First Aid: Homeopathy

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by Standard Homeopathic Company and Natural Healing Alternatives

Self-sufficiency will be the hallmark of the Year 2000 in most aspects of our lives, but especially healthcare. On or before January 1st, access to healthcare facilities and practitioners may be interrupted. This will be due to likely disruptions in the conventional healthcare system, or unknown infrastructure failures – manufacturing, transportation or communications – restricting access to all healthcare practitioners, supplies and services.

First Aid in any situation is often critical to the recovery of anyone suffering from a cut to a more serious condition. Fortunately, First Aid procedures and methods are straight-forward and not difficult to learn. The Red Cross as well as many schools, non-profit organizations and government agencies teach basic First Aid for shock, broken limbs, drowning, and many other conditions.

Complementary First Aid goes beyond basic First Aid to include remedies such as AcupressureAromatherapy and Herbology, Bodywork and Reflexology (see our online eGuide). This issue features Homeopathy – another exceptional healing system.

According to Homeopathy, A Step by Step Guide (© 1997, Element Books, Boston),Homeopathic Medicine (usually called Homeopathy), “is a natural system of medicine that uses specially prepared remedies to stimulate the immune system. Although some remedies are made from herbs, Homeopathy should not be confused with Herbology [see previous issue]. Herbal Remedies use material concentrations of plants, while Homeopathic Remedies use plants, minerals and even some animal products as a base. They are prepared through a process known as “potenization” to bring out their subtle [but powerful] healing properties.”

“We know from modern physics that our seemingly solid bodies are dense fields of energy. A disturbance in this field can give rise to [illness and] disease, and a potent form of energy can rebalance us. Homeopathy uses “potentized” remedies to rebalance our body’s subtle energy system. Once back in balance, our immune systems and all other interconnected systems in our bodies function better.

Homeopathy uses preparations containing highly diluted solutions of substances as strong as Belladonna or as innocuous as salt. Standard dilution is to 1 part substance (or previous dilution) to 99 parts of milk sugar or alcohol. This is then “succussed” – shaken vigorously to release the healing potential in the substance. This process is repeated several times, the number of which identifies the potency of the remedy: 6, 10, 30. If the dilution is based on one part substance/dilution to nine, the potency is followed by an X. The majority of our first aid remedies below are 30X.

It’s interesting that the greater the dilution, the higher the potency, and more than 100 years of experience has shown that the succussion process has yielded higher potency for the more-diluted remedies – 30 potency is used for more serious conditions that 6 potency.

For more information, pick up the book referenced above and read our eGuide chapter on Homeopathy.

Notes (courtesy of Pua Dominick, Copyright © 1991, Reprinted with permission. Adapted by Susan Mallamo)

  • Be careful not to touch the inner rim of the bottle or lid with your fingers to prevent contamination of the bottle and to prevent your fingers from absorbing the remedy.
  • Do not put pellets back into the remedy bottle if they should fall out onto the floor, your clothing or your fingers. If you think a remedy bottle has been canceled (polluted in this way), replace it.
  • The empty bottles should not be used for storage as remedy essence still remains. You may sterilize the bottles and lids in distilled water for 30 minutes, but it is better to recycle and invest in new bottles.
  • From observation, the remedies have worked even after allopathic (conventional) drug use, drinking coffee and using mint products. However, it is best to allow the remedies a clear field in which to work uninterrupted. The “lower potency” remedies are less susceptible to cancellations.
  • Do not eat or drink anything 15-30 minutes before or after taking a Homeopathic remedy. Drinking water before the remedy is acceptable.
  • Repeat a remedy that has worked for your problem in the past.
  • Don’t leave a remedy that is working. You may need to increase the frequency or go to a higher potency of the same remedy.
  • Remedies may be taken dry, though better results are obtained when a remedy is put in distilled water with Everclear alcohol as a preservative (if available) and successed (shaken vigorously) between each dose.
  • For long-term storage, boil storage bottles in silver or glass pot with one part Everclear alcohol and three parts distilled water for 20 minutes.
  • Keep the remedy out of the sunlight and away from all strong odors. Perfumes, chemical fumes, nail polish, hair spray, tiger balm, aromatic toothpaste, menthol/mint, essential oils and burning agents such as incense, will cancel the remedy in the bottle. The average medicine cabinet is not the ideal storage area for remedies. Do not open the remedy bottle if you can smell any odors.
  • Avoid camphor and camphor products, tiger balm or deep heat liniments, mint products and essential oils. Any aromatic fumes – paint, ammonia, hair permanents, nail polish and remover, moth balls, etc. – can alter the remedy.
  • Magnetic/electrical fields – TV, X-ray, magnets – could alter the remedy in the bottle.

Information Sources/Suppliers

The Hylands “Kids’ Kit” from Standard Homeopathic Company (SHC) is used as the model for this article, and the majority of the information comes from its Guide. The kit contains the seven Homeopathic remedies used in the First Aid list below, and retails for about $22-$23 from SHC and healthfood stores.

These remedies are equally applicable to adults and children. The symptoms listed are intentionally broadened to include children that may not be able to express themselves clearly.

The following list is representative of many of the conditions that Homeopathic Remedies effect very well. The format for this listing is:

Condition – Remedy

Description – symptoms and/or remedy
Adult and Child Remedy Application
Comments/Cautions

Abscesses – Hepar Sulph. Calc.

Cold-type symptoms: croupy cough (loose, rattling, phlegmy); irritable; chilly; sweaty with sour order; constant nasal discharge becoming thick and yellow; sticking pains shoot into ears when swallowing; worse from drafts, cool air; better from warmth, covering head, eating. Hepar Sulph. Calc is a homeopathic workhorse; it works on many infectious conditions.
Take one 30X tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15 minutes to 2 hours, depending on severity of condition; stop when improvement is noted.

Bleeding, injuries – Arnica

Symptoms worse from light touch, heat or rest; better from lying down with head low.
Take one 30X tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15 minutes to two hours, depending on severity of condition.

Blow – Arnica

Symptoms worse from light touch, heat or rest; better from lying down with head low.
Take one 30X tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15 minutes to two hours, depending on severity of condition.

Boils – Hepar Sulph. Calc.

Cold-type symptoms: croupy cough (loose, rattling, phlegmy); irritable; chilly; sweaty with sour order; constant nasal discharge becoming thick and yellow; sticking pains shoot into ears when swallowing; worse from drafts, cool air; better from warmth, covering head, eating. Hepar Sulph. Calc is a homeopathic workhorse; it works on many infectious conditions.
Take one 30X tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15 minutes to 2 hours, depending on severity of condition; stop when improvement is noted.

Bruise – Arnica

Symptoms worse from light touch, heat or rest; better from lying down with head low.
Take one 30X tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15 minutes to two hours, depending on severity of condition.

Burn: fire, sun, wind – Calendula

Calendula is Wild Marigold extracted into a carrier.
Wash gently with mild soap and water; apply 22% Calendula extract or ointment gently to area; reapply periodically as skin heals.** Do not apply substances that further dry skin and delay healing.

Cold – Hepar Sulph. Calc.

Cold-type symptoms: croupy cough (loose, rattling, phlegmy); irritable; chilly; sweaty with sour order; constant nasal discharge becoming thick and yellow; sticking pains shoot into ears when swallowing; worse from drafts, cool air; better from warmth, covering head, eating. Hepar Sulph. Calc is a homeopathic workhorse; it works on many infectious conditions.
Take one 30X tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15 minutes to 2 hours, depending on severity of condition; stop when improvement is noted.

Cold sores – Hepar Sulph. Calc.

Cold-type symptoms: croupy cough (loose, rattling, phlegmy); irritable; chilly; sweaty with sour order; constant nasal discharge becoming thick and yellow; sticking pains shoot into ears when swallowing; worse from drafts, cool air; better from warmth, covering head, eating. Hepar Sulph. Calc is a homeopathic workhorse; it works on many infectious conditions.
Take one 30X tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15 minutes to 2 hours, depending on severity of condition; stop when improvement is noted.

Colic – Aconite

Symptoms generally sudden, after exposure to cold dry wind or a fright, may be in the early stages of an illness, and may include fearfulness, gas, intense thirst for cold water.
Take one 30X Aconite tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15-30 minutes until condition improves.

Colic – Belladonna

Symptoms generally sudden, perhaps violent; worse from noise, jarring, touch, bright light or pressure; better from standing or sitting erect. The entire face is red and hand remains hot from touching fevered face.
Take one 30X Belladonna tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15 minutes to two hours, depending on severity of condition; less often as condition improves; stop when improvement is established.

Cough – Aconite

Symptoms generally sudden, after exposure to cold dry wind or a fright, may be in the early stages of an illness, and may include fearfulness, gas, intense thirst for cold water.
Take one 30X Aconite tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15-30 minutes until condition improves.

Cough – Ferrum Phosphoricum

Symptoms are gradual onset; worse at night, from motion, on right side; better from touch, cold application; hard dry tickling cough with hoarseness and painful chest
Take one 30X tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15 minutes to 30 minutes until improvement is noted.

Cough, croup – Hepar Sulph. Calc.

Cold-type symptoms: croupy cough (loose, rattling, phlegmy); irritable; chilly; sweaty with sour order; constant nasal discharge becoming thick and yellow; sticking pains shoot into ears when swallowing; worse from drafts, cool air; better from warmth, covering head, eating. Hepar Sulph. Calc is a homeopathic workhorse; it works on many infectious conditions.
Take one 30X tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15 minutes to 2 hours, depending on severity of condition; stop when improvement is noted.

Cut – Calendula

Calendula is Wild Marigold extracted into a carrier.
If jagged, clean with mild soap and water; apply 22% Calendula extract or ointment to wound; bandage; dab with extract or ointment to keep it moist; if serious, take to healthcare professional.

Earache – Belladonna

Symptoms generally sudden, perhaps violent; worse from noise, jarring, touch, bright light or pressure; better from standing or sitting erect. The entire face is red and hand remains hot from touching fevered face.
Take one 30X Belladonna tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15 minutes to two hours, depending on severity of condition; less often as condition improves; stop when improvement is established.

Earache – Chamomilla

Symptoms are anger, irritable, temperamental, perhaps wild with pain, greenish slimy stools, cold sweats; worse when moved.
Take one 30X Chamomilla tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15 minutes until improvement is established.

Earache – Ferrum Phosphoricum

Symptoms are gradual onset; worse at night, from motion, on right side; better from touch, cold application; bright red blood.
Take one 30X tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15 minutes to 30 minutes until improvement is noted.

Eyes, black – Arnica

Symptoms worse from light touch, heat or rest; better from lying down with head low.
Take one 30X tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15 minutes to two hours, depending on severity of condition.

Fall – Arnica

Symptoms worse from light touch, heat or rest; better from lying down with head low.
Take one 30X tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15 minutes to two hours, depending on severity of condition.

Fever – Chamomilla

Symptoms are anger, irritable, temperamental, perhaps wild with pain, greenish slimy stools, cold sweats; worse when moved.
Take one 30X Chamomilla tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15 minutes until improvement is established.

Fever – Ferrum Phosphoricum

Ferrum Phosphoricum is an early-on remedy; useful in the first stages of an illness when no clear symptoms for other remedies. Symptoms are gradual onset; worse at night, from motion, on right side; better from touch, cold application; pale but roses in cheeks.
Take one 30X tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15 minutes to 30 minutes until improvement is noted.

Fever, sudden – Aconite

Symptoms generally sudden, after exposure to cold dry wind or a fright, may be in the early stages of an illness, and may include fearfulness, gas, intense thirst for cold water.
Take one 30X Aconite tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15-30 minutes until condition improves.

Fever, sudden – Belladonna

Symptoms generally sudden, perhaps violent; worse from noise, jarring, touch, bright light or pressure; better from standing or sitting erect. The entire face is red and hand remains hot from touching fevered face.
Take one 30X Belladonna tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15 minutes to two hours, depending on severity of condition; less often as condition improves; stop when improvement is established.

Headache – Ferrum Phosphoricum

Symptoms are gradual onset; worse at night, from motion, on right side; better from touch, cold application; rapid soft pulse, restless.
Take one 30X tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15 minutes to 30 minutes until improvement is noted.

Headache, throbbing – Belladonna

Symptoms generally sudden, perhaps violent; worse from noise, jarring, touch, bright light or pressure; better from standing or sitting erect. The entire face is red and hand remains hot from touching fevered face.
Take one 30X Belladonna tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15 minutes to two hours, depending on severity of condition; less often as condition improves; stop when improvement is established.

Hoarseness – Aconite

Symptoms generally sudden, after exposure to cold dry wind or a fright, may be in the early stages of an illness, and may include fearfulness, gas, intense thirst for cold water.
Take one 30X Aconite tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15-30 minutes until condition improves.

Hoarseness – Hepar Sulph. Calc.

Cold-type symptoms: croupy cough (loose, rattling, phlegmy); irritable; chilly; sweaty with sour order; constant nasal discharge becoming thick and yellow; sticking pains shoot into ears when swallowing; worse from drafts, cool air; better from warmth, covering head, eating. Hepar Sulph. Calc is a homeopathic workhorse; it works on many infectious conditions.
Take one 30X tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15 minutes to 2 hours, depending on severity of condition; stop when improvement is noted.

Muscles, sore – Arnica

Symptoms worse from light touch, heat or rest; better from lying down with head low.
Take one 30X tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15 minutes to two hours, depending on severity of condition.

Restlessness – Aconite

Symptoms generally sudden, after exposure to cold dry wind or a fright, may be in the early stages of an illness, and may include fearfulness, gas, intense thirst for cold water.
Take one 30X Aconite tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15-30 minutes until condition improves.

Surgery, post – Arnica

Symptoms worse from light touch, heat or rest; better from lying down with head low.
Take one 30X tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15 minutes to two hours, depending on severity of condition.

Teething – Chamomilla

Symptoms are anger, irritable, temperamental, perhaps wild with pain, greenish slimy stools, cold sweats; worse when moved.
Take one 30X Chamomilla tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15 minutes until improvement is established.

Temper – Chamomilla

Symptoms are anger, irritable, temperamental, perhaps wild with pain, greenish slimy stools, cold sweats; worse when moved.
Take one 30X Chamomilla tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15 minutes until improvement is established.

Throat, sore – Belladonna

Symptoms generally sudden, perhaps violent; worse from noise, jarring, touch, bright light or pressure; better from standing or sitting erect. The entire face is red and hand remains hot from touching fevered face.
Take one 30X Belladonna tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15 minutes to two hours, depending on severity of condition; less often as condition improves; stop when improvement is established.

Throat, sore – Ferrum Phosphoricum

Symptoms are gradual onset; worse at night, from motion, on right side; better from touch, cold application; early stages of sore throat.
Take one 30X tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15 minutes to 30 minutes until improvement is noted.

Throat, Sore – Hepar Sulph. Calc.

Cold-type symptoms: croupy cough (loose, rattling, phlegmy); irritable; chilly; sweaty with sour order; constant nasal discharge becoming thick and yellow; sticking pains shoot into ears when swallowing; worse from drafts, cool air; better from warmth, covering head, eating. Hepar Sulph. Calc is a homeopathic workhorse; it works on many infectious conditions.
Take one 30X tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15 minutes to 2 hours, depending on severity of condition; stop when improvement is noted.

Vomiting – Chamomilla

Symptoms are anger, irritable, temperamental, perhaps wild with pain, greenish slimy stools, cold sweats; worse when moved.
Take one 30X Chamomilla tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15 minutes until improvement is established.