Feb 01

Hypericum Perforatum Homeopathic First Aid Remedy

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Hypericum Perforatum Homeopathic First Aid Remedy


Hypericum 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 for that much needed instant relief. I have three Hypericum stories to relate to you, which will drive home the power of this remedy to relieve.

Hypericum 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, but it did not help. Then I got out Kent’s Materia Medica and it directed me to Hypericum. 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 prevented the anesthesia from working. I subsequently learned that you should not give Hypericum prior to surgery for just this reason. Arnica should be given instead to minimize the trauma of surgery. My son’s finger proceeded to heal beautifully. I dressed the wound with Calendula and Hypericum ointments. Now I have another little boy and not infrequently, he will shut a drawer on his finger and the Hypericum cream brings him prompt relief from the pain.

The next Hypericum 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 and within days of taking the remedy he reported to me that the feet were much better.  This was a year and a half ago and the remedy is still holding strong.  He only recently needed a repetition.

The last Hypericum 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 1M to this man instead of Arnica, because of the location of the injury, the tailbone or coccyx, and the shooting pains extending from the sight of the injury. Hypericum 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.

1)           First and foremost Hypericum 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 for this kind of an injury.

2)            Hypericum 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.

3)            Hypericum 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 is known for shooting and lancinating pains along the course of the nerves extending from the sight 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 for wounds that are particularly painful. For very painful wounds I usually combine Hypericum with Calendula creams as a topical application.

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

7)         Hypericum can help with excessively painful hemorrhoids, and severe rectal or anal pain. A little of the cream can bring quick relief.

8)         Hypericum 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 include in the surgery packet.

9)         Hypericum can be used as a first aid cream for very painful boils or abscesses where there is no discharge of pus. If these are recurrent constitutional treatment will be necessary.

10)        Animal bites.  Hypericum and Ledum are the first remedies to be thought of for animal or insect bites. Both of these remedies prevent lock-jaw or tetanus. Use Hypericum if there is shooting pain along the course of the nerves. Use Ledum if the injured part is better with ice cold applications, and there are ascending pains. See Ledum 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)         Mental effects, such as depression from injuries to the head, to the spine, to sentient nerves, or after operations.

12)         Asthma following spinal cord injuries.

13)         Painful teeth. Hypericum can help with pain in the teeth to buy you time until you get to the dentist. If Hypericum does not help sufficiently, it may be better to go to Arnica, particularly after dental work. Arnica or Hypericum cream applied to the cheek in the area of the tooth pain is often sufficient to bring relief.

As you can see from the above list of symptoms Hypericum has a wide range of uses, some instances calling for the Hypericum 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, 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. 


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  2. jenny

    For an infant who underwent tongue and lip tie revision surgery, what potency and dose would you recommend?

  3. Deborah Olenev

    Dear Jenny,
    For infants I usually work with a 12C or 30C ppotency. I would give one dose and not repeat.For a baby I would dissolve 1 pellet in 4 oz. of water and give the baby one or two teaspons of the liquid.

    Calendula officinalis 30C may be a good remedy to help with wound healing and to prevent infection. If there is bruising and soreness Arnica montana 12C or 30C can help. If there is a lot of pain that seems to radiate Hypericum perforatum 12C or 30C can help. If ice is very soothing, think of Ledum palustre 12C or 30C.

    I also sell first aid creams of all of these at http://www.firstaidcreams.com. This can be helpful if you do not want to give an oral dose of the remedies.

    I hope your baby recovers soon.

    In love and service,

    Deborah Olenev CCH RSHom (NA)

  4. Kushum

    Dear Deborah,

    I have a dental surgery planned for tomorrow (wisdom tooth removal). I was recommended Arnica 15C (5 pellets before surgery and then 5pel. three times a day), and Hypericum 15C which was, unfortunately, not available in any pharmacy near by. I managed to get Hypericum 30C but I do not know how and when to use it. (Surely after the surgery, not before – thanks a lot for sharing your experience.) Could you advice, please? Thanks

  5. Deborah Olenev

    Dear Kushum,
    Thank you for your question regarding dental surgery. There are different philosphies as to whether one should take the remedy before surgery or after. George Vithoulkas recommends taking a remedy after surgery, if it is needed, based on the symptoms you are experiencing.

    Arnica is often a good remedy to take after dental surgery, if you are having a lot of soreness in the mouth with sensitivity to touch. Ordinarily, a single dose one time is sufficient. With the lower potencies the pellets are often quite large, so 2 to 3 pellets one time should be sufficient, and usually you should not need to repeat it.

    Other remedies can also come into play, such as Ledum palustre, a great remedy for puncture wounds. Often there is a lot of puncturing involved with dental work and Ledum can be very helpful. The huge guiding symptom to this remedy is that the painful area feels better from ice cold applications. So if you have dental work and you want to put an ice pack on your cheek, Ledum can prove to be very helpful.

    Hypericum perforatum is good if there is nerve involvement. A good clue that this is the remedy you need is if the pain radiates to different parts, along the course of the nerves.

    Ruta is another big remedy for dental trauma. Please see my http://www.firstaidcreams.com website to learn more about these remedies and their uses in dental surgery.

    If you have periodontal disease, think of remedies like Silica, and Hecla Lava.

    If you have dental abscesses, think of remedies like Hepar Sulph and Silica.

    I recommending soaking a gauze pad with 6 drops of Calendula tincture in warm water, and applying it to the area that you had the surgery on. This will help expedite the healing of the tooth. Calendula is strong medicine, so you may only need to use it a day or two.

    How to take the remedy? Here is the way I usually recommend taking a remedy. I do not give multiple doses, and recommend taking just one dose and watching and waiting. I would only repeat if symptoms that had gotten better for awhile began to return. It is unlikely that you would need to repeat any of these remedies.

    Instructions for Taking the First Dose of a New Remedy

    1) Please dissolve 2 to 3 pellets of _________ 30C (or whatever potency you are using) in 4 oz. of water in a small cup. You can use a disposable cup if you wish.
    2) Once the remedy has thoroughly dissolved in the water, please stir it well.
    3) Please drink 4 tablespoons of the liquid. Hold the liquid in your mouth for 15 or 20 seconds before swallowing each sip. You may drink regular water after that if you would like. You should not eat an hour before or after taking the remedy.
    4) You can also take the dose by olfaction, which would be to breathe over the cup for one minute.
    5) Discard the remainder of the liquid on the ground outside, and clean or dispose of the cup carefully, so as not to expose anyone else in the household to the medicine.

    The remedy will begin to cycle through your repertoire of symptoms while it looks for what it needs to work on. When it does so the symptoms may intensify for awhile before they get better. That intensification is a good thing, as it shows you that the remedy has located what it needs to work on and is addressing the symptoms. The cycling process can take hours, days, weeks or months depending upon how deep rooted the symptoms are. It is normal for symptoms from the past to show up during the cycling process, but they should resolve on their own in a short time. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about the initial reaction period.

    Good luck with your dental surgery. I hope this information is helpful

    In love and service,

    Deborah Olenev CCH RSHom (NA)

  6. Debbie

    My 5 yo son dropped a 10lb weight on his toe. I gave him hypercium right away and then in 30 min. His pain decreased from uncontrollable sobbing wails to no crying and moving around abit dragging his foot. Is there anything I should give him for swelling or follow up. It is pretty swollen and bruised.

  7. Deborah Olenev

    Dear Debbie,
    I am sorry that your son dropped this weight on his foot. You did the right thing to give him Hypericum. At this point, I do not think you should do anything else. I do not know what potency you gave, but I am guessing a 30C. Since he is better, in the sense that he is not yelling from pain, please take that as an indication that the remedy is on the job and working. It will take time for the tissues themselves to heal. Often what happens is that the remedy takes away the pain, but still time is needed for the tissues to mend. You should not repeat the remedy. A single dose of a 12C or 30C should be sufficient to bring him to recovery.

    I wish you and your family all the best.

    In love and service,

    Deborah Olenev CCH RSHom (NA)

  8. taneal

    One week ago today i had some botox injected into my forehead etc as i was feeling tired and drawn. I feel so foolish that i hadn’t researched possible side effects! I just trusted it was safe.
    The following day my face looked puffy and swollen. My eyelids are heavy and extra hooded and my brow is lower. My nose and bridge are puffy and i feel so ugly. My question is… besided Arnica is there anything else that might help rid my body of th is toxin? Would Hypericum 30c be beneficial to help the nerves and muscles reactivate quicker? I want this toxin out of my body!
    Thankyou so much for your time!

  9. Deborah Olenev

    Dear Taneal,
    I would need more information in order to help you? Does your face feel better when you apply ice? What is the nature of the pain? Is there shooting pain? Please send an e-mail to Olenev@att.net with additional descriptive information, or let me know if you would like a brief phone consultation. Thank you.

    Warm regards,
    Deborah Olenev CCH RSHom (NA0

  10. Stella

    Dear Deborah,
    My son is 11 years old and he had an accident at school while playing outside about 10 days ago. One of his front teeth was broken and shifted from its place. The dentist was able to pull the teeth back soon after the accident occurred. After a week we went for the tooth bondage and the dentist said that the nerve had died.
    I read in an article that hypericum could restore a damaged nerve and save the tooth from a root canal. Is it still possible to revive the tooth nerve at this point? If so, can you please advice on the dosage and the duration of the treatment.

    Thank you.

  11. Deborah Olenev

    Dear Stella,
    I am sorry to hear about the accident your 11 year old son had with his front tooth. My son, who is now 29, had the same thing happen to his front tooth at around the same age. I do not know if the Hypericum perforatum would or would not restore life and health to that damaged nerve in your son’s tooth, but I think it is worth trying the remedy. I would recommend a single dose of Hypericum perforatum 30C. This is how I would prescribe it:

    Instructions for Taking the First Dose of a New Remedy

    1) Please dissolve 3 pellets of Hypericum 30C in 4 oz. of water in a small cup. You can use a disposable cup if you wish.
    2) Once the remedy has thoroughly dissolved in the water, please stir it well.
    3) Please give your son 3 tablespoons of the liquid to drink. He should hold the liquid in his mouth for 15 or 20 seconds before swallowing each sip. He may drink regular water after that if you would like. He should not eat an hour before or after taking the remedy.
    4) He can also take the dose by olfaction, which would be to breathe over the cup for one minute.
    5) Discard the remainder of the liquid on the ground outside, and clean or dispose of the cup carefully, so as not to expose anyone else in the household to the medicine.

    I hope this will help heal your son’s tooth.

    In love and service,

    Deborah Olenev CCH RSHom (NA)

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