Head injuries are the leading cause of death in males under the age of 35. There are approximately 300,000 people seen by physicians with head injury each year. Approximately 200,00 of these people will recover 80% of their pre-injury faculties within six months of their injury and 100% within eighteen months. Homeopathy can often help.
Head injuries can range from mild to severe and can often be fatal. It is imperative to get proper medical care in head injuries. Most head injuries today come as a result of impact trauma due to motor vehicles. Some percentage can be prevented by wearing seat belts in autos and helmets while riding motorcycles. It can sometimes be difficult to determine a severe injury from a more milder concussion after head trauma.
Concussion is the most common effect of head injury. Symptoms of concussion are staring, weeping, and confusion. This can happen even with a mild head in jury. Other symptoms include drowsiness, dizziness, slow ideation, headaches, nausea and vomiting, convulsions or loss of consciousness and coma. All head injuries exhibiting any of these symptoms should be taken to emergency care as soon as possible for observation and evaluation. Internal bleeding can damage the brain and if left untreated can form clots that can leave permanent damage. Surgery is often needed in head trauma to relieve pressure around the brain or to stop bleeding. Headaches that persist after a head injury are a sign that something may be more serious and needing further medical attention.
Head injury victims should not be moved until emergency personnel have arrived. Any injury to the head could also cause spinal damage that could lead to increased complications and possible paralysis if the spinal cord is effected. Cover the victim to help with heat loss and shock. Be sure the airway is cleared and there is no obstruction to breathing. If the person is vomiting or convulsing gently rolling them to their side with their head facing downward and mouth open to help prevent suffocation. Whole body splinting can help prevent more spinal damage but should be done by emergency medical personnel. Any lacerations with bleeding should have pressure applied to the wound to prevent blood loss.
Any alterations in breathing after a head injury should be cause for alarm. Often the victim will want to sleep. Wake them every 15 minutes to check their vital signs. Unequal pupil size or unresponsiveness to light will be signs of concussion and require monitoring or evaluation for more severe injury. Neurological exams, CAT scans and MRI’s are the most common diagnostic tools for determining the severity of head injury.
Often people with mild head injury will tell you everything is OK and nothing is wrong. They may still exhibit mood changes, and headaches. Post-concussion syndrome is a condition that may present a variety of symptoms. Most common are fatigue, confusion, difficult concentration, insomnia, dizziness, memory loss, personality changes, restlessness, visual disturbances and restlessness. These symptoms can often be helped with proper homeopathic treatment and rest.
Rubrics from the Complete 2005 Repertory to consider for repertization include;
- Mind; Injuries, accidents, ailments from
- Mind; Dullness, injuries of head, after
- Mind; memory, weakness, injuries, after
- Head; injuries, ailments from
- Head; injuries, ailments from, concussions
- Head; injuries, ailments from, fracture of skull, splintered bones
- Head; injuries, ailments from, old
- Head; injuries, ailments from, wounds, open
- Head; internal
- Head ; internal, brain
- Head; internal; brain, injuries after
- Head; hemorrhage, brain
- Generalities; injuries, blows, falls, bruises, after
All of the more common first aid remedies are good for head injury. The first to think of would be Aconite and Arnica. Aconite when there has been a head injury and it is attended with much fright. There could also be great restlessness with jerky motions of the limbs and vertigo. Arnica will be most helpful in any head injury especially when other remedies are not available. The person may say they are fine. Bruises to the head leading to concussion, hemorrhage and convulsions can improve with Arnica.
Other remedies to consider are;
- Calendula – internally for concussions, skull fractures, and topically for lacerations.
- Cicuta Virosa – Chronic effects of head injury, convulsions, twitching, twisting of the head to the side and visual disturbances. Personality changes that revert to childish ways.
- Cimicifuga for nervous weakness following a head injury. They may have great depression and feel as though they are surrounded by a dark cloud.
- Cocculus – spasms after a head injury. They may have great anxiety for others.
- Conium – for paralysis and slow ideation after a head injury. They will often say “I don’t know how I feel.”
- Gelsemium – for coma after a head injury
- Gloninum – for headaches or convulsions after a head injury. They may say that it feels as if their head is going to explode.
- Hamamelis – for nose bleeds or passive hemorrhage after head injury
- Helleborous – follows Arnica well after blows to the head. The eyes may dilate and the head may fall backwards. Usually there is a dullness or stupor present.
- Hypericum – Convulsions and memory loss after a head injury. Spinal cord injury and any nerve effects will be helped with this remedy.
- Ledum – for bruising after blunt trauma. and convulsions after concussion.
- Natrum Muriaticum – chronic effects of head injury especially with memory problems.
- Natrum Sulphuricum – Probably the best remedy in the whole Materia Medica for head injury. Chronic effects of head injury especially with headaches, epilepsy, and mental dullness.
- Opium – When fear after an accident remains, drowsiness, or coma. Any sleep disorder after a head injury may be helped with Opium.
- Symphytum – especially useful in healing the bones of the face after a head trauma.
- Tellurium – when there is a discharge from the ears after a head injury.
- Zincum Metallicum – concussions and a history of nervous system weakness after head injuries.
This is just a partial list of remedies available for helping treat head injuries. Study the repertory and the remedies listed. Learn them well. If in an emergency or treating the chronic effects of head injury, you can help many people recover much quicker. 30C and 200C are the most often indicated potencies in an emergency. You can repeat the remedies as often as indicated. At the scene of a severe trauma it may be necessary to repeat the remedies every minute or so to sustain life. In these cases the higher potencies are more indicated.
Remember that any head injury could become a serious condition that needs medical attention. Observe the person closely and if any of the warning signs occur, do not hesitate to get them to an emergency care hospital. Administer homeopathic remedies as soon as possible based on the condition of the person. In every case Arnica will be indicated and you cannot go wrong. Having a good Homeopathic Emergency Remedy Kit on hand is always a good idea. When travelling I always have mine close at hand. It does no good to know what remedy to give and not have it. Then it is up to prayer and asking for help. Do this in any case; you may be suprised at the results.