Homeopathy and Children



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Can homeopathy deal with the health care issues of children? You bet it can!

                       

Please write an article about homeopathy and children. I’ve told all my parent-friends about it and I’d like to have something to show them!!!!!!–Kelly

Yeesh!!!

OK, but seriously, folks, let me just begin by saying, I don’t know what parents do without homeopathy, I really don’t, my heart goes out to them! My daughter, Shana (above), is now a teenager as of this writing. She’s never swallowed a pill or had an injection in her life!  (Except for the Hepatitis B vaccine they gave her in the hospital the day after she was born.  If I had known then what I found out later, she never would have gotten it!  There is simply no way a baby can get Hepatitis B unless she’s a promiscuous heroin addict, I’m not kidding!  It’s a disease you get from needle-sharing and unprotected sex!  Boy was I mad!)  In fact, the only doctor she’s ever been to was an MD homeopath–two of them, but only one actually prescribed and cured her of two really bad illnesses: one was a flu and the other, a strep throat.  That was Dr. Sarah Fisher who has since retired–unfortunately.

Shana has definitely had her share of flus, colds, coughs, injuries and even strep throat as I said. Thank goodness, though, for homeopathy during these emergencies–and for those of you who don’t know, homeopathic remedies are little sugar pills that melt in your mouth and inexplicably do magic–sorry, I don’t know what else to call it!  What can you say when you have the flu one minute and are perfectly fine the next?! 

Even as recently as this morning, while getting ready for school, Shana was acting strange–sitting on the “potty” after her shower (I can’t believe I just said ”potty”), which isn’t typical for her at all and finally she admitted to having a stomach ache. Knowing there was a flu going around at school, I told her to get back into bed and I gave her Arsenicum 200C (because I suspected a gastro-intestinal flu). I went out to breakfast like I always do and told her to call me if she needed me. When I came home, she was at the computer–her favorite seat in the house–completely back to normal!

While I was in the restaurant, I, myself, had begun to experience a sudden “sinking feeling” and I thought, “Oh no, not me too!” I opened my homeopathic first aid kit which I carry in my backpack and pulled out our popular flu remedy, Gelsemium, and popped a few pellets in my mouth. I recovered immediately!  You see?  Magic!!!!!  I am not making this up!  This is what life is like in the homeopathic household–it would take something monumental to stop us in our tracks!

I’ll give you another story. The other day I tripped over the recycling bags in the kitchen and fell on my knee, which Shana found amusing! I knew I’d be in for trouble– swelling and pain– but, I had neither because I immediately took a dose of Arnica, our main remedy for blunt trauma, and that was the end of the knee injury, all gone!

Homeopathic remedies taste good and children like them; so do animals. When I think back on Shana’s health history, I remember her being 2 years old and eating pretzels for the first time–admittedly, not such a great idea! They caused her to throw up–I don’t know how many times!  But, as soon as she asked for cold water, I knew right away what the remedy was–Phosphorus!

ONE DOSE of Phosphorus 30C, and she fell asleep–immediately–like seconds later.  In fact, she was in the sink at the time, bathing, because I was cleaning her up.  That’s when she said, “Cold water.”  I went right for the Phosphorus!  I gave it to her, and she fell asleep in the bath!  I said, Oh no, I’m going to have to wake her up to dry her off!  I hated having to do that but it was OK, there was no relapse.  But this is what happens when you give the right remedy to a child–they fall asleep!  I was very relieved.  I went to Murphy’s Materia Medica

                                 

to look up Phosphorus. Aside from it’s well-known symptom, “Thirst for cold drinks”, I also found, “Bad effects of eating too much salt.”  OMG! The salt, of course! Salted pretzels, I should have known the salt would be too much for her!

And then there was another time, when Shana was 4. God only knows what was wrong with her, a stomach virus, I guess; but, she had thrown up 5 times in one morning! I called her doctor. He had absolutely no clue, saying something like, “Well, I’m sure her body is doing the right thing….”  What???  He was no help at all! I went to my homeopathic Repertory (book of symptoms) and the remedy Nux Vomica seemed to be indicated. I gave her one dose and a few minutes later she announced, “Mommy, I’m not throwing off anymore!”

Earaches in the middle of the night? A dose of Pulsatilla or Chamomilla depending on the symptoms and it’s back to sleep for everyone!  Isn’t this better than trips to the Emergency Room in the middle of the night? 

And Belladonna!  I don’t know how many fevers Belladonna has made fast work of!

Put simply, there aren’t too many emergencies around here! Or maybe I should say that what are emergencies in other people’s houses are dealt with quickly here and then forgotten as we just keep on going!

I remember Shana’s mosquito bite rash from last summer–totally resolved in one day with Caladium 30C! 

I have a 2 year old client right now who is recovering–thanks to Sulphur–from the worst case of constipation I’ve ever seen in my life! This child screamed whenever she had to sit on the potty, and actually tried NOT to go! If you look in the Homeopathic Repertory

Murphy's Repertory

under “Rectum, constipation”, you’ll see the following “rubric”, or heading: “constipation painful, compels child to desist from effort,” with Sulphur being the highest-ranked among three remedies; so, with that, I recommended Sulphur.  Totally successful!  Unexpected benefits from Sulphur were: no longer crying at bedtime, no longer crying in the car, no longer crying after day care, no longer afraid of animals or moving toys like cars, no longer perspiring profusely at night, no longer waking up to drink water, and now playing by herself without insisting that her mother watch her for the first time. Well, seriously, what Rx drug can claim this as a “side effect”?

On a more serious note, there are children with REAL behavior problems!  Oh yes, we all know who they are, and homeopathy works for these children too! Take a look at a remedy like Tarentula Hispanica, very useful in ADHD.  Here’s what Dr. Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman says about Tarentula patients in her book Ritalin-Free Kids:

“Cunning and mischievous, they play tricks on their parents and other children, tell lies and love to hide. They are very hurried and impatient. Often destructive, they have to be watched very closely as they are capable of breaking anything they get their hands on. They are very impulsive and distractible. Twitching and jerking of the muscles is a common symptom….They can have tantrums and fits….” Dr. Reichenberg-Ullman describes one two year old Tarentula patient thusly, “She fought for hours against going to sleep…in a frenzy every night…She screamed at the top of her lungs during most of our interview…she had a habit of throwing herself on the floor when unhappy…she had not gotten one good night’s sleep since birth.” I suspect the parents hadn’t either! Five weeks after being given Tarentula Hispanica, the mother reported, “Angela no longer has tantrums and extreme moodiness, just the odd two-year-old stuff.”

OK, what can standard medicine do for children like these besides giving Ritalin, which just makes them dull and is no solution because when the drug is stopped, the problem just comes back. 

Some of you will no doubt say, “If homeopathy is so great, how come my doctor doesn’t know about it?  Wouldn’t my doctor know about it if it really worked?  Why don’t the hospitals know about it?”

In other parts of the world, they do!  It’s commonplace in such countries as England, where the Queen and the whole royal family use homeopathy! Prince Charles carries a homeopathic first aid kit with him where ever he goes and so does Paul McCartney!

It’s only in the United States where people are so ignorant of this, which makes no sense to me because there is a strong history of homeopathy here in America.  There used to be homeopathic hospitals and medical schools everywhere!  Here are some examples:

Homeopathic Hospital, Reading, Pennsylvania

Albany, NY Homeopathic Hospital

Homeopathic Hospital, Rochester, NY

Moreover, some very famous people were supporters and users of homeopathy including Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Abraham Lincoln, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Jack London, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Louisa May Alcott, Emerson and Thoreau, Longfellow, John D. Rockefeller…too many to mention, too numerous to count! 

The homeopathic medical schools were the first ones to accept minorities and women.  The first X-ray machine was in a homeopathic hospital.  Many famous medical schools were originally homeopathic, such as Standford and the University of Michigan.  The founder of AA was a homeopath.  Dr. Menninger of the Menninger Clinic was a homeopath.  In my own city of Philadelphia, Hahnemann Hospital, which is still standing, was homeopathic.  What happened????  The “regular” doctors and hospitals lobbied Congress to change the definition of what a “hospital” was.  Suddenly homeopathic hospitals were breaking the law and had to close!  Everyone knows there isn’t a day that goes by that our vitamins and herbal supplements aren’t threatened, that alternative cancer treatments aren’t run out of the country….  This is an on-going problem of mainstream medicine feeling insecure and not settling for anything less than complete hegemony over the entire field of medicine!  But that doesn’t mean that YOU have to lose out!  Start by purchasing an acute prescribing book, like this one:  Homeopathy: An a-z Home Handbook by Alan Schmukler.

            

  Click here to see it on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Homeopathy-Home-Handbook-Alan-Schmukler/dp/0738708739/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1279550236&sr=8-1#_

Or this one by Dana Ullman:

Dana's book

Next, get yourself a 30C emergency kit from www.a2zhomeopathy.com

and prepare for your life to get a lot easier!

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Elaine Lewis, D.Hom., C.Hom.

Elaine takes online cases.  Visit her website at www.ElaineLewis.hpathy.com

Write to her at LEWRA@aol.com

 

Elaine Lewis

Elaine Lewis, D.Hom., C.Hom. Elaine is a passionate homeopath, helping people offline as well as online. Contact her at LEWRA@aol.com Elaine is a graduate of Robin Murphy's Hahnemann Academy of North America and author of many articles on homeopathy including her monthly feature in the Hpathy ezine, "The Quiz". Visit her website at: http://elainelewis.hpathy.com/ and TheSilhouettes.org

Comments

  1. Tariq Naeem

    December 2, 2010

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    I really need Dr. Elaine Lewis contact details. Its very urgent, PLEASE!!!

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  2. suhasini

    December 18, 2010

    hi

    My daughter is 2yrs old and suffering from constipation for past 3weeks. It’s going to be 2weeks since i started homeopathy for her, still it doesn’t seem to work. she screams, cries while passing stools( as hard as a stone).pls let me know how long it takes for the child to normalise when homoeopathic medicine are taken on regular basis

    • JCJohnsong

      December 28, 2013

      Homeopathy is different than conventional medicine in that it’s not really a ONE size fits ALL kind of cure. By that I mean if you come in to see a homeopath with a child with constipation the remedy your child is given might be different than what another child who also came in to see the homeopath for a constipation problem would be given. So because the article says SULPHUR for the child it mentions that does not automatically mean SULPHUR will work with your child. You choose the remedy based on the best match of several symptoms you have in common with the remedy (in addition to the constipation symptom).

      So if the article above mentions constipation being cured by SULPHUR it might work for your child or it might not. You need additional information to chose the correct remedy. If additional things match the description for the SULPHUR remedy in addition to constipation then try that remedy. You need to look at other possible symptoms besides constipation to pick the best match for your child.

      So, for example, with constipation the book …
      “The Family Guide to Homeopathy” by Alain Horvilleur
      … gives these remedies as possible for a child with constipation …

      Alumina
      If you need to push really hard to evacuate stools even soft ones

      Chelidonium Majus
      Colorless light stools that float

      Graphites
      Large stools with strings of mucus

      Hydraastis Canadensis
      Constipation without the urge to defecate

      Nux Vomica
      Constipation with the urge to defecate but being unable to

      Magnesia Muriatica
      Stools that are small and round like marbles

      Most books give a little more information than just one symptom for each remedy … but I used that book just as an example (so I chose I book I had that was brief so I would not have to type 4 or 5 or more symptoms for each). This is just an example to give you an idea.

      Based on your description it sounds like Alumina would be the one I would try first. Choose the best match for your child and try that remedy first. If that doesn’t work after a couple of days try another. As you use homeopathy you should get better at selecting remedies after awhile.

      Because homeopathy is not a laxative you may not see results the first day after taking it only one time. But if you have been taking it 3 times a day for two or three days with no results you may want to look at the book again and pick another remedy (for constipation) and try that one instead. If you cannot find the one you need with the help of a book then consulting a professional homeopath should be considered as the MOST common remedies might not be the right one for your child. And books that help you use homeopathy without visiting a professional will list the MOST common only.

      OH … with some things like bumps and bruises … one remedy, Arnica, seems to work all the time for everyone. So you don’t have to refer to a book just have it on hand before you need it. I keep Arnica in 200c or 1M in my purse AT ALL TIMES so I always have it with me if I ever need it.

      I know you posted your comment a LONG time ago but the reply might help others or you might have the same problem again. So I thought I’d reply even though so much time has pased.

      PS:
      If the comment section allows me to post a web link I will link to a page about constipation from the book
      “Homeopathic Remedies: A Quick and Easy Guide to Common Disorders and Their Homeopathic Treatments”
      by Asa Hershoff

      http://books.google.com/books?id=xJkyN0xsBJwC&pg=PT226#v=onepage&q&f=false

      The above book is good if you are new to homeopathy.

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