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Homeopathic medicines are helpful in preventing infection, pain relief and bleeding control. They act best in burns, nerve pains, fast healing of cuts and for fracture of bones. Homeopathy needs individualization for chronic diseases, but for cuts, burns and fractures, all need a similar stimulus to heal their injury. Homeopathic remedies are very easy to prescribe in general first aid especially in sports injuries. They are usually very effective in reducing the pain of injury and speeding the healing process.
The following are some of the remedies in Homeopathy that are mostly used in first aid.You can add to this discussion by posting more First Aid Remedy options.................................................

Aconite: sudden-Shock,anxiety,fear(comes on sudden)Fear of flying

Arnica: Most common first aid for all injuries. It helps reduce shock, relieve pain, diminish swelling and begin healing. Arnica is a great remedy for injuries to muscles, and also when there is pain from over exertion. It removes bad effects of shock from injury, prevents septic conditions and works well for mechanical injuries received even years previously.I have seen amazing cases of 20+ years of injury after accident "never been well since" cured using i dose of homeopathic Arnica.

Arnica is also the best medicine before and after surgery ( before and after dental surgery, labor, etc... ).
Common conditions for use: Shock or trauma of injury, surgical shock, muscle injuries, pains due to over exertion, concussions and contusions. Sore, lame, bruised feeling/pain all over the body as if it has been beaten, before and after surgery.

Calendula: Stops bleeding from cuts and injuries inhibits infection and promotes granulation of tissues. It helps heal wounds and burns. Calendula helps healing rapidly, and is not recommended for use in deep cuts as sometimes it can close and heal the outside skin before the tissues underneath are completely healed. It is good for neuritis from lacerated wounds, exhaustion from loss of blood, and excessive pain in injured area.
If used after surgery, it prevents disfiguring scars by proper healing.

Common conditions for use: Cuts, burns, abrasions, and after surgery.

Hypericum: Excellent remedy for injuries to nerves (pain along nerve course) or body parts which are richly supplied with nerves (for example, crushed, mashed finger tips or toes, or spinal concussion), and sensitive injured parts with sharp and shooting pains. Hypericum is also good for old injuries to nerves which still seem to bother the person.

Common conditions for use: Injuries to nerves, backaches after surgery with spinal anesthesia, and lacerated injured/inflamed nerves.

Urtica Urens: Helpful in diminishing the pain of burns and in promoting healing.

Common conditions for use: Burns

Cantharis: Is useful for burns and scalds with rawness and smarting pain which are relieved by cold applications.I have seen firsthand treatment in emergency clinics of 3rd degree burns using Cantharis with wonderfull immed.healing results.

Common conditions for use: Burns and scalds.

Ledum pal: Useful for puncture wounds from sharp pointed instruments like needles or a nails. Ledum is also commonly used for insect stings, especially from mosquitoes, and animal bites. It is helpful in healing wounds and preventing tetanus, and relieves localized nerve pains. It is also useful for patients with severe bruising ( black eyes or blows from firm objects), especially if the affected part feels cold yet relieved by cold applications.

Common conditions for use: Puncture wounds, insect bites.

Rhus Tox: Good for pains from spraining or straining a single part,joints, muscle or tendon. Can also be used for bruises, and lameness after sprains, especially of wrists and ankles. Rhus Tox is ideal for pains which are aggravated by initial motion, but better upon continued motion.

Common conditions for use: Sprains and strains, pains from ruptured ligaments and tendons.

Ruta: Good for severe sprains where the person has a torn or wrenched tendon, split ligament or bruised periosteum (bone covering). It can be used for pains due to recent or old injuries to the knee or elbow. It is also good for "Tennis Elbow", and aching in and around the eyes after reading and working on computer.

Common conditions for use: Severe Sprain, injury to the bone

Symphytum: Useful for fractures. Symphytum relieves pain and promotes rapid healing of fractures. Symphytum favors production of Callus (the osseous material woven between ends of a fractured bone that is ultimately replaced by true bone in the healing process). It relieves the peculiar pricking pain and irritability at the fractured point.

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What potencies and dosis should we use in acute cases?
Dear Tihana
Good question;
The answer depends on many factors such as-
1-how sure you are of the well indicated remedy
2-how intense these acute emergency symptoms are
3-what you have (potency)on hand at that moment
4-how sensitive/or not sensitive- the patient is
5-is the emergency more on the mental/emotional side or the physical side
6-is it an antidote to something else (homeopathic or iatrogenic)

Tihana nothing is a simple answer when it comes to homeopathic prescribing....................................................But I am sure you figured this out by now.
How are your hom. lessons going so far?

just a note that i added to other posts here:

Few years ago our beloved Granny was in the garden alone during a very hot summer day. She didn't wear hat and was outside during at noon. I already wrote about this incident in HWC...she had moderate stroke but enough strong as she managed to walk till the door (about 20 meters) in 1 hour. When i sensed her, i helped her on her bed...

We had Carbo Vegetabilis C 9 at home.
5 globules of Carbo Veg C 9 were immediately suckled then 20 minutes later another 5 globules were dissolved in 2 dl of water that she sipped. After the 1st 5 globules 50% amelioration was achieved 12 hours later she had 90% better. The next day she was fine.

What i would like to point out here is that even the lower potency can help if we know which remedy is good for certain basic health symptoms. That's why is very practical to have written/collected the basic remedies' list for acute and emergency cases.

it might be the possibility that it was an attack of TIA ( transient Ischemic attack ) which in most cases is self-limiting within few hours or days without any damage .


Hi Gina,
I don t know why I coulndn t reply directly to your post, so I ll try like this:
let s say that the situation is very acute and I have C30 in my pocket, the person is sensitive and in pshysical pain and mental/emotional schok and has heavy open head injury,.... How and how much C30 I give. how long?
Or if I have C200 or 1000 in the pocket?.... I know it is all individual, but let s imagine the situation in wich we don t have time to ask, or the person is not even conciouss....
And let s say I have a remedy wich is good for some symtpoms but not for all.. Do I give it anyway as it is emergency case and can help a little bit, or rather not?

Sorry I am asking all those questions and "always the same", even if I have my classes I like to hear opinions from other people... Thx for your time, we can really learn from you! I like your approach to the things!
Dear Tihana
If all you have 'in your pocket' is one potency then that is what you use.
Guess work just wont do,Only expierenced practicioners should prescribe in "EMERGENCY" situations.
Emergency is different than acute or chronic prescribing,one needs extra caution in these cases.
No MM to look up,no rep. to seek rubics,its all from memory on what you were trained as a practicioner.
Not advised to do this as a student!
I think and i feel is that in case of acute emergency apart from what Gina Tyler has said we have most important objective symptoms and also if we are not sure of the remedy we may even change within a span of 5 minutes. I think 5 minutes is not a big time, as we can wait and see the response or change the remedy.
As for the acute remedy in Sports injury i shall like to add Natrum Sulph as another important remedy in especially in Head Injury.
I agree with using the potency you have at hand in an acute situation, it is better to give that, rather than wait until you can obtain a different potency.

I use most often 30C - 200C for acute situations, as usually, the patient experiences the acute situation from the point of view of the emotional level - these low to medium high potencies work well when this is the case. If repetition is required, I dilute a dose in a small bottle of water and have the patient shake it up before taking the next dose. I advise to take a repeated dose only when symptoms return.

I also would like to add Bellis Perennis for deep bruising pain, when Arnica fails to relieve the pain.

Should a patient at any time after surgery experience chills (and fear), a dose of Aconitum 200C should take care of that, even if there is no apparent "shock" situation and the patient doesn't feel shocked at the moment of the chills. I've experienced this situation in a patient about 4 days after surgery and 10 days after the accident. (as if he "held it together" for a long time and then let the body experience the shock)

Also, for those working with the Sankaran Method, it may be interesting to know that at the time of the greatest pain, (say once the anaesthesia wears off after a surgery), there is literally no compensation of the core issues, nor any "smoke screens" or "evasive behaviors" or other barriers that normally are well in place. At this moment, it is relatively easy to get to the core sensation, which leads to the constitutional remedy the patient needs at this time.
That remedy will support not only the healing process overall, but clear out symptoms on a deeper level that lead to the accident/surgery situation in the first place.

Claudia Patton
very excellent tips. dr.khan
thank you Gina for beginning this helpful guided discussion, especially for students. There are quite a good number of commonly used emergency remedies. A number of them are listed in the right hand column for the care of influenza. A quick look reveals phosphorus for bleeding, nux-vomica for overdose & constipation/vomiting, mercurius for infection, bryonia for broken bone that wants to be still and worse for movement, carbo-veg has the wind knocked out and needs a fan [rescues new born babies and last breath of patients], belladonna for sudden fever with sore throat or sunstroke [chronic of calcarea carb], cantharis for sunburn or burns ...we know there are many more.
Hi Debby
Thank you-
I feel the same,its great for student homeopaths and for Emergency clinical workers.
These acute remedy solutions become ingrained in our minds when we have many opportunities to put them to use.
Its not always the long chronic complex cases that we see,
often its a quick thinking responsive practicioner who aids the patient.

Since I started this thread in may to my surprize not many have added their own list to this discussion.

Many practicioners dont do Emergency Homeopathic-clinical work-no less its important to know this information.Who knows when it will come in handy!

I was working in a verry remote clinic in Bali Indonesia many years ago. The clinic was closed after certain hours,I would stay in a jungle guest room. At aprox 2AM A father and toddler daughter came pouncing at the door of this guestroom asking for help.
It was pitch dark (forest/no electricity/no lights)
All I heard was "Please help my child!"
Awoke from my deep sleep,ran outside with only a flashlight.
No- MM,NO Repertory, And Half my braincells- Trying to figure out what remedy might help right NOW.
I gave her the Emergency Well indicated acute remedy and it worked.
The Next day I saw this child for a follow up in the clinic properly.
Her father was verry poor had No money to give,So he gave a bunch of Papayas from his tree as payment,he was beyond gratefull!

This is what I mean By EMERGENCY acute remedies-
There are sO many many more We can all share with each other here at HWC.
You are well versed and can deal with emergencies even with half your brain cells on alert. Thinking on your toes! Listening to real scenarios and stories make the remedies memorable as they come to life.


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