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Hypericum – Injuries to Areas Rich in Nerves

Hypericum thumbnailI have written this to help you learn about Hypericum Perforatum. Hypericum perforatum is one of my favorite remedies, because when you need it, it doesn’t disappoint you. When you have had that unfortunate mishap, of let’s say shutting your finger in the car door, or dropping a brick on your foot, you know that you can count on Hypericum perforatum for that much needed instant relief. I have three Hypericum perforatum stories to relate to you, which will drive home the power of this remedy to relieve.

Hypericum perforatum is for injuries to areas of the body that are rich in sentient nerves, such as the fingers, toes, and the spinal cord. One of my most memorable experiences with this remedy was an unfortunate incident that happened at my daughter’s sixth birthday. One of the children there slammed the bedroom door really hard, and it nearly severed the tip of my son’s index finger. He was a toddler at the time. The first thing I did was give him Arnica montana, but it did not help. Then I got out Kent’s Materia Medica and it directed me to Hypericum perforatum. I gave him a 30C dose of the remedy and within moments he had no pain, and was actually playing and quite happy. We then rushed him to the hospital, where he had surgery to reattach the crushed and torn fingertip. Unfortunately, the Hypericum perforatum prevented the anesthesia from working. I subsequently learned that you should not give Hypericum perforatum prior to surgery for just this reason. Arnica montana should be given instead to minimize the trauma of surgery. My son’s finger proceeded to heal beautifully. I dressed the wound with Calendula officinalis and Hypericum perforatum ointments. Now I have another little boy and not infrequently, he will shut a drawer on his finger and the Hypericum perforatum cream brings him prompt relief from the pain.

The next Hypericum perforatum story I wish to relate is of a man I met a few years ago who was in his late 50s. This man was a Vietnam veteran who served on the flight deck of a ship on the Coral Seas during the war. His job was to park the fighter planes and secure them. One of the planes ran over both of his feet, tearing off the skin and severely damaging them. He was told that the damage was so extensive that the only solution was amputation. This man was deeply spiritual and he prayed to God for help. His legs began to heal right away, and he was able to avoid amputation. I met him over thirty years later and he had been suffering from pain in the feet ever since then, with lack of sensation in the toes. He reported that the feet became really hot and inflamed, the pain radiated up and down his legs, and there was swelling involved. I gave him a 200C dose of Hypericum perforatum and within days of taking the remedy he reported to me that the feet were much better. He needed a repetition of the remedy a year and a half later.

The last Hypericum perforatum story I want to relate is of a man in his 30’s who came to see me recently following an accident where he was hit by an oncoming car and landed on his tailbone. This is his description of the accident.

“The car was coming down the hill. I was on my bike. The car was going 45 miles per hour. I hit the front. I flew up and landed on the top of his car with my back. The car kept on going. It was hit and run. Then I landed on the base of my spine on the cement. I must have been out for 15 to 20 seconds. Everything went blurry. Then I felt a shooting pain at the base of my spine. When I was coming to I knew that it was pretty serious. I could tell no bones were broken.

“The accident occurred on June 10th. A day or two later I looked in the mirror. I had never seen bruises like this in my life. The whole base of my spine was black and blue and on my left side there was this really bad bruise. It was shocking to see that manifestation of the injury.”

I prescribed Hypericum perforatum 1M to this man instead of Arnica montana, because of the location of the injury, the tailbone or coccyx, and the shooting pains extending from the sight of the injury. Hypericum perforatum is a specific for this type of injury. This is his report to me two weeks later about his response to the remedy: “The injury is dong very well. In fact, the day that I took the remedy it felt better.”

Here is a list of common uses for this remedy and cream.

Hypericum perforatum is the great remedy for injuries to areas rich in nerves like the fingers and toes and the spinal cord. Not all finger, toe or spinal cord injuries will respond well to Hypericum perforatum. The characteristic symptoms of the remedy have to be present in order for it to help with the injury.

Hypericum perforatum is characterized by nerve or neuralgic pain. One way to assess whether you have a nerve pain is to see whether the pain has extension from the site of the injury along the course of the nerves. So if you injure one finger, and the nearby fingers also hurt, or you have pain up the palm or arm that’s a good clue that the nerves have been injured, and that this cream may very well be helpful. Remember the symptoms have to match in character for the cream or remedy to work.

I will give you an example of this. A young man called me recently who had injured his finger and he tried Hypericum perforatum Cream and it did not help. I asked him to describe the pain, and he did not have the neuralgic type symptoms, with extension. Instead the pain just sat in one spot. The cream that did help him was the Calendula officinalis Cream, which is also a wonderful cream for wound healing. If you are not sure whether you need Hypericum perforatum Cream, or Calendula officinalis Cream for your injury, you may want to purchase the combination cream – Hypericum Calendula Cream.

Some of the other first aid creams we carry can also help with finger injuries, such as Ledum palustre Cream and Ruta graveolens Cream. Think of Ledum palustre for puncture wounds from splinters or nails, or animal bites, but it is also listed for crushed fingers. A good guiding symptom for Ledum palustre is that the injured part feels much better from ice cold applications.

Ruta graveolens Cream is good for injuries to ligaments and tendons, and is also listed for finger injuries, though not highly.

If the cream does not offer pain relief or healing, please make sure that your type of pain corresponds in character to the cream you have chosen. If the cream does not work look deeper into the issue or seek help from your homeopath or health practitioner. The fault is not with the cream, but that it was not selected appropriately. You are welcome to send me an e-mail with your questions, and I will do my best to try to answer them.

In order to help you learn about the wonderful therapeutic properties of this absolutely supurb healing and pain relieving agent, please read below. Here is a list of common uses for this remedy and cream.

1) First and foremost Hypericum perforatum is to be thought of for injuries to areas rich in sentient nerves. If you have an injury to the hand or foot, particularly the fingers and toes think of this remedy first. It is much more effective than Arnica montana for this kind of an injury.

2) Hypericum Perforatum is the first remedy to be thought of for injuries to the coccyx, commonly known as the tailbone, and for spinal cord injuries in general. A good way to confirm that this is the remedy or cream you need is if you have pain going up or down the back, or head pain along with the coccyx pain. This shows that there is nerve involvement. Hypericum perforatum is listed higher than any other remedy for this kind of injury. Other first aid remedies may also help, but this is the main one.

3) Hypericum perforatum is one of the most important remedies for head injuries. It can be thought of for convulsions following head injuries and for loss of memory following head injuries.

 

4) Hypericum perforatum is known for shooting and lancinating pains along the course of the nerves extending from the site of the injury. Crawling and numbness are other characteristics of this remedy. Think of it for numbness or lack of sensation in sentient nerves following injury.

5) Think of Hypericum perforatum for wounds that are particularly painful. For very painful wounds I usually combine Hypericum perforatum with Calendula officinalis cream as a topical application.

6) Following Childbirth, Hypericum perforatum can help if there has been a forceps delivery, and for bad effects of epidurals. Remember Hypericum perforatum for women who have had pain in the coccyx or spine since childbirth.

7) Hypericum perforatum can help with excessively painful hemorrhoids. A little of the cream can bring quick relief.

8) Hypericum perforatum is very good for abdominal surgery. Think of it for pain after inguinal or hiatal hernia surgery, and for the pain of laparotomy. It is one of the remedies I recommend for a surgery packet.

9) Hypericum perforatum can be used as a first aid cream for very painful boils or abscesses where there is no discharge of pus. It is good for abscesses of the fingers and palms of the hands, or abscesses of the coccyx after a fall. If these are recurrent constitutional treatment will be necessary.

 

10) Animal bites. Hypericum perforatum and Ledum palustre are the first remedies to be thought of for animal or insect bites. Both of these remedies prevent lock-jaw or tetanus. Use Hypericum perforatum if there is shooting pain along the course of the nerves. Use Ledum palustre if the injured part is better with ice cold applications, and there are ascending pains.

Please see the Learn About Ledum Palustre page for a further differential. Quoting from the great homeopathic teacher James Tyler Kent, “Hypericum and Ledum run close together, and they have to be compared. Ledum has much of the sore bruised feeling of Arnica and will often take its place; but Hypericum and Ledum come together for consideration when an injury to a nerve has taken on inflammatory action. Instead of the muscles and bones and blood vessels, as in Arnica, Rhus and Calcarea, the nerves are the sphere for these two remedies. When the finger ends or toes have been bruised or lacerated, or a nail has been torn off, or when a nerve has become pinched between a hammer and the bone in a blow, and that nerve becomes inflamed and the pain can be traced up along the nerve, and it is gradually extending toward the body from the injured part with stitching, darting pains, coming and going, or shooting up from the region of the injury toward the body, a dangerous condition is coming on. In this condition Hypericum is above all the remedies to be thought of and hardly any other medicine is likely to come in. It hardly need be said that lock-jaw is threatening.”

11) Hypericum perforatum is good for the mental effects, such as depression from injuries to the head, to the spine, to sentient nerves, or after operations.

12) Hypericum perforatum is good for asthma following spinal cord injuries.

13) Painful teeth. Hypericum perforatum can help with pain in the teeth to buy you time until you get to the dentist. If Hypericum perforatum does not help sufficiently, it may be better to go to Arnica montana, particularly after dental work. Arnica montana cream or Hypericum perforatum cream applied to the cheek in the area of the tooth pain is often sufficient to bring relief. If they are insufficient, you may want to take the remedy in potency. Please consult your homeopath for guidance.

Important remedies to keep in mind following tooth extractions are: Arnica montana, which is particularly good for soreness and bruising and painful gums; Calendula officinalis and Hamamellis virginicus if there is protracted bleeding after tooth extractions; Hecla lava for severe pain following wisdom tooth extraction, also for abscesses remaining after tooth extractions, and tumors in the jaw following tooth extractions. There are 62 remedies listed under tooth extractions. The others are mostly constitutional remedies.

As you can see from the above list of symptoms Hypericum perforatum has a wide range of uses, some instances calling for the Hypericum perforatum cream, and some more suited to taking the remedy in potency. I would use the cream topically for painful wounds, injuries to the fingers and toes, painful hemorrhoids, minor tailbone injuries, and as a soothing application during labor. For all other conditions mentioned above, I would use the remedy in potency, and consult a professional homeopath or doctor for serious conditions.

Cautionary Note: This cream should be used cautiously with people who have diabetes or high blood pressure.

Directions for use: Apply locally. Rub in well. For external use only. Keep out of reach of children. Discontinue use if skin irritation results. The creams are not intended to prevent, diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.
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How Often to Use the Creams:

Some people are helped by a single application of the needed cream. Other people may need to apply the creams frequently. Here is a good guide on how to use the creams: if the affected part feels much better or significantly worse after an application of the cream, that is a sign that you need to pause from it and wait. If the part felt better do not reapply until the symptoms that were relieved start bothering you again, or you feel there has been a relapse.

If the part felt significantly worse after an application of the cream it means that the cream has found the symptom and it is working on it. With homeopathic remedies and creams, there is often an intensification of the symptoms (or aggravation) where the remedy finds the symptom and tries to push it on through. The medicinal reaction has to be stronger than the patient’s own symptoms in order to overcome the patient’s symptoms.

After an aggravation of symptoms, an amelioration, or gradual improvement of symptoms should follow. You do not need to reapply the cream until the process has gone full circle – that is the aggravation has been followed by an amelioration, and then a return of symptoms, indicating that it is time to redose or reapply the cream.

If the patient does not experience a strong aggravation or strong amelioration after applying the creams, then they can continue to apply them one, two, three or even four times a day, until they experience either the aggravation or amelioration of the symptoms, indicating that it is time to stop. If there is no response, the cream may not be homeopathic to the case. At this point it is advisable to consult a homeopath for further guidance. I hope that this will bring some clarity as to how to use the creams.