Last month we talked about the 18 remedies in Shana’s homeopathy emergency kit; but, most remedy kits contain 36 remedies–at a minimum! So, here, then, are 21 more first aid remedies:
The red onion–a great hay fever remedy! The nose is streaming, the eyes are streaming! The watery discharge from the nose is acrid, excoriating and burning the upper lip, the tears are bland. It’s very similar to Euphrasia (see below) but with Euphrasia, it’s the watery eye discharge that’s burning while the nasal discharge is bland. But it doesn’t have to be hay fever, the common cold can go for this remedy as well. The nasal discharge is like a faucet, better as the person walks outside, worse as soon as he returns to a warm house or room (like Pulsatilla, but the Pulsatilla discharge is not watery, it’s thick and creamy). Laryngitis from mucus in the throat. Cough makes the patient grab his throat, feels as if it might tear. Evening aggravates.
The main thing this remedy is known for is rattling respiration, rattling cough with difficulty raising phlegm. This is our emphysema remedy, our drowning remedy… let me tell you, whenever I “swallow wrong”? Have you ever done that? The water goes down the wrong pipe? Grab your Antimonium tart! For people who are constantly clearing their throat over and over again, like they can just never successfully cough up all the phlegm, it just keeps coming and coming? Antimonium tart 30C! It’s all about your lungs being filled with fluid, phlegm, mucus for whatever reason. A very useful remedy, especially in elderly patients!
Think of Baptisia as a thirsty Gelsemium. Constant desire for water. We generally use Baptisia for viruses, such as the flu, stomach flu, that have come on suddenly. Patient feels sick all over with soreness of muscles. Like Gelsemium, the patient is apathetic, dull, disinterested. He may be cold, but too apathetic to reach for the blanket. He may want something but doesn’t ask for it. In a sense, he is stuporous, prostrated, falls asleep in mid-sentence or doesn’t finish answering (Gelsemium). Here’s something you may find in a Baptisia case–all discharges are foul smelling: breath, stool, urine, perspiration. You’ll see the droopy, besotted look–Gelsemium has this too.
“Painless sore throat” is another keynote of this remedy. The throat looks awful, but the patient says it doesn’t hurt! Patient can’t get comfortable in bed, the bed feels too hard, every place he lies makes him feel sore (Pyrogen, Arnica). Think of this remedy in blood poisoning, septicemia, gastric fever, septic fever, high fever, sudden onset. Heat all over with occasional chills. As you can tell, this is a very sick patient! A lot of people don’t have this remedy which I think is a mistake.
In my list of 100 cases that I posted in the Hpathy ezine (“Today’s The Day, Elaine Turns 100”–http://hpathy.com/homeopathy-papers/todays-day-elaine-turns-100/), 3 of the cases were Baptisia cases. You may think that’s not a lot, but, Baptisia was tied with Pulsatilla, Arnica, Ignatia, Carbo veg. and Veratrum alb. That’s pretty solid company. So, to me, that means Baptisia is a common remedy and you should order it if you don’t already have it. My very first Quiz case was a Baptisia case, it was a stomach virus. Here it is if you want to read it: http://hpathy.com/clinical-cases/revisiting-its-maddie-again/
Our great children’s fever remedy! Why parents are giving Tylenol and Ibuprofen when they could be giving Belladonna, I don’t know! Here’s the picture: The feverish child is putting out a dry heat which you can feel before your hand even touches the child’s skin! However, the hands and feet are cold! (If the feet are hot, think of Sulphur.) The fever is high, comes on suddenly, the eyes are glassy, the pupils are dilated. The child will not be stuporous like Gelsemium and Baptisia. His senses are very alert, active. He may seem very intense. Parents often feel panicky and frantic when their child has a Belladonna illness. The child may be screaming about the pain being too extreme–whether it’s a headache or appendicitis, etc. The child will not want to be bumped or jarred. Pains come and go suddenly. There may be redness of the affected area, red face; in fact, when you see red, you can think of Belladonna.
There may be a sensation of fullness and throbbing. Full, bounding pulse. Rush of blood to the head. Thirstless despite fever and dry mouth; OR, there may be great thirst for cold water but dread of drinking. Remember, Belladonna is one of our rabies remedies. Right-sided complaints.
Aggravations: touch, motion, noise, draft of air, light, lying down flat, summer sun, after 3 PM, after midnight.
Ameliorations: sitting up, warm room
What conditions might you see Belladonna in?
Menstrual cramps with violent bearing-down pains
Nosebleeds with red face
This is Spanish fly. I have two thoughts when I think of Cantharis: bladder infections and burns. Intolerable urging before during and after urination. Patient passes just a few drops. Violent pains in bladder, worse drinking water. Burning, cutting pains in urethra. Burning pain and intolerable urging to urinate. Urine is burning, scalding. There’s a lot of violence in this remedy. Inflammations are violently acute. Raw, cutting, smarting, burning pains. Painful urination as a concomitant in any disease. Burns, scalds, severe sunburn. Blood-streaked mucus, blood in urine.
Interestingly, my only Cantharis case was for fire ant bites! http://hpathy.com/clinical-cases/fire-ant-bites-another-picture-case/ The key to the case was burning pain, plus Apis was tried and didn’t work.
Aka Cinchona bark, aka Peruvian bark. This was the first homeopathic remedy; consequently, it’s very famous. It’s known primarily as a malaria remedy; in other words, chills and fever. Hahnemann took Peruvian bark (wondering why it was so famous in malaria) and he broke out in chills and fever! He said, “Oh! So that’s why!”… and so here we are! China has periodicity, complaints come and go at predictable intervals–every four hours, every 7 days, etc. China is also famous for bloating after eating, flatulence that doesn’t relieve; and, of course, chills.
I only needed China once but boy, was I ever glad my emergency kit had it! (And thank goodness I had an emergency kit–hint, hint!) I spent the night at a friend’s house, I was really far from home. The night before we had eaten at a seafood restaurant, which I knew was Trouble! Sure enough, the next morning, I woke up with an irritable abdomen, suggesting that diarrhea was lurking in the not-far-distant future! I jumped for the Arsenicum alb. but it didn’t do much good. You really don’t want to get sick at someone else’s house, especially if there’s only one bathroom! I had to really think about this case! I noticed two things that were peculiar–one was flatulence after which there was no relief, and secondly, I was cold! My teeth were actually chattering! I thought, “This is certainly unusual, I don’t think I’ve ever had the chills before!” Then it hit me! Chills, flatulence–China! One dose of China 30C and I immediately started feeling better! I never needed China for anything ever again but, was it ever a life-saver that day!
Here’s a China case from one of my Quizzes. Notice the gas and bloating and periodicity:
“Gabi’s friend, on the other hand, is Sudanese with a rather unusual problem. His complaint is that every time he eats, he feels awful; “all food burns”, he says, and eating aggravates–he bloats every time he eats! Also, every day in the late afternoon, he gets a fever and becomes irritable. Gabi asked, ‘Have you ever had Malaria?’ He replied, ‘Yes.'”
So what do we see here that goes for China? Bloating after eating, periodicity (fever at same time every day) and history of malaria.
Now, here’s what you can expect in a China case:
Debility (Even I, with my acute illness, felt debilitated. Sometimes with diarrhea, you just have a localized problem–you feel fine but with a sudden urging. That wasn’t the case with me, I felt really weak and sickly.)
Ailments from loss of vital fluids (think of hemorrhaging, diarrhea, excessive nursing, etc. and if the remedy is China, you might expect debility, bloating, burping that doesn’t relieve or flatulence as concomitants.)
Gallstone colic (worse after eating, better bending double).
Ailments after gallbladder surgery.
Sensitive to pain, to touch, to drafts, to noise.
Post-operative gas pains
Food poisoning, bad water, bad fruit, bad meat, fish…
Hemorrhages with faintness and ringing in the ears
Insomnia from fantasies (building castles in the air, as they say; having grandiose plans which, in the light of day, are instantly discarded)
Ringing in the ears
Menses with abdominal distention
And now, heeeeere’s Hahnemann, describing China:
“… behold his earthy complexion, his bloated countenance, his languishing looks!