Common First Aid Homeopathic Remedies
by Rochelle Marsden
Whilst it must be emphasised that the practice of homeopathy entails a detailed knowledge of Materia Medica, nevertheless First Aid and Domestic Emergencies can often be treated safely and effectively at home. This is partly because of the affinities of various remedies for particular tissues and because experience has shown that injuries and common ailments, such as burns, bruises, cuts and stings, respond well to well proved remedies. Ailments such as coughs, colds, sore throats and indigestion may also be safely treated. Provided the doses are not repeated too frequently or over too long a period they will not do harm. However whatever the problem it must be strongly emphasised that if any of these conditions do not readily yield to treatment or appear to be serious professional help must be sought.
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COMMON FIRST AID REMEDIES
ARNICA – This is the No. 1 remedy for all cases of injury as it also deals with shock. It removes the blood back into the vessels as well. Give Arnica first in every First Aid situation. It is even fine to give if nil by mouth in case of an injury needing an operation. Good for sprains and strains. It has also been sited as usual for severe exhaustion and jet lag. NB If using Arnica tincture it must not be used on broken skin as it can cause a rash.
ACONITE – Fright is the keynote of this remedy when there is great anxiety and sudden emotions. It is for any complaint that comes on suddenly after exposure to cold dry windy conditions. Coughs, colds, chills, fevers that come on suddenly may need this remedy especially if there is congested pain with restlessness. It can also be used in an emergency situation for a panic attack.
APIS – This is for bee stings and insect bites where there is a lot of swelling, heat, redness and stinging pains. It is > cold applications and < heat. It is also an emergency measure for anaphylactic shock to give on the way to the hospital!
ARGENTUM NITRICUM – Fear and anxiety before an event, flying and ordeals of every kind. There is distension of the stomach, burping, palpitations, diarrhoea especially after sweet things.
ARSENICUM ALBUM – for food poisoning with diarrhoea and vomiting. Feel cold and fearful – frightened to be left alone. < 11.00pm – 1.00am. Complaints after exposure to wet and damp.
BELLADONNA – Fever with great heat which follows Aconite well. Red, hot, skin, dilated pupils, throbbing pains. bending backwards, sitting or standing erect. Sudden and violent onset of conditions.
BELLIS PERENIS – Specific for bruising of soft tissue like the breast and internal organs. Ailments after a blow. Good for internal bruising after a hysterectomy. It is also called the Gardeners friend as it works well for aches after gardening.
BRYONIA – A dry remedy. Dry fever, dry cough < for any movement, company or talking. Dry lips, thirst, irritable. Bursting headache pressure. Appendix symptoms which develop slowly – specific. cold.
CALENDULA – the healing remedy. Use the tincture as an antiseptic. For all infections and inflammations where flesh is torn. It prevents pus formation. Beware that there is no infection inside the wound or the skin will close up and keep it in! Can be bought as a cream and useful for children’s cuts and scrapes.
CANTHARIS – bad burns and scalds with blistering. Stops the pain.
CARBO VEG – Air hunger, wants to be fanned but is chilly. Bluish colour. After near drowning or electric shock and patient is cold, blue and lifeless. Indigestion with a lot of wind.
CAUSTICUM – Also for burns. Take a 30C potency and the pain goes in about 7 mins.
CHAMOMILLA – great sensitivity to pain. Teething in babies. Very irritable.
CHINA – Any illness when a patient is weak after the loss of vital fluids e.g. vomiting, haemorrhage, sweating, diarrhoea. Distension of abdomen, flatulence, burping and discomfort. Oversensitivity.
COCCULUS – For sea sickness and travel sickness. Nausea, dizziness sitting still or lying on side
COLOCYNTHUS – for colic in babies which is > doubling up > hard pressure. Also menstrual colic.
EUPATORIUM PERFORLATUM – Flu, fever with great thirst, aching, bone pain, bruised and aching muscles in back, chest and limbs. Scanty sweat. Restless, chilly, nausea. Weakness. < cold air < 7 –9am vomiting.
GELSENIUM – Also for flu but no thirst. Comes on over a couple of days. Nerves affected. Heaviness in limbs. Face a dusky red colour with heavy droopy eyelids. Muscles won’t do as they are told.
HEPAR SULPHURIS – Eruptions, boils, whitlows by nails, Ailments that are made worse by a draft of air. Abscesses, sensitive to touch. Sore throats, earache that has yellow thick discharge. Pain that is splinter like.
HYPERICUM – for injuries that are rich in nerves, like fingers, toes. Specific for injury to the coccyx. Use the tincture or cream for very painful cuts, grazes and burns. Also use tincture as an antiseptic as it prevents tetanus.
IGNATIA – Emotional and mental stress with grief, worry and disappointment. Characteristic signing. Moody. Illness after a loss or shock. ice)
MAGNESIUM PHOSPHATE – Bad cramping pains which are > heat > pressure and doubling up. Especially period pains.
MERCURIUS – pus, bad breath, offensive profuse sweat. Excessive saliva. Thick yellow discharges. < warmth and fresh air for sleep.
PULSATILLA – Earache. Weepiness, clinging dependant, whining. Craves attention. Crave fresh air, like the windows open. > walking in fresh air. Very changeable. No thirst. Cough > vinegar
RHUS TOX – Aches and pains which are on continued movement. < damp < rest warmth. Restless. Often stops the irritation in chicken pox.
RUTA GRAV – Strains, tendons, ligaments and cartilage. Bone injuries, dislocations and eyestrain. < with motion < lying on painful side. warmth
SULPHUR – > open air. Boils, inflammations, a hot person, burning pains, offensive discharges.
SILICA – splinters, promotes rejection of thorns, glass etc. Boils, abscesses. MUST NOT BE USED if patient has anything artificial in body like new hip joint, pacemaker as it may cause rejection.
Rochelle Marsden MSc, RSHom, MNWCH, AAMET is a member of the Hpathy team, a Registered Classical Homeopath (The Society of Homeopaths), and runs Southport Homeopathic Practice in the UK. Rochelle completed a 2 year post-grad course with Dr . Ramakrishnan and another with Dr. S. Banerjea, and an intense Clinical Training in India with Dr Ramakrishnan. She is a tutor for The British Institute for Homeopathy (BIH) and a regional tutor for local homeopathic colleges. She is also a Practitioner in Meridian Therapies, EFT (Level 3) Advanced.
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