Bleeding from trauma
Loss. of blood is pathological in all instances. Bleeding from cuts and trauma needs to be controlled as soon as possible. The arteries have an inbuilt spasm mechanism should an artery be cut. Interestingly, the cleaner the cut (ie the less trauma to the vessel), the less the constrictive response. The more traumatic the injury, the more spasm is likely. This accounts for the fact that a swift cut with a knife will bleed more than an amputation.
If an injury does not stop bleeding in 10-15min then seek medical attention. This should be sought sooner if blood loss is heavy or in children as they have less blood in the body.
Apply compression to the wound and only consider constriction of a bleeding vessel above the site of the injury if medical attention is close at hand and compression itself is not working. Occlusion of an artery can cause permanent damage to a limb within half an hour.
Do not attempt to stitch a wound without medical supervision except in extreme circumstances.
Arnica 6, four pills every lOmin is a master remedy.
Bleeding from areas other than the skin
Bleeding from an orifice such as the anus, penis, vagina or from sensory organs such as the eyes, ears and nose is always pathological except for a female’s period.
Such bleeding must be investigated by a medically qualified professional.
Sudden onset of bleeding can be treated with Aconite 6, four pills every lOmin, slower but persistent bleeding noticed over 24hr can be treated with Phosphorus 30 every hour until medical advice is sought.
Injuries such as road traffic accidents or trauma with a blunt instrument can cause bleeding inside the body. Diagnosis can only be made by experienced medical personnel but the signs to look for are:
Dizziness, visual disturbance and headaches for head injuries.
Pain, dizziness and difficulty in breathing for chest injuries.
Pain, nausea and vomiting and bloating for abdominal trauma.
Anybody who faints after receiving a blow from a blunt instrument must be rushed to an emergency room.
You may administer Aconite 6, four pills every lOmin, if there is any suggestion of internal bleeding on your way to the hospital.
Once a diagnosis has been made, please refer to the relevant section for complementary treatments.