An abnormal condition that occurs when not enough blood flows through the body.


A state of profound depression of the vital processes from various causes from emotional trauma to injury which reduces the blood pressure and venous return, thus impairing circulation which may cause irreversible circulatory failure and eventually death. [SNH p.44]


Bad news or an automobile accident will bring on shock sufficient to weaken the body and bring on the problem. With perfect body function, a shock would not have this effect. It could cause a disquieting moment, but the body system would not undergo the extreme shock. The shock is greater when the person is not well. [SNH p.44]

Herbal Aids:

General Instructions: When a person goes into shock, the administration of medicinal aids orally will often be difficult or impossible. In this case an anus injection (or enema) which will cause relaxation is applicable. Use one cup (to a pint maximum) of catnip, peppermint, skullcap, spearmint, or valerian. Massage the abdomen and parts of the spine with lobelia externally and make sure that the patient gets undisturbed rest. Cayenne should be taken internally to help equalize the blood pressure and insure that the internal functions will remain stabilized during the intense systemal distress. [SNH p.44]

Caused by Hemorrhaging: Hemorrhage throws many people into shock and can bring on death very rapidly. If the wound is small, the blood usually coagulates and the area seals itself, but if the rupture is large, some herbal aid is needed. The first thing one should think about is cayenne as quickly as possible. Using one teaspoon to the cup, as hot as can be taken without scalding. This will help stop any hemorrhage, internal or external, by the time a person can count to ten. If the rupture is external and cayenne is not available, comfrey placed over the wound will stop bleeding quickly. [SNH p.30]

Blue Cohosh: Nervous exhaustion due to shock or accident. Use the warm decoction. [SNH p.292] Decoction of blue cohosh: See formula using blue cohosh, distilled water and glycerine. [SNH p.292]

Shock, Collapse, Prostration: See formula using myrrh, cayenne and echinacea. [SNH p.456]

Shock Tea for use During Labor: Be sure that you have cayenne, vinegar, and honey for the shock tea. Even if you do not tend to shock, it will warm you up and give you energy. [EWH p.70]

More General Instructions: Follow the standard first-aid techniques for shock, keeping the patient quiet and warm, and giving liquids if possible. The herbal shock formula, containing one cup of warm water, 1/8 cup honey, one tablespoon apple cider vinegar, and one teaspoon cayenne, works reliably to help bring a person out of shock. The Bach Flower Rescue Remedy works quickly, though subtly, for shock. Massage the feet and hands to help bring circulation to needy areas of the body. [EWH p.161]

Skullcap: In addition to its nerve building properties Skullcap is also an antispasmodic. It stops the shaking of St. Vitus' dance, palsy, convulsions, fits and even epilepsy, which is often a result of nervous exhaustion. It will help a person who has chronic twitching of the muscles or eye blinking. In cases of trembling due to shock it will quiet the nervous system and relieve the symptoms. [UW-Skullcap]

Valerian: In mild cases of mental derangement, especially when caused by nervous shock of strain, in nervous atony, simulating paralysis, it is excellent. [UW-Valerian]

See Also:

Cayenne: Dr. Christopher's many Cayenne Combinations

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