One week ago my 19-year-old daughter Ariana had three wisdom teeth removed, one of them impacted. Wisdom tooth removal is something of a rite of passage for teens these days, especially if they've had braces and don't want their teeth to shift.
I had my own wisdom teeth removed when I was still in naturopathic college, about 27 years ago. At the time we had just learned about Arnica and other homeopathic remedies for use in surgery. I used Arnica 200CH and 1M with great success at the time, suffering very little swelling or discomfort, much to the surprise of a classmate who described quite an ordeal of swelling and pain after her extractions.
So here we were, almost 30 years later, with high tech monitors and IV sedation in a spotless dental surgery room, my daughter covered in a pretty blue blanket, a far cry from the earthier procedure I underwent back in the 80s with only local freezing.
I had asked to be allowed in the room during the procedure. Our dentist Dr. B casually asked: "Are you going to be okay?" I nodded bravely when Junior piped up: "But Mom, didn't you faint that time when you watched a C-section?"
Gee, thanks honey.
"No, uh, I was okay with the C-section." It was the epidural this woman had which had caused me to faint. Her husband caught me going down and then he fainted too. But that's a story for another day!
The assistant placed the IV in Ariana's arm and somehow a wrinkled black and white photo of a man's face suddenly fell out of her shirt. "I'm not even going to try and explain this," she quipped and stuffed it back in.
Dr. B proceeded to patiently inject the sedative a small amount at a time. I was not really happy about her getting a sedative at the time to be honest, but Ariana had made her own arrangements and decided to have it.
Meanwhile I was sitting on a bench at the back of the room with a couple of magazines and a blue blanket to match my daughter's, my stomach churning already.
They were going to hurt my baby!
The local freezing was placed and Dr. B proceeded to extract the first tooth. He really had to use the strength in his hand, I could clearly see it. I was starting to sweat and hoped it was just a hot flush.
"Here is one!" It wasn't a hot flush. Where is a damn bucket when you need it! I was ready to lose my cookies and there were two more teeth to go, one of them impacted!
I felt my head spinning and my vision blurring but there was no escaping now. Dr. B was on one side of the chair, the assistant on the other, various cables further obstructed the route to the washroom. In any case I was afraid to even try and get up in case I'd collapse on the floor and disrupt the entire proceedings.
The next 20 minutes passed in a blur of superhuman effort not to throw up on the dentist's floor or worse, to pass out. Between breathing exercises and staring intently at random photos in a magazine I managed to get thought it. My recommendation: DON'T! TRY! IT!
I was almost glad to pay the hefty fee at the front desk when it was all over, proof that we both survived the ordeal.
The assistant handed me a prescription for Tylenol 3 and detailed instructions for my daughter to take it alternating with Ibuprofen - in order to spare the liver - every three hours.
We were gently escorted out to the car, a cheery and goofy girl, slightly high on sedatives, with a mouth full of absorbent bloody gauze and her pale, still queasy, unmedicated mother.
As soon as it was all over I had Ariana take my special surgery mix of Arnica 200CH and Hypericum 200CH dissolved in water in a little dropper bottle every few minutes. I always use 2 pellets of each in a little dropper bottle. The pellets will dissolve quickly, then I hit the bottle hard a few times against a book or against the palm of my hand to potentize the remedy, this is important. Alternatively the pellets can be taken directly.
This is the trick, taking the remedies in water and repeating the dose frequently, even every few minutes. Ariana had to take it every 5-10 minutes for the first hour or so, then gradually less often. You will be able to tell when you need another dose as the pain increases again. If you only take it once or twice it will not help that much. Arnica is for the trauma and to reduce swelling and bruising and Hypericum is more specifically for nerve pain.
Ariana also held the photo that had been in her shirt on her lower right jaw where the impacted tooth had been removed. That tooth had required extra effort on both the dentist's and my part. His part trying to wrench it out, mine not to lose my cookies as described.
The photo was of a man by the name of Bruno Groening, a German healer and mystic who helped tens of thousands of people during and after World War II.
We had been introduced to his teachings about four years ago and Ariana in particular had received great help through his assistance on many occasions. He taught that there exists a special healing energy which he called the Heilstrohm (healing stream or healing current) that people could tune into for healing.
There are thousands of medically documented healings on record with the Bruno Groening Circle of Friends, including recoveries from severe depression, cancer, alcoholism, spinal deformities and others.
Apparently, he had also asked God to imprint some of that healing energy on all of his photos so people could get help by using one if needed. There are many reports of people experiencing pain relief and various healing for themselves and others with these photos.
Bruno also encouraged people to 'give him' their problems, no matter how big or small and to call on him for help for any concerns. He was very humble and said God did the healing and that he was just God's little helper.
No Painkillers Needed
Ariana healed perfectly, without any complications and virtually no pain. She did not take a single tablet of pain medication. We never filled the prescription. On a few occasions when some discomfort surfaced she either took another dose of the remedy or asked Bruno for help.
The dental assistant messaged Ariana a few days later to check up on her. Surprised about the quick and uneventful healing she spontaneously inquired about what her religion or spiritual beliefs were and what that photo was all about.
Ariana was happy to share her story and very excited to tell me all about it too.
I think that Ariana recovered so well thanks to a very skilled dentist who I am very grateful to as well as both homeopathy and Bruno following the procedure. When I had my teeth extracted I still had some discomfort, but it was relatively manageable, whereas Ariana experienced basically no pain at all. Her comment on managing the whole event without pain killers or antibiotics: "Boom! Take that modern medicine!"
Homeopathy in Dental Practice
Of course we also used the best modern medicine has to offer, such as sterile instruments, local freezing and wonderful skills. But why not use the best of both worlds?
I think homeopathy has a lot to offer in dental practice. Dead German mystics may be the icing on the cake and make for a good story, but the cake itself is pretty good already.
In my opinion pain and trauma management with homeopathy might reduce the need for pain meds by 50-90% which is great because it is non-toxic and just supports the natural healing process. The remedies are also very inexpensive at about $8 a tube and one tube contains enough remedy to treat about 20 people. Dentists could just send patients home with a little bottle like I did for Ariana. When I prep patients for surgery I often give them such a bottle for $10. The cost to fill a prescription!
We also have remedies to deal with post-surgical complications such as bleeding and infections in homeopathy. One of Ariana's friends ended up in the hospital with an infection after her wisdom teeth extractions; she was amazed at Ariana's uneventful recovery.
I hope this article will help some others to prepare for dental surgery and maybe even inspire a few dentists to give it a try, it would not hurt, pun intended!
Anke Zimmermann, BSc, FCAH
3/8/2018 09:17:30 am
Hello Dr. Zimmerman,
3/8/2018 05:57:02 pm
4/21/2018 04:16:53 am
Thank you. Post surgery from yesterday I have just made up a bottle, pillules dissolving now.
5/10/2018 12:02:44 pm
Thankyou for your post~very helpful~I am to have a tooth removed due to a deep pocket that has caused bone loss.I have been advised to take an anibiotic before as there is some infection.I nooticed that your daughter didn't take antibiotics~I would prefer not to as well.I know you cannot advise, but any holiistic approach idea's in general in regards to infection alternatives ?many thanks
8/6/2018 01:41:47 pm
I am interested in the remedies for infection and bleeding. Can you provide a link if there is something on your website with this info? My son just had two impacted wisdom teeth removed today. I ordered the arnica 200C but it is late being delivered, so I went ahead and started him on 30C pellets and the hypericum 30C.
8/6/2018 04:28:42 pm
8/10/2018 12:41:39 am
Hi. My daughter is scheduled to get a surgery for a wisdom tooth that is been in lying postion to be removed. She is getting local anestisia. I only have arnica 10 M and hypericum 200c and heypericum 1M. Which ones do you think i should mix together?
8/10/2018 01:46:14 pm
9/12/2018 07:16:26 pm
For how long do you use the dropper bottle remedy? Until it’s gone?
9/12/2018 08:41:00 pm
You use it until you no longer feel pain or discomfort, usually several days.
9/13/2018 09:41:49 am
9/13/2018 10:14:09 am
The same dosage is appropriate. I recommend not giving it before the surgery, but as soon as possible starting afterwards. Please read my blog post again for details on dosing, basically you take the remedy as often as needed to control pain. Remember that this is just general advise, not a personal recommendation. Please consider seeing a local practitioner for supervision!
9/13/2018 10:15:41 am
Thank you for your prompt response!
12/20/2018 07:49:58 pm
I have underwent Root Canal procedure for 3 teeth and cap provided. I have pain while grinding food & drinking cold or hot water/ drinks. But no pain if bite hard things in those teeth.
12/20/2018 08:26:34 pm
First I would suggest you discuss this with your dentist to see if there is some problem with the root canals. Hypericum can be helpful for neuralgia after dental work, it might help you, but there are other remedies that could be considered. But please do check with your dentist and I also recommend you speak with a professional homeopath about it.
3/11/2019 03:20:44 am
Your article is extremely well-written. This is great informational content from my point of view. You also make many valid points with compelling, unique content.
6/5/2019 03:27:21 am
Hello, First I would like to thank you for such a helpful article. My daughter 25 is getting all her 4 wisdom tooth extracted tomorrow in one sitting. I am very worried about it. My main question is can I give her 2° of Arnica 200 and Hypericum 200 in 1 tsp of water mixed together every few hours for pain and swelling? Thanks...
6/7/2019 01:19:33 am
Hi! My 10-year old daughter will be having 2 of her bottom wisdom teeth surgically removed next month. I plan to give her Arnica 200ch or 1M and Hypericum 200ch or 1M before and after the procedure. Is there any other homeopathic remedy I can give her in place of the antibiotics her dentist will surely prescribe, to prevent infection?
6/7/2019 10:41:40 am
Your daughter is ten years old and already has wisdom teeth? That sounds unusual. Because Arnica and Hypericum both promote healing antiobiotics may not be necessary. I can't give you individual advise on what to do or tell you or tell you not to use antibiotics as I'm not a dentist or MD of course and as this is a just a blog and you are not my client, but it is was my child I would have her rinse with a dilution of colloidal silver, 1 tsp in 1/2 a cup, carefully three times a day and then swallow it.
8/30/2019 03:54:58 am
Hi Dr. Zimmerman,
8/30/2019 09:52:24 am
Hi, 200CK is pretty much the same thing, it will work. A CH potency is made with a fresh vial between each dilution and succussion, a CK potency is made using the same vial. There is some debate as to which is preferred, but I've certainly used both with success. Good luck!
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Anke Zimmermann, BSc, FCAH
Classical and Modern Homeopathy
Sooke, BC, Canada
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