Thursday, 27 June 2013

How to treat pertussis with homeopathy

Pertussis or whooping cough as it is commonly known is an upper respiratory infection. It is an extremely infectious bacterial disease caused by the Bordetella pertussis or Bordetella parapertussis bacteria, causing irrepressible, violent coughing, usually making it hard to breathe. A deep "whooping" sound is often heard when the patient tries to take a breath. It is a serious disease that can cause permanent disability in infants, and even death. When an infected person sneezes or coughs, tiny droplets containing the bacteria move through the air, and the disease is easily spread from person to person. The infection usually lasts 6 weeks.

Whooping cough is everywhere; the vaccine has been a miserable failure in the sense of eradication or prevention. On the other side the benefits of Homeopathy are manifold; no side effects can be given over a long duration of time. Especially for a case such like pertussis, these medical attributes are critical. Therefore Homeopathy can be a safe bet and some powerful help kits include:

Antimonium tartaricum - rattling in the chest with a strong loose cough, chest feels like it is full of mucus

Coccus cacti - a tickling in the throat, and feels better in the cold open air and drinking cold liquids

Cuprum metallicum - violent coughing fits that cause a child to turn blue in the face

Drosera - for barking coughs and croup. Dryness and tickling in the throat trigger the cough

Ipecacuanha - used to induce vomiting, for severe suffocative coughs that end in retching, vomiting, or cyanosis with stiffness in the body

Bryonia alba - for a cough that is dry, racking, painful in the chest and head, and made worse from motion and better from being still.

Pertussin - when the cough is dry, choking, and hacking, and triggered by a tickle in the throat or chest

Aconite – when the cough is dry and whistling, burning in the larynx

Hepar Sulph – person is worse in the evening till 12 am, exhibits high level of irritability

Spongia – for a dry, hoarse, barking, sawing cough with dry air passages

Magnesium phosphoricum – for severe coughing, convulsive fits of nervous cough ending in a whoop

Lithy Tree - targets the lungs and restores pulmonary function. Exceptionally helpful for severe coughs, bronchial spasm, and bronchitis

European Hornbeam - for spasmodic coughs and bronchitis, is indicated when there is an abundance of mucus

Briar Rose - strengthens a child's immune system. Useful for conditions involving ear, nose, throat, sinuses and chest

Lemon Bark - is used in conjunction for spasmodic coughs, hiccups, headaches and certain migraines

Drosera rotundifolia - when the cough is worse immediately upon lying down to bed at night and/or when the cough flares up after midnight.

Belladonna – a dry, tickling, spasmodic cough emanates from the larynx, may be accompanied with fever

Coccus cacti - the choking cough spells may become more aggravated early in the morning and/or around 11-11:30 p.m.

Ipecacuanha - persistent nausea and may stiffen and become rigid with cough.

Antimonium tartaricum - loud, rattling, mucus-filled chest while coughing.

Cuprum metallicum - violent paroxysms of severe cough lead to suffocation with the lips and face turning blue

Vitamins - vitamin C as ascorbic acid or ascorbate, vitamin A (in beta carotene), vitamin E

Herbs – mullein, elecampane, thyme, licorice, coltsfoot, drosera (sundew)

Drosera 30C - one dose sublingually

Oil – flaxseed oil, cod liver oil, comfrey oil

If you suspect whooping cough, consult your homeopath immediately. Severe coughing can lead to dehydration, exhaustion, and breathing difficulties which can be life threatening. Diet is critical, be sure to include fresh juices, plenty of veggie soups, lots of water, chicken and fish.

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Homeopathic approach to raising children

Since Homoeopathy’s introduction 200 years ago by a German doctor Samuel Hahnemann, it has won much praise especially for the treatment of the new-born, neo-nate, infants and children. It has a laudable and extensively-documented clinical record and there are literally hundreds of high-quality, peer-reviewed basic science, pre-clinical and clinical studies showing it works. Today, many pediatricians prefer homoeopathic treatment for their patients. Homoeopathic medicines are prepared mainly from herbs and minerals and are given in very minute doses so that they are 100% non-toxic. Homeopathy is therefore safe with no side effects and is very good for raising immunity. It stimulates the body’s own healing mechanism while treating both emotional and physical symptoms. Its greatest benefit is that it prevents disease when taken as a prophylactic. In contrast to antibiotics and other such medicines, homoeopathy does not hinder digestion; does not lower resistance power and does not produce any allergy. There is no harm even if taken over a long-term. No injections are required while you are on homoeopathy.

Parenthood is the most amazing and exhilarating experience one can have, provided you really accept and welcome it. One of the major issues in our times is how to take care of our children’s health. The applications of homeopathy are widespread - everything from treating the common cold, ear infections, infants colic, fever, teething problems, vomiting, dysentery, nephrotic syndrome (kidney disease), growth related problems, convulsions (epilepsy).

Ignatia amara, Lycopodium clavatum and Natrum muriaticum are very effective for the prevention and treatment of migraine attacks in children. A significant decrease in the frequency, severity, and duration of migraine attacks was observed and, consequently, reduced absenteeism from school.

For ADD/ ADHD supplements, including fish oil, choline and phosphatidyl serine, which help treat anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder, and can calm children. A diet rich in organic foods, specifically fresh fruit, vegetables, organic eggs and meats is always beneficial.

For first-aid and acute conditions, remedies that are used over and over again include Aconite, Belladonna, Pulsatilla, Chamomilla, Sulphur, Arnica, Mercurius, and Arsenicum album.

Sepia is known to assist with numerous weaknesses, disorders and ailments

Aconite can be beneficial for any number of childhood conditions, including the early stages of a cold, croup, diarrhea, and ear infections.

Belladonna is recommended when the child's face is typically red and hot. They may be feverish with dilated pupils; the skin is dry. They are usually restless and their pulse is pounding.

Chamomilla for the sick child who is cross, irritable, and cannot be easily soothed. Also helpful through bouts of colic, teething, ear infections, and diarrhea.

Pulsatilla for a sick child who is particularly weepy, sensitive, and wants sympathy and attention. The child may be thirst less, and prefer being in the open air and moving about.

Homeopathy offers a convincing solution for Oppositional Defiant Disorder as well

Aurum Metallicum is an excellent remedy for narcissism, melodramatic, over sensitive children who feel hopeless with a great desire to commit suicide.

Lycopodium is a remedy for those who have a strong love for power

Palladium Metallicum works for those affected by wounded pride and fancied neglect.

Platina is a brilliant remedy for snobbish and highly intelligent people.

Stramonium is a remedy for those who are unusually self interested, love and think of themselves only
For Chicken Pox, Pulsatilla nigrans, Rhus toxicodendron and Antimonium tartaricum are highly effective
Original Quinton Isotonic is beneficial for children with Autism

Using excellent nutrition as a foundation, we can raise functionally healthy children who respond well to supportive measures, such as homeopathy under the able guidance of a good practitioner.