Homeopathic First Aid

Health ArticleA few months back I wrote an article in the Georgia Straight newspaper titled “Homeopathic Remedies Reduce Outdoor Worries.” For those of you who are brand new to homeopathy and don’t have the time or interest to read a lot about it, I would like to give you some basic information so that you can start using homeopathy accurately and effectively. Anybody can use homeopathic first aid remedies without knowing a lot about homeopathy. These are the basic things that you need to know:

Boiron KitHomeopathic remedies can be found at most health food stores or natural pharmacies. The first aid remedies are very common so it is a pretty safe bet that you can find those easily. They can also be purchased at some homeopathic clinics or online.Most people buy a few remedies and try them out, then once they see how well they work they decide to buy a kit, which saves you money in the long run and is a lot more convenient.

Boiron-Arnica-Montana-30CHThe remedies are in sugar pill form and come in small plastic vials. In Canada, there are only two homeopathic companies, Boiron and Homeocan. Boiron is more common and well known. They are French companies and their Canadian head offices are based in Quebec.

You will probably notice that there are numbers beside the remedy name. For example, you see that the Arnica bottle says “Arnica 30″. This number indicates the potency of the remedy. The higher the number, the higher and stronger the potency.

What remedies to shop for? I talk about the most common homeopathic first aid remedies in my article. No household should do without Arnica. It is great for any type of injury, including surgery and dental visits. For kids, Apis is also indispensable, great for bug bites and bee/wasp stings. Ledum is a great infection preventative, give it anytime there is a risk of infection. Hypericum is good for any type of shooting pain, and Bryonia and Rhus Tox are good for injuries to the muscles, joints and tendons. Ruta is a good for injuries to the bone. Another one that I did not have time to mention in my article is Symphytum. It speeds the healing of broken bones and fractures, and should be given in a low potency (6C) over a period of weeks. Staphysagria is worth mentioning as well, it is useful for incised wounds, when there has been cutting with a knife (such as after surgery).

So here is the complete shopping list for someone who wants to be very well equipped for any type of bodily injury:

Arnica 200C
Apis 30C
Ledum 30C
Hypericum 30C
Bryonia 30C
Rhus Tox 30C
Ruta 30C
Symphytum 6C
Staphysagria 30C

Now you have bought the remedies, but how do you take them? Dissolve only 1-2 pellets of the remedy under the tongue. Take dry, half an hour away from food or drink if possible. Give every half hour for three doses. If the problem does not improve at all, you have probably selected the wrong remedy. If the problem improves but still persists, continue giving the remedy 3 times per day for a few more days until recovery is complete. The dosage for Symphytum is different since it is meant to be taken in a low potency over a longer period of time: Take 3 times per day for two weeks to one month as necessary.

More detailed information about how to use these remedies can be found on my website. To learn more, look at my literature for the Basic Kit.

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to comment on this post or contact the clinic.

By Sonya McLeod
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