Homeopathy for Surgery & Procedures

A medical procedure, particularly an unplanned surgery such as a caesarean section or an accident can be very stressful.

In the case of a planned surgery it may be stressful for the whole lead up, so there is more time for anxiety and anticipation about what is to come, how the medical team are going to be and how the recovery will go. Sometimes it’s a stressful and anxious process for the family who anticipate the outcomes and await the news.

Much surgery these days, for example hip or knee replacements, is scripted and well planned, and the process generally goes smoothly. For those who are not comfortable with taking medications or are fearful of the process, it can be overwhelming, particularly when presented with the before and after instructions and the take-home pack of drugs.

Homeopathy can be such a great support during these times and a little preparation beforehand can go a long way to reducing anxiety and help enormously with the recovery process.

While we created a Surgery Support combination more than two decades ago which has really stood the test of time for the main procedure, there are often situations where single remedies are king! There are quite specific remedies for specific situations so thinking ahead if you have a very specific surgery coming up can be of benefit.

FAQs

What I have included here is a list of the most often used remedies and their applications, both combination and singles. If you’re not sure check out our Questions? heading on the website, which has things like Kit Information and our extensive FAQs.

If you have a question about your particular situation then drop us a line.

Just some general comments about different aspects of prescribing for surgery before we get into the remedies.

Potency

30c is generally fine for surgery and for procedures, but really use whatever you have because the body will work with it. If you need to continue doses for a few days then a 6x, 6c or 30c can be given 3 or 4 times a day or 200c once or twice a day.

Drops or Pilules?

Pilules are always easy to throw into a hospital bag or handbag, however, there are situations where a patient may be unconscious or the surgeon may specify nil by mouth. In this case drops are going to be best because they are easy to apply to pulse spots such as wrists or temples, or just on the lips.

Remedies for surgery, procedures and healing are always best taken orally and have their best action this way. Creams may be difficult to apply and some should not be applied to an open wound or where the skin is grazed or broken.

See under ‘Nil by Mouth’ for how to administer pilules if you need a liquid remedy and don’t have one.

How often?

Usually we say to give the remedy until the symptoms settle and repeat if they reappear. Since this can make for a bumpy ride in the treatment of acutes, my recommendation is to give your doses quite frequently to start with – hourly or even every 10 minutes for up to 5 doses if the situation is quite intense.

Once things settle down you can reduce to hourly, 2 hourly and then 3 or 4 times a day if you feel the same remedy is still required.

For bruising or surgery to bones, eg knee or hip replacements, dental surgery, you may need to repeat remedies like Arnica or Ruta for a few days to a week or more.

Will my remedies interact?

We know that homepathics don’t interact with conventional medicines because of the way they work, so no, they are not going to interact. Your surgeon may not be keen on you having anything for 24 hours after your op and in this case, where that timeframe is super important for best outcomes, you can apply your remedy (or a family member can) to any pulse spots, eg wrists, temples, or even just wet the lips with the remedy.

Nil by mouth

Likely you will have nil by mouth before surgery or a procedure and probably for a little while afterwards, so drops can be a good option. You can put the drops on the pulse points, temples, top of the head or around the lips.

You can also add your pilules (1 or 2 pilules) to ¼ glass of water or a water bottle, stir vigorously or shake, then do the same as above. If that’s not possible, just crush a pilule and apply where it seems appropriate.

Remember we are working with something that has a unique energetic frequency, so it’s a bit like being in contact with a mobile phone, rather than taking a pharmaceutical drug. The remedy works dynamically which is why it will often work quickly.

Remedies for Surgery & Procedures

We have some very specific remedies for surgery and other procedures that may or may not be related to the surgery, but we will also list the single remedies below if that is your preference. There are occasions such as perhaps slow healing where a single remedy can be more effective, and you may need to seek the advice of your homeopath in some situations.

You will often find, particularly after a major surgery or surgery for an accident or injury, that quite a few remedies are required. This is when our Surgery Support combination comes into play. It’s all in there, brings rapid improvement, will often reduce the need for lots of pain medication and always gets great feedback from patient and medical staff.

Homeopathics don’t interact with conventional medications so there’s no concern about taking medication and doing remedies. You can have the best of both worlds!

Mini Kit; Surgery & Procedures

We’ve made up a little kit with some of the basics you may need for your surgery. There are any number of other remedies you might find useful to add, so these are included below.

Take a look at the kit and purchase here.

Download the kit flyer here.

Combination Remedies

We have a wide range of combinations in our online store and a choice of kits which can be useful to have on hand. You may even want to tailor your own kit.

Surgery Support This combination has been around in our clinic and for sale in our store since around 2001. It includes remedies traditionally indicated to assist with healing and to promote recovery after any type of surgery, including caesarean, dental, hip and knee replacement, lip and tongue-tie, and similar.

The remedies are those most indicated to assist in some of the situations that may be experienced through a surgery such as bruising, bleeding, general trauma, healing and to help to keep the recovery process on track.

The Surgery Support combination also contains remedies to assist with the occasional side effects of and reactions to anaesthetic. We have also included SOS – our version of Rescue Remedy to help with pre-surgery nerves, anxiety, shock and similar and we do always suggest starting a day or two before your procedure.

Arnica & Chamomilla – Laser Surgery This is a mix of two homeopathics that we’ve been dispensing to a particular clinic, where many of their little clients head across the road for lip and tongue-tie surgery. The parents are happy with the outcomes, however, we’ve tended to recommend our Surgery Support combo because it’s been around for so long and has a broad spectrum of action.

Broken Bones & Fractures can be a useful support for any surgery where there is involvement of the bones, such as hip or knee replacement, or the procedure is to repair a broken bone.

Constipation can be an issue for some people due to the drugs. You can use either the Constipation combination or just Nux Vomica.

CRUX There are so many procedures that we are subjected to these days; MRI, CT Scan, Ultrasound and X-ray (including dental) to name a few, but not all! We created this mix of traditional and non-traditional remedies to cover all the energetics of these situations. When you’re unwell and about to undergo treatment or surgery, you don’t want to challenge your immune system any more than necessary.

Ouchy is another combination remedy which is great if your little one (or your big one!) has had an injury or surgery but is still feeling a little sad and sorry after you consider the Surgery Combo has done its thing. It assists in the soothing and healing of minor wounds, accidents and injuries and we’ve also included remedies to help avoid inflammation.

RRA for sprains, strains, aches and pains, and bumps and bruises as a result of an accident, injury or surgery. As it includes the single remedies Rhus Tox, Ruta and Arnica, it’s a useful combo to think of for surgery involving bones, ligaments and tendons and similar in the healing stage.

SOS Our own version of Rescue Remedy but more appropriate for the experiences of the 21st century. Useful for shock, trauma, after accidents, or for hyper, excitable children. Anxiety before an event, such as the dentist or exams.

Anticipation & Anxiety If you are particularly prone to anxiety, you might like to consider this combination in the days leading up to your surgery. Useful if you have fear of needles, fear of the dentist or hospital, or find the anticipation too much to cope with.

AAA – Anxiety & Stress  This is a combination of Aconite, Argentum Nitricum and Arsenicum Album 200c – three of our big anxiety remedies. Useful if you’re excessively stressed about the whole process, waking in the night or in the morning with fear and anxiety, overthinking being away from work, the family and the kids, getting yourself in a state of fear and panic. If this picture fits you then this may be a helpful support remedy.

If you’re super anxious, perhaps check in with your homeopath for more individualised solutions.

Single Remedies

Aconite  –  Ailments after a shock eg cardiac arrest under anaesthetic. This might apply to the patient or the family! Shock, fright and anxiety are prominent often with great fear (sometimes of dying) and restlessness. Panic attacks after fright, palpitations. Symptoms are sudden, acute, intense and painful. Very high fevers with dry burning heat or drenching sweat with unquenchable thirst. Very thirsty for cold drinks.

Apis Mellifica – anything with much heat, stinging and swelling or inflammation. Skin may appear rosy red and shiny. Allergies, reactions to certain foods or medicines, rashes and inflammation.

Symptoms after surgery such as cystitis, puffy or red eyes, fluid retention (particularly in babies). Patient is often fearful, tearful, excitable, touchy.  May not want to be touched – especially children. Aversion to drinking.

Worse heat, touch, pressure.  Better cool drinks/packs

ArnicaFirst remedy after accident or injury and for surgery to reduce shock, bleeding and bruising. For swelling, soreness, broken bones (follow with Symphytum 200c and Calc Phos 6x or use our Broken Bones & Fractures Combination), slipped disc, spinal injury (follow with Hypericum 200c).

Arnica has a good effect on the mental and emotional level, so for shock, trauma, violence to mind or body, bleeding of small wounds. It’s in the Surgery Support combo, so you get that level of cover throughout.

Useful following surgery to assist with bruising and bleeding. Pain will be sore, bruised, aching and the patient doesn’t want to be touched or assisted. Will often say they feel fine despite serious injury or major surgery. Very restless. For fish hooks and similar wounds (with Hypericum) especially those which require stitching.

If in doubt, always use Arnica as your initial first aid remedy.  

Arsenicum Album  – Extremely anxious and restless. Fears being alone, anxiety about health, fussy and difficult to please. Very thirsty for frequent sips. Burning, cramping pains and discharges – vomiting and diarrhea, abdominal distress. Food poisoning, headaches, asthma, sore throats. May feel cold.

Worse midnight to 2am, cold food and drink. Better heat, hot drinks and food, company­, fresh air (headaches).

Bellis Perennis  – This remedy is useful when bruising and trauma occur to deep internal tissues through surgery involving the abdomen, breasts, or trunk—especially if there is a feeling of stiffness or coldness has developed in the area. Use Arnica first but if bruising continues, consider this remedy.

Calendula – Useful for treatment of lacerated and suppurating, raw, open and inflamed wounds. Known traditionally for its antiseptic powers. May help control bleeding from a wound and soothe wound pain. Promotes healthy healing of wounds and ulcers and may help resolve scar tissue. Can be used alongside antibiotics if required. Wounds that don’t heal.

Carbo Veg – Known traditionally as “the corpse reviver” this remedy acts upon the venous circulation assisting with oxygenation of the blood.  Useful in collapse states where the patient is almost lifeless; air hunger, drowning, asthma attacks and useful for smoke inhalation. Also useful after surgery to the abdominal area or generally where there is a lot of gas and it is very uncomfortable. Generally the patient may want to be fanned.

China officinalis – Is a useful remedy where there is weakness due to loss of fluids, such as from diarrhea, vomiting, blood loss or dehydration. Often with this picture there may be excess gas in the abdomen.

Hamamelis – This can be helpful if there is passive bleeding particularly where the veins are weak, and may also relieve discomfort after surgery for varicose veins and haemorrhoids.

Hepar Sulph Over-sensitive is a keynote on all levels. Very painful, inflamed wounds. Good for inflammation which is slow to resolve – wounds, abscess, etc.  Angry, irritable, speedy – very difficult patients when sick. Very chilly. Splinter-like pain anywhere, as if swallowed a fish bone or pin.

Better warmth of bed, heat, wrapping up. Worse getting cold, at night, touch, pressure.

Hypericum “Arnica for the Nerves” Crush injuries, lacerations of fingers, tips; painful penetrating wounds from accident or surgery; may have spasms at the site. Shooting pain along the nerves. Wounds which are excessively painful. Surgical pain, forceps delivery, dental work. Falls on spine or coccyx, concussion, episiotomy.

Ignatia – Acute emotions after death of partner, relative or friend, stillbirth or disappointment of some sort. Patient may be hysterical or silent with sighing, trembling or tears. May present physically as spasmodic, cramping pains or contradictory symptoms.

Ipecac – Persistent nausea and/or vomiting on its own or with other conditions. Migraine headaches with severe nausea and vomiting. Vomiting does not relieve. Excessive bleeding especially uterine hemorrhage.

Worse food, smell of food, cold Better warmth, lying with eyes closed

Ledum –  Puncture wounds of any kind so a useful remedy where there are canulas inserted or injections. Bruises which Arnica has not finished up, eye injuries or eye surgery. Relieves bruising around wounds from pointed objects. Feel intensely cold, as does injured part, but better by cold applications and does not want to be covered. Pain tends to travel upwards. Affinity for capillaries (bloodshot, bruised or black eyes). Parts become blue, purple and puffy. Weakness, numbness or twitching of part.

Phosphorus – Wounds may bleed freely (internal or external), gush bright red blood, and patient may be prone to blood noses. Use following surgery if there is bleeding or a reaction to anaesthetic with dizziness. They can experience vomiting especially when given cold water. Other symptoms can include disorientation, stupor, weakness and nausea. On a more constitutional level, useful for people who are usually bright and bubbly social butterflies but when ill or anxious can become excitable, fearful and irritable. They may be sluggish when ill and their energy flares up and subsides to exhaustion again, so recovery can be slow.

Pyrogen – A small but useful remedy if things don’t go as planned. For sepsis and septic states with fiery heat, pain, fever and intense headaches. Skin may be purplish. Wound may have pus and violent burning. We assume in this situation you would also be taking antibiotics and under the care of your surgeon or other care giver. However, the remedies can help speed up the process.

For chronic leg ulcers and offensive ulcers that won’t heal, for bed sores. Acute peritonitis, gumboils and abscesses. Bed can feel too hard and they can’t get comfortable. Mentally restless and anxious and may be delirious.

We also have a practitioner-only product which includes Pyrogen plus some other remedies indicated for these quite serious situations. Please contact us for more information.

Rhus Tox – Following accidents and injuries especially to the back or from overuse of a limb which is stiff on first movement and better for continued motion. A good remedy for acute flare ups of arthritis and similar, with stiffness. Usually restless. Abscesses, boils, sprains and strains to fibrous tissue and joints, hot painful swelling of joints.

Better for warm applications, hot baths, movement Worse cold wet weather, before a storm, at night, getting chilled or wet after being hot

Ruta Grav This remedy is often useful after surgeries involving tendons, connective tissue, cartilage, joints, and coverings of the bones. It can ease discomfort and promote recovery after surgery on knees, wrists, shoulders, elbows, ankles, hips, etc. It may also be soothing if deep stiffness is felt in joints and muscles after surgery. The patient is usually restless. Often used with or after Arnica. If you cannot choose between Ruta and Rhus Tox you can alternate or better still use RRA (Rhus Tox, Ruta, Arnica 30c combination)

Worse over-exertion, touch, cold, damp. Better lying down, warmth, motion

Silica – Injuries that are inflamed and often full of pus. Can be used alongside antibiotics if necessary. May help to expel foreign objects such as splinters by producing pus and then erupting so useful for abscess, boils, styes and for wounds that are slow to heal. Silica can be a useful remedy to help relieve symptoms of general fatigue with chilliness, lack of energy and irritability.

Staphysagria – Staphysagria can be very useful where there has been a lot of unexpected intervention during a surgery or perhaps where a childbirth has not gone as planned. There may be suppressed anger or grief about the process and in particularly in the case of an unplanned caesarean, the baby may also need the remedy. The remedy may also relieves itching or pain in surgical or clean cut wounds, such as a caesarean.

Worse touch, light, noise, being jarred, draughts to head, night. Better warmth

Symphytum – Cartilage or bone injuries, periosteal injuries, fractures which fail to heal (with Calc Phos). Use for broken bones and fractures but do not use until the bone has been set as it has a reputation for being very fast acting. Use in 200c and accompany with Arnica for bruising and bleeding, and Calc Phos 6x (twice a day for one month or more) to assist with calcium uptake to the break and rebuilding of bone tissue. Helpful for bone pain. Affinity for eye pain following a blow.

How to use our Surgery Support Combination

Interactions with conventional medications

Homeopathic remedies work in a different way to pharmacy medicines and will not interact with any medications you have to take for your surgery.

If pain persists and other pain relief is required, give as per the directions on the bottle.

Check with your surgeon, GP or homeopath, as appropriate, if you have any questions or concerns.

When to Start

We usually suggest commencing on the day before your surgery to prep the system.

  • 3 doses on the day before.
  • 1 dose on the day of the surgery. If nil by mouth, just rub on the lips or wrist.
  • Then 3 or 4 times a day for up to one week after surgery or as required for recovery.
  • Start as soon as possible after you come round from surgery.
  • Putting the drops or 1 pilule in a water bottle or jug will get you off to a good start.
  • Don’t forget to stir or shake vigorously to activate the remedy in the water.

Melanie Creedy is a Licentiate of the British School of Homeopathy in the UK and holds a Bachelor of Health Science in Homeopathy. She is registered with the Australian Register of Homoeopaths (AROH) and is a member of the Australian Homoeopathic Association. She was Vice President and Professional Development Coordinator of the Australian Homoeopathic Association from 2011 to 2015 and editor of the AHA National Newsletter from 2012 to 2020. 
Melanie has used homeopathy since the mid-1980s and has been in practice since 1998. For many years she ran The Children’s Ear Clinic in Western Australia, but since her tree change to Tasmania, has a special interest in helping individuals manage their life and health through looking at a diagnosis or condition in relation to the symbolism of this unique picture. Armed with a range of remedies from the most common to the most unusual and esoteric, Melanie guides people to plumb the depths of their life and spiritual path with homeopathy to help them find insights, to understand and to heal.
For many years Melanie taught people how to use homeopathy in their homes, with their children and with their pets. She has run classes on how to use homeopathy with native animals and taught courses on homeopathy  for birthing to doulas. Since moving to Tasmania she has found writing a better forum to reach more people. You will find many posts reaching back over her 25 years in practice here, revised and updated over time. 
Homeopathy is a traditional medicine. It may be used in conjunction with other medicines. For any ongoing chronic condition, it is important to be assessed or examined by your healthcare professional or specialist. Always seek medical advice in emergencies. The information provided in this blog does not constitute medical advice but is for information only. If in doubt as to the appropriateness of a  suggestion or treatment seek advice from your homeopath.