to use at home
is extremely effective when used to treat acute conditions and the curative
effect of taking the correct remedy is often noticed within minutes. Your
homeopath will probably have call-in times during which you will be able
to contact him or her for advice during an acute episode.
It is useful to maintain a set of basic homeopathic remedies at home so
that you have them available for use in first-aid or acute situations.
If you do take a remedy, remember to make a note of it so that you can
tell your homeopath at your next consultation.
Always carefully consider whether it is really necessary to take any type
of medicine. We are used to taking a medicine for every little malady,
but very often, in a non-emergency situation, we are able to put
up with symptoms without taking any medication homeopathic
or conventional. If we allow an illness to run its natural course, we
are fully supporting the bodys own intelligence and ability to overcome
There are many first-aid homeopathy books available on the market, and
it is advisable to purchase one of these to keep at home. Below is a list
of recommended titles:-
"Homeopathic Guides: The Complete Homeopathy Handbook",
Family Guide to Homeopathy", 1998, £12.79
Care: Encyclopaedia of Homeopathy", 2000, £15.99
Sommer, "The Little
Book of Homeopathy", 2001, £2.50
"Homeopathic Care for Cats and Dogs: Small Doses for Small
titles available at
homeopathy be used on children?
treatment of children at a young age is advantageous and can prevent illness
occurring at a later stage. As an individual gets older, outside factors
such as stress and medication complicate matters and make it more difficult
for the individuals system to retain a balance and consequent good
level of health.
Treating a healthy child with homeopathy is extremely effective, and in
many ways is one of the best times to commence treatment. The immune system
can be fortified during periods of health, thus warding off any infections
with which the child may come into contact. You will discover that your
child has more positive energy, sleeps better and handles everyday situations
more appropriately. These sorts of signals represent a move towards real
Homeopathy can also be wonderfully valuable during pregnancy and childbirth.
Always tell your homeopath if you are pregnant as this may influence the
choice of the remedy given. During childbirth, homeopathy has been used
very effectively and can often negate the need for medication or other
interventions. For example, pulsatilla has been known to
turn a baby presenting in the breech position and therefore avoid the
need for a caesarean.
Similarly, caulophyllum may be helpful if the mother is
exhausted during labour with no energy to continue pushing and the contractions
are intermittent and irregular. Cimicifuga may be helpful
when the mother experiences severe pains in the back during a slow labour
causing her to draw her legs up, with an increased desire to talk, complain
and be tearful.
Birthing kits are available from some homeopathic pharmacies. Check out
the website of Helios
Homeopathics. Alternatively, your homeopath will be able to advise
on remedies to have with you during childbirth, or may even be able to
attend the birth in order to prescribe remedies if required.
From "First Aid and Family Health", A leaflet
produced by the Society of Homeopaths for Homeopathy Awareness Week 2001.
Every accident, whether great or small, is accompanied by some
degree of shock. Arnica 30c is often help in such situations.
It is especially useful when the person pushes help away, and insists
that they will be all right in a minute. Its also useful for panic.
Arnica will also help 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 bodys own healing process. Gentle massage with
arnica cream relieves swellings but do not use it on broken
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. Dont forget to give
arnica internally for shock and bruising while the wound is being
cleaned and dressed.
Ledum 6c is invaluable for puncture wounds, from nails
or barbed wire for instance. It will quickly reduce the shooting and pricking
pains. Use ledum internally every four 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
Some injuries are especially painful. Nerve-rich areas of the body such
as the spine, fingers and toes will benefit from hypericum 30c.
Its 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 childbirth. Apply hypericum
tincture to bites and stings and wherever there is pain shooting
up the limb from the site of a wound.
One of the most common injuries is a sprain, usually to 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 or 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 rhus tox 6c a wonderful remedy for
stiffness. Use it also for rheumatism, especially where the joint is stiff
to begin with and gradually improves with movement.
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 & 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
the shock and to prevent fluid loss. Treat first with arnica 30c
(up to 3 doses) for the shock and bathe the burned area of skin with a
calendula lotion (one teaspoon to a pint of boiled water)
to soothe the pain. 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. Recovery from burns can be assisted
by taking extra Vitamin C.
for acute illnesses
is a great remedy to have in your first aid box; its useful for
the familys 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 for being out in the
fresh air. Pulsatilla 6c can also 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 for having the windows open. Nux vomica 6c is
also a splendid remedy for poor digestion, especially when the cause is
over-indulgence. Its also a marvellous hangover remedy.
Quick treatment when a cold threatens can save the whole family a great
deal of misery. Arsenicum 6c taken in half-hour doses at
the very first sign of a cold may abort it altogether. Give Aconite
6c instead (hourly for three doses) if the chill is due to waiting
around in a cold wind for a late train or a bus. 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 irritable,
impatient and unable to get warm. Give nux vomica 6c every
two hours. In young children, the early stages of colds or childhood illnesses
may be accompanied by a fever for which a parent may think of using Calpol,
but the homeopathic remedy Belladonna 30c is a good substitute.
The patient will be thirsty, the face will be flushed and red and there
may be a headache of a throbbing nature. Giving water with a little lemon
juice to drink and gently sponging with tepid water will also help to
bring down a temperature.
Gelsemium 6c is useful for colds or early stages of flu where
the person is chilly with heavy, aching limbs. Keep gelsemium
handy for anticipatory anxiety and stage fright before exams, interviews
or driving tests. The nervous gelsemium patient will be
shaking, and having to make frequent trips to the bathroom with diarrhoea
and/or frequent urination.
For people who lack confidence but usually perform well once they get
into their stride, Lycopodium 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 and when they
are nervous their desire for chocolate may run away with them, so its
a good thing that lycopodium is also a good remedy for indigestion
with flatulence and irritability.
Homeopathy has remedies to treat all sorts of illnesses in the whole family
from babyhood to old age. Home prescribing for the family can be very
rewarding and usually your local professional homeopath will be happy
to give advice over the telephone if you are not sure which remedy to
give. But it is important to visit a professional
homeopath in the case of more serious or chronic conditions.