Trauma refers to a body wound or shock produced by sudden physical injury, as from violence or an accident. In most cases, this refers to an injury, a dislocation, a fracture, a bruise or a burn. However, it is also possible for an emotional shock to lead to psychological trauma.
There are as many symptoms as existing forms of trauma. In the case of an injury, scratch, bite or cut for example, the first symptom is the effusion of blood, regardless of the cause of trauma. If the trauma is not very severe, blood flow may spontaneously stop and the pain remains trivial. Otherwise, trauma may lead to haemorrhaging or wound formation. In the case of a broken bone, an open wound or external or internal bleeding may be observed. And in the case of a burn, the injury is often accompanied by blisters or open sores that may or may not heal easily.
Some injuries are not characterized by an effusion of blood. This is the case of bruises, sprains and tendinitis. A contusion manifests itself by the appearance of a bruise on the skin surface after a collision that struck and injured muscle tissue. If it is localized on ligament tissue, it may be accompanied by a sprain. In both cases, trauma can cause a lump or swelling that may evolve into a haematoma. As for tendinitis, it manifests itself by a painful and localized inflammation of the tendon.
Arnica montana is the reference remedy against all types of pain of traumatic origin. Administer three granules of the remedy a few minutes after the shock and continue treatment with 3-granule intakes of Arnica 5 CH every quarter of an hour until improvement is noticed. To relieve a bruise, complete treatment with the application of an Arnica-based ointment. To alleviate pain caused by a sprain or tendinitis, suck on three granules of Rhus toxicodendron 5 CH or Ruta 5 CH once a day over the course of 5 to 6 days. Finally, to treat trauma located on innervated areas, take 3 granules of Hypericum 5 CH or Calcarea fluorica 9 CH three times a day during fifteen days.
If the trauma is on the skull and results in memory loss, dizziness and / or insomnia, it is recommended to take a weekly dose of Natrum sulfuricum 200 K until all of the symptoms disappear. However if trauma is the source of nosebleeds, the most appropriate solutions are three granules of Millefolium 5 CH or of China 5 CH. Furthermore, if the bruise or injury is located at eye level, let 5 granules of Ledum palustre 5 CH melt under the tongue twice a day. And in the case of severe pain to the head resulting from a shock, take a daily 5-granule dose of Hypericum 200 K during three weeks. Finally, if the trauma is located on the breasts, let 5 granules of Bellis perennis 6 K melt under the tongue, renewing intakes until improvement is noticed.
To quickly consolidate a fracture, administer 5 granules of Symphytum 4 CH or Calcarea phosphoricum 7 CH twice a day, complete the treatment with a weekly dose of Silicea 9 CH. To heal wounds that result in the formation of blisters, take 3 to 5 granules of Rhus tox twice a day. Finally, to treat a burn that turns the skin purple, take 3 to 5 granules of Urtica urens twice a day. However if the reddened area tends to swell up, opt for Belladonna 5 CH instead.
In case of severe bruising or serious injury, it is mandatory to see a doctor for first aid. The same applies if the trauma is caused by a bite or insect bite or is located on a sensitive area, that is to say on the head, face, eyes or joints. Moreover, in case of comatose trauma, the affected person must be taken to the nearest medical centre without delay.
Good to know: Several homoeopathic remedies used to relieve trauma exist and are mainly indicated to patients suffering from postoperative trauma or who have been subjected to heavy drug therapy.