Pain-free after surgery? Oh yeah, it could happen! It happened to me! OK, it was dental surgery; but, surgery is surgery!
What is the likelihood that anyone could be pain-free after surgery without narcotics? So unlikely, that if you announced it to the world, no one would believe you! But I am here to tell you it’s true! (I could have experienced it a lot sooner but I kept using the 30C potency, which is generally too low of a potency to stand up to such an onslaught of pain due to physical trauma! Imagine my disappointment, as I kept hearing about how people were pain-free after surgery with homeopathy! This is proof that the rumor about physical complaints always needing low potencies is just not true! Let’s put that to rest right now, shall we? If a physical complaint is intense and recent–as all surgeries are–you need a high potency!)
I’ve told this story before but it bears repeating: It’s about an especially traumatic dental surgery I had that included stitches. When it was over, I took my tube of out of my car, and couldn’t get the cap off! It was stuck! All I had left was Arnica 10M! Boy, did that scare me. Arnica 10M? Is that safe? Might it cause an aggravation at that level? I took it since it was all that I had. Incredibly, when the novocaine wore off? I had NO PAIN! What a lesson this was for me about potency! Later when the pain started coming back, I redosed, and again the pain went away! I had no swelling! The instructions I came home with said the swelling would be at its worst on day-2, but I had no swelling at all. I ate dinner as always, went to sleep with no problem, and woke up as if nothing had happened! Potency matters, people! Do I need Arnica 10M if I stub my toe? No, 30C will be just fine.
So let’s talk about what you’re going to need after surgery.
Chances are that after surgery where general anesthesia has been used, the first symptom you might become aware of is nausea from the anesthesia. Phosphorus 30C or 200C will take care of that! Usually the patient demands water or ice during this time, which is a sure sign Phosphorus is the right remedy.
With nausea cleared away, it’s time to bring out our Big Gun–Arnica 10M! I mean sure, you can try Arnica 200C if you like, just to see what will happen….but I, personally, think the situation calls for a super-high potency! (And for you new-comers out there, the “M” potencies are higher than the “C’s”. They start at 1M and go up to CM. Rarely is a potency higher than 10M needed.) Arnica is for any kind of sore, bruised and achy pain. It also brings down swelling. And by the way, you take it once, and wait to see what happens. At that potency, something ought to happen! If you get a good result, don’t take it again unless you start to relapse. But let’s not forget Arnica’s cousin….
Bellis and Arnica are both daisies. I guess we owe a lot to the daisy family for easing our pain! Bellis perennis is for deeper tissue surgery, like perhaps a C-section or intestinal surgery. It’s for bruising of internal organs. Bellis also has insomnia and restlessness; so, you might want to think of Bellis if your surgery patient is restless, wide awake, and can’t shut his mind off to go to sleep at night. Now, what if you start experiencing sharp pains, cutting pains, incision pains? That goes for our next remedy:
What a beautiful flower!
This remedy is for painfully sensitive lacerations, worse touch! Severe pains after abdominal operations and constipation after surgery. Murphy’s Materia Medica says:
“Effects of ‘wounds made by clean-cutting instruments’ is the keynote.”
“When colic follows operations on the ovaries or intestines.”
Here’s something interesting, it’s also good for nausea after surgery! In fact, think of Staphysagria in seasickness and morning sickness too. I often have trouble knowing when to give Staphysagria and when to give our next flower friend…
Allen’s Keynotes says:
“External wounds … torn and jagged looking wounds. Post-surgical Operations; to promote healthy granulation and prevent excessive suppuration and disfiguring scars. … Calendula is almost specific for clean, surgical cuts or lacerated wounds.”
So, Calendula is for lacerations, cuts and scrapes. And this is what you should have in your medicine cabinet as a first-aid cream; not Neosporin, but this:
Note that Calendula cream comes in tubes also.
Calendula is an antiseptic! And yes, you should have Calendula 30C and 200C as well! Murphy’s Materia Medica says,
“For all wounds, the greatest healing agent. .. Calendula is all the dressing one will need for any open wound and severe lacerations. It takes away the local pain and suffering. There is nothing that will cause these external injuries to heal so beautifully as Calendula. Jahr, who was in Paris during the Coup d’ Etat of 1849, treated a number of cases of gun-shot wounds with comminuted bones [bones broken into fragments] and saved several limbs by means of Calendula. It prevented suppuration and pyemia [blood poisoning]. In obstetric practice it is invaluable.”
Remember calendula in eye injuries, eye surgery, scratched cornea, foreign objects in the eye–and don’t forget Aconite for eye injuries as well!–Also give Calendula for vaginal tears in childbirth.
You may have to be catheterized after surgery if your bladder is paralyzed–more on this later, but, there are a lot of catheter issues that are covered by either Staphysagria or Calendula or both:
Ailments after catheter–Calen, Staphysagria
Burning after catheter–Calen, Staph, Cantharis
Injury from catheter–Calen, Staphysagria
Pains after catheter–Calen., Staphysagria, Cantharis
Catheter aggravates–Calen., Staphysagria
Infection from catheter–Staphysagria, Pyrogen, Cantharis
Fever from catheter–Aconite, Calen., Pyrogen, Staphysagria
But, maybe you won’t even need a catheter because, the way to handle paralysis of the bladder (inability to pass urine) after surgery is with….
Causticum is famous for paralysis of single parts. But interestingly, Calendula is in that rubric too! “Bladder: paralysis, surgery, after”–Calendula, Causticum, Opium. Think of Causticum for inability to urinate after surgery.
Post-surgical fever, blood poisoning, septicemia. They will try to give you antibiotics but I’ll take Pyrogen 200C or 1M, thank you very much!
Depression after surgery. Also, very similar to Calendula and Staphysagria–very painful lacerated wounds, worse touch! Also, puncture wounds, animal bites, injuries to fingers and toes, spinal tap headaches, tetanus, injury to spine, injuries to nerves, neuritis, shooting pains, injuries to brain and spinal cord, concussion, excessive painfulness, gunshot wounds, give for pain after surgery, hard to distinguish from Calendula; so, give both of them. Inability to stoop or walk after fall on the coccyx bone. (Boy, do I know about that!) Now, here’s an interesting story. I had a dental surgery not too long ago, and I took my trusty Arnica 10M and nothing much happened! Wasn’t sure what to do or why Arnica wasn’t working; so, I took Hypericum 200C, and all the pain went away! So, you just never really know, do you? That’s why you don’t go into surgery with just one remedy.
Black and blue marks from IV needles. Pain from IV needles. Bed sores. Puncture wounds, animal bites, insect bites–especially mosquitoes; give before and after vaccinations–Ledum 30C. I think it was my friend Lynda who told me that a surgeon told her mother that if she didn’t agree to a vaccination, she couldn’t have her surgery! Holy cow! What is this, blackmail? Extortion? I’ve never heard of such a thing! But if it ever happens to you, Ledum before, and Ledum after. Yeesh!
Also known as Cinchona bark or Peruvian bark. Think of China for post-operative gas pains. Also for ailments after gallbladder surgery.
Surgical shock from blood loss. Prostration, extreme exhaustion or shock after surgery. Bone pains.
You might be thinking, “What could Nux vomica possibly be used for after surgery?” Well, you might be surprised to hear that it will also help with the nausea from anesthesia. In fact, Nux vomica is useful any time there’s an issue of drug use in a case, and what could be a bigger drug than anesthesia? Plus, I have a feeling that they give you a whole cocktail of drugs during, before and after surgery that you’re not even aware of! Any one of them could be causing problems! Here’s an interesting story…. Oh yes, it’s another one of my dental stories! After the surgery, whatever it was for (there have been so many!) the pain at the injection site wouldn’t go away! Naturally, I took Hypericum and Ledum and neither one of them did anything! I was running out of ideas when I thought that maybe it could be Nux vomica due to the fact that a drug (novocaine) was what was injected! Guess what? I was right! Nux vomica 30C totally took the pain away!
Bryonia is one of our great pain remedies. Usually there is a sharp pain, and the thing about it is, the patient can’t move even the slightest bit without making it worse, if you try to move them, they may protest loudly; so the Bryonia patient is holding perfectly still, not even wanting to talk or breathe and they may be very irritable as well. Bryonia has nausea too, and the thing about it–again–is that the slightest motion makes it worse. They can’t even lift their heads off the pillow without feeling worse. If your patient is holding perfectly still in pain, not daring to move, you can bet the remedy is Bryonia.
OK, people, just to sum up, your post-surgery pain remedies consist mainly of:
Arnica, Hypericum, Calendula, Staphysagria, Bryonia and Bellis perennis. You would want to at least have those. And if you went without Phosphorus for the post-surgery nausea, that would be a big mistake.
If you’re going to be taking more than one dose of a remedy, put two pellets in a bottle of spring water (pour some water off the top first as those spring water bottles leave no room for shaking) and shake the bottle before each sip/dose. If the remedy is working, no need to redose unless it wears off.
But now another caution, and this isn’t about homeopathy, it’s about supporting your patient nutritionally after surgery! I remember back in 1978, my dog Snoopy had to have major surgery. She came home very debilitated, hardly able to walk up the front steps. I didn’t practice homeopathy then. Here is my log:
June 28th–Snoopy goes to the hospital
June 29th–Snoopy has surgery
June 30th–Snoopy comes home, 5 pm, only wants water. Gave 2,000 mg. vitamin C, force-fed 3 tsp. of carrot juice. 7:30–drank carrot juice on her own. Drank Kefir. 400 IU vitamin E. 7:50–1,000 mg. vitamin C. 9:30–5 chewable liver tablets, 1,000 mg. vitamin C; walked up the steps. 10:30–carrot juice, kefir cheese, vitamins A and E, 5 liver tablets. Midnight–chicken, raw milk, lecithin, vitamin E, liver tablets. 1 am–1,000 mg. vitamin C.
You can see that within less than 8 hours she goes from debilitated and only wanting water to eating heartily and being able to walk up the steps, thanks in large part to vitamin C and carrot juice.
In subsequent days she continued with this regimen and added fruits like grapes and vegetables like string beans and bean sprouts, eggs and meat, beef stew, I added B-Complex, garlic capsules, zinc, bran, I assume she had her usual dry dog food as well which we bought from the health food store, and here’s what I wrote:
Day 3–coat much better, facial expressions more normal.
Day 4–asked to be petted, striking normal poses.
Day 5–much better today.
Day 6–much, much better, sat down easily.
Day 7–jumped on chair, jumped in car, scratched, ran upstairs.
Day 8–chewed bone.
Day 9–all behavior back to normal.
The point is, super nutrition is a part of this too!
Having said all that, here’s hoping you never need surgery! And P.S., be sure to read the Comments section below, as you will find some very useful information from people’s personal experiences with homeopathy and surgery!
Elaine Lewis, D.Hom., C.Hom.
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