A CASE STUDY
They would rub the herb directly onto the skin where the bruise appeared, and sometimes brewed it as a tea.
This is the first remedy to reach for in most cases of injuries. Keep this handy if you have active children, as bumps and bruises always follow them around! You can use this remedy directly on the skin in a cream or gel form, but do not use it on open wounds. Arnica is also useful for shock of any muscular injury. It is especially valuable for bruising, or when you feel physically or emotionally exhausted after a rough day at work. A few drops of arnica oil in a warm bath will help to wash all of those feelings away.
This remedy not only covers the everyday bumps and bruises, but also the more extensive injuries from surgery, laborand-delivery, and dental work. Many plastic surgeons use it in their practices. A dose given before surgery and taken every 3–4 hours after surgery speeds up recovery. Often after an accident, a person may want to be left alone and say, “Don’t touch me, I’m fine!” This is an “arnica state,” from a homeopathic point of view.
Here are some situations in which arnica may be indicated, and signs and symptoms to look for before you reach for this remedy:
The patient is morose, wants to be left
The author of several books on homeopathy, including
Dorothy Shepherd recalls how arnica helped to heal a serious injury
Ben was a 12-year-old boy at a school camp whose foot was struck by a brick and badly lacerated. He was taken to the local hospital, X-rayed, given six stitches, and kept in bed for a week. When I saw him 10 days after the accident, his injured foot was still nearly twice the size of the normal one; he was unable to put pressure on it. The adhesive bandages, which had been used as a dressing, had allowed the stitches to become infected (septic), which accounted for some of the pain. After a good soak with calendula, the septic condition improved. With arnica 3 times daily, a week later he was cured and discharged from the hospital. This was someone who was unable to move for 10 days, and began walking two days after the first dose of arnica! How long would it have been before he could have walked if left to the standard or orthodox methods of treatment? alone and in peace, and is unwilling to be spoken to. Pain is intolerable, and there is great fear of being touched or approached. An inability to concentrate and an aversion to any kind of effort, even talking. Loss of normal self-confidence. When a seriously ill person states, “I’m alright. Why bother with a doctor?” Trauma or injury— big or small—to children, adults, or animals. Shock. After surgery and dental work. After hard labor and childbirth. After running a marathon, a long bike ride, or other heavy exercise. Feeling beaten up mentally and emotionally. Feeling as if you have been an emotional punching bag for someone, such as a boss, partner, child, or parent. Accidents, big or small, from tripping or falling to being in a car accident. Injury to any muscle with bruising. Feelings of fear after shock. Being startled awake from sleep after a shock, accident, or fright. Feeling better when lying down, or lying with the head low or outstretched. Feeling worse at rest or at night. Feeling worse after drinking alcohol.