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Homeopathic physicians often suggest that
a remedy for prevention of bruising and
bleeding be taken the night before an operation, and that specific
remedies (indicated by the person’s symptoms and the type of
surgery) be taken afterward. Homeopathic remedies are safe to use
and do not interfere with surgical procedures or other medications.
Their use should be discussed with the physician in charge. Remedies
for emotional states (see Homeopathic Remedies for Anxiety)
may also be helpful, taken days or weeks before the surgery.
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 is
indicated when people anticipating surgery are extremely agitated or
panicked, especially if they fear that they will die. Easy
startling, a sensitivity to light and noise, dry mouth, and thirst
are other indications for Aconitum.
Arnica: This remedy is useful for
all new injuries, and can help reduce soreness, bruising, tissue
damage, and bleeding related to surgical procedures. Arnica
can be taken the night before an operation, and is also helpful for
bruising, swelling, and soreness during recovery.
Bellis perennis: This remedy is
useful when bruising and trauma occur to deep internal tissues after
surgery involving the abdomen, breasts, or trunk—especially if a
feeling of stiffness or coldness has developed in the area.
China (also called
If a person feels faint with ringing in the ears after loss of blood
and fluids due to surgery, this remedy may be helpful. It is also
indicated for gas pains after an operation.
Ferrum phosphoricum: This remedy is
helpful for early stages of any inflammation and may reduce the
chance of soreness and infection after surgery.
Gelsemium: This remedy can be
helpful to a person who feels nervous fear before an operation, with
trembling, lethargy, and often diarrhea or headache.
Hamamelis: This remedy can help
with passive bleeding if a person’s veins are weak, and may also
relieve discomfort after surgery on varicose veins and hemorrhoids.
Hypericum: This remedy is useful
for injuries involving body parts that are rich with nerves. It can
help reduce discomfort after surgeries that involve the spine, after
dental surgery, and after amputation.
Ledum palustre: This remedy may
help to relieve bruising and swelling around the eye after surgery.
It is also useful for pain and swelling after surgery on varicose
Phosphorus: This remedy may be
helpful if a person has trouble recovering from the effects of
anesthesia. Symptoms can include disorientation, stupor, weakness,
nausea and vomiting. The person may be thirsty but often vomits
Rhus toxicodendron: This remedy is
helpful for relief of stiffness, soreness, and restlessness after
any surgery. It is often recommended after operations on tonsils and
adenoids, appendectomy, and dental surgery.
Ruta graveolens: This remedy is
often useful after surgeries involving tendons, connective tissue,
cartilage, joints, and coverings of the bones. It can ease
discomfort and promote recovery after surgery on knees, wrists,
shoulders, elbows, ankles, hips, etc. It may also be soothing if
deep stiffness is felt in joints and muscles after surgery.
Staphysagria: This remedy is useful
when pain persists at the site of a surgical incision, or after
procedures that involve the stretching of a sphincter muscle. It is
also indicated after surgeries involving reproductive organs
(prostate surgery, hysterectomy, C-section, episiotomy) or the
abdomen, stomach, and rectum (including hemorrhoids). Staphysagria
may also help after operations on traumatic injuries, such as stab
or bullet wounds.
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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