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Homeopathic remedies can help to soothe
the pain of burns and reduce the chance of blistering. Burns require
immediate attention to prevent further tissue damage, so cold
applications and natural remedies should always be close at hand.
Burns—even minor ones—can cause some degree of shock, and care
should be taken that the person rests. Any serious burn should have
emergency attention from a physician. (Remedies can be used while en
route to medical care.)
For dosage information, please read the information at the end of
this section. See also “Using Homeopathy With Professional
Guidance” in What
Arnica: This is a valuable
first-aid remedy to help reduce pain and swelling and prevent the
onset of shock after any injury. Another remedy that is more
specific to the burn should be considered after Arnica.
Cantharis: This remedy is indicated
for extreme burning pain, when the person is very intense and
restless. It is often useful in reducing or preventing blister
formation. Cantharis can help with any burn, but is most
often indicated for severe ones (second or third degree).
Causticum: If a burn is intensely
painful and blisters seem to be forming, this remedy may help to
bring relief. The person often feels more sad than restless from the
pain. Rawness and soreness may develop in the injured area. Causticum
is also helpful when pain remains in older burns, or when burns have
not completely healed.
Hepar sulphuris calcareum: This
remedy is helpful for treating very sensitive and painful burns in
people who are prone to infection. The person may feel extremely
vulnerable and irritable, and may have chills or be very sensitive
This remedy is often helpful when the pain of a burn is intense and
the nerves are extremely sensitive. Along with the usual discomfort
of a burn, stabbing or shooting pains may be felt in the injured
Phosphorus: This remedy may be
useful for the pain of electrical burns, on the way to medical care.
(When electrical burns occur, the damaged area may look small on the
surface, but be more extensive underneath; they should always be
examined by a doctor.)
Urtica urens: When a burn is mild
and the primary symptoms are redness and stinging pain, this remedy
often brings relief. It is often useful for sunburn when the pain is
prickly and stinging.
Calendula and Hypericum tinctures:
These tinctures (used topically in unpotentized herbal form) often
is helpful in soothing burns and promoting tissue healing. Ten drops
of either Calendula or Hypericum tincture, or both,
may be mixed in an ounce of water and applied to the area several
times per day.
Select the remedy that
most closely matches the symptoms. In conditions where
self-treatment is appropriate, unless otherwise directed by a
physician, a lower potency (6X, 6C, 12X, 12C, 30X, or 30C)
should be used. In addition, instructions for use are usually
printed on the label.
physicians suggest that remedies be used as follows: Take one
dose and wait for a response. If improvement is seen, continue
to wait and let the remedy work. If improvement lags
significantly or has clearly stopped, another dose may be
taken. The frequency of dosage varies with the condition and
the individual. Sometimes a dose may be required several times
an hour; other times a dose may be indicated several times a
day; and in some situations, one dose per day (or less) can be
If no response is seen
within a reasonable amount of time, select a different remedy.
For more information, including references, see What
is Homeopathy? and Understanding
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