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Homeopathic remedies are often very useful
for soothing pain and promoting healing. A homeopathic first-aid kit
is welcome when accidental falls or head-bumps, fingertips shut in
doors, scraped knees, a burn on the stove, a twisted ankle, or any
number of minor mishaps occur. Remedies may also be used
preventively for “expected” injuries that come from dental work
or surgery, as well as sports-related bruising, or occupational
injuries from strenuous or extensive injuries, to help control
bleeding and tissue damage, relieve discomfit, and encourage
healing. Any serious injury should have the care of a physician.
For dosage information, please read the information at the end of
this section. See also “Using Homeopathy With Professional
Guidance” in What
Aconitum napellus: This remedy can
be helpful when a person feels extremely fearful or agitated after
being injured. It may help to soothe anxiety and panic and reduce
the chance of shock.
Arnica montana: This is the major
remedy for new traumatic injuries—especially bruises, sprains, and
concussions. Symptoms are worse from touch and motion. Arnica
can be helpful for painful bruising and tissue-damage caused by
surgery and dental work—given preventively before an anticipated
injury, and used to treat the soreness afterward. It is also helpful
in preventing shock.
Bellis perennis: This remedy is
useful for injuries to the trunk and deeper tissues—as from falls,
car accidents, surgery, etc. —especially if a feeling of stiffness
or coldness develops in the injured area. If Arnica has been
given for an injury—especially a strain or bruise—but has not
had much effect, Bellis perennis may be helpful.
Calcarea phosphorica: This remedy
is useful for bone bruises, old or slow-healing fractures, or any
injury that leads to soreness in the bones, especially if the area
feels cold or numb and improves with warmth. The muscles near the
injury may ache or stiffen.
Calendula: This is a very helpful
remedy for cuts and scrapes or other injuries with broken skin.
Potentized Calendula can be taken internally, to prevent or
combat infection if a cut or scrape becomes inflamed. Herbal
calendula can be applied directly to wounds as an
or diluted tincture.
Hypericum: This remedy is indicated
for injuries to body areas with many nerves, such as fingertips and
toes, the genitals, the spine and tailbone, and the eyeballs.
Shooting pains, a feeling of “jangled nerves,” and pains mixed
with tingling and numbness are strong indications. People with
concussions, nerve pain after surgeries and root-canals, or bites
and puncture wounds may benefit from Hypericum.
Ipecacuanha: This remedy can be
helpful as first aid if heavy bleeding occurs after an injury, with
a feeling of nausea and weakness. (Emergency care is crucial when
serious bleeding occurs; pressure should be applied to a severely
bleeding wound, and medical help should be found immediately.)
Ledum palustre: This remedy is
indicated for injuries that lead to puffy swelling, especially when
ice-packs or cold applications bring relief. Sprained ankles or
knees, bashed noses, black eyes, or any kind of bruising injury that
is painful and very swollen may respond to Ledum.
Millefolium: Contusions or sprains
that involve small broken blood-vessels and lead to bruiselike
bleeding beneath the skin suggest the use of this remedy. It is
often also useful for nosebleeds after injury, and for bleeding in
other parts of the body (for instance, after childbirth or surgery).
Phosphorus: When small wounds bleed
easily, or a person has a tendency to bruise from minor injuries,
this remedy can be helpful. It is also useful for nosebleeds.
Ruta graveolens: This remedy is
helpful for injuries to tendons, joints, and muscles, and has a
special affinity to the coverings of the bones (the periosteum).
Bone-bruises, barked shins, or any injury that leads to stiffness
and aching may respond. Ruta is often useful after Arnica
for sprains, pulled muscles, and connective tissue injuries.
Symphytum: This remedy is best
known for its healing effect on broken bones, and is also good for
bone-bruises. It is valuable if blunt injury occurs to the eyeball
(from a rock, a stick, a flying object, etc.) Any injury to the eye
or eyeball should be examined by a doctor.
Select the remedy that
most closely matches the symptoms. In conditions where
self-treatment is appropriate, unless otherwise directed by a
physician, a lower potency (6X, 6C, 12X, 12C, 30X, or 30C)
should be used. In addition, instructions for use are usually
printed on the label.
physicians suggest that remedies be used as follows: Take one
dose and wait for a response. If improvement is seen, continue
to wait and let the remedy work. If improvement lags
significantly or has clearly stopped, another dose may be
taken. The frequency of dosage varies with the condition and
the individual. Sometimes a dose may be required several times
an hour; other times a dose may be indicated several times a
day; and in some situations, one dose per day (or less) can be
If no response is seen
within a reasonable amount of time, select a different remedy.
For more information, including references, see What
is Homeopathy? and Understanding
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