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Topical Homeopathic Treatment

For issues occurring on or near the surface of your body, topical homeopathic treatment can be phenomenal.  They will only work for purely physical issues, though.  If you have an emotional cause for your ailment, a topical won’t help.

That said, I’ve seen topicals helpful for a whole range of issues from bumps to nerve repair, hives, eczema, and more.  I even keep a few already prepared and ready to use.

When you are on a homeopathic constitutional, except if you are exceptionally sensitive, a topical homeopathic can be a great way to get the relief homeopathy provides without the possibility of interfering with the benefits of your constitutional remedy.

For self-care, here are a few decent rules-of-thumb:

Homeopathic remedies made from herbal and medicinal plants that are used for topical benefit are likely to be helpful in topical treatment homeopathically, too.  These include remedies like Arnica [muscles, soft tissue], Calendula [fights infection], Hypericum [heals nerves].

Dilute a few pillules in unto 8 oz. of water.
Dilute a few pillules in unto 8 oz. of water.

Use potencies from the X’s on up to 30c and 200c.

Simply dilute it in water.  If you have a sugar pill form of the remedy, just dilute it in [purified, if possible] water and apply it topically.  If it is an open wound, and you want to make sure that there is no sugar in the water, you could dilute it one time, dump it, then refill with purified water again and use that to apply topically.

If you have used a cream at the store that is helpful, but you do not have it with you or it is not helping deeply enough or long enough, you could try this:

Looking at the active ingredients on the back of the tube/box/spray, locate the remedy[ies] that seem to have the action you most need.  Make note of the potency and the name of the remedy.

If it works well for you but you cannot take a tube/spray with you etc., try to find the remedy in the closest potency and use that to make your topical.  If you’re really in a pinch, simply ask your Guardian Angel to give you an energetic topical dose of it!

If the topical you normally use works only a little bit [either not well enough or not long enough], try increasing the potency in the topical that you prepare yourself.

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Tingle Tingle: When Nerves Need Repair

from the reliable homeopathic pharmacy, Helios.co.uk
from the website of the reliable homeopathic pharmacy, Helios.co.uk

Hypericum is great for nerve repair, old or new.  Think of it instead of Arnica for injuries to nerve-rich areas, such as fingertips, toes, and tailbones. But it is useful way beyond that for any nerve injury, new or old.

Specs

Select your potency, if you have a range of potencies available.

–30c for mild injury, 200c for a serious ow, and 1M for a really bad one, plus plans to go to ER if you can feel the pain traveling up your nerve paths toward the middle of your body

Put one dose of Hypericum in a cup of water.  Swath the injured area with the remedy water.  If it still hurts after a few minutes, take an oral dose of the remedy water.

Repeat as needed.

Old Injuries & Surface Injuries

I’ve helped a couple people with really old nerve injuries near the surface by using a topical application–one with no nerve feeling from the knee-down since knee surgery one year prior, and the other with no feeling on the side of his thigh [except the occasional horrific pains] since a tennis injury 12 years prior.

Dissolve a dose of Hypericum 200c in a handful or two of water [1/8 cup, 1 T] then apply it topically to the whole affected area.  Be generous:  apply liberally and extend a bit beyond where the nerve-loss sensation is.  Typically a benefit will be perceptible within 10-15 minutes, and one application typically is sufficient.  So wait another day to decide whether you’re going to apply again–it can progressively improve for 24 hours, too.

But Wait, There’s More!

I have found that when a plant is beneficial as a medicinal, the homeopathic form amplifies those benefits.

Does St. John’s Wort ring a bell?  I remember when it was all the rage for depression. In fact, it has been used for a whole host of issues in traditional medicines, many of which have been studied for scientific verification.

St. John’s Wort is the common name for the flowering plant, Hypericum Perforatum from which the homeopathic remedy is made.  Among the many uses for St. John’s Wort, apparently early studies indicate … that it can be beneficial for nerve pain!

via mayoclinic.com
via mayoclinic.com

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Herbal Medicinals Get Amped with Homeopathy

Though we describe homeopathy as the principle of curing symptoms and disease using the concept that Like Cures Like, there is one itty bitty but important exception, in my experience:

CalendulaForms
Calendula Tincture, Homeopathic Calendula, My First Aid Spray

Herbal medicinals that are beneficial in plant form see their benefits amplified in homeopathic form.  Arnica is used as a component in massage oil, for instance.  Calendula tincture is widely regarded for its assistance in healing wounds.  Echinacea is an immune booster.

So if you find yourself disappointed with a tried-and-true medicinal’s performance in a given situation, consider the homeopathic remedy made from that medicinal.

I will give you an example.

My youngest, probably 3 years old at the time, tripped and fell chin-first into a sharp corner of a short table we used for kids’ crafts.  I keep a homeopathic combination in a spray bottle that I call First Aid Spray–it is useful for cuts, bumps, that kind of thing.  I pulled it out along with some gauze and dabbed the cut on my son’s chin for a while then held him through a nap.  The cut was closed and not swollen, so when my son was up-and-at-’em after his nap, I thought all was well.

However, when I brushed his teeth that night, I saw that the gum inside his mouth (inside where the cut was on the outside) was injured too, and it didn’t look great.  I took him to the doctor the next day; she suggested an Echinacea-Calendula wash and some oral herbals to boost his immune function but by day’s end, his gum looked infected and certainly no better.

So in a moment of inspiration, I grabbed my First Aid Spray, which contains three homeopathic remedies including Calendula, pulled his lip down briefly to let the gum dry out a smidge (therein allowing the remedy water to be more readily absorbed into his gum), and spritzed.  It typically takes the sprays 10-15 minutes to show results.

Within 10 minutes, his gum was no longer swollen or red, and the puffy white gash that had been on his gum just looked like healed gum tissue.

Here’s another example…

I’ve long used Ecinacea to support my immune system.

Echinacea Goldenseal Tincture, Echinacea Propolis Throat Spray, Homeopathic Echinacea 30c & 200c
Echinacea Goldenseal Tincture, Echinacea Propolis Throat Spray, Homeopathic Echinacea 30c & 200c

Way back in 1995 I likely had undiagnosed [my doctor told me it was in my head] mononucleosis.  Eventually, I insisted on testing and she found the titers for mono, indicating that I had had it and my immune system had tried to fight it off.  Having worked full-time during that period, I ended up with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and my immune system got finicky.  I typically needed 9 or more hours of sleep, but after that, if I ever got 7 hours of sleep or less, I’d get sick [like flu sick].  If I ever had coffee, even decaf, my lymph nodes would swell up and I’d be down for the count.  So I looked for immune boosters and ended up figuring out that if I took Echinacea Purpurea or even Angustifolia [but it had to be the root] and Golden Seal [a nice boost but the Echinacea was more mandatory, the Golden Seal merely helpful] at the very first sign of illness [typically a certain feeling in my throat], I could ward-off the illness.

I’d been using Echinacea [except during pregnancy and nursing] for at least 10 years, then, before I ever used homeopathic Echinacea.

I was sick.  Really really sick.  The most bizarre aspect was that no matter how many covers I put on, I could not get warm.  There I lay, with layers of clothes and layers of blankets, shivering in my heated house!  When I talked to my homeopath-at-the-time, John Melnychuck, he suggested I take homeopathic Echinacea.  I think he said this super-chilliness reminded him of typhoid, actually, and that I should take the homeopathic Echinacea.  I do not even know why I had that remedy, but for some reason he had sent me some previously so I did.  Within 15 minutes of taking it, my body was able to regain its temperature and I was swiftly well again.  I was absolutely amazed.

By the way, I now use an herbal Propolis Echinacea Throat Spray [now called Soothing Throat Spray] at that very first sign of throatly discontent–mainly if I catch a chill–and the results are generally quite good.

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Angel Hug

Yesterday, I was feeling down.  Hoping that even though I couldn’t change the circumstance, I could change my feelings about it, I started first by asking my Guardian Angel for a hug.

Yes, a hug.

And yes, I really did.

Better yet, I got one.

But you know how we sometimes melt and start bawling when someone gives us a hug at a time when we are holding it all together but feeling really upset?  It was such a comforting hug from my Guardian Angel, I thought the waterworks might start.  But instead, I felt calm and bolstered.  I was surprised but glad.

Then my Guardian Angel shared a message with me:  …and in all things, give …

Being connected to a man of the cloth [my dad is a retired educational missionary, pastor, and professor of world religions], I asked him for context.  While a Google search had yielded a passage in Thessalonians, my father immediately thought of this passage from Philippians.

Philippians 4:4-7

King James Version (KJV)

Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.

Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

The verse from Thessalonians was apropos too:

1 Thessalonians 5:18

King James Version (KJV)

18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

And my search also led me to this video, also very much relevant to my feelings of yesterday:

And it all comes down to this: when in doubt, give thanks.  Or just give.

 

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Laptop – A Pain in the H**d

Two isn’t a perfect sample size, to be sure, but by the analytic power invested in me through three years of law school, I am pretty certain of this one:  For pain in the palms, wrist, and forearm due to overuse of the laptop ‘mouse,’ try homeopathic Phytolacca.

LaptopMouseCause of Pain:

Doing a lot of work using the mouse that is on your laptop [as opposed to a separate, corded or wireless computer mouse] which results in pain in the palm of your hand, or in your wrist and forearm.  So, that would be the kind of project that involves a lot of scooting items around, moving this here and that there.  Maybe a presentation like on PowerPoint, or in my case specifying track breaks while I was digitizing my husband’s vinyl collection as a surprise for him.  Drag, click.  Drag, click.  Scooch, click.  Scooch back a bit, click.

The pain feels like a knotted muscle, like if you could just massage it out, it’d be fine.  But massage as you might, it just hurts, hurts, hurts.

Alleviation of Pain:

Homeopathic Phytolacca in 30c, taken as needed to treat the pain, alleviates the pain nicely.  I have also used Phytolacca 200c, but if you catch it early enough, 30c should be sufficient.

If you are going to continue with the type of scroll-and-select work that requires a lot of mouse work, you’ll probably want to get an ergonomic mouse, too.  But I am not an expert on that!

More on Phytolacca:

Phytolacca is widely available at health food stores in the Boiron homeopathic displays [the little blue plastic vials] and also can be beneficial for sore throats and mastitis [I’ve used it successfully for both, too].  Yet another example of the many different uses for a single remedy.

 

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Homeopathy 101: Dosing Timing

The last installment of the Homeopathy 101 series, describing homeopathy in general and how I typically use homeopathy for self-care.

Previous posts:

#1 – History

#2 – How remedies are made

#3 – Tools for selecting a remedy

#4 – Process for selecting a remedy

#5 – Selecting a potency

#6 – Forms of dosing

Generally speaking, both for constitutional and acute dosing, my goal is to keep as onward and upward a trajectory as possible.

The sooner you start treating homeopathically, the swifter and more complete the cure can be.  However, homeopathy can help even when an ailment is well under way–sometimes it is more palliative in those situations, sometimes it simple stalls progress of the ailment then slowly treats, and sometimes it parts the clouds after days and days of the flu with nausea/diarrhea/fever/mallaise [yes, I have been there, while pregnant; my thanks to Oscillococcinum for clearing the clouds].

So my goal, as in life, is for the progress to be as onward and upward as possible.  That means a trajectory as close to this as possible, where time is on the horizontal axis and wellbeing is on the vertical axis:

DosingOnwardUpward

For acute prescribing, my general guidelines work like this:

Take a dose.  Take a moment to make a note of when you take the dose.

Make note of the improvement–quality, quantity, and length of time.

If the remedy helps, you have the right remedy.

If the remedy doesn’t help at all, you might have the wrong remedy.

If the improvement lasts two hours or longer, stick with that remedy and potency.  You will know when to re-dose if you have a long plateau [time of no improvement] or a dip / regression in your improvement, as shown below.

DosingIllustrationChart

If it helps the teeniest tiniest bit, you probably need a higher potency.  I call this a ping.  A ping is something like, “It took the edge off the pain for a few minutes but that’s it.”  With pings, my experience is that you really will not get significant benefit from the remedy unless you go up one stop in potency [i.e., from 6c to 30c, 30c to 200c, or 200c to 1M].  If you do not have a higher potency, you can either try to palliate or stall progression of the ailment using the potency you have or by using a loading dose [one dose every 10-20 minutes for one hour] or you can try to increase the potency of the remedy by dissolving a dose of the remedy in 2-4 oz. of water and plussing [shaking / pounding] it 10-30 times before each dose-sip.

Here’s an example of a ping:  A friend’s young daughter was ill on Christmas Eve day.  She was just laying on the sofa all day.  She had flushed cheeks and fever.  I suggested homeopathic Belladonna but my friend thought she had only 30c so she tried to work with that, but the only visible benefit was that her daughter sat up for the first time all day.  Locating some 200c in the cabinet, my friend gave that a try, and by the next day, her daughter had recovered and was well enough to fully participate in Christmas Day festivities, attend church, etc.

If the improvement lasts less than two hours, chances are that you could [but do not need to] go up one stop in potency if you have it on-hand [i.e., from 6c to 30c or 30c to 200c].  If you do not have a higher potency, you can continue working with the potency that you have.  It’ll just take a bit longer to get to cure.  I read a story of a beekeeper who had a systemic reaction to a bee sting and pulled out his remedy kit [all in 6X potencies, which is really low] to take with him on the drive to the hospital.  One dose of Apis 6X seemed to last him about 5 minutes, so he took one dose every 5 minutes while they were en route to the hospital.  By the time he arrived at the hospital, he was fine!

On the other hand, here is an example of the relevance of potency in dosing, though in this example the potencies differed by two stops, which is much more dramatic:  I fell down the stairs while carrying my daughter.  Of course, I tried to take the brunt of the fall, but she did hurt her ankle.  I hurt my arm, wrist, ankle, knee, and thigh.  At least I wasn’t pregnant that time.  Sigh.  Anyway, we were each under the care of different homeopaths at the time.

My homeopath advised me to take some Aconite immediately for the fright, then Arnica 1M.  I took a few doses over a few days and was quite fine within a few days, though I made sure not to over-do it either–to make sure that the actual tissue healed as fully as it felt it was healing.  My daughter’s homeopath believed that only 30c remedies should be used in acute situations.  It took my daughter two weeks to regain full functionality.  We both recovered, but at different rates.

In the rare circumstances where you took too high of a potency, your symptoms might get temporarily worse.  This is termed an aggravation.  Typically, aggravations last a short time and are followed by significant improvement.  For this reason, some homeopaths actually seek to aggravate–I do not!  If you don’t want to ride-out the aggravation, you can either take the same remedy one or two stops down [i.e., from 200c to 30c or 6c, from 1M down to 200c or 30c].  If you do not have a lower potency, put a dose of the remedy in 16 oz. of purified water.  Take a sip-dose and wait a smidge [like 10-15 minutes].  If that does not bring down the aggravation, you can dump out the water, refill it [the remedy’s energy remains in the few water droplets that cling to your vessel] to dilute it some more, take a sip.  Keep dumping and diluting then sipping until your aggravation subsides.

So, you can see that you can use the means by which remedies are made to add or reduce potency.  Pretty cool, huh?

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Homeopathy 101: Forms of Dosing

Part of the Homeopathy 101 series, wherein I’m giving the deets on how I typically handle self-care using homeopathy.

Previous posts include

#1 – History

#2 – How remedies are made

#3 – Tools for selecting a remedy

#4 – Process for selecting a remedy

#5 – Selecting a potency

[And, after this one, #7 – Timing for dosing]

Before getting into the nitty gritty on dosing, it’s worthwhile to look at a few mediums for dosing.  To optimize response to the remedy, I choose different methods based on the situation and person [or animal or plant] getting the remedy.  The three most common forms of dosing are dry, wet / water, and olfactory.

Dry Dosing

Foot Injury Remedy WaterThis is the most typical form of dosing — you dump the little pillules into the cap, then into your mouth, and voila, you have a dose.  The homeopathic remedies in the blue vials made by Boiron and sold in most health food stores in the U.S. do contain lactose, so for those with strong allergies, remedies [or kits] from places like Helios are a better choice since they use sucrose in their pillules.

Pro’s:  Dry doses are highly portable and simple.

Water Dosing

Probably the second most common form of dosing, I generally use 1-3 dry doses in a bottle of 4-16 oz. of purified water.  Distilled is ideal, but I just use water as pure as I have handy as long as it isn’t carbonated.  Just drop the pillules into the water, shake or stir, and your remedy water is ready.

Each sip of the remedy water = a dose of remedy.

You can use glass, a glass jar, a glass bottle, or a plastic water bottle.  I wouldn’t use a metal vessel to hold your remedy water.  I always mark the vessel so it is obvious that it is actually remedy, not plain water [in my house I tend to use paper tape around a glass swing top bottle].

Because water transmits energy so well, be especially careful to keep your remedy water out of direct sunlight and, ideally, away from radiation or heat. The remedy water is good as long as the water is good.  In an acute situation, you are not going to be using the water for too long, so you likely can keep it at room temperature.  [Use your best judgment!]

Pro’s:  Flexibility, extendability, and sensitivity.  I’ll explain …

~ In acute situations, you can extend one dose into many doses just by putting it in water.  You also can put multiple remedies into the water for complex acute situations such as recovery from surgery or injury, extending each of those remedy doses and simplifying the administration of multiple remedies.

~ For sensitive people who tend to aggravate from remedies, water dosing reduces the likelihood of aggravation.  As you’ll learn in the next installment on dosing, water dosing also permits a certain amount of flexibility in increasing and decreasing potency.

~ It also makes nighttime dosing simple, even if you’re only using a single remedy.  A lot of people skimp on nighttime dosing during an acute, and that can slow-down your progress.  Sipping remedy water at night is a simple solution.  [Or prepare a dry dose ahead of time by putting a dry dose into a small cup on the nightstand.]

Olfactory Dosing

This is basically just taking a smell of the remedy in its open glass vial.  But it is a little bit more than that.  My sense is that in olfactory dosing, we let the energy of the remedy in through our mucous membranes in the nose.  So the person taking an olfactory dose has to be truly open to receiving it or the whiff won’t be strong enough, etc.  My experience is that it tends to work well with toddlers.  In my experience, it isn’t necessarily as strong or long-lasting as a dry dose, but there are some pro’s.

Pro’s:  Extendability, sensitivity, flexibility.

~ One dose goes a long way when all you need to do is smell it.  However, I think the glass vial is important:  I am not sure how well it would work for most people if the remedy was in a paper envelope or if a single dose was dropped into the cap of a Boiron vial.

~ For highly sensitive people, this is a respectable dosing modality because the person need only let in the amount of remedy truly needed.  That adds to its flexibility as well, particularly for highly sensitive people.

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Homeopathy 101: Selecting a Potency

In the Homeopathy 101 series …

1.  History

2.  How

3.  Tools

4.  Selection

Once you know which remedy best matches your most prominent symptoms, you will be looking at potency.

Matching the potency to the ailment and the person [or animal or plant] can be of the utmost importance.  However, occasionally we can use a less-ideal potency [if it is the only one we have!].  In this post, I’ll explain my general guidelines for how to select a potency.  The next post on dosing will cover how to work with a potency that is too high or too low.  [And, incase you are wondering, while most homeopaths would err on the side of going too low in potency, I would err on the side of stocking higher potencies, mostly because I use remedies only when we really really need them, and those are typically higher potency situations.]

There’s a kind of general belief in homeopathy that the low and middle potencies [6c-200c] are most useful for ailments with a strong physical presentation.  The potencies above 200c [1M, 10M] have been considered potencies for issues of emotional strength.  This applies largely to constitutional prescribing, however.

When you are looking at a bee sting, a bruise, the flu, that kind of thing, these are the guidelines I use for selecting a potency:

It is really minor, maybe just irritating–or it is a delicate situation:  6c

It is an ailment where aggravating it could be problematic:  6c, 12c, or 30c [i.e., reduce what you’d normally select by a level or two, so if you’d normally think 200c, go down to 30c or 12c]

This feels icky but I’ll be okay; relief would be nice though:  30c

Ugh, I’m miserable and nothing seems to help:  200c

200c didn’t help:  1M + a plan to get medical attention

A few centesimal potencies of Arnica
A few centesimal potencies of Arnica

Arnica Montana is probably the most commonly used homeopathic remedy.  By way of illustration, here are a few examples of how I’ve seen or used Arnica in various potencies:

Arnica 6c:  Our babysitter was a champion ballroom dancer, but she was suffering from sore muscles after practice.  She took a single dose of Arnica 6c after practices and no longer suffered from the sore muscles.

Arnica 30c:  My then-3 y.o. son was playing with a racquetball with my husband.  A bouncing ball hit my kiddo in the eye.  I pulled out the Arnica 30c for the first time ever on that day–a friend had given it to me–and gave him a single dose.  I was amazed when my son felt better within minutes and that a black eye never did form.

Arnica 200c:  My son, 1 y.o. at the time, fell and hit his head on a wire rack at a store.  His forehead ballooned, and the cold pack the store brought didn’t help at all.  I gave him Arnica 200c and the swelling went down considerably and quickly, and he was no longer bothered by the injury.  Our possible trip to the ER was cancelled.

Arnica 1M:  We were at a remote farm when my then 10 y.o. son, while holding a carrot, turned his back on a young, male draft horse.  The horse nibbled for the carrot and got my son’s back.  The injury fashioned a fantastic bruise immediately, which was swelling quickly.  I gave him some Arnica 200c, and it barely helped and only for a few minutes [I call that a ‘ping’ by the way–more on that in the next Homeopathy 101 post on dosing].  I gave him Arnica 1M, and he was able to ride home comfortably, the swelling having dissolved.  I checked in with his homeopath and ended up giving him maybe 1-2 more doses of Arnica 1M over the next couple of days before switching to Calendula 200c when the bruise turned yellow.  He then took a couple of doses of Calendula 200c over a couple of days … and that was that.

Getting Prepared

For a first aid kit that is used in urgent situations, you’d be looking at 200c, perhaps one or two 1M remedies [like Arnica for soft tissue trauma and Hypericum for injury to nerve centers].  The Helios accidents & emergencies kit is all 200c potencies.  Other first aid kits are offered at homeopathic pharmacies in 30c.  General use kits often are offered in 30c but you can also find them with some 30c and some 200c where the remedy is provided in its most commonly used potency, and many other combinations.

If you do not have the correct potency, you can sometimes finagle it anyway.  I’ll cover those details in the next post on dosing.

 

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A Working Example: I Hurt My Foot

We’re in the middle of the Homeopathy 101 series and I injured myself.  So I’m gonna use this as a working example!

My Trusty Arnica Spray!  It is the only remedy I keep in this all-white natural plastic spray bottle, so that we recognize it quickly and easily when we really need it quickly and easily!
My Trusty Arnica Spray! It is the only remedy I keep in this all-white natural plastic spray bottle, so that we recognize it quickly.

Last night, I dropped an iPad from my chest straight down on its side onto my bare foot.  I was surprised by how much it hurt.  And that I was the only one in my house who knew where to get the first aid remedies!  First, my eldest son grabbed the Arnica 200 spray that I keep around.

Here is a side-story:

Earlier yesterday, my daughterfot hurt, so I pulled out the Arnica spray.  She had been hit with a trapeze bar near her temple.  The area was starting to look bruised.  It was a red circle with a bruised, raised site of impact in the middle.  A dousing of the Arnica 200 spray did the trick and quickly.

But, I did notice that it was running low, so I refilled it.  Glad Spirit had me do that.

Because later in the day, she ran into my youngest while she was in her walker and he was in the swing.  They both were howling, which is unusual, but the injuries were just sporting pink circles.  No bumps or bruising.  Arnica spray for both of them and they were fine.

With all 3 of these injuries, the spray was sufficient–applying it immediately helped, and actually within minutes the appearance of injury began disappearing.

Foot Injury Remedy ComboSo, that evening, when I dropped the iPad on my foot I turned first to the Arnica spray [which was thankfully refilled!].  It helped but I could still see bumps and it still hurt immensely.  I wasn’t able to bear weight on it at all.  So I hopped over to the first aid drawer and pulled out these remedies & potencies:

Arnica 1M [Arnica for bruising/swelling, 1M because the 200c spray hadn’t helped]

Hypericum 1M [Hypericum because it was close to a nerve center and microdose of 1M because a bad injury to a major nerve center can be serious]

Rhus Tox 200c [Rhus Tox for ligaments/tendons because they are plentiful in the foot and 200c for a considerable injury]

Ruta 200c [Ruta for connective tissue and 200c for a considerable injury]

I just popped them into my mouth one at a time then hobbled over to the sofa and raised my foot, spraying it occasionally with the Arnica 200 spray over the course of the next hour.

The intense pain subsided within 10-20 minutes, but it did throb, the bruising was apparent but the swelling had gone down, I could wiggle my toes [so I figured I hadn’t broken anything], and occasionally a spike of pain would shoot into my toes.  That last bit worried me, but I took solace in the fact that the pains as shooting toward my toes rather than up toward more central nerve centers.  I also asked my husband, who does Reiki, to feel the energy of it as to whether it was worrisome and I should go to the ER [he said it sure hurt a lot but didn’t seem to be worrisome at that point].

Within an hour I could bear weight on it and walk up the stairs.  But as I got ready for bed, I realized I couldn’t bear weight on it for long, and even just standing while bearing weight primarily on my other foot was increasing the pain and throbbing in my injured foot.  I had prepared an overnight bottle of remedy water, just incase, so I took a dose before bed since the pain had worsened, albeit from bearing weight on it.

Foot Injury Remedy WaterIn 4 oz. of water in a glass swing-top bottle that I marked with washi paper tape as my signal to everyone else in the family that it was not drinking water, I had included the following remedies:  Arnica 1M [just a few granules because the swelling had all but disappeared], Hypericum 30c [reduced the potency because it did not seem like I had a major nerve injury after all], Rhus Tox 200c, and Ruta 200c [the latter two because my guess was that I had mainly injured ligaments/tendons/connective tissue].

I also sprayed my foot one more time with the Arnica 200 spray before heading to bed.  Putting my sock on was not as bad as I thought, and while I initially made sure the weight of the covers wasn’t resting on that foot, over the course of the night, my injury did not disturb my sleep.

Foot Next DayWhen I awoke, I was impressed with how well it felt., but by the time I got dressed and got my kids downstairs and their clothes on, etc., it was hurting again.  It also was so tender to the touch that I could not wear my slippers.  I had sprayed it with the Arnica 200 spray before putting on my sock, but at this point, I took a sip of the water remedy combination.  That helped tremendously again, and I could wear slippers again.  Midday, I removed my sock to take a photo for y’all, and the bruising is mild and dispersed.

With the 1M of the Arnica, I’ll probably only take one more dose of that remedy combination.  Then I’ll probably make a new combo with all of the remedies in 30c and add Calendula for that yellow bruising stage [to make sure it clears effectively].  I’ll take that a 1-3 times a day for probably another 2-3 days before it is resolved quite completely.

You might get some additional updates along the way.  ;]

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Homeopathy 101: Potencies & How Remedies Are Made

Entry 2 in my baby steps blog posts about homeopathy as well as how to use it for self-care.  [Entry 1:  How Homeopathy Started.]    Maybe I should call it my Homeopathic Empowerment Series.

MedicatingPotency
Medicating Potency, Unmedicated Granules, Vial of Remedy

For me, homeopathy is empowering.  Even knowing how remedies are made is empowering:  If you understand how remedies gain potency, you are able to better understand and fine-tune dosing for yourself and your family.

Homeopathic remedies are made by first grinding up a substance, then serially diluting it and succussing it.  Succussing [pounding] also is referred to as “potentizing” because it is here that the remedy gains its potency.

This results in a liquid sometimes called the medicating potency.  The medicating potency is then applied to various kinds of sugar pillules or into a liquid formula.

Tip:  Because there is no additional protective coating [such as one might find on Advil], we typically pour the requisite pillules into the remedy’s vial cap, then directly under the tongue.  This reduces the likelihood that some of the remedy will rub-off on your hand, etc.  It also means that this rule is not rigid–it is only an optimization technique!

More details ….

A mortar and pestle often is used to triturate a remedy.
A mortar and pestle often is used to triturate a remedy.

The grinding process is called trituration, and it’s much like grinding spices or grains with a mortar-and-pestel.

How often a remedy is serially diluted and succussed determines its potency.  The more dilution-succussions a remedy undergoes, the more potent it becomes.  So, the higher a remedy’s potency, the more diluted it is.

Tip:  In a pinch, when you need a higher potency but only have a lower potency, you can recall this information to increase the potency by putting the remedy in water and then pounding it to increase potency.

Potencies are given using a number and a letter [or letters].  The number represents the number of dilution-succussions, and the letter represents the potency scale used.

A few centesimal potencies of Arnica
A few centesimal potencies of Arnica

The potency scale is determined by how much a remedy is diluted in each dilution-succussion.  Three potency scales are employed in homeopathic practice, though the most typical scale is the centesimal scale.  The centesimal scale is represented by potencies that are followed by a c/C, ck/CK, CH, or M [M being 1000C and above]. In the centesimal scale, the dilution is a 1:100 ratio.

Typical potencies in self-care are 6c, 30c, and 200c.

Thus, a remedy such as Arnica 30c would be made by taking the whole Arnica plant, grinding it up [typically with milk sugar], then diluting it 1:100 and pounding 10 times.  This dilution-succussion process would be employed 30 times for a 30c.

A side-note:  although homeopathic remedies reach Avogadro’s Number by the 30c potency [meaning none of the original substance exists in it], newer technology is now able to recognize energetic imprints of the original substance in higher potencies.

So, a little background helps us understand why many people refer to homeopathy as a form of energy medicine–it is essentially the energetic imprint of the original substance which offers itself in a homeopathic remedy and brings our vital force one step closer to full health.