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Head Injuries and Homeopathy

by | Mar 23, 2011 | Uncategorized

Have you noticed how head injuries are finally getting the notice and attention they deserve?  They are very serious and can result in life changing effects, for both the person who got the injury and their family. Homeopathy can help head injuries!

Some of the effects of a head injury are often not noticeable or aren’t attributed to the head injury.  Sometimes there is permanent damage to the brain, other times it heals on its own.

On March 22, 2011, the Minneapolis Star Tribune carried a story about a man who went on a killing rampage.  Just weeks before, he had been hospitalized for five days due to a brain injury. His brain had been swollen. His family members attributed the drastic change in behavior to his having been hit in the head.

Athletes With Concussions

Athletes, whether professional or amateur, are prime candidates for injuries. Just this fall there were four concussions in one week in the NFL.  Former NFL player, Dave Duerson committed suicide but not before he officially donated his brain to the NFL Brain Bank for research on concussions in football. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/23/dave-duerson-autopsy-repo_n_839629.html?utm_source=Triggermail&utm_medium=email&utm_term=Daily+Brief&utm_campaign=daily_brief Kurt Warner quit playing football because of multiple concussions (lets admit it, he was also getting old). 

MN Twins player Justin Morneau recently came back from missing most of last season due to a concussion. Female athletes are more likely to suffer long term effects of a concussion because they tend to minimize their injuries.  This is commonly believed to be due to the fact that they don’t want to be seen as week.

My friend and chiropractor, Dan Barrett, showed me an article many years ago about a study done on soccer players.  MRI’s showed that players who headed the ball with the top of their head had more negative effects to the brain than those who headed the ball with the front part of their head and forehead.  Although heading the ball as a single event is generally not traumatic enough to cause a problem, there is a cumulative effect from heading that should not be ignored.

What Does All This Have To Do With Homeopathy?

I’m glad you asked.

Homeopathy has had many solutions to head and brain injuries since the time of Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, the man who founded the principals of homeopathy in the 1800’s. 

Let’s start with the most obvious remedy, that you can and SHOULD administer on your own.  Arnica Montana.  Arnica is a mountain daisy, related to the daisies you may have growing in your own yard.  Arnica has been used in folk medicine for centuries.  It’s healing properties were first discovered when astute herbalists noticed that the sheep and goats that live in the mountains would eat it after fighting or falling down on the rocks.  It is a premier remedy for trauma.  Hahnemann turned it into a homeopathic remedy.

What I Do

If my children are doing a lot of heading in a soccer game or at practice, I have them take a dose or two of Arnica 30C afterwards, just to prevent that cumulative effect I mentioned earlier. But a serious injury requires a stronger dose of Arnica–200C or 1M or even more.  If all you can locate is 30C, give it every 10 minutes in case of a serious injury, until you notice some improvement, or until you can locate some stronger Arnica.  One thing to be aware of:  One of the symptoms of Arnica is that the person who needs it may insist they are fine and they do NOT need anything.

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What Happens After Arnica?

Or what if you didn’t know about homeopathy at the time of the injury?  What does homeopathy have to offer those people?

Arnica may help, it may not.  However, this is not the time to experiment on your own.  If you or someone you know has had a brain injury, this is the time to get professional help from a trained homeopath.

Homeopathy Can Help Head Injuries:  The Remedies

Homeopathy has 50 remedies, including Arnica, that have clinical evidence of helping head and brain injuries. The following are some of the more well known and readily available remedies.

  • Helleborus is a well named remedy, because the state it helps is very “hellish”.  One of the more prominent symptoms of this remedy is that the person who needs it knows what they want to say, but they cannot get it out.  What they say may seem incoherent.  Obviously, this could be a stroke or Alzheimer’s remedy as well.  There is a great deal of confusion and anxiety.  The latin name for this flower is Helleborus Niger, which means it is a black flower.  The delusions of this flower are very dark indeed–delusions seeing ghosts, devils, phantoms, specters, etc.  Understandably, they have a fear of all things evil.

Hypericum
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  • Hypericum is a remedy you may know better as St. John’s Wort.  Hypericum is known in homeopathy as a remedy for nerve pain and nerve injuries.  Smashed fingers, neuralgic pain from dental work all respond well to Hypericum.  Since the brain is the driver if the Central Nervous System, it makes sense that it could also help a brain injury.  Hypericum would be used if the injured individual has a sensation of being lifted, can also see ghosts, and has a fear of downward motion.  They will also have a loss of memory and make mistakes in speaking and spelling, perhaps omitting letters and/or words.  There may be some shooting pains in the extremities as well.
  • Depression after a head injury is quite common.  Homeopathy has several remedies for that as well.  Natrum sulphuricum is one such remedy.  There will be a lot of grief associated with the injury and may have other mental symptoms from the injury. The sadness may be associated with a loss of honor due to an inability to perform a task one used to be able to perform.  The person needing it may exhibit suicidal tendencies after the head injury.  Frequent spells of unconsciousness after a head injury points to this remedy as well.
  • Conium and Cicuta Virosa are also known as remedies that help those who are suffering sadness after depression.  Both are from the Umbelliferae family which has a common symptom among all of them that they aren’t included or liked as well as they used to be.  Cicuta Virosa is helpful for seizures after a concussion.

What Next?

There are many, many more remedies that can be used for head and brain injuries.  Start with Arnica if the injury is new.  If not, schedule a complementary consult to get on the path to healing. Homeopathy can help head injuries, but you might need some help.

If you are an athlete and would like to know what to do with your injuries, join our Facebook Group Get Back In The Game Faster:  Healing Athletic Injuries Naturally!

If you have an injury that you have had for a long time, schedule a complementary consult and see if homeopathy can help you!

Kathryn Z. Berg, MA, CCH is a Certified Classical Homeopath.  She can be reached at lotushomeopathy.com. 651-748-1556.

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Meet Kathryn Berg the Classical Homeopath at Lotus Homeopathy, Inc.

 

Some of you know me, others of you may have heard of me. And for most, you probably have no clue about me or my business. So I wanted to take a few minutes to introduce myself, my family, my business, why I am a homeopath and how I became a homeopath—not necessarily in that order.

Like many people, I found out about homeopathy accidentally. I fell down while walking my Akita pup on an icy sidewalk on a typical Minnesota winter day. I was scheduled to go to a friend’s house later that day, so when I did, I asked her for some ice. You need some Arnica, she told me. Arnica? What’s that? She explained that Arnica is a homeopathic remedy for trauma.

At the time, the only place to get homeopathic remedies was a book and herb store in South Minneapolis. So I went there to get some. When I got there, I decided I should read some books so I actually knew what I was doing. I left with the Arnica 30c and three books. By the time I got done reading them, I knew I wanted to be a homeopath.

It was only several years later that I realized that I was attracted to homeopathy as a profession because I am a problem solver. It is what drives me. There is nothing like a well chosen homeopathic remedy to solve problems.

At the time I decided to become a homeopath, there wasn’t even a school here in in Minnesota. But eventually, my homeopath and his business partner started the Northwestern Academy of Homeopathy. I was a graduate of the third class. At the time I went there, it was a part time program taking three and a half years! Since then I have studied with numerous other well known and respected homeopaths in continuing education studies.

While I do work with all sorts of folks with a variety of conditions, I really have studied how to treat people suffering from PTSD, health issues related to aging women, and children’s health issues of all sorts, including autism. I have also been successful in removing blockages to healing due to suppression of symptoms by western medicine. I chose those specialties because people really suffer who have those forms of dis-ease, and Western Medicine doesn’t seem to have much of a solution for them.

After over twenty years of practice, I still get excited for clients when a remedy has helped them heal.

So that is about my business. Now, a little bit about me.

I have two adult sons in their early twenties, so I have shed the title of “Soccer mom”. My husband and I are empty nesters living in Woodbury, MN. For fun, I like to play piano, sing, sew, garden, hike, and travel. I am in a community choir. I also enjoy cooking healthy meals and, out of necessity, am an expert at cooking for special diets.

If you have any questions about homeopathy or my approach to homeopathic case taking, please feel free to put some questions in the comments below.

If you have a health issue you need help with, please click the Book Now button on my Facebook page or Main page of my website and schedule a complementary consult to see if homeopathy can help you!

Thanks!

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