What is homeopathic medicine for heel pain

With lava homeopathic against heel spurs

"In homeopathy, there are basically two different approaches: the approach based on proven indications and the approach of classical homeopathy, where each patient receives an individual remedy," explains Dr. Michael Elies from Laubach. The general practitioner with additional qualifications in homeopathy and naturopathic treatment led the event "Homeopathy in clinics and practices" of the Karl and Veronica Carstens Foundation at Medica.

For clinical indications for which there are two or three proven homeopathic medicines, the use of the remedies is based on the main symptoms, says Elies. A comprehensive homeopathic diagnosis is not necessary with this approach.

Hypericum has proven itself in nerve injuries

Proven homeopathic medicines in sports medicine are, for example, Arnica, Bryonia, Hypericum, Rhus toxicodendron and Symphytum. Arnica montana (Bergwohlverleih) is probably the best-known injury remedy in homeopathy.

In the case of injuries to nerve-rich tissue, for example whiplash to the cervical spine, according to Elies, Hypericum can also be tried. Because St. John's wort provides relief, especially for traumatic nerve damage and neuralgic complaints. Symphytum (comfrey), in turn, supports the growing together of bones. For ligament strains, sprains or sprains, Rhus toxicodendron is an option, and Bryonia (bryony) is an option for joint effusions.

In addition to these classics from the homeopathic medicine cabinet with a wide range of effects, there are also special active ingredients that only help with very specific disorders in the musculoskeletal system. For example Hekla lava, a remedy for heel spurs. It is made from the fine ashes of the Hekla volcano, which is in Iceland. "This agent can also be used for diagnosis," says Elies. "Because if it helps, the patient has a heel spur. If not, the cause of the symptoms is probably different."

According to Elies' experience, homeopathy does not only work for acute injuries, where the aim is to influence pain and swelling. Patients with chronic injuries also benefited from homeopathic medicines. Their use after a knee joint injury with surgery is also helpful.

There are proven indications not only in sports medicine and orthopedics, but also in paediatrics and emergency medicine, for headaches or liver diseases. "Homeopathics are usually used in addition," emphasizes Elies. "This means that they support conventional therapy, but do not replace it. They can shorten the healing time, improve the patient's well-being and relieve pain."

Elies: "The limit of homeopathy has always been reached when the patient cannot react to a stimulus."

Patients must be able to describe their complaints

This means that acutely life-threatening conditions are initially not an indication for homeopathy. Homeopathic treatment will also be difficult if the patient is unable to describe their symptoms or if they are not able to withhold important things. "Everything else depends on the therapist's experience," says Elies.

Lists of homeopathic therapists are kept by the Central Association for Homeopathic Doctors or Medical Associations for Naturopathic Treatment. More information on this: www.dzvhae.com.