If you are looking for my National Center for Homeopathy webinar on recovery from surgery, it is available for viewing on YouTube. Webinar attendees also requested access to the slides for reference: Surgery Webinar Slides.
Sometimes we use homeopathy simply to support healing during allopathic treatment. Surgery is one such time.
When you’ve decided to undergo surgery, homeopathy can speed healing or the surgical site while controlling pain. To me, that’s a win-win.
To put a Surgery combo together for yourself, here’s what you’ll need:
~ 2 sterilized containers for water, such as 4 oz. dropper bottles, water bottles with a pop-up spout, or covered jars if you are careful to use a sterilized teaspoon for each dose. [You can reuse one bottle if you sterilize it again when you are switching from 200c to 30c.]
– Any or all of the following remedies that are pertinent to your surgery in both 200c and 30c: Arnica [bleeding, swelling], Bellis Perennis [deep tissue injury], Calendula [fight infection], Hypericum [nerve repair], Staphysagria [incisions]. If your surgery also involves ligaments or tendons, you might add Rhus Tox and Ruta to your mix.
If it is for dental surgery, I’d suggest you include Arnica, Calendula, Hypericum, and Ruta. For joint surgery, I’d suggest you include Arnica, Calendula, Hypericum, Staphysagria, Rhus Tox, and Ruta. If the surgery involves broken bones, you could add Symphytum 6c, 12c, or 30c to each of the bottles described next.
~ Put 5-10 pellets each of all of the 200c potencies in one bottle together, then fill the bottle with distilled water. When the pellets have dissolved fully, shake the bottle just enough to mix. Label it “Surgery 200c” or something similar. You will use this in the first 2 days of recovery. One dropper, one teaspoon, or one sip/gulp is one dose of remedy.
~ Put 10 pellets each of all of the 30c potencies in one bottle together, then fill the bottle with distilled water. When the pellets have dissolved fully, shake the bottle just enough to mix. Label it “Surgery 30c” or similar. You will use this after the first 2 days of recovery, when you are no longer using the 200c. One dropper, one teaspoon, or one sip/gulp is one dose of remedy.
Dosage for Minor Surgery
Before Surgery: Take one dose of Arnica 200c to limit bleeding during surgery.
Immediately after Surgery: Take one dose of the Surgery 200c.
Recovery from Surgery, First 2 Days: Initially, you will have painkillers and anesthesia in your body from the surgery, making it harder to use your discomfort as a guide. So, about 2 hours after surgery, take another dose of Surgery 200c.
From then on, you likely will be able to use your pain as a guide. Typically, in the first 24 hours after surgery, people need 2-5 doses of Surgery 200c. You should need less in the second 24 hours than you did in the first 24 hours.
One reason I like to recommend using the pop-up spout water bottle for the remedy is that it is easy to use at night, and it is important to stay on top of your dosing at night too. Take it when you need it, but if you need it more than every 2 hours, use the allopathic pain medication given to you by your physician.
Recovery from Surgery, Third Day onward: You should switch to the Surgery 30c on the 3rd day of your recovery, taking it as needed. Again, you may start with 2-5 doses in the first day, every 2 hours at the most. Stay on top of it at night, and taper as needed. Within a few days, you should no longer need the Surgery remedy combo.
Beware Shortened Recovery
One “problem” with supporting recovery from surgery homeopathically is that healing is faster and better than expected. You’re probably wondering why that is a problem! It can be an issue when a person [or animal] is supposed to restrict movement for a certain amount of time based on conventional ideas about how long healing takes. In other words, a two-week movement restriction that is imposed based on expectation of conventional recovery might be too long for someone [or a pet] that is being supported homeopathically.
This is why I suggest that you ask your doctor [or vet] about any restrictions on movement: Instead of sticking to a time-frame, ask what signs would indicate adequate healing that would make movement permissible. Or, if they need to see the surgery patient, schedule your appointment a little sooner than they normally would. So, if they normally would see the patient for a follow-up after two weeks to verify adequate healing and thus permit movement, schedule for a week or 10 days instead.
One Person’s Experience
…Pamela provided valuable assistance with my husband’s minor surgery. She gave him a special surgery remedy and recommended dosages before and after his surgery. Of course the hospital provided vicodin for pain, but with Pamela’s special surgery remedy (and continual contact) he was able to heal and recover without taking any of the pain medications. She checked in with us all weekend to see how he was feeling and made changes to dosages as needed.
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