Sepsin – Clinical Indications One Needs to Know in Homeopathy

Materia Medica Tips – 24


Sepsin is one of the rare nosodes which is not being used to its full potential due to paucity of verified literature, and due to availability issues. However, this does not limit its usage in clinical practice, as many physicians use it in challenging and one sided diseases, where marked indications for other remedies are limited. Some authorities consider Sepsin to be a counterpart of the remedy Pyrogenium, whereas other consider Pyrogenium and Sepsin to be the same (as Pyrogenium’s common name is Artificial Sepsin), but it is available as a separate preparation than Pyrogenium.

In book, “Characteristic materia medica by W. H. Burt, M.D.” it is quoted that regarding SEPSIN that, “The Poison generated in Putrefaction. “Drs. Bergman and Schmiedeberg have communicated to the Centralblatt (German), an account of the isolation of a crystalline substance, which they believe is the proper poison generated in putrefactive fermentation. This poison, the terror of the dissecting-room, has hitherto been known only by its effects. The substance which these chemists have succeeded in isolating, they call the Sulphate of Sepsin.”

Further, the book cites the indications of Sepsin as,

  • Phagedenic ulcerations, constantly extending in breadth.
  • Chronic, organic, valvular disease of the heart, with intermittent pulse, dyspnoea, anasarca, hypertrophy, palpitation, worse towards evening and at night, on going up stairs, from deep inspirations, or anger.
  • Bran-like, dry, scaly eruptions, with itching and burning; the latter increased by scratching, and followed by bleeding.
  • Poisoning from decayed or morbid animal matter, by inoculation, inhalation, or swallowing.
  • Bad effects from China or Iodine. – LIPPE.
  • Gangrene, better from heat.- LIPPE.
  • Complaints caused by chewing tobacco.
  • Adapted to lymphatic nervous temperaments, sad and irritable; to dropsical and choleraic diseases, malarial fevers, especially if they have been abused by Quinine.

To better understand its clinical utility, practicing homeopathic physicians were consulted and following clinical indications were gathered, but paucity of literature for such indications still remains a challenge. The medicine is being used by many fellow homeopaths based on the their experience, clinical discussions with other fellow colleagues, and limited literature knowledge of the remedy.

The clinical usage of Sepsin can be summarized as:

  • Effective in high fever after operation (surgeries).
  • Used for pustular acne (Dr Brunette)
  • Septicemia
  • Infected wounds
  • Septic tonsillitis
  • Recurrent boils
  • Pustular Acne & Carbuncle
  • Infected Gangrene of diabetic foot.

A sincere note of acknowledgement to

  • Dr Farokh J. Master
  • Dr M. K. Sahani
  • Dr Pritesh Patel
  • Dr. Bharti Arora
  • Dr Libin Job

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