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PNDS (Post Nasal Dripping Syndrome) and Homoeopathy

© Dr. Rajneesh Kumar Sharma M.D. (Homoeopathy)

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PNDS and Homoeopathy.pdf


Definition. 1

Etymology. 1

Etiology. 2

Pathophysiology. 2

Signs and symptoms. 2

Differential diagnosis. 4

Diagnosis. 4

Treatment. 4

Management. 4

Homoeopathic treatment. 4

Most common remedies for PNDS. 4

Short repertory of PNDS. 5

Bibliography. 6



Postnasal dripping syndrome (PNDS) is defined as the chronic condition of the drainage of secretions from the nose or paranasal sinuses into the pharynx, associated with repeated episodes of cold and flu, along with accumulation of mucus in the postnasal space due to abnormality in the muco-ciliary clearance called as catarrh. (Psora/ Sycosis)

It is recognized as one of the pathogenic triads of chronic cough, along with asthma and gastroesophageal reflux disease and is the cause of chronic cough in up to 87% of patients.


  • American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) guidelines recommends the term- upper airway cough syndrome (UACS) in place of PNDS.
  • In UK both chest physician and otolaryngologists recommend the term- rhinosinusitis for PNDS.


PNDS can be caused by several factors which disrupt the normal production of mucus from the nasal and sinus cavities. These include-

  • Allergic rhinitis (Psora)
  • Anatomical anomalies (Psora)
  • Cystic fibrosis (Psora/ Sycosis/ Syphilis)
  • Disorder of swallowing such as an esophageal motility disorder (Psora)
  • Enlarged adenoids (Psora/ Sycosis)
  • Gastroesophageal reflux (Psora)
  • Muco-ciliary dysfunction (Psora)
  • Nasal or sinus polyps (Sycosis)
  • Sinusitis (Psora/ Syphilis)
  • Smoking and exposure to toxins (Causa occasionalis)


The flow of mucus down the back of the throat from the nasal cavity is a normal physiologic process that occurs in all healthy individuals (Psora).  PNDS is caused by excessive mucus produced by the nasal mucosa (Psora/ Sycosis). The excess mucus accumulates in the back of the nose and eventually the throat once it drips down the back of the throat. Post-nasal drip can be a cause of laryngeal inflammation and hyperresponsiveness, leading to symptoms of vocal cord dysfunction (VCD).

Signs and symptoms

  • Spasmodic Cough (Psora)
  • Sensation of something draining into the throat (Psora)
  • Need to clear the throat (Psora)
  • Tickling in the throat (Psora)
  • Nasal congestion, or nasal discharge (Psora)
  • Hoarseness (Psora)
  • History of an upper respiratory illness like cold or wheeze (Psora)

Chronic PNDS

Differential diagnosis

  • Allergic fungal sinusitis
  • Allergic rhinitis
  • Bacterial sinusitis
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Occupational rhinitis
  • Perennial nonallergic rhinitis
  • Postinfectious rhinitis
  • Rhinitis due to anatomic abnormalities
  • Rhinitis due to physical or chemical irritants
  • Rhinitis medicamentosa
  • Rhinitis of pregnancy


A definitive diagnosis cannot be made from the medical history and physical examination alone as symptoms and signs in PNDS are nonspecific. The main symptoms include a sensation of having something drip down into the throat, nasal discharge, or frequent throat clearing.

On examination the presence of mucoid or mucopurulent secretions, or cobblestoning of the mucosa in the nasopharynges or oropharynges is suggestive of the diagnosis.


Main treatment of PNDS is the management.


The main phase in management is to fix the cause of post nasal drip and then to initiate treatment or removal of the underlying disorder. Treatment options include-

  • Avoidance of the offending antigens
  • Washing with mild alkaline solutions containing borate such as Dobell’s solution

Homoeopathic treatment

Homoeopathy is the science of individualization. It treats the person, not the disease. The whole constitution, including mental and physical components is entirely restored to health if Homoeopathic treatment is given to the sick individual.

Most common remedies for PNDS

acon. aesc. All-c. alum-sil. Alum. Alumn. am-br. am-c. ammc. anac. Ant-c. ant-s-aur. ap-g. Arg-n. arn. ars-i. ars. arum-t. aur-m. Aur. Bar-c. bar-i. bar-m. bell. bry. bufo calc-ar. calc-f. calc-i. Calc-s. calc-sil. Calc. Canth. CAPS. carb-ac. Carb-an. carb-v. caust. chin-b. chin. cinnb. cist. coc-c. colch. cop. COR-R. culx. dios. dulc. echi. elaps euph. euphr. fago. ferr-i. FERR-P. Ferr. glyc. gran. graph. HEP. Hydr. Iod. irid-met. KALI-BI. Kali-c. Kali-chl. Kali-i. kali-m. kali-sil. kreos. lac-ac. lach. Lem-m. lith-c. lob-s. Lyc. mag-c. mag-s. Manc. Mang. med. merc-c. Merc-i-f. Merc-i-r. Merc. Merl. Mez. Nat-ar. NAT-C. NAT-M. Nat-p. nat-s. Nit-ac. nux-v. osm. ovi-p. paeon. par. Pen. Petr. ph-ac. Phos. Phyt. Plb. psil. PSOR. ran-b. ran-s. Rhus-t. rumx. ruta sabad. sang. sangin-n. Sel. SEP. Sil. sin-n. Spig. squil. staph. Stict. sulph. syph. tell. teucr. Ther. thuj. Tub. ven-m. wye. yuc. zinc-p. Zinc. zing.

Short repertory of PNDS

NOSE - CATARRH - Postnasal - accompanied by – epistaxis bar-c.

NOSE - CATARRH - Postnasal – chronic pen.

NOSE - CATARRH - Postnasal - evening - amel. ven-m.

NOSE - CATARRH - Postnasal – forenoon ven-m.

NOSE - CATARRH - Postnasal – green ven-m.

NOSE - CATARRH - Postnasal – heat ven-m.

NOSE - CATARRH - Postnasal – night cop.

NOSE - CATARRH - Postnasal - temperature; change of ven-m.

NOSE - CATARRH – Postnasal acon. aesc. alum-sil. Alum. alumn. ant-s-aur. ap-g. Arg-n. aur-m. Aur. bar-c. bar-m. bry. calc-f. calc-i. Calc-s. calc-sil. Calc. Canth. caust. chin-b. cinnb. Cor-r. dulc. euphr. fago. FERR-P. Ferr. graph. HEP. Hydr. Iod. KALI-BI. Kali-c. Kali-chl. Kali-i. kali-sil. kreos. lith-c. lob-s. Lyc. mag-s. Manc. Mang. med. Merc-i-f. Merc-i-r. Merl. Mez. nat-ar. NAT-C. NAT-M. nat-p. nat-s. Nit-ac. ovi-p. pen. petr. phos. Phyt. Plb. PSOR. Rhus-t. sang. sangin-n. Sel. SEP. Sil. sin-n. spig. staph. stict. syph. tell. Ther. thuj. ven-m. wye. yuc. zinc. zing.

NOSE - CATARRH - Sinus; from frontal ammc. dulc. Kali-i. nat-m. thuj.

NOSE - DISCHARGE - Posterior nares – bitter ph-ac.

NOSE - DISCHARGE - Posterior nares – chronic Alum. am-br. ant-c. ars-i. aur. calc-sil. cist. Cor-r. echi. glyc. Hydr. irid-met. Kali-bi. kali-m. Lem-m. med. merc-i-r. nat-c. nat-s. Pen. Phyt. Sangin-n. sin-n. spig. stict. syph. teucr. ther. wye.

NOSE - DISCHARGE - Posterior nares - coryza; without par. ran-b. ran-s. rhus-t. sabad. sel. spig. squil.

NOSE - DISCHARGE - Posterior nares – crusty alum. alumn. Bar-c. bufo calc-ar. caust. culx. elaps fago. hydr. kali-c. Sep. syph.

NOSE - DISCHARGE - Posterior nares – dripping all-c. cor-r. hydr. merc-c. nat-c. spig.

NOSE - DISCHARGE - Posterior nares – forenoon Arg-n.

NOSE - DISCHARGE - Posterior nares – involuntary Rhus-t.

NOSE - DISCHARGE - Posterior nares – morning aur. Mang. Nat-m. petr. tell.

NOSE - DISCHARGE - Posterior nares – night cop. nat-p.

NOSE - DISCHARGE - Posterior nares – plugs kali-bi. psor. ruta sep. sil.

NOSE - DISCHARGE - Posterior nares – salty nat-s.

NOSE - DISCHARGE - Posterior nares – sweetish kali-bi.

NOSE - DISCHARGE - Posterior nares - waking; on hydr.

NOSE - DISCHARGE - Posterior nares All-c. alum. Alumn. am-c. anac. Ant-c. Arg-n. arn. ars. arum-t. bar-c. bar-i. bell. bry. bufo calc-f. Calc-s. Calc. Canth. CAPS. carb-ac. Carb-an. carb-v. caust. chin. cinnb. coc-c. colch. cop. COR-R. dios. dulc. elaps euph. euphr. ferr-i. ferr-p. Ferr. gran. hep. hydr. iod. KALI-BI. Kali-chl. kali-m. lac-ac. lach. lem-m. mag-c. Mang. med. merc-c. merc-i-f. Merc-i-r. Merc. mez. Nat-ar. NAT-C. NAT-M. Nat-p. Nat-s. Nit-ac. nux-v. osm. paeon. Petr. ph-ac. Phos. Phyt. Plb. psil. Psor. rhus-t. rumx. sabad. Sel. sep. sin-n. Spig. staph. Stict. sulph. syph. tell. ther. thuj. Tub. zinc-p. Zinc. zing.


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Comment by Dr Rajneesh Kumar Sharma MD(Hom) on February 26, 2019 at 11:47pm


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