Clinical Cases

Revisiting: KIDS!!!!

Written by Elaine Lewis

It’s a sprained ankle. Did you guess the right remedy?

Did anybody read last month’s thrilling and suspenseful Quiz case?  Here it is again with the answer to follow:

Shana, what the heck are we doing here, look at the time!  Where’s our quiz case?

I don’t know, Mom, nobody got sick this month, except for my heat rash.

Shana @ Sabrinas edited

Unfortunately, your heat rash was boring.

What about my itchy eye?


What about my runny nose?  Sneezing?

No one cares, Shana!  Just find me a case!


In my files!

Oh, OK!  Here’s the one with the kid who has to take three steps to the left if he takes three steps to the right!

That’s not a case, Shana, that’s the Hokey-Pokey!

The what?

Never mind.  As usual, I have to do everything myself!  Now!  Here is what I call a case!

A sprained ankle?

Yes, exactly!  Now, listen and learn….

I would, Mom, but as you can see, I’m leaving the room….


OK, here’s the case.  This email exchange took place May 25, 2008:

Elaine, “Roger” was skating with his friends last night and twisted his ankle.

I hate it when that happens!

I gave him Arnica in water one dose before bed.  His ankle looks fine.  It’s not swollen or discolored and no bones are out of place.  My husband looked at it just now.  He thinks he sprained it severely.  I put ice on it last night as well and elevated his foot on a pillow.

Roger slept well.  He tried to get out of bed this morning and he can’t walk.

Ouch!  But at least the swelling came down, though.

He can’t put pressure on his foot, it’s so tender, he can’t move his foot at all without severe pain…..What can we do??

I have Arnica 200c if you think that will help, but I have my remedy kit now as well……do I stay with Arnica or is there a better remedy for his injury???

Since you ask, I would highly recommend __________________.

Later that day….

How is Roger? Anything to report?

Elaine, oh yes of course.  Sorry….I had been busy today….Roger had 2 doses of __________ and it did help and my husband got him an ankle brace for support but then he took off to hang out with his friends since 12:00 today and he’s not been home since…..He’s with his usual friends….John talked to him earlier by phone and he said he was playing basketball!  I guess his ankle is okay now.  Its hard to treat him when he’s gone like this…..John just said he’s gonna be home in about an hour…I’ll see how he is then and give another dose if he needs it.

I would NOT have recommended basketball of all things so soon!!!!  But, what can you do?  Kids!!!!

(Just to give you some context, when I was a teenager, I twisted my ankle running up there stairs–on the last step!  I couldn’t walk on that foot for two weeks!)  Do you know the remedy?  Write to me at [email protected], the answer will be in next month’s ezine.

And now, to sing us out, I present to you…Paul Lynde and Dick van Dyke from “Bye-Bye Birdie” with KIDS!!!!!:

Paul Lynde and Dick Van Dyke


I can’t believe it!  I just can’t believe it!  I didn’t even want to use this case because, as I said to myself at the time, “Everyone will know it, it’s too easy!”  But, apparently not!  No one knew the answer except for three people!  And, in fact, it seems to have actually scared away my entire audience because only 13 people even voted!  That’s 13 out of 30,000!  Yeesh!

Well, for the 13 brave souls who actually wanted to learn, gather around and we will discuss our two most famous injury remedies next to Arnica—Bryonia and Rhus tox.

A lot of you knew that when you think of sprained ankles, you should think of Rhus tox.  In fact, we even have a very entertaining Rhus tox sprained ankle case right here in one of our back issues:

Recovery From a Sprained-Ankle


You should read that so you’ll be able to distinguish between a Rhus tox sprained ankle and a Bryonia sprained ankle.  In the case from the above article, the sprained ankle victim had to keep walking, she had to keep moving!  That’s the famous Rhus tox “better motion” we’ve all heard about; but, what about THIS patient?  Arnica had brought down the swelling alright, but, what about the pain?  The patient couldn’t move his foot at all, not even a little!  This is our great Bryonia keynote, “Worse least motion”!  Bryonia people even get “locked” into position or “stuck” because of the pain, and they’re the ones walking bent over into the doctor’s office because they injured their back.  “I can’t straighten up!  Help!!!”  Give them Bryonia!  (Oh, did I mention that the remedy was Bryonia? Sorry!)

If Rhus tox doesn’t keep moving, they get all stiff and tight and achy.  So, you see, Rhus tox and Bryonia are polar opposites!  Whenever you see a case where the patient is trying to hold perfectly still, regardless of the ailment, that’s Bryonia!  Especially with fractured ribs.  In fact, they may even hold their ribs to immobilize them.  In a painful cough, if you see the patient holding his ribs while coughing, that’s Bryonia; hence, the Bryonia keynote, “Better firm pressure.”  They may lie on the injured area to immobilize it.  In a sprained ankle case, they may want it wrapped tightly with an ace bandage.

Let’s see what one of our readers had to say:

Dear Elaine,

To quote my favorite homeopath…

[I wonder who that could be…?]

“Whatever the injury may be, whether it’s a broken bone…, a bruise or a sprain, the reaction of the Bryonia person is always the same: He can’t move!  Even the slightest movement causes a sharp pain! … an ace bandage gives relief.  He will want the area immobilized.”


PS – Really, the following is my most favorite homeopathy article to pass around to my friends:

Soccer Moms, Heads Up!


I wonder who wrote that?  Well, now for our list of winners…. Congratulations to Eli, Katie and Mary-Jane Sharratt, the smartest people, apparently, in the world!  Bye-bye, see you next time!


About the author

Elaine Lewis

Elaine Lewis, D.Hom., C.Hom.
Elaine is a passionate homeopath, helping people offline as well as online. Contact her at [email protected]
Elaine is a graduate of Robin Murphy's Hahnemann Academy of North America and author of many articles on homeopathy including her monthly feature in the Hpathy ezine, "The Quiz". Visit her website at: and

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