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Soccer Moms, Heads Up!

Elaine Lewis
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Remedies to take with you on the athletic field!

It has been brought to my attention that practically every child in America is playing soccer!

You have no idea how fraught with danger this sport is–according to Kelly, Queen of the Soccer Moms!  Kelly, where are you?

Right. Ok. Here’s what your little soccer player can anticipate–according to Kelly:

Heat/dehydration, heat exhaustion, asthma/breathlessness from too much running, ailments from high winds–hot or cold, high anxiety before games, injuries, broken bones, broken teeth, lips (taking a kicked ball in the mouth), bitten tongues, head injuries from falls and collisions with other kids’ heads, bee and wasp stings, sand in the eyes, fingers in the eyes, kicks in the shins, broken ankles, sprained ankles, and sprained hands and fingers from trying to break a fall…what more could you ask for?

And they’re not even being paid to do this, it’s all for “fun”! Yikes! OK, I don’t pretend to understand this, but luckily, homeopathy can help! If you don’t believe me, ask the French soccer team doctor from 1993 to 2004, including the World Cup championship team of 1998, who said:

“The greatest value [of homeopathy] in sports? Its speed of action. I can use homeopathic medicines like Arnica directly on the soccer field.”–Dr. Jean-Marcel Ferret./1

So without any further ado, what remedies should you have with you on the soccer field? We might as well start with Arnica, as, without a doubt, Arnica has almost single-handedly made homeopathy famous! I would say seventy to eighty percent of the time, you’re going to give Arnica for sports injuries; that’s because Arnica is a specific for blunt trauma.


Every homeopath carries Arnica with him (or her) in his (or her) pocket or car or backpack or all three. That’s certainly the case with me.  I have Arnica 10M in my pocket, Arnica 30C in my first aid kit in my backpack and Arnica 200C in my car. What can you do with Arnica? Practically anything! Think of it in car accidents, falls, head injuries, any blow, a sore bruised feeling from any cause–even a flu with a sore bruised feeling all over the body.

The worst head injuries where the person is seeing stars or has actually been knocked out can be brought back to health with a dose of Arnica. Post surgically, people who have taken Arnica have had no, or very little, need for morphine or other pain relievers; now that’s impressive! And I was one of those people once, so I know it’s true.  But you have to have the right potency, for heaven’s sake!  I wouldn’t bother with less than a 200C for the soccer field; or, OK, let me amend that.  Give your Arnica 30C; but HAVE the 200C in your possession in case the 30C doesn’t act or hold!  200C is 6 or 7 times stronger than 30C.  Save it for your really serious injuries.

Some of you may be wondering what Arnica, or any homeopathic remedy for that matter, looks like and in answer, the remedies look like little sugar granules and you can drop them directly into your mouth and let them melt; or, drop a few of them in a bottle of spring water, shake it up and take a sip. That’s all you have to do!  Always shake the water bottle before each dose. An unconscious person can take the remedy by mere contact of the water with his lips, he doesn’t have to swallow it!


Blunt trauma, pain from blunt trauma..

Wounds with a jagged surface, ragged wounds.

Bruises or bruised feeling. Great soreness.

Broken bones, multiple fractures–give Arnica first; you may have to follow with another remedy. In fact, an injured person may need many remedies in succession; a remedy for fright, followed by a remedy for blunt trauma and so on. (Try to leave space between each remedy so that you can ascertain the effect of the remedy just given.)



Falls, accidents.

Swelling from injury.

Injury to the throat, hoarseness, loss of voice from shouting, “Hey, I’m open! Pass me the ball!!!”

Nosebleed from injury.

Ailments from over-running/too much running–asthma, nausea, etc.

Head injury, any ailment after head injury.

Another curious thing about Arnica is they won’t look well and will be dazed, but they’ll tell you they’re fine! They don’t seem to know they’re injured! When you see this, they need Arnica for sure! Furthermore, in a head injury, they may answer you correctly and then nod off. Arnica people don’t want to be touched, so they’ll send you away and they’ll be very adamant about it.

In counterdistinction to Arnica, we have another injury remedy that’s sure they are not fine! In fact, they fear they’re going to die, and that remedy is…


Fright, panic and fear are the main features of the Aconite injury–and that’s just the parents! Yes, give the parents Aconite to calm them down! You’ll look at the little soccer player after an injury and you’ll see that he’s frantic, groaning, tossing about, biting his fist in pain. Notice your reaction, are you scared? Then it’s probably Aconite.

Any ailment or injury with fear as a concomitant is Aconite.

Inability to act or think.

Fear, anxiety attacks, before an event (like a soccer game).

Sudden sore thoat after being exposed to cold/dry winds.  (Or hot/dry winds too!)

Any ailment after exposure to cold dry winds (and even hot dry winds as I just said).

They call Aconite “The Arnica of the eyes”. So, getting poked in the eye, corneal abrasions, sand in the eyes, “there’s something in my eye!”, etc., give Aconite.

And speaking of the eyes, for “black eyes” we have…


Black eye, injury to the soft tissue around the eye.

Injuries with dark bruising that feel cold and are better for cold applications. Bruises are very painful with pitting edema and a mottled bruise color.

Cellulitis that spreads upward.

Puncture wounds, animal bites, will prevent tetanus, with deep soreness and swelling of 2 or 3 inches, deep red and painful, needs ice. The Ledum patient will be much worse if you remove the ice for even a second!

Any time an injured part feels cold, give Ledum. In a Ledum wound, you will see redness at the site, but surrounded by a ring of powder, or a ring that’s bluish-white; it may feel cold and the injury is ameliorated by cold.

Speaking of black eye, we can’t forget…


If I could possibly quote from Dr. Robin Murphy here, “For blows to the eye, Ledum and Symphytum are the first two; Arnica is #3. For severe achiness in the whole eyeball that is dark blue and discolored. … For all the bone diseases; osteomyelitis, bone ulcers, spinal diseases after trauma and injury. … Someone gets hit in the face on the cheek, that is not an Arnica case; it is a Symphytum or Ruta case. Arnica is for soft tissue. Arnica may help but Symphytum will cure. … You get hit in the abdomen or arm, that is more Arnica. The chin, cheek, face or eye is more Symphytum. The knee would be Symphytum or Ruta. You can start with Arnica but a lot of times, that won’t finish it. You may have to give two or three remedies in sequence to give rapid relief. Give Arnica to remove the bruised feeling and the swelling and help with the discoloration, then it is time to go to another remedy, like Symphytum to finish it. … Symphytum has a great affinity for bones…promotes healing; give Arnica first; once the [broken] bone is set, give Symphytum. It helps remove pain, inflammation and swelling, good for injury to periosteum when Ruta fails and injury to coccyx when Hypericum fails.”/2


This is the nerve remedy. Have you ever dropped something on your toe or someone stepped on your fingers or the door closed on your hand and the pain shot up your arm? That’s Hypericum! Injury to areas rich in nerves. Someone steps on your toes, you bite your tongue. The pain is sharp and shooting. Injury to the nerves, inflammation of the nerves. Falls on the tail bone.

Puncture wounds with sharp pains, animal bites, insect stings with sharp pains.

Numbness and tingling.

Injury to the spine.

Pinched nerve.

Crush wounds

Any neurological condition after injury to the spine like convulsions.

Person complains that he can’t raise his arms without pain.


Excessive painfulness.

Foreign body in the eye.


A partner with Hypericum, often you’ll see the two of them sold together as “Hypercal”. They’re both for cuts, open wounds, deep abrasions, multiple abrasions, chapping, chafing, bleeding, stabbing….I think you get the idea that Calendula is an Antiseptic! Pour Calendula water on an open wound to clean it out. Drop some calendula pellets in a plant sprayer and spray the whole area that’s been abraded. Take the remedy internally as well. It stops bleeding, stops the redness, puffiness and pus formation at the site of a wound and stimulates healing, soothes the pain.

About the author

Elaine Lewis

Elaine Lewis

Elaine Lewis, D.Hom., C.Hom. Elaine is a passionate homeopath, helping people offline as well as online. Contact her at LEWRA@aol.com 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: http://elainelewis.hpathy.com/ and TheSilhouettes.org

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