Homeopathy for Insects and animal bites

Updated: Jul 2, 2020

  • Dog or cat Bites – bites, sharp cat nail punctures.

  • Insect stings – fleas, ticks, bees, spiders, anything that stings or bites.

  • Punctures – sticks, wires, nails, or even a syringe, anything sharp that can puncture.

Insects Bites:

Apis mellifica: The well-known effects of a bee's stingburning, stinging, lancinating pain with excessive swelling. There is great sensitiveness of the surface to touch. General soreness. Great restlessness and fidgetiness. Hives, Urticaria, eruptions like nettle rash. Extreme sensitiveness to touch and general soreness is marked.

Ledum Palustre: For punctured wounds, produced by sharp-pointed instruments or bites particularly if the wounded parts are cold, this is the remedy. Most commonly used homeopathic agent for bites and stings from bees, mosquitoes, wasps, or spiders; affected area is cold to the touch but cold applications or immersion in cold water improves symptoms. Long discoloration after injuries and bites.

Urtica urens: In Homeopathy's textbooks it is mentioned that Urtica is Antidote to Hemlock, Mushrooms, Quicksilver, Henbane, Serpents, Scorpions. Itching blotches, Urticaria, burning heat, with formication; violent itching.

Aconite: First aid remedy and useful in first stages of inflammation. It is the best remedy for sudden shocks and nervousness, with restlessness. There may be numbness and tingling.

Cantharis: Though commonly used as a remedy for burns and urinary issues this remedy helps with bug bites too. The pains are burning, and sharp, lancinating along the course of a nerve. Itching vesicles, with burning pain on being touched.Blisters.

Tick Bite:

- For Recent Bites:

  1. Start with Ledum Pal 30 C. This is taken every 1 hour for the first day, followed by 4 times daily for a week.

  2. Twice weekly for a month and then once per week for another month.

- Older bites/ Chronic Cases

Aurum Arsenicum 200 twice daily for one week and in the same manner as Ledum.

For older cases, if complications are already there its always recommended to see a homeopath. As Homeopathy is individualized medicinal system, according to symptoms the remedies are different for each and every individual chronic cases.

Animal Bites:

Belladonna: This remedy is useful for bites and stings where there is rapid swelling and violent symptoms. There is redness, heat, throbbing, and burning, or redness. The face is flushed, eyes glaring, pupils dilated, the body fevered, and an excited mental state. It is often used for dog and cat bites and can be useful in the prevention and treatment of rabies.

Hypericum: This remedy often follows Ledum if there is pain following the nerves upward from the site of the bite. It is specific for injuries to places rich in nerves such as the face,  fingers, toes and nails. Hypericum may be useful in tetanus.

Lachesis: This remedy is useful when the is hot, bluish-purple, or purple-black swellings which have a tendency toward ulceration and the tendency for the seepage of dark blood. It is especially useful in the bites of poisonous animals, cats, dogs and snakes. The dog may feel worse after sleeping or on sleeping and can act over-heated, restless, uneasy and cannot stand anything tight around the neck.

Lyssin: This is the homeopathic nosode for rabies. It will also work for bites of non-rabid animals, especially dogs. It may prevent aggressive reactions and is useful when the dog reacts to running water.

In Case of emergencies and Severe reactions: Better go to the emergencies or hospitals.

Till the time help arrives you can give the following remedies suitable to the symptoms totality.

Carbo Veg, Carbolic Acid or Histamine can be good for severe allergic reactions with shock.