Hypericum has been traditionally used for symptoms associated with nerves and may assist with the healing of injuries such as jammed fingers, bricks on toes, puncture wounds, splinters, bites and stings with long shooting pains. Traditionally Hypericum is known as “the Arnica of the nerves” and when taken after surgery including dental treatment, wounds, scratches and cuts it may support healing. Hypericum is known for its use in nerve injuries.
Always read the label. Homoeopathic principles should be applied when using this remedy. If symptoms persist consult your health care professional promptly.
St John’s Wort
Remedy picture as described in traditional homoeopathic texts.
This remedy has traditionally shown to have an affinity for the spinal nerves and in particular the coccyx. It has been referred to as the ‘arnica of the nerves’ and as such should be considered in all cases where there are injuries to parts of the body rich in nerves especially the sentient nerves such as those of the fingers, toes, coccyx and injuries to the head or spine with oversensitivity to pain. It has also been used for wounds or punctures to tissues.
Nervous system issues after wounds or a fright that leaves the person feeling sad and melancholy. In this state the person may find it hard to concentrate which shows as mistakes in writing or forgetting what they wanted to say. Mental excitement after drinking tea is also associated with this remedy; and may be useful where there is pain from old scars as it supports the nerves to the area.
Head: Feels heavy, as if ‘touched by an icy cold hand’, pulsations of heat and burning on the vertex, headache with sore eyes after a fall; head feels elongated as if drawn to a point; drowsiness; injuries to the eyes. Vertigo with a feeling as if elevated or floating.
Dental: Pains after extraction of teeth or other dental procedures. Toothache better from lying on the affected side.
Stomach: Feeling of lump in stomach; nausea; thirst with feeling of heat in mouth.
Back: Injuries of the spine and coccyx; discomfort/pressure over sacral region; discomfort after instrumental delivery (eg. forceps birth); discomfort after fall; jerking and twitching of muscles. Shooting, tingling, or burning sensations that come on with intensity and go gradually; pains shoot upward from the site of injury.
Extremities: Crawling sensation in hands and feet; neuralgic type pains. Aching in sciatic nerve from prolonged sitting.
Pains: The pains are shooting, burning or stinging. They may appear suddenly and disappear gradually.
Skin: After effects of penetrating wounds, bites, stings and puncture wounds with shooting pains. Lacerated wounds.
- Shooting, burning, stinging and lightning like pains
- Puncture wounds
- Bites and stings with shooting pains
- Crushed fingers and toes
- Whiplash, spinal injuries, coccyx pain
- With Arnica before and after surgery or dental treatment
- Tingling, neuralgic or shooting pains
- Bites and stings
- Dental treatment
Better: Keeping still; bending backwards
Worse: Cold and damp; touch; motion
Desires: Wine; warm drinks; hot milk
Aversions: None noted
Compare to: Ledum, Apis, Arnica, Ruta.
Homoeopathy is an effective and scientific system of healing that gently and safely restores health and vitality to the mind and body by encouraging the natural tendency of the body to heal itself. This makes it an empowering tool for parents in the nurturing and health care of their children.
Homoeopathy recognises that all symptoms of ill health are expressions of disharmony and that it is the patient who needs treatment - not the disease.
Homoeopathic medicine is understood to act by stimulating a healing response in the body by way of its similarity to the existing complaint.
Homoeopathy follows definite scientific laws of preparation, prescription and cure.
Taking of Homoeopathic Remedies
- The remedies are absorbed in the mouth, so are best held in the mouth for several minutes before swallowing. In the case of pilules, allow them to dissolve under the tongue.
- Unless the dose is very frequent, half an hour before meals, or between meals, is the best time to take your dose. However, 10 minutes before or after a meal or taking a drink, is acceptable.
- Do not use peppermint toothpaste, or drink strong peppermint tea, or ordinary coffee as these may antidote your remedies.
- Do not smoke, brush your teeth or gargle, or drink alcohol, within half an hour of taking remedies.
- Do not touch the remedies with your hands. Liquids may be administered on a teaspoon, diluted with water. Likewise, when administering pilules to infants or small children, a teaspoon is helpful. Pilules can be rolled into the lid of the vial, and then dropped under the tongue.
- If any pilules are dropped, they should be discarded and not returned to the bottle.
- Store your remedies away from direct light and heat, and away from all strong smelling substances, particularly camphor, as the potency of the medicine will be weakened.
- When using Homoeopathic remedies, do not use products such as "Vicks" or "Deep Heat", as these will antidote the remedy. There are very effective Homoeopathic creams which you can use instead when needed.
- When taking more than one medicine, separate the doses by at least 10 minutes, preferably longer.
- Store your medicines away from electrical appliances such as fridge, TV, microwave, clock radio and stereo.