Clinical Cases

Revisiting: Come Fly With Me!

flying wallendas
Written by Elaine Lewis

Looking back at last month’s quiz. Did you get the right answer?

Who remembers last month’s quiz?  I’ll repeat it here for those of you who didn’t see our last issue:


Come one, come all to the greatest three ring circus online!

Wait a minute, Kelly, Dr. B might not like the ezine referred to as a three-ring circus!

No, no, not the ezine, Elaine, MY HOUSE; also known as:

Kelly Young’s Dispensary and Urgent Care!

Thursday evening, my 7 year old acrobatic son, one of the famous Flying Wallenda Brothers, decided to try a stunt without a net!

This sounds serious!

Oh, I promise you, this is the Big Time!

Then, do go on!

The littlest Wallenda went careening over a bike ramp as fast as his legs could pedal.  He went air-borne, standing up!  He lost control of the bike and cartwheeled through the air.

You’re kidding!

No, I’m not…he flipped once, and then landed on the concrete face-first!

What???  You can’t be serious!

I had been looking out the window when i saw him pedaling quickly down the street and was out the door (mom’s instinct) just before he went airborne, and so witnessed the entire flying-thru-the-air thing (and not with the greatest of ease!)

I don’t remember getting Baby Wallenda into the house and out of his coat and helmet but i do remember the screaming – a high-pitched wail!

I immediately gave a dose of __________ and applied cool, wet compresses to stop the bleeding on his face.  He was clutching his right hand – squeezing and unsqueezing it over and over again, he was terrified and panicky but never lost consciouness.

Fifteen minutes later, he was lying calmly on the couch watching television.

What?  Wait a minute, you can’t be serious.  Let me ask you, in your considerable experience with childhood emergencies, what would normally be the outcome of such an incident after 15 minutes?

More crying.

Right.  OK.

A little while later, I was able to get the littlest Wallenda into the bathtub in an attempt to get the gravel out of his many facial wounds and abrasions.  His hand and fingers appeared cut up, but not broken.  After the bath, I applied ___________ to his wounds.  Checking for signs of a concussion and finding none, he went to bed and slept peacefully all night.

That, in itself, is amazing.

The next morning, Mr. Wallenda’s face was swollen and I could clearly see that the little split near the eye that was gaping open the night before had closed up.

I started __________ in a water bottle, and gave that several times during the day with 10 succussions before each dose.   I reapplied ____________ to his face after washing through out the day.

Before bed, I redosed with the first remedy I gave, ____________ in water, with 10 succussions; he slept peacefully.

Friday–one day post-accident

We went to the doctor’s and then to x-ray.  The left side of his face had hit the concrete, parts of the forehead, the area next to the left eye (high on the cheekbone) and a lot of his cheek was abraded (so maybe 75% of the left side of his face looked “chewed up”.  I wanted to take a picture but he said, “No, mom, I look like a monster!”).


By Saturday, which would have been a day and a half after the accident, these areas were lightly scabbed-over.


My son’s abrasions had completely scabbed over.  He remained fairly swollen around the eye and temple – the site where the majority of impact took place.  One deeper abrasion was still oozing clear matter but almost dry.  His face was still painful but he was able to wash it gently with a washcloth and apply ________ now himself.


I sent him to school because all the wounds were covered by scabs.


He started to peel, sheets of scab peeled off daily for a week!  What was left was new, pink skin.  His forehead still has a red mark (a scar, I think) because on Tuesday a boy in his class fell on my son’s face!

A boy fell on your son’s face????   OMG!  Well, listen, everybody, there were two remedies given here; plus, there was a topical cream applied.  Here’s the question: The first remedy was given twice — right after the accident and the next night before bed.  What was the remedy and what was the potency? 

A second remedy was started the second day and given at frequent intervals in a water potency with 10 succussions before each dose, what was that remedy and what potency do you think it was?  By the way, “succussion” means pounding or hitting the bottom of the remedy bottle into your opposite palm.  When I say “remedy bottle”, I’m referring to an ordinary, half-filled, water bottle with 2 pellets of the remedy dropped in.  P.S., they don’t have to melt before you can dose.  A dose is a sip.  Succussing this bottle makes the remedy stronger each time you use it. 

Finally, there was a topical application used, what do you think it was?  We’ll see you back here with the answers next month.  


OK!  So, how did we do?  Almost everybody got that this was an Arnica case!

Arnica Montana 200ck — Moore Holistic Health

The real test was, would you have known what potency to give?  Only one person said Arnica 10M–(shorthand for 10,000C)  Congratulations goes to Dr. GOPAKUMAR G of India!  Good for you, sir!

You know, when you have a severe injury like this, your 6C’s, your 30C’s, etc. are practically useless! You see how 15 minutes after the accident the boy was reclining and calmly watching TV?  That’s the proof that the potency was spot-on!!!!!! 

This is what your high potencies are for — sudden, severe incidents, accidents, infections, frights, animal bites, burns, medical emergencies, psychotic episodes, mania, hallucinations, violence, etc.

You wouldn’t want to start your chronic cases off this way, if someone has been sick for years, you have to approach this person gingerly, a 6C three times a day, perhaps.  He’s sure to lack the stamina and vitality of a healthy child who’s fallen off his bike.

Almost everyone got that the topical cream was Calendula.

Calendula Cream (Boiron) – Homeopathic Remedies Online


A few said Hypericum; that’s good too.  However, it’s almost a moot point, as Calendula cream often comes with the addition of Hypericum and you can scarcely buy the two separately!  For instance, I have here, Nelson’s “Hypercal” cream

Nelsons Hypercal Cream 30g - - Buy Online

and I also have Nelson’s “Cuts & Scrapes”


Cuts & Scrapes Cream 30g | Nelsons | BabyOnline HK


which, again, is Hypericum and Calendula together.  Everyone knows that Calendula is for accidents involving broken skin, and especially for what we call “road rash”, which is where you’ve been dragged across the pavement and your skin is scraped off.

Dr. Dorothy Shepherd has an almost identical case to this one which she writes about in her book,

A Physician’s Posy:

“A young man was knocked off his bicycle and dragged along the ground on a gravelly pavement. The skin was rubbed off his face, nose, eyebrows and palms of his hands; his face and hands were like raw pulp.  Arnica was given repeatedly, Calendula tincture applied in dilution — result: perfect cure in a few days, no scarring and of course, no tetanus and he was back at work in three days!” (Kelly’s son was back at school in three days!)

Now we come to our last question which was, what was the remedy which was given frequently starting on day-2?  No one got this, so I’m glad we came to this case because now you’ll know!  The remedy was Calendula 30C.

Calendula Officinalis 30c by Boiron

Most people aren’t aware that Calendula comes in potency and most first aid kits don’t have it; so, again, here is Dorothy Shepherd:

“You can strengthen the action [of Calendula Cream] by giving it internally as well [she means the remedy], Calendula 6C, 12C, 30C in repeated doses until healing has taken place.  It acts on the epithelium and promotes the rapid growth of normal cells. … I have said several times, Calendula [has an affinity for] clean operation wounds and cuts; not only for local applications but do not forget to give it potentized [the remedy, Calendula 30C] by the mouth as soon as the operation and the effects of the anesthetic are over.  It will hasten the healing process. … Another doctor who sings the prowess of Calendula is Dr. Petrie Hoyle, the American doyen of homeopathy.  He used it extensively in the war hospital he superintended in France during the 1914-1918 war and the visiting French surgeon complimented the doctor on the cleanliness and sweetness of the air in his wards. ‘There were no cloying sickly smells of antiseptics about,’ he said, and moreover, he complimented him on the exceedingly low mortality and the quick recovery rate of the wounded. … Calendula is not an antiseptic in the true meaning of the word, but it is a fact that germs do not thrive in its presence, it inhibits their growth and even if wounds are already badly infected, I have seen offensive, purulent discharges become clear and sweet-smelling in a day or two. … Unashamedly I confess, I am not afraid of germs, not even tetanus, and sepsis has no terrors for me.  Arnica is applied in contusions, sprains and even fractures, where the skin is unbroken, both externally and internally.  Calendula or Hypericum lotion is applied to cuts, abrasions, clean and dirty wounds; even ulcers, abscesses, local carbuncles, all get treated with either Calendula or Hypericum —  Calendula I reserve for clean wounds, and they do not go septic; Hypericum is perhaps more applicable for already infected states. … I get no erysipelas, no pyemia, no septicemia and no tetanus.  And many of the cases i have seen were already heavily infected with staphylococci or streptococci.  Also they get on rapidly and heal more quickly than in the old days when i followed slavishly in the footsteps of my surgical teachers and used the antiseptics of the day.”

So, I think we’ve perhaps said enough about Calendula.  Aside from our above-mentioned winner, N. Rezai of London came very close with Arnica 1M, Hypericum LM/1 and Calendula cream; “Anonymous”, always a big winner here, came close with Arnica 1M, Symphytum 30C (“injuries of the face”–D. Shepherd) and Calendula cream and Dr. Kashmira Patel came oh-so-close with Arnica 1M, Ruta 200C (she was probably thinking of injuries to the face too) and Calendula cream; so, let’s call them all winners (and suggest that they purchase the 10M potency of Arnica.)

Bye, see you again next time!


Elaine Lewis, DHom, CHom.

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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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