Homeopathy offers fast relief for soft-tissue injuries
When a patient presents with a soft tissue-injury, you have several commonly used courses of action, namely, rest, ice, compression, elevation (RICE) and electrodermal therapy. But too often, suffering patients are tempted to resort to conventional pain medications, which carry significant risks of side effects such as organ damage and addiction.
As a natural healthcare doctor, your challenge is to reduce swelling and alleviate the pain quickly and safely. Delivering speedy relief and correcting the cause are essential to success.
Quick relief to the rescue
Homeopathic remedies can bring rapid relief, as they work bioenergetically, and therefore don’t rely on digestion to enter the body. As we know from our studies in chiropractic, which also works nergetically, nerve impulses travel at speeds up to 200 miles per hour, so seem almost instant.
Minute amounts of diluted and potentized natural substances from the plant, mineral, and animal kingdoms are used in homeopathic medicine. These medicines elicit bioenergetic responses from the body and clear nerve interferences, quickly overcoming symptoms while correcting their cause.
You may find homeopathy more deeply curative than most other methods—not only for acute cases but also for patients with chronic pain.
Arnica—a soft-tissue solution
Arnica montana, Latin for “mountain daisy,” has a long history of effective use in reducing pain, bruising, and swelling, and in speeding recovery time. Here are a few studies:
- Pooled results from two double- blind, placebo-controlled studies in marathon runners showed that post- running muscle soreness was less in the Arnica group than in the placebo group.1
- In a study comparing NSAIDs to Arnica for osteoarthritis pain, Arnica was found to offer equal 2
- In an open, multicenter clinical trial, topical Arnica gel for mild to moderate osteoarthritis of the knee achieved positive results in the nearly 90 percent of participants who reported improvement in pain, stiffness, and 3
Arnica is just one of about 1,300 homeopathic substances listed in the Homœopathic Pharmacopœia of the United States (HPUS).4 Why does it work so well? Because the symptoms that concentrated Arnica produces are the same symptoms that homeopathically prepared Arnica helps.
A history of healing
Homeopathy was established in 1814. By the early 1900s, there were 22 homeopathic medical schools and more than 100 homeopathic hospitals in the U.S.5
It isn’t widely known that the first- ever double-blind, cross-over study was devised and conducted by homeopaths in 1906. It was performed concurrently in 11 different cities on 51 subjects. The final report, a proving of Belladonna, consisted of 665 pages.6
Homeopathic studies continue worldwide, with more than 200 clinical trials published to date. Those who charge that homeopathy has no scientific basis are not well informed. Only now are scientific instruments becoming sensitive enough to measure why and how it works but, historically, practitioners have found that it does work—and without side effects.
A record of extraordinary safety
How many health products and conventional medicines can boast of having no side effects or known drug interactions? Even certain vitamins and herbal supplements are contraindicated with conventional medications or for certain health conditions.
Although the FDA technically considers homeopathic remedies as “medicines” and “pharmaceutical drugs,” they are completely nontoxic. For more than 200 years, homeopathy has shown to be safe, cost-effective, efficacious, and highly preferred by consumers. This was the conclusion drawn by the Swiss government, which recently conducted a multiyear, meta-analysis of homeopathy and afterward approved it for coverage under the country’s national healthcare program.7
Although homeopathy has been steadily gaining in popularity in the U.S. since the 1970s, many natural doctors neither understand nor use it. Some think it is too time-consuming to learn and too complicated to implement.
Classical vs. contemporary
Classical homeopathy is based on the early work of Samuel Hahnemann (1755–1843). It traditionally involves a lengthy case-taking process, the selection of a single remedy, and providing that substance in one potency and dose. Then practitioner and patient wait to see if there is a positive response, which can be time-consuming.
Contemporary homeopathy, on the other hand, is based on the later work of Hahnemann as outlined in his text, the Organon. It promotes multiple remedies used simultaneously, in multiple potencies, in a watery base, and at repeated doses.
Many chiropractors have been impressed by the natural complement homeopathy offers to their practice. The breakthroughs and life-changing effects they see in their patients convince them of the potential of this safe form of medicine.
Homeopathy can quickly relieve the pain of a soft-tissue injury where the hands of the chiropractor can’t reach or adjust.
Frank King, DC, ND, is a nationally recognized researcher, author, and lecturer on homeopathy. He is the founder and director of King Bio, an FDA-registered homeopathic manufacturing company. His free physician’s reference manual, which helps you understand homeopathy and outlines how to incorporate it into your practice, is available at safecarerx.com. He can be contacted at 866-298-2740 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
1 Tveiten D, Bruset S. Effect of Arnica D30 in marathon runners. Pooled results from two double-blind placebo controlled studies. Homeopathy. 2003;92(4):187-9.
2 Widrig R, Suter A, Saller R, Melzer J. Choosing between NSAID and arnica for topical treatment of hand osteoarthritis in a randomised, double- blind study. Rheumatology International. 2007;27(6):585-91.
3 Knuesel O, Weber M, Suter A. Arnica montana gel in osteoarthritis of the knee: an open, multicenter clinical trial. Adv Ther. 2002;19(5):209-18.
4 The Homœopathic Pharmacopœia Convention of the United States (HPCUS). “Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States (HPUS).” http://www.hpus.com. Updated June 2013. Accessed July 2015.
5 Cummings S, Ullman D. (2004). Everybody’s Guide to Homeopathic Medicines. New York, NY: Tarcher.
6 Bellows HP. The Test Drug Proving of the O.O. and L. Society: A Reproving of Belladonna. Boston: The American Homeopathic Opthalmological, Otological, and Laryngological Society; 1906.
7 Ullman D. “The Swiss Government’s Remarkable Report on Homeopathic Medicine.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dana-ullman/homeopathic-medicine-_b_1258607.html.l. Published September 2013. Accessed July 2015.