Learning how to use Homeopathy for Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke is the 11th post in our Summertime Remedy Series. As we are covering common ailments that crop up when we are out on our summer adventures, it makes perfect sense to include ailments from the summertime heat!!
Let’s go over the differences between these heat ailments first!
Heat exhaustion: When there is both an excessive loss of fluids and electrolytes, this can cause a condition where there is nausea, dizziness, weakness, cramps, headache, and fainting. In addition to choosing a remedy from the list below, have the person rest and take drinks of cool water with a pinch of unrefined sea salt. You probably already know that regular salt (table salt) does not have the balance of electrolytes that is needed! Here are some symptoms to look out for:
- Feeling ill
- Lack of appetite
- Clammy (maybe even with goosebumps)
- Excessive sweating
- Heat cramps in the arms, legs and stomach.
- Rapid breathing, rapid pulse
Heatstroke: Unfortunately, after a lengthy exposure to heat and the sun, sometimes the body becomes unable to control its temperature. In this case, the body will have be feverish while at the same time not being able to sweat. Even more dire symptoms may occur. Having a sever headache, seizures, and/or confusion are additional signs of heat stroke. You should head to the ER to get immediate medical attention and administer your remedy or remedies along the way. Here are some symptoms to look out for for heat or sun stroke:
- Feverish: body temperature of 38C (104F) or higher
- They’ve stopped sweating
- High or low blood pressure
- Rapid breathing
- Rapid pulse
- Confusion or foggy thinking
Another heat ailment that could crop up: Heat Cramps
Heat cramps: Although less serious, heat cramps are an indication of insufficient or imbalanced electrolytes. Dehydration can happen quickly in high temperatures. Drinking cool water with a pinch of unrefined sea salt can help in recovering.
Prevent heat exhaustion, heat stroke, or heat cramps
Even though the urge to soak up all the sun can be strong, follow some common sense tips to be sure you don’t ruin your play time with heat exhaustion or worse!
- Consume plenty of cool water with electrolytes
- Do not consume an excessive amount of beverages that dehydrate you (caffeinated drinks, alcohol, etc.)
- Take shade breaks
Why not choose popular electrolyte drinks?
Unfortunately, most of the popular drinks sold as electrolyte drinks contain ingredients that can actually dehydrate you! I could write a whole post about how bad these drinks are for your body, but I don’t have room to cover it here.
Just know that adding a pinch of unrefined sea salt to each cup of water is the best way to ensure you are getting adequate and balanced electrolytes. You can also add Bioplasma, or another combination of all 12 cell salts to help you better absorb these essential minerals! Simply dissolve one-three tablets into your water with a pinch of unrefined sea salt.
It’s best to skip the corn syrup and preservatives (not to mention the food dye) in those commercial beverages.
Homeopathy for Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke
If you are someone you love experiences heat cramps, heat exhaustion, or heat stroke, there are a number of remedies that can help them recover quickly. As always, we use our loved one’s particular symptoms as a guide when choosing our remedies. Any unusual symptoms should be especially listened to!
Below is a list of remedies to choose from when facing this situation. Depending on how dire the situation is, you may need to administer these remedies on the way to the ER so that the person can get medical attention.
Administering Homeopathy for Heat exhaustion and Heat Stroke
Remember: In acute situations, you generally need to give the remedy more often at first. Every 15 minutes is a good rule, but it could be every 5 minutes if the situation is serious. As the person recovers, you will be able to spread the remedy doses out more.
This remedy is so useful and versatile, it is rare that I leave the house without it! We think of Aconite as the first remedy given for shock, whether physical or emotional! Heat exhaustion is shocking to the body! No matter your loved ones symptoms, starting with one dose of Aconite is a good first step. Then, you can choose from the remedies below to find which one fits their symptoms the best. You may end up sticking with Aconite as their remedy if the heat stroke or exhaustion came on suddenly, the person is anxious or restless, and/or they have heat in the whole body with a fast or hard pulse. In this case, give a dose of Aconite 200c every 15 minutes or so until they are much better.
This is a top heat stroke or exhaustion remedy!
If the person has cold sweats despite the heat, has a racing pulse, or conversely, has a weak pulse, and is extremely exhausted, choose Glanoinum. They may have a throbbing and/or bursting headache. The person who needs Glanoinum for their heat stroke may have glassy eyes that are fixed. The body is cold, but the head is hot! Pupils are often constricted.
Belladonna is another top heat stroke or exhaustion remedy! The symptoms for Belladonna are markedly similar to the symptoms for Glanoinum, such as a cold body with a hot head and fixed eyes. However, the pupils will likely be dilated and the person may describe their headache as shooting (as opposed to bursting for Glanoinum). The person who needs Belladonna, typically has a flushed or red face.
If the person is made worse by movement, is nauseous, and has great thirst, this is a good choice of remedy for them.
This is a great remedy if your loved one is delirious.
Carbo veg is a great remedy to think of when there is weakness or collapse. They may be clammy and sweaty.
This is a remedy for nausea and vomiting and so we think of this remedy for our heat exhaustion victim if they are experiencing either of these uncomfortable symptoms. They may be clammy and have cold hands and/or feet.
Cuprum is indicated when there is cramping is one of the major complaints from your person with heat exhaustion or heat stoke. They may have jerky motions. It is also indicated if there is a seizure!
Have you ever used Homeopathy to help someone recover from heat exhaustion or heat stroke? I’d love to hear about it!