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Anosmia – Natural Homeopathic Medicines for Loss of Smell

Homeopathy for loss of smell

Anosmia is a condition in which a person loses his/her sense of smell. Smell is one of the five senses a human being possesses. The odor molecules in the air surrounding us enter our nostrils, and are detected by the olfactory receptors. These receptors send a signal to the brain center via a nerve where the smell is identified, this is how we identify different smells and odors.

Loss of smell makes a person unable to perceive pleasant odors (like fragrances) and also sense danger situations that can be detected by smell (like gas leakage or smoke). Our sense of smell also plays a significant role in how food tastes, and so anosmia can also lead to a loss of taste (ageusia) and lack of interest in eating.

A person may suffer from partial or total loss of smell (conditions known as hyposmia and anosmia respectively). Loss of smell can be present since birth, in such a case a child is born without any sense of smell. Anosmia may be temporary or permanent depending upon the cause behind it.

Homeopathic Treatment Of Anosmia

Homeopathy offers natural and effective treatment for anosmia. These medicines are suitable to treat anosmia in people of all age groups. Since these medicines are made of natural substances, they treat the condition in a safe, effective manner. They treat the root cause of anosmia to bring about excellent recovery.

Homeopathic Medicines for Anosmia

The top indicated homeopathic medicines for anosmia include Natrum Mur, Silicea, Pulsatilla, Calcarea carb, Kali Bichromicum and Lemna Minor. 

1. Natrum Mur – For Anosmia With Nasal Allergies

Natrum Mur is an effective homeopathic medicine for anosmia where there are nasal allergies present. The guiding features to use Natrum Mur include loss of smell along with other nasal discharges and dryness in nostrils. In a few cases, nasal discharges (that look like egg white) may be present. Other features include nose blockage that makes breathing difficult, and violent sneezing (especially during the morning). A very specific squirming sensation of a worm crawling in nostrils may be present with the symptoms mentioned.

2. Silicea – For Anosmia Linked With Chronic Cold

Silicea is a well-indicated homeopathic remedy for anosmia where the person suffers from chronic cold. The people needing Silicea have a history of yellowish, chronic, offensive, fetid nasal discharges prior loss of smell. For using Silicea, the symptoms that may be present along with a loss of smell include a burning sensation in nostrils, dryness in nostrils and the presence of hard crusts in the nostrils. In some cases, soreness and itching in the nostrils may also be present.

3. Pulsatilla – For Loss Of Smell With Loss Of Taste

Pulsatilla is an effective medicine for anosmia attended with loss of taste. In some cases, the person may experience loss of appetite. Other attending features include thick greenish nasal discharges and sneezing, especially during sleep. The symptoms tend to worsen indoors and are better in the open air. In some cases, itching in nostrils during the evening time may also be present. Stoppage of the nose in the evening while going to bed is another symptom that may be noted.

4. Calcarea Carb – For Anosmia And Nasal Blockage

This medicine offers great help when there is loss of smell and nasal blockage. Nasal blockage makes breathing through nose difficult especially at night. There may also occur nasal dryness while in some cases yellow colored nasal discharge flows. It also offers best help when loss of smell is linked with nasal polyps.

5. Kali Bichromicum – For Anosmia with Sinusitis

Kali Bichromicum is a natural homeopathic medicine for anosmia that is linked with sinusitis. The main symptoms that indicate the need for Kali Bichromicum include constant stuffiness in the nose, stringy/sticky nasal discharge and fullness at the root of the nose. A sinus headache also appears along with nasal symptoms. Other accompanying symptoms include a tickling sensation in the nostrils and postnasal discharge of mucus.

 6.Lemna Minor – Homeopathic Cure for Anosmia with Nasal Polyps

Lemna Minor is an important homeopathic medicine for anosmia in cases of nasal polyps. The person requiring this remedy experience loss of smell, obstruction in nostrils, and frequent sneezing attacks. The other symptoms include a thick, viscid or excessive purulent (pus-like) discharge from the nose. The nasal symptoms tend to get worse in damp surroundings and rainy weather.

7. Hepar Sulph – For Loss Of Smell Associated With Cold Or Sinus Infection

This medicine can be used when there is loss of smell along with cold or sinus infection. A characteristic symptom present is sneezing and nasal blockage when inhaling cold air. Discharge occurs from the nose which is thick and sometimes blood stained. At times there occur dripping of mucus from back of nose into throat. The mucus is often blood stained. Pain in bony part of nose may also be felt.

8. Phosphorus – For Loss Of Smell And Alternate Nasal Discharge And Blockage

This medicine is useful when a person complains of loss of smell and an alteration between nasal discharge and blockage. It can be attended with frequent sneezing. Sometimes there is painful dryness in the nose. The nasal discharge may dry into a crust form and stick to the nostrils. The nose may be sore to touch.

Symptoms Attending Anosmia

Depending on the cause behind anosmia, a person shows symptoms like nasal discharge, post nasal drip, sneezing and nasal blockage.

Persons having anosmia may also have loss of taste

Complete loss of smell may make it difficult to sense a dangerous circumstance and take measures to stop it, for example if there is gas leakage from cylinder or fire, a person suffering from anosmia may be unable to sense it and seek help.

Sometimes loss of smell may lead to depression.

Causes Of Anosmia

The reasons behind anosmia are variable. Anosmia may arise due to swelling in the nose, blockage in the nose that hinders odors reaching the top of nose or due to damage to brain /olfactory nerve (that sends signal of smell from nose to brain) /olfactory receptors.  However, in approximately 20 per cent of the cases, anosmia has no cause (a condition known as idiopathic anosmia). The causes of anosmia are summed below:

Causes related to nasal irritation or congestion:

1. Sinusitis (acute or chronic) –Inflammation of the lining of paranasal sinuses.

2. Hay fever (allergic rhinitis) – Nasal allergy where inhalation of allergens like dust mites, pollen leads to symptoms including sneezing, runny nose, stuffy nose, itching in nose or eyes, watering from nose.

3. Common cold – viral infection of upper respiratory tract

4. Influenza – viral infection of respiratory tract caused by influenza virus

5. Non – allergic (vasomotor) rhinitis – In this condition, symptoms similar to allergic rhinitis appear, but without any known cause.

6. COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) – An infectious disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 virus

Causes related to blockage / obstruction of nasal passage:

1. Nasal polyps – soft, non-cancerous growths in lining of nasal passage or paranasal sinuses.

2. Tumours in nose

3. DNS (deviated nasal septum) –  displacement of thin wall separating right and left nasal passage to one side.

Causes related to damage to brain or nerve

1. Ageing

2. Parkinson’s Disease – A nervous system disorder characterized by hand tremors, slowness of movement, muscle rigidity, impaired posture and balance

3. Alzheimer’s Ddisease – A neurological disorder that leads to decline in memory, forgetfulness and problems with thinking, reasoning and communication

4. Brain tumours

5. Multiple sclerosis – A disease in which there occurs damage to myelin sheath of nerve cells which impairs communication between brain and the rest of the body parts

6. Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid), diabetes, head/brain injury, epilepsy (tendency to get fits)

7. Chemical exposure that causes burns inside nose, certain medicines (like antibiotics, antihistamines)
8. Zinc deficiency, poor nutrition

9. Smoking, alcohol misuse

10. In some cases a baby is born with anosmia, then condition is called congenital anosmia.

Anosmia linked with COVID-19

Loss of smell is one of the prominent symptoms of COVID-19 but the mechanism behind it is unknown. It is also one of the earliest and most common symptoms reported in COVID-19. This symptom is more prominent predictive factor for COVID-19. Researches are still trying to find the underlying mechanism behind it. Certain research has found that COVID-19 does not cause permanent anosmia.


A doctor can diagnose anosmia based on symptoms provided by patient and examining the nose.

Depending on the case details the doctor may recommend some tests:

1. CT scan of brain or MRI of brain

2. X-ray of skull

3. Nasal endoscopy to view inside of nose.


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  1. Ramesh Prasad Awasthi says:

    मुझे सूंघने में किसी तरह से गंध नहीं आती है। मुझे कोविड १९ भी हो चुका है। जिससे फेफड़े में काफी इन्फेक्शन हो चुका है जिसका एलोपैथी में इलाज चल रहा है। मेरी नाक से पानी निकल रहा है जो धीरे धीरे से आता है मेरी उम्र ७२ वर्ष ७ माह है

  2. James scott says:

    since covid in april 2023 I have lost all sense of taste and of smell

  3. How I get back by smelling and taste sense after my head injury by homeopathy medicine

  4. I have had chronic sinusitis for the last 1 1/2 year and then had surgery to clear the extensive congestion and now it’s back again including no taste and smell. What can I take?

  5. Arshad Imam says:

    Dear sir,
    . I have been suffering from Inosmia and stuffy nose since long used Lemna Minor Kali bichrome and gelsimum but still my nose is stuffyvfeel no smell

  6. Carol Edwards says:

    Greetings, I lost my smell at least a year before Covid. My dad had Parkinson’s and my mom has Alzeimers. I am 70 yrs old. I do not suffer from typical sinus problems although an iridologist mentioned something about sinuses but did not rec’d any supplements for it. I have few colds and almost never feel congested. My taste is slightly affected, I believe, but not much. I don’t suffer from headaches; bowel issues are a slight concern and pancreas. I don’t do well with sugar, white flour and avoid refined foods. I do like my espresso twice daily. I do not smell bread baking or essential oils much for example plus other normal smells.
    Thank you for any suggestions and I have a 50 homeopathic kit.

    • Kuldeep Ram says:

      मै 50 साल का हुं। मैं 25 सालों से सुंघने की क्षमता खो चुका हूँ उचित सलाह दी जाए।

  7. do you find Pulsatilla to be useful for post covid loss of taste and smell?

    • Yes, that is exactly my situation. I have post covid loss of taste and smell.

      I personally take Sulphur 200c in the morning, then Pulsatilla 200c (or 30c as you get better) in the evening, then over the next two days, I take Arsenicum Album 30c morning and night, and it seems to be a very effective cocktail for me. Using this method, I have reached about 85% of my taste and smell back. Which coming from having absolutely no sense of taste or smell, is is more than satisfactory for me.

      This being said, it is VERY IMPORTANT that you follow all homeopathic food/drink rules EXACTLY. If you don’t, then you will anecdote the remedies/medicine and it will become absolutely USELESS.

      Talk to a homeopathic doctor about the food/drink limitations, or find a trustworthy website to find more information about it.

      Again, you MUST follow the rules STRICTLY.

  8. For all those who have lost their sense of taste/smell due to Covid (like I had), take the Pulsatilla homeopathic remedy. It actually works.

    I have never believed in homeopathy before getting Covid, but if you take the right amounts, your sense of taste/smell will come back. It is best to have a homeopathic doctor treat you for your symptoms, as they will know how much and how often to take the remedies for the best results.

    In my own [unprofessional] opinion, I would recommend getting Pulsatilla 200 c, Pulsatilla, 30 c, and Pulsatilla 1 m. I am not an expert at all, but I believe you would want to start with the 1 m, then the 200 c (as your condition improves), then the 30 c once it gets even better.

    I believe there are other remedies you need to take in order to “seal in” your results (so that it will likely be a permanent healing), but I haven’t gotten that far yet.

  9. I have loss of smell and dulled sense of taste since getting COVID. Which remedy would help??
    Thank you!

  10. Tammy Verhey says:

    What would you recommend for loss of taste and smell due to covid It has been more than a year post infection

  11. Dr Sharma – what is your recommendation for loss of smell and taste post Covid? It has been 2 and a half weeks since loss of smell/taste. Before covid had runny nose for a few weeks prior… with clear mucus. Thanks very much.

    • Dr sharma i am suffering from anosmia with complete loss of taste and appetite since six months prior to that i had very strong symptoms of couhg and cold with stuffy nose my left nostril is deviated.I am a dialysis patient and also suffering from complete body pain and extream weakness .my cbc report shows besophil cells count zero. I am 64 years old.kindly suggest me a homeopathic medicine with poteny and doses


    • Jane Higham says:

      I have recently had Covid, very mild cold symptoms. I tested negative 3 days ago. I realised 2 hours ago that I have lost my sense of smell and taste, apart from salt.
      Is there anything you’d recommend?

  12. Jay Garbarino says:

    What do you know of SARS-CoV-2 induced Anosmia and treatment?

  13. Gerard Sheppard says:

    I had lost my sense of smell since I developed this influenza symptoms, and I had had a runny nose and was constipated. And I had also had a cold and was coughing. Right now I am home quarantined to avoid spreading the coronavirus.

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