Homeopathic remedies are very effective, natural pain relievers for everyday injuries like bumps, bruises, burns and even puncture wounds. The trick is in knowing which remedies matches the pain you are experiencing. Here are some tips for natural pain relief with homeopathy:
Potency and Dosing:
- The 30C potency is most commonly sold at health food stores and vitamin shops.
- 1 dose = 2-3 pellets, dissolved in the mouth or under the tongue
Rules Of Thumb
- The more severe the injury or pain, the more frequently you will need to take the medicine. This could range from 2-3 times per day in minor injuries to every few hours, or even every 15-30 minutes for more severe injuries.
- Continue to take the remedy until the symptoms begin to improve, then stop and take another dose whenever the symptoms begin to return.
- If you have taken 3-4 doses over the course of 45-60 minutes without improvement, it is the wrong remedy. You should change to a different remedy or seek the advice of a homeopathic professional.
- Always seek the assistance of a healthcare professional if you are uncertain about the severity of an injury, or if symptoms recur or do not improve.
Remedies: Description and Indication
Arnica Montana (Leopard’s bane)
- Used to treat pain, swelling and bruising from falls, bumps and blows to any part of the body, including the head.
- Arnica is often the first remedy indicated in concussions, fractures, sprains and strains, when the area is swollen and bruised.
Hypericum perforatum (St. John’s wort)
- Used to treat injuries to nerve-rich areas of the body like the fingers, toes and teeth.
- Injuries might include crushing (slamming your fingers in a door), blunt force (stubbing your toe), injury to the teeth or pain from dental work, or a puncture wound (stepping on a nail, insect sting/bite)
Urtica urens (Stinging Nettle)
- Urtica is used to treat minor burns, including cooking-related burns and sunburn.
- The skin will usually be red and painful with a burning or stinging sensation.
- Urtica can relive minor burns quickly and speed the healing process in the skin.
Calendula officinalis (marigold)
- Calendula is used to treat cuts, scrapes and abrasions.
- Can be purchased as a cream, ointment or gel that is applied topically to the wound.
- Antimicrobial properties allow it to be used in place of triple antibiotic ointments; speeds wound healing and prevents infection.
About The Author: Dr. Udell is a licensed naturopathic physician and the co-founder and medical director of Arizona Natural Health Center.