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Surgery and Homeopathy

Katja Schuett
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Surgery represents the tremendous technical achievements of orthodox medicine. Yet it also demonstrates the inability to cure, especially chronic diseases. Homeopathy medicines can prove very useful in surgical cases, both to avoid surgery as well as to assist speedy recovery in surgical cases.

Pre and Post-Operative Care Remedies

Table of content

  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Overview of mainly indicated remedies
  • Pre- and post- operative care
  • Fear, anxiety, nervousness, sleeplessness and acute distress
  • Pain after operation
  • Painful injections
  • Pain after amputation
  • Nausea, vomiting and gastritis
  • Constipation, diarrhea, distension and flatulence
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Distension and flatulence
  • Shock, collapse and coma
  • Hemorrhages
  • Anesthesia and side effects of drugs
  • Wounds, Scars and Sepsis
  • Thrombosis
  • Bedsores and decubitus
  • Surgical fevers
  • Bronchitis and pneumonia
  • Urinary troubles
  • Paralytic or post-operative ileus
  • Weakness and prostration
  • Lack of reaction remedies
  • Some special types of surgery
  • Fractures
  • Tooth extraction and dental surgery
  • Childbirth
  • Case studies
  • Summary of indications for the mainly indicated remedies
  • References

Preface

This compilation is thought of as a workbook for the student and beginning practitioner of homeopathy. However, it is not thought to replace the basic study of the laws and principles of homeopathy and homeopathic materia medica.

Any errors and limitations are the responsibility of the compiler. If you should find any errors or have a suggestion for increased readability, please contact Katja Schütt (Germany):  KatjaSchutt@yahoo.com

 

Introduction

Surgery represents the tremendous technical achievements of orthodox medicine on one side. On the other side it demonstrates the inability to cure, especially chronic diseases.

Homeopathy is a holistic healing method that treats the patient as a whole, recognizing that there is no local disease and that “no external ailment, not due to some particular outer injury can arise and maintain its place, or even grow worse, without inner cause and inner involvement of the entire organism (which is consequently ill). They could not appear at all without the consent of all the rest of the economy and without the participation of the rest of the living whole (i.e., of the vital principle pervading all the other sensing and responsive parts of the organism)… the person is inwardly ill before it and while it lasts.”[2] Therefore, the source of complaints on the external parts, which have not been caused by any outer injury, lies in some internal malady and to pass them off as merely local ailments and to treat them exclusively or almost exclusively with local applications or other such means, as if they were wounds, is as absurd as its results are pernicious.[3]

Operating means to remove the result of disease, whose formation should be impossible in a successful method of treatment. Homeopathic treatment serves to make surgery unnecessary by means of preventative treatment. It raises the threshold of disease susceptibility, prevents illness, clears up the cause of pathology and obviates operation – especially in chronic patients. Patients given proper homeopathic treatment need operations less frequently, because homeopathy can treat diseases in their functional stage, before irreversible organic changes have developed. Homeopathic treatment also serves to arrest supposed surgical cases and finally, if surgery is necessary, it can help in managing surgical cases with pre and post-operative homeopathic medicines.

One of the most important duties of the homeopath is to recognize what is curable and what is not curable by our medicines.

In cases where a pathology has been formed, our duty is to pause with surgery, if there is a totality of symptoms, or even if there are no current symptoms present but the patient can remember them. This will allow the homeopath to recognize the original totality of symptoms of the case, and in these cases the job of the true homeopath is always to find the chronic remedy first. The case is not hopeless as the symptom totality is the only condition for the choice of the indicated remedy according to the Law of Similars. The elimination of all perceptible signs and symptoms means the removal of the inner modifications of the vital force which underlie them and thereby destruction of the whole disease, and when disease is destroyed health is restored.[4]

Surgery itself is never curative, only palliative, as it does not cure the underlying pathological process that caused the problem to occur. The morbid functioning which produced the ailment, remains unchanged by such removal. Surgery tends to be suppressive and closes a vent before the cause is cured, and a recurrence in that or another region of the body may follow, even in more vital organs. With the removal of the end product (pathology), Hering’s law of direction of cure is blocked, as symptoms cannot disappear in the reverse order of their appearance. The vital force may be able to find a vent or channel through some other point of least resistance, but otherwise the cure may be delayed or impossible. But true cure always must proceed in the correct order: “from centre to circumference… from above downward, from within outwards, from more important to less important organs, from the head to the feet… symptoms which disappear in the reverse order of their coming are removed permanently.”[5]

Only when the patient is truly cured, but there remains a residual mechanical “mass”, can this mass be removed by an operation without damage to the patient.

Surgery, however, can be essential in some situations as a means for preservation of life and a patient who refuses an operation, even when the pathology requires it, is a danger to himself and his physician.

For instance, the most urgent cases, where danger to life and imminent death do not allow time for a homeopathic remedy to act. This would include life threatening situations such as, severe injuries and accidents, congenital deformities, suffocation, asphyxiation, injury from lightning, freezing, and drowning etc. “Only in such cases is it permissible and expedient, at least for the time being, to rouse the irritability and sensibility (the physical life) again by means of a palliative.”[6]

Other things that are the proper domain of surgery are cases where it becomes necessary to bring help to bear on the suffering parts by mechanically removing external impediments to cure. However, when the entire living organism demands effective dynamic help to be enabled to accomplish the cure, as it always does, this is where the service of the physician and his dynamic homeopathic remedies come in to accomplish the work of healing.[7]

The following recommendations are mainly indicated remedies for commonly occurring ailments after surgery. For more details I refer to the Materia Medica and point out that prescribing must always be done according to the laws and principles of homeopathy and the totality of characteristic symptoms, but never for the “name” of disease. Nothing in homeopathy is standardized. The choice of the remedy as well as potency and dosage need to be individualized to bring about a gentle, rapid and permanent cure. Any disease state has to be studied and treated based on the individual symptom picture of the patient and dosage has to be individualized, taking into consideration the nature of the patient, the nature of the disease and the nature of the remedy.

However, there are homeopathic remedies that are almost “specifics” for certain ailments, helping with a variety of frequently occurring symptoms and which are highly effective with most people in the treatment of clear, strongly indicated acute conditions. They have an affinity for a particular organ or tissue and usually the symptom picture is predominant whereas constitutional aspects of the remedy are minimal. These group specifics are reserved for diseases of a common (exciting) cause and fixed character with similar symptoms. Their indications are based on group anamnesis that can be used for fixed acute miasms (genus remedies) as well as for environmental disorders, mental trauma, physical injury and first aid treatment. Therefore, their use is in accordance with the laws and principles of homeopathy and very different from allopathic indications of specific drugs for specific diseases.

Thus, emergency and post surgical treatment can be started with first-aid specifics, but we need to watch the individual symptom picture carefully to adjust the remedy (and dosage) according to the individual reaction of the patient. Surgery causes different healing reactions in each individual and, in case of complications, various factors determine the individual symptom picture that follows. Behind each reaction is the constitution of the individual patient, the individual sensitivity and miasmatic background.

Like any acute ailment, surgery may wake up latent psora and require the subsequent administration of antipsoric remedies to facilitate cure and prevent chronic followings.

Some guidelines for dosage which have proved to be effective in practice:

30c and 200c work best in acute conditions. Use at least a 30c, put one pellet (#10 globule) in 4 oz. of water and stir it to dissolve. Putting it in water makes it reach more nerve endings and it starts to work as soon as it touches the mucous membranes. Take one teaspoon or tablespoon as needed (for children or babies one might only give a half teaspoon), as often as every 15 to 30 minutes in acute cases, such as high fevers and accidents, or only every 2 to 6 hours in less acute diseases. Only use a remedy dry if it is impractical or impossible to take it in water (the only exception is homeoprophylaxis). Repeat the remedy if the symptoms start reappearing, and then give another dose of the same remedy. Each time you take it, it must be succussed beforehand to increase the potency of the remedy,as the vital principle does not accept identical doses without opposition, i.e. without bringing out other symptoms of the remedy.

About the author

Katja Schuett

Katja Schuett

Katja Schutt, Msc, HP, DHM, PGHom, DVetHom, has studied homeopathy with several schools, amongst which David Little’s advanced course stands out as it offers a really deep insight into homeopathic philosophy and materia medica (simillimum.com). Her current focus lies in working with animals and studying history, the old masters, and research.

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  • dear dr.schutt i have gone through your article over surgery and homoeopathy.documetation was good,mostly the cases were selective to assertain the role of homoeopathic medicines in surgical diseases…….but question arises is that whether selective method is that much effective in such cases??
    or we should wait for the constitutional medicines while treating the chronic surgical cases…please give your valuable reply and if you got stalwarts comments over surgical diseases please mail me that on my email …….

    thanks!!!

    • Dear Dr.Rahul !

      The to applied and most effective method depends from the nature of the disease. Hahnemann distinguished between actue, chronic, and sub-acute diseases and prescribed in the Organon how to proceed in their treatment.

      Acute diseases are of a short acting nature and self-limited, with a definite onset and ending, and characterized by a rapid illness-process (see §72,73 Organon). They commence with an initial prodomal phase, are followed by a period of progress, reach crisis quickly and ultimately a period of decline, during which there is a natural tendency to recover, sometimes only partial. They may also have an onset with sufficient virulence to cause death of the patient. The symptoms are violent but superficial.
      Acute cases have to be treated according to the exciting cause (etiology, §5 Organon) and actual, acute symptom picture, with the acute (intercurrent) remedy. As the chronic symptom picture is suspended and the symptoms are rather sharp and pronounced, there should be little difficulty in finding the acute totality and remedy, and the acute anamnesis is quite easy (see §99 Organon). Bönninghausen’s repertorization method has proved itself in acute cases.

      Chronic diseases are of a more permanent nature and lifelong right from the beginning. Symptoms start insidious with a small, often unnoticed beginning, with no definite onset, course or end. They are deep seated. Chronic diseases have a prodomal period but progress without a period of decline, continuing for the lifetime, possibly through latent stages, until they produce functional changes and pathology in the most predisposed regions of the body (see §72,78 Organon).
      The treatment of chronic cases requires to take the whole chronic case of the patient, considering the most significant points in the whole history of the chronic disease (including miasms, §5 Organon), and to prescribe for the patient’s totality of characteristic symptoms, not just the partial symptom picture of the local malady or the more superficial symptoms !

      In both, acute and chronic cases, the totality of symptoms is the only guide for the choice of the remedy. But the treatment of chronic diseases requires a more comprehencsive case anamnesis and considers a broader history and totality of the patient, leading to a different treatment strategy with necessary long-time case management. Also, the choice of potency and dose depends from the nature of the case. For example the remedial powers of centesimal potencies generally fit the energy of acute diseases the best, whereas LM potencies are best suited for chronic diseases.

      I think the main point to consider is that only a TRUE acute disease will suspend the chronic symptom picture and requires a different remedy according to the exciting cause and actual symptom picture. However, acutes are often just an exacerbation (passing flare-ups) of the chronic disease – transient activities of latent psora, that returns to the chronic state after a short (see §73 Organon). Here the chronic remedy will often still be indicated – if the chronic symptom picture is still present and not suspended as in true acute diseases. In these cases, the chronic remedy is to apply more frequently and possibly at a higher potency, or, one of its acute complementary remedies, which is to be followed soon by the chronic remedy after the more acute symptoms have subdued, to prevent recurrence.

      With patients whose chronic case history is known this is much easier to see, but if the patient just comes for the acute it may be more difficult. The totality of the more superficial acute symptoms may not suffice to find the true simillimum, unless they are really strange, rare, peculiar and uncommon. If the chosen acute remedy is similar enough to work for the more superficial symptoms, but only a merely palliative remedy, then we ideally have to follow soon with the chronic remedy to prevent recurrence. Hahnemann wrote that palliation may be “correct, useful and sufficient in acute diseases” – but never in chronic diseases, where palliation only relieves temporarily and requires increasingly large doses and yet cannot remove the disease.

      For surgical cases, and all cases in general, it is to consider, that homeopathy acts in the realm of dynamics, where disease originates, and in the field in which the Law of Similars is operative. It relates to affections in which signs and symptoms are perceptible, to cases whose symptomatic likeness is perceptibly produced in the healthy prover by medical means, and to individuals, whose vital reactive power to remedies is not exhausted, obstructed or prevented. It relates not to affections with destruction’s incapable of restoration, nor to false diseases which are maintained by factors which have to be removed, or if the exciting cause is constantly operative.

      Best regards,
      Katja

  • Dear Maam,
    I want to ask whether a homoeopathic doctor can opt for postgraguation in surgery? Is there any college across offering PG in surgery ?
    Thanks

    • Dear Dr.Mayank,
      I received the answer from my colleague that homeopathic doctors in India cannot become surgeons. Legally not allowed.

      Best regards,
      Katja

  • Dear Dr. Schutt,
    I am writing you in regard to the article from above that relates to my case as well. I suffer from uterine fibroid that despite my efforts to heal it alternatively is growing continuously and I am afraid, I cannot any longer postpone the surgical intervention, recommended by all gynecologists I have visited within a period of 2 years. I have never had severe symptoms and therefore did not want to choose the surgery as a solution. I am a bit older than 30 and have not yet had pregnancies. I have started using Lapis Albus 5CH twice per day, Aurum Muriaticum natronatum 5CH 1xday, as well as Thuja Occ. 15CH 1xweek and Calcarea fluorica 9CH 1xweek /as the dosage was prescribed by a friend who is currently studying classical homeopathy/, but I have started it only 2-3 weeks ago.I am npw preparing myself for the surgery and I just wanted to ask you for your opinion how to take the pre- and post-operative remedies (e.g. my friend suggested I take Arnica and Staphysagria) as I suppose I should stop taking the rest of homeopathic remedies that I am currently using.
    I wish I have started curing myself with the remedies of homeopathy a bit earlier when my ‘problem’ was smaller, but I know that even after the surgery I will continue with homeopathy as to prevent reoccurance.

    Thank you for your reply in advance.

    • Dear Iva why you are considering surgery for your problem.Homeopathic remedy selected on the bases of totality of symptoms can treat you completely and permanently
      Consult some professional homeopath not your friend who is student
      Thanks

      • Dear Iva,
        I’m sorry for being late in answering but I only read your post now. I hope you did not opt for surgery meanwhile and that homeopathy could help you. I’m sure homeopathy can help you if applied properly, which requires to adhere to the principles and laws as described by Hahnemann. Giving only one medicine at a given time is one of the basic laws and were obviously not followed by your prescriber. Please be so kind to consult a professional homeopath in person who can take your full case and ensure a proper prescription and case management. (Homeopath in Germany are not allowed to take cases online.)

        All the best for you !!
        Katja

  • Dear Dr. Schütt

    My daughter of 4 and a half is going in for a Cataract operation in one week. She was born with the cataract but was not diagnosed before she was nearly 3 years old so we have waited to see how the cataract develops before operating. My daughter will be operated on in a University Klinic and the operation will be done by the Professor in Charge, here in Germany.

    I am pretty new to Homeopathic remedies, but I have found they really do make a difference… So, I have heard that using some for my daughter before and after the operation may make the procedure more bare-able for both her and me…I am staying in the hospital for the duration of her stay…

    I have read the article and compiled a list of remedies that may be useful for us, but I wondered if you could possibly advise better…

    Thank you for an excellent article

  • Dear Dr. Schuett,
    Thank you for providing a great article! It is very informative! I am having a few elective plastic surgery procedures consisting of an extended tummy tuck with muscle repair, lipo and fat grafting. My goal is to reduce my recovery time and minimize complications. I am 32 years old, active with a clean bill of health (praises due). Currently to prepare I have been taking on a daily basis Iron 50mg, Emergen C and a multivitamin. As my day approaches my plan is to fast for 3 days to detox and to start taking Bio E Body Mend Homeopathic drop pre op. I am struggling in developing a post op regimine. Thusfar I have:
    Bodymend
    Arnica
    Iron
    Vitamin C
    Vitamin e
    Bromeline

    In your article you discussed bellis perennis-staphysagria 30 and thiosinamium pellets for abdominal surgery and scar tissue reduction. What would be your recommended regimine for pre and post op, for I’m not well versed and I am having a terrible time at finding information to assist me with recovery. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

    Thank you

  • Very informative article regarding surgery and homeopathy. However, I am suffering from depression since my heart surgery nine months ago and I do not see any mention of this common problem in your article. Please advise.

  • Thank you very much Dr.Katja Schuett
    for such great information and great work from your valuable time.this is excellent work for humanity..God bless you happy and healthy..please be continue .. some other topics

    Best regards

  • Hello,Dr Katza,with my best regards to you and Master Hahnemann and my love to Homoeopathy,I wanna inform you that I’m just a student and a beginner in this magical world,but I just wanna know from you that is a postgraduate surgery degree available for a student abroad……….What should be the elligibilities regarding that coz I’m from India???

  • Yes its a duty of the homeopath to inform his patients about curability, he should clearly explain whether the ailment can be cured or it will be not. The article is quite good and clear, good one keep posting.

  • Hi I have been doing quite a bit of research for my grandma who medically seem sot be in a bit of a conundrum. I am on a whim hoping that you can help. The quickest summery is that she had a bleeding wound from a removed skin tumor on her face. At the same time she is on Coumadin due to a clot that is hindering her from having a sent put in (for which she is a good candidate) in order to avoid open heart surgery. Her skin is thin and almost see through and she has been prone to bruising for years. She is quickly loosing steam yet still tries to stand proud and upright. I think that Hamamelis would be a good fit, but am worried about the possible side effects with the blood thinners and the threat of a stroke. But ultimately she cannot have surgery until her wounds heal. Any suggestions?

  • Thanks Katja Schuett for sharing this useful post!
    Here It’s clearly said that how homeopathy and homeopathy treatment is useful across other diseases.

    Keep it up for next post.

  • Dear Dr Schuett, we are a charity for animals and have an urgent question regarding one of our little dogs Stella. She had a benign mammary adenoma removed surgically in 2015, also 13 teeth that were rotten and lose in her mouth badly infected. Everything was fine until June 2016 when she had a anal gland abscess and days later was spotting blod after urination. She was treated with an antibiotic. She lost her appetite every since and started vomiting on day 12 when hopistalized. From there on she stoped eating. We were feeding her food and water by syringe in the mouth. In November 2016 she was sterilized since they found a 2 and a 2.5 cm cyst on her ovaries. After surgery she was given Mitrazapine as an appetite stimulant. Two hours later she had a seizure like episode. We discontinued the drug immediately and took her to the emergency room. They ran extensive tests. We believed it was a toxic reaction to the medication called Serotonin syndrome. Today, two weeks later she had a seizure in her sleep that lasted around 20 seconds. We are very worried about this little girl. Her blood work in September prior to surgery and this week in December about a month after surgery, is completely normal. She was diagnosed with mild to moderate pulmonary hypertension. After her antibiotic taken in June this year she developed acid reflux that is now worse. It seems her stomac is inflamed on top of the two seizure she had. We are giving her slippery elm with each meal and boiron acidil five times a day to regulate the acidity. We need your urgent guidance.

  • I just want to thank you for the invaluable, comprehensive article. My mom went through complete hysterectomy last July and I had to go through hernia surgery 2 weeks ago. She did no have to use any painkiller (other than homeopathy) and I was off advil the next day and off any painkillers (except homeopathy) on day 4. We are both healing superbly. Wonderful information.