Earlier this week I discussed some Natural Health viewpoints of western medicine. The view of Emergency Medicine is different. Most Natural Health providers find ER doctors and nurses to be amazing life savers. It takes a certain type of person to work in an Emergency Room. You have to have a clear head and be confident in your skills. A panicky nurse or doctor won’t be very successful working in a crisis environment. (Remember this: a crisis isn’t what happens, it is how you react to what happens.)
However, there are a few homeopathic remedies that should be staples in the Emergency Room that would improve outcomes for the patients.
The first remedy is, you guessed it, Arnica montana. Arnica is a remedy with no equal when it comes to dealing with trauma such as a car accident, a broken limb, etc. Studies have shown it to not only be effective in easing pain without the use of narcotics, but also helping people heal faster. One study was done on Arnica and plastic surgery. People’s perception of how quickly they healed did not show any difference between those who got Arnica and those who didn’t. But digital photos of the patients showed a significant difference when the photos were enlarged and the pixels of the bruised skin were examined and counted. The bruising on the Arnica patients healed more quickly. Of course, no one ever heals quickly enough when they have had cosmetic surgery. This is not a study on a traumatic situation, but the skin was still traumatized by the surgery.
Aconite should be used in all Emergency Rooms, but especially in Pediatric ER’s. The feeling of Aconite is one of panic. The symptom is “Can Name Their Time of Death.” When a child goes to an ER or to have surgery, they frequently feel like they are going to die. Even my son would need Aconite when he accidentally ate nuts or peanuts, his throat started to close, and he began to think he would die. Within minutes, he was much better. Because it is such an intense state, we must match the state with the potency and have high potency (1M, 10M, 50M) doses available. Children’s hospitals have social workers, nurses and others working to calm children before they have surgery. Think how much easier it would be to give them some Aconite so they can calm down on their own, rather than having to be talked into being calm.
There are many other emergency remedies, which we will discuss in Part 2.
There are many important elements in making the presence of remedies in the ER successful. First, the people who would be dispensing the remedies need to be well trained. They need to know what to look for, learn the symptoms of the remedies, what potency to give, and how often.
Second, many different potencies of the remedies would need to be made available.
Third, the ER staff would have to buy into the idea of using the remedies. The cost savings would be significant and the outcomes improved. That would be a place to start.