Over the weekend I got a splinter or other foreign body in the middle finger of my right hand. It probably happened when I slammed into the barn trying to avoid the charging bull. I tried to dig the splinter out, but was unsuccessful. On Tuesday, the finger was swollen, hot and extremely uncomfortable around the middle knuckle (of the finger). On Wednesday, it was worst, but the swelling was moving more towards the tip of my finger. I considered going to a doctor, but I knew they would give me antibiotics, a tetanus shot or maybe offered to amputate the finger, none of which I wanted. My body was doing exactly what it should do considering it was dealing with an embedded foreign object and as long as the redness wasn’t going down my hand, I wasn’t going to go to a doctor.
I consulted with my homeopath and she agreed that I should take a dose of Silicea, a homeopathic remedy which is able to assist in the expulsion of foreign substances from the body. I took a 30c dose last night and another dose this morning.
The pain and swelling has been reduced considerably. There is hardly any heat or redness and I can move the finger with almost normal range. I can feel something under the skin near my finger tip. I’d like to take a needle to the area to try to dig out whatever is in there, but I’m going to let the remedy and my own healing process do its work.
In homeopathy, we refer to the “vital force” which is a term for the body’s inner energy, an innate intelligence that is not entirely physical or spiritual. When left alone, in a healthy individual, the vital force can right itself after illness. If not, using a properly prescribed homeopathic remedy can help the vital force right itself. Naturally, healing occurs in a logical direction, known to homeopaths as the “direction of cure.” Symptoms always move from the innermost organs of the body (the more vital organs) to less important, outer organs, like the skin. That the swelling was originally located in the middle of my finger and is now moved out towards the tip of my finger means the healing is going in the right direction: outwards.
When using conventional medicine, as an example, skin conditions are usually treated with steroids, either creams or internally. The skin symptoms may disappear, but what has really happened is the “dis-ease” has been pushed deeper into the body towards more vital organs. A good example is the relationship between childhood eczema and asthma; the eczema is treated with steroids, the skin symptoms go away, everyone is happy until the child develops asthma (or other more chronic disease). Symptoms are there for a reason, they are the body’s (or vital force’s) attempt to right itself. If you make the symptoms go away in a suppressive manner, like using steroids, the body must find another way to express its “dis-ease” and will do so in more vital organs, like the lungs. If homeopathy (if done in a non-suppressive manner) were used to treat the asthma, a homeopath would want to see the asthma symptoms disappear and the skin symptoms resurface and as the remedy (or remedies) continued to assist the vital force, eventually the skin symptoms would go away and there would be a true cure. If used incorrectly, homeopathy can be as suppressive, if not more so, than conventional medicine.
Steroids do not cure, they suppress the symptoms. Conventional medicine rarely cures, it suppresses or manages the disease condition.
I use the term “dis-ease” when I speak of using homeopathy to treat illnesses because if you look at things in a homeopathic manner, there are no named diseases, just symptoms. You treat the symptoms, all of them, not disease labels.