By Sister Alida Idema
“Science hadn’t given me a framework for understanding how a minute amount of a substance could alleviate pain or the flu; much less facilitate emotional or spiritual transformation. But over the past 20 years, I’ve watched homeopathy assist hundreds of patients with their healing process.” ~ Dr. Carrie Demers, MD, is a holistic physician who blends modern medicine with traditional approaches to health.
Watch out for our informative talks on the application of homoeopathy in common dis-ease. It takes place at our Health Care Centre, every First Tuesday of each month.
Most households have a first aid kit containing plasters and ointments. You may wish to make up your own homoeopathic home kit as well, building on it as you need them and as you gain knowledge and experience.
Homeopathy will prepare you for most minor emergencies. All that remains is for you to practice – the more you practice, the more you learn, the better you become. Your homoeopathic practitioner is just a phone call away and the friendly staff at the Naturopathic Health Care Centre is always willing to assist.
While it is always important to seek medical advice for serious injuries and situations, don’t forget that even here, homeopathy can help. A few doses of the needed remedy while the ambulance is on the way can make all the difference when every minute counts.
30 common ailments, accidents and injuries:
1. Anaphylaxis: Aconite; Apis Mellifera.
2. Bedwetting: Causticum, Belladonna, Rhus Tox
3. Bites and stings: Apis Mellifera; Arnica; Canthharis; Ledum.
4. Blisters: Cantharis; Rhus-tox.
5. Bruises: Arnica; Ledum.
6. Burns and scalds: Cantharis; Urtica-urens.
7. Colds & Coughs: Aconite, Euphrasia
8. Cuts, scrapes and puncture wounds: Arnica; Calendula; Hypericum; Ledum.
9. Dental Work & surgery: Arnica; Hypericum; Ruta, Staphysagrae.
10. Dehidration: China
11. Electroshock: Phoshorus.
12. Eye injuries: Arnica; Ledum; Euphrasia; Symphytum.
13. Fatigue and exhaustion: Kali phos, Arnica, Nux vom
14. Food poisoning: Arsenicum-album; Nux-vomica.
15. Fractures: Arnica; Symphytum.
16. Headache: Belladonna, Nux Vomica, Glonoin
17. Heat stroke or exhaustion: Belladonna; Glonoin.
18. Hyperventilation: Aconite.
19. Motion sickness: Cocculus; Tabacum.
20. Nosebleeds: Arnica; Phoshorus, Hypericum
21. Nausea and overindulgence: Nux-vomica
22. Panic and Shock: Aconite.
23. Skin conditions: Rhus tox, Urtica urens
24. Sleep problems: Chamomilla, Valeriana, Hypericum
25. Splinters and thorns: Silicae.
26. Sprains and strains: Arnica; Hypericum; Ledum; Rhus-t; Ruta.
27. Teething: Calc carb, Chamomilla
28. Toothache: Arnica, Belladonna, Hypericum
29. Travel sickness: Cocculus, Tabacum
30. Wounds: Staphysagria
30 Common First Aid Remedies:
The following remedies are some of the most commonly used homoeopathic remedies to treat people in first aid situations. Study them and choose only ten for a start. Keep in pillule form for stability as you are not using them all the time.
1. Aconite: is a good remedy when chills, fevers, coughs, croup etc. come with a rapid onset. Also a great remedy for mental/emotional fright or shock after bad news, or an accident.
2. Antimonium Crudum: Works very good for sunstrokes – heat strokes. A very good summer remedy.
3. Apis Mellifica: Can be used for various types of swelling and inflammation caused by animal or insect bites and stings.
4. Argentum nitricum: Stomach upsets. The rushed and hurried diarrhoea, sickness, bloating, flatulence and headache you might get from nervous anticipation. It’s wonderful for pre-driving test, or pre-flight nerves.
5. Arnica: It is basically for any physical shock or trauma. Give first in any accident or injury, for bruises, bumps and bangs. Use in ointment where the skin is unbroken, if broken use Calendula.
6. Arsenicum album: One of the leading remedies for diarrhea, especially from food poisoning and flu. It is a perfect remedy to relieve “upset tummy” from unfamiliar foods.
7. Belladonna: Illnesses that come on suddenly and violently, resulting in throbbing pain, redness and swelling. Belladonna. Ear problems are especially prevalent; the sufferer will literally be driven mad with pain. It is particularly useful in measles and almost specific for scarlet fever, though these illnesses are no longer common. Most sunstroke responds well to Belladonna.
8. Calcarea Carb: for slow difficult teething in children.
9. Calendula: It is nature’s own natural antibiotic and also stops bleeding very well. Use in an ointment form for open wounds, cuts, sores, burns, and similar injuries. Helps relieve infection.
10. Cantharis: For burns, particularly ones that blister.
11. Carbo Veg: is a number one remedy for resuscitation. It is also called the "Homoeopathic corpse reviver". This remedy has saved many lives. Symptoms at their most extreme are complete state of collapse due to oxygen starvation. Body is cold, pale or blue.
12. Chamomila: A favorite child’s remedy particularly for ear ache and teething.
13. China: for dehydration. Complaints often arise after loss of fluids / severe dehydration (e.g. after fever or diarrhea).
14. Cocculus: For sea sickness and travel sickness.
15. Colocynth: For colic, tummy aches, diarrhea.
16. Euphrasia officinalis: Comes from the herb, eyebright, and relieves persistent pain following the removal of a foreign object, or irritated, streaming eyes and nose.
17. Glonoinum: Suits heat stroke in which there is a congestive headache, surging of blood to head and heart, and pulsating pains.
18. Hepar Sulphuricum: For sore throats, or loss of voice.
19. Hypericum: Never to be used on open wounds. Also works well for nosebleed. It can be taken before and after dental extractions and any other surgery. Have great anti-tetanus properties. For injuries to parts with high nerve fibres such as the mouth, tongue, fingers, etc. Great for the "caught the finger in the car door" or any other "crush" injuries. For paper cuts, it closes them up immediately.
20. Ledum: Puncture wounds and blunt trauma to the eyes. Insect bites and stings.
21. Nux vomica: Stomach upsets, headaches and hangovers caused by over-indulgence.
22. Phosphorus: Bleeding wounds/nose bleeds. Phosphorus stops bleeding virtually instantaneously.
23. Rhus tox: Bruised, sore muscles and joints. This patient has stiff, sore joints and muscles but is better for movement. Rhus tox can be used for skin conditions that present like “poison ivy” rashes, for example chicken pox and shingles.
24. Ruta grav: Strained joints and ligaments. Ruta helps with ligaments and tendon injuries, where Rhus tox is more muscular.
25. Silicea terra: The ‘homeopathic scalpel’. When used for embedded foreign substances it helps the body expel them.
26. Staphysagria: Lacerated wounds. It can be used prophylactically for open surgery. Keyhole surgery would be better with Ledum.
27. Symphytum officinale: The main remedy for fractures once the bone has been set. – don’t use before, use Arnica instead. Also useful for punctured or ruptured eyeballs.
28. Tabacum: A good motion sickness remedy when there is nausea, dizziness, chills, and sweating. Symptoms are worsened by tobacco smoke.
29. Urtica urens: Skin conditions. As the name suggests this is useful for urticaria, but only the sort that produces little vesicles and/or raised lumps like nettle rash. It’s great for “prickly heat”. Urtica can be used for minor burns and scalds as well.
30. Valeriana officinalis: Most commonly known for it sedative properties, Valeriana officinalis may be prescribed for nervousness, stress, anxiety, hysteria and insomnia. It may also help with muscle cramps and reducing blood pressure.
Dosage and directions:
1. Potency: If you are just starting out with homoeopathy it is recommended that you stock your kit in the 12th potency. If you are more experienced you may choose to stock some remedies in the 30th potency.
2. Frequency: It depends on the intensity of the complaint – the more intense the symptoms, the more frequent the dose.
3. Golden rule of homeopathy: is that once symptoms start to improve, stop taking the remedy. Only re-dose if improvement slows or symptoms start to return. This approach avoids too-frequent doses of the remedy that may cause an aggravation – a temporary intensification of symptoms. While aggravations are usually mild and not harmful, they are also unnecessary and show that too much of the remedy has been taken.
http://homeopathyplus.com.au/Fran Sheffield, homeopathic Consultant and Educator
http://www.britishhomeopathic.org/Carol Jackson MRPharmS DFHom (Pharm)
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