Homoeopathy has a tradition of offering remedies to assist with symptoms associated with the repair and healing process of accidents and injuries which occur in everyday life. In acute traumatic situations the remedies may need to be repeated often until symptoms have resolved or while waiting for medical attention.
The following information may be helpful and relates to homoeopathic remedy pictures and information available in traditional homoeopathic texts. Homoeopathic principles should be applied when using any homoeopathic remedy. Always read the product label. If symptoms persist consult your health care practitioner promptly.
The five remedy Accidents Kit contains Aconite, Arnica, Hypericum, Ledum & Tissue Salts for aiding repair.
In some injuries it is wise to continue the remedies for several days after the symptoms have reduced to ensure adequate healing. Extra Echinacea, Tissue Salts such as Silica and Calcium Fluoride and Vitamins A,C,E and Zinc may support the healing process.
Abrasions and lacerations: Calendula tincture or cream applied topically may promote healthy granulation of tissue and rapid healing. Hypericum – may assist in pain management, nerve damage and sharp shooting pain. Staphysagria 30c – may be a useful support for deep cuts and incised wounds. Hepar Sulph– may act to help with injuries with a tendency to suppuration. .
Bites and stings: Ledum – used traditionally for the bad effects of puncture wounds caused by mosquito bites, white or purple, puffy and cold that are better for cold applications Apis – may assist in the management of bee or wasp stings, red, rosy, shiny and swelling. Hypericum – may be helpful for shooting pains; bites on fingers and toes. Carbolic Acid 30c may be supportive for allergic reactions to bee stings.
Blisters: Calendula or Hypericum – as a cream, oil lotion or dilute tincture may be useful for healing blisters. It has been used traditionally to promote rapid healing and may be helpful in supporting the area against infection.
Bruises: First remedy Arnica and a cold pack. Also Arnica cream or oil applied externally providing there is no broken skin. Bellis – may be useful for bruised soreness, sprains, symptoms of injuries to deeper tissues. Hamamelis – may be useful for bruised soreness in affected parts, worse for touch, of great value in open painful wounds. Hypericum – may assist in bruises to areas rich in nerves eg. Fingers and toes. Ruta Grav – may be useful for bruises of bones and tendons.
Broken bones: The following remedies may be helpful to support calcium metabolism, reduce pain and assist repair of the fractured bone. Arnica repeat regularly, as a general support. Rhus Tox and Bryonia – can be alternated to assist in pain management. Ruta Grav – may be supportive in severe contusions. Hypericum – may assist in the management of nerve damage. Symphytum – may be taken to support healing; may also assist in the management of prickly pain that presents with healing. Euphatorium – may be useful for aching, throbbing pain in the bones. Ruta Grav and Rhus Tox – may be taken in alternately for supporting non-union despite good management.
Burns and scalds: Cantharis – may be helpful for simple burns, scalds, sunburn. Aconite – may be a useful support where there is acute pain and shock and/or fright. Urtica Urens– stinging, burning type pains. Also Hypericum, Urtica, Aloe Vera or Homoeopathic Burn Cream externally. Rescue Remedy internally or externally.
Crushed fingers and toes: Hypericum has been used traditionally for its selective action on injured nerve fibres and is complimented with Arnica. Repeat the Hypericum often to assist with pain management. Also Rescue Remedy and Hyperica cream may be useful.
Eye injuries: Aconite – may be considered initially for eye injury support, it is often called “the Arnica of the eye”. Arnica – may assist in the management of inflammation from injuries, black eye. Silica – may be supportive for inflammation that persists after removal of foreign body. Symphytum and Hypericum may be useful for assisting with pain management. Ledum – may promote the resolution of bruising.
Fright and shock: Rescue Remedy – may need repeating often after trauma or shock to assist in promoting calm. Aconite – may be supportive after fright, with agitation, restlessness and fear of death. Arnica – may be supportive with feelings of hysteria, loss of control, insomnia after grief or disappointed love. Seek help if these remedies do not alleviate the problem quickly.
Puncture wounds: Ledum – may be taken for the ill effects of puncture wounds. Hypericum – if Ledum is unavailable or as a support for long shooting pains. Also Ledum cream or diluted tincture locally may be helpful.
Sports medicine: Arnica – is the first remedy to think of, it may assist in promoting rapid resolution of damage. Bellis Perennis– may be helpful for muscle injuries and sprains. Ledum – may be a useful support to clear blood collected at sprain sites. Rhus Tox – may assist in the management of strained, sprained stiff muscles, with pain on initial movement, better from continuous movement. Ammon Mur– may be helpful for strained hamstrings. Ruta Grav – may assist in the management of tennis elbow, strains to ligaments and tendons and injuries to the bone covering (periosteum). Mag Phos – may be useful for cramps in calves and soles. Silica – may be helpful for assisting with small bone chips. Bryonia – may assist in the management of fractured ribs.
Surgery: When accidents result in the need for surgical intervention remember that Homoeopathics are ideally suited to assist repair of the physical damage and residual emotional shock. Various specialised surgery kits, leaflets and information are available at the clinics and through the web-site.
Always read the label. Homoeopathic principles should be applied when using any homoeopathic remedy. If symptoms persist consult your health care practitioner promptly.