Homeopathic practitioners are forbidden by law in the United States to claim that homeopathic treatment can cure syphilis.
- The remedies suggested most frequently are Medorrhinum, Syphilinum, Mercurius vivus, and Aurum.
- The use of Mercurius vivus as a homeopathic remedy reflects the past use of mercury to treat syphilis prior to the discovery of penicillin.
- Syphilinum represents a class of homeopathic remedy called nosodes.
- A nosode is a homeopathic medicine made from diseased material, such as bacteria, viruses, or pus. Its effect is based on the homeopathic law of similars, in which a substance that causes a specific set of symptoms in a healthy person is determined curative when given to a sick person with the same symptoms.
- Syphilinum is a nosode made from a dilution of killed Treponema pallidum.