What is Homeopathy?
Treatment & Remedies
Injuries & Disorders
Homeopathy Introductory Course
HOMEOPATHIC HELP for
There are two
main ways where homeopathy can help you in your day to
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.
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
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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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
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
Adolescents: (Osgood -Schlatters Disease,
Scheuermanns Disease): Calcarea phosphorica (Calc
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
Periosteal injury: Ruta grav.
Plantar callosities: Antimonium crudum
Plantar fasciitis: Ruta grav, (and appropriate
TMJ dysfunction:Rhus tox. OBVIOUSLY the
appropriate dental and manipulative treatments are to be
given, as clinically indicated.
Varicose veins: Calc fluor, Pulsatilla,