This episode of covers the traditional homeopathic remedies used for supporting mind and body before and after surgery.
Welcome to The Drop, and you’re with David Haubenschild.
The topic of this episode was prompted by a colleague of mine who undertook some surgery. Because of the ultra-dilutions available, Homeopathy is in quite a unique situation to prescribe remedies which work well to support people before and after surgery, with low risk that it will interfere with conventional treatment.
It’s one of those situations where you get the best of both worlds: conventional and complementary healthcare working together to address the needs of the individual.
In this episode I’ll outline some of the traditional remedies used.
The types of factors which influence the choice of remedy include the:
- mind state – for example, is there a strong state of fear of the upcoming surgery?
- the type of surgery, and the tissues of the body affected – for example, is it a superficial incision, or is it deep?
Mind & emotions
If there is a strong state of fear of the upcoming surgery, a remedy like Aconite may be helpful. An example of such as state is when the fear can be so strong, that a person may think they will die from the procedure. Aconite can be taken the night before the surgery, and if needed, repeated an hour or two before surgery.
In highly anxious people, and for people who don’t respond to Aconite, a remedy like Arsenicum album may be more appropriate.
For someone who has great anxiety, apprehension, weakness, and trembling before surgery, Gelsemium may be useful
For any of these remedies, this is one of those scenarios where a mid to high potency like 30C or 200C can be used because of the intensity of the state.
Body & tissues
In terms of preparing the body’s soft tissue for the shock of incisions, you can’t go past Arnica. One prescribing strategy is to take it on the day before the surgery, and again, just prior to surgery. Again, the 200C potency will be useful here.
Remedies like Phosphorus can also be useful in advance of surgery for people who are susceptible to excessive bleeding – and this case, Phosphorous can be taken prior to surgery instead of the Arnica.
There are other remedies that may be better indicated for specific types of surgery based on the location of the body and the tissues affected – such as knee or elbow, it is recommended to take Ruta instead. But for tailoring to your specific situation, I recommend that you consult your local homeopath.
After surgery is we’re we are concerned with accelerating healing and ensuring the body responds well, so infection doesn’t set in.
A remedy like Arnica is useful here as well. The recommended frequency here often varies, depending on the practitioners prescribing approach.
Dr Ramakrishnan, one of the great Indian Homeopathic doctors, recommends Arnica 200C, taken 4 times a day (or as often as needed), for at least one week after surgery. If there is great pain, he advises that it can be alternated with Hypericum 200C.
The type of surgery and the tissue affected can also influence remedy choice for post surgery support. For example Staphysagria is useful in incisions, such as healing a caesarean section, or even circumcision! For surgery to the eye, Ledum has an affinity to the eye. A family member who has suffered long standing light sensitivity following cataract surgery, is doing well on the remedy Strophanthus. Hypericum is also useful for surgery involving the spine, or where nerves have been affected.
Other post surgery strategies include using Calendula to prevent infection at the site of a surgical wound. Calendula has an affinity to the skin and wound healing.
There are more advanced prescribing strategies employed for post surgery complications, but this should be done with the oversight of your healthcare team. An example of this is postoperative bleeding, which requires medical supervision. Homeopathic support for postoperative bleeding includes remedies like Phosphorus – particularly excessive bleeding – or if not effective, Lachesis or Sanguinaria could be tried.
Adhesions & scarring
Some people are concerned about adhesions or excessive scar tissue forming, or even pain caused by them. Adhesions are fibrous bands that form between tissues and organs that are not normally connected, often as a result of injury during surgery. It could be thought about as ‘internal scarring’. In this case, a remedy like Graphites or Causticum may help.
Thiosinaminum is also used traditionally for this, as well as for more superficial scarring of the skin.
So in summary, your common ‘go to’ remedies will likely be Arnica and Aconite. Depending on complications or need, another more specific remedy, like the ones discussed, may be more appropriate.
Because you may not be sure what is needed ahead of time, some people choose to build a ‘kit’ of remedies which may be helpful. This is a good tip. Getting familiar with their use will mean that you won’t have to think too much about your choice at the time of need.
And that brings us to the end of this episode. Before I go, it’s worth noting that the remedies discussed in this episode are generally available to consumers in homeopathic first-aid kits, but consider seeking the advice of your local homeopath if you want something more tailored.
I hope you found this episode helpful. Thank you for listening.