Homeopathy: Three Popular Remedies
Three Popular Remedies
Here are three popular homeopathic remedies:
- Arnica montana: This homeopathic remedy comes from a plant with yellow flowers that look like marigolds or daisies. It is often made from the whole plant, the dried flowers, or the root itself. Arnica is used for immediate relief of shock, falls, bruising, bleeding, and injuries caused by blunt objects. Arnica is also used to help heal bruises and sprains and to relieve muscle pain.
Many people consider arnica an essential part of their first aid kits. It can be helpful in case of emergencies while away from home or while taking a long hike. Like most homeopathic remedies, which work slowly, arnica isn't something you can rely on exclusively as an emergency treatment. It can, however, help tide you over until you can receive emergency care.
You should be careful not to confuse homeopathic arnica with other types of arnica, including the topical form, which can irritate your skin if used when skin is broken, and the straight herbal form, which is toxic. back to top
- Ruta graveolens: Made from a whole evergreen plant called Rue, ruta has been used by many people for the relief of minor illnesses, such as coughs, headaches (brought on by eyestrain from reading), bruising, and mouth pain (from pulled teeth, including wisdom teeth). Ruta is also used to relieve sports-related injuries, such as crushed fingertips, sprains, shin splints, wounds, and mouth injuries. As with arnica, some people use ruta for immediate relief during sports emergencies. But if your injury is serious, be sure to seek emergency care from a health professional or a hospital. back to top
- Hypericum perforatum: This remedy comes from the plant known as St. John's wort, whose flowers are used in a different form to treat depression. The homeopathic remedy, however, is made from the whole fresh plant. For many people, hypericum is the first choice for the severe pain of nerve-related injuries, such as injuries to the fingers, spine, eyes, and mouth.
Some people use arnica first to reduce swelling and bruising and then follow with hypericum to reduce pain. If pain persists or your injury is serious, be sure to contact your health professional in addition to taking homeopathic hypericum. back to top
Note that homeopathic creams can cause skin reactions. If your skin turns red or becomes blotchy, stop using the product and call your health care provider. back to top