Monday, July 5, 2010

Homeopathy First-Aid Remedies

What Is Homeopathy?

Homeopathy is a complete system of medicine that aims to promote general health by reinforcing the body's own natural healing capacity. It doesn't have treatments for diseases it has remedies for people with diseases. It is about why a remedy is given and not about what is given.
It was founded by Samuel Hahnemann, in 1790. He believed that the symptoms and signs of an illness are in fact attempts on the part of the organism to heal itself. So when a substance capable of producing a similar symptom to that of a disease is used it encourages a powerful strengthening of the defense mechanism.

Bites And Stings

For bites and stings you can use Apis Mellica, Ledum, Natrum muriaticum, Staphysagria, and Urtica urens.

Apis Mellica is made from honeybees. To prepare this remedy, the entire live honeybee is crushed and highly diluted by mixing it into a water-and-alcohol base.

Ledum is the number one remedy for bee stings. It's also known as wild rosemary and is sometimes called marsh tea. It's found in bogs across Northern Europe, Canada, and the United States. This remedy is prepared from the whole plant. It is gathered, dried, and crushed into powder. Then it's diluted to nontoxic levels in a water and alcohol mix.

Natrum muriaticum is a good remedy for bee and wasp stings. It's basically salt, or sodium chloride. It's prepared by adding pure sodium chloride to boiling water. After the salt has dissolved the solution is filtered and crystallized by evaporation. The final product is diluted in water to the desired potency.

Staphysagria works really good in children who get mosquito bites, which become large and irritating. It's also known as palmated larkspur and grows in Southern Europe and Asia. The seeds are used to make ointments and antidotes.

Urtica urnens is for people with hives. It's also known as annual nettle. It has a long tradition of use for many ailments in Western herbalism and it's still highly valued today. To prepare this remedy the whole flowering plant, including the root, is steeped in alcohol.

See a doctor immediately

For bites and stings- If you are bitten or stung by something that is known to be poisonous or if you have bad reactions to bites and stings.

If after the bite or sting your conscious level is impaired or if the swelling is sever and rapid, especially if it affects your mouth and throat or if you have difficulty breathing.


For bruses you can use Arnica, Bellis per, Hypericum, Lachesis, Ledum, Ruta, and Symphytum.

Arnica is the number one remedy for bruises. It's also known as Leopard's Bane, Mountain daisy, and Mountain tobacco. Usually the flowers, leaves, stems, and roots are crushed and mashed into a pulp and then slowly soaked in some alcohol. Then the remedy is made to undergo the homeopathic dilution process. During this process the substance will lose its toxic natute. It is then ready for use.

Bellis per can be used when Arnica isn't working that well. It's good for deep injuries to muscles and joints. It's also known as European daisy, Garden daisy, or Bruisewort. It grows throughout Europe and the eastern part of the United States. The parts used for remedies is the fresh plant in flower.

Lachesis is good for black eyes. It aids blood re absorption. It's a snake that's also known as Bushmaster or Surukuku. It's found in South America. In this remedy the venom is used. To prepare the remedy the venom is extracted from the snake and then diluted in large quantities of milk sugar.

Ledum is also good for black eyes and sever bruises.

Ruta is good for bruises on the elbow, shin or kneecap. It's a plant called Ruta graveciens. It's also known as Rue, Herb of grace, Herb of repentance, Bitter herb, or Rue bitterwort. It has been prescribed herbally since the time of ancient Greece and Egypt. It's native to Southern Europe, but it's cultivated worldwide. To prepare this remedy, the herb is collected just before blossoming. It is then pounded to a pulp and pressed for its juice. The juice is then diluted in a water-and-alcohol base.

Symphtum is used when you have trauma to a cartilage or periosteum. It's good to use when you have a blunt injury to the eyeball. It's also known as Comfrey or Knit bone.


For burns you can use Calendula, Cantharis, Causticum, Phosphorus, and Urtica urens.

Calendula is the number one remedy for first degree burns. It can also be used to dress second degree burns. It's also known as Pot marigold. To prepare this remedy the finely chopped, fresh flowers and leaves are steeped in alcohol. (First degree burns are burns that are red but have no blisters).

Cantharis is the number one remedy for second degree burns. It's also known as the Spanish fly. It's actually a beetle that's found in Southern France and Spain. To prepare this remedy the beetles are collected at daybreak, when they are sluggish. Then they are heated in steam of boiling vinegar until they're dead. Then they're crushed and mixed with successively greater amounts of milk sugar. The resulting powder is highly dilute. (Second degree burns are burns that have blisters but no skin loss).

Causticum is the number one remedy for third degree burns. It's also good for old burns that don't resolve and ill effects of burns. It's also known as potassium hydrate. It's prepared chemically by distilling freshly burned lime, potassium bisulfate, and water. (Third degree burns are serious burns that require medical attention and often skin grafting).

Phosphorus is good for electrical burns or shocks. Phosporus is found in phosphates and living matter. To prepare this remedy, pure phoshorus is diluted in large quantities of milk sugar.

Other preparations that are recommended for minor burns include Nelson's Burn Ointment and Pakua. Pakua is a preparation that aids healing in all sorts of injuries where the skin is damaged.

See a doctor immediately

For burns- For any third degree burn. These burns involve the full thickness of the skin and are likely to be less painful than first and second degree burns. So don't be fooled into underestimating the severity of a serious burn by the lack of pain.

If you have second degree burns and it's blistering and has loss of the top surface of the skin and is very sore and painful.

The second degree burn occurs on sensitive skin such as the face, hands, or genitals.
If the second degree burn is larger than a hand size.

In electrical burns don't forget to isolate the power before touching the person, or you can pull them off using non-conductive materials such as rubber, plastic, or dry wood. Do not dress or interfere with sever burns until you've seen an expert.

Cuts And Scrapes

For cuts and scrapes you can use Calendula, Hypericum, and Staphysagria.

With Calendula use a tincture instead of an antiseptic to clean and dress shallow wounds. Use the tincture topically in a dilution of 1:25 with sterile or boiled water. It's good for excessive pain, in clean cuts with stinging pain, and torn lacerations. You can also use it as a mouthwash after having a tooth pulled.

Hypericum can be used in deep cuts with a lot of pain and hypersensitivity to touch. It's also used for lacerated fingers and any injuries to fingers, toes, anus, spine, coccyx, palms, soles, or teeth.

Staphysagria can be used to clean cuts and after operations for lacerations. It's good for injuries that were made from sharp instruments.

See a doctor immediately

For any puncture wound that has been cause by a sharp object.

Hemorrhage (bleeding). The severity of the wound and the bleeding will dictate the degree of urgency and need for help.

Dislocated Joints

For dislocated joints you can use Arnica and Ruta.

Arnica is the number one remedy. After the joint has been put back into place you may need to follow with Rhus tox or another remedy.

See a doctor immediately

For joints and muscles- If you lose full range of movement of the joint.

The injured part is distorted, deformed, or unstable in any way.

You have pain or spasm of the surrounding muscles. This might mean that you have a fracture.

If there is marked swelling or bleeding under the skin.

If you have coldness, blueness, or numbness of the injury, or the part beyond the injury. This may mean that you have damage to the blood or nervous supply of that area


For fractures you can use Arnica, Bryonia, Calcium phosphorica, Eupatorium perfoliatum, Silca, and Symphytum.

Arnica helps with the shock, bruising, and swelling. It's usually the first remedy you need to use because of the shock.

Bryonia is sometimes used for fractured ribs when you have pain when you move. It is also known as White bryony or Wild hops. The remedy is prepare from the root, which is harvested in Spring. An extract pressed from the root pulp is mixed with alcohol into a extremely dilute solution.

Calcium phosphorica aids the nutrition of bones. It may be used if the person is malnourished or the bones are not healing. It's a mineral salt that's the main constituent of of bones and teeth. It is prepared chemically from dilute phosphoric acid and calcium hydroxide.

Eupatorium perfoliatum is used when the main symptom is pain and the person doesn't have that much bruising. It's also known as Bone-set and is usually taken as a tea or tincture.

Silica may be used if a small chip has come off the bone. It's also known as quartz, rock crystal, or pure flint. To prepare this remedy Silica powder is mixed with sodium carbonate through a pharmaceutical process of substance dilution.

Symphytum is the number one remedy and is used only after the bones have been set. It may also be used when the bones aren't healing.

See a doctor immediately

For neck or back injury- If you think you have a fracture or serious neck injury. Don't move a person with this type of injury. Wait for expert help to arrive.

Sprains And Strains

For sprains and strains you can use Arnica, Bellis perennis, Bryonia, Calcarea phosphorica, Ledum, and Rhus tox.

Arnica is the number one remedy for muscles. It's used after overexertion of muscles when you have pulled a muscle and have pain and stiffness. It's also good after overexertion or straining of ligaments and joints when you have considerable swelling, bruising, and inflammation around the joint. You often have to use Rhus toxicodendron after Arnica before complete resolution occurs.

Bryonia is used for ligaments and joints when the pain is bad when you barely move and continued movement only makes it worse. It's also good for some swelling.

Calcarea Phosphorica is used when nutrition is a problem and is causing healing to be slow and prolonged.

Ledum is used when the fibrous tissues and joint have been affected.

Rhus tox is the number one remedy for ligaments and joints. It's also used for overexerted muscles. It's used on muscles after the most acute symptoms have gone or when the pain is bad when you first move but gets better after continued movement. It's also known as poison ivy or poison oak. It grows throughout North America and Canada. This remedy is prepared from plants that are gathered at night, when it's said that the oil is at its most potent state. The leaves and stalks are pounded to a pulp then mixed with alcohol. It is then strained and diluted.

Sun And Heat Stroke

For sun and heat stroke you can use Belladonna, Cuprum, and Glonoin.

Belladonna is used for fever, throbbing headache, bright red face, and stupor. It's also known as deadly night shade and devil's cherries. To prepare the remedy, all parts of the plant are used. The plant is crushed and pressed. The extract juice is mixed with alcohol in an extremely dilute preparation.

Cuprum is used for heat exhaustion. It's also known as copper and is found in rocks worldwide.

Flonoin is used for sunstroke, fever, throbbing headache, red face, and stupor. It's also known as glyceryl trinitrate or nitroglycerin. It's prepared chemically by adding glycerin to a mixture of nitric and sulfuric acids.

See a doctor immediately

For heat and sunstroke- If you have signs of mild shock which include being cold, clammy, pale tired, have nausea, have a raised heart rate or have muscle cramps.
The level of consciousness is affected. You may feel drowsy or dull.

If you don't show any signs of increased strength and vitality after an hour of cool rest.

For sunstroke- Sunstroke is a medical emergency because the body's temperature mechanism has been overloaded and has failed. Your skin will be hot, red, and often dry. You may show signs of impaired consciousness or confusion and even convulsions. You should do whatever it takes to cool your body below 102 degrees Fahrenheit as quickly as you can while you wait for expert help.

When To See The Doctor

Within 24 hours

If you have a wound that becomes infected. You will have increased pain, swelling, and redness. Especially if the inflammation runs from the wound in red streaks toward the body.

All animal bites should be examined by your doctor.

If you haven't had a tetanus shot in awhile and you have puncture wounds or lacerations.

Any unexpected impairment of use of your injured part.

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