The original idea of homeopathy, which is curing with similars, dates back to Hippocrates in the fourth century B.C. He believed there were two possible ways to cure people, by contraries or by similars. “Allopathy” has followed the way of the contraries through the centuries, while “homeopathy” has championed treating with similars. Homeopathic remedies have been scientifically tested since the latter part of the 18th century. Use of basic homeopathic remedies is something that, depending upon the need, anyone can attempt on their own.
Homeopathic remedies for home use are easiest to use with injuries and first aid. They’re more difficult to use with acute (short-term, self-limited) illnesses. Their use in chronic, long-standing conditions requires formal training and experience. So most homeopathic remedy displays in health-related stores supply remedies related to the first two situations.
The easiest homeopathic remedy to use is calendula ointment, which helps all types of wounds to heal more quickly. It’s made from a flower, and is bacteriostatic, which means bacteria doesn’t grow easily in its presence. Applied directly to the wound—scrapes, cuts, incisions, etc., calendula helps wounds to dry up and their edges to pull together with minimal if any scarring.
Arnica Montana comes from a mountain flower and is perhaps the most famous of all remedies. Usually dispensed in the form of small pellets, it dramatically speeds healing of blunt trauma (bruising) types of injuries. The next time you feel bruised and beat up, try some arnica pellets and you may end up being amazed and the swift recovery time.
An important and related remedy is Bellis perennis, which is also used for bruising injuries to soft tissues such as the breasts, or intestinal bruising and soreness after intra-abdominal surgery. “Muscle soreness in old gardeners” is another indication for this delicate soft tissue remedy.
Generally speaking, 2-3 pellets of the 6c or 30c potencies, repeated according to symptom response, is a good starting point for dosing of Arnica or Bellis, and these can be used for a few days as needed.
The above information is simply a distillation of clinical experience over the past two hundred years (or more). More specific information about the use of remedies in the home is available in numerous books.
Watch for my next article in January 2018: Three common remedies for acute childhood (and adult) illnesses.
Dec. 2017 David Johnson is a Certified Classical Homeopath and sees clients of all ages and all types of chronic conditions. To learn if your condition is amenable to homeopathic care, you can reach and or schedule an appointment with David at the Ommani Center: 262-695-5311.