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Homeopathic Remedies for Burns, How to Select a Potency

We’ve used homeopathy successfully a couple of times to treat pretty bad burns.  Here’s a good example of selecting potency and how the healing process goes:

My son stepped on a firecracker that was extinguished but it turned out that it was still hot.  I gave Cantharis 30c and had him put it on a bowl filled with ice.  It felt better for an hour then the pain came back and 3 blisters were forming.  Since it was bedtime, I gave a 200c with the hopes that it would last him through the night.  The pain did subside, and when we awoke in the morning, there were 3 little white dots surrounded by a slightly pink area.  It never hurt again and cured completely on its own with no further intervention.


Here’s what you can learn from our experience … the nuance of selecting a potency.

In general, remedies in the “c” potencies are those first considered for physical ailments.  The lower the potency, the faster its action.  Sometimes, though, the remedy is effective but doesn’t seem to have staying power in a lower potency.  You have two choices at that point:  repeat the remedy at that potency, or go up in potency.  In this case, because my son was in good health overall, the Cantharis 30c  was effective but lasted only an hour, and we were headed to bed which made hourly re-dosing unlikely, I gave the 200c next.

I once read an article about someone who kept bees.  Recently interested in homeopathy, he had a kit of remedies in the 6x potency [“x” potencies are even lower than “c” potencies].  Having been stung by a swarm of bees and realizing he was having a systemic reaction, he grabbed his kit for the long drive to the hospital.  He had to take a dose of the remedy every 5 minutes while en route to the hospital, but by the time he arrived 20 minutes later, he was quite fine!

Here is another example:  When my daughter was little, I fell down the stairs while carrying her.  We were being treated by different homeopaths at the time.  I took Arnica 200c [for bruises, trauma, and ailments from falls] and Aconite 200c [for shock and fright].  My daughter’s homeopath insisted that I treat her with 30c only.  I was fine the next day.  My daughter was fine, eventually, but it took a week.

That does not mean that a higher potency is always better!  If you give too high of a potency, even with the right remedy, you can cause an aggravation–a worsening of symptoms.  So you have to get a feel, through experience, of what level of injury responds to 6c, 30c, or 200c for you.  In general, in our family, I evaluate it like this for acute [temporary] issues:  hmmm=6c, ow=30c, wah=200c.  When I’m using a 200c, I’m wondering if it’s bad enough that it requires immediate medical attention.  If I’m thinking about a 1M, I definitely am also thinking about a trip to the E/R.

There are several remedies for burns.  I went with Cantharis, which is what is in our homeopathy kit from Helios.  It is beneficial for burns that are better from cold applications and have a raw, burning feeling.  Here’s a little article to help you choose a remedy for burns if ever you should need one.

An update from one year later!  

I burned my finger this morning, so I took photos as a means of illustrating.  I burned it twice, actually, before I treated it, both on the apparently slightly misplaced silicone pad.  After the second burn, I put some Hawaiian Moon Aloe on it.  That takes care of most minor burns amazingly well, including sunburns.  It didn’t take much more than the slightest edge off this time, so I applied it thicker.  Still burned, and I could see little blisters forming.  So I took Cantharis 200c, at which point the burning sensation faded, and by evening there is only a spot left with no pain.  The photo timeline:

12:43 ow
12:44 trying aloe
trying aloe
12:55 took Cantharis 200
took Cantharis 200
better look at the burn
better look at the burn–blisters showing up
1:29 better
1:56 better but still tender to the touch
7:18 feels fine
feels fine


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