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R23 , Eczema, Homeopathic medicine, Dr. Reckeweg


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R23 Eczema


Acute and chronic eczema; papular or pustular eruptions, herpetic eruptions; rashes, eschar; cradle cap (seborrheic dermatitis).

Mode of action

Apis: Localized edematous swellings; erysipelas with bright red discolouration and swelling; eczema with marked swelling, better from the application of cold; urticaria; pains are burning, stinging, and pruritic.

Arsenicum album: Dryness of the skin with scale formation, and subsequent desquamation; eczema with initial vesicular eruptions progressing to pustular formation and eschar.  Thick, scaly eczema of the scalp with offensive, putrid discharge; dandruff; intense burning and itching.

Rhus toxicodendron: Erysipelas with dark reddish splotches.  Erythema nodosum; edema and vesicular eruptions; chronic inflammation of a dark red colour; eczema with small vesicles which are intensely pruritic; surrounding skin is inflamed and reddened.

Sulfur: Stubborn and recurring cutaneous conditions including eczema, herpes, carbuncles, furuncles, pustular acne, and rashes; suppressed eczema; eruptions are moist, intensely pruritic, and made worse by the application of heat.

Remedies to be considered

  • Scarlet fever and infections accompanied by dermatological changes: R1, R193, BC-10, BC-11

  • Inflammatory swellings of all types, with or without pyretic inflammation: R1 or R6

  • In chronic eczema, constitutional improvement may be achieved by adding R21, 5-10 drops once daily, BC-20

  • To improve the immune response and facilitate detoxification: R26 additionally

  • Cradle cap: R34 additionally

  • Measles: R62, R183, BC-14

  • Psoriasis, seborrhea: R65, BC-20

  • Herpes zoster: R68

  • Improper fatty acid assimilation or impaired fat metabolism: BIO 89

Clinical experience

  • Indicated when skin eruptions are watery/wet, itchy.

  • May be considered in the treatment of urticaria.

  • Drainage therapy, R7 and R21, is often an important consideration, particularly in chronic cases.

  • Decrease risk of aggravation: 1 time daily for 3-4 days, followed by 2 times daily for 3-4 days, followed by 3 times daily. It is not necessary to exceed 3 times daily.

  • R30 may be applied topically to alleviate symptoms.


Apis D30 1 g, Arsenicum album D30 1 g, Rhus toxicodendron D30 1 g, Sulfur D30 1 g.

Non-medicinal ingredients: ethanol, purified water.


Adults and children (ages 12 and up) 5-10 drops 1-3 times daily in a little water or undiluted, or as directed by a healthcare practitioner.

Cautions and warnings

  • Consult a healthcare practitioner if symptoms persist or worsen.

  • Consult a healthcare practitioner before use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

For more information, please consult your healthcare practitioner.

DIN-HM 80016871