Homeopathy for Accidents & Emergencies

A visit to the emergency department is going to be required for serious accidents and injuries such as broken bones, extensive wounds or burns, heart attack or stroke, and it’s always good to check in with the GP or ED if you are unsure either way. The recommendation is to “always seek medical assistance in an emergency!”

Some of this advice is going to apply to situations where you may not be within easy reach of medical assistance so your kit and your knowledge are going to be more important, particularly if you have no internet access. Homeopathics can be a really useful adjunct and are helpful in the recovery phase and to speed up the healing process, as well as to avoid ongoing issues.

These acute situations are where single remedies are often king! There are quite specific remedies for specific situations and getting to know them so you are familiar in an emergency is important if you want to use homeopathy in all areas of your lifecare.

What I have included here is a list of the most often used remedies and their applications and then a mini repertory, which shows a situation and the likely remedies. If you are a single remedy prescriber, as opposed to using some of our HomeoCombinations, I suggest you print this list off and store with your first aid kit or purchase the small and inexpensive Homoeopathy for Home Prescriber book, available in the online store.

Just some general advice before we get into the remedies.

Potency

30c is generally fine for accidents and injuries, 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.

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 2 hourly and then 3 or 4 times a day if you feel the same remedy is still required.

For bruising or broken bones you may need to repeat remedies like Arnica for a few days to a week or more.

Nil by mouth

If you have a situation where you suspect the patient may need surgery and should have nil by mouth then drops can be a better option. You can put the drops on the pulse points, top of the head or around the lips, if you would prefer to give nothing at all by mouth just in case.

If you have pilules you can put 1 or 2 pilules in ¼ glass of water or in 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

Aconite  –  Ailments after a mental shock eg bad news, witnessing an accident

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. Heart attack, stroke. Snake bite. Very high fevers with dry burning heat or drenching sweat with unquenchable thirst. Useful at first sign of cold, cough, earache etc especially after exposure to cold dry wind. Very thirsty for cold drinks.

For heart attack, stroke, snakebite – give while waiting for the ambulance to reduce damage to cardiac system and to calm the patient. Apply externally (see above) if you are unsure about what will be required at the hospital.

Better open air.  Worse around midnight.

Apis Mellifica – Sting of bees, wasps, jellyfish, etc, with much heat, stinging and swelling. Skin may appear rosy red and shiny. Allergies, reactions to stings, certain foods or medicines, hives and inflammation.

Anything with a lot of swelling, heat, stinging – cystitis, shingles, puffy or red eyes, earache or tonsillitis, fluid retention. 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 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). For shock, trauma, violence to mind or body, bleeding of small wounds. Sprains, strains, over-exertion. Useful following surgery to assist with bruising and bleeding. Sore, bruised, aching pain. Don’t want to be touched or assisted. Will often say they feel fine despite serious injury. Very restless. For fish hooks and similar wounds (with Hypericum) especially those which require stitching. Threatened abortion from a fall, soreness of body during pregnancy.

Worse touch, being jarred.  Better lying down.

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. Sometimes works better in 6c for V&D.

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

Belladonna – Sudden onset with throbbing, sharp, cutting or shooting pains, burning radiating heat, very high fever, bright redness, restlessness and dilated pupils. Lethargic or hyper, delirious, striking and biting. Sunburn, heat stroke with headache and fever, minor burns. Headaches which are hammering, bursting, from too much sun.  First stage of ear infection with red, hot ear, sore throats, fever.  Usually no thirst. (Aconite – more anxious and fearful of death, more thirsty).

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

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.

Cantharis – Burns with blistering, bites and stings with blistering. May help the pain following a burn and help promote healing. Sunburn, insect bites all with blisters. Burning pain in the affected area with other symptoms.

Worse movement, drinking, urination Better lying down, warmth, night

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. Wants to be fanned.

Worse from warmth Better being fanned, elevating the feet, loosening clothing.

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 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; may have spasms from the injury. Shooting pain along the nerves. Wounds which are excessively painful. Surgical pain, forceps delivery, dental work. Falls on spine or coccyx, concussion, episiotomy. Bites or stings (snakes, spiders – after Aconite), wounds caused by nail or splinter with pains as above. May require a 200c potency but use what you have in an emergency.

Worse movement, touch, cold air

Ignatia – Acute emotions after death of partner, relative or friend, stillbirth, ending a relationship 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.

Worse cigarette smoke, coffee, guilt, worry Better eating, keeping busy, walking

Ipecac – Persistent nausea and/or vomiting on its own or with other conditions. Migraine headaches with severe nausea and vomiting. Vomiting does not relieve. Morning or travel sickness. Bleeding especially uterine hemorrhage or heavy periods.

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

Ledum 30c –  Puncture wounds, eg rusty nails, insect stings, animal bites; bruises, eye injuries especially where infection is a risk. 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. Always seek medical care for an open wound.

Worse warmth, at night Better cold applications

Phosphorus – Wounds which bleed freely (internal or external), gush bright red blood; blood noses. Electrocution. Acute fear where Aconite does not help, especially of thunderstorms. Use following surgery if there is bleeding or a reaction to anaesthetic with dizziness. Vomiting especially when given cold water. Very thirsty. Anxious, excitable, fearful (being alone, dark, death, storms). Wants company. Irritable and sluggish when ill, apathetic, energy flares up and subsides to exhaustion again.

Better after sleep, cold drinks, massage. Worse cold, change of weather.

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 – Good for damage to periosteum or tendons. Useful in connective tissue problems. Horrible stiffness and soreness felt in muscles and tendons. Injuries to connective tissue, tendons and periosteum (covering of bones), from strains or twisting of joints. Acute bursitis and tendonitis, often with effusion. Injuries to forehead, shins; bones close to surface. 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, abscess, boils, styes. For wounds that are slow to heal. Ailments after immunisation. Patient is very cold.

Worse drafts, open air, storms, immunisation Better wrapping up warmly

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.

S.O.S. – 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. Apply in drop form to bites, stings, bruises, etc.

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. These can include both single and combination remedies if you want to tailor your own kit.

The most useful for first aid situations would be:

Ouchy for bumps, bruises, bites, wounds, etc

RRA for sprains, strains, aches and pains, and bumps and bruises as a result of an accident, injury or overexertion.

Bites & Stings

Broken Bones & Fractures

But there are many more combinations which may be appropriate, depending on your living situation, leisure pursuits and environment.

Choose a first aid remedy

This is a brief list of first aid applications. You may find that more than one remedy is required from this list.  Either alternate the remedies or add your selection to a water bottle, shake and take a sip as the dose. Also consider remedies such as Ouchy and RRA which are combinations of the most indicated remedies for first aid situations.Abortion, threatened – Arnica

Abscess – Ledum , Hepar Sulph, Silica

From a bite – Ledum

Very painful to touch – Hep S

Suppurating injury – Silica, Sulphur

Accidents, general – Arnica, Hypericum

Allergy to bee sting and similar – Apis

Anaesthetic, following – Phos

Anxiety – Aconite, Ars Alb, Phos, SOS

Back injury – Arnica, Hyper, Rhus Tox

Bee stings – Apis, Ledum

Bites, puncture wounds; animal – Ledum, Hyper

From poisonous animals – Aconite then Ledum or Hyper

Black eye – Symphytum, Hyper

Black eye, bruising – Ledum Arnica

Bleeding – Arnica, Phos

Blood nose – Aconite, Phos, SOS

Bones (broken, fractured, pain) – Symph, Calc Phos

Bruising – Arnica

Burning pains – Apis, Cantharis

Burns – Aconite, Belladonna, Cantharis

Chilblains – Rhus Tox

Collapse – Carbo Veg, SOS

Cuts – Calendula, Hyper

Diarrhea – Ars Alb

Electrocution – Phos

Eye strain – Ruta

Falls – Arnica

On coccyx – Hypericum

Fever with great heat & little thirst – Belladonna

Fever with great thirst – Aconite

Food poisoning –  Ars Alb

Foreign objects – Silica

Fright, fear, panic – Aconite, Phos, SOS

Fear of thunderstorms, loud noises – Phos

Gastric symptoms – Ars Alb, Nux Vom

Grief – Ignatia

Heart attack – Aconite

Heat rash – Belladonna

Hemorrhage – Ipecac, Phos

Gushes, spurts, bright red – Aco, Arnica, Phos

Hives – Apis

Hypothermia – Aconite, Carbo Veg

Inflammation, infection – Hep S

Inflammation, joints – Ruta

Injury especially to soft tissue – Arnica

Bleeding, bruising – Arnica

Lacerations – Arnica, Hyper

Painful – Arnica

To eyes – Arnica, Ledum, Symph

To feet – Arnica, Ledum

To head – Arnica then Hyper and/or Nat S

To nerves or parts rich in – Hyper

To periosteum – Ruta

Itchy, hivey rash – Apis

Jellyfish stings – Apis

Nausea not relieved by vomiting – Ipecac

Needle stick injury – Ledum, Hyper

Nerve pain – Hyper

Puncture wound – Arnica then Ledum, Hyper

Rashes – Apis

Rat poison, ingestion of – Aconite followed by Ipecac

Restlessness – Aconite, Ars Alb, Rhus Tox

Shock – Aconite, SOS

Physical shock from injury – Arnica, Carbo Veg

Snow blindness – Aconite

Spinal Injury – Arnica, Hyper

Sprains & strains – Arnica, Rhus Tox, Ruta

Stiffness, worse beginning to move, better continued

movement – Rhus Tox

Stroke – Aconite

Sudden onset – Aconite. Belladonna

Sunburn – Bell, Cantharis

Sun stroke – Amyl Nit, Belladonna, Glonoine

Surgery, following – Aconite, Arnica, Phosphorus,

Bellis P (deep abdominal surgery), Sulphur or Surgery Combination

Swellings (tight, red, shiny) – Apis

Tendonitis, bursitis – Ruta

Vomiting – Ars Alb, Phos

Worse after cold water – Phos

Wounds – Arnica, Hyper, Ledum

Infected – Hep S

Puncture wounds – Ledum, Hyper

That won’t heal – Calendula, Silica

To forehead, shins, periosteum – Ruta

Always seek medical help in an emergency.


Melanie Creedy trained in the UK in the early 1990s 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 is editor of the AHA National Newsletter.
 
Melanie has used homeopathy for 30 years 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 women’s and children’s health generally and helping individuals manage their journey on the spiritual path with homeopathy and her range of essences. Melanie has developed her own methods of dealing with complex cases over the years and offers distance consultations via phone and skype to allow people Australia-wide to access her services.  
 
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.
 
Traditional, clinical and research evidence within the homeopathic community and independently contradicts the outcome of the 2014 NHMRC report into the evidence for homeopathy. The texts used in this article are those approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration up to 31/12/17, based on traditional use.