Studied Homeopathic Remedies
- Homeopathic Remedies Given in Succession: Opium, Arnica, and Raphanus
- Homeopathic Remedy Containing China regia, Raphanus sativus niger, and Arnica
- Aconitum napellus
- Bellis perennis
- Carbo vegetabilis
- Acetic acid
Surgery, at best, is an unpleasant process. Not only does the surgical wound cause pain, but general anesthesia causes its own side effects.
Homeopathic treatments have been studied for possible benefits in the period around surgery, with some promising results. Even though they have not been proved effective, there is one thing that can be offered in their favor: unlike herbs, which might be dangerous during or after surgery, homeopathic tablets should be entirely safe under all circumstances. (See A Note about Safety for more information.)
Scientific Evaluations of Homeopathic Remedies for Surgery Support
Preliminary, double-blind trials suggest that homeopathic remedies may help the digestive tract to recover after surgery. Weaker evidence suggests benefits for surgical pain and anxiety. However, a study of homeopathy for reducing bruising after surgery found no benefit.
Recovery of Digestive Function Following Surgery
If you have major surgery, especially to the abdomen, your digestive tract will shut down for several days. Until it starts working again, you cannot eat or drink, and certainly cannot go home from the hospital. Passing gas is the first sign of recovery; once it occurs, the return of digestive function is imminent.
The results of several double-blind studies suggest that homeopathic remedies may reduce the time it takes for the digestive tract to recover.
double-blind, placebo-controlledOpium, Arnica, Raphanus
China regia, Raphanus sativus niger, Arnica
Reducing Pain After Surgery
Arnica Arnica Arnica
In a placebo-controlled trial, researchers tested Arnica 30c in the postoperative recovery of 93 women who had undergone total abdominal hysterectomy. In terms of pain and its relief, infection, and medication use, no statistical difference was observed between the two groups.
Arnica, Hypericum, Ledum, Phosphorus, Plantago, Staphysagria,
Arnica montana Bryonia alba Hypericum perforatum Ruta graveolens
Restlessness and Agitation After Surgery
Besides pain, many people experience restlessness and agitation after surgery, perhaps due in part to the effects of general anesthesia.
Bruising after Surgery
Traditional Homeopathic Treatments for Surgery Support
In classical homeopathy , there are many possible homeopathic treatments for surgery support, to be chosen based on various specific details of the person seeking treatment.
If you experience fear and a feeling of panic before surgery, you might fit the symptom picture of homeopathic Aconitum napellus . This remedy is said to be especially indicated for people who are afraid that they will die, and who are easily startled by light and noise. Other aspects of the classic symptom picture include dry mouth and excessive thirst.
If after surgery you experience bruising, swelling, or soreness, you may fit the classical symptom picture for Arnica .
Depending on the type of surgery, the homeopath might recommend other remedies believed to have particular affinities for different organs or circumstances, such as Bellis perennis for breast and abdominal surgeries; Calendula, Hypericum, Arnica, or Staphisagria for dental surgeries; and Carbo vegetabilis when there is great weakness and loss of fluids. Homeopathic Acetic acid might be used to help effect a quick recovery from the after-effects of general anesthesia (nausea and wooziness).
Other Natural Options
For herbs, supplements, and other alternative approaches that may relieve symptoms related to surgery, see the Surgery Support article.
For a thorough explanation of homeopathy, including dilution of therapies, see the Homeopathy Overview .
- Reviewer: EBSCO CAM Review Board
- Review Date: 07/2012 -
- Update Date: 07/25/2012 -