TRAVELER GUIDE

General advice for travelers is available…here

SYMPTOMS THE ADVENTUROUS TRAVELER MAY EXPERIENCE

ABDOMEN

cramps, Veratrum 30c
swollen, Carbo veg 30c

ABRASIONS

Ledum 30c, Arnica 30c

ABSCESS

amoebic liver, Bryonia 30c
see also breast feeding difficulties

ACCIDENTS (see relevant entries)

Arnica 30c

AIRSICKNESS

due to motion, Cocculus 30c
due to altitude, Coca 30c

ALTITUDE SICKNESS

Coca 30c

ALCOHOL

hangover from, Nux vom 30c

ALLERGIC REACTIONS

first aid for, Apis 30c

AMOEBIC DYSENTERY

Bryonia 30c, Chelidonium 30c, Merc viv 30c,
Nux vom 30c
(seek medical assistance urgently)
liver “abscess”, Bryonia 30c

ANIMAL BITES

Arnica 30c, Hypericum 30c, Ledum 30c, Staphisagria 30c

ANXIETY

anticipatory with diarrhoea, Arg nit 30c, Gelsemium 30c
with fever, Aconite 30c, Arsenicum 30c

ASPHIXIA

apparent death from, Carbo veg 30c

ASSAULTS

for shock, Arnica 30c
for fear, Aconite 30c
sexual, Staphisagria 30c (first aid treatment)

BACILLARY DYSENTERY (SHIGELLOSIS)

China 30c, Eupatorium perf 30c, Ipecac 30c

BACK PROBLEMS

after sitting too long, Bellis per 30c
worse slightest movement, Bryonia 30c

BELCHING

Carbo veg 30c

BILHARZIASIS

with profound exhaustion, China 30c

BITES

animal, Arnica 30c, Hypericum 30c, Ledum 30c,
animal, with shooting nerve pain, Hypericum 30c
insect, Apis 30c, Cantharis 30c, Ledum 30c,
snake, Aconite 30c, Carbo veg 30c, Ledum 30c
red, hot, swollen,better cold applications, Apis 30c
blue, cold, puffy,better cold applications, Ledum 30c
star fish or sea urchin stings (with spines), Silica 30c
see also Staphisagria 30c

BLACK EYE

Arnica 30c, Ledum 30c

BLOOD BLISTERS

Arnica 30c

BLOOD POISONING

Apis 30c, Arnica 30c, Arsenicum 30c, Bryonia 30c,
Carbo veg 30c, Pulsatilla 30c

BOILS

Arnica 30c, Arsenicum 30c, Belladonna 30c

BREAST FEEDING DIFFICULTIES

hard, engorged, hot, red, Belladonna 30c
hard, engorged, hot, pale, Bryonia 30c
abcess with pus, extremely painful, Hepar sulph 30c
abcess with smelly, corrosive pus, Merc viv 30c
too much milk, Pulsatilla 30c
abcess slow to heal, Silica 30c
baby vomits breast milk, Silica 30c

BRUCELLOISIS

with bone pain Eup perf 30c
see also Pulsatilla 30c, Rhus tox 30c

BRUISES

of soft tissue, Arnica cream externally
(only on unbroken skin)
or Arnica 30c
of deep tissue (contusion of breasts), Bellis per 30c

BURNS

Urtica Urens Cream externally soothes minor burns
for shock, Arnica 30c
if area of injury better cold, Cantharis 30c
if area of injury better hot, Arsenicum 30c
Serious burns, seek medical assistance immediately

CATERPILLAR HAIR IRRITATION

Pulsatilla 30c

CHAGAS DISEASE

Ledum 30c

CHICKENPOX

Rhus tox 30c

CHILLBLAINS

hot, itchy, worse heat, Pulsatilla 30c
dark red inflammation, Rhus tox 30c
Use Calendula Cream / Ointment externally, if they break.

CHINESE FOOD

allergy to, see MSG

CHOLERA

in early stages, Camphor 30c
with cramps, Cuprum 30c
with chills and cold sweat, Veratrum 30c
severe ,final stage, Carbo veg 30c
see also, Arsenicum 30c

CLAUSTROPHOBIA

Arg nit 30c

COLD SORES

with no other symptoms, Natrum mur 30c
see also Rhus tox 30c

COLDS

in early stages, Aconite 30c
see also FLU remedies

COLIC

better bending forwards, Belladonna 30c
worse slightest movement; better heat and pressure (knees up), Bryonia 30c
comes on after humiliation, Staphisagria 30c

COLORADO TICK FEVER

Eup perf 30c, Rhus tox 30c

CONCUSSION

Arnica 30c

CONSTIPATION

constant ineffectual urging,
unfinished sensation after stool,
caused by alcohol, over-eating,
pregnancy, Nux vomica 30c
great dryness/thirst, sometimes headache, Bryonia 30c
“traveller’s constipation”, Natrum mur 30c

CRAMPS

at night / while swimming, Cupum 30c

CUTS (see also WOUNDS)

cuts, grazes, sores, Calendula Ointment externally
deep puncture, Ledum 30c
incised, clean cuts, Hypericum 30c
lacerations, Hypericum 30c
see also Staphisagria 30c

CYSTITIS

with burning, Cantharis 30c
“honeymoon” cystitis, Staphisagria 30c

DEHYDRATION

China 30c

DENGUE

with muscle / joint / bone pain, Eup perf 30c
see also Aconite 30c, Belladonna 30c, Carbo veg 30c, Staphisagria 30c, Rhus tox 30c

DENTAL TREATMENT

before fillings or extractions, Arnica 30c
before if fearful, Aconite 30c
after effects of, Arnica 30c
shooting nerve pain after, Hypericum 30c
flu / cold symptoms after mercury fillings, Merc viv 30c
bleeding gums, after, Arnica 30c

DIPTHERIA

Apis 30c, Arsenicum 30c, Merc viv 30c

DIARRHOEA (or Diarrhea)
(Be sure to consult remedy description to find best match)

As this is one of the most common illnesses when travelling abroad more detailed information is given.
The most important remedies are underlined.

Aconite: Diarrhoea from catching cold, with nausea and pespiration before or after.

Apis: Diarrhoea: Anus feels permanently open, oozes blood, slightest movement produces stool.

Arg nit: Diarrhoea after sweets or immediately after drinking.

Arnica: Diarrhoea after injuries.

Arsenicum: Diarrhoea from bad food especially meat, with much vomiting and purging.(cf Veratrum)

Belladonna: Diarrhoea in children: small, green, frequent stool

Bryonia: Diarrhoea: lumpy, caused by hot weather.

Cantharis: Diarrhoea with pain on urination / with cutting pains after stool.

Camphor: Diarrhoea – stools like rice water. Cholera.

Carbo veg: Diarrhoea caused by bad food / over-indulgence.

Chamomilla: Diarrhoea: chopped spinach / watery stools smelling of rotten eggs. Caused by teething / anger (especially useful in children).

Chelidonium: Diarrhoea with liver problems, better after eating.

China: Diarrhoea – painless, lots of flatulence with undigested food. Also useful afterwards to treat dehydration / exhaustion.

Cuprum: Diarrhoea: violent with cramps and retching.Cholera

Gelsemium: Diarrhoea from anticipation, fright, grief.

Ignatia: Diarrhoea after grief

Ipecac: Diarrhoea with stools like fermented yeast.

Manganum: Diarrhoea, with constipation.

Merc sol :Diarrhoea during jaundice; after sugar.

Nux vomica :Diarrhoea after alcohol

Pulsatilla: Diarrhoea after acute diseases; change in weather.

Podophyllum: Diarrhoea, acute attacks, Stool is profuse, gushing and highly offensive.

Rhus tox: Diarrhoea from over-exertion, getting damp or wet

Veratrum: Profuse watery diarrhoea. May also have vomiting simultaneously (cf Arsenicum)

DROWNING

apparent death by, Carbo veg 30c

DYSENTERY (Be sure to consult remedy description to find best match)

amoebic, Bryonia 30c, Chelidonium 30c, Merc viv 30c, Nux vom 30c
seek medical assistance urgently
bacillary (aka Shigellosis), China 30c, Ipecac 30c,
Podophyllum 30c, Rhus tox 30c

EARACHE

in planes, both children and adults, Pulsatilla 30c
caused by infection, in children, Aconite 30c,
Belladonna 30c, Chamomilla 30c, Pulsatilla 30c

ENCEPHALITIS

Belladonna 30c

EXHAUSTION

from physical over-exertion, Arnica 30c

EXPOSURE

see HYPOTHERMIA

EYE INJURIES

bruising and/or shock, Arnica 30c
fear after, Aconite 30c
black eye, Ledum 30c
foreign body stuck in the eye, Silica 30c
with feelings of anger, Staphisagria 30c
to the eyeball itself, Symphytum 30c is recommended (particularly if Arnica fails to ease the pain)

EYE STRAIN

Ruta 30c

FEAR OF FLYING

comes on suddenly, Aconite 30c
from fear of heights and claustrophobia, Arg nit 30c
with fear of death, Aconite 30c, Arsenicum 30c
with intense restlessness, Arsenicum 30c
with paralysis and trembling, better for alcohol, Gelsemium 30c

FEVER

Colorado Tick, Eup perf 30c, Rhus tox 30c
Dengue, with bone pain, Eup perf 30c, Bryonia 30c
relapsing, Arsenicum 30c, Bryonia 30c, China 30c,
Merc viv 30c, Rhus tox 30c, Veratrum 30c
Rift Valley, Aconite 30c, Belladonna 30c, Rhus tox 30c
Ross River, Bryonia 30c
Sand fly, Belladonna 30c, Rhus tox 30c
Yellow, Arsenicum 30c, Belladonna 30c, Carbo veg 30c, Gelsemium 30c

Fingers

crushed, Hypericum 30c

FISH

toxic poisoning, Aconite 30c, Belladonna 30c, Cuprum 30c

FLATULENCE

Carbo veg 30c, China 30c

FLU

Many possible remedies. (Be sure to consult remedy description to find best match)
Arsenicum 30c, Bryonia 30c, China 30c, Eupatorium perfoliatum 30c,
Gelsemium 30c, Ipecac 30c, Nux vomica 30c, Rhus tox 30c

FOOD POISONING

particularly after meat, Arsenicum 30c
after bad fish, Pulsatilla 30c
after shellfish, Merc viv 30c

FRACTURES

if pain and swelling are severe, Arnica 30c
with shooting nerve pains, Hypericum 30c

GASTRIC FLU

Many possible remedies. Check MINI MATERIA MEDICA to see if any of the following are appropriate:
Arsenicum 30c, Bryonia 30c, China 30c, Gelsemium 30c,
Ipecac 30c, Podophyllum 30c, Pulsatilla 30c, Nux vom 30c

GIARDIOSIS

China 30c, Pulsatilla 30c,

GUINEA WORM INFECTON (DRACONTIASIS)

Silica 30c

HANGOVER

with sick headache and/or nausea, Nux vomica 30c
caused by cigarette smoke, Ignatia 30c

HEADACHES

caused by sun, Belladonna 30c, Natrum mur 30c

HEAD INJURIES

Arnica 30c. Natrum sulph is recommended if pains remain or symptoms ensue.
Seek professional help

HEADLICE

Staphisagria 30c

HEAT STROKE (SEE SUNSTROKE)

HEPATITIS

Chelidonium 30c

HOMESICKNESS

feels alone and abandoned, Pulsatilla 30c
thinks,talks and dreams of home, Bryonia 30c
Honeysuckle Bach Flower Remedy is also recommended

HIVES

with fever, Apis 30c
with burning itching stinging, Rhus tox 30c

HYPOTHERMIA

Aconite 30c
if unconscious, Carbo veg 30c

IMMUNIZATIONS (or VACCINATIONS)

before, reduces local reaction, Hypericum 30c, Ledum 30c
to treat the puncture wound, Ledum 30c
shooting pains after, Hypericum 30c
see also Chamomilla 30c
severe overall reaction, Silica 30c
other adverse reactions, seek professional homoepathic advice as soon as possible

INJURIES TO

bones, Ruta 30c see also fractures
breasts or deep tissue, Bellis per 30c,
coccyx, Hypericum 30c
head, see HEAD INJURIES
muscles, Arnica 30c, see SPRAINS
nerve-rich areas (e.g fingers / toes), Hypericum 30c
palms of hands, Ledum 30c
shins or bones near surface, Ruta 30c
soft tissue, Arnica 30c
soles of feet, Ledum 30c
spine, Hypericum 30c
tendons / ligaments, Rhus tox 30c

INJURIES WITH

fear, Aconite 30c
long-lasting after-effects, Arnica 30c
shock, Arnica 30c
splinters, Silica 30c

JAUNDICE

Chelidonium 30c, Manganum 30c

JELLYFISH STINGS

Carbo veg 30c, Ledum 30c

JET-LAG

Arnica 30c
with severely disturbed sleep, Cocculus 30c
see also Gelsemium 30c & Arg nit 30c

KALA AZAR

Arsenicum 30c

LEPROSY

Arsenicum 30c

LEPTOSIROSIS

Arsenicum 30c

LICE

Ledum 30c

LIVER DAMAGE

Chelidonium 30c
see also Podophyllum 30c

LIVER FLUKES

Chelidonium 30c

MALARIA

Arsenicum 30c, Apis 30c, Belladonna 30c,
Carbo veg 30c, Camphor 30c, China 30c, Eup per 30c,
Ipecac 30c, Natrum mur 30c, Nux vom 30c,
Pulsatilla 30c, Rhus tox 30c, Veratrum 30c

MANCHINEEL POISONING

Rhus tox 30c

MENINGITIS

Belladonna 30c

MOUTH ULCERS

pains stinging, throbbing, increased saliva, offensive breath, Merc viv 30c

MISCARRIAGE

threatened, from physical trauma, shock, Arnica 30c

MONOSODIUM GLUTAMATE (MSG)

allergy to, Belladonna 30c

MOTION SICKNESS

Cocculus 30c

MOUNTAIN SICKNESS

Coca 30c

MUSCLES

pulled, worse slightest movement, Bryonia 30c
tired, Arnica 30c

MYCETOMA

fungal infection of foot, Silica 30c

NOSEBLEED

with sudden onset, Aconite 30c
from injury, Arnica 30c

O’NYONG-NYONG

Rhus tox 30c

OTOMYCOSIS

(fungal ear infection) Merc viv 30c, Pulsatilla 30c

OVERINDULGENCE

Carbo veg 30c, Nux vom 30c

PARATYPHOID

Arnica 30c, Aconite 30c, Belladonna 30c, Manganum 30c, Nux vom 30c, Rhus tox 30c

PEA POISONING

Lathyrus 30c

POLIOMYELITIS

Gelsemium 30c, Lathyrus 30c

POISON IVY

Rhus tox 30c, Ledum 30c

PTOMAINE POISONING

Arsenicum 30c

PROPHYLAXIS

see GUIDE

RABIES

Belladonna 30c, seek medical assistance urgently

SCALP RINGWORM

Chelidonium 30c

SCALDS

Cantharis 30c

SCIATICA

caused by sitting too long, BellisPer 30c
see also Arsenicum 30c

SEPSIS

affected area is red, hot, throbbing Belladonna 30c (may stop sepsis setting in)
to lance/drain in early stages, Hepar Sulph 30c
with blood-streaked, corrosive pus, Merc viv 30c
wounds slow to heal, Silica 30c

SHINGLES

Rhus tox 30c

SHOCK (Be sure to consult remedy description to find best match)

Arnica 30c
emotional, Ignatia 30c
with fearfulness, Aconite 30c
from receiving (bad) news, Gelsemium 30c
extreme cases, semi-concious, Carbo veg 30c

SLEEPING SICKNESS

Arsenicum 30c, China 30c, Nat mur 30c,
Manganum 30c

SNOW BLINDNESS

Aconite 30c

SPRAINS & STRAINS (Be sure to consult remedy description to find best match)

Arnica 30c
if worse for slightest movement, Bryonia 30c
worse first movement,better continued movement, Rhus tox 30c
worse lying on affected part, Ruta 30c

STIFF NECK (Be sure to consult remedy description to find best match)

Rhus Tox 30c
If accompanied by high fever seek medical advice, as it could be a symptom of Meningitis

STINGS

Aconite 30c, Apis 30c, Carbo veg 30c, Ledum 30c

STRAINS

Arnica 30c

STYES (Be sure to consult remedy description to find best match)

eye is red, the lid is painful and swollen, Apis 30c
eye itches, lids stick together, thick yellow-green discharge, Pulsatilla 30c
see also Staphisagria 30c
if pus is present, see sepsis

SUNBURN

skin is dry, hot, red, throbbing, Belladonna 30c
if severe, Cantharis 30c

SUNSTROKE (Be sure to consult remedy description to find best match)

with fever, redness, delirium, Belladonna 30c
symptoms much worse for movement, Bryonia 30c
with prostration, Carbo veg 30c
seek medical assistance urgently
see General Advice on Dehydration

TENNIS ELBOW

Ruta 30c

TETANUS

Hypericum 30c, Ledum 30c

THREADWORMS

Ipecac 30c, Silica 30c, Veratrum 30c

TOOTHACHE

Apis 30c, Hepar Sulph 30c, Hypericum 30c

TRAVEL SICKNESS (Be sure to consult remedy description to find best match)

with dizziness, better lying down, Cocculus 30c
better for vomiting, but finds it difficult,
Nux vomica 30c
also recommended Petroleum 30c & Tabacum 30c

TRICHINOSIS

Bryonia 30c

TROPICAL SPRUE

Pulsatilla 30c

Typhoid

Aconite 30c, Arnica 30c, Belladonna 30c, China 30c, Ipecac 30c, Manganum 30c, Nux vomica 30c, Rhus tox 30c

TYPHOID

Arsenicum 30c, Merc viv 30c, Rhus tox 30c

ULCERS

Baruli, Chelidonium 30c
tropical, Carbo veg 30c, Merc viv 30c

URTICARIA see HIVES

VOMITING (Be sure to consult remedy description to find best match)

with cough, Ipecac 30c,
with diarrhoea, Arsenicum 30c, Veratrum 30c
constant nausea, not relieved by vomiting, Ipecac 30c
caused by over-indulgence, Nux vomica 30c

WHIPLASH

with shooting nerve pain, Hypericum 30c
deep ligament and tendon injuries,with possible tearing, Ruta 30c

WOUNDS

cuts, grazes, sores, Calendula Ointment externally
deep puncture, Ledum 30c
incised, clean cuts, Hypericum 30c
lacerations, Hypericum 30c
see also Staphisagria 30c

WIND see FLATULENCE

Carbo veg 30c, China 30c

YELLOW FEVER

Apis 30c, Arg Nit 30c, Arsenicum 30c, Belladonna 30c,
Bryonia 30c, Carbo veg 30c, China 30c, Ipecac 30c

GENERAL ADVICE FOR TRAVELERS

Prevention is better than cure

Contaminated water
Don’t drink it
Chill your drinks with ice made of it; brush your teeth with it; swim in it.

Food
Don’t eat fruit (unless it can be peeled) or raw food (unless you can wash it in pure water). Every night and morning: 2 tsp. of cider vinegar or Honegar in spring water offers good gastrointestinal protection and helps prevent diarrhea. It’s not homoeopathic, but it works.

Insects and Snakes
Don’t get bitten! Wear long sleeves / trousers; use a repellant; use a net; don’t walk bare-foot in high-risk areas. Take particular care at dusk.

Sun
Respect it, particularly if you aren’t used to it. Sunburn can make a miserable start to your trip and sunstroke can be literally fatal.

Dehydration
In hot climates drink plenty of pure water. If you can tolerate it add half a teaspoon of salt (or commercial dehydration salts) to each liter of liquid consumed. Dark urine is a warning sign. Increase to one teaspoon per half liter. Drink every hour for at least six hours. Urine should be pale yellow. Seek medical assistance immediately if you are concerned.

OTHER USEFUL PRODUCTS

Creams or Ointments:

Arnica – can be used externally on unbroken skin. Never use on broken skin as it can irritate. Reduces bruising and swelling.

Calendula – the “homoeopath’s antiseptic”. Use on cut, broken or sore skin. A wonderful healing balm.

Urtica Urens – very soothing on hot, itchy skin caused by minor burns, sunburn or allergic reactions to insect bites and stings.

Pyrethrum spray – insect repellant.

Lemon grass essential oil – another useful insect repellant. Burn it in your room or rub into skin mixed with a base oil or sun tan oil.

Bach flower remedies:
Rescue Remedy – A combination of five flower remedies, used to reassure and calm those who have had bad experiences or accidents. In many, many situations you can give this immediately, whilst you consider which remedy is most appropriate.

Honeysuckle – A great remedy for homesickness.

IMMUNIZATION

Immunizations and conventional anti-malarial drugs are contra-indicated for pregnant women and young babies. Those allergic to antibiotics may also be allergic to Polio immunization. It is not advisable to have immunizations for Meningitis or Typhoid if you are suffering from flu or any other inflammatory illness. If you take steroids, have cancer or HIV+ status, have a history of allergies or weakened immunity you should not have Yellow Fever immunizations.

A small number of countries require a certificate proving that you have had this treatment (see T4), but a doctor’s letter, stamped by your local health authority may be accepted instead. Check with the embassy concerned. If you do not fall into any of the above categories, as with any medical treatment, it is advisable to consider the effectiveness of immunization and the risks or benefits it will involve. Whether you decide to choose immunization is entirely your decision. The aim of this leaflet is to assist you in making an informed choice.

TO IMMUNIZE OT NOT TO IMMUNIZE

The Pros:
Public Health Laboratory Service
61 Colindale Avenue London NW9 5EQ (UK)
Tel: 0181 200 6868 / Fax: 0181 200 7868
Ask for a free copy of T4.

HMSO Book Shop Tel: 0171 873 9090(UK)
Three relevant publications:
“Immunization against Infectious Disease” published by Department of Health (1992).
“International Travel and Heath – Vaccination Requirements and Health Advice (WHO 1994) “published by World Health Organization.
“Health Information for Overseas Travel “available from summer 1994, published by Department of Health.(UK)
MASTA – Medical Advisory Service for Travelers Abroad.
Tel: 0891 224100 (Premium rate service)(UK)
Based at the London School for Tropical Diseases, MASTA operates a pay-line. Leave details of your planned travel itinerary (there is no limit to the number of countries you can include) together with living conditions (i.e. tourist class/native) and they will send you a detailed computer print out on risks/ recommended immunizations. The computer is up-dated daily with information from the Foreign and Commonwealth Offices.

The Cons:
What Doctors Don’t Tell You4 Wallace Road London N1 2PG (UK)
“The WDDTY Vaccination Handbook” Price £4.95

The Society of Homoeopaths
2 Artizan Road Northampton NN1 4HU (UK)
“The Case Against Immunizations “by Richard Moskowitz. Price £2.00

FURTHER READING:
“The World Travellers’ Manual of Homoeopathy” by Dr. ColinB. Lessell. Price £16.95. Published by The C.W. Daniel Company ISBN 0-85207-242-2.

“A Handbook of Homoeopathic Alternatives to Immunisation” by Susan Curtis. Price £5.99. Published by Winter Press.
ISBN 1- 874581–02

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