Updated: Mar 16
From hairline, through to the worst compound fractures, homeopathy is fantastic for all types of broken bones!
Medical effects of a fracture injury will range from shock, bone and soft tissue damage, muscle inflammation, pain and internal bleeding. At different stages of the healing process, different remedies will probably be needed.
After the Initial Break
Here are some of the top remedies for broken bones, for use in the minutes and hours after the break. They can be used to reduce pain, inflammation and bleeding at the time of the accident, as well as release the state of shock.
Arnica is almost always where you start, immediately after the initial accident. It will deal with the shock (on both the physical and mental levels) and help reduce bleeding and subsequent bruising. Take Arnica straight away and then get yourself to hospital to have the bone looked at and possibly set. The intensity of the situation generally calls for 200c’s.
Bryonia is a huge pain reliever for fractures – it’s a good one to take when the pain is worse for any tiny movement, which is very common with fractures. Take 200c repeatedly on the way to hospital, each time the pain returns.
Hypericum is an equally fantastic pain reliever for any type of nerve damage, its called for when someone has had a fall and injured their spine during their accident.
This is particularly useful for compound fractures (these stick out through the skin), or any fracture where there is an open wound. Calendula is fantastic for relieving soreness and helping to prevent infection.
This is another great pain-relieving remedy. It’s indicated where the injury is hypersensitive to the slightest touch – even clothing on the area may cause pain.
When you take homeopathic remedies before you get to hospital, your reduced level of pain and inflammation may be puzzling to medical professionals. They may not believe you have actually broken a bone! This is the time to get insistent on an x-ray.
Longer Term Healing
Homeopathy is fantastic for all stages of the fracture healing process, from start to finish. As well as being invaluable on the way to hospital, remedies can be used to speed up the process of healing.
A 2012 double blind, randomised study of 67 patients, for example, showed statistically significant faster healing of fractures, less pain, and reduced need for pain killers, in patients treated with individualised homeopathy. My experience is that it takes at least a third off the healing time, often more.
Here are some of the top remedies for broken bones once you get back from the hospital. In the initial days and weeks of healing, remedies from the first group may still be needed in addition to the following:
Symphytum is a beautiful remedy for helping broken bones knit back together. A 12c daily dose will speed up the healing process. Always wait until after the bones are set back into position before using this remedy!
Calcium Phosphate as a tissue salt (6X three times daily) will help ensure the body receives the right combination of calcium and phosphorous for the bones to heal. It can be taken alongside Symphytum.
Eupatorium is a useful remedy for ongoing pains after the bones are set, that feel like they are deep in the bones.
Bovista is a useful remedy in the later stages of healing, if there is excess fluid lingering around the fracture area.
Ruta is a brilliant remedy for completing the healing process in people where there is a lingering feeling of lameness after everything else has healed. There is a feeling of weakness in the affected limb/ joint.
Dosage & Frequency Guidance
In the initial moments after a fracture, symptoms are very intense and can require higher potencies than normally used for home prescribing, and frequent dosing – such as 200c Arnica every 5 minutes in the first half hour after injury, for example.
As things begin to settle down, in the aftermath of getting seen at hospital, you can switch to lower potencies like 30c and less frequently – progressing from maybe twice a day to once a day, then once every other day, and downwards as symptoms decline.
The basic rule of thumb with homeopathy is always to give a remedy, wait and let it do its work, and only if symptoms return give another dose.
The exception would be the use of tissue salts like Calc phos, which are generally given as a 6X potency, 3 times a day. Symphytum, although you cannot necessarily feel the need for it, should also be taken daily at a low dose, until the fracture is healed.
Fractures, the Body Speaks
Okay, this may be a little bit out there for some, but I have a real fascination with understanding the messages that our bodies are trying to convey to us in our symptoms, so I’d like to share a little of my passion for this subject with you here.
So, homeopaths believe that when we become ill, our body may be trying to communicate something to us.
Symptoms are warning signs from the body’s deeper intelligence – they are not the cause of any illness. And they can often be metaphors for what is out of balance at a deeper level – the body’s intelligence signalling what needs to be addressed. A blockage in the throat for example, can indicate that there are things that someone is not expressing out loud, that need to be said. These are some of the myriad signs that many homeopaths will try and read – to help understand the underlying key to your individual case.
Believe it or not, injuries from accidents can also be interpreted as messages from the body. I know this is a bit more of a stretch to get your head around – but it is something that can be used in homeopathy to arrive at the core issue underneath your symptoms and find the right remedy for you. We have a remedy in homeopathy called Syphilinum for example, and one of the indicators that someone might need this remedy is that they have a history of multiple accidents.
So, what could a broken bone be communicating? Well, because fractures lead to a fairly long period of enforced rest, a break from what we had previously been spending our time doing – a fracture could be thought of as the intelligence deep in the body trying to tell us to break away from something we had been previously involved with –a last ditch attempt to break off from some situation or some way of doing things that wasn’t good for us – that wasn’t in line with our deeply held beliefs.
The time out can provide the space to see that things are not as they should be, and the time to figure out how to make a change of direction and possibly find help to do so. Bones hold things rigidly in place, when they break this can provide a release that gives the space for some change to enter our lives.
It is interesting that, for example, it is often as we become older that the worst types of fractures occur, as children have more flexible bones – their thinking is not yet set into such rigid patterns! They are more flexible about making changes.
Of course, this isn’t precisely the case for everyone, each person’s history and symptoms are subtly different and need individual interpretation – but the general idea can often be seen to hold true to a greater or lesser extent.
Either way, if you are having some enforced rest due to a fracture, why not use some of the time to consider the current direction of your life and how you may be able to change your circumstances to suit you better, going forward?
Multiple factors will impact on the rate of healing of a fracture. Some of the things that can slow healing down/ cause complications, include:
· Infection in the injured area
· Bone fragments between the areas of the bone that need to knit back together
· Poor circulation to the injured area
· Hormonal issues in the patient, especially related to the thyroid/ parathyroid
· Using the injured part too early, or not using it enough in the later stages of healing.
· Bone healing becomes slower with old age.
Where a fracture appears to be taking too long to mend, or where there has been a recurrent issue with fractures – this may indicate a deeper underlying issue. It’s better to work with a homeopath to resolve these kinds of complications, as well as in more serious fracture cases.
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