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Whilst it must be emphasised that the practice of homeopathy entails a detailed knowledge of Materia Medica, nevertheless First Aid and Domestic Emergencies can often be treated safely and effectively at home. This is partly because of the affinities of various remedies for particular tissues and because experience has shown that common minor injuries and ailments may also be safely treated. Provided the doses are not repeated too frequently or over too long a period they will not do harm. The indications for the remedies below come historically from various homeopathic Materia Medica and the principles of homeopathy. However, whatever the problem, it must be strongly emphasised that if any of these conditions do not readily yield to treatment or appear to be serious, conventional medical help MUST be sought.
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COMMON FIRST AID REMEDIES
ARNICA - This is historically the No. 1 remedy for injuries as it may deal with shock and bruising. It removes the blood back into the vessels as well. Give Arnica first in every First Aid situation. Good for sprains and strains. It may also be tried for severe exhaustion and jet lag. NB If using Arnica tincture it must not be used on broken skin as it can cause a rash.
ACONITE – Fright is the keynote of this remedy when there is great anxiety and sudden emotions. It is for any complaint that comes on suddenly after exposure to cold dry windy conditions. Coughs, colds, chills, fevers that come on suddenly may need this remedy especially if there is congested pain with restlessness. It can also be used in an emergency situation for a panic attack.
APIS – This is used for bee stings and insect bites where there is a lot of swelling, heat, redness and stinging pains. It is > cold applications and < heat. It is also an emergency measure for anaphylactic shock to give on the way to the hospital!
ARGENTUM NITRICUM – Fear and anxiety before an event, flying and ordeals of every kind. There is distension of the stomach, burping, palpitations, diarrhoea especially after sweet things.
ARSENICUM ALBUM – for simple food poisoning with diarrhoea and vomiting. Feel cold and fearful – frightened to be left alone. < 11.00pm – 1.00am. Complaints after exposure to wet and damp.
BELLADONNA - A simple fever with great heat which follows Aconite well. Red, hot, skin, dilated pupils, throbbing pains. < light, noise and jarring. Throbbing acute headaches and mild sunstroke. > bending backwards, sitting or standing erect. Sudden and violent onset of conditions.
BELLIS PERENIS - Specific for bruising of soft tissue like the breast and internal organs. Ailments after a blow. Good for internal bruising after a hysterectomy. It is also called the Gardeners friend as it works well for aches after gardening.
BRYONIA – A dry remedy. Dry fever, dry cough < for any movement, company or talking. Dry lips, thirst, irritable. Bursting headache < any movement. Must stay still. Red swollen, shiny joints, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, sciatica. A stitching pain > pressure. Appendix pains to be given on the way to the hospital. Symptoms which develop slowly – specific. < heat > cold.
CALENDULA – the healing remedy. Use the tincture as an antiseptic. For all infections and inflammations where flesh is torn. It may prevent pus formation. Beware that there is no infection inside the wound or the skin will close up and keep it in! Can be bought as a cream and useful for children’s cuts and scrapes.
CANTHARIS – burns and scalds with blistering. Stops the pain.
CARBO VEG – Air hunger, wants to be fanned but is chilly. Bluish colour. After near drowning or electric shock and patient is cold, blue and lifeless and awaiting medical help. Indigestion with a lot of wind.
CAUSTICUM – Also for burns. Take a 30C potency and the pain goes in about 7 mins I have personally noticed!
CHAMOMILLA – great sensitivity to pain. Teething in babies. Very irritable.
CHINA – Any illness when a patient is weak after the loss of vital fluids e.g. vomiting, haemorrhage, sweating, diarrhoea. Distension of abdomen, flatulence, burping and discomfort. Oversensitivity.
COCCULUS – Used for sea sickness and travel sickness. Nausea, dizziness < motion > sitting still or lying on side
COLOCYNTHUS – Used for colic in babies which is > doubling up > hard pressure. Also menstrual colic.
EUPATORIUM PERFORLATUM – A well known Flu remedy with symptoms of fever with great thirst, aching, bone pain, bruised and aching muscles in back, chest and limbs. Scanty sweat. Restless, chilly, nausea. Weakness. < cold air < 7 –9am < motion. Sick headache, nausea at the sight of food. > vomiting.
GELSENIUM – Also for flu but with no thirst. Comes on over a couple of days. Nerves affected. Heaviness in limbs. Face a dusky red colour with heavy droopy eyelids. Muscles won’t do as they are told.
HEPAR SULPHURIS – Eruptions, boils, whitlows by nails, Ailments that are made worse by a draft of air. Abscesses, sensitive to touch. Sore throats, earache that has yellow thick discharge. Pain that is splinter like.
HYPERICUM – for injuries that are rich in nerves, like fingers, toes. It is a specific for the pain from a fall on the coccyx . Use the tincture or cream for very painful cuts, grazes and burns. Also use tincture as an antiseptic..
IGNATIA - Emotional and mental stress with grief, worry and disappointment. Characteristic signing. Moody. Illness after a loss or shock. < tobacco smoke. Anger and then suppressed tears or emotions after a loss. Globus hysterica ( an imaginary feeling of a lump in throat)
IPECAC – Colic with nausea. Giddiness, vomiting. Profuse saliva. Any complaint where there is strong nausea. No thirst.
LEDUM - Puncture wounds, which are cold to touch, wounds from rusty nails, bites, needles, wasp stings. (Aches and pains that are > ice)
MAGNESIUM PHOSPHATE – Bad cramping pains which are > heat > pressure and doubling up. Especially period pains.
MERCURIUS – pus, bad breath, offensive profuse sweat. Excessive saliva. Thick yellow discharges. < warmth and < cold. Sore throats, ear pains. throat infection after the pus has formed.
NUX VOM – Hangovers. Illness after too much rich food > fresh air < indoors. Chilly and irritable. Fever when every movement causes shivering even when wrapped up. Piles.
PHOSPHORUS – After effects of anaesthetics particularly after injections for dental treatment. Jet lag. Dry irritating cough. Loss of voice. Craves ice cream and ice cold drinks. > for sleep.
PULSATILLA – Earache. Weepiness, clinging dependant, whining. Craves attention. Craves fresh air, likes the windows open. > walking in fresh air. Very changeable. No thirst. Cough > vinegar
RHUS TOX – Aches and pains which are < first movement > on continued movement. < damp < rest < cold > warmth. Restless. Often stops the irritation in chicken pox.
RUTA GRAV – Strains, tendons, ligaments and cartilage. Dislocations and eyestrain. < with motion < lying on painful side. < cold > warmth
SULPHUR – > open air. Boils, inflammations, a hot person, burning pains, offensive discharges.
SILICA – splinters, promotes rejection of thorns, glass etc. Boils, abscesses. MUST NOT BE USED if patient has anything artificial in body like new hip joint, pacemaker as it may cause rejection.
URTICA URENS, for any simple itching rash which is red and blotchy or spotty. Hives whatever the cause. Sunburn, nettle stings, insect bites etc.
Rescue Remedy – Loss, shock, fright, upset.
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