This is a new article in my occasional series of blog posts on homeopathic remedies for first aid and emergencies.  See here and here for previous articles on this topic.

While homeopathy can work to gradually restore health in a long term chronic case, it can also act extremely quickly in acute and emergency situations.  Here is a further selection of remedies that are often used in emergency first aid.  As always, 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 cause for concern.  If you have a homeopathic remedy kit, you can take it with you and administer remedies on the way to a hospital or medical centre if appropriate.  

For me, these tiny homeopathic treasures once again powerfully illustrate the place and value of homeopathy in first aid and emergency medicine.

Arsenicum album

This remedy is typically found in homeopathic first aid remedy kits, and has a wide range of use in acute and emergency care.  In acute care its main indications are: internal burning pains, with external and subjective coldness.  The person is typically mentally restless and anxious, but physically weak and debilitated.  It is the first remedy to think of in cases of food poisoning (especially after bad meat), acute gastroenteritis (with diarrhoea and vomiting), or acute respiratory infections, where the symptom picture matches.


Many people know of the remedy Chamomilla in its use as a teething remedy for young children.  The particular character of teething pain gives a clue to its wider use in acute pain management in other situations.  Chamomilla is a match for acute pain which is experienced as completely intolerable: the person may become distressed, despairing, or angry and irritable with the pain.  Pain may be accompanied by restlessness, as well as vomiting or faintness.  The pain may be so severe as to prevent sleep.  Examples of the situations where this picture may arise: acute dental pain, period pain, labour pain, headache and abdominal pain or colic.  

Eupatorium perfoliatum

Eup-per is better known in homeopathy as a remedy for influenza, with pain in the bones so intense it can feel as if they are broken.  One of its local names in the US is Boneset.  This correspondence means that Eup-per is also a useful remedy for bone pain more generally.  It can be used to ease the pain of fractures or dislocations.


Belladonna is used in the treatment of acute pain which is sudden, violent and intense.  Pain tends to come on in short attacks, and is throbbing, pulsating or bursting in character.  It may be accompanied by a rush of blood to the head, with redness and heat in the face.  Pain may be right sided, worse at night, and with restless sleep.  Examples of the situations where this picture may arise: headaches, earaches, toothache, sore throats and injuries – including wounds such as bites or punctured wounds accompanied by throbbing, pulsating pain and heat.


Gunpowder is the first remedy to think of for infected wounds, boils and abscesses.  It can be used as a specific for suppurating wounds, alongside Calendula.


Symphytum is used in first aid treatment for blunt trauma to the eye area, especially where the object strikes the eyeball itself.  Where the pain of the injury is felt in the eyeball, Symphytum is the number one remedy.  Known also by its common name Comfrey, or ‘Knitbone’ colloquially, Symphytum also has an important place in fracture treatment, where it will promote healing in broken bones which are slow to heal.  It is also useful for pain in old wounds or cartilage injuries, where the injury is healed but pain remains.


Phosphorus is a remedy with a wide range of uses in professional care for chronic conditions.  In first aid and emergency use it has several specific indications: it is often used for prolonged bleeding following dental work or surgical procedures.  It is also a very useful remedy for the bad effects of anaesthesia, for example where there is nausea and vomiting after a general anaesthetic.


Ledum is the first remedy to think of in the first aid treatment of punctured wounds (including insect and animal bites), where the affected parts are cold to touch, and feel better for local cold applications.  It is also a remedy for black eye (bruising) after a blow to the eye area, which feels better for external cold applications.

Mag phos

Mag phos is an important remedy for acute pain management, sometimes referred to as the ‘homeopathic aspirin’ due to its reputation in resolving acute neuralgic pain.  Typical pain sensations are sharp, stabbing, radiating or shooting, and pains are typically experienced as sudden, like an electric shock or lightning.  The pain tends to be aggravated by cold, and eased by warmth and warm applications.  Examples of the situations where this picture may arise: toothache, period pains, back pain, abdominal pain (colic), headaches, earaches.

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