Planning for Surgery?  Homeopathy Can Help (Updated).

Planning for Surgery? Homeopathy Can Help (Updated).

Posted by Dr. Lisa Samet on Oct 13th 2017

Do you know someone preparing for surgery? Homeopaths have been using homeopathy with great success for over 150 years to prepare patients for surgery and to treat them after the fact. Here is a very helpful guide, prepared by my practice partner, Dr. Andre Saine and Dr. Len Torok (a fine orthopedic surgeon and homeopath in Ohio) for surgery patients - including what remedies to take before and after surgery to prevent complications, reduce pain and facilitate healing. I too have used it with great success for years.

“With patients who are about to have surgery, we use a basic protocol that we learned from the very good American homeopathic surgeons of the 19th century. However, we adapt this basic protocol to each individual patient, adjusting to the sensitivity and circumstances of the patient, his or her remedy picture and the type of surgery.

This basic protocol consists of administering Arnica, usually in the 200 C potency, about one hour before and immediately following surgery. When possible and particularly during long surgery, Arnica can also be given during surgery. As soon as the anesthesia wears off and the patient begins to experience pain, another dose of Arnica is given. If after five minutes the pain is better, Arnica can then be repeated every 20 minutes (one pellet in water and then stirred. Teaspoon doses administered) for 5 more doses or until most of the pain in gone.

However, in some cases, the post-surgical pain is unaffected by Arnica and as a result, after that five minute wait described above, Hypericum* 200 C (one pellet in water and then stirred - teaspoon doses administered) is almost routinely prescribed. A teaspoon dose of Hypericum is then given every 20 minutes (it can also be given as often as every 10 minutes or even every 5 minutes in rarer circumstances) for up to 6 doses if needed. When the pain begins to return, usually hours later, Hypericum is repeated at the same frequency until the pain is greatly reduced (which tends to be 2-3 doses) and the protocol is continued in this way until the pain does not return.

For 2-3 days after the surgery, also take Arnica 2-3 times per day to help the body heal from the shock of surgery.

Dr. James Gilchrist, a very good 19th century American homeopathic surgeon, reported that in practically all operations he had used Hypericum orally (as well as locally in a soaked piece of gauze over the incision) and it was very rare for a patient to complain of pain. In fact, he once said that in 27 years of surgical practice only once had he used morphine to ease pain.

We have used this basic protocol for close to 30 years with the same success as reported by Gilchrist, regardless of the type of operation or patient.

Many other remedies will be indicated after surgery, depending on the type of surgery or organ affected and the patient’s state or reaction to the different surgical procedures. For instance, almost as a routine remedy, at the first sign of fever or great inflammation after surgery, Aconite can be prescribed with much good effect."

*If Hypericum does not relieve in non-orthopedic surgeries, begin taking Bellis Perrenis 1M every 20 minutes for four doses or until you begin to get relief and then take as needed. For orthopedic surgeries if Hypericum fails, begin taking Bryonia alba 200c every 20 minutes for four doses or until you begin to get relief and then take as needed.

And, as with any medical condition, consult with your physician if you have any concerns about the severity of a medical problem as it may first require medical diagnosis and/or intervention and monitoring.

About Dr. Lisa Samet:

Dr. Lisa Samet N.D. provides Washington Homeopathic Products with a regular column on using homeopathy for the family. She's a naturopathic physician who specializes in homeopathic medicine and she's a partner with Dr. Andre Saine N.D. Dr. Samet graduated from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1998 and has been practicing in Montreal since then. She was born and raised in New York.

Dr. Samet has chosen to focus on homeopathy because in her experience it is the deepest healing modality available in that it does not just soothe or palliate symptoms but can actually stimulate the body to start to heal itself. Dr. Samet sees patients in her Montreal office as well as long distance using Skype. Learn more here: Dr. Lisa Samet. You can follow her on Facebook as well

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