Empyema is the medical term for the presence of pus in a cavity or body space. It is most commonly referred to in association with pus in the lung cavity and is usually a secondary event following a severe chest infection, pneumonia or pleurisy .


Pus in any part of the body is a serious condition that requires an orthodox assessment and the possible use of antibiotics: There may be a need for surgical intervention to drain the infection from the lung cavity.

Once the problem has been dealt with from the acute emergency angle, then discussion with a complementary medical practitioner can be considered.

If antibiotics are used take high doses of Lactobacillus acidophilus concurrently or the equivalent -around 2 billion organisms – before each meal.

Homeopathic remedies can be used on the basis of the symptoms but specifically Hepar sulphuris calcarium 6, which is a remedy renowned for removing trapped pus or abscesses from the system. Take it every 2hr regardless of any other medical intervention – it may work by itself.