Homeopathy and Injuries
Most personal injuries happen on impact as a result of a fall or accident which all of us have certainly encountered. Following an injury, in addition to the injury itself (e.g. cut, bruise, fracture, sprain, strain, etc), there is a combination of all or some of the following symptoms: pain, swelling, redness and heat. This is known as the body's inflammatory response, and humans have specifically evolved to produce this response following an injury. The reason for this, is that each of these responses promotes quicker healing. Pain alerts you to the injury and encourages you to use the injured part less, allowing it to heal in peace. Swelling reduces mobility of the part and gives a certain amount of additional protection whilst it heals. Redness is a sign of increased blood flow to the area, which is important to rebuild tissues and fight any possible infection. And heat increases the speed of chemical reactions taking place to help speed recovery, as well as allowing for the increased blood flow.
Many of the conventional treatments for injuries are anti-inlflammatories, focused on controlling pain, which usually means that, although you may feel slightly more comfortable, the healing process will likely take longer and be less complete.
How can Homeopathy help?
Homeopathic medicine is extremely effective because it works by increasing the bodyʼs own healing abilities significantly and the healing time is greatly diminished. What's more, with most personal injuries, it's possible to administer initial treatment yourself immediately after the injury. Most people are familiar with the homeopathic remedy Arnica, which is primarily used when dealing with acute injuries. The use of Arnica is increasingly common, and many laboratories and clinical trials support its use. Arnica can help various muscle, bone, tissue, nerve and shock related injuries and it's the one homeopathic remedy that should be given as soon as possible after any kind of physical trauma. It deals with healing (as opposed to suppressing!) inflammations and bruises, as well as reducing bleeding into the area. It also can alleviate the symptoms of mental shock that occurs as a result of an accident. It can be invaluable for athletes, mothers and indeed anyone else who may have to deal with regular traumas, and it's worth keeping a stock of Arnica on hand at all times.
However, there are also many other medicines used by homeopaths for both acute and chronic injuries and each one has its own specific properties and indications, depending on the type of injury and symptoms experienced. It's often necessary to go to these various other remedies soon after taking Arnica in order to help maintain the speed of recovery and reduce the chances of any lingering or chronic complaints.