Homeopathy has an important role to play before, after and in many countries around the world, during surgery. Despite the fact that here in Australia the surgical facilities are generally quite good, we’re still confronted with a small but nonetheless consistent number of patients who require assistance with concerns that arise prior to the surgical event and the complications that can arise after the process has been completed. The fast results and lack of drug interactions and contra-indications that homeopathy offers, makes it well suited to meet pre and post-surgical demands. What follows is a short list of homeopathic remedies that been found by a number of authors 2-12 to be of use in these situations.
In a double-blind placebo-controlled trial conducted in France in 19901, aconite was found to be highly effective in the treatment of post-surgical agitation in children. Aconite is commonly used for both pre and post-surgical anxiety and of the fear of dying.
Neuralgia of the stump following amputation.
Anxiety and panic in anticipation of the surgical procedure before the event.
The master remedy for tissue damage from all causes, particularly where the damage is associated with bruised pain. It aids recovery from tissue damage of surgical origin, reduces post-surgical bruising and swelling and is very effective at reducing post-surgical pain. Arnica also has a significant role to play in reducing the risk of post surgical haemorrhage as well as surgical shock, a condition that results in capillaries and arterioles all filling with blood at the same time, leading to insufficient arterial pressure. Arnica can also be useful with people on long-term intravenous therapy where they run the risk of developing phlebitis and haematomas. Arnica can help to reduce this risk.
Bellis is particularly useful where surgery has been carried out on abdominal, thoracic or pelvic areas and this has resulted in pain that’s felt deep in these areas. As a means of differentiating this from Ledum, those people requiring Bellis will have the pain aggravated by cold.
Useful where fluid loss during or after surgery has lead to fatigue and other health problems.
This is often used for a few days prior to surgery to reduce the risk of surgical infection or haemorrhage.
Gunpowder can provide relief from post-surgical infections and sepsis.
Indicated for engorgement or congestion of the veins following surgery as well as slow haemorrhaging of dark blood from the site of the surgery.
Recovery from post-surgical damage to nerves and also where there is excessive post-surgical pain, particularly where arnica appears to be ineffective and where the pain is shooting in character. Hypericum has a long history of use for pain felt in a limb stump after amputation and phantom limb pain that may occur after amputation.
For nausea or vomiting following surgery as well as haemorrhages of bright red blood.
Post surgical pain where the wound feels cold but the pain is relieved by cold.
For hypotension that may result from shock and some medications used for surgery.
This is a general remedy for the effects of anaesthesia following surgery.
One of the main remedies for haemorrhage during or after surgery and also useful for the effects of anaesthesia.
Can be handy in cases of constipation that follows surgical procedures as well flatus that is difficult to expel (otherwise known as incarceration of flatus), particularly where this occurs after abdominal surgery.
Ruta is useful where surgery has affected the periosteum, cartilage or tendons leading to damage in these areas, pain or delayed recovery.
Pain at the site of the incisional wounds that occur in surgerical procedures.
For injuries to bones that may occur during surgery.
This remedy provides an effective solution to post-surgical scarring.
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