How to help yourself when you go through surgery?

Surgery- what may happen?

Having surgery is not pleasant moment in life but sometimes we all need it go through one. I had a few myself and remember a lot of anticipation and stress which it caused, just waiting for it to happen.
But also, how uneasy might be afterwards when you are in pain, have some swelling and feeling unwell after anaesthesia.

And other things which can bother us when we really should be recovering. I did not know about homeopathy at the time but it can be a great help for pre and postsurgical problems. If you think about it is so important to minimise this impact to have the best outcome of the surgery itself.

Arnica and its great properties!

So, let’s have a look together on some remedies which you may find useful on the journey of surgery.
First and the most important remedy is Arnica which seems to be around forever and is one of the remedies you know even if you do not know homeopathy. Even doctors who call homeopathy placebo when they hear Arnica they react with enthusiasm or opposite- screaming a big no!
Do not use it can thin your blood and cause bleeding! Why? Because it works marvelously!

A quick explanation about the thinning of the blood. Arnica is an excellent remedy for post-surgical bruising, physical trauma and pain however should not be used in conjunction with allopathic thinning agents e.g. antithrombotic injections and antiplatelet medicines.

Another tip of advice, it should not be taken before surgery because believe or not it works so effectively that by increasing circulation may stop anesthesia to work fully in some sensitive individuals. Definitely you do not want that when you go under the knife of a surgeon.

Arnica use it after not before surgery.
Avoid using together with blood thinning agents

Other complementary remedies

Moving forward another remedy to consider is a sister of Arnica called Bellis Perenis for deep muscle damage and to help organs to readjust post -surgical intervention and to go back to their place. When surgery involves an organ removal or partial organ removal e.g. tumour organs need to find a new place in the abdominal cavity.

Bellis perenis is a great remedy for this symptom alongside Staphysagria which helps with an incision during the surgery. It ameliorates trauma associated with a cut itself, laceration and stretching of the skin. Staphysagria is the first remedy, or second after Arnica, to think of when there is a cesarean section which in actual fact is a surgery.

Surgery can be quite depleting in our healing properties which is so important in this process and here Calendula comes to play. It is a beautiful remedy which helps skin and wounds heal. Together with Hypericum, known as a Hypercal in herbal form, it works as antiseptic and prevents wound from getting infected. Hypericum as a homeopathic remedy also helps with pain associated with nerves being damaged during the procedure to help them heal. Surgical incision and scarring are often the most painful areas after a few weeks post surgery.

These five remedies: Arnica, Bellis Perenis, Staphysagria, Calendula and Hypericum are basic remedies which are useful around surgery but there are few other remedies to think of.

Other remedies

Depending how the surgery goes and if you need general anaesthesia which can cause nausea and vomiting that is why taking it in a homeopathic form can ameliorate this effect. The remedy is called Anaesthetic mix and consists of allopathic medicines.

Given my personal experience with this, I did not feel well post my surgery a few years ago and it was mainly due to the effect of general anaesthesia. I had so much pain when the tube was pulled out (Calendula and Hypericum could have helped me) and I felt full of mucus and difficulty breathing due to airways suppression with general anaesthesia. It is there when I could use this remedy but I did not know about homeopathy at the time.

Other remedies I could have had used were Antimonium Tartaricum for this rattling of mucus which I could not have bring up and possibly Phosphorus due to feeling sick with being thirsty for cold drinks and Nux Vomica to support detoxification and liver function post- surgery.

Additional remedies: Anasthetic mix, Antimonium Tartaricum, Phosporus and Nux Vomica.
Another personal experience happened when I was a teenager. I had a simple procedure called arthroscopy which is a diagnostic procedure when a camera is inserted through a couple of small holes into the knee which allows you to see the joint and anything that happens in it. These holes and camera inserted cause a stabbing wound were remedy called Ledum pallustre can help with.

Puncture holes- Ledum, Bone-knit -Symphytum, Bone injuries- Ruta

Some other remedies to consider is Opium when morphine is used around surgery and for post-surgical pain. That often happens around limb’s surgeries and in case of broken bones which leads me to the next important remedy called Symphytum. It is a bone knit and given in case of broken bone post -surgery, where the alignment of the bone structure is recovered, Symphytum speeds up healing of the bone and helping with bone pain after fracture. In case of injury with broken bone Ruta officinalis can be also an enormous help but that is not a subject of this blog …

Conclusion and more

So just to summarize, these basic remedies after surgery are Arnica, Calendula, Bellis perenis, Hypericum and Staphysagria with precautions in use of Arnica as explained earlier.

All the remedies explained in this blog can be used around surgery of our loved animals too. There are other remedies which can also help, some mentioned in this blog but it is very individual how we heal.
In my opinion as a homeopath during preparation for surgical intervention it is good to consider buying an Essential kit if we have not done that already. Variety of remedies in the kit allows to cover changeability of the post-surgical state and makes us less anxious in this quite stressful moment.

I have not touched much on remedies for fear and anticipation which also can be useful, just to mention a handful like Aconite, Argentum Nitricum, Gelsemium or Arsenicum album. They may be additional support while waiting for surgery alongside some Bach flower essences and other relaxation techniques.

In short words homeopathy is a great help which can significantly change the outcome of the surgical procedure so it is worth considering.
Let’s speak about homeopathy!

Remedies for anticipation: Aconite, Argentum Nitricum, Gelsemium or Arsenicum album


What should you tell your homeopath to get the best outcome of your acute consultation?

Are you new to homeopathy? Or is it your first homeopathic consultation? Homeopathy requires specific information to be able to provide the most accurate treatment. The way homeopathy looks at a person is quite different from conventional medicine. It is not enough to say to your homeopath for example I have a headache.

Homeopath should be told:

1. When did it start and what happened before your headache occurred?

Triggers: weather, food, emotions etc – which we understand as an AETIOLOGY

Why is it so important? In homeopathy there is a methodology allowing to prescribe remedy based on immediate causation. The knowledge of what happened allows us to use this method in order to choose a remedy.

2. Where is your headache?

Which part of the head? left/right/temples/frontal

Which we indicate as LOCATION
Each picture of symptoms we want to treat is as unique as possible so having an exact location makes it more accurate to look at specific remedies.

3. How does it feel?

Is it sharp, stabbing or burning pain? How is your feeling of the symptom? – which we understand as SENSATIONS
Same as above, your headache and mine headache might feel very different and in order to direct to the most appropriate remedies for yours.

4. Any other symptoms which you are experiencing alongside your headache?

For example: vomiting, vertigo, sore throat etc…

What we indicate as a CONCOMITANT

Coexisting symptoms are helping to categorise a type of your complaint and also pinpoint the remedies which in their picture have these prominent symptoms.

5. What makes a headache better or worse?

For example, lying down/ moving, warm/hot, food/drinks pressure on it, understand as MODALITIES

That is again another clue in the puzzle to a remedy theme. Most of the remedies in homeopathy have specific modalities in their symptoms picture, for example symptoms of Bryonia are better on lying down and picture of Pulsatilla is generally better outside than indoors.

These are basic information which are needed as a start to good results of prescribing most similar remedy/remedies in case of acute state.

There is also further information which may direct homeopath to the best similar remedy for presenting a picture of symptoms.

1. Energy of a patient

Has energy changed since they have a complaint?

Are they agitated (mentally/physically)? Or is a person dull/ sleepy?

This is important information because it indicates how we react to the emotional or other triggers, again pointing us to different remedies.

2. How is their thirst?

Or are they thirstless? Any change in the pattern? What temperature of drinks are they asking?

Thirst in acute ailments may change and for someone who normally only drinks warm drinks suddenly wanting cold drinks would indicate certain remedies. Eg. Phosphorus prefers cold, sparkling, drinks

3. How is their emotional state?

Are they clingier, want to be left alone? Emotional state together with aetiology is a very good guide where to go with remedy choice because as we need to remember a lot of physical complaints start from emotions or rather emotional disturbance.

4. Are they hotter or colder comparing with usual state?

Thermal state is a great indicator in states like colds, fevers or vomiting. Fever with a feeling of being cold is a striking picture which can point us to the right remedy.

I hope you find this information useful.
Using homeopathic terms lead to the more effective treatment.

So, if next time you are looking for homeopathic help, especially in your acute state then try to follow some pointers from this blog and see what happens. Let’s talk in a homeopathic language!

Speaking with a homeopath will be effortless if you describe your symptoms in a way explained above.




Are you getting ready for your summer escapes?

Here are some top remedies what to take with you when you go to discover some great places😊

Accidents or bruises?

Arnica is the number one remedy for any emergency situations including falls, accidents and bruises. Head injuries that affect mental functions or joints, muscle pain from injury. Backache from muscle strain, overuse. Black eye from injury.
So, whenever an accident during your summer adventures try Arnica for it.

Stomach bug while travelling?

Arsenicum album works wonders in case of food poisoning from bad meat, water, vegetables, melons and watery fruits. Food poisoning with nausea and vomiting. Normally presents with burning pain in the stomach. Also a person cannot bear sight or smell of food. Other typical symptom is craving for warm drinks in small sips and that ice-cold water distresses the stomach.
Any stomach problem from foods you should consider Arsenicum album at first.

Sudden fever with redness? Sunburn or throbbing headache?

While travelling we may have a sunburn, sudden fever or/ and headache. If your symptoms are presenting with hot, red and burning skin, flushed face that is a strong indication for Belladonna. Other characteristics are acuteness of all senses with congested headache presenting with throbbing and hammering. Symptoms are worse for light, noise and lying down. If that is presentation then it’s definitely an indication for Belladonna.

ARNICA- bruises and accident, ARSENICUM ALB- food poisoning, BELLADONNA- sunburn, fever and headaches

Are you flying far? Any time zone changes?

Or maybe you are going on a long boat cruise which can make you feel miserable? Cocculus is a remedy to have in your first aid for such a moment. It is a great remedy when our sleep has been disrupted due to night work and time zone change which can cause jet lag. It is also a marvellous remedy for car, train and boat sickness. If any of your acute complaints start from loss of sleep Cocculus is a remedy to consider.

Any bites by mosquitoes during your summer adventures?

Or maybe you are having long walks in the forest and you encounter some tick bites? Straight away Ledum is the first remedy to think of. Puncture, stab wounds and animal bites are another situation where it can be useful. The characteristic symtom is skin which may feel cold with general coldness but with heat on the face. Consider Ledum when you go away to use in such a situation.

Overindulging on holidays? Well, what holidays are for? 😉

Nux Vomica is a great rescue when we have a bit too much of different foods, like meats and fats, spices, sweets and alcohol. All of these mixed together might be too much for our stomach and then liver, causing the feeling of heaviness and pain in the stomach. Characteristic symptom is a sour taste, nausea and vomiting which may occur with much retching. The symptoms are worse in cold, open air and in the morning. If that happens, think about Nux Vomica.
So yes, it is an essential remedy to have on hand while on adventures somewhere in a beautiful and exotic place.

COCCULUS- jetlag, travel sickness, LEDUM- insect bites, NUX VOMICA- hangover, nausea and vomiting.

What are my favorite homeopathic remedies? You will find out in my next series of blogs.
Stay tuned, happy travels and let’s talk about homeopathy! 😊



What may happen when you take a homeopathic remedy?

Are you new to homeopathy? Have you just received your first acute homeopathic prescription? This blog may help you to know what to do in acute situations when you take homeopathic remedies.

What happens when you take a remedy in acute prescribing?

  • Nothing may happen
  • Symptoms may have changed
  • Symptoms may go away but come back
  • Symptoms are resolved completely

I will go through each of the scenarios so you can understand more about what to do in each of them.

No reaction to remedy

First of the scenarios after you start taking a homeopathic remedy for your acute ailment, like a cold or burnt, is no change. It is a rare scenario but possible. You should contact a prescriber if remedy has not changed the symptoms after 24 hours of starting to take a remedy.

Changes in the picture of symptoms.

Second possibility is that symptoms may have changed. They might be less pronounced (a burn is healing and it’s in a smaller area) or less intense (eg. headache is less painful) which is a good sign and you can continue the remedy but less often (reduce a frequency).

Another possibility is that the nature of the symptom have changed (eg. dry cough becomes more productive). This situation may need a remedy change. Also, there might be a situation where completely new symptoms may occur and that may require a different remedy altogether.

Some changes are more expected than others however it is always about individual so often emotional state improves first and physical will follow.

Take a note of any changes and report them to your homeopath after taking a remedy/remedies for at least 48 hours.

Getting better but not fully

In this scenario your original symptoms have resolved after taking remedy for 2-3 days, you have stopped remedy and symptoms come back exactly the same. That may mean that remedy is not holding and potency of the remedy needs to be adjusted. Sometimes intensity of the state is lower and lowering down potency will allow to remedy to hold. In some instances, you need higher potency of the same remedy. The other possibility is that the cause of the problem is much deeper (eg. recurrent sinusitis) and requires some remedies for addressing a root of the issue. In any case inform your homeopath about your observations.

Journey to balance

Acute state often occurs suddenly, sometimes gradually or very fast. With a right homeopathic remedy your symptoms should get milder and when symptoms are improving frequencies of homeopathic remedy should be reduced from 3-4 times a day to 2-3 times a day or from 2-3 times a day to once or twice a day. When symptoms stop, we should discontinue a use of the remedy and allow your vital force to do the rest.
I hope this helps you to understand better what may happen when you treating your acute complaints with homeopathy.
Let’s talk about homeopathy!

Vital force needs time to bring our body and mind to a balance


First sun and sunburns?

Homeopathy has some solutions.

After a long winter and not great spring we soon might be heading towards hopefully a better summer. Like every year with the first sun we forget how quickly and easily we can burn ourselves in the matter of hours!

The best advice to remember is to avoid a long time in the sun but sometimes it is inevitable that we may get a sunburn.

So, what to do when this happens using homeopathy?

Top three remedies for sun burns are:

SOL– It is a remedy made by exposing a vial to sun rays. It is a great remedy for sun burns, headaches from sunshine on bare head and very sensitive to sunshine on vertex. You should consider this remedy if your skin is sensitive to sunlight or you may never feel well since severe sunburn.

The important symptom of this remedy is feeling chilled to the bone, very cold with shivering. Symptoms are better by hot bath and short naps.

BELLADONNA– skin of the sunburn may feel bright, red, dry, burning and hot. It is an important sunstroke remedy with a throbbing, hammering headache which is worse from light, noise and lying down. Symptoms of Belladonna are worse from drafts on the head and checked sweat.

CANTHARIS– a fun fact that it is a remedy made from Spanish Fly (Spain=sun ) used for sunburns which can occur with vesicular eruptions. Skin feels better from cold applications, for severe sunburns. Eruptions burn when touched.
These three remedies are definitely must haves when it comes to summer.

Other advice.

Also, it is important to:

  • Stay hydrated, water is very important and cools down the body internally. It is great to take some mineral salts for better hydration effect
  • Consider natural UV protectors like raspberry kernel oil which in some studies show protection up to 50 UVB
    Wear a hat or a cap and clothing which will reduce UV exposure of the skin
  • Avoid midday exposure to sun, it is a great time to get Vitamin D however is sufficient 20-30 minutes for daily dosage, not few hours on the sun especially if it is your first sun in a season.

I hope you find it helpful and informative but at the same time you will not need to treat sunburn this summer. If you do, consider remedies above.

Wishing you a great end of spring and lovely summer days full of sun.
Homeopathy in different states

Homeopathy in different states

Is it an acute, recurring or chronic state? What consultation do you need?

Sometimes it is difficult to distinguish between these types of states and which ailments or conditions need a different approach. We may want to be aware what type of ailment we are experiencing to get a most appropriate consultation for it.

Acute states and examples of them

Acute has distinguished features:

  • It is a quickly developing ailment e. g. fever, rash
  • Normally is self-limiting e. g. common cold, vaginal thrush
  • It might be life-threatening e. g. heart attack or acute hepatitis that requires a visit to A&E (you can still use indicated homeopathic remedies)

A big majority of acute ailments are simple and mild. Just to give you examples, if you want to find examples of any conditions you would go to the community pharmacy and buy one of the OTC products. So, it is a type of ailment like an odd headache, common cold, or anything that you would not consider seeing your GP for. Homeopathy can easily deal with those.

Sometimes acute states might become more serious in vulnerable patients and children can present in more severe forms so it is important to catch the symptoms early enough before they progress like diarrhea or urinary symptoms.
The acute state also might be life-threatening and as much as one may want to avoid visiting the hospital, diagnostic and monitoring can be life-saving in case of sudden heart attack or meningitis. You can still have an acute consultation with your homeopath while waiting to be seen and take homeopathic remedies which most likely will make a state milder.

As you can tell in the majority of acute states acute consultation should be sufficient to support coming back to balance.

If an acute state occurs often, 2-3 times a year an acute state becomes a more recurring state.

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Recurring states

Recurring states normally are characterized by:

  • Fast or slow in the development e. g. stye
  • It is self-limiting but occurs in frequent intervals e. g. cystitis
  • it may lead to chronic state e. g. tonsillitis

Recurring states are normally mild and we all might be prone to some at various moments in our life. Homeopathy can support your susceptibility to frequency and intensity of recurring states by supporting weaker organs. It also may help to deal with emotional situations in different ways so it does not cause physical symptoms.

For that reason, is better to have a full consultation to see what the susceptibility needs to stay on a healthy path.
A variety of acute states once recurring more than 3-4 times a year can be led to a chronic state.

Chronic state

What are the features of chronic state?

  • slowly progressing e. g. diabetes type 2
  • present for some time normally more than 4-6 weeks e. g. chronic cough, asthma
  • deep pathology where the organ is affected e. g. chronic hepatitis

As you can tell cough normally should be self-limiting and acute but like any state, it can become chronic if not treated. Constant inflammation of bronchi can lead even to deeper states like asthma or emphysema.

Chronic states are the most difficult to treat because the change in our body has gone deep into the organ. However, with homeopathy, some changes in diet and habits it is possible to support it. A full consultation is needed to look at the full picture of symptoms and what needs some tuning to support the health journey.

I hope that helps to understand better which consultation is more appropriate in particular states.