Homeopathy is applicable in a wide range of first aid situations. Even when emergency services are necessary, use of a homeopathic remedy immediately can mitigate long term damage. This guide includes some common first aid scenarios and acute conditions, although it is not comprehensive.
How to use this guide: Under each category, you will find descriptions of symptoms in the left hand column, and remedy suggestions in the right hand column. For a clinical category, such as "asthma," there can be many subtle differences in symptoms between individuals. In subsequent posts, I will be going into the materia medica on each of the remedies listed below, culminating with another handy quick-reference sheet. Other remedies can also apply, of course, and over time in this space I will be continuing to explore and explain the use of commonly-available remedies for acute concerns. I will also list some resources for books and kits in later posts.
Note on potency and dosing: The numbers next to the remedy names, such as 6x, 30c and 1M, are called potencies. These refer to the degree of processing of each remedy. A general rule of thumb is that the more acute and severe the scenario, the higher the potency, in a first aid situation. In this case, 1M is the highest potency listed - think of that in the most serious instances. The lowest potency, 6x, is best for support of natural, healthy processes that are uncomfortable but self-limiting, such as growing pains, menstrual cramps, and rhinoviruses. All these remedies are available at the health food store or on line, and you can always ask me for help! When giving a remedy in an acute ailment, I typically do the following: dissolve one pellet in four ounces of pure water, stir gently, and take a tsp, then repeat stirring and dosing for three doses 15 minutes apart (so three doses in 45 minutes), and any time symptoms return. If there is an immediate improvement after the first dose, I do NOT give another dose until symptoms return. In cases of head injury, I give several doses of Arnica 1M within the first 24 hours, and then follow up with daily doses if there are remaining symptoms.
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(Fine Print - None of this constitutes medical advice. Seek medical attention when appropriate).
ASTHMA, ALLERGY AND ANAPHYLAXIS
NAUSEA AND VOMITING, ABDOMINAL CRAMPING, DIARRHEA
INJURY AND MUSCULO-SKELETAL COMPLAINTS
BITES AND STINGS