Surgery represents conventional medicine at its best and its worst. On the one hand, it demonstrates incredibly sophisticated technical advancement. Yet, on the other hand, surgery often indicates the inability of physicians and patients to prevent invasive treatment.
Homeopaths are not against surgery, especially since certain conditions are simply not treatable without it. At the same time, surgery is sometimes performed unnecessarily, when other safer measures can be effectively used or too early before the body can heal itself.
Surgery may, for example, remove an abscess, a tumor, kidney stones, or other diseased parts. But because this doesn’t change the underlying pathological proc-esses that created them in the first place, it’s understandable and even predictable that people tend to re-experience their ailments. When surgery is necessary, integrating homeopathic medicines with surgical care combines the best of both worlds to create comprehensive and ultimately more effective healthcare.
Arnica Before and After
SurgeryA randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study on the use of a novel, programmed-dosage regimen of a homeopathic Arnica formula comprised of Arnica 1M and 12C was conducted by Connecticut Facial Plastic Surgery. Surgeons tested Arnica on patients undergoing an extensive deep-level facelift by administering Arnica 1M in three doses (pre-op, post-op, and at bedtime on the day of surgery). Patients received Arnica 12C three times daily for three days, starting the day after the surgery. This trial utilized a computerized model for objective analysis of skin-color changes based on high-quality digital photographs of the patients.
Those who didn’t take Arnica had 11 to 41 percent more bruising than those who received the homeopathic regimen, and they took 50 percent longer to recover. On post-op day seven, the placebo patients had 4.5 square inches more bruising on their faces than the Arnica-treated group.
Another study using the same Arnica formula involved 29 women aged 18 to 45 who underwent liposuction. The surgeon took photographs of the patients from the front, rear, left side, and right side every week for four weeks after surgery. Independent plastic surgeons were then asked to rank the 29 patients’ photo sets from most to least bruising/swelling for week one and similarly for the following post-op weeks. Results showed that Arnica significantly reduced both bruising and swelling.
Other Homeopathic Medicines
Ferrum phos 6 (6th potency), four times a day for two days prior to surgery may help prevent infection. For dental surgery, try Hypericum 30 and Ruta 30, alternating every two to four hours, for one or two days. For abdominal surgery, consider Staphysagria 30 immediately after the surgery and for an additional day or two.
Homeopathic medicines can also help people deal with the various emotions they experience prior to surgery. Gelsemium 6 or 30 is a common remedy for anyone who experiences anxiety, apprehension, weakness, and trembling prior to surgery. Aconitum 6 or 30 is indicated when the person is terrified about surgery. Take either Gelsemium or Aconitum the night before the surgery and another dose upon waking in the morning. If fear or anxiety remains after the surgery, take one to three more doses.