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Homoeopathy In First Aid

Homeopathy is a safe and effective system of medicine. Homeopathy has remedies to treat all sorts of illnesses which can be used with confidence for treating the whole family from babyhood to old age. It is simple to use, has no bad taste or smell and has no side effects. Every home should have a simple, readily accessible first aid box containing sticking plasters, cotton wool and bandages. The addition of a few homeopathic medicines, which are easily available in your local homoeopathic pharmacy means you can deal quickly and effectively with any accidents in the home as well as common ailments such as the sudden onset of cold symptoms etc.

All homoeopathic remedies should be stored in a clean cool, dry place away from light, heat, electrical interference and strong smells. Do not keep your homeopathic remedies in the same box as aromatherapy oils, for example, or with any strong-smelling substance. Carefully stored homeopathic remedies will last a long, long time. While giving homoeopathic dose, avoid touching the tablets. Let the tablets dissolve slowly under the tongue. Remedies can be taken at any time of day but ideally allow a gap of at least 30 minutes away from food and drinks. Discontinue treatment when the symptoms have abated and only repeat remedies when and if pain or other symptoms return. But do visit a professional Homeopath when more serious or chronic conditions arise.

1) Arnica: Every accident, whether great or small, is accompanied by some degree of shock. Keeping the person warm is vital. Giving Arnica 30 will help. It is especially useful when the person pushes help away, insisting that they’ll be all right in a minute, but it is also useful for panic. Arnica will help in bruises and sprains. It is useful for tired, aching, over-worked muscles after too much gardening or unaccustomed exercise. You can also take Arnica after dental treatment when there is bruising. Whether it is a fall, an accident or surgery, Arnica is the first remedy to think of to reduce bruising and speed up the body’s own healing process. Gentle massage with Arnica cream relieves swellings but do not use it if the skin is broken.

2) Calendula tincture made into a lotion (1 teaspoon to a pint of cooled boiled water) should be used to bathe and clean an open wound. It inhibits the proliferation of germs so sepsis will not form in a wound properly cleaned with Calendula. Don’t forget to give Arnica internally for shock and bruising while the wound is being cleaned and dressed.

3) Ledum Pal is invaluable for punctured wounds, from nails or barbed wire for instance. It will quickly reduce the shooting and pricking pains. Use Ledum 30 internally every 4 hours and clean and dress the wound with Calendula. Typically, a wound requiring Ledum feels numb, is cold to the touch but better for cold applications.

4) Hypericum: Some injuries are especially painful. Nerve-rich tissues such as the spine, fingers and toes will benefit from Hypericum 30. It is the remedy to think of for fingers crushed in a car door, a heavy block falling on toes, or a fall affecting the spine or coccyx. It will also soothe pain in the coccyx after giving birth. Apply Hypericum tincture to bites and stings and wherever there is pain shooting up the limbs from the site of a wound.

5) Rhustox: One of the most common injuries is a sprain – usually the wrist or ankle. Usually the joint remains functional but there will be pain and swelling. Rest is important and a support bandage will help to reduce the swelling. To bandage an ankle, start the bandage under the foot and wind it in a figure of eight pattern around the ankle and back around the foot, overlapping the bandage on each turn. Give Arnica for shock and bruising. After that give Rhustox 30. It is a wonderful remedy for stiffness. Use it also for rheumatism, especially where the joint is stiff to begin with and gradually improves with movement.

6) Pulsatilla is a great remedy to have in your first aid box. It is useful for the family’s coughs and colds, for painful periods and for teething infants. A good clue for prescribing Pulsatilla is that the person can seem a bit weepy or clingy but always feels better by being out in the fresh air. Pulsatilla can help in gastric disturbances, especially if the cause is pork, pastry or bad fish or meat. There will be nausea, a bad taste in the mouth and dryness, together with bloating of the stomach and colicky pains. The patient is without thirst, restless and better from having the windows open.

7) Nux Vomica is also a good remedy for poor digestion, especially when the cause is over-indulgence. It is a marvelous hangover remedy. It is a quick and effective remedy when cold threatens and can save the whole family a great deal of misery.

8) Arsenicum 30, taken in half-hour doses at the very first sign of a cold may abort it altogether. People needing Arsenicum will be anxious, restless and fearful.  Give Aconite 30 if the chill is due to exposure to cold wind. Nux Vomica colds also come on after exposure to cold winds with fluent coryza in the morning and blocked flow at night. The patient will be unable to get warm, irritable and impatient. Give Nux Vomica 30 every two hours.

9) Belladonna: In young children, the early stages of cold may be accompanied by fever for which parents may think of using Paracetamol. Belladonna 30 is a good substitute. The patient will be thirsty, the face will be flushed red and there may be headache of a throbbing kind. Giving water with a little lemon juice to drink and gentle sponging with lukewarm water will also help to bring down a temperature.

10) Gelsemium is useful for colds or early stages of ‘flu’ where the person is chilly with heavy, aching limbs. Keep Gelsemium 30 handy for anticipatory anxiety and stage fright before exams, interviews or driving tests. The nervous Gelsemium patient will be shaking and making frequent trips to the bathroom with diarrhoea and/or frequent urination.

11) Lycopodium 30: For people who lack confidence but usually perform well once they get into their stride, Lycopodium 30 is the remedy. They become nervous before making a speech or making a presentation, even though they do it well when the moment comes. They like sweet things but when they are nervous, their desire for sweets and chocolate may run away with them. Lycopodium is also a good remedy for indigestion with flatulence and irritability.

Burns and scalds are amongst the most common and the most painful of home injuries. Of course, if the burns are extensive, you will need to take the patient straight to your nearest Accident and Emergency unit, but give Arnica first for the shock. For simple burns that can be treated at home give the patient frequent sips of water to alleviate shock and to prevent fluid loss. Treat first with Arnica 30 for the shock and bathe the burned area of skin under running cols tap water and then with a Calendula lotion (one teaspoon to a pint of boiled water) to soothe the pain. You can also apply Urtica Ointment. Cantharis is another good remedy for burns and scalds where there is severe burning sensation. It is useful to keep an Aloe Vera plant in your kitchen for small burns from the iron or oven. The leaves contain a cooling gel, which can be very soothing and healing to burned skin. It also relieves the pain by shutting out the air. Taking extra Vitamin C will assist in the recovery from burns.

*The article is written by Dr N Haraba, MD (Hom)

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express)

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