Brrrrr! Chilblains! No Worry, Homeopathy Is At Hand

By: Joette Calabrese


Chilblains, could pathology with such a cute name be all that bad? Well, it is only one step away from frost bite, so precautions are necessary. I live in Buffalo where the winters are a delight, but too often we become complacent with winter apparel. So preparation is essential.

As in most illnesses, the best cure is to not allow it to happen in the first place. Dressing appropriately and retiring to the indoors before getting too cold is wise. Another safeguard is to eat a diet high in good quality fat such as butter, whole raw milk, whole cheese and cod liver oil. These foods are vital for the health of those who live in cold regions. Think Scandinavia.

If you get chilblains in spite of safeguards, the most important primary measure is to rub snow on it. This promotes blood to the area that will in turn awaken circulation. After a more rigorous flow is restored, the person should be brought into a warm room and given hot drinks, warm blankets and hot water bottles to conserve warmth and energy.

The next step is to use a tincture made from the berry of the Black Bryony, Tamus communis. It can be applied gently with a clean cloth. If blisters form and break, then soaking a sterile gauze in Calendula tincture and wrapping the area with it will aid in the prevention of infection. In fact Calendula is nearly infallible for addressing superficial infections of any sort.

Next, choose one of the homeopathic remedies to be taken internally. The best way to administer these is to give a dose every hour when the symptoms are quite severe and open up the frequency to every three to five hours with less severity. Give three pills as a dose.

The first remedy to offer is Ferr phos 6x, for the potential inflammation. Three pills should be administered in a cup of hot water and sipped every few minutes. Then repeat throughout the day (as explained above) and perhaps subsequent days, until there is relief. This remedy can be used in tandem with one of the remedies outlined below.

When the skin is inflamed, itches intensely, and is made worse from heat, such as in a hot bed or in front of a fire, think of Pulsatilla 30. A distinguishing factor may also be that the skin has a purplish hue.

If the affliction is of the feet, toes or hands, which are made worse in the cold and comforted by warmth, then give Agaricus 30.

Sometimes, chilblains can become suppurating, and the pain intense, with tenderness at the slightest touch. This is a call for Hepar sulph 30.
And true to “like cures like”, the foundation upon which homeopathy is founded, Rhus tox is potentized and made into a homeopathic remedy from poison ivy. Hence, it’s invaluable for poison ivy –like symptoms. So, in chilblains when the skin is blanketed in blisters that are like poison ivy, Rhus tox will antidote these symptoms and offer relief. Watch out for a dark red inflammation that is made worse when in a cool, damp environment. This is a key note for the use of this remedy.

If you are left with any lingering doubts as to the ability of this powerful medicine, the next time you or a loved one has a case of the chilblains, try these remedies. It may convert you to a homeopathy enthusiast like millions of others throughout the world. Homeopathy is not medicine of side effects, but medicine of rational thought and it comes to the aid of even the most charmingly named illnesses.

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Joette Calabrese HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na)
298 Ashland Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
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