|Prior to Pregnancy|
Q. In what way can Homeopathy assist the chance of falling pregnant? What are the tools/medicines you use to assist both female and male clients?
A. Homeopathy works by assisting the body to achieve balance on all levels, mind, body and emotions. It is therefore ideal as a pre-natal treatment to ensure optimum health and balance of the parents-to-be. Whether it is pre-fertility health optimisation or an immune system boost, both partners can benefit from pre-conception homeopathic care. These treatments are highly individual and so each homeopathic treatment is completely tailored to the individual concerned.
Q. Can homeopathic medicines be used for pre natal ailments such as tender breasts and morning sickness? What do you recommend for these common occurrences?
A. In pregnancy all pharmaceutical drugs are ill-advised so it’s great to have a healthcare system that can treat pregnancy ailments such as tender breasts and morning sickness effectively. Every case is different and there are many specific medicines for these ailments depending on the particular symptoms of the individual. Sometimes morning sickness can be worse when smelling food but feel better after eating and this person would get a different homeopathic medicine from the pregnant mother who had nausea all day whatever she did. In most cases morning sickness is relatively short lived and homeopathy can make life easier at this early pregnancy stage!
Q. Cravings can sometimes be an issue for pregnant women. Can Homeopathy be used to keep this a bay?
A. Yes. Homeopathy can be used to treat the cravings experienced in pregnancy especially the more unusual one! Sometimes these cravings are due to hypoglycemia and complex biomedical changes that take place in the pregnant mother’s body. Homeopathy can provide some advice and medicines to enable the cravings to be managed or eliminated.
Q. How can we integrate homeopathy in the process of childbirth?
A. Homeopathy is such an empowering medicine, and can provide rapid change during childbirth that just might prevent complications from arising. It can be a wonderful tool so you feel some control of what happens.
For some lucky women, childbirth is low key, easy and uneventful in terms of issues. For some, it is fast and furious and this can have some repercussions for tearing of the perineum (as it doesn’t have time to soften), but also for emotional shock to both the mother, her birth partner AND the baby. For other women, labour is just that, a long endurance test of immense stamina, testing all our resources, physically and emotionally, AND our mental ability to cope.
Q. Can you give some examples when homeopathy has assisted the process of labour?
A. There are backache labours where the pain is felt predominantly in the back and sometimes down the thighs. This can be caused by the position of the baby however sometimes it’s just the way an individual woman labours. If the baby has itself in a posterior position so it has its back to your back rather than the other way round, a ‘backache labour’ may result. Homeopathy has medicines to help you deal with this type of situation.
Some labours are very rapid, some start and then stop, sometimes the cervix dilates only so far and then appears to stall. Some women have regular contractions that are strong and established but the cervix is stubborn to dilate. These are all situations that can be either improved or alleviated by a well prescribed homeopathic medicine. Homeopathy can help ineffectual contractions to become effective, and best of all, it can promote a fast and speedy recovery with some post natal homeopathic medicines.
I also prescribe regularly for post C-section recovery as homeopathy is a wonderful post operative medicine and will assist in a faster recovery and less pain. It can also be highly effective for helping mothers overcome traumatic births or births where they feel let-down or ‘cheated’ because it didn’t go quite as they planned it.
Q. Do you believe our thoughts and attitude play a role in labour?
A. When anticipating your labour, it is very important to recall that it is a natural process and not to get hung up on negative stories that people love to tell you! With a positive attitude, you are more likely to be one of the lucky ones who sails through labour with relative ease and a big smile on your face as you hold your newborn! It is also a good idea to have a plan A and a plan B so that if unanticipated events arise, you are not left feeling that your birth was not quite as you planned it. Flexibility is key and I often help mums-to-be with their birth plans.
Q. How can we plan ahead to have the homeopathic medicines available during labour and what are the most common medicines and what do you recommend?
A. If you intend to use these medicines, then you need to make some clear notes for your birthing partner and allow that person to decide and administer the homeopathic medicines as you need them – they will be able to provide an objective view of your state and therefore the homeopathic medicine that you need.
Here are some great Homeopathic medicine tips for you to use in your labour. For more information contact The Homeopathic Coach directly.
Labour can be long and tiring so it would be great to have a medicine that you could take to keep your stamina and energy levels up. For this I would recommend Kali Phos 3X Tissue Salts. When your energy is fading take this in either drops or tablet form in between contractions until your energy returns.
For a slow labour with painful and irregular contractions where the cervix does not seem to dilate but your labour pains are felt all over the place (e.g. in legs, groin, bladder as well as the uterus), take Caulophyllum 200. 1 tablet or a couple of drops can make the difference and contractions can then get properly established.
Caulophyllum 200 can also be a good one to take if your labour has not started and your baby is overdue and you are facing an induction. In this case take it 3 times a day for one day to try and start labour.
Sudden and fast labour
Fast labour can be very scary for a mother, especially first time round and Aconite 200 can help when there are no breaks between contractions (especially useful in ‘transition’ and during an induced labour).
Q. What do you recommend in terms of Dosage? Are there any specific guidelines to follow?
A. You can see that most of the homeopathic medicines listed in this interview are given in the 200 potency. Homeopathic medicines are readily available in the 30th potency, but because labour produces strong energetic symptomology I find the 200 potency works faster. If you cannot obtain these then just get the 30 potency and take the medicine more frequently. With all Homeopathic medicine dosing, you only give the medicine when the symptoms are present. When the symptoms have gone, that medicine is no longer relevant until those particular symptoms return again. If there is no reaction to your dose after two doses, then you have not taken the right medicine. A pregnancy and labour kit will soon be available from The Homeopathic Coach™.
Q. What can be used for emotional situations during labour such as feelings of anger and panic?
A. During labour it is natural for the mother to go through different emotional states and each time this happens it is a natural part of the birthing process. IF however the mother does not transition through one of these extreme states and gets ‘stuck’, this can hold up the progress of the labour and an appropriate homeopathic medicine can be very effective. Some potential and common labour emotional states are:
Angry,irritable and impossible to please: Give Chamomilla 200 one dose only
Panicky, restless and very fearful (even having the irrational fear that she or her baby will die): Aconite 200 one dose only
Q. Even though Dads don’t have to go through with the pushing at times of labour they can often be very emotional, even stressful and feel powerless when seeing their woman struggling. Do the panic and restless recommendations above also suit a dad-to-be to take?
A. Absolutely. If as a prescribing partner you read the instruction for dosing in the labour kit and think “That’s me!” in terms of your emotional state then by all means take a dose of the chosen medicine yourself. If you know in advance that you are likely to experience certain emotions, we can plan ahead for that too!
Q. What do you recommend as a general post natal medicine?
A. Immediately after birth you will feel the most amazing emotions such as elated, relieved and overwhelmed. These are all natural and normal emotions and it is also normal to feel very sore and bruised. To help considerably with the process of recovery, take Arnica 1M one dose only, as soon as you can after birth. This also applies if you have had a caesarean birth as it helps markedly to reduce inflammation and pain. Repeat it once daily only for 3 days in total.
Episiotomy and tearing
This is where the homeopathic medicine Calendula comes in. Ask your alternative pharmacy to provide you with a small amount of Calendula tincture and add a few drops of to a bowl of warm water and bath your tears/stitches daily in this way. Calendula has impressive healing properties and can speed up the whole healing process markedly.
|After Childbirth for the Baby|
Q. Is it safe for children to use Homeopathy? Can babies take Homeopathic medicines?
A. Yes. Homeopathy is one of the few medicines that is safe for newborn babies and children, in fact, they are very responsive to homeopathic medicine. Sticky eyes, skin rashes, colic and constipation are just some of the newborn ailments that are regularly treated with homeopathy. If you use homeopathy with your newborn it can enable you to have a pharmaceutical-free baby.
|Purchasing Homeopathic Medicines|
Q. Can you recommend places where homeopathic medicines can be purchased?
A. If you are in the UK then use Helios, in Australia/New Zealand use Simillimum. If you are in the USA this online source is a good place to start if you don’t know how to access homeopathic medicines locally.
Q. How do we know that a homeopathic medicine is reputable and reliable? What do we need to look out for to make sure we buy the best?
A. It is advisable to get your homeopathic medicines from either a reputable and recommended pharmacy like the ones listed in the free advice section of my website or a Homeopathic practitioner to be sure of good quality.
“Childbirth is one of the only times in our lives when we are at the total mercy of our body as it undergoes the marvellously powerful and exciting process of childbirth! As labour commences, not only do you enter a completely unpredictable period of hours or days when you have to learn to surrender to the wonder and power of childbirth, but you also get an amazing present at the end of it – your baby!”
|Question to Sam Adkins from PureCalma reader:|
Q. What is recommended for children with bad breath? What can be the underlying cause?
A. Bad breath in children can have several different causes. If it is accompanied by a very sore throat with increased salivation then the homeopathic medicine “mercury” may be appropriate. However if it is prolonged and not accompanied by an acute infection then it would be advisable to have an online consultation or a visit with your local homeopath to determine and treat the cause.
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