Injuries are relativelycommon and we all know how to apply a Band-Aid. With more serious cuts and grazes however, the use of Homeopathy can make a real difference to the pain, inflammation and healing. Sam Adkins, The Homeopathic Coach outlines what she did when her son cut himself badly recently.
When my son cut his thumb it was a great opportunity to put homeopathy into practice.
It was a sizeable cut, and blood flowed instantly and very freely. This meant it was difficult to see the extent of the injury. On top of this we discovered that a normally stoic child was making a lot of noise suggesting that the pain was pretty severe (the fingers are rich in nerve endings). In addition, it seemed the patient was having a strong reaction to seeing a lot of his own blood (this is common) and can cause faintness as mild shock can occur.
Just to add to the whole drama, we were fishing on a boat mid harbour and about 30 minutes from the nearest ER!
So what did we do?
- As it was a small injury with no immediate danger from blood loss, we flushed the wound out with clean water to clean it, but also to get a good look at the extent of the injury.
- We then applied pressure and a clean dressing from the on-board first aid kit to address the bleeding.
- During most of this part the patient was made comfortable lying down as he was feeling faint from mild shock.
Simultaneously as there were enough assisting pairs of hands, the patient received a dose of Arnica 30 which was to hand; and the dosage was repeated 10 minutes later. This helped to slow the bleeding but was not sufficient for the pain and shock. The dose was increased to Arnica 200 and within 2-3 minutes the pain levels had dropped considerably, the colour was coming back to the patient’s face and the bleeding had stopped. He was also given Bach’s Rescue remedy (available in your local health store) in a convenient spray format (great because he was horizontal). This was the best thing I had to hand to calm the patient apart from reassurance and cuddles!
Arnica 200 was given again at the hospital (to help with the pain and distress) while the wound was cleaned thoroughly and dressed:and a happy and calm child emerged!
So what other homeopathic medicines can you use?
Arnica: Remember that mild shock is often present with an injury and Arnica is not just for pain, inflammation and bruising and bleeding.
Hypericum: This is the number 1 homeopathic medicine for injuries to nerve rich parts of the body such as fingers, toes, spine. If I had had this medicine handy on the boat, I would have given it in this case after an initial dose of Arnica 200.
Staphisagria: Use this medicine for deep, clean cuts or cuts that have a stabbing pain or sensation. Give 30th potency 15-30 minutes part until the pain subsides.
Calendula: This homeopathic medicine can speed healing so well that it is not advised that you apply it externally on very deep cuts. This is because it is important to let the deep layers heal first before the outside layers. You can use it on shallow cuts and grazes as a tincture or apply it in a cream, spray or gel.
Millefollium: This is the medicine to use if the wound has significant bleeding or if the wound is bleeding slowly without clotting as expected.
Treating cuts and grazes is just one small part of Homeopathy and First Aid. If you want to know how to treat all First Aid conditions with Homeopathy, get on board with The Homeopathic Coach’s E-Guide to First Aid.
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Happy Homeopathic home prescribing!
© Sam Adkins 2008
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