Homeopathic Alternatives for Injuries
Arnica Montana: This is a remedy for trauma, or anything that feels like trauma. Aches and pains associated with overuse of muscles. It may hurt to move. It will likely feel better with ice, but may feel better with warmth. The person who needs Arnica often feels they don’t need anything. “I’m fine,
really!!” You may find it helpful after an athletic event to help the body heal itself. Gardening in the spring after being housebound all winter. Tripping and falling, bruising oneself, etc. Arnica is great post-surgery, dental extractions, etc. Always try Arnica first unless the symptoms are drastically different from Arnica symptoms.
Bryonia: This is a remedy for anything that feels worse from movement and better from being wrapped. Often the next remedy after Arnica. Fear of moving may be a component. The person may be grumpy and wish to be left alone. The person may be very restless, but the motion makes them worse.
Rhus Tox: This is a remedy for any injury that feels worse on first motion, better on continued motion, but eventually gets worse from motion again. Rhus Tox is better from heat—the hotter the better. One may be reminded of arthritis with this type of pain—where someone can’t quite open the jar in the morning, but once their fingers are nimble, they can open anything, until the end of the day. (Indeed Rhus Tox is one of many arthritis remedies.) The person may be very restless, and the motion makes them feel better.
Bellis Perennis: This remedy is for deep trauma and bruises: deep muscle injuries, abdominal or pelvic trauma, surgery, etc. Worse from warm bathing, cold drinks, becoming cold. Better: Cold applications to the part. Also a remedy for injuries and inflammation of the nerves. It is difficult to find this remedy in a store, for some reason.
Hypericum: Injuries to nerve rich areas—fingers, tongue, genitals. Sharp pains shoot upward from injured spot. Great for dental work where the pain feels more neuralgic than traumatic.
Conium: Injuries, especially to the glands, such as testicles, breasts, etc.
Lachesis: Serious bruises with throbbing, pulsing pains. Bruises sells and turn rapidly a dark purple or even black in color. Worse: Any amount of heat. Better: Cold.
Ruta: Bruises to the periosteum, where the bone is close to the surface, such as the tibia, iliac crest, etc. Also good for shin splints, where wrapping aggravates the condition.
There are many more common injury remedies. The important thing to know is that one size doesn’t fit all in homeopathy. You must choose the correct, or close to correct, remedy, or it won’t work.
One common use for over the counter pain relievers is for headaches. I often get asked what to take for a headache. Will Arnica work? Is the most common question. Arnica may work, if you got hit in the head with something and as a result have a headache. Nux Vomica will work if you have a headache because you had too much to drink. Belladonna will work if you have a headache from being overheated and your face is really red.
But garden variety headaches that one gets frequently or even occasionally are considered chronic conditions and a constitutional consultation with a professional homeopath is required to resolve them.
For more information on using homeopathy instead of Tylenol, please consider taking one of my classes. Go to my website to read more about upcoming classes.