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Hypericum – St. John’s Wort

 

 

Primary use: Nerve damage, nerve pain, trauma

 

Think of Hypericum in injuries in which nerves have been crushed, severed, or injured.  In humans, Hypericum is the first remedy to remember when fingers or toes have been smashed or after injury to the coccyx (tailbone) after a fall.  Injury to nerve rich areas such as paws, tail, tongue and genitalia respond to this remedy. If there is pain after whelping, Hypericum can often help. Helpful for intervertebral disc problems of the back in Dachshounds or other dogs with back paralysis.  Surgery often involves cutting the nerves and Hypericum can be useful in decreasing the pain of an incision.  Arnica might be the first remedy you think of after a surgery to decrease bruising and swelling but Hypericum can be used after the first 24 to 36 hours to reduce pain.

 

General indications or modalities:

✦  Worse from touch, worse from jarring, worse from motion

✦  Worse after exposure to air (as in the removal of a bandage)

✦  Worse from cold


Conditions that respond to Hypericum

Damage to any nerve-rich area.  Scrapes that leave raw, exposed or torn nerve endings.  Road rash.  Injury or breaks of the tail or injuries at the dock.  Toenails that are cut too short.  Injuries to the coccyx or lower spinal segments.  Injuries to the spinal disc and back problems in dogs such as dachshunds.  Post-surgical pain.

Dosage:  Give the remedy one to three times a day for 3 to 4 days until the symptoms begin to abate.  For severe, acute conditions as in a nerve-crushing accident, the remedy can be given every fifteen or twenty minutes.  Stop when you see improvement and do not repeat again until symptoms recur.

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