicine and Bastyr University.