A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that alters the way your brain functions. Effects are usually temporary and caused by a blow to the head, they can also occur when the head and upper body are violently shaken. Concussions are common, particularly if you play a contact sport, such as football, and some people can have the injury without even knowing it. It is important to give the brain time to rest to heal properly. Thankfully, there are a few wonderful homeopathic remedies that can help to speed healing.
David was an 18-year-old man who had suffered a concussion after being tackled head-on during a football game. He had been told that symptoms of the injury might last for a couple of weeks, but it had been 4 weeks since the accident and his symptoms were still very strong. He was suffering from dizziness, headaches, vertigo (separate from the dizziness) and fatigue. Any stimulation to the brain such as listening to music, or looking at a computer screen could set him back significantly. He had been off from school and work for four weeks and his anxiety was growing.
There were no indications that the symptoms were abating, and he was wanting to get on with his life. Since David had access to some remedies in advance of our appointment, I asked him to start with Arnica for the injury, and Aconite for the anxiety. We sat down to do a consultation a few days later and by that time, the anxiety was gone, so I advised him to stop taking the Aconite. The vertigo, or sensation that the room was spinning, had ceased as well, which I extrapolated was from the Arnica (a most wonderful remedy to take after almost any accident). However, he was still experiencing headaches, dizziness and fatigue, though these, also, were 30% better.
After consulting and going over his symptoms carefully, the main remedies for concussion were indicated, these being Natrum Sulphuricum and Arnica. He was very eager to recover as quickly as possible in order to get back to work and, being a competitor and goal-oriented athlete, he had set a goal to be back at school in 5 days. After a month of being sick, giving the brain only 5 days to heal seemed ambitious. However, we worked out a fairly intense dosing schedule for him, with instructions to ease off should any of the symptoms aggravate, and hoped for the best.
I heard from David the next day. He had taken the Natrum Sulphuricum immediately after our visit and reported feeling a quick surge of energy, which is a very good sign of healing. He had experienced a window of being completely symptom-free for a couple of hours. I advised him to continue and expressed how pleased I was that he was responding so quickly. Over the next few days, he continued with repeat water-dosing of both Arnica and Natrum Sulph, and by Monday, true to his ambitions, he attended school for a half day.
This was indeed great progress, but he expressed that she was eager to be functioning at 100% so he booked in for another follow up. We continued with higher potencies of Arnica and Natrum Sulph, given slightly less often, and a day later, I received a message that he was feeling almost completely better. I was absolutely thrilled for him that he had to recovered so well in less than a week. What a great example of how well homeopathy can work. Especially where the symptoms and etiology are precise and clear, the rights remedies can do wonders for healing.
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Kerry Walker, Classical Homeopath