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Nosodes, Homeopathy and Autism

Nosodes, Homeopathy and Autism

by Deborah Olenev, C.C.H. RSHom (NA)

October 28, 2005

There have been some questions about homeopathy and nosodes in the Homeopathy for Special Needs group and I would like to share some of my thoughts on this topic with you. I will go into detail about two of the most commonly used nosodes in homeopathy below: Carcinosin and Medorrhinum.

Samuel Hahnemann the founder of homeopathy, discovered nosodes and their power in very much the same way I did. Nosodes are remedies derived from disease substances. For many years he prescribed constitutional remedies, such as Lycopodium, Sulphur, Calcarea carbonica and so forth, but in certain cases the remedies failed to work, despite his belief that they were well chosen. I had the same experience.

Then he tried to figure out how come this was happening. After twelve years of studying disease, he wrote a book called Chronic Diseases, in which he explains his theory of miasms. Miasms are enormous genetic predispositions to disease, which we have all inherited. He believed that the presence of these miasmatic taints was standing in the way of the constitutional remedies working as well as they could, and recommended using nosodes intercurrently during constitutional treatment.

His understanding was that there were three principal miasms: Psora, or the itch miasm, which originates from suppressing an itch; the Sycotic or gonorrhea miasm, which comes from suppressed gonorrhea. The outward manifestation of this miasm is the wart; and the Syphlitic miasm, which comes from suppressed syphilis. The outward manifestation would be ulcers.

The Psoric miasm, on its own produces no structural changes in the body. The nosode for the psoric miasm is Psorinum. The Psoric miasm is the largest of the miasms, and everybody on earth partakes of this miasm. The principal remedies of the Psoric miasm are: Lycopodium, Sulphur and Calcarea carbonica.

The nosode, which is at the heart of the Sycotic miasm is Medorrhinum. Medorrhinum is characterized by overgrowth of tissue, and excesses in everything. This miasm needs to be present in order for a person to have cancer. Lower down in the article, I talk extensively about this nosode. Medorrhinum is definitely a remedy to be considered for autism, and a frequently indicated remedy in general.

The nosode, which is at the heart of the Syphilitic miasm is Syphilinum. This remedy is not as prevalent in society as the others I have mentioned. It is, however, the most destructive. It also needs to be present for cancer, which is what we call a tri-miasmatic disease, meaning that Psora, Sycosis and Syphilis are present in people who have this disease. Seasonal allergies are also considered tri-miasmatic conditions. This remedy could also be considered for autism. Remedies in this miasm that are well-known for autism are: Bufo, Baryta carbonica, Alumina, Mercurius, Tuberculinum, Syphilinum and Sulphur. As you can see there are many remedies that are in more than one miasm. For example Tuberculinum is both tubercular and syphilitic, and Sulphur is both syphilitic and psoric.

The Tubercular miasm is a cross between the Psoric miasm and the Syphilitic miasm, and the nosode at the heart of the Tubercular miasm is Tuberculinum. Tuberculosis was quite prevalent in the last several centuries. People who need Tuberculinum have a love of travel, and often suffer from diseases of the lungs. I associate this remedy with the age of exploration, when explorers set off to look for uncharted territory and new worlds. Tuberculinum, Phosphorous, Baryta phosphorica, Calcarea phosphorica and Zincum metallicum are remedies of the Tubercular miasm that definitely should be thought of for autism. There is a very good book called “The Homeopathic Treatment of Children,” by Paul Herscu, and I use him as a reference for some of the symptoms I have listed below when I describe the nosodes. He has excellent chapters there on some of the remedies I am discussing here, particularly Tuberculinum. He considers this one of the main remedies for autistic children, and I can confirm this from my own experience.

Carcinosin is the main remedy of the Cancer miasm. Hahnemann did not call cancer a miasm. Rajan Sankaran, an Indian homeopath, recently identified ten miasms, whereas Hahnemann thought there were only three, and he believed the others were combinations of these. Other remedies in the cancer miasm that could be thought of for autism are Tarentula, Agaricus and Baryta carbonica and Bufo. Some of these may be listed under other miasms as well. Agaricus is a remedy that definitely should be thought of for Autism. Tarentula is not listed for autism, but is listed for hyperactivity.
I will elaborate more on two of the principle nosodes used in homeopathy below.


During this eleven years I have prescribed nosodes many hundreds of times, and I have come to understand them and their uses. The first nosode that I really became familiar with was Carcinosin, and I have written a few articles about this remedy, which you can find in my website. I will quote from an article I wrote in a newsletter about five years ago.

Carcinosin is a remedy that homeopaths see often indicated nowadays, and I consider it to be the most frequently indicated nosode for our age. Nosodes are remedies that come from disease substances. This particular nosode comes from breast cancer.

My feeling is that people develop Carcinosin symptoms and characteristics as an adaptation to modern life. This remedy resembles and has points of contact with so many remedies. It is like Grand Central Station in New York City, a place where so many paths cross and link. We are taught to think of Carcinosin if there are symptoms for more than one remedy in the case, and if there are glaring inconsistencies in what looks like a solid case for a remedy.

For example if everything looks like its pointing in the direction of Natrum muriaticum, but the person loves consolation and has a desire to travel, I could prescribe Carcinosin instead, because these characteristics do not belong to Natrum muriaticum, but are a part of Carcinosin.

Carcinosin also embodies many of the ideals of modern society, such as perfectionism and fastidiousness. Workers who pay close attention to detail are highly valued. Doing the right thing at all times is the ideal we are taught to emulate. It is interesting how one sees this come out in very small children to an exaggerated degree. So much can be said about this remedy, but in the interest of space, I will list the most prominent symptoms.

Mind Symptoms
Addictive tendency (coffee, cigarette, chocolate, etc.)
Ailments from nightwatching (or caring for the sick)
Ailments from suppressed anger
Anxiety about health (of oneself and loved ones)
Anxiety about time
Deep depression; suicidal depression; depression with a family history of cancer
Desire for consolation
Desire to travel
Early sexual activity or drug use
Fastidious or Perfectionistic
Fear of abandonment
Fear of cancer, fear of AIDS, fear of germs,
Fear of crowds
Fear of dogs/animals, also love of animals
Fear of emotional pain
Fear of failure
Fear of heights
Fear of the medicine
Fear of narrow spaces (claustrophobia)
Feeling like I am not good enough
Feeling like there is something I have done to cause my health problems
History of abuse; history of sexual abuse
History of anorexia or bulimia
History of domination by others
Long history of unhappiness
Love of dance
Love of reading; love of reading medical books
Love of thunderstorms, and or fear of them
Obsessive-compulsive disorder
Over responsible, strong sense of duty, loyalty
Prolonged unhappiness due to other people’s
Shyness from childhood

General symptoms
Better by the seashore (love of the ocean)
Better from exertion (exercise)
Characteristic low time is 2 to 3 p.m.
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Chronic fatigue after an influenza
Chronic insomnia (sleep problems in children)
Eczema of children and adults
Love of the sun
Many brown spots, moles, or cherry angiomas (little red spots) on the body

Food preferences
Desire for: Berries, butter, chocolate, eggs, fruit (or
aversion to fruit), ice cream, potatoes, soup,
smoked meats (hot dogs, beef jerky, salami)

I have observed the health problems of children of all ages where there is a family history of cancer, and usually these are the children with the most health and behavioral problems. Usually present will be eczema almost from birth, early ear infections, asthma, hayfever, many allergies, and sleep problems of all sorts. There can also be a history of bad reactions to vaccines. The books describe a cafe au lait complexion, and blue color to the whites of the eyes. Children who need Carcinosin often have many fears, and one of the deepest fears is of abandonment.

I have often observed extreme clinginess and separation anxiety in children with a family history of cancer. They can be jealous of siblings, and want the parents’ undivided attention, because of the fear of death and abandonment. These are the children who have to follow the parents into the bathroom, or will stand wailing at the door.

Another characteristic of these children is eating problems–often there will be a very narrow range of foods that they will eat. For example, hamburger only the way McDonald’s cooks it. Feeding these kids can be a torture for the family. They absolutely refuse to taste anything new.

Temper tantrums are a constant reality, as are frequent illnesses. As soon as the child gets over one illness a new one starts. The child also may not develop immunity to a disease that she has had, so she may get chicken pox twice. A history of whooping cough despite vaccination is often also present. A history of frequent high fevers is another clue to this remedy.

Anorexia and bulimia, as well as a feeling that I am not good enough often starts as the child enters the teen years. The youngster wants to be the perfect child (to win the love of the parents). Often with the encouragement of society and the parents, they way overextend themselves. So we have kids who get straight A’s, are never late to school, who take gymnastics or ballet or karate four days a week, plus drama class, and volunteer on weekends to wash pets at the local pet store. They never have any down time, and don’t know what it is to relax. They are tormented by anxiety, by the need to perform, the need to produce, the need to prove themselves.

Often they burn out–sometimes it can be by the time they hit the second grade. Some can hold on until the freshman year of college or later, but at some point a breakdown of health can be in the cards.
Other things one often sees is a long history of unhappiness. This can be from any cause and it can start from early childhood. Often the individual will claim to be unhappy not from anything that they have done, but from what other people have done to them. There will frequently be a history of domination by a parent, or an abusive sibling. Often a history of sexual abuse, or alcohol in the family is also present, which creates suppressed anger and humiliation.

In cancer families there will also often be a history of early responsibility. I warn parents to guard their children from this as much as they can, because this is a big predisposing cause for cancer. The children are not allowed to be children and are forced to grow up too quickly. The stress of that responsibility at such a young age can put on a cancer layer.

I have used the term cancer families several times and I want to clarify what I mean by this. I have read that in only ten percent of cancers is there a family history of cancer, so why is cancer so pervasive and why do cancer characteristics show up in children where there is no family history of cancer. I believe the reason for this is that all our actions, thoughts, deeds, conditioning and behavior has an impact on our genes and alters them constantly.

It is absolutely remarkable when I see babies under two years of age who have an obsession with time and watches–and I have seen this–and this has been in families where there is no family history of cancer. As much as possible I encourage the parents of children to try to reduce the impact of time awareness on their children. I encourage them to keep clocks and watches to a minimum in the house, and to avoid telling the child we are going to be late. I helped two children with eczema based on this symptom of obsession with time.

The next big symptom is perfectionism and fastidiousness. One of the big dangers here is that it takes enormous expenditures of time and energy and resources to create and maintain this perfection. It depletes the vital force. Secondly, the focus of attention moves from the interior life to the exterior world. The healthier way is to maintain a sharp focus inside and a soft focus outside. I tell people that as they get healthier inside, they will naturally (or they should train themselves to) become more relaxed about the exterior environment, and to develop a higher tolerance for disorder.

One thing I have noticed is that having all these cancer characteristics does not necessarily mean that the individual will suffer from ill health. I have seen many elderly people who have been relatively healthy all their lives, despite all these cancer characteristics. By the same token I have seen many children where there is no family history of cancer, who suffer ill health almost from the first breath they take. Life and health are truly a mystery. I believe that inherent vital energy has an influence.

I would like to share some of my theories with you about how cancer characteristics manifest in ill health at different stages of life. I believe that the manifestations are different, but the disease, which is essentially of a spiritual nature is really one. A time line would look like this:
Babies–severe colic, separation anxiety, insomnia, eating disorders, eczema, frequent ear infections, high fevers, fearfulness.
Toddler years– and up–temper tantrums, eating disorders, separation anxiety, ear infections, asthma, frequent colds, bronchitis, pneumonia, fevers, hyperactivity, learning disabilities, fears.
Teen years–anorexia, bulimia, early sexual behavior, early drug use, addictive tendency kicks in, anxiety, over-responsibility.
Adult years–full range of disease manifestations.

I believe in a cause and effect relationship when it comes to cancer, but we have to know what to look for as cause. I have listed many symptoms that show the predisposition to cancer. Society’s conditioning and many of the beliefs and values that we hold dear may be a contributing cause of cancer. The values that we are taught to cherish can lead to ill health when taken to extremes. We learn from our mothers and grandmothers to worry and be anxious about family members. We are taught loyalty at all costs. Orderliness, cleanliness and promptness are held up as high ideals. Are these values really good for our health? Are naturalness, spontaneity, simplicity, and ease of living sacrificed to these ideals? I hope that this article will stimulate thinking and self-examination.


Medorrhinum is a very important remedy to consider for Autism. It is also a magnificent remedy for hormonal problems, and affects the generative organs very strongly. It is one of the best remedies for severe menstrual cramps and other problems connected with the menstrual cycle. It is the first remedy we consider in homeopathy for recurrent urinary tract infections. The remedy also affects the musculo-skeletal and nervous systems very profoundly. Some of the mental symptoms of Medorrhinum are:

Either extreme extroversion, or extreme introversion.
Exreme shifts in mood, from very sweet to rages and tantrums.
The word Extreme is the hallmark of Medorrhinum.
Early experimentation with drugs and alcohol.
Early sexual experiences.
High energy at night. Medorrhinum’s are night people.
Difficult concentration.
Dyslexia. Makes mistakes in speaking and writing. Memory problems.
Aggressive behavior, such as fighting and hitting.
Enjoys watching scary or violent movies.
Love of animals and cruelty to animals.
Self-mutilating behaviors.
Risk taking behaviors.

Some of Medorrhinum’s fear are:
Of someone following behind them.
A fear of being exposed.
Fear of being alone in the dark.
Fear of ghosts.
Fear of large bodies of water.
Fear of animals.

Medorrhinum has many symptoms associated with food and eating, such as:
craving for oranges or citrus fruits and juices, a craving for carbonated drinks or sodas, and desire for unripe fruit.
craving or aversion to eggplant
a desire for ice and or chewing on ice
craving for ice cream
aversion for vegetables or very finicky eating.
a tendency to skip meals, esp. breakfast
eating very late in the day

There are often clues to Medorrhinum in the physical appearance , though there may also be nothing distinguishing:

the tendency to have many warts, moles, skin tags, lipomas and vitligo
red rash of the buttocks
unusually died hair tattoos and multiple peircings.
Overtly sexual dress
The Goth look
Sleeping in the knee chest position.
Uncovering the feet at night.

Medorrhinums are often night people. They may become hyperactive at night, or have very irregular sleep patterns, such as frequently staying up all night. There is often an inability to maintain a balanced eating, sleep or work schedule.

A love of dance, partying and the night life is also frequently seen. Medorrhinum is often needed for the teenage rebel, who disobeys his or her parents, has difficulty in school, and perhaps gets involved with marijuana and other drug use. The addictive tendency is very high. Medorrhinum children often feel boredom in school, and suffer from learning difficulties.

Medorrhinum is one of the most commonly used remedies for children with behavioral problems, and sleeping and eating disorders Aggressive tendencies can be very high, and a cruel streak can also be present, which often appears as cruelty to animals, though they can also love animals. These are usually very high maintenance children, with frequent illnesses and poor health from infancy.

There can be a confusion about the sexual orientation, and Medorrhinums are often gay or bisexual. They can have a very high sex drive, or go to the opposite extreme and be celibate for years.

People who need Medorrhinum often have a love of the ocean, and can feel better at the seaside. Cities along the coast, such as Santa Cruz and Capitola are often populated with them.
Medorrhinum should be thought of for people who take things to extremes, this can be extremely positive or extremely negative. It is as commonly seen in the extreme extrovert as in the extreme introvert. You can have one child in the family who is an extreme extrovert and wants to be partying all the time, and have nothing to do with the family; and the other child can be an extreme introvert who refuses to go out and has no friends outside of the family. This remedy can help bring balance to both children, who are displaying different aspects of Medorrhinum.

From my experience a majority of the people who need the remedy Carcinosin, also need Medorrhinum, and usually symptoms for both remedies exist simultaneously in the case. It is often difficult to know which remedy to begin with. In the case of teenagers I often prefer to begin with Medorrhinum, to protect against a full-blown Medorrhinum picture coming out once the Carcinosin layer has been removed.

Medorrhinum is a massive remedy, which is possibly needed by a large percentage of mankind. When syphilis and gonorrhea are treated with antibiotics or other means in allopathic medicine, the genetic taint is not eradicted from the system, and it causes alterations in the genes, which are passed on to the offspring. Homeopathy offers a means of preventing this unfortunate scenario, which has generation-wide consequences.

My belief when treating children, or anyone for that matter, is that the child’s
symptoms are an expression of some substance in nature, which plays itself out
through his or her being. My job, as the homeopath, is to watch, observe and
study the child so that I can pick up clues as to what that substance is. The
child cannot disguise what he needs. He is screaming for it in every action
that he takes, in his mental state, in his physical symptoms and in the way he
eats. There is no one who is abandoned by nature and left without something
that will have a remedial effect. Even people who have serious deformities and
mental impairments can benefit hugely from homeopathy.

As a mother of three children, I know how important it is to heal yourselves,
your children and your families. This has been the driving force that propelled
me to study and learn homeopathy. I know as a mother, there is nothing I would
not do to heal the people I love. Nowadays the umbrella of my love extends to everybody. The whole world is my family, and with a strong connection to the divine I am not alone in doing my work. God bless all of you.

To reach me you can send me an e-mail at or call me at 650-569-6219.



Deborah Olenev CCH RSHom (NA)

59 Paul Avenue
Mountain View,

Phone: 650-569-6219

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  1. Dear Group Therapy Network,
    Thank you very much for your kind comment. I am happy that you have enjoyed this website. It is truly wonderful to have so many people writing with their comments and seeking to learn more about homeopathy. I am happy to share what I have learned with interested people.

    In love and service,

    Deborah Olenev CCH RSHom (NA)

    • Misty on October 25, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    Although whooping cough vaccine side effects have been reported, this vaccine is comparatively safe and side effects , if any, are slight. Equating its benefits and side effects , there is no question in stating that each and every child, adult or pregnant women should get vaccinated without second thoughts.

    • Geanina on October 14, 2019 at 11:42 pm

    My 9 year old son was diagnosed with vitiligo a year ago. Is there any remedy that could help him ?
    Thank you !

    • Anxiety on October 11, 2019 at 6:54 am

    Hi all,
    Here every person is sharing their experience, so it’s pleasant to read this website. I used to pay a visit to this website daily.

  2. Dear Beatrice,
    Thank you for your question. It sounds like the Medorrhinum did something positive, in that it pointed out that the symptoms that will guide to the next layer that needs to be addressed involves the nails, the skin around the nails, constipation, and the other symptoms you mentioned here. Carcinosin is not listed for any symptoms relating to the nails.

    It may be good for you to consider a remedy such as Thuja next, which is the constitutional remedy most closely associated with Medorrhinum, as they are both anti-sycotic remedies.

    Absolutely under no circumstances should you be giving a remedy twice to this child. Please read the article on this website entitled “How to Take Homeopathic Remedies to learn about the rules of repetition of remedies.

    I wish you and the little two-year-old all the best.

    In love and service,

    Deborah Olenev CCH RSHOm (NA0

    • Beatrice on August 6, 2019 at 5:47 am

    Thank you for a wonderful and enlightening article.
    Can I ask if a mother has responded well to Carcinosin and Tuberculinum in the past when being treated by her homeopath would you then consider that remedy when treating her offspring ?
    There is a 2 year old with a global development delay and hypermobility disorder possibly Ehlers Danlos syndrome who seems to have become static in her symptoms. Has been treated with Medorrhinum which appears to coincide with a finger nail becoming thickened and bumpy and the surrounding skin is now wrinkled and dry . But no other changes. She is very limited in her appetite and thirst, and fastidiuos in her nature, tiny for her age and her nails dont grow yet she has amazingly long very thin sandy hair. Severe constipation possible due to her connective tissue disorder making the bowel saggy and allowing faeces to stock pile. She is just starting to repeat singular words but she does not try to communicate verbally and will sit and rock when unhappy and needing assistance.
    From reading your article it looks like Carcinosin maybe worth considering for her ?
    Also her homeopath prescribes to take the remedy twice a day for two days initially would you agree with this approach?

  3. Dear Sarita,
    I am sorry that your daughter has been suffering from eczema. If the Medorrhinum 200C was the correct remedy for your daughter, your homeopath was incorrect in repeating the remedy so soon. He should have evaluated at seven weeks to see what was better, the same, or worse, and only repeated if the symptoms that were better moved backward for a few weeks. By repeating at two weeks, he interrupted an active dose, which could have been going through the aggravation phase, that would eventually lead to healing. This is not a good thing to do.

    At this point my suggestion is to watch this dose and see how things develop. If you are not seeing any positive response after waiting, I would suggest retaking the case and finding a remedy that fits better. Eczema is treatable with homeopathy, but it is not easy to do, and takes great care, because of its volatile nature.

    I wish you and your daughter the best of health.

    In love and service,

    Deborah Olenev CCH RSHom (NA)

    • Sarita on February 17, 2019 at 7:53 am

    My daughter is having eczema she has tried many other remedies but no improvement. Her homeopath has given her Medorrhinum 200C, He gave two doses 15 days apart. She developed. A severe rash on her face and neck is this the side effect of this remedy. Is there any remedy that will help cure her eczema.

  4. Dear Greg,
    Thank you for writing about your daughter. Syphilinum would be a good remedy to consider for your daughter. Please read the article on How to Take Homeopathic Remedies to learn how I prescribe.

    I hope the remedy will help your daughter.

    In love and service,

    Deborah Olenev CCH RSHom (NA)

    • greg poulsen on January 24, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    My daughter age 7 recently diagnosed with Pandas. I have seen improvement from various supplements however her OCD has remained a problem. Incessant hand washing and anxious thoughts are a daily battle along with mood swings. Would you recommend Syphilinum for this?

  5. Dear Pidi,
    Thank you for writing with your question. If the nosodes you are taking are well indicated and you are taking them according to the guidelines I give in the article: How to Take Homeopathic Remedies, it should not harm you to take these nosodes.

    Please make sure, however, that you take nosodes under the guidance of your homeopath, and that you repeat very infrequently, and only when symptoms that have improved return for several weeks.

    I wish you all the best.

    In love and service,

    Deborah Olenev CCH RSHom (NA)

    • Pidi Sharma on December 11, 2018 at 4:01 am

    Dear Deborah,

    Many thanks for your reply. I will speak to him and discuss the same. Meantime, can you please let me know if there is a possibility of any side effects by taking so many nososdes medicines that I am taking. First Tuberculnim, now Syphilinum.? Thanks


  6. Dear Pidi,
    I am sorry about the gastrointestinal symptoms that you are experiencing. My impression from what you are writing here is that your homeopath is switching remedies a little too rapidly, and does not have adequate confidence in his own prescriptions to wait and allow the remedies to work. Please see the article on this website about How To Take Homeopthic Remedies.

    That said, some GI cases are very challenging, and it can take awhile to hone in on a remedy that unlocks the healing. I hope that your homeopath figures out what to do to help you.

    I wish you the best of health.

    In love and service,

    Deborah Olenev CCH RSHom (NA0

    • Pidi Sharma on December 10, 2018 at 4:58 am

    Dear Deborah,

    I am 50 years old and I have had this gas and flatulence problem after having a does of anti biotics for H Pylori bacteria. I would have light pain in the stomach, lot so gas, flatulence, lack of appetite, uneasyness i the stomach etc. My Homepath after studying the symptoms said I have more bad bacteria as compared to good ones which has caused IBS problems.
    He first gave me Calcium Carbonica, which did not help. Then he gave Magnesium Nitracum along with Tuberculinum. After 5 days i had loose stools and felt weak but it did ease the gas problem for 2 days. He told me to stop it. Gas and other problems came back. He gave Lycopodium, after three days it did not help. Now he has told me to stop Lycopodium and start syphilium C 200, two pills three times a day for 3 days and report back to him. He had also told me to buy Carcinosim and keep it.

    I wanted your valubale advice if the treatment is going the right way?. i hope I do not get any side effects by taking so many nososdes. Pl suggest.

    Pidi Sharma

  7. Dear Sonia,
    Thank you for writing. The homeopath you are working with is not a classical homeopath, because in classical homeopathy you use one remedy at a time. At least one of the remedies you are mentioning is a 1M strength, which is a high potency remedy. A single dose of a remedy of this strength can hold a year and longer, so you are giving too much of this to your child.

    You are also combining the Carcinosin 1M with two other remedies. This is not the way Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathy, taught that homeopathy should be practiced. I know that many homeopaths do very unconventional things when treating autistic children, but this sounds a little too unconventional.

    Homeopathy can restore the ability to commuicate and the intelligence in many cases, but it may take a long time, and requires persistence, and working closely with your homeopath.

    I wish you and your daughter the very best.

    In love and service,

    Deborah Olenev CCH RSHom (NA)

    • Sonia on September 14, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    Dear Deborah Olenev
    Thanks for the information.
    My daughter is 6.5 years old. She is being diagnosed as having global developemental delay. My homeopath doctor started for her carcinosin 1M 2 drops in the morning , anacardium 2 drops in the afternoon , aethusa 2 drops in the evening and chamomilla 2 drops in the night from the last 1 month. she is not having much behaviour problem now but she is not able to understand simple concepts in the class ( kg-2) . it seems her mind is blocked.
    will these medicines increase the intelligency in these children??
    how long these have to be taken to get desired response??
    can u please help me?

    Thanks and Regards

  8. Dear Pat,
    I really cannot answer this question, as I do not know. That said, it is possible that if there were an underlying tendency toward homosexuality, that the remedy has uncovered this, and it is now active and on the surface.

    I wish you all the best,

    in love and service,

    Deborah Olenev CCH RSHom (NA)

    • Pat Sullivan on August 23, 2018 at 1:11 pm

    Do some people change their sexual orientation after taking Medorrhinum?

  9. Dear Johanna,
    Thank you for writing. I apologize for my delay in responding. I only have time to respond to blog comments once or twice a month. There are two sources that list Carcinosin for lupus, so not many. There are many other remedies that are listed highly for lupus. If the Carcinosin is the Similimum for your case and covers the totality of your symptoms then you could take it, but I would recommend consulting with a homeopath to guide you in the administration of the remedy, and to help manage your case.

    I hope this answer is helpful. If you are interested in my help, please complete the adult questionnare and e-mail it to me. I wish you a happy new year and the best of health.

    In love and service,


  10. Dear Amal,
    Thank you for your question. I do use nosodes in the medium range potencies, meaning the 30C and the 200C, and occasionally in a 1M dose. The rules for repetition that I follow are that I never interrupt an active dose. I do the fist evaluation at seven weeks, because I do not want to risk treating reactions, and interrupting the healing process that is unfolding.

    Have you read the article on this website entitled “How to Take Homeopathic Remedies.” It explains the rules of repetition that I follow. These rules pertain equally to nosodes and other remedies.

    I would never repeat Bacillinum 200C after two to three weeks. I would expect a 200C dose to hold several months, or even a year and longer. The number of pellets given, and the quantity taken can all affect the duration of action of a remedy.

    The most important rules of repetition are that you do not interrupt an active dose, nor treat during reactions. Wait till things stabilize, then make a chart of the symptoms showing what is better, the same, worse, old or new. Only repeat the remedy if several symptoms that were better move backward for about two weeks. That way you are sure that the patient is in a relapse mode and that you can safely repeat the remedy.

    I hope this answer is helpful, and I wish you a happy and healthy new year.

    In love and service,

    Deborah Olenev CCH RSHom (NA)

    • Johanna on December 3, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    I love your article. Can I take Carcinosin for autism if I have Lupus?

    • Amal Kanti Seal on December 3, 2017 at 4:31 am

    Dear Dr. Deborah Olenev,

    For present communication, I just want to be clarified on one point only. I understand that nosodes should generally be used only in high potency (1M/10M or at least 200ch – generally speaking). I also understand that nosodes should not be repeated too often. For example, bacillinum 200 may be repeated at least after minimum 2/3 weeks, that too if required. For bacillinum 1M, next dose if required may be repeated after 1/2/3 month.
    But I am a little bit confused about the time gap between the repeat dose (if necessary) for the following nosodes and potencies:

    Medorrhinum 200
    Medorrhinum 1M
    Medorrhinum 10M
    Colibacillinum 200

    Kindly advise assuming each remedy taking separately, i. e. one not following the other. I have become stuck on this matter. Kindly help me.

    I may continue to seek your valuable advice on such matters. Kindly help me.

    Thanks and regards,

    Amal Kanti Seal

  11. Dear Moumina,
    I am sorry for my delay in responding. I hope the patient that you gave Tuberculinum 200C to has recovered from the initial reaction and feeling much better now. If the exhaustion persisted, I would retake the case at this point and see if there is a remedy that covers the current symptoms better.

    I generally am cautious when prescribing nosodes. I always try to see if another remedy may fit the case better, and only use nosodes if necessary.

    I wish you and your client all the best.

    In love and service,


    • Moumina on September 9, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    I really liked the article am out the nosodes. Boericke and other homeopaths warn to give tuberkulinum as it can be dangerous to certain patients. What can happen and what can one do if something is happening which doesn’t look right. I gave a 8 year old child yesterday tuberkulinum c 200 for hyperactivity and concentration problems and other tub,symptoms. But after he went home he was totally exhausted and just wants to sleep a lot, no real appetite, headache and burning sensation in stomach. Still today sleep a lot and just feeling heavy and lame. Can this come from the remedy. He had a burn accident 3 years ago ,shoulder, neck and part of arm burned from hot oil. Thanks for answering.

  12. Dear Iris,
    Thank you for your question about homeopathy for your son. I am a classical homeopath, which means I prescribe only one remedy at a time, and I only repeat the remedy if the symptoms that had improved by the time of the first follow up at seven weeks begin to relapse. I select the remedy and the potency of the remedy very carefully.

    I know that vaccine clearing is very popular these days, and giving multiple remedies. I personally do not do this. I really am a believer in homeopathic philosophy and methodology as taught by Samuel Hahnemann, and I endeavor to be true to the founder of this beautiful system of medicine.

    I believe in rational, careful and gentle prescribing, which Hahnemann held up as an ideal Others will prescribe their own way and according to what they believe, and I cannot comment on that.

    If you would like to work with me please complete the pediatric questionnaire, which you can find on the website and e-mail it back to me. You can also see my fee schedule on the website. Internet consultations are only for established clients who have a quick question that does not require much work to answer.

    I wish you success in bringing your son to health.

    In love and service,

    Deborah Olenev CCH RSHom (NA)

    • Iris on March 31, 2016 at 5:43 am

    I like your article, it explains a lot!
    Now it makes me wonder…
    My son is 4 years old diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Our homeopath is currently prescribing him a lot of remedies at the same time… we are doing vaccines cleaning and besides that he takes other 12 remedies, some of them are 200C prescribed twice a week each. Now that I read your article and comments I am worried that it’s too much… he had improvements during the treatment, but also a lot of aggravation.
    He doesn’t fit a specific remedy… or so said our previous homeopath, that gave us carcinosinum(1M). The kid had a looooot of aggravation from it so the doctor freaked out, told us to stop giving it, and recommended a diferent homeopath( from a different city), with more autism experience.
    I am not at ease with giving him so many remedies at once, and with a lot of repetition… what if it’s doing him mire harm than good? what do you recommend? Do you think you could do a payed consult for my son by e-mail? I’m interested in you oppinion for a remedy for him… I feel like I shoud do more for him…
    Thank you so much!

  13. Dear Dawn,
    One has to be very careful when using Belladonna, because it can cause these mental symptoms, like hallucinations and wild behavior. The dosing method that your homeopath recommended is way too much.

    A single dose of a 200C remedy can hold for months, and even years. Eight months is about average for the 200C. This frequent repetition is just not appropriate for homeopathy. Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathy, taught that one should never repeat the same remedy without altering it slightly. I accomplish this by dissolving the remedy in water, and varying the amount of water I use for each repetition. I usually add 2 ounces each time I repeat. I also always succuss when I give a new dose.

    It is true that sometimes one needs to repeat during an acute illness, but when prescribing a 200C dose that is rarely the case, and even with a 30C I would be very cautious about repeating during an acute.

    In classical homeopathy we are taught never to repeat a remedy unless the remedy has gone through an initial reaction phase, you have experienced an amelioration of symptoms, and then the symptoms have started to return for awhile. When the symptoms have returned, you know that the dose is no longer active and it is safe to repeat.

    If your son has another high fever episode in the future, you may want to consider giving him Calcarea carbonica. Belladonna is used if there is only one high fever incident. If it is a repeating thing, we are taught to consider Calcarea carbonica, or study the case carefully and see if another remedy is indicated.

    I am happy to hear that your son is feeling well now.

    In love and service,

    Deborah Olenev CCH RSHom (NA)O

  14. Dear Zora,
    I am sorry you have had such a strong reaction to the Psorinum? Since I am not familiar with your case, I cannot make any suggestions. If your homeopath feels Tarentula Hispanica is a good remedy the conservative approach of giving one dose and watching and waiting is a wise one.

    I do not believe there should be a negative interaction between the Psorinum and Tarentula, if they were both selected based on homeopathic indications.

    I hope you feel better soon.

    • Zora on February 29, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    Thank you for fantastic article. Can you tell me, please, if you have in front of you, person who recently been treated with Psorinum (last single dose was before 10 days) and apeare violence and self-destructive behaviour. Can be now be given Tarantula Hispanica 6c only one dose and weight to see what remedy is doing? I am afraid, could these two remedy can interact and make problem? My homeopath prescribe it, but I want to see what you will say.Thank you so much!

    • Dawn on February 19, 2016 at 10:46 am

    Hi Deborah

    A month ago, I dry dosed my 7 year old son 200c (5 pills 3 times per day) belladonna to treat a high fever and severe headache on its second day. I stopped after the 2nd day of dosing, as that night he freaked me out, when he woke up, and with eyes wide open was growling and laughing hysterically with outstretched, stiffened arms. I had to get him to focus on his surroundings, to calm him out of it. I guess each dose of 5 pills I gave him was effectively 1m in dosage, but this is what wAs instructed by the homeopath (?). He is now fine, but is there anything I should be cautious of in the future besides never using this remedy again?! Ps. He has never hallucinated before! And his fever was high but not danger high.

  15. Dear Ganesh,
    I would recommend to use a 30C potency, unless you are certain about the prescription, and you have many years of experience with homeopathy. Also I would not prescribe the remedy without the guidance of a homeopath who can help you with case management. If you do prescribe a 30C, do not repeat, and evaluate after seven weeks to see what the remedy is doing. Good luck with homeopathy.

    In love and service,


    • Ganesh Nikade on April 17, 2015 at 4:58 am

    As you have mentioned about using nosodes in children what is your preferred potency.Is it safe for children to be prescribed the nosodes in 30c or 1m, since nosodes in lower potencies are not advisable. please throw some light.

  16. Dear Uzair,
    Thank you for your blog comment. One of the indications for Carcinosin is that you see indications for several constitutional remedies in the case, but none of them fits perfectly. In addition to that you should have some Carcinosin symptoms present, such as the fastidiiousness, perfectionism, desire to dance, desire to travel and so forth to prescribe this remedy. Carcinosin is triasmatic, but so are most of the constititutional remedies. I would not use Carcinosin to antidote another remedy.

    I do not think in terms of miasms these days. Rather, I look at symptoms and search for a remedy that covers the totality of the symptoms, and I keep concepts of miasms out of my head. When I am thinking too much from my head and from concepts, I am not working intuitively and coming from the heart. I hope this answer helps.

    In love and service,


    • uzair on December 7, 2014 at 6:57 am

    you have mentioned in carcinosin when the symptoms were indicated in 2 remedies. then we think about carcinosin .is carcinosin trimiastic or psora sycotic.should we use carcinosin in antidoting sulphur when clear nux vomica symptoms were present and syphilis and sycosis is also present. because nux is not trimiastic. plz comment

  17. Dear Erica,
    Yes, homeopathic remedies can absolutely cause side effects. What is supposed to happen when you take homeopathic remedies, that are well prescribed and repeated with great care, is that the remedy looks for the symptoms that are in your repertoire and brings them up for treatment. I call that period of time when it is looking for the symptoms the reaction period. On a single dose 30C or 200C potency of the remedy that reaction period is three weeks on average. On a 1M dose of the remedy the reaction period is six weeks in duration on average.

    One should not evaluate the response to a 30C, 200C or 1M potency remedy until the reaction period is over and enough time has elapsed so that you can see the amelioration from the remedy. If you evaluate during the reaction period you will not have a clear picture of whether the remedy is benefiting or not. In an acute situation you should give the remedy about 48 hours to show that it is having some benefit. If you do not see positive changes at that point, you can reconsider your prescription. In a very acute situation with rapidly changing symptoms, you have to respond to the changes.

    A 1M potency of a remedy is very high and should be used with extreme care and never repeated during an acute situation, and probably should not even be prescribed in an acute situation, because it is just too powerful and the reaction period is just too long.

    In the case of your daughter, she is proving the Belladonna. What this means is that she is experiencing the classic symptoms of Belladonna, which you enumerated. The homeopathic materia medica has been built on provings. This is the way we learn the action of the remedies. In your daughter’s case this is an accidental proving, because she did not volunteer for the experiment.

    When you administer a remedy of such high strength as the 1M, it will bring anyone who takes it under its influence, whether the remedy is indicated or not. This is one of the reasons that the provings are done with low potency remedies, up to the 30C traditionally. This brings up the question of whether proving symptoms are side effects of the remedy or not. They are effects of the remedy. If the symptoms you experience are not yours, then they are side effects.

    Now the question arises what do you do for your daughter, who is experiencing these sides effects, after the very inappropriate repetition of a high potency remedy in an acute situation or in any situation. A 1M dose should NEVER be repeated (at least until the remedy has run its entire course, meaning: the reaction time has been experienced, the amelioration time has been experienced, a relapse of symptoms has been experienced that is going on for a while, indicating that the previous dose has worn out). A 1M dose can hold for many years.

    Again, going back to what to do for your daughter. I would suggest finding out what her original symptoms were prior to her having been given the Belladonna, and then administering this remedy. Another thing that can be tried is giving your daughter a 30C dose of Belladonna first, because this may cut down the intensity of the overreaction.

    I am very sorry this has happened to your family. There is a lot of confusion around posology in homeopathy. CEASE therapy practitioners are administering remedies in ascending potencies very rapidly for the purposes of detoxing from allopathic medications. This method of administering remedies is contrary to classical homeopathy, but they claim it works. My concern is that it is not safe. People do not understand the tremendous power of homeopathy to do good when used with good education, good judgment and good experience, and its equally tremendous power to do harm, when used with poor education, poor judgment and poor experience.

    I hope your daughter recovers soon, and thank you very much for posting your question.

    Warm regards,

    Deborah Olenev CCH RSHom (NA)

    • Erica Robillard on October 23, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    Can homeopathic remedies cause side effects? My current homeopath says no. However, we experienced an incident with my 5 year old after rapid-dosing Belladonna 1M. She had at least 10 doses. She became confused & unresponsive, with dilated-pupils, blurred vision & increased heart rate. We were rapid dosing the remedy for fever. I have read that Belladonna can cause these “side effects”. Can you confirm?

    • Jassy on July 15, 2014 at 5:45 am

    I heard about Miasms first time in my life at Now again reading about Miasms at this site is convincing me enough to take a in-depth study in Miasms and chronic diseases.

  18. Dear Lynne,
    Thank you very much for you comment on Nosodes, Homeopathy and Autism. I am happy that it gave you some practical information to help you with your patients and your son.

    Warm regards,

  19. I have been practising homeopathy in Cheltenham for the last 3 years (Glos, UK) and I wish to thank you for providing a practical overview of Medorrhinum because it helps me not only with 2 of my current patients but also with my son (19yrs) who fits the majority of your Med description almost word for word. We are always told not to treat your own family and now I can see why! Best regards, Lynne Shrubb, LHC, MARH, RHom

    • Linda on January 20, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Thank you, Deborah, for clearing that up! Your approach sounds so sensible.
    My sister can drink coffee all day long, even right before bed, and still go right to sleep. If I, on the other hand, drink regular coffee, I get the shakes. If I have even one cup in early afternoon, I won’t sleep that night. I drink de-caf only. From your post, it sounds as though de-caf is ok since it doesn’t really affect people. Is that right?
    I can’t thank you enough for posting such important information on the net for us all to read. Your articles are a godsend for those of us who really need help for our loved ones and ourselves. I wish everyone knew how amazing homeopathy is (and wish I knew more myself!)
    Warm regards,

  20. Dear Linda,
    Thank you for your question. Homeopaths have different opinions when it comes to the question about coffee antidoting remedies. I have never seen a remedy be antidoted by coffee. What I ask people is how do they normally react to coffee. If they feel fine and it has minimal to no affect on them, I recommend keeping the coffee consumptom as low as they can. If people are sensitive to coffee, I request that they abstain from it and drink tea or hot water instead.

    Some homeopaths believe that the taboo against coffee started from a misunderstanding, confusing the remedy coffea tosta (roasted coffee berries), or Coffea cruda (unroasted coffee) which can antidote remedies,with regular coffee.

    I have never heard it mentioned that coffee can antidote specific remedies, such as nosodes like Medorrhinum.

    I hope I have answered your question.

    Warm regards,


    • Linda S on January 14, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Hello again, Ms. Olenev,
    Could you please tell me your opinion on whether drinking coffee antidotes nosodes, especially Medorrhinum? Some homeopaths say to stay away from coffee during treatment, others say to just not drink very much of it. I’m so confused!
    Thank you,

    • Linda S on January 14, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Thank you for providing such great info for all of us to read! Scientists are just now beginning to understand how and why homeopathy works. For example, doctors used to think lupus and Lou Gehrig’s Disease are “autoimmune” diseases. But scientists Lida Matman and Trevor Marshall have found that they are, in fact, caused by extremely tiny, microscopic bacteria. And Dr. Hahnemann figured out how to get these miserable, “stealth” bacteria out of the body by using the vibrations in his medicines. Truly remarkable.

    • Anson on October 30, 2012 at 5:37 am

    Dear Ms.Olenev,

    God Bless you. You are truely a humanitarian. I am an avionic engineer turned Homeopath(no formal education, but book read knowledge). I have been practicing homeopathy with a qualified doctor since 12 years. Witnessed a number of mirraculus cures. Your article has inspired and encouraged me to a great extent. Thank you so much dear. God Bless you abundantly.

  21. Dear Manisha,
    Your question is an excellent one. “Can we discard one clue and depend on many other similarities.” I believe that the answer to this is yes. You do not have to have all the keynote symptoms of a remedy present when you prescribe it. I have prescribed Causticum and Thuja, two well known remedies that are supposed to have warts in their symptomatology, to people who do not have warts, but have symptoms indicating this remedy, with success..

    Also from my experience people can respond well to a range of remedies and not just only to one remedy (as homeopathic dogma states). So your client may need Medorrhinum as an intercurrent nosode in the case, and may then show symptoms of an underlying remedy once the Medorrhinum has been prescribed. The Medorrhinum can do a lot of positive clearing work, which will benefit the client, but may not be “the last remedy” the client needs, but just another good remedy in a sequence of remedies needed along the life long road of healing. I wish you all the best.

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    • Francine Albertson on April 9, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    This is a wonderful article Ms. Olenev. I have a young son diagnosed with PDD NOS and I am seeking a new homeopath to work with us. I am currently giving my son Carcinocin (on the advice of my current homeopath), but it’s very frustrating when I can’t communicate with her as often as needed. I must say that my son has responded well to it, but I need somene like you to help direct our treatments. Furthermore, my current homeopath didn’t agree with me when I had mentioned several months ago that my son displayed xteristics of both Carcinocin and Medorrhinum. It was after I mentioned your article, she changed her mind. Unfortunately, this is not reassuring to me and I know that my son can recover from this with the right approach and homeopath. Can you help us?

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