Summer is finally here! There are tons of fun activities you can embark on with family and friends. It is the season of camping in the mountains, taking the kids for a nice long hike in the woods , harvesting the warmth of the sun at the sandy beaches or planning on exciting trip to a distant land. And while it is absolutely imperative that you dive into the fun, it is always a good idea to play hard, but smart and keep in mind that accidents happen. Having a good homeopathy first aid kit is a great addition to your home medicine cabinet and proof itself extremely useful when you least expect it.
Homeopathic prescribing and management of chronic cases require years of proper training and experience. This is due to the fact that homeopathy being a strictly individualized holistic approach treats the patient based on their own peculiar physiological and psychological signs and symptoms as well as the etiology of their complaints. This means that two different individuals with the same diagnosis yet different symptoms would need different homeopathic prescriptions in order to match the state of their illness.
However, learning the basics of acute prescribing is relatively simple and easy. People experiencing mechanical traumas and injuries generally exhibit the same signs and symptoms and homeopathic prescription is specific to the compromised physical parts rather than the nuanced subtleties of the patient himself. Homeopathic medicines are a great choice in first aid situations and sport injuries. They are extremely effective in reducing the pain and speeding the healing process. Always consult a medical doctor or call 911 in case of emergency.
The choice of potency and frequencey of repetition are another aspect of mastering the skills of acute prescribing. Generally, for beginners I would recommend to start with low and medium potencies, such as 6C, 9C, 12C and 30C. As you become more confident in self-prescribing you will find that 200C and 1M can work wonders when the remedy is well indicated. The frequency of repetition depends on the severeity of the problem. Sometimes more frequent repetition is required in order to affect a change and speed up recovery. Give a dose every 15-30 min to 2 hours and less frequent once improvment settles.
The following list of homeopathic medicines are indispensable allies in first aid situations:
ARNICA (Arnica montana)
Arnica is the most common remedy prescribed in trauma and injury. It is a medicine par excellence when there is a case of injury with a state of shock. It helps relief pain, bruising and swelling of tissues, minimizes bleeding and acts as a healing agent speeding up the process of tissue regeneration. Arnica is an excellent choice before and after surgery, dental work, in childbirth to help minimize the shock and stress of the those traumatic events.
CALENDULA (Calendula officinalis)
The marigold is an excellent medicine often used in form of mother tincture, spray, gel and ointment and is well known for its powerful antiseptic properties due to its natural iodine content. Calendula is indispensable aid in treating wounds, cuts and skin abrasions via topical application. It helps with cleansing the affected area, prevent infection, reduce and stop bleeding and promote tissue granulation for speedy healing of wounds and burns. The tincture should not be applied directly on open wounds or in contact with mucous membranes as its alcohol content would cause burning and stinging pain. Always dilute the tincture with water before direct application.
HYPERICUM (Hypericum perforatum)
This remedy is known as the Arnica of the nerves. It is of great value in injuries and traumas to the spine and where there has been nerve damage. It is recommended for external application in treating infected wounds and is known for speeding the healing of deep open cuts, which often might prevent the need for stitches.
LEDUM (Ledum palustre)
This is our #1 remedy for puncture wounds resulting from a nail, needle or other sharp objects. Deep wounds caused by rusty nails should always be referred for further medical attention, but taking Ledum immediately will help heal the wound faster and prevent tetanus. It is also indicated in cases of severe bruising of the tissues when the affected parts feel cold and are ameliorated by cold applications. Ledum is effective in treating stings from insects and animal bites.
Rhus is found to be very effective in treating sprains and strains, where there is rupturing of the tendons, ligaments and fasciae. The patient is usually worse upon getting up and moving around and progressively improves as they continue to move. Limbs feel stiff and paralyzed. It is prescribed in joint dislocations alongside with Arnica. Rhus is a great medicine for some skin conditions associated with redness, swelling, burning and intense itching with tendency to scale formation.
Urtica is one of the best choices when it comes to cases of burns. It reduces the pain and promotes speedy healing. Urtica mother tincture is to be diluted in water prior to being topically applied (e.g. 1 part MT to 10 parts of water).
Known as the “bone glue” in homeopathy, Symphytum is invaluable in treating fractures. It promotes rapid healing of fractured bones, therefore in order to ensure the bones grow back together properly, one must go to a doctor to have the fracture re-set and placed in a cast before administering Symphytum. It is a remedy to consider in facial injuries.
This article is courtesy of Zara Bourgeois, DIHom(pract.)