Dr Charles Forsyth

Homeopathic Physician

 
 
  1. Homeopathic remedies can make a huge difference not only to the degree of pain experienced following an injury but also the extent of swelling, bruising, loss of function and the speed of recovery/healing.  The speed of action can be quite dramatic too - sometimes within seconds, depending on the nature of the injury.  What is more they are completely safe to use, have no side effects and don’t preclude any other treatments.   Medical advice must be obtained for all serious, potentially serious and persisting problems - if in any doubt, get a medical opinion


  2. Fractures (broken bones) - after or together with Arnica ............................. Symphytum


  3. Painful cuts & lacerations, crush injuries and to prevent infection ............. Hypericum


  4. Punctured wounds, eg. nail, needle, thorn, splinter, animal/insect bite ...... Ledum


  5. Bruised bones eg. shins ..................................................................................... Ruta


  6. Bruised coccyx (tail bone) ................................................................................ Bellis perennis


  7. Bruising of breast; deep muscular or internal bruising ................................. Bellis perennis


  8. Painful bruising of eyeball (not black eye) ..................................................... Symphytum


  9. Any injury where the pain is worse for the slightest movement ................. Bryonia


  10. Tissue discolouration slow to clear after bruising ........................................ Ledum


  11. Sprains - first remedy ...................................................................................... Ledum


  1. Sprains - second remedy to try if Ledum no help ........................................ Ruta


  1. Pain immediately after tooth extraction ....................................................... Ruta


There are many more excellent remedies available for other first aid purposes, including: burns, scalds, dislocations, collapse, sunburn, heat exhaustion, etc. 



RESCUE REMEDY

This is a composite Bach Flower preparation combining five of the Bach Flower Remedies: Cherry Plum, Clematis, Impatiens, Rock Rose and Star of Bethlehem.  It is excellent for all kinds of shock and trauma, terror, anger, feelings of desperation and “stage fright”.  It is not a homeopathic medicine as such, and like all the flower essence remedies can be combined with homeopathic treatment.  It is available as a liquid in dropper bottles and as a cream, both available from most health food stores.



USEFUL CREAMS, OINTMENTS & TINCTURES

I recommend having a few of the below in stock, mainly as creams or ointments.  Taking the correct remedy by mouth is even more effective - you can do both together.


Calendula cream (Helios; contains Calendula and Lavender): for minor abrasions, chapped skin, nappy rash,etc


Hypericum & Calendula cream (Helios): for minor cuts, grazes, bites and stings.  The tincture is excellent diluted for cleaning wounds (see my information sheet on Tetanus Prevention).


Burn cream (Nelsons; contains Calendula officinalis, Urtica urens, Echinacea angustifolia & Hypericum): excellent for minor burns and scalds.


Rhus tox & Ruta cream (Helios; contains Rhus tox, Ruta and Ginger): excellent for sprains and strains of muscles, tendons and ligaments.


Urtical cream (Helios; contains Urtica urens, Calendula, Chamomile and Lavender): excellent for any rashes where there is itching and/or burning.


Chilblain cream (Nelsons; contains Tamus communis): for chilblains.



HOMEOPATHIC FIRST AID KITS

Both Helios and Ainsworths have a variety of compact well designed kits that are perfect for the home, the car, the travel bag, college, etc.


  1. Helios Homeopathic Pharmacy (01892 536393) have five excellent ones:

  2. Basics (18 remedies)

  3. Basics Plus (36 remedies)

  4. Travellers Kit (36 remedies)

  5. Accidents and Emergencies Kit (18 remedies)

  6. Childbirth Kit (18 remedies)


  7. Ainsworths (0207 935 5330) have a variety of kits, two of which are:

  8. Ainsworth Essential Remedy Kit (42 remedies)

  9. Ainsworth Mother & Child Kit (42 remedies)




FIRST AID TRAINING

I strongly believe that everyone, including children, should be proficient in basic first aid.  Most of us will, sooner or later, be in a position where we can offer help to someone in need of first aid.  We may also be unfortunate enough to find ourselves requiring first aid - how can we expect others to have these basic skills when we haven’t taken the trouble to learn them ourselves?


St John’s Ambulance run excellent training courses for the general public, for the workplace and for young people.  They also publish an excellent First Aid Manual.   See: www.sja.org.uk




Medical advice must be obtained for all serious, potentially serious and persisting problems - if in any doubt, get a medical opinion

 

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