Homeopathy, developed by Samuel Hahnemann about 200 years ago, cures certain conditions through the concept of similars, or “like cures like.” For example, a substance that can cause particular symptoms in a healthy person can alleviate those same or similar symptoms in a person who’s ill by administering minute doses of that substance.
WHEN TO USE IT
|Helpful for allergic reactions to stinging nettles or insect bites. It’s indicated for hives with a biting, burning, itching or stinging rash. The person feels better when rubbing the skin, but feels worse at night or when exercising.|
|Useful for wounds and cuts. Use it externally in ointment form or internally in potentized form when the skin is broken but there are no other noteworthy symptoms. Calendula works well where pains are stronger than you would expect in relation to the size of the injury.|
(St. John’s wort)
|Useful for treating deep wounds or bites, stings, cuts and wounds to nerve-rich parts of the body. People helped by hypericum often experience shooting pain that’s worse than may be indicated by the appearance of the injury. If pains are severe and shoot up the body, use hypericum, particularly after any type of surgery where the nerves are cut and painful or feel frayed or sore (e.g., root canals, dental work or tooth extraction, appendectomies, or Cesarean surgery). In case of serious injury, get medical assistance.|
|May help treat facial eczema, particularly on the forehead and cheeks. Someone who may benefit from ledum may demonstrate itching of the feet and ankles, pooled blood under skin, and long-lasting discoloration after injury.|
(chloride of sodium)
|Indicated for people who display eczema with raw, red and inflamed skin; fever blisters; greasy skin; warts on palms of hands; and crusty eruptions in the bends of limbs, margin of scalp and behind ears.|
This information should not be used as medical advice. If you think you may benefit from homeopathy, seek the advice of a qualified homeopath.