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Hypericum to the Rescue May 2009

Never underestimate the power of the potentized remedy. One of the interesting things about homeopathy is that some of its most useful remedies are prepared from plants which we find along almost any county roadside. The common St. John’s Wort is one of them.

Having aromatic, astringent, resolvent, expectorant and nervine properties, Hypericum has been used over the last 2000 years in both European folk medicine and Native American healing. In the form of an ointment the plant has been used as an astringent for bruises, skin irritations, and insect bites. (Vermeulen)

Excessive painfulness is a guiding symptom of its use. Spasms after every injury; Crushed fingers, especially tips. Bites of animals and insects. Tailbone pains from injury. (Murphy)

This remedy is of prime importance in the treatment of lacerated wounds where nerve endings are damaged. In spinal injuries, especially of the coccygeal area it gives good results. The tincture can be used externally along with Calendula tincture, both in a strength of one in ten. It has been found useful in photosensitization and similar allergies. (MacLeod)
Calving paralysis

Much bruising and tearing resulted when a dead calf was removed with a fetal extractor. Paralysis had occurred. Swimming (floating) in a tank on two separate occasions was unsuccessful. By the beginning of June when he considered having her taken away, his son approached with a new medicine that he was just learning about. “Don’t sell her until we have tried giving this Hypericum.” After the first dose of Hypericum 30C, the appetite and thirst improved; after the second dose, she began flexing and shaking her legs. By the third dose the heifer got on her feet and walked off.


Hung by the Leg

A part time farmer rushed off to his second job but not before

securing a newborn calf to a post near its mother. In haste he had used a slip-knot rope which became tighter and tighter around the upper front leg. Three days later, when he checked on the calf, its leg was cold to the touch. He could not see the rope; it had acted like a noose, cutting through the hide.

The veterinarian recognized the early signs of gangrene and quickly cut through the hide, removing the stricture, flushing the wound with saline, hydrogen peroxide and Hypericum tincture. The continued therapy consisted of Hypericum, oral pellets three times daily and topical Hypericum ointment three times daily.

The happy result for all: gangrene reversed, wound and leg resumed a normal temperature. After several days and many doses of Hypericum, the calf made a complete recovery. Complementary therapy consisted of probiotics and lots of whole raw mother’s milk.


A mischievous Holstein steer got into trouble during the night. The 400lb bovine was found hanging from the top of a gate by the horn at sunrise. Mrs. C the farmer’s wife, alone for the day, worked for an hour to extricate the untamed critter, but with no success.

Mrs. C’s previous experience both in nursing and in law employment led her back to the local police for assistance. She remembered that the police in her town carry cutting equipment to extricate people from a vehicle at an accident scene. She had given the steer a dose of Arnica montana before the policeman arrived.


Once the law officer studied the crime scene, he realized that the best way to free the struggling bovine would be to remove the entrapped horn. With the surgical procedure completed, the 400 pound beast crumpled to the ground in a heap. Though still alive he lacked the ability to stand or right himself.

Mrs. C cleaned the wound on the head with peroxide and bandaged it with Calendula ointment. She then called the closest veterinarian who administered steroids and recommended aspirin. Keeping water and hay near the patient was certainly a challenge and the family is to be commended for the superior nursing care.

Three days passed with no apparent improvement. When approached he struggled and threw his body about, still unable to stand. At that time the homeopathic vet recommended Hypericum perforatum 200C, dosing every three or four hours and Fastrack Jumpstart gel once daily.

The holistic vet asked, “Would they be able to apply a topical homeopathic to the head, neck and shoulders?” Mrs. C answered in the affirmative.

Hyland’s Muscle Therapy Gel, the topical of choice would be applied three times daily. Since the patient could not escape, he received a vigorous massage.

Ingredients in Muscle Therapy Gel are Arnica montana 2X, Hypericum perforatum 3X, Ruta graveolens 3X, Ledum palustre 3X, and Bellis perennis 3X. Massage therapy and oral dosing of Hypericum would be continued for three more days.

On day seven after the emergency dehorning, he stood for the first time. On day eight first steps indicated that there was Radial nerve paralysis of the left front leg. Mrs. C fashioned a soft splint to prevent flexing of carpus and fetlock. Homeopathic Ruta graveolens 200C now given in alteration with Hypericum 200C seemed to speed recovery. Soon, they could no longer catch their patient. Thereafter, homeopathic dosing came by the drinking water and Fastrack was included in the mineral mix.



Our next patient is a cat, but not the kind that sits on your lap. Kahn is an African lion, born in 2003 and weighing 340 lbs. at the time of rescue in 2009. Kahn presented at In Sync Exotics in a neglected and emaciated state. Fortunately he was brought to a facility where the personnel are experts in the rehabilitation of starved and neglected exotic cats.

The African lion came with general muscle atrophy and weakness of the hind legs. He arrived 100 lbs underweight with signs of mineral deficiency (rickets) and arthritis. Initially, Kahn’s debility kept him from climbing up to a favored perch. The care givers constructed steps made of concrete blocks to enable him to do so.

Another malady requiring special care: Kahn arrived with a wound on the tail that refused to heal. He spent hours each day licking and chewing his injury.

Conventional veterinary care came with Betadyne, antibiotics and antibiotic ointments. Despite the careful treatments by Vicki and the staff, the tail refused to heal. (Betadyne is much overused in veterinary medicine. It may kill some pathogens, but it also harms fragile granulating epithelial cells that are essential to healing.)

Injuries to the tail, or the tail bone, or other parts of the body rich in nerves call for Hypericum. Instead of antibiotics, Kahn began taking Hypericum 200C with his drinks morning and evening. Topically, Hypericum-Calendula ointment replaced the triple antibiotics.

Homeopathic medicines are specific for the occasion. Hypericum heals wounds of tail, toes and fingers, Calendula speeds epithelial cell activity in slow healing wounds. In many cases, with a wound that Kahn had suffered, antibiotics are unnecessary. Anti-inflammatory drugs interfere with the body’s normal healing process.

Recently, Vicki called to report that Kahn’s tail had healed. He has gained weight and is doing well.

Any medicine good enough for an African lion is good enough for you and your domestic livestock and your pets. Homeopathic medicine has been kindly provided by the Creator for our good. It is a wonderful tool for the healing of the nations.

Submitted by: C. Edgar Sheaffer, VMD

Bonnie M. Sheaffer, RN

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