When the skin is subjected to an external aggression that causes an injury or cut, it tries to regenerate itself naturally. This healing process occurs in three phases: inflammatory phase, proliferative phase and the maturation phase. The healing
process can be very fast for minor skin lesions, such as small cuts, and can last between 24 and 48 hours, the time needed for the epidermal cells to divide, migrate towards the infected area and complete the healing. On the other hand, when the injury reaches the dermis, healing is much longer and then comprises several steps. The longest one, called the maturation phase, can last up to 24 days, the time needed for the dermis and epidermis to gradually regenerate the different skin layers. Thanks to homoeopathy, it is possible to speed up the healing process and to increase the production of protective layers.
It is advisable to administer Arnica 7 CH to patients suffering from severe burns and who are in a state of shock. If the skin presents extensive burns that have progressively started to rot, administer Urtica Urens. Some burns cause swelling that makes the skin sensitive to heat, in which case it is recommended to take Belladonna 5 CH. Burns caused by an electric shock need to be treated with Phosphorus 5 CH, while burns accompanied by oedema require the use of Cantharis 5 CH. This treatment will need to be administered in doses of three granules to be taken every hour, or every 15 minutes for the most severe cases, while waiting for medical assistance.
Injuries caused by a sharp object can be relieved with Saphysagria 7 CH in doses of 3 to 5 granules, to be taken twice a day. Calendula 5 CH can help soothe the pain stemming from wounds that are accompanied by bruises. The first day, the patient will be advised to take 5 pellets every hour while the following days, he or she will be advised to follow the same dosage, but only twice a day.
To stimulate the keloids’ healing process, administer Causticum 9 CH if an old and healed burn remains painful. Scars that hurt when the weather changes can be soothed with Nitricum acidum 9 CH, while scars that become red and itchy in times of heat can be relieved with Fluoricum acidum 9 CH. For optimal therapeutic effectiveness, respect a dose of 5 granules, to be taken once a day.
Some injuries, such as those resulting from diabetes or haemophilia, require emergency care. Similarly, any deep and infected wound needs to be treated by a physician. It is also imperative to seek medical attention in case of second or third degree injury, when bleeding cannot be stopped or when a keloid extends beyond the scope of the original scar.
Good to know: Healing is a natural process that homoeopathy can help speed up and, in certain cases, improve. For this, it is essential to respect the prescribed doses.