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HOMEOPATHIC HELP for MUSCULO-SKELETAL PRACTITIONERS

 

There are two main ways where homeopathy can help you in your day to day practices.

Firstly, in the management of acute injuries, to facilitate rehabilitation and ease discomfort.

Secondly, in after-care to prevent recurrence and accelerate soft tissue healing.

POSSIBLE MEDICINAL INTERACTIONS:

Please note that certain substances may reduce the effectiveness of homeopathy and should be avoided at the time of administration. These include analgesic sprays, creams and sports rubs WHICH ARE STRONG SMELLING. Local applications without odour are fine and will not adversely affect homeopathy. You may safely administer aromatic local treatments as long as the smell has gone before administering homeopathy. Experience has shown that the higher the potency number of the homeopathic medicine, the more likely it is to be affected by external contaminants. Other possible adverse interactions include minty or aromatic tastes and flavours in food, drink and sweets. In general it is recommended that people avoid these while on homeopathy and to brush their teeth with salt or bicarb soda rather than minty tooth paste. In fact this is unnecessarily restrictive, and the advice given above re local sprays and sports rub applies: ie avoid taking homeopathy for 20 minutes either side of using ordinary toothpaste.

Concerns about drug residues with homeopathy for high level athletes are fortunately unfounded. Homeopathy works by signaling the body to heal. This is similar to the way information stored on a credit card activates funds in an auto-teller machine.

Wrong card or PIN number = no cash!

Homeopathy does not use drug molecules to cause a healing response, rather, it indicates that body should heal in a specific fashion, much as a flare or flag indicates a target in a combat zone.

ACUTE INJURIES:

You should use the 30th potency in any homeopathic prescribing, as results will usually be seen within an hour or two. Lower potencies, while often effective, may be too slow for the cases you will be treating.

The general rule is to give one pill each 5 to 15 minutes till relief occurs, then to double the interval between doses till healed. If no response is seen in 5 - 6 doses, you may have given the wrong remedy OR something more sinister is going on eg a fracture. Do the sensible thing at this point and call for help!

  1. Aconite: Shock, fear, terror, especially of the fear of death, with a rapid strong pulse. If bleeding occurs, it is bright and brisk, the patient is thirsty, the condition often comes on after exposure to sudden climatic changes, such as cold dry winds or sun stroke. The patient is often in terror, worse at midnight, numbness and tingling predominate. The state responding to Aconite may be found in many situations, angina, sudden violent fevers, accidents, fainting, and emotional trauma. One should give one dose of the Aconite 30 each few minutes until the case resolves. Response should be seen in an hour, usually in seconds.
  2. Arnica: Most of us are familiar with the use of Arnica in bruises, injury and strain. Even mental strain from being overworked and exhausted, can be helped by Arnica although other remedies may be equally or more effective. In this last example of mental strain and Arnica, this is a mental symptom, and therefore the case would respond better, in this case, to a higher potency of Arnica, i.e. 30 or higher, as long as the rest of the case agreed. As raw Arnica herb causes a painful leakage of blood from small vessels, homeopathic Arnica is only effective in pathology with similar clinical features, such as blunt injuries. Do note that raw Arnica herb applied to external injuries can be a problem: if the skin is broken it can cause local inflammation. Arnica cream ointment or tincture is safe if applied to unbroken skin. Calendula may be applied safely to broken injured skin and is a natural healer.
  3. Apis Mellifica: We use Apis for puncture wounds, typically from stings and bites. The affected part is pinkish and swollen, with relief of the pain and swelling by local cold. Hot applications aggravate the pain and itching.
  4. Ledum: A wonderful remedy for bites and puncture wounds, especially if there is a risk of tetanus. In practice Ledum is more often needed for deeper, penetrating wounds than Apis. Obviously the attending doctor would give an injection for tetanus prophylaxis, but Ledum, administered at the same time, would help to cut back the pain, swelling and risk of infection. The condition requiring Ledum is often a puffy, dusky or pale extremity, such as a cat bite, which feels cold to the touch, but which does not tolerate any external heat. Only intense local cold gives relief, as is also the case with Apis. When you are unable to distinguish between Apis and Ledum, give them both together! Obviously wound infections and so on may require antibiotic therapy on their own merits. This treatment will help it to work. Ledum can be contrasted with Arsenicum album which also has burning pains but Arsenicum is relieved by heat whereas Ledum is aggravated by heat.
  5. Hypericum: Useful both externally as an ointment or diluted tincture and internally in homeopathic potency in injuries to parts rich in sensory nerves and nervous tissue in general e.g. finger tip crush injuries, puncture wounds (as in Ledum) but when the pain shoots up along the nerve. Spinal injuries or head injuries also are helped by Hypericum, while waiting for the ambulance. Injuries to the coccyx respond brilliantly to Hypericum.
  6. Ruta graveolens: Ruta is the most effective remedy in injuries to the periosteal membrane covering bone. Once Aconite and Arnica have acted, the remaining pain and swelling (in a case of a kick to the shins, for example) will respond to Ruta. It is vital to treat sub-periosteal haemorrhage to prevent calcification from occurring there. Other ligamentous injuries eg black eyes (from tearing to the extra-ocular muscles) are also helped by Ruta.

REHABILITATIVE TREATMENT:

A number of musculo-skeletal conditions respond quite well to homeopathy as part of overall care.

If you feel that the patient might benefit from the following suggestions, do contact a medically trained homeopath via this website or http://www.trusthomeopathy.org/so we can either talk you through it or see the patient ASAP. As homeopathy addresses the individual, it is vital that homeopathy of a non-emergency nature be given as efficiently and effectively as possible. This requires a more in-depth investigation by a trained homeopath

Adolescents: (Osgood -Schlatters Disease, Scheuermanns Disease): Calcarea phosphorica (Calc phos)

Chillblains: Agaricus, Pulsatilla

Cramps: Cuprum metallicum

Fibromyalgia: Cimicifuga, Rhus tox.

Heberdens nodes: Hekla lava.

Joint hypermobility/hypomobility: Calcarea fluorica (Calc fluor) and or Silicea. NB Silicea has, at times, caused graft rejection. It does this by its well-known and documented action in assisting macrophages to deal with foreign bodies. You get no prizes for causing a prosthetic aorta or pin and plate to come adrift in the client.

Nonetheless, these remedies are of great benefit in rehabilitation, particularly in manipulative medicine.

Periosteal injury: Ruta grav.

Plantar callosities: Antimonium crudum

Plantar fasciitis: Ruta grav, (and appropriate podiatry care)

TMJ dysfunction:Rhus tox. OBVIOUSLY the appropriate dental and manipulative treatments are to be given, as clinically indicated.

Varicose veins: Calc fluor, Pulsatilla, Naja

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