My family and I visited Paris last December, three weeks after the terrorist attacks. Although there were few outward signs of the tragedy I couldn’t help but be aware that all around me people were trying to deal with the trauma of what had happened. Those directly affected would be dealing with profound shock, grief and anger, quite apart from any physical injuries.
Physical trauma is in some ways easier to heal. It is easier to see for a start. However emotional trauma and shock can be equally devastating and healing it can be challenging. It could be the shock of a bereavement, a home or business being destroyed by flood or fire, or hearing bad news of any kind. It could be the emotional shock accompanying a physical trauma such as an accident, abuse or attack, surgery or childbirth. With it can come feelings of terror, anger, helplessness, feeling ‘out of your body’, disappointment or grief among other things.
It is vital the immediate physical symptoms are dealt with and conventional medicine can deal extremely efficiently with these. However, shock and trauma, whether emotional or physical, is stored in the very cells of our body and unless it is healed on that level it can have long-term effects which can seriously affect our health and ability to function. Conventional medicine is slowly coming to recognise this fact but has limited tools with which to deal with anything other than the immediate symptoms.
Often people come to me with a physical or emotional complaint which on enquiry, turns out to have come on directly after a traumatic event. Homeopaths always ask ‘What was happening when this symptom came on?’ and this is one of the key factors in selecting the correct remedy. When the original trauma is addressed the symptoms often disappear. There are specific remedies which come under the heading ‘Ailments from shock’. Some of these are Aconite, Arnica, Opium, and Ignatia.
Aconite is one many people will be aware of and is one that I recommend everyone has in their home. It is the first remedy of choice for any shock, especially where the person seems pale, shaky, very anxious and glassy eyed.
Arnica is not just for bruises but a powerful healer of emotional and physical trauma. The person who needs Arnica feels bruised sore pains, is physically oversensitive and doesn’t want to be touched. They may insist that they are fine when it is patently obvious that they are not. One little known use of Arnica is for the shock of a financial loss.
Opium is for someone who has suffered a shock and is drowsy, unresponsive and often sweaty. Often used for babies who have these symptoms as a result of birth trauma.
Ignatia is used mainly for the shock of a bereavement or relationship break up when there is disappointment, heartbreak and anger, but also when there has been a fright. The person can have highly changeable moods, and usually wants to be alone.
There are many other remedies which can treat shock. Those listed above can be useful to have at home for relatively minor situations but anything serious should always be dealt with by a professional. Homeopathic treatment when administered quickly and correctly after any trauma will speed recovery on every level, help to process the different emotions that result and prevent long-term chronic problems. Remedies can also heal past life traumas, or present life old trauma from conception onwards, and often this is a vital part of successfully treating chronic illness of any kind.