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Homeopathics for post-surgery recovery

- May 04, 2021

Do you know Homeopathy can be used to help speed up recovery post-surgery?

Many people try to avoid having surgery, but sometimes it's necessary and unavoidable. Often it's the recovery from operations that are worse than the physical procedure itself!

But the good news is Homeopathy can greatly speed up the healing process, help with pain management and reduce the amount of downtime usually required. 

There are various opinions on whether or not to take Arnica pre-surgery. Arnica can thin the blood a little, and like any anti-coagulants, I recommend not taking excessive amounts of Arnica pre-surgery to avoid any unnecessary bleeding. It DOES reduce bruising and pain, however, and I highly recommend it post-surgery.

Pre-surgery, I suggest taking just one dose of Arnica 30c on the day of surgery and then resume taking it once able. For home prescribing I recommend no higher than a 30c potency.  In acute situations, these remedies can be taken up to four doses in a 12 hour period. 

Pre-surgery Remedies:

Arnica Montana - 30c - once only on the morning of surgery

Gelsemium - If nerves or anxiety about the surgery are a problem, Gelsemium can be helpful for anticipatory anxiety, especially if accompanied by diarrhea, headache, and trembling.

Aconite - This remedy is indicated when people facing surgery are extremely agitated or panicked, especially if they fear that they will die. A dry mouth and thirst are other indications for this remedy.

After Surgery:

There are a few remedies that can help post-surgery, depending on the type of surgery and area of the body operated on.

Arnica Montana - This is the number one remedy to take after any surgical procedure to relieve pain, bruising, and swelling.

Hypericum - Relieves pain that seems to follow the nerve's path.

Ledum Palustre - Excellent remedy to help relieve bruising and discomfort around wounds from pointed objects.

Phosphorus -This remedy may be helpful if a person has trouble recovering from the effects of anesthesia. Symptoms can including nausea and disorientation.

Staphysagria - Useful to relieve itching or pain in surgical or clean-cut wounds, and warts.

Bellis Perennis - Also known as woundwort - is especially useful post-surgery on abdominal, pelvic organs, and breasts. Especially if a feeling of stiffness or coldness has developed in the area.

Coffea Cruda - to help alleviate sleeplessness with worries, overactive thoughts, and hypersensitivity to pain.

Cinchona Officinalis - This remedy relieves weakness due to loss of fluids (diarrhea, bleeding, and sweating), helping to relieve gas in the abdomen.

Hamamelis - This remedy can help with passive bleeding if a person's veins are weak, and may also relieve discomfort after surgery on varicose veins and hemorrhoids.

Rhus Toxicodendron - to help relieve stiffness, soreness, and restlessness after any surgery. It is particularly useful after operations on tonsils and adenoids, appendectomy, and dental surgery.

Ruta graveolens - for any surgeries involving tendons, connective tissue, cartilage, joints, and coverings of the bones. It can ease discomfort and promote recovery after surgery on knees, wrists, shoulders, elbows, ankles, hips, etc.

Causticum - helps heal painful scars from burns, with thin and fragile skin, especially in elderly patients.

I also recommend drinking lots of water post-surgery to help your body eliminate heavy medications and anesthetics. This helps speed up recovery. Taking a combination of 12 cell salt (tissue salt or bioplasma) is another way to replenish much-needed minerals in the body.

If you'd like further support either pre or post-surgery, feel free to book an acute consultation with me below. I work with clients worldwide via Zoom. 

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