Homeopathy is a flexible form of natural medicine, which can be a powerful ally in surgical recovery.  Remedies are chosen individually to match your situation, the nature of your surgery, and the symptoms you are experiencing.  

In surgical recovery, as in healing from an injury, it is fine to use more than one remedy if your symptoms call for them.  Homeopathy provides a stimulus to your body’s own restorative healing ability, and should be taken according to minimum dose principles – once healing is well under way, no further doses should be needed.

Below are details of twelve of the remedies most frequently used after surgery to aid healing.


Most surgical cases will respond well to Arnica.  This remedy is best taken soon after your surgery, and will reduce pain, swelling and bruising.  It will reduce recovery time, and supports your emotional recovery from the trauma of surgery, alongside physical healing.


Hypericum is known as the ‘Arnica of the Nerves’.  It is a very useful remedy where there is acute post-operative pain.  It will also help in cases where the site of the surgery is acutely sensitive and painful to touch.  


Calendula is effective in preventing post-operative infection, and like Arnica can be used routinely.  Calendula also promotes closure of surgical wounds (and because of this it is imperative they are kept scrupulously clean).  In addition, Calendula is helpful in reducing pain, especially where the affected area is sore and tender.  If the affected area is covered or internal, this remedy can be taken in potency (tablet or pillule form), and it can also be used in topical application* to support healing after minor surgery.  *Use 5 drops of Calendula or Hypercal (a combination of Calendula and Hypericum) tincture to one tablespoon of cool boiled water.


This remedy is frequently needed to aid recovery following abdominal or pelvic surgery, and especially following invasive procedures such as colonoscopy or catheterisation.  It will assist in the healing of surgical incisions, especially where there is lasting pain and sensitivity.  Staphysagria is indicated in problems following abdominal surgery, including painful colic that dates from surgery.  This remedy will also help with the emotional impact of invasive procedures.

Bellis perennis

Bellis perennis is a remedy made from the European Daisy, and is in the same plant family as Arnica.  It has some similar indications to Arnica in post operative healing, and it is often helpful where swelling and bruised soreness remains after treatment with Arnica.  It is especially indicated following deep tissue procedures, including abdominal, pelvic or breast surgery.


Aconite is best known as a remedy for fright and emotional shock, and it will be indicated if this is associated with a surgical procedure.  It is also the main remedy to think of following any type of eye surgery, especially if there is significant pain, inflammation and photophobia.


China is known as a remedy for the effects of fluid loss after acute illness, such as vomiting and diarrhoea, and excessive perspiration.  It may also be indicated in recovery from surgery where there has been significant haemorrhage, and will support the individual’s recovery (alongside other measures), especially where there is exhaustion and marked weakness.


Phosphorus is the main remedy to think of for the after effects of anaesthesia, including weakness and brain fog.


Causticum is the main remedy to think of for retention of urine after surgery or labour.


Sticta is a less well known remedy, and has a specific use for sleeplessness following surgery, including after setting of fractures.

Mag phos

Mag phos is one of the main remedies for neuralgic pain, and can be helpful in post operative pain, especially where the pain feels worse for cold and better for warmth and warm applications.

Ferrum phos

Ferrum phos is used after surgery of the nose and throat, to relieve soreness and reduce bleeding.

I offer personalised homeopathic treatment to support you after surgery or dental work.  Appointments are either 20 minutes or 30 minutes long, and provide detailed advice about the most suitable remedies to support your recovery and reduce pain and discomfort.  Appointments are via Zoom and can be booked here: https://karenleadbeater.co.uk/work-with-me/