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First Response Remedies Shock

Emotional shock is the bodys response to extreme fear, stress, pain, or helplessness. It is
also known as acute stress reaction. Symptoms include: disorientation; confusion; agitation;
restlessness; and feeling dazed.
Aconite napellus (Acon.): Aconite is used when the person is agitated, restless, fearful and
anxious (or even in a state of terror) and convinced they will die. It is capable of relieving not
only these mental-emotional symptoms but other symptoms that may be present at the same
time such as chest pain from an impending heart attack (myocardial infarction) or
convulsions.
Opium (Op.): The homeopathic remedy prepared from opium is more useful for emotional
shock in which the person looks and acts like a stunned mullet. They are withdrawn,
respond poorly to what is happening around them, and have a dazed, besotted expression.
Be aware though that in some countries you will not be able to obtain homeopathic opium as
regulators of these countries, unfamiliar with the extreme dilutions of homoeopathic
remedies, confuse homeopathic opium with its crude source and so classify it as an illegal
substance.
Guidelines: Either remedy can be given as often as every 15 seconds if the persons
symptoms are severe. Once symptoms start to settle only give another dose when
improvement stops or symptoms start to return. If there is no improvement by 3 doses, stop,
as this means the remedy is incorrect choose another remedy that better matches the
symptoms. As long as the person is improving with each dose, the remedy can be given as
often as needed and for as long as is needed.

Hysteria and Panic


Following shock, panic and hysteria are the next most common
reactions to emotional trauma. People may shriek, scream, have
rapidly changing emotions, sob convulsively, hyperventilate, or
frantically clutch at others for help. Two remedies to help reduce
panic and hysteria are Aconite and Ignatia.
Aconite napellus (Acon.): Those needing Aconite, as already mentioned, will be extremely
restless and agitated, fearing they are about to die. They are likely to have palpitations and
will hyperventilate, producing symptoms of pins and needles and numbness throughout the
body.
Ignatia amara (Ign.): Ignatia is used for rapidly changing moods and crying with sobbing.
The person may hyperventilate, twitch, jerk, have cramps and display contradictory,
unpredictable behaviour. They will pull away from comfort and reassurance and may sweat
from the face.

Injuries, Wounds and Hazardous Effects


Allium cepa (All-c.): When eyes and nose are streaming from some sort of irritant.
Burning discharge from the nose, bland discharge from the eyes. A good remedy to counter
the effects of tear gas. (Also see Euphrasia.)

Arnica Montana (Arn.): For bruising and damage to soft tissues such as skin and
muscles. Slows bleeding, reduces swelling, promotes healing, helps with shock and reduces
the risk of infection. Ideal as a first remedy for broken bones (fractures) that cause
bleeding and swelling into the tissues (use Bryonia for fractured ribs or Symphytum after 24
hours when swelling and bleeding is no longer a problem). Do not use in herbal form if skin
is broken as it will irritate; it is safe to use in homeopathic potencies.
Bryonia (Bry.): Fractures such as fractured ribs when the pain is worse for the slightest
movement (breathing) and better for firm pressure or being supported.
Calendula (Calen.): Useful for superficial wounds, grazes and lacerated skin promotes
healing and reduces the risk of infection. Can be taken by mouth or applied topically (directly
on the skin). To apply topically, place 10 drops of the herbal tincture or potentised remedy
into a cup of water, cleanse the wound and then bind with a dressing moistened with the
solution. Leave the dressing intact for as long as possible but keep it moist with the solution
to speed healing and stop infection.
Cantharis (Canth.): A key remedy for 2nd to 3rd degree burns where there is severe pain
and even blistering of the skin. (See Urtica urens for 1 st and 2nd degree burns, Causticum for
chemical burns, and Phosphorus for electrical burns.)
Causticum (Caust.): A useful remedy for deep burns and chemical burns. (See Urtica
urens for 1st and 2nd degree burns, Cantharis for 2nd and 3rd degree burns, and Phosphorus
for electrical burns.)
China officinalis (Chin.): Relieves exhaustion and debility that follows the loss of body
fluids such as blood, sweat and diarrheoa.
Carbo vegetabilis (Carb-v.): This remedy has the reputation of being a corpse reviver
among homeopaths. It treats many near-death states with the following symptoms:
faintness; collapse; exhaustion; chilliness; cold sweat; gasping for air; wanting to be fanned;
flatulence and distension; heart failure; blue or mottled skin. (Also see Laurocerasus.)
Euphrasia (Euphr.): When eyes and nose are streaming from some sort of irritant. Bland
discharge from the nose, burning discharge from the eyes. A good remedy to counter the
effects of tear gas. (Also see Allium cepa.)
Gunpowder (Gunp.): Used in its crude form in the past by soldiers and the London Police
Force (of all people) to fight infection, homeopathic gunpowder is still an excellent remedy
today to prevent boils and abscesses developing in cuts and wounds.
Hypericum perforatum (Hyper.): For injuries to nerves and nerve rich areas such as
finger tips and the spine. Numbness and tingling. Pains shoot upwards along the nerve
pathways. Also helpful for lacerations and puncture wounds where there is the risk of
tetanus.
Laurocerasus (Laur.): A good remedy for lack of reaction when the heart and /or
respiratory system is in failure. The person may: be in a state of collapse; have chilliness
that is unhelped by warmth; be gasping for breath or suffocating; and be blue or mottled.
(Also see Carbo vegetabilis.)

Ledum palustre (Led.): Main remedy for puncture wounds when there is a risk of tetanus.
Useful for sprained and twisted joints.
Natrum sulphuricum (Nat-s): For concussion and head injuries that potentially involve
brain damage or bleeding into the brain. Also useful for some types of spinal injury.
Phosphorus (Phos.): The main remedy for electrical burns or electroshock. (See Urtica
urens for 1st and 2nd degree burns, Cantharis for 2nd and 3rd degree burns, and Causticum for
chemical burns.)
Staphysagria (Staph.): Especially useful for cuts and incisions that have clean rather than
jagged edges. Promotes healing and reduces the risk of infection. Also helps the person
process emotions following violations such as rape.
Symphytum officinale (Symph.): Known as the Arnica of the eye. Helpful when the
eyeball has been punctured, ruptured or damaged. Also used in the ongoing repair of
fractures.
Urtica urens (Urt-u): Main remedy for 1st and 2nd degree burns that sting, burn and
possibly itch. An unusual symptom is that the burn may feel worse for cold water. (See
Cantharis for 2nd and 3rd degree burns, Causticum for chemical burns, and Phosphorus for
electrical burns.)
X-ray: Minimises genetic damage following exposure to radiation.

Dosage Guidelines
Remedies can be used in any potency from 6C to 200C but remember, good results depend
on getting the remedy right rather than getting the potency right. If none of the above
potencies are available, dose with whatever one you have on hand. Because homeopathy is
an intrinsically safe system of medicine, free of toxic effects, no harm will be done.
How often to dose will depend on the intensity of the persons symptoms and how quickly
they respond to the remedy. Initial doses may be needed as often as every 15 seconds or at
intervals of several hours. To find out more about dosing, read: How Often Should I Take a
Dose of My Remedy

Fear, Anxiety and Despair


Argentum nitricum (Arg-n): Anticipatory anxiety with strange fears or phobias. May
become claustrophobic or agoraphobic. Wants company but anxious in a crowd. Fears
losing control. Diarrhoea develops with anxiety.
Arsenicum album (Ars.): Anxious and afraid to be alone. Fear of death or disease.
Restlessness leading to exhaustion. Controlling behaviour of others and circumstances.
Anxiety worse after midnight.
Gelsemium (Gels.): Anxiety with weakness and trembling. Needs support when standing;
knees shake. Heaviness of eyelids and drowsiness. Wants to be alone.

Stramonium (Stram.): Symptoms usually develop after a frightful experience. Violence


towards others from fear of being attacked or hurt. May hit, scratch, kick or bite (children
especially). Fear of the dark. Feel much better in company and light.
Comments: If shock, panic or hysteria is still present, refer back to Part 1 for helpful
remedies.

Grief
Ignatia amara (Ign.): Main remedy for acute grief. Hysterical and changeable behaviour.
Angry outbursts and recriminations. Crying when alone rather than in public. Convulsive
sobbing. Brooding and sighing. Sensation of lump in the throat. Refusal to eat.
Phosphoric Acid (Ph-ac.): Indifferent, apathetic or physically weak with grief. Slow to
answer. Silent suffering want to be alone. Lack of energy. Exhausted.
Anger
Chamomilla (Cham.): Anger with contrariness. Discontented and dissatisfied no matter
what is done cant be pleased. Hypersensitive and intolerant of pain, even from minor
injuries.
Nux vomica (Nux): Angry, irritable, driven and impatient. Irritable when interrupted or
obliged to answer. Intolerant of others especially if they are perceived as being too slow or
doing inappropriate things. Overindulgence in stimulants or alcohol.
Staphysagria (Staph.): Suppressed anger and indignation following humiliation or insult.
Often needed by rape victims during disaster or war.

Injuries and Wounds Many of the first aid and emergency remedies
suggested in Part 1 may still be useful during this mopping up
stage. For example:
Broken bones (fractures): See Arnica montana, Bryonia alba, or Symphytum. (Part 1)
Concussion or brain injury: See Natrum sulphuricum. (Part 1)
Bruising and damage to soft tissues: See Arnica Montana. (Part 1)
Superficial wounds, grazes and lacerated skin: See Calendula or Hypericum. (Part 1)
Cuts and incisional wounds: See Staphysagria.(Part 1)
Puncture wounds: See Hypericum or Ledum palustre. (Part 1)
Chemical, electrical or 1st, 2nd or 3rd degree burns: See Urtica urens, Causticum,
Cantharis or Phosphorus.(Part 1)
Sprained or twisted joints: See Ledum palustre.(Part 1). Additional remedies include:

Bryonia alba (Bry.): Pain that is worse for the slightest movement. Better for firm strapping,
pressure, or lying on the affected part.
Hypericum perforatum (Hyper.): Damaged nerves with shooting pains to travel up the
limbs along nerve tracts.
Rhus toxicodendron (Rhus-t.): Pain and stiffness that is worse after rest and better for
ongoing movement.
Ruta graveolens (Ruta.): For tendon injuries, especially of wrist and ankle. Pain worse after
rest. Hard nodules from blows to shins.

Infected wounds, boils and abscesses.See Gunpowder as a preventative for


infection in Part 1 of this article. Additional remedies for
treatment include:
Anthracinum (Anthr.): Intense burning pains. Offensive discharges. Black or blue blisters.
Anxious with fear of death. Weakness with difficulty in swallowing even though very thirsty.
Arsenicum album (Ars.): Burning pain that is better for warmth. The person will be anxious,
restless, chilly and thirsty for small sips.
Hepar sulphuris (Hep.): Sensitive wounds with splinter-like sticking pains. Lots of the pus.
Sensitive to cold and drafts but better for warmth. Old cheese odour.
Pyrogenium (Pyrog.): Offensive wounds with foul smelling discharges. High fever with slow
pulse or low fever with rapid pulse. Exhausted but restless. Bruised feeling.
Silicea (Sil.): Abscesses that drain but dont heal. Splinterlike pains. Chilly and worse for
cold.

Bites and StingsIn many disaster situations, animals and snakes are
displaced just as much as humans. Once out of their natural
habitat, bites and stings are much more likely. In these instances,
the following remedies can help.
Aconite napellus (Acon.): Rapid, intense symptoms following bite or sting. Restlessness,
anxiety and fear that they might die. Very thirsty.
Apis mellifica (Apis.): The site of the sting will be puffy. Swelling will be warm and white or
rosy pink in colour. Prickling, stinging pains that are improved by cold applications.
Lachesis muta (Lach.): Skin around bite or sting will be hot and look dark red or blue
purple. Often needed for tarantula bites.
Ledum palustre (Led.): Main remedy for puncture wounds, including the bites and stings of
animals or insects. Wound swollen, cold, and discoloured. Pain improved by cold
applications.
Cantharis (Canth.): Intense burning pain following insect bites such as those from a wasps.

Gangrene
Tissue gangrene occurs from infection, crush injuries, obstructed circulation or frostbite. The
correct homeopathic remedy can minimise the damage and aid recovery.
Anthracinum (Anthr.): Intense burning pains with offensive discharges and blue-black
blisters. Restlessness leading to exhaustion.
Arsenicum album (Ars.): Burning pains that feel better for warmth. Restless, anxious and
chilly. Thirsty for small sips.
Cantharis (Canth.): Intense raw, burning pains. Blackish blisters. Delirium in which they
might bite.
Carbo vegetabilis (Carb-v.): Bluish, ice-cold skin and extremeties yet person wants to be
fanned cannot get enough air. Frequent belching. Exhaustion and breathlessness.
Crotalus horridus (Crot-h.): Rapid spread with offensive odour. Swollen limb. Blackish
blisters. Right side of body feels tender. Easy weeping.

Sunburn or Heat/Sun Stroke


Working in extreme temperatures or facing sun exposure after the destruction of shelter can
leave both victims and helpers sunburnt or at risk of sun and heat stroke. The following
remedies help the pain of simple sunburn plus the fever, vomiting, weakness, cramping,
diarrhoea and delirium that may occur from sun or heat stroke.
Apis mellifica (Apis.): Swelling of the tissues (oedema) with stinging, prickly pain. Better for
cold applications. Worse for warmth. Reduced urine output. Drowsiness or irritability.
Belladonna (Bell): Hot, red face. Throbbing headache that is worse from light, noise, lying
down, or being jarred. Eyes red and bloodshot all glassy in appearance.
Cantharis (Canth.): One of the main remedies for painful and blistering sunburn. Smarting,
burning pain relieved by cold applications. Restless and thirsty.
Glonoinum (Glon): Throbbing in head and body. Dark spots before the eyes. Clenching of
jaws. Deathly feeling in the stomach.
Natrum carbonicum (Nat-c.): For the chronic effects of sunstroke. Weakness on exertion.
Urtica urens (Urt-u.): Simple sunburn with stinging, burning or itching pain. Better for lying
down. Worse for touch and after sleep.

Exhaustion and Collapse


Its not just those involved in the disaster who are affected. Those who rush to help often
work themselves to a point of collapse. See Part 1 for details on remedies such as China

officinalis, Carbo vegetabilis and Laurocerasus where exhaustion arises from physical injury
or disease. Additional remedies to consider later on in the disaster are:
Arsenicum album (Ars.): Restlessness leading to exhaustion. Anxious and afraid to be
alone. Fear of death or disease. Controlling behaviour of others and circumstances.
Calcarea carbonica (Calc.): Weakness from exertion. Sweets on the least exertion and
during sleep. Confused and under-confident thinking. Cant bear to see or hear of cruelties or
horrible things.
Cocculus indicus (Cocc.): Symptoms such as numbness, twitching, dizziness, confusion
and exhaustion following loss of sleep from caring for others.
Gelsemium (Gels.): Anxiety with weakness and trembling. Needs support when standing;
knees shake. Heaviness of eyelids and drowsiness. Wants to be alone.
Kali phosphoricum (Kali-p): Nervous exhaustion from overwork or worry. Insomnia from
nervous exhaustion. Tongue is coated yellow.
Phosphoric acid (Ph-ac.): Indifferent, apathetic or physically weak from grief or loss of

body fluids. Slow to answer and unable to think of words. Silent suffering want to be
alone. Lack of energy. Exhausted.

Disease Prevention
Damaged infrastructure, polluted water, lack of sanitation, and decaying matter all encourage
the spread of disease. Whether it be a simple diarrhoea or more serious epidemic diseases
such as cholera, homeopathy can assist with prevention as well as treatment.
Nosodes (remedies made from the diseased tissue or discharge) are a simple preventative
option and many can be obtained from homeopathic pharmacies or made on site by rapidly
potentising the source material. (Remember to take all precautions until the remedy has
been potentised so you dont become infected yourself).
The other equally effective option is just to choose one of the standard homeopathic
remedies that best matches the symptoms of the disease to be prevented. Common
prophylactics (preventatives) are listed below but many others exist for omitted diseases.
Amoebic dysentery: Arsenicum album (Ars.) or nosode.
Anthrax: Anthracinum (Anthr.).
Bubonic plague: Baptisia tinctoria (Bapt.) or nosode.
Chickenpox: Antimonium crudum (Ant-c.) or Pulsatilla pratensis (Puls.) or Rhus
toxicodendron (Rhus-t.) or nosode.
Cholera: Cuprum metallicum (Cupr.) or Camphor(Camph.) or Veratrum album (Verat.) or
nosode.

Diphtheria: Mercurius cyanatus (Merc-cy.) or nosode.


Hepatitis: Phosphorus (Phos.) or Chelidonium majus (Chel.) or nosode.
Hydrophobia: Belladonna (Bell.) or nosode.
Influenza: Gelsemium semervirens (Gels.) or Arsenicum album (Ars.) or Rhus
toxicodendron (Rhus-t.) or Eupatorium perfoliatum (Eup-per.) or nosode.
Lyme disease: Ledum palustre or nosode.
Malaria: Cinchona (Cinch.) or Arsenicum album (Ars.) or Natrum muriaticum (Nat-m.) or
nosode.
Measles: Pulsatilla pratensis (Puls.) or Aconite napellus (Acon.) or Arsenicum album (Ars.)
or nosode.
Meningitis or Encephalitis: Belladonna (Bell.) or nosode.
Mumps: Mercurius vivus (Merc-v.) or Phytolacca decandra (Phyt.) or nosode.
Polio: Lathyrus sativa (Lath.) or Plumbum metallicum (Plb.) or nosode.
Puerperal fever: Pyrogenium (Pyr.) or nosode.
Scarlet fever: Belladonna (Bell.) or nosode.
Small pox: Malandrinum (Maland.) or nosode.
Tetanus: Ledum pulustre (Led.) or Hypericum perforatum (Hyper.) or Magnesium
phosphoricum (Mag-p.) or nosode.
Typhus: Rhus toxicodendron (Rhus-t.) or Baptisia tinctoria (Bapt.) or nosode.
Tuberculosis: Drosera rotundifolia (Dros.) or nosode.
Typhoid: Baptisia tinctoria (Bapt.) or nosode.
Whooping cough: Drosera rotundifolia (Dros.) or Carbo vegetabilis (Carb-v.) or nosode.
Yellow fever: Crotalus horridus (Crot-h.) or Carbo vegetabilis (Carb-v.) or Arsenicum album
(Ars.) or nosode.