Two years ago I published a blog post entitled Nine Remedies for the Emergency Room, in which I described the power of a well matched homeopathic remedy in situations of emergency first aid. There are so many more that I have decided to write about a further nine remedies. These are among the ones I prescribe most frequently in first aid situations, and prescribed accurately, will effect a rapid improvement in symptoms.
As ever, use your judgement and common sense in dealing with acute and first aid situations. Seek urgent medical advice and examination without delay if there is any cause for concern. If you have a homeopathic remedy kit, take it with you and administer remedies on the way to hospital or walk-in centre if appropriate.
For me, these tiny homeopathic treasures powerfully illustrate the place and value of homeopathy in first aid and emergency medicine.
Bryonia has a wide range of action, and is well known as a remedy for coughs and influenza, where the picture matches. Its great benefit in emergency cases is in conditions which are excessively painful, especially upon the slightest movement or exertion. It is especially helpful, for example, in shoulder injuries and frozen shoulder, knee injuries and knee surgery, carpal tunnel syndrome, stress fractures, and any other situation in which the pain is much worse on movement. Very typically, the person will feel some relief if the affected part is bandaged or otherwise immobilised, and they will often want firm pressure to help with the pain.
Cantharis is the first remedy to think of in painful burns, which often blister rapidly. The burning pain may be very violent and intense. This is one of my very favourite first aid remedies, as in many such cases Cantharis will relieve suffering swiftly – the pain typically reduces significantly soon after the first dose. Think of Cantharis in kitchen burns or scalds, for example.
Carbolicum acidum (Carb-ac) is a less well known remedy, which has an important place in emergency medicine. It is used for anaphylaxis following bee and other insect stings, with characteristic swelling of the face and tongue. I recommend to my clients who are especially susceptible to insect stings that they keep a small kit of remedies in their bag alongside their Epipen, and this would include Carb-ac and Apis, among others.
Conium is a remedy which has a wide range of uses in treating chronic health problems, but in first aid it is used in the treatment of injuries. Conium is beneficial in injuries to soft tissues and glands, with a characteristic induration or hardening of the affected area. For example, injuries to the breasts which produce a hard and painful lump correspond to Conium, which will often help in such cases (compare Bellis-p).
Hepar sulph is a key remedy used in the treatment of infected wounds and abscesses. It is especially indicated where the site is intensely sensitive and painful to touch, with pain that is typically sharp, stabbing or splinter-like.
Millefolium is a remedy which is best known for its use in haemorrhage, and in particular it is used in first aid treatment for haemorrhages following injury. It is said to be especially indicated in wounds that bleed profusely following a fall (compare Arnica). Millefolium can be given prophylactically to patients with a history of bleeding, before they undergo surgery.
Nux vomica is a well known homeopathic remedy, with a wide sphere of action in both chronic and first aid treatment. As a first aid remedy, it is particularly known for its use in conditions attended by abdominal cramping and nausea, where the picture matches. For example, it is used in situations where there is persistent nausea, but the urge to vomit is ineffectual. Nux vomica is also helpful for individuals who react badly to certain drugs, which produce digestive and neurological side effects.
Silica has an important use in first aid. Its best known and primary use is in the removal of foreign bodies, for example, thorns and splinters, that have become lodged in the body and are difficult to remove manually. Silica has an especially powerful centrifugal action, and will push foreign bodies to the surface. NB Caution should be taken if you have a stent or pacemaker fitted, as prolonged use of Silica, while it would be unlikely to push out the device, could in theory affect its function in some way. However, fillings, crowns and dental implants appear not to be affected.
Staphysagria is a helpful remedy for pain following invasive procedures (including colonoscopy, catheterisation), slow healing following deep surgical procedures, and where there is concern about peritonitis following abdominal surgery.
If you would like further information about first aid prescribing in homeopathy, and when and how you can use the remedies for first aid treatment at home, you can download my free e-book My Top Ten Homeopathic Remedies here.
Some first aid situations are beyond the scope of self-prescribing, or may appear to be first aid or acute complaints, but are in fact flare-ups of a deeper, chronic condition. In either case you are welcome to contact me for further advice. Click here to send me an email.