Homeopathic Remedies for Surgery and Recovery Support
Aconitum apellus: This remedy is indicated when people anticipating surgery are
extremely agitated or panicked, especially if they fear that they will die. Easy startling, a
sensitivity to light and noise, dry mouth, and thirst are other indications for
Arnica: This remedy is useful for all new injuries, and can help reduce soreness,
bruising, tissue damage, and bleeding related to surgical procedures. Arnica can be
taken the night before an operation, and is also helpful for bruising, swelling, and soreness
Bellis perennis: This remedy is useful when bruising and trauma occur to deep
internal tissues after surgery involving the abdomen, breasts, or trunk—especially if a
feeling of stiffness or coldness has developed in the area.
China (also called Cinchona officinalis): If a person feels faint with ringing in
the ears after loss of blood and fluids due to surgery, this remedy may be helpful. It is also
indicated for gas pains after an operation.
Ferrum phosphoricum: This remedy is helpful for early stages of any inflammation and
may reduce the chance of soreness and infection after surgery.
Gelsemium: This remedy can be helpful to a person who feels nervous fear before an
operation, with trembling, lethargy, and often diarrhea or headache.
Hamamelis: This remedy can help with passive bleeding if a person’s veins are
weak, and may also relieve discomfort after surgery on varicose veins and hemorrhoids.
Hypericum: This remedy is useful for injuries involving body parts that are rich
with nerves. It can help reduce discomfort after surgeries that involve the spine, after
dental surgery, and after amputation.
Ledum palustre: This remedy may help to relieve bruising and swelling around the eye
after surgery. It is also useful for pain and swelling after surgery on varicose veins.
Phosphorus: This remedy may be helpful if a person has trouble recovering from the
effects of anesthesia. Symptoms can include disorientation, stupor, weakness, nausea and
vomiting. The person may be thirsty but often vomits after drinking.
Rhus toxicodendron: This remedy is helpful for relief of stiffness, soreness, and
restlessness after any surgery. It is often recommended after operations on tonsils and
adenoids, appendectomy, and dental surgery.
Ruta graveolens: This remedy is often useful after surgeries involving tendons,
connective tissue, cartilage, joints, and coverings of the bones. It can ease discomfort and
promote recovery after surgery on knees, wrists, shoulders, elbows, ankles, hips, etc. It may
also be soothing if deep stiffness is felt in joints and muscles after surgery.
Staphysagria: This remedy is useful when pain persists at the site of a surgical
incision, or after procedures that involve the stretching of a sphincter muscle. It is also
indicated after surgeries involving reproductive organs (prostate surgery, hysterectomy,
C-section, episiotomy) or the abdomen, stomach, and rectum (including hemorrhoids).
Staphysagria may also help after operations on traumatic injuries, such as stab or bullet
Homeopathy Dosage Directions
Select the remedy that most closely matches the symptoms. In conditions where
self-treatment is appropriate, unless otherwise directed by a physician, a lower potency (6X,
6C, 12X, 12C, 30X, or 30C) should be used. In addition, instructions for use are usually
printed on the label.
Many homeopathic physicians suggest that remedies be used as follows: Take one dose and
wait for a response. If improvement is seen, continue to wait and let the remedy work. If
improvement lags significantly or has clearly stopped, another dose may be taken. The
frequency of dosage varies with the condition and the individual. Sometimes a dose may be
required several times an hour; other times a dose may be indicated several times a day; and
in some situations, one dose per day (or less) can be sufficient.
If no response is seen within a reasonable amount of time, select a different remedy.
For more information, including references, see What is Homeopathy? and Understanding Homeopathic Potencies.